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Apple Orders 15 Million iPhone 5s For September

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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry:

Apple has placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5s to ship in September to netbook-maker Pegatron Technologies, a supplier, according to DigiTimes sources.

The sources also said that the iPhone 5 isn’t very different from the iPhone 4.

Pegatron is a big Apple supplier, and worked with them on the iPhone 4, which allowed them to expand their plants. We wrote yesterday about how Apple uses its cash to help its suppliers expand plant and equipment, and get exclusivity and discounts on components in exchange.

“Apple’s… Exclusive Supply Chain Of Advanced Technology [Is] Literally Years Ahead Of Anyone Else On The Planet” →

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-orders-15-million-iphone-5s-for-september-2011-7?utm_source=alerts#ixzz1REFogI7N

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July 5, 2011 at 13:22

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Android This Week: Hulu Plus lands; Falling market share; TV tech on phones

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A handful of Android devices this week became the first to gain access to Hulu Plus, a subscription-based service for online movies and television programs. The software is free, but most content on Hulu Plus is only accessible by paying a $7.99 monthly fee. Similar to Netflix, Hulu Plus is only available for small subset of Android phones during the initial rollout; likely due to testing each individual Android phone model to ensure it meets the appropriate Digital Rights Management (DRM) requirements.

For now, Hulu Plus is only supported on the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, and three Motorola phones: the Droid 2, Droid X, and Atrix 4G. In a blog post announcing the new software, the folks at Hulu Plus said it “expects to add to the number of Android smartphones and will be making additional device announcements throughout the year.”

I have both a Nexus One and a trial subscription to Hulu Plus, so I gave the software a try earlier this week. I found it to work quite well, even over a 3G connection. The menus are intuitive and the video quality is on par with other high-quality video streaming services.

In other Android news related to video quality, Sony Ericsson announced two new smartphones that borrow from Sony’s high definition television technology. The Xperia Active and Xperia Ray both use the Bravia Mobile Engine to enhance video playback on their “Reality Displays”, bringing improved contrast, color management and noise reduction. Although I haven’t seen either of these phones yet — they aren’t due to arrive until the third quarter of 2011 — the video demonstration shows promise:

Aside from the display technology, Sony Ericsson is trying to differentiate the Active by ruggedizing it for exercise. The capacitive touch screen works even with water or sweat on the screen and can survive up to one meter in water for 30 minutes. Various sports tracking software applications are also pre-installed.

These models may help Sony Ericsson’s market share, but Android’s as a whole is showing some slowness; at least in the U.S. Earlier this week, Charlie Wolf, an analyst from Needham & Co., suggested that out that Android’s market share in the U.S. fell to 49.5 percent from 52.4 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

This marks the first decline for Android in any region of the world and is largely due to the Verizon iPhone, thinks Wolf. If true, it’s likely that Android’s market share will continue to be challenged this year as a new iPhone is expected for both Verizon and AT&T in September. In addition to new hardware, the iPhone’s software looks good too; even from an Android owner’s point of view.

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June 25, 2011 at 17:30

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W Hotels transforms guest experience via mobile booking, concierge app

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Here is an article that is interesting. W Hotels have their new iPhone app. I think it is great except for the store. I don’t believe that people can actually choose from such an amount of articles in an environment that was most definitely not created for mobile phone use. Check the app out.

W Hotels is driving new and existing guests to its locations by letting them book rooms, order room service and get insider access via an iPhone application.

The company has integrated tips, fashion finds and incorporated a music platform with exclusive content. The app is available for free download in Apple’s App Store.

“The W global iPhone app extends the W lifestyle by providing value with exclusive music content, W Insider tips, fashion finds, trends and access to W Hotel’s The Store,” said a W Hotels spokesperson, New York.

“The app serves as a clear business driver for W Hotels as guests are now booking guestrooms and looking for content through mobile apps,” the spokesperson said.

Mobile service
In addition to booking rooms, consumers can check out the local weather, get directions or browse photos.

Guests can connect with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare directly via the W Hotels app.

Consumers can also view and order from the hotel’s in-room dining menus or treat someone else to champagne or snacks to any guest room at any location.

Consumers can order room service or request something else via the app

Exclusive offerings
The app also offers special events and exclusive W Happenings.

Guests can click on the insider tab on each hotel page to view the promotions occurring.

The “I Need” tab lets consumers request immediate service and they can ask for special requests or send the hotel an email via the app.

