Monday, March 28, 2011

Amazon’s cloud player launches for web and Android

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Amazon announced its Cloud Player today.



Here are the details: you get 5GB free and if you buy some music on Amazon, you get another 15GB free for a total of 20GB. You can upload your music to the Cloud right now. The service doesn’t work on iOS but does work on Mac.

This might carry us over until iOS5 is announced, anyway. Interestingly, Amazon is also offering to store Documents, Pictures and Videos in that 20GB as well.

Amazon has had their S3 Cloud infrastructure going for awhile, now we’ll get to see how strong it really is with the influx of music users.

Full version below:


How to Get Started with Cloud Drive and Cloud Player
Step 1. Add music to Cloud Drive

Purchase a song or album from the Amazon MP3 Store and click the Save to Amazon Cloud Drive button when your purchase is complete. Your purchase will be saved for free.
Step 2. Play your music in Cloud Player for Web

Click the Launch Amazon Cloud Player button to start listening to your purchase. Add more music from your library by clicking the Upload to Cloud Drive button from the Cloud Player screen. Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage. Upgrade to 20 GB with an MP3 album purchase (see details). Use Cloud Player to browse and search your library, create playlists, and download to your computer.
Step 3. Enjoy your music on the go with Cloud Player for Android

Install the Amazon MP3 for Android app to use Cloud Player on your Android device. Shop the full Amazon MP3 store, save your purchases to Cloud Drive, stream your Cloud Player library, and download to your device right from your Android phone or tablet.



What is the cloud?The cloud is a term used to describe the Internet. Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Securely store your music, videos, photos, and documents online and access them from anywhere. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer. Back up your files to ensure that your music, photos, and personal documents are available to you wherever you go. Learn more about Cloud Drive.
Who can access Cloud Player?If you are an existing Amazon customer with a valid billing address in the United States, you have access to Cloud Player. All you need to do is accept the Cloud Player Terms of Use to start using your Cloud Player account. See how to access Cloud Player.
Who can access Cloud Drive?If you are an existing Amazon customer, you have access to 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage. All you need to do is accept the Cloud Drive Terms of Use to start using your Cloud Drive account. Learn more about Cloud Drive.
Will all of my previous Amazon MP3 purchases already be in Cloud Drive?No, but you can save all new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to Cloud Drive for free. Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage which can be used to upload your existing music library, as well as videos, documents, and other digital files. Read about how to upload music.
Will I be charged for using Cloud Player or Cloud Drive?Cloud Player is a free web and Android application. All customers start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage and you can upgrade to 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage with an MP3 album purchase (learn more about this offer). All new Amazon MP3 purchases saved to Cloud Drive do not count against your storage quota. Amazon also offers a variety of Cloud Drive storage plans to meet all of your data storage needs. Find out about Cloud Drive storage plans.
Can I upload music from my phone?Uploading music from your mobile device is not possible at this time, but you can upload music from your PC or Mac.See how to upload music.
How do I know how much Cloud Drive storage I’ve used?When you are in Cloud Player, you can see how much storage you’ve used by looking at the top left corner of the player screen under the Upload to your Cloud Drive button. View your storage usage and manage your files.


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iPad 2 arrives to 500 RadioShack stores tomorrow (update: confirmed)

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iPad 2 could arrive to RadioShack tomorrow, March 29, 2011, a tipster told MacRumors. The source indicated that all 500 RadioShack nationwide retail spots will carry the tablet and provided a blurry but otherwise genuine-looking notice stating:

We are thrilled that iPad 2 will be available at 500 RadioShack locations across the country starting March 29! Details have been sent to these stores.
If true, this will help a bit alleviate strong demand seen in Apple stores across the country and expand the iPad’s distribution footprint that now includes Apple’s, AT&T’s and Verizon’s online and retail stores, in addition to third-party retailers like WalMart and Best Buy. Just don’t count on that 3-4 week wait for online orders to drop as a result.

Update:

Rumors flew around this morning claiming that RadioShack will begin selling the iPad 2 as soon as tomorrow. Since then, we’ve been able to confirm this to be true. RadioShack has already thrown up a hidden webpage for the iPad 2 in addition to a store locator for participating locations.




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Apple could sell 100 million iPhone 5s, historic data suggests

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If past iPhone sales are anything to go by, Apple is set to move a whooping hundred million iPhone 5 units. In other words, a fifth-generation iPhone will match sales of all previous models combined, helping Apple maintain a healthy 20+ percent market share in smartphones. The assumption is based on the above chart from Asymco that outlines monthly sales for all four iPhone models, approximated based on actual quarterly sales divided over the months according to the number of days available. So far, each iPhone generation doubles on the previous.



We also know that iPhone demand usually outstrips supply because Apple is selling these things as fast as they can make them. That being said, one only needs to look at historic sales data to “build up a model of production ramps and look for patterns of growth.” This leads us to the following conclusion…


Based on that data, we can approximate that iPhone 5 could sell about a hundred million units before it’s succeeded by a sixth-generation model. That’s just an assumption, of course, albeit a valid one because it stems from reasonably accurate predictions based on past sales data. Asymco summs it up best:

You don’t begin by asking how many will sell. You begin by asking how many can they make.
They also mention a prediction calling for half a billion new smartphone users buying smartphones in the next two years. Another interesting tidbit: Assuming the iPhone 4 sells for at least one or more quarter, it should move between 60 to 65 million units in total.



