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Part XVII of the Apple Location Tracking Saga: Or, the one where Steve Jobs maybe responds. Senators, representatives, state officials and entire foreign countries have all requested a response from Apple regarding the involuntary logging of location data in iOS devices. And according to MacRumors, Apple’s Steve Jobs has broken his silence to a random, unnamed MacRumors reader. Here’s the …
If you haven’t heard, this Apple location tracking story was kind of a big deal last week. Last Wednesday, two data scientists reported on a finding that devices running iOS 4 or later contained a hidden file that contains location data going back to nearly a year in some cases. This data on the file consolidated.db includes longitude and latitude …
This week’s report that iOS devices contain a secret file storing users’ locations and movements for up to a year has raised a lot of eyebrows. Reactions have ranged from sky-is-falling freakouts by privacy advocates to shrugs of the shoulders by those who have come to expect that they are never truly off-the-grid. If you aren’t aware, earlier the week …
Apple’s stock is doing quite well today after the company released an impressive earnings report yesterday afternoon. The report for the record 2nd quarter included 83% revenue growth, and 95% profit growth. Revenue came to $24.67 billion with profit at $5.99 billion ($6.40 per diluted share). That’s compared to the same period last year, when the company reported 13.50 billion …
By whom and for what reason is undetermined, but data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have discovered a tracking file within devices that operate on iOS 4. Allan and Warden revealed their findings yesterday at the Where 2.0 location conference in Santa Clara, CA. Do you have an Apple device? How much would a tracking log concern you? Let …
Apple released its second-quarter financial results today. This includes a record March quarter driving 83% revenue growth, and 95% profit growth. Second quarter revenue came to $24.67 billion with profit at $5.99 billion ($6.40 per diluted share). For the same period last year, the company reported 13.50 billion revenue and $3.07 billion profit. The company also recorded year-over-year iPhone sales …
It had been rumored that the next version of Apple’s iPhone would begin production in September, making the release likely for late in the year or early next year. This was based on rumors from the supply chain. Now, Reuters is reporting that the phones will actually ship in September according to “three people with direct knowledge of the company’s …
Add another log to the iPhone 5 rumors fire. Now it’s looking like consumers may not see the device until next year, or possibly very late this year. It was once expected in early summer. According to a report from Avian Securities, as relayed by Business Insider, production may not even start until September. The report said: “Supporting out comments …
Nokia? What’s that? I’m sure there are young teens, and children who are receiving their first smart phones which have little memory of when Nokia dominated the mobile landscape. In fact, on the international level Nokia is still the top selling cell phone manufacturer. However, they’ve fallen by the wayside in the US to the domination of iOS and Android …
There is some debate between analysts concerning how well the iPhone has been selling this year. Apple’s second fiscal quarter ended on March 26th, and the sales projections are all over the map. Fortune has compiled a list of 43 professional and amateur analysts who can’t seem to agree on whether sales of Apple’s top moneymaker rose or fell in …
This morning, the world’s most elite golfers are beginning their quest for the green jacket at the 2011 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The first major of the year always has its share of storylines, this year being no exception. Golf fans wonder if no-longer-top-ranked Tiger Woods can bounce back from a dismal 2010 following his off-the-course indiscretions. Some are …
While the grammatically-butchered title is indeed a play on a Dave Chapelle “Women be shoppin’” bit from the The Nutty Professor, the sentiment applies here. Simply put, teens love their iPhones. While this may not come as a surprise — teens have long been identified for their buying power by Apple — seeing the numbers in front of you drives …
AT&T looks to be on the defensive. Criticisms of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile have been getting stronger, as is evident by Sprint’s public protest released this week. Many are worried about that the deal could lead to a wireless “duopoly” of AT&T and Verizon, limiting market competition. People are also concerned about the way the deal will impact customers, …
You really know your iPhone app is rejected when Steve Jobs personally emails you in response to an appeal made regarding app store approval. Tawkon, the name of both the app and developer can be added to the list of app drama which has taken place this week. The radiation monitoring app is available on Blackberry, Android, and now jail-broken …