Additionally, the Special Offers page lets consumers check out what is happening at W Hotels around the world, as well as lets them find a special deal for their next stay.

“The global iPhone application is a vital, new communication channel for W Hotels that allows further connection with the target audience, while bringing to life the passions of the W brand,” the W spokesperson said.

“The W iPhone app is another way for W loyalists to stay connected 24/7. Starwood and W Hotels are committed to capitalizing on the digital space to transform the guest experience.”

Rimma Kats is staff reporter on Mobile Commerce Daily and Mobile Marketer. Reach her at rimma@mobilemarketer.com.

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June 13, 2011 at 11:19

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10 Apps Apple Just Killed With iOS 5

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WhatsApp is the most popular BBM-like messenger for iPhone


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WhatsApphas been one of the most popular iOS messaging apps for a while because it let you message in real time with friends.

 

You can see delivery receipts, read receipts, typing notifications, and more. It uses push notifications.

Now, it’s all included in iMessage, and brand new real time messaging app for iOS.

One thing WhatsApp still has, however, is cross-platform messaging. There are no plans for iMessage to become an open protocol that other operating systems could use.

via 10 Apps Apple Just Killed With iOS 5.

 

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June 7, 2011 at 12:17

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With possible Nokia deal, Microsoft could try to become the next Apple

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Apple, a company many said had repeatedly delayed the development and launch of the iPhone for fear that it might cannibalize its iPod business, is now a “mobile devices company” with a smartphone that is undoubtedly its flagship device. Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook have both publicly acknowledged this major transition on several occasions, including on stage while unveiling the iPad and on earnings calls while speaking with analysts. Apple is growing at an unheard of pace and stockpiling mountains of cash, all thanks to its mobile business. Personal Computers, Apple’s core business for nearly 30 years, now play second fiddle to the company’s mobile devices in terms of both revenue and mind share. On the other side of the table, old rival Microsoft is doing all it can to regain its footing in the mobile space after letting its Windows Mobile platform grow stale and moldy. Windows Mobile’s replacement, Windows Phone, is still in its infancy but early reports have suggested adoption has been slow at best. So where does Microsoft go from here?

Read the whole interesting story at BGRWith possible Nokia deal, Microsoft could try to become the next Apple.

U.S. ITC to investigate Nokia’s patent case against Apple

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The United States International Trade Commission said Thursday that it will re-investigate patent infringement claims that Nokia filed against Apple in May 2010.In March, an ITC panel ruled that Apple did not infringe on Nokia’s patents related to speech and data transmission, device positioning, and antenna configurations, and this time around it will only examine two of the five patents named in the original case. That’s just a fraction of the patent suits Nokia has filed against the Cupertino-based company, though. Paul Melin, Nokia’s vice president of intellectual property, said Nokia now has 46 patent suits open against Apple as of March, when Nokia claimed the iPhone maker was infringing on seven additional patents. Read

via U.S. ITC to investigate Nokia’s patent case against Apple.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 29, 2011 at 12:35

Pyramid Points – Why Windows Phone Will Beat Android

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After we have published our global findings from our Q1 smartphone forecasts, a number of tech bloggers, journalists, amateur telecom fans, people passionate about their own phones and others picked up on the very last sentence of our précis: “By 2015, Windows Phone will establish itself as the leader in the smartphone OS space.”

Some people have misinterpreted our statement, thinking that Windows Phone (WP) will establish its leadership in 2015. As you can see from Exhibit 1, we actually believe that this will happen much earlier – as early as 2013. Some of you loved this projection and agreed with it, othersargued thatthe potential margin of error was too large, and still others disregarded it. While I respect all the opinions, this blog is mostly aimed at readers who want to understand better how we came to the projection.

via Pyramid Points – Why Windows Phone Will Beat Android.

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May 13, 2011 at 13:18

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April 2011, How Is Windows Phone 7 Doing Comparing To The Others? ~ The Mobile Spoon – Smartphones, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

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Every once in a while I (Mr. Mobile Spoon) check on Windows Phone 7. Not that I have invested in Microsoft or anything, I guess it’s because I can’t wait to see a third player in the endless iOS/Android game, and also because just like with Palm, I will always have a warm corner in the heart for Windows Mobile or its’ successor…

Today I’ve collected a bunch of posts from WP7 sites.

