Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Facebook for iPhone gets updated with Map View for Places, unfriend and event check ins

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Facebook for iPhone (iTunes, free) just got a nice little update with the following new features:

- Added Map View for Places
- Added the ability to Check in to Events that you’re attending
- Added the ability to unfriend from the phone
- Improved News Feed
- Improved notifications UI



Screenies below:











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Federal jury probing Apple and Google over smartphone apps

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Uh-oh, looks like federal grand jury is probing both Apple and Google over certain popular smartphone applications. According to The Wall Street Journal, both companies were asked to provide basic data about certain third-party apps found on both the App Store and Android Market:

Apple Inc. and Google Inc., which oversee digital “stores” that offer mobile applications to users of iPhones, iPads and mobile-devices powered by Google’s Android software, have been asked to provide information about the applications and app makers, the person familiar with the matter said.
Federal prosecutors are reportedly sniffing because they heard certain apps don’t play by the rules and illegally obtain personal information without users’ consent, which is a a federal computer-fraud law. Market Watch first broke the news earlier today that online music service Pandora has been served a subpoena to produce documents, but the prosecutors informed them they were not a target of the investigation:

In early 2011, we were served with a subpoena to produce documents in connection with a federal grand jury, which we believe was convened to investigate the information sharing processes of certain popular applications that run on the Apple and Android mobile platforms. We believe that similar subpoenas were issued on an industry-wide basis to the publishers of numerous other smartphone applications.






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Apple Store robbery ends in fatality

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According to CBS8 and Signonsandiego, a private security guard at an Apple Store shot a suspected armed intruder in the head.

Chula Vista police said three people smashed the window to break into the Apple Store in Otay Ranch Town Center early Monday and were confronted by an armed security guard, who shot one of the intruders in the head.The mortally injured man was found in the mall parking lot a short distance away, collapsed in his car, Chula Vista police said.
Two other suspects were apprehended after fleeing on foot. The smash and grab happened at 7am in the morning before any shoppers were present.

There are reports that 40 shots were fired in the exchange.

The male suspects and their alleged female accomplice then got into a silver Acura that crashed while still inside the shopping center’s parking lot, Facicci said, noting that one of the men was driving and he died in the crash. He appears to have been killed by a bullet that went through the passenger window, Chula Vista Police said.

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Google tries to buy its way out of patent mess

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Google has just announced intentions to bid a whopping $900 million on Nortel’s patent portfolio. The stunning development is an effort to prevent patent trolls and competitors with vested interests from filing bogus patent infringement claims, the company said. Nortel, a Canadian telecom company, announced back in June 2009 intentions to sell off all of its business units following a bankruptcy in 2009. Google’s senior VP and general counsel Kent Walker explains:

If successful, we hope this portfolio will not only create a disincentive for others to sue Google, but also help us, our partners and the open source community – which is integrally involved in projects like Android and Chrome – continue to innovate. In the absence of meaningful reform, we believe it’s the best long-term solution for Google, our users and our partners.
This is significant on many levels…



Nortel’s patent portfolio is said to count more than four thousand patents worth an estimated $1 billion in total. According to Reuters, the auction process groups patents into six “buckets” covering related technologies. Final bids are due within weeks, sourced told the news gathering organization.

Nortel’s war chest of patents is thought to give bidders a significant competitive advantage, especially in a sue-happy place such as Silicon Valley. Should Google prevail, rival won’t be able to stop the Android march by alleging patent infringement.

This includes browser vendors hoping to stop Chrome dead in its tracks by claiming that open web media project WebM is a patent bomb waiting to explode. Google’s Walker is unapologetic about certain rivals being “motivated by a desire to block competing products or profit from the success of a rival’s new technology.”

It will deter patent trolls as well, which Google defines as the “people or companies that have never actually created anything.” In fact, Nortel patents may give Google a much-needed leverage to sue just about anyone they want.