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iPhone 5: launches in Q1?

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The iPhone 5 puzzle has received a few new pieces and they both point to the product launch not taking place at this year’s WWDC. Jim Dalrymple – usually accurate – from The Loop claims that no hardware will be unveiled at the World Wide Developers Conference: no iPhones, no iPads, no Macs. But how could Apple kill their annual summer iPhone launch pattern?

Apple’s apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs up what my own sources are saying about the annual conference. That is, expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware event.
Apple typically sticks to patterns such as new iPods every September, new iPhones in June, now new iPads in March, and major Mac upgrades around October. This year is already different. Based on Apple’s WWDC press release and rumors from last week, Apple won’t be holding their annual March-April iOS preview event. The WWDC invite clearly says Apple will preview the next version of iOS.

At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.
Apple even introduced a new Verizon iPhone 4 in January of this year and it only launched last month (February). Apple is also expected to release a white version of the iPhone 4 next month. These two iPhone 4 upgrades seem to allow Apple to push back the launch of their next-generation handset. Afterall, how could they release updated iPhone 4s in February and April then a whole new device in June? Apple on releasing a new iPhone in June after releasing the Verizon iPhone: “we’re not stupid.”

If it’s not coming at WWDC when will it? The usually well-sourced Macotakara.jp claims that the iPhone 5 is yet to hit the full production stage and says that the iPhone 5 will go into mass production late in Apple Q4 for an early Apple Q1 2012 launch.

According to Chinese sources, had been rumored to be announced for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 iPhone 5, it does not begin to manufacture the parts, the launch seems to be lost in fiscal 2012.
This would be around a year after the Verizon iPhone 4 launch, creating a new pattern for iPhone launches. The site reiterates earlier claims of a new, aluminum enclosure which is possibly taking longer to produce. A chinese site recently claimed the new iPhone would go into production in Q3 of this year – backing up an iPhone-less WWDC.



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Barron’s names Steve Jobs the world’s best CEO

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Barron has profiled the world’s greatest CEOs, thirty of them to be precise, and found out what their perks at Fortune have known all along, that Steve Jobs is the world’s greatest corporate leader. The 56-year-old co-founder and leader of Apple won the accolade for turning the California-based computer maker into a global consumer electronics powerhouse which sold over a hundred million iPhones since its introduction.

They also noted Apple’s most recent successes with the iPad and the soaring stock that gained 72.6 percent in past twelve months. Eighteen corporate leaders on the list are Americans, including the likes of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Interestingly, HP’s Mark Hurd, Cisco’s John Chambers and RIM’s Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis didn’t make it this year. Here’s the complete list, in no particular order, thanks to Setteb.it, plus a video at the bottom:




Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway)
Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase)
Larry Ellison (Oracle)
Larry Fink (BlackRock)
Reed Hastings (Netflix)
Steve Jobs (Apple)
Patrick Kron (Alstom)
Ma Huateng (Tencent)
Fujio Mitarai (Canon)
Alan Mullaly (Ford)
Gordon Nixon (Royal Bank of Canada)
Michael O’Leary (Ryanair)
Sam Palmisano (IBM)
Bruce Rockowitz (Li & Fung)
Peter Sands (Standard Chartered)
Jim Sinegal (Costco Wholesale)
Jim Skinner (McDonald’s)
Fred Smith (FedEx)
Tim Solso (Cummins)
Rex Tillerson (Exxon Mobil)
Miles White (Abbott Laboratories)
New entries
Carlos Brito (Anheuser-Busch InBev)
Warren East (ARM)
Marius Kloppers (BHP Billiton)
Peter Löscher (Siemens)
David Novak (Yum! Brands)
Joe Tucci (EMC)
Dieter Zetsche (Daimler)
Steve Wynn (Wynn Resorts)



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WWDC 2011 June 6-10: “we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS”

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Apple has just announced that this year’s World Wide Developers Conference will take place at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA. This year’s event will be special as it will be the unveiling of Apple’s next major iOS version and that place in which Mac OS X 10.7′s final touches and technical details will be revealed. Apple’s announcment today confirms that iOS is in fact not being previewed at an event in April, for example. and will only be previewed in June. This lends credence to a fall launch for the new mobile operating system from Apple.

Apple’s Phil Schiller:

At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.
The conference itself will be home to over 100 technical sessions and 1000 Apple engineers will be on staff to assist developers with their coding needs. Here are the specifics from Apple:

more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
Tickets cost $1599 and the full press release is after the break.

CUPERTINO, California—March 28, 2011—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS®, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.

“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.

Activities at Apple’s WWDC 2011 include:

more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
Go to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) to purchase tickets, as well as for updates and more information.



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