Monday, September 27, 2010

Huge Lineups for the iPhone 4 in China

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More than 50,000 Chinese customers pre-ordered the iPhone 4 and huge lines formed in Beijing for the official launch, according to a CNN FORTUNE report.

More than 50,000 Chinese customers pre-ordered this model, and by 8 a.m., when the doors opened at Apple's new store in Beijing's Joy City shopping mall, the queue was more than 1,000 customers long.

"It's like waiting in line to see a movie star," Sun Jian Kuan, 26, told a Computerworld reporter. "No phone can best the iPhone."



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Impressive USB 3.0 Transfer Speeds on the Mac Pro

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Barefeats has published benchmarks of transfer speeds between a Mac Pro and the USB 3.0 AV Drive from CalDigit.

One of the newest products is the USB 3.0 AV Drive from CalDigit. "Wait a minute. Apple hardware and software does not support USB 3.0." Yes but CalDigit has developed OS X drivers for their PCIe and ExpressCard USB 3.0 host adapters. We tested their PCie adapter and their USB 3.0 AV Drive on the 2010 Mac Pro. The transfer speeds for this single 7K HDD USB 3.0 enclosure is impressive. Also impressive is the write speed of the FireWire 800 port on the same unit. (Order from CalDigit or PowerMax)







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iStreamer: A Zoomable, Continuous 3D Social Timeline for iPad

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The iStreamer by AllofMe.com is a new tablet application for the iPad that shows you what has happened in your world in the last 30 minutes or so, over a zoomable, continuous 3D Timeline.

The updates are streamed from different data source, such as social networks (Twitter, Facebook) and/or any RSS feed - such as breaking news or your favorite blog posts.

You can purchase iStreamer from the App Store for $3.99.
















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Segway Chairman Dies in Freak Segway Accident

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Segway Chairman Jimi Heselden has died in a freak accident that saw him skid a cross-country Segway off a cliff to his death, according to the Guardian.

Jimi Heselden, who latched on to an international craze for the upright, motorized "green commuter machines", was testing a cross-country version when he skidded into the river Wharfe which runs beside his Yorkshire estate.

Police confirmed this morning that the 62-year-old's body had been found in the river at Boston Spa, five miles from the Leeds factory where he made his first fortune from Afghanistan defense contracts.

"Mr Heselden was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The incident is not believed to be suspicious and the coroner has been informed," said a spokesman for the West Yorkshire police force.




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Bing Adds Flights and Travel Deals to iPhone App

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Microsoft has updated their Bing search application for the iPhone with flights, travel deals, enhanced map info, and more.

Bing, the new generation of search, helps you make decisions and get the answers you need. See beautiful photography with daily trivia on your home screen. Tell Bing what you are looking for with voice activated search – even works with addresses. Get great rates for flights with travel deals and price predicator. Discover what’s relevant near you. Find shops, images, movie times (along with reviews, clips and trailers), flight information, weather forecast, and walking or driving directions with up-to-date traffic conditions. And, if you like, use the social feature to see your friends’ opinions from Facebook and Twitter as part of your search result.

What's New In This Version:
● Get the great rates for flights with travel deals and price predicator.
● Discover what’s relevant near you with the what’s nearby feature.
● View relevant local business listings in a list or on the map.
● Enhanced map for information to pop on map, i.e. traffic, business listings, etc. and the inclusion of neighborhood labels to quickly find locations.

You can download Bing from the App Store for free.
















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Apple Changes Policies Following Investigation By the European Commission

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Apple is no longer enforcing the "country of purchase" rule within the EU/EEA after being investigated by the European Commission.

In light of its preliminary antitrust investigation into Apple's iPhone policies, European Competition Commissioner JoaquĆ­n Almunia welcomes Apple's announcement that it has relaxed restrictions on the development tools for iPhone applications (apps) and introduced cross-border iPhone warranty repair services within the EU/EEA. The latter in particular puts an end to the difficulties experienced by European consumers who need repair services for an iPhone purchased in a Member State other than their country of residence. In light of these policy changes, the Commission intends to close the investigations into these matters.

In Spring 2010, the Commission launched two parallel preliminary investigations into Apple's business practices relating to the iPhone.

One focused on the "country of purchase" rule, whereby repairs service is only available in the country where the iPhone was bought, which made the exercise of warranty rights difficult for consumers who had purchased an iPhone in another EU/EEA country than their home country. The Commission had concerns that this rule could amount to territorial restrictions aimed at dissuading European consumers from buying iPhones outside their country of residence and so leading to a partitioning of the market.

The other investigation concerned Apple's decision of April 2010 to restrict the terms and conditions of its license agreement with independent developers of applications or 'apps' for its iPhone operating system. It focused on the rationale underlying Apple's requirement to use only Apple's native programming tools and approved languages when writing iPhone apps, to the detriment of third-party layers, which could have ultimately resulted in shutting out competition from devices running platforms other than Apple's.

Following today's announcement, Apple is no longer enforcing the "country of purchase" rule within the EU/EEA and has appointed independent Authorised Service Providers to offer cross-border iPhone warranty services in those Member States where Apple does not directly take charge of repairs. Earlier on this month, Apple also announced having removed restrictions previously introduced on the development tools used to create iPhone apps, restoring the use of third-party layers and so giving developers more flexibility.




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Apple Dominates Tech News Coverage

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A yearlong research study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that 15.1% of tech news articles are about Apple; 11.4 percent were about Google; and a meager 3 percent were about Microsoft.

It's not as if Microsoft lacks for public relations people. But Apple is especially effective at seizing journalists' attention, said Amy S. Mitchell, the deputy director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, citing the anticipation for new devices and Apple's "very public way of releasing products."

The study looked at technology news coverage by 52 newspapers, broadcasts and websites from June 2009 through June 2010.

The iPhone 4's release reached the #2 most-talked-about story with 6.4% of all coverage, and the iPad reached #4 with 4.6%.

Interestingly, the biggest story of the entire year was texting while driving which accounted for 8.5% of all articles.




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Sharp Announces Two E-Book Reader Tablets

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Sharp has announced a new cloud-based media service business, named "GALAPAGOS", to provide a new user experience, while evolving to meet each customer’s changing needs with a network service and device specifically designed for the Japanese market. The first effort in this area will be an e-bookstore service that is planned to begin in December of this year. Two compatible tablet terminals have been developed specifically as e-book readers and will be introduced at the same time.

This new e-bookstore provides an "Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service" (fee-based service) for periodical publications. The most recent editions of newspapers and magazines a user has subscribed to can be delivered and read by the user’s e-book readers. In addition, free trial versions of recommended e-book content can also be delivered to the e-book reader, letting users immediately purchase content of their favor.

Two models of the e-book readers have been developed—a mobile type featuring a 5.5-inch LCD screen that reads like a paperback book, and a home type featuring a 10.8-inch high-resolution HD LCD that allows users to enjoy magazines formatted across a two-page spread.


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