Monday, March 7, 2011

The 10 Idiosyncrasies of Steve Jobs

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Electricpig has published a look at ten idiosyncrasies of Steve Jobs.

Think you know Apple’s enigmatic leader? Think again. The great man is famously secretive, but we’ve unearthed some nuggets of info from work and home that provide a glimpse to what he’s really like, from his car’s numbers plates, how he decorates his house, to where he parks. And it may surprise you to learn he’s as fastidious about the products he buys as about the ones Apple makes.

1. Buying habits
2. He does his research before spending
3. Driving with no number plates
4. An irreverent approach to parking
5. Home furnishings
6. A deep design ethos
7. The designers report directly to him
8. A hands off approach
9. Expanding his horizons
10. A dislike for focus groups

Hit this link to discover a few new tidbits about the famous Apple CEO.



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64GB iPhone 4 Engineering Prototypes Being Sold in Hong Kong?

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iPhone 4 "Engineering Prototypes" with 64GB of storage space are being sold in Hong Kong's grey market.

According to Unwire.hk, this suspicious 64GB model has started selling in Sin Tak, the greatest grey market in Hong Kong, and the sellers claimed that these are engineered models and available in small quantity. Interestingly, the back of the phone states iPhone XXGB! That reminds us the leaked prototype last year, the one Gizmodo bought it. It also states the Model no. as XXXXX, and the FCC ID as BCG-XXXXXX. On the screen, you can see is indeed a 64GB capacity and the model is 995-6049LL. And the phone is not locked!

It's unclear if these are really prototypes or a scam by the seller.





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Western Digital Acquires Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

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Western Digital and Hitachi, Ltd. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby WD will acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $4.3 billion. The proposed combination will result in a customer-focused storage company, with significant operating scale, strong global talent and the industry's broadest product lineup backed by a rich technology portfolio.

Under the terms of the agreement, WD will acquire Hitachi GST for $3.5 billion in cash and 25 million WD common shares valued at $750 million, based on a WD closing stock price of $30.01 as of March 4, 2011. Hitachi, Ltd. will own approximately ten percent of Western Digital shares outstanding after issuance of the shares and two representatives of Hitachi will be added to the WD board of directors at closing. The transaction has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is expected to close during the third calendar quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. WD plans to fund the transaction with a combination of existing cash and total debt of approximately $2.5 billion.

WD expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to its earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis, excluding acquisition-related expenses, restructuring charges and amortization of intangibles.

The resulting company will retain the Western Digital name and remain headquartered in Irvine, California. John Coyne will remain chief executive officer of WD, Tim Leyden chief operating officer and Wolfgang Nickl chief financial officer. Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer of Hitachi GST, will join WD at closing as president, reporting to John Coyne.




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Apple Ships 1.1 Million MacBook Airs in 2010?

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A new analyst report estimates that Apple shipped 1.1 million of its new MacBook Air notebook during 2010, according to AppleInsider.

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tells AppleInsider that his most recent checks in Asia indicate Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million of its 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs during the three-month period ending December, making the new breed of ultra-thin portables one of the company's most successful Mac product launches ever.

Those figures are about 63% higher, or 400,000 units more, than the 700,000 units that Kuo had initially estimated. The figures also support an earlier claim by AppleInsider that the new MacBook Airs quickly grew to comprise more than a third Mac maker's notebook business in the fourth quarter, selling at a 1 to 2 ratio to the company's flagship MacBook Pro offerings.

The new MacBook Air has been resounded success with customers due to its compact size, amazing battery life, and "instant on" features. The notebook uses solid state memory instead of a traditional hard drive. Many thought Apple would bring this feature to its new MacBook Pro lineup; however, this didn't come to pass.



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AT&T Customers Can Activate Personal Hotspot on the Fly

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AT&T customers will be able to activate the iOS Personal Hotspot feature on the fly, according to a MacWorld report.

Customers will be able to use the MyAT&T app on their devices to tap into their account and update it with the new hotspot feature. An AT&T representative told MacWorld, "Customers can select and migrate between data plans without penalty or contract implications."

However, there is one caveat. Users who have clung to the unlimited data plan would be required to drop it and choose the DataPro 4GB/$45 data tethering plan in order to take advantage of the iOS 4.3 hotspot feature. While the hotspot tethering can be dropped, users would then have to choose the 2GB or 200MB data plans, and will not be able to revert to the unlimited data plan.

This is good news for those who don't want the hotspot functionality on a daily basis and might only need to make use of it in emergencies.



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TweetDeck Announces New iOS App is Coming Soon

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TweetDeck has announced that they have been working on a brand new app for the iPhone and iPad.

This totally new, fully iOS4-compatible TweetDeck app has been built completely from scratch. It is not only the most powerful and flexible mobile app we have ever produced, but also the most jaw-droppingly beautiful. This is the app your retina display has been crying out for.

A major new feature of iOS TweetDeck will be totally flexible columns. You want to create a column blending your Mentions and some Twitter Lists? No problem! Always wanted to see your Facebook feed and Twitter DMs in a single column? We’ve got you covered! New iOS TweetDeck puts you in control of your columns, giving total flexibility over which feeds appear in which columns. Your social world has never been so personal.

The app will be submitted to Apple within the next couple weeks. TweetDeck will also be giving away 50 invites at the South by Southwest conference in Austin.




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iPhone 5 to Drop Glass Back for Aluminum?

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Apple is reportedly planning to use aluminum for the back of the iPhone 5 instead of glass, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.

GadgetsDNA reports that according to a Chinese source, Apple is changing the rear part of iPhone 5 to aluminum which was used for first iPhone’s instead of glass or might adopt the design similar to iPod touch 4G, after facing lots of issues with white paint and scratches on rear glass surface

The article predicts that the antenna will be placed behind the Apple logo.

Antenna will be designed just behind Apple Logo so that cellular and Wi-Fi signal can penetrate easily. Side exposed steel antennas seem to be abandoned, as designed in iPhone 4. The report also confirms that the next generation iPhone5 will be galloping on multi-processor A5, as in iPad2.

Check out a mockup of the aluminum back below...





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