Update 08/19: Since the article was originally pieced together in March, there have been many rumors flying around about the device. Many of them have simply been around the release date. As of right now, it looks like it’s going to be early October, based on the latest from Boy Genius Report, who cites an AT&T Source. Other recent rumors …
Office Depot has expanded its mobile offerings and has launched an iPhone and Android app available for free download on iTunes and the Android Market. The new apps are part of the company’s broader “Office Depot Anywhere” strategy aimed at helping people show via a variety of mobile platforms and m-commerce sites. The apps allow users to browse and buy …
When the AT&T/T-Mobile deal was announced, one of the first things that came to many people’s minds was something along the lines of, ‘Well, I guess T-Mobile’s getting the iPhone too.” That may or may not be the case, but either way, don’t look for it to happen incredibly soon. On a T-Mobile FAQ page, the company says: “T-Mobile USA …
Millennial Media released its monthly Mobile Mix report this morning, finding (among other things) that Verizon’s iPhone represented 4.5% of U.S. iPhone Impressions in the two weeks following the launch. Verizon is about 3 years behind AT&T in terms of offering the iPhone. Verizon said that it had a record first day of sales in the history of the company. …
The latest Android devices load Web pages 52 percent faster than Apple’s iPhone 4, according to a new study released today from Blaze Software. To determine which device loaded Web pages faster, Blaze took over 45,000 measurements on sites optimized for the mobile experience and on non-mobile sites. Android finished loading a Web page faster on 84 percent of the …
Google has released an updated version of its Google Mobile App for iPhone aimed at making it faster and easier to find apps. The app has been redesigned and renamed and is now known as the Google Search app for iPhone. When browsing search results users can swipe down to view the search bar or change their settings. Google app …
Let’s face it: America is too busy to be saddled with any extra tap of the thumb, and launching anything through mobile Safari is groan-worthy. But is Apple intentionally slowing down web apps launched directly from the home screen? According to an exclusive at The Register, that is precisely the case. Of course web apps do not need to be …
Today Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller announced via Twitter that the long-awaited and (possibly) much-anticipated white iPhone will be released this Spring. In late January, AppleInsider reported that Apple was partnering with a Japanese company to resolve problems with their white paint. Apparently, the mixture had consistency issues involving the thickness that resulted in an …
iOS 4.3 was announced on March 2nd, when Apple announced the launch of the iPad 2. Both the new device and the operating system were supposed to become available on Friday, March 11. Apple went ahead and let device-owners get iOS 4.3 a little early instead. The operating system can now be downloaded. “With more than 160 million iOS devices …
Drivers of electric cars can now access an app called PlugShare that shows a map of charging stations in their area. The PlugShare app was created by a Palo Alto-based start-up called Xatori which focuses on software for electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. PlugShare is available for iPhone and iPod touch users for free via …
Location-based service Loopt is introducing real-time mobile “Reward Alerts” app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones.
Reward Alerts allow brands and local businesses to offer limited-time deals to people nearby. Reward Alerts offer a “flash” deal that is redeemable in person, instead of a deal that is purchased now, but used at a later date.
Consumer Reports blasted the iPhone 4 when it first came out for AT&T, citing reception problems. You may recall Apple’s "antennagate" scandal, where it gave away free bumpers to make up for the issue. Now, Consumer Reports is making a similar case for Verizon’s incarnation of the iPhone 4.
Google has launched a feature for its iPhone and Android mobile search that lets you see results for only local businesses that are actually open at the time of the search. While this may not seem incredibly helpful during normal business hours, it marks a tremendous boost in relevancy for late night searches.
Late last month, augmented reality developers Layar announced that it was making its platform available to all developers of iOS apps, opening the door for a lot more innovation and practical use-cases for AR technology. "All apps and services that have a location aspect can now easily and without license costs be enhanced with an AR view of their content," Layar co-founder, Maarten Lens-Fitzgerald told WebProNews. "It fits with the new trends within the AR industry, which is the democratization of this new medium – lowering the barrier to enter the new realm of AR."
