Thursday, April 21, 2011

AT&T activates 3.6 million iPhones in first quarter while tablet sales dissapoint

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AT&T reported its first quarter earnings today and iPhone activations were up by one million units over the year-ago quarter, a notable 33 percent increase. More precisely, the carrier reported 3.6 million iPhone activations during the quarter, which is impressive considering that Verizon iPhone launched on February 10. AT&T added two million wireless subscribers during the quarter and had a total of 97.5 million users as of the end of March. A month ago AT&T agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for approximately $39 billion, creating the nation’s largest wireless company, which prompted duopoly accusations. More factoids and iPad stats after the break.




Of the 3.6 million iPhone activations, nearly one in five, or 23 percent, is new to AT&T. iPhone subscriber churn rate remain unchanged year-over-year, the carrier said. Approximately 65 percent of post paid sales were smartphones and the carrier sold a total of 5.5 million smartphone units during the quarter. Remember, 3.6 million were iPhones… Tablet sales were not that great, though. AT&T shipped just 332,000 tablet units during the quarter, the figure that includes 3G iPad as well as other 3G-capable branded slates. Quarterly revenue was $31.2 billion, a 2.3 percent annual increase. Wireless revenue climbed 10.2 percent annually to $15.3 billion.

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Apple’s Cloud-based music is a go, ahead of Google’s and without label support?

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Reuters yesterday reports that Apple’s Cloud-based music system is a go – at least on the technology side.

Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google Inc, whose own music efforts have stalled, according to several people familiar with both companies’ plans.Apple’s plans will allow iTunes customers to store their songs on a remote server, and then access them from wherever they have an Internet connection, said two of these people who asked not to be named as the talks are still confidential.The maker of the wildly popular iPhone and iPod, Apple has yet to sign any new licenses for the service and major music labels are hoping to secure deals before the service is launched, three of the sources said. Apple has not told its music partners of when it intends to introduce its music locker, they said.
Amazon recently launched their Cloud-based music system without label support, perhaps bolstering Apple’s position. The report seems to emanate from the music industry side as the sources also say that talks with Google have stalled. Interestingly, Reuters cites Google’s rotating executive leadership and changing priorities as reasons for Google’s stalling.

Apple generally makes its music-based announcements at its September music and iPod event, though things seem a bit askew this year with the iPhone set for a Fall release. Apple has patented a music locker called Safety Deposit Box. Rumors point to September for iOS 5 which is rumored to have major Cloud features – in addition to Media Stream and Find my Friends.

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Air Penguin, the latest fad that knocked Angry Birds and Tiny Wings

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The game that knocked Angry Birds and Tiny Wings off of the top slots in the App Store games chart.

What is this with the App Store and bird-themed games, huh? First Angry Birds sat atop the App Store games charts, then Tiny Wings came along and now we have Air Penguing, a Gamevil-branded feather-themed time killer. It’s currently #1 paid app in the App Store games category in the US, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Russia. I just bought it and played it for like half an hour. Here are my initial impressions…







Let’s be clear, Air Penguin is no Angry Birds-killer. It won’t even keep you glued to your device longer than awesome Tiny Wings. Air Penguin clearly’s got it going on, though, but only time will tell if it has the oomph to sustain itself on the top.

The game puts you in the shoes of a cutesy penguin that you must navigate through the icy South Pole by tilting your device. There are no other controls involved other than tilting your way out of danger.

Your character jumps all the time but the ice caps beneath him melt fast so you must quickly navigate to another one and then another one and so forth.

It’s an endless jumping affair, basically. As you jump and dodge your way through Antarctica, you can collect fish to use special features. The concept is fairly addictive, I admit, game mechanics are OK and level design is challenging enough to make you want play the whole thing through the end. I played some two dozen levels and saw sharks, birds and other cartoonish characters. I also rode on turtles’s back, ice-skated my way between the holes, avoided thin ice and what not.



My biggest complain is the overall game execution which leaves a lot of room for improvement. I find laggy scrolling and overall jerkiness totally unacceptable in the 21st century dual-core realities, especially given Air Penguin is based on a scrollable old school 2D graphics. Programmers were either too lazy or used one of the cross-platform tools to deliver the native iOS code. It won’t be a deal-killer, but was annoying enough for me to make me wish Jobs never allowed non-Apple developer tools.

There are some hundred levels in the story mode that will keep you occupied, the obligatory survival mode and some 39 Game Center achievements. Air Penguin is a 99-cent download and worth your latte, in my personal opinion, especially if you have a thing for feather-like creatures. Check out the developer’s in-game video embedded below.


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New 64 GB white iPhone caught in the wild and running prototype iOS 4 with Expose, new folder system, Facebook integration?

