Monday, October 25, 2010

Verizon Hiring 1,700 Customer Service Reps Ahead of iPhone Launch?

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Verizon may have begun its preparations for the launch of the iPhone on its network, according to a CNET report.

The hiring companies, Salt Lake City-based Teleperformance and Kennesaw, Ga.-based Ryla, are hiring at facilities around the country, with Ryla advertising for 1,700 positions in Indiana, California, Virginia, and Colorado.

Though few of the job postings specify which company the new employees will be taking calls for, Teleperformance's Careerbuilder post says employees in Pennsylvania will field calls for a "major wireless cell phone service retailer."

Although rumors of a Verizon iPhone have been rampant for some time, both the NYT and the WSJ have recently "confirmed" that the carrier will in fact launch the device early next year.





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Yea they are going to have a lot of angry calls to answer when people relies there is no iPhone for verizon until 2013, atts 5yr deal ends in 2012 and any company will only be able to get it the next year..


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Steve Jobs on Apple's Discontinuing of Java

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Steve Jobs has responded to email from a concerned developer after Apple announced it would cease future development of their version of Java for the Mac.

Apple posted the following release note on Thursday:

Java Deprecation
As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated. Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in future versions of Mac OS X.

The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.

Scott Fraser, CTO of Portico Systems, emailed the following letter to Steve Jobs expressing his concern:

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Mr. Jobs:

I am the CTO and founder of a Software company based in Philadelphia. We create and sell Enterprise software into the health care space.

Our software is Java based, and runs on both the server and the desktop. We have been in business for over 12 years now, and are a healthy growing company with about 180 employees.

I am a big Apple customer, as is my company. We love developing and testing Java based software on OS X.

Today in the news were stories like this: www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/21/apple_threat ens_to_kill_...

and here's another example: news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20020338-260.html

I am hoping you would consider commenting either to me or via your PR channels what are the future plans for the Java programming language and platform on OS X?

One last note - a growing trend over the last few years at all the software conferences I attend is the popularity of the Macbook laptops. Go to any non-Microsoft focused developers conference and the rooms are typically dominated by Mac laptops. One major reason for this is that OS X is a great platform for Java developers.

thanks,

Scott Fraser
CTO, Portico Systems
www.porticosys.com
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Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms. They have their own release schedules, which are almost always different than ours, so the Java we ship is always a version behind. This may not be the best way to do it.

Sent from my iPhone

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Jobs' reply indicates that Apple is hoping Oracle will supply Java for Mac; however, there is no indication of any agreement in place and Oracle has yet to step up to the plate publicly and announce they will offer Java for Mac alongside their other platform releases.



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iFixit MacBook Air Teardown Reveals Six Batteries!

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iFixIt has posted their teardown of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air revealing six batteries.

Observations:
● The power button is now integrated into the keyboard, instead of it being part of the upper case.
● The inside of the MacBook Air is dominated by six individual lithium-polymer cells making up the 35 Wh battery.
● The SSD unit appears to be assembled by Toshiba and is model number THNSNC064GMDJ.
● The new MacBook Air uses the same Broadcom Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip as the current lineup of MacBook Pros. The model number is BCM943224PCIEBT2.
● Cirrus Audio 4206ACNZ audio controller.
● Like all previous MacBook Airs, the RAM is soldered to the logic board and is not upgradable.

MacBook Air 11" Model A1370 Repairability: 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
● Once you manage to take off the bottom cover, all the parts are pretty easily replaceable.
● Opening the bottom cover is quite difficult if you don't have the right screwdriver. It's clear that Apple didn't want people to open their machine.
● All the components -- including RAM and hard drive -- are proprietary, meaning that no off-the-shelf parts will work in it without serious rigging.







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