Rumors have been going around (stemming from a Wall Street Journal report) that Apple is working on a smaller, and cheaper version of the iPhone to come out this summer. Some have been calling it the "iPhone Nano". Now the New York Times reports that its sources say Apple is not working on a smaller iPhone.
While I’m not the Apple fanboy others are, even I understand the impression Steve Jobs has had on the tech industry. From the earlier days of being the upstart competitor to Bill Gates’ Kingdom of Microsoft, to the current ruler of the tech gadget movement, Jobs’ overall impact is quite apparent.
American Airlines has launched a mobile app for Android user aimed at improving its customers travel experience.
The American Airlines Android app allows users to check in for flights; receive gate, seat and flight status information; view terminal maps; and provides a number of other functions, including the ability to:
iPhone owners now have another option when it comes to apps that can help them save money. Almost exactly a year after it became available to Android users, a version of Google Shopper for the iPhone has launched.
Obviously, Google’s a little late to this game on the iOS platform, and the new version of Google Shopper doesn’t offer any fresh, groundbreaking features. But the app is free, and its functionality is hard to dispute.
Apple said today it will be taking pre-orders for its iPhone 4 on Verizon beginning at 3 a.m. EST on February 3.
Verizon said it has set aside a limited quantity of iPhone smartphones for existing customers and orders will be shipped to arrive on February 10.
As reported earlier, augmented reality app provider Layar announced that it’s making its AR technology available for all iPhone apps via the Layar Player platform. While only three apps are utilizing it so far, you can expect to see a lot more innovative AR-related features in many apps down the road.
Now that the confetti from the “Verizon’s getting the iPhone” hubbub has died down, it’s time to talk turkey. It’s not going to be cheap to use Verizon’s iPhone to begin with — unlimited data packages, anyone? — but now, information about the additional charges potential users will face are surfacing, and, suffice to say, the results are typical.
That is, you’re going to have to pay for pretty much every little capability the iPhone has, including using your phone as an Internet hotspot.
Augmented reality app provider Layar made a very interesting announcement today – it’s making its AR technology available for all iPhone apps. In other words, expect to see a lot more innovative AR-related features in a lot of apps.
This extension of AR tech comes in the form of Layar’s Layar Player (now out of beta). It’s available to all agencies, brands, and developers to use to include AR (for free, no less) in their iPhone apps.
The Internal Revenue Service has introduced IRS2Go, its first smartphone app that allows people to check on the status of their tax refund and receive tax information.
"This new smart phone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.
"As technology evolves and younger taxpayers get their information in new ways, we will keep innovating to make it easy for all taxpayers to access helpful information."
There has been no confirmation from Apple on this front, but word is that the next versions of the iPhone and iPad will include NFC (near field communication) technology, which means people will be able to use them to make payments out in the physical world (where the technology is supported – which will likely be a growing number of places).
Starbucks has introduced mobile payments in all of its U.S. stores, allowing people to pay for purchases with select smartphones.
The new mobile payment program now includes 6,800 company-operated stores and more than 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target locations.
Whether it’s been accomplished by the hardware, the software, or the marketing department, Apple has done something right when it comes to creating user loyalty. New data from Zokem indicates that iOS users are more loyal than the users of other mobile operating systems by a wide margin.
Zokem surveyed over 1,500 smartphones users and found that, on a loyalty scale ranging from negative 100 to 100 percent, the iPhone scored an impressive 73 percent. That puts it far ahead of the competition, as the chart below shows.
TurboTax has introduced SnapTax, a mobile app that lets people file their taxes from their iPhone or Android devices.
SnapTax allows users with simple returns to take a photo of their W-2 with their mobile phones and then automatically enters the information into their tax return. Users answer a few basic questions, review their their return for accuracy and tap “File Now” to electronically file their federal and state tax returns.
Millennial Media has released its monthly Mobile Mix report looking at the smartphone market for the month of December. For the first time, Android surpassed iOS as the largest smartphone OS on the Millennial network, with an 8% increase month-over-month and 46% impression share on the firm’s network in December. iOS currently has a 32% share.