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Remember the second people to bring the world legit photos of the iPhone 4? How about a mid-year MacBook refresh and an iPod touch camera prototype? Well, they (Tinhte) are back and they’re back with a white iPhone 4. It’s not any white iPhone 4, see, it runs a never before seen version of iOS 4. From the looks of things, iOS 4 could have lost the Spotlight search menu from the iOS 3 days and the iOS 4 multitasking instead could have been an Expose multitasking page with a Spotlight menu at the top of the display. Really cool stuff happening here. (via Engadget)




Update: We’ve found a new video from the same source, this time showing off some of the device’s hardware: it’s 64 GB and obviously a prototype based on the camera and buttons designs. Oh, iOS 4 could have brought a brand-new home screen folders interface… it’s/was awesome!


Why we think it’s really something Apple crafted: This particular phone is running an Apple-internal application called “Radar” in addition to a game called “Tough Fighter.” If you’re not familiar, Touch Fighter is a game Apple actually built to show off the iPhone’s accelerometer and graphics performance at one of their early SDK keynote. Some of the settings menus also look pretty internal

Update 2: Facebook integration in iOS? It’s probably integrated nicely with Media Stream for photo uploading and such. Cool. Thanks, Will Strafach, Stephen H, Piratx

Remember that Facebook video uploading we found in iOS 4 that never made it to the market? Yeah…



Tinhte shows the iOS 4.0 system version and model number panes:


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Here’s a video to see the location data the iPhone has been logging

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Let’s just get this out of the way first: This is public info, please don’t use this to find out where your girlfriend really was last weekend.

Oxford to Cambridge and then London from Alasdair Allan on Vimeo.



That location data that is stored both on your iPhone and backed up to your computer through iTunes is available for your perusal using a little program here.

Another road trip from DC to NYC below the fold:

Washington DC to New York from Alasdair Allan on Vimeo.


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Sony’s Crackle bug leaves location services on in iOS

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Crackle’s “It’s On!” moniker could refer to Location Services which the application asks to turn on the first start up. The problem is that Crackle, even when closed, leaves Location Services on, which could drain the battery. Users have to go into Setting/Location Services to deny it access manually (below).

We’re waiting for that bug to be squashed and also an Airplay option in an upcoming update (but otherwise it is a pretty solid way to get Sony content).
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Airplay would be a great feature for this app. Netflix watch out Crackle is taken over!

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Now You’ll be able to borrow Kindle books from 11,000 U.S. libraries, from Amazon

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Amazon just announced a new library lending feature for digital Kindle books. The official press release says customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries in the United States to read on all Kindle hardware versions and free Kindle reading apps. The familiar features will work with Kindle library books as well, the stuff like whispersyncing of notes, highlights and last page read.

iOS users have been able to use the Overdrive App to do the same thing for some time (although Overdrive says 13,000 libraries)

This is a pretty big deal and here’s why…




You will be able to check out a Kindle book from a local library and enjoy it on your device with added benefits, Amazon said. For example, if you checked out a Kindle book again or buy it on the Kindle Store, all your annotations and bookmarks will be preserved. Of course, your notes won’t show up when the next user checks out the same book. This clever move by Amazon will do wonders to popularize their Kindle device and e-reading in general. The online retailer has so far done awesome job promoting the Kindle, but even though the device took off to a huge start and practically owns the category, it won’t become a mainstream phenomenon unless it becomes ubiquitous in the way the iPod did. For that to happen, more people need to be exposed to e-reading and what better way to reach reading aficionados than right inside their sanctuaries – public libraries. I’m sure this announcement will bring lots more people under the Kindle fold, helping Amazon cut the Kindle’s price until it eventually becomes free, which I’m certain is in the cards.

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We hope this feature will reach the kindle apps on all devices..

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Location Gate* iOS secretly storing your location data, say researchers

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Above: A location map from an iPhone that had been used in the southwest of England

Privacy advocates are going to have a field day with this one. According to researchers interviewed by The Guardian, your iPhone keeps record of your whereabouts in a secret file that gets copied to your computer as part of iTunes sync. It gets spookier, the paper explains:

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.
The root cause of the problem is iOS 4 which, for some reason, silently tracks our geographical location. This means, the paper explains, that for some people there could be “almost a year’s worth of data stored.”

Say someone steals your computer and decrypts said file. This may not be problematic for regular Joes, but it’s a big issue for those urged to keep their location private. If you’re a high-ranked executive in a corporation, a celebrity or some kind of a VIP, someone could steal your computer and plot your location history to determine where you live and work, your daily routine and more.

From there, thieves could plan on breaking into your house while you’re away. This reminds me of a similar privacy-related debacle pertaining to the carrier location tracking issue that Malte Spitz, a German Green party politician, made public.

He obtained a court order forcing Deutsche Telekom to hand over his location data spawning a six-month period from August 31, 2009 to February 28, 2010. During that time Deutsche Telekom had recorded his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times, tracing him in places such as a train on the way to Erlangen. It was explained that a handset typically pings the network every seven seconds or so in order to determine the nearest cellular tower, allowing Deutsche Telekom to create a location history of their every user without them knowing anything about it.

The finding let to a heated debate as Spitz published his entire location history on the web. Eventually, the court ruling prevented such an unreasonable data retention. The problem could be even worse in the United States where telecommunication companies are not obliged to specify what data they collect about users.
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