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Amazon Releases Kindle For iPhone Application

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Following on the heels of the Kindle 2’s recent debut, Amazon has released a free Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod touch that will give users access to their vast e-book library.

Dubbed “Kindle For iPhone,” the application will allow consumers to purchase and read Kindle books through an interface that the company describes as [...]

Possible Apple Desktop Event Slated for March 24

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

A slew of recent unconfirmed sources have revealed that Apple plans to hold a desktop event on March 24.
World of Apple claims to have been informed of the upcoming event and believe that it will be similar to Apple’s notebook event held last October. My Apple Guide appears to have obtained similar information from [...]

Apple Breaks the Layout Again With Latest Macbook Pro Web Ads

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Apple has been pushing the boundary with internet advertising recently. First with the iPod touch advertisement that seemed to “break” Yahoo Games’ homepage, and the latest being a new 17″ Macbook Pro “Green” series ad that once again, stretches beyond the visual site layout.
The first video is the new 17″ Macbook Pro commercial. As we [...]

The App Store Bandwagon: Who’s Next?

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Today marks the beginning of GSMA Mobile World Congress (formerly 3GSM World Congress) week in Barcelona Spain, which stands as the world’s largest exhibition in the mobile industry, bringing together a host of mobile operators and equipment vendors.
Last year’s event provided manufacturers with the opportunity to display their touch capable smartphones in efforts to come [...]

Microsoft Announces Plans to Open Retail Stores

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

A report from Reuters confirms an announcement from Microsoft that explains the company’s plans to launch a line of Microsoft branded retail stores.
Microsoft did not announce the number of stores they are planning to open, which products would be sold at the stores, or when they were planning on unveiling the first locations.
Former DreamWorks Animation [...]

Apple Planning a Retail Store Restructuring to Spotlight Software

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Apple’s retail stores will soon undergo some interior layout changes as the company plans to put a stronger emphasis on customer education and software.
Shortly after Apple’s recent iPhone/iPod display table overhaul, the company will ready the third major interior design change to its brick-and-mortar locations. ifoAppleStore notes that these changes have included wood floors [...]

App Store Improvements: Is Apple Listening?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Since the App Store first launched, it has been met with heated backlash by many, joyous praise by others, and the inability to be matched by any of Apple’s competitors. Even though the App Store, and the business model surrounding it are great, the development community continues to brainstorm ways to make it better.
The [...]

Analyst Reveals More Evidence of Apple Working on Networked Televisions

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Despite Apple’s open disregard for the television market, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has expressed his belief that the Cupertino-based company will deliver a networked television within the next couple of years and issue an Apple TV update to provide DVR functionality by the end of 2009.
AppleInsider reveals that a recent research [...]

Hollywood’s Crippling Dependency on Steve Jobs

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Given the instrumental role that the Apple CEO Steve Jobs has played in shaping the digital entertainment industry, his six month departure from Apple may pose both significant advantages and disadvantages for Hollywood.

The Imminent Netbook Boom and Why Apple Should Get Involved

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

According to analysts at ABI research, a myriad of social and technical facets has created a prime circumstance for a netbook explosion over the next couple of years. Can Apple keep ignoring these numbers and pawning off the iPhone as a netbook competitor?

The Imminent Netbook Boom
There is no denying the fact that the netbook market [...]

Apple’s Plans Should Be Clear: High-End iPhones and Global Positioning

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

As the market reels from Apple’s announcements in their Q1 financial earnings call, a clear distinction between Apple’s current position, and where they should be headed with the iPhone product line is made even more apparent.
We already know that Apple doesn’t like to dabble in cheap products. Whether it be a sub-$500 netbook (cheap ultra [...]

iPhone Market Share on the Rise While PC Share Slips

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

A recent survey shows that Apple’s iPhone now holds a steady 23 percent of the smartphone market, narrowing the gap between rival handset maker RIM and is retaining consumer interest five months after the release of the 3G. Spirits seem high in the smartphone department but the same cannot be said for the PC [...]

The Simpsons Hit U.S. iTunes Store

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

It has been over 20 years since The Simpsons first appeared on our TVs, popularizing catch phrases such as “doh!” and “eat my shorts” that at one point had been synonymous with pop culture. It now appears that Homer and the gang are back in a big way as Season 20 (jeez has [...]

Apple Forced to End iPhone Exclusivity in France

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

A ruling made on Wednesday by the French competition regulator mandates that Apple will now be forced to allow mobile operators other than France Telecom’s Orange SA, to carry the iPhone.

This decision will overturn the exclusivity contract that allowed Orange to be sole carrier of the device in France. The [...]

Place Your Apple Store Order by Dec 17th to Get It by Dec 25th

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Apple is reminding its customers to place certain customized orders by December 17th, if they need them delivered by December 25th.
The earliest cutoff date is December 17th, which applies to customized Mac computer purchases. If you are interested in purchasing a custom configured iMac, Mac mini, Macbook, Macbook Pro or Mac Pro, and delivery by [...]

Apple Pulls Neo-Nazi Albums From German iTunes Store

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Apple has recently pulled two albums of neo-Nazi sentiment from its German installation of iTunes after being informed by technology publication Computerbild of the offensive content.

Two albums from the German neo-Nazi band, Landser, had recently been discovered on the German iTunes store. The group had been banned by a federal court in 2005 [...]

Amazon Unleashes Snazzy New iPhone App

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Amazon has recently developed a free application to allow iPhone users the ease of shopping directly from their mobile device. Not only can users browse inventory and make purchase directly from the app, but can also use a photo snapped from the handset’s camera to make visual searches.

Launched earlier this week, the [...]

Songbird Flutters a Sweet Tune but Can it Compete with Apple?

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Earlier this week, Songbird, the open-source customizable music player powered by Mozilla technology made it’s official 1.0 launch. Set out to be an open design with a variety of integrated services, a vast array of add-ons and ever expanding developer community, is it possible that Songbird could ever pose a threat to Apple’s iTunes?

After [...]

Livestation to Bring Live TV to the iPhone/iPod touch

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

On Thursday, Livestation, a service that offers peer-to-peer streaming from major broadcasters will announce a development application for the iPhone/iPod touch that aims to bring live TV to these devices.

TechCrunch UK reports that the heavily funded operation has recently announced plans to offer an iPhone/iPod touch application that promises to deliver streaming Television to your [...]

iPhone Developers Now Allowed to Issue Promo Copies of Apps

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

At long last Apple is officially allowing developers the right to issue “promotional” copies of applications free of charge to beneficiaries.

Developers had previously found it difficult to apportion promotional copies of applications, having to opt for Ad-hoc distribution or gift certificate issuance. Macrumors reports that upon App Store approval, developers will [...]