For context, Millennial’s network is the largest mobile ad network in the U.S.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Verizon is getting the iPhone next month. One part of the announcement that excited a lot of people, beyond the extension of the iPhone’s availability was that the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless would include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, enabling users to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Google has launched Google Places with Hotpot for the iPhone. Given the iPhone’s pending availability to Verizon customers, this should provide a huge boost in use for Google’s recently launched local offering. Google Places with Hotpot has been available in Google Maps for Android, but now it’s a standalone iPhone app too.
Yesterday, Google announced that it would stop supporting the H.264 video codec in Chrome, and in the process, praised the concept of openness. That approach isn’t always popular, however, and a Trend Micro exec cited it when stating that Android devices are less secure than the iPhone.
Apple and Verizon officially announced the iPhone 4 for Verizon today. Verizon includes the tagline, "The phone that changed everything. Coming to America’s most reliable network."
The iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10, and qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the opportunity to pre-order it online on February 3.
Earlier today, we reported that Facebook beat Google in terms of UK traffic over Christmas. We also reported that Apple upped its sales forecasts for iPhones. Now, to perhaps link the two stories together, it turns out that the Facebook for iPhone app gained around 1.6 million users in the past three days.
Considering how long Facebook, the iPhone, and the Facebook for iPhone app have all been around, growth of this sort is fairly astonishing. It’s easy to imagine most or all of the potential user base would already have been exhausted.
Two days ago, lots of people no doubt woke up to discover iPhones under their Christmas trees, and it looks like Apple expects many more iPhones to find new homes in the first quarter of 2011. Rumors indicate the company’s upped its targets by between 5.3 and 10.5 percent.
Starting today, iPhone users may begin enjoying a lot more lunches, coffee breaks, and random shopping mall sit-downs with friends. The Google Latitude app for iPhone was officially released this morning, and it promises to keep users informed of their (consenting) pals’ locations at all times.
eBay has added local shopping results from Milo, its most recent acquisition, to its RedLaser barcode-scanning application, now available on the iPhone and Android.
With the integration of Milo, shoppers on RedLaser can find out, through a single scan, which local retailers have an item in-stock along with the best price. Shoppers can scan products from 50,000 U.S. stores.
eBay has released a new version of its iPhone app that adds selling functionality and RedLaser barcode-scanning technology.
The updated iPhone app allows users to comparison shop by scanning barcodes and accessing a wider a variety of merchandise including electronics, movies and videogames.
Amazon.com has introduced a new free price comparison app for iPhone that lets people compare in-store prices with prices from Amazon and other online retailers.
The app called “Price Check,” allows iPhone users to scan a barcode, take a picture, or say or type a product name to receive prices for an item from Amazon and other online retailers.
“This app makes it incredibly easy to quickly compare prices on millions of items before making a purchase,” said Sam Hall, director of Amazon Mobile.
iPhone users may need a moment to verify that today isn’t April 1st, but it’s official: Google Voice for iPhone has been released. Google made the announcement this afternoon, potentially overshadowing Apple’s own iTunes- and Beatles-related news item.
After all, true Beatles fans have surely figured out a way to obtain the band’s music in digital form by now – perhaps for free. Duplicating the features offered by Google Voice was a trickier, and more expensive, proposition.
The recent iOS updates to the 3GS and iPhone 4 have been mostly received with open arms, but the same can’t be said for iPhone 3G users. They’ve been faced with watered down updates and a serious performance problems.
Did you notice any performance issues when you updated your iPhone 3G to iOS 4.0?Let us know
Ask.com has released its mobile application for iPhone that allows users to ask and answer questions from their mobile devices.
Previously only limited to a subset of Ask.com website users, the full Ask.com Q&A experience is now available to anyone who downloads the app.
“Millions of people come to Ask.com with their questions everyday – now they don’t have to wait until they get back to their computers to get the answers they need," said Doug Leeds, President, Ask.com US.
Google said today it is introducing a beta version of Google Instant to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S.
Users can access Google Instant on their iPhone or Android the same way they can on a desktop.
Google has been rolling out new features for Gmail in mobile Safari for the iPhone. They’ve sped up scrolling to reflect the speed of the swipe gesture, and the toolbars stay on the screen while the user is scrolling, as opposed to moving down into view after each scroll.