Windows Phone hits 7% US market share in March 2011

via April 2011, How Is Windows Phone 7 Doing Comparing To The Others? ~ The Mobile Spoon – Smartphones, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 9, 2011 at 16:10

Android surpasses iPhone by August 2011

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According to Research2Guidance, a Berlin based mobilie research specialist, the Android Market continued its growth in April 2011. It will overtake the Apple App Store and become the biggest distribution platform for smartphone applications worldwide (in terms of app numbers) by August 2011.

By the end of April:

  • App numbers reached almost 295,000
  • In April 28,000 new apps were added to the market, which means that it grew 2.5 times faster than Apple App Store
  • Paid app share remained constant at 36%.
  • Amongst the major app platforms Android Market is still the one with the highest share of free apps, but new adds show a slight increase in paid app share (40%).
  • Average selling price grew by 2% to US$ 3.23 in April.
  • Top 5 categories comprise 55% of all Android Market apps.
  • ‘Games’ was the fastest growing category.
  • Given the same growth rates, ‘Games’ will become the No.1 category in July 2011.

Android Market is the fastest growing app store today. The Android Market had a slow start when it was launched. Since October 2010 it overtook Apple in terms of new application uploads. Currently it shows growth rates twice as high as Apple’s App Store. Given the same growth rates as in April, Android Market would overtake Apple’s App Store within next 3-4 months.

As of the end of April, Android Market features 294,738 apps. In April 28,000 new applications were added to the Android Market, compared to 11,000 apps added to the Apple App Store. Both market leaders add more apps to their stores every month as other platforms have in total. Android offers 188,000 free apps, which makes it the biggest platform for free content worldwide. Only 36% of its content is paid, whereas most of other app stores tend to have more than 60% paid content. The share of paid apps varies greatly among categories. While paid apps account for only 11% in ‘News & Magazines’, ‘Personalization’ content features over 77% paid apps. The “paid content” trend, which has been visible over the last few months, continued in April. This month the share of paid apps amongst total adds averaged 40%.

I’ll give you the figures from Research2Guidance. I think they need no elaboration.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 6, 2011 at 10:07

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Intelligence and Integrity

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I’ve never really been into conspiracy theories, apart for entertainment reasons, but recently and for me more or less out of the blue the other day, Rogier Brussee mumbled something about Google being the CIA (or FBI for all that matters). Expressions like that make me cynical but also make me question why I am cynical about those ideas. Could it be true? Do you think it is like that? And if Google would be the digitized version of the all mighty watchdog of the US, than who would be the (moral) owners of Facebook, delicious, Foursquare, you name any social media originating from the US? If it really is the security forces of our modern western society, than let us ask what the role of social media in our society actually is.

Russia Today interviewed Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ co-founder who needs no further introduction. In his interview, Assange focuses particularly on Facebook calling it the “most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented”. Assange: “Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.”

According to Assange, it is not the case that Facebook is actually run bi US intelligence; US intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure on them. Besides that, the system is automated. It would be too costly and would take too many people to run through individual data of all who use Facebook, let alone in conjunction with other social media. We could draw the conclusion that whenever needed intelligence services (and most certainly not just US intelligence) will have straight forward access to relevant individual data, again: their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives. You name it. Remains the question: do we want this? The Wikileaks founder warns Facebook users, stating that if a user adds their friend to Facebook, they are “doing free work for US Intelligence agencies, in building this electronic database for them”.

I have always been very easy on my personal data. I have only three email addresses a secure private one @hu.nl and a probably not so secure one @gmail.com. Then I have one @ymail due to the fact that I have recently opened a Flickr account to share some koninginnedag (queens day) pictures with friends with whom we had been selling stuff at Bloemgracht all day. What’s wrong with that? The pictures I took with my iPhone all have GPS data so you know I am not lying. But than again, how many people have put queens day photographs on Flickr this year? (I get 8,609 results at Flickr, May 3, 2011 10.50 AM.) Nobody seems to care much about privacy issues.

April 24, I published a copied story from The Next Web about not just iPhone keeping all our data in a little file in our phone but also Android (read Google) doing just the same (more or less). Obviously, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. So, who cares if Mr. Obama or premier Rutte is having a look in your whereabouts?

As I see it, it is as Alexander Bard said during The Next Web Conference; the next new thing is integrity. Integrity has to do with openness and even Satan can have integrity; as long as Satan says he is Satan, we will accept it. The moment one pretends to be someone else, evil starts, distrust, corruption, blurriness. Intelligence services? How many sides to a coin?

Written by Kees Winkel

May 3, 2011 at 09:11

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