It was not immediately clear how those patents could relate to litigations involving Apple and other handset makers, especially the Apple vs. Nokia and Apple vs. HTC lawsuits.




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Platform war gets ugly as surveys ignore the big picture

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I must admit, I’m fed up with market surveys. I’m talking about recent mobile surveys from comScore, IDC, ABI Research, StatCounter Mobile and many others. ComScore’s February mobile numbers, for example, prompted Business Insider’s Henry Blodget to argue that iPhone is “dead in water”, which in turn provoked pundit John Gruber to observe that “the iPod Touch and iPad don’t count, apparently”.

Piggy-backing on the latest surveys, Fred Wilson again advised programmers to create apps for Android first, provoking an opinionated response from Instapaper founder Marco Arment. And a rebuttal from Henry Blodget. And a new chart suggesting Android blows past iPhone even if you include the iPod touch. So why don’t research firms take into account the entire OS mobile market share as a measure of a platform significance?




This rivalry is about capturing mindshare of the consumer and attracting developers to write compelling apps for the platform. Last time I checked, IHS Global Insight said the App Store ruled with 82.7 percent of all mobile software sales in February. Apple paid out two billion dollars to developers so far and that’s after their 30 percent cut. A substantial portion of this revenue has come from game and entertainment app sales on the iPod touch and iPad. The App Store eclipsed Android Market with eleven times higher revenue last year.

According to a study by ROI365 based on four million unique visitors across a bunch of websites, Android’s web usage share grew modestly over the past quarter. ROI365′s Jeff Tribble said:

The Android stats are for the total platform while iOS stats are broken out into three categories: iPhone, iPad and iPod. Android has never come close to passing iOS as a whole.
He noted that the iPad is outgrowing the entire Android ecosystem substantially:

This means that despite large sales of Android handsets, among web browsers, Apple’s iOS is clearly remaining the [dominant] mobile platform. This mirrors Apple’s native app business, which is far larger than any other mobile platform in both numbers of titles and revenues generated.
Look, smartphone shipments are important, but unit sales and market surveys can be – and often are – deceiving. The revenues and profits count at the end of the day. In this respect, Apple’s iPhone is the money-making machine. In December, the device had 22 percent share of the mobile industry’s revenues and accounted for more than half the profits, or 51 percent, according to Asmyco and echoed by Canalys.

This makes Apple the biggest phone vendor in the world by revenue. The figure is even more astounding known that Apple in the December quarter ranked fifth among top global phone vendors with an IDC-estimated four percent of the global handset market.

Surveys, of course, can’t tell you the whole story.

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Rumor: iPhone 5 Will Launch at End of June

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A report from the Korean site ETNews.co.kr claims that Apple will release the iPhone 5 on the 4th week of June. This rumor directly opposes the previous claim from TechCrunch that Apple would push back the iPhone 5 announcement to later this fall.

ETNews bases this report on inside knowledge that Korean wireless providers SK Telecom and KT will be the first to carry Apple’s next iPhone. Will we see an iPhone 5 hardware announcement at WWDC this summer after all?

“iPhone 5, the next model of iPhone 4, will be released on the coming 4th week of June. In the midst of the iPhone 5 postponement rumors, Apple has confirmed that iPhone 5 will be released as planned and it will be released simultaneously in Korea through SK Telecom and KT.”

MacRumors clarifies this rumor,

“The sourcing of the article is a little suspect, as it appears to be attributing the information to Apple, itself. It also contradicts the “fall” timeframe that has been previously proposed for the next iPhone release. Mobile carriers, however, have been a source of some early release information, as new phones launches must be coordinated.

Finally worth noting is that the story was also posted to etnews.co.uk on April 1st, though there is no indication that it was meant as an April Fools joke. We’ve contacted the author but have not yet received a reply.”

Hopefully this report isn’t just an April Fool’s joke. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

Do you think Apple will release the iPhone 5 this summer? Or will we see a different schedule of releases from Apple this year?


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