The bickering between Apple and Google continues. It’s gotten to the point where at just about every event where one of these companies has an announcement (at least within the mobile space), they take not so subtle jabs at one another.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of the year that would allow Verizon to sell it in early 2011. It would be similar to the iPhone 4, but would be based on a different wireless technology – CDMA, which is used by Verizon. The WSJ’s sources are "people briefed by Apple".
AT&T and the NCAA have launched a new iPhone/iPod Touch app. With a big day of college football coming tomorrow, its as good a day as any for such an app.
The app is free and combines social functionality with real-time NCAA football news. Fans of Division 1 teams will be able to chat with one another (as well as fans of opposing teams, so that should cater to a fair amount of trash talk).
Apple announced that its releasing a beta version of Airprint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch as part of the iOS Develope Program. The service will be included in the iOS 4.2 software update in November.
Only 1% of people regard their wedding ring as their most valued asset, accroding to a survey carried out on Facebook in August on behalf of insurance firm Protect Your Bubble, with 12% of the 500 respondents voting for their iPods as their most prized possession, just outdoing the Blackberry, which received 11.5% of the votes.
Meanwhile, cars were the favourites of only 4% of people on the social network. Dogs got 9% of the vote and cats received 5%.
Piper Jaffray, an investment banking firm that earned $7.4 million in net income last quarter, is betting on Android in a big way. Today, Piper Jaffray predicted that Android’s market share will pass the 50 percent mark in the next five years.
Don’t look for the rise to the halfway mark to happen all at once. The report explained, "We estimate Google will control 14.9% of the smartphone market through Android in 2010, growing to 23.2% in 2012."
Apple held its big event today, and showed off several things. At the event, Steve Jobs said that Apple now has 300 retail stores, and will soon open one in Spain making it 11 countries. He said that Apple has shipped 120 million iOS devices, and that there are 230,000 new iOS activations per day. He also said they’ve had 6.5 billion app downloads and get 200 app downloads every second.
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Netflix has launched its free app for iPhone and iPod touch, allowing members to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streamed to their devices.
The Netflix App for iPhone and iPod touch is available on Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Content is organized based on a members’ personal preference, popular genres, new arrivals and individual instant queues.
Google has launched a new mobile version of Google Finance for Android and iPhone. This offers nearly all the same features and functionality as the desktop version.
I’ve written several times about Bing’s chances of increasing search market share through various avenues. While nobody expects Bing to overthrow King Google anytime soon, those chances are pretty good.
One of the keys I’ve repeatedly referred to, is the launch of Windows Phone 7, which will make Bing the default search option. If these devices take off, they could help push Bing’s share tremendously (not to mention the company’s deals with Yahoo and Facebook).
Google announced today that it has updated its Google Mobile iPhone app to push notifications from users’ Google accounts to their phones. Now, an icon badge will show when you’ve got new mail in Gmail or when a reminder for a Google Calendar event comes up.
The badge will appear right on the home screen.
"We’ve also added spiffy features to get you information faster — when looking for flight info, weather, stock quotes or currency conversion you’ll see answers before you even hit ‘Search’," says Google engineering manager David Singleton.
Barnes & Noble announced some enhancements to it its Nook e-reading software for the PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. There is a completely new app for the iphone and iPod.
"Completely new, the next-generation NOOK for iPhone application delivers the most personalized and easy-to-use eReading experience for iPhone and iPod touch owners," the company says. "NOOK for iPad adds customer-requested, in-app content rating and other improvements to the company’s popular iPad app, and NOOK for PC brings new branding to the company’s desktop software.
‘I dropped it from a hot air balloon’ and ‘my dog mistook it for his favourite toy and chewed it to bits’ are among the bizarre insurance claims made for lost and damaged iPhones over the last 12 months, it emerged yesterday.
Other unusual claims include ‘I lost it while skydiving’, ‘I dropped it in a blender’ and ‘It fell into the kettle’.
The weird and wonderful claims came to light in a study by gadget insurers www.protectyourbubble.com.