| Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software - Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.|
WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. 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. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.
| Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Google and Apple requesting that they improve security measures so customers can better protect their privacy with respect to location data. See letter below:|| |
T-Mobile USA, Inc. yesterday issued a challenge to Seattle-area iPhone owners: If your Apple iPhone beats our Samsung Galaxy S 4G smartphone in a speed test,1 you’ll get $1,000.
iPhone owners who bring their phones into participating T-Mobile® retail locations in the Seattle area April 29 through May 1 can take part in the T-Mobile Speed Challenge. iPhone owners will compete in a head-to-head, best-of-three test against the Galaxy S 4G using a free third-party application. If the download speeds on the iPhone beat those on the Galaxy S 4G two out of three times, T-Mobile will give the iPhone owner $1,000.
Even if the Galaxy S 4G prevails, iPhone owners can still benefit by switching to a T-Mobile smartphone running on America’s Largest 4G Network.
Apple today announced that the white iPhone 4 will be available beginning tomorrow. White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple’s online store, at Apple’s retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”
iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina™ display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone resulting in super crisp text, images and video, and FaceTime, which makes video calling a reality.
|The iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network makes its debut for the general population this week. Beginning at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 10, iPhone 4 will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and Apple’s retail stores.|
iPhone 4 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16 GB model and $299.99 for the 32 GB model with a new two-year customer agreement. To enjoy all the features of their new iPhone 4s, customers can subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes) or a Nationwide Talk and Text plan (beginning at $59.99 for 450 minutes and includes unlimited text, picture and video messaging), as well as an unlimited Email and Web data plan for $29.99 per month. Customers will also enjoy the new Personal Hotspot capability paired with a 3G Mobile Hotspot plan to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The 3G Mobile Hotspot plan is $20 per month for 2 GB.
AT&T today announced a new price for the popular iPhone 3GS – $49.00 – available beginning tomorrow, Friday, January 7, for both new and upgrade-eligible existing AT&T customers.
The offer will be available online at www.att.com/iphone, across more than 2,200 AT&T retail locations nationwide and through AT&T business channels, as well as Apple channels.**
Available only on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, iPhone 3GS delivers the following advantages unique to AT&T and its customers:
Skype today announced the new version of its iPhone application that brings video calling to millions of mobile users around the globe over both 3G and WiFi networks. Available to download from the Apple App Store today, the new Skype for iPhone App allows iPhone , iPad and iPod touch owners to make and/or receive free Skype video calls for the first time. (See video above).
The digital innovators at Tunaverse Media today unveiled their revolutionary Cinq Free App for iPhone and iPod touch. Available for free on the iTunes App Store, Cinq enables iPhone and iPod touch users to snap pictures and have their full resolution images automatically saved onto their Mac or PC. (See demo video above).
eBay today released a new version of its main iPhone application that adds selling functionality and leading RedLaser barcode-scanning technology. The new app bridges in-store and mobile shopping experiences so that holiday shoppers can scan to comparison shop across a wider selection of merchandise including electronics, movies and videogames.
|Apple today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint.|
“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”
|News Media Group, Inc. is launching a new series of 30 and 60 second shorts called “Killer Apps” that will showcase the must-have apps that iPhone, iPad and other smart mobile device owners will want to download to survive the holidays! Our Emmy Award winning host and one of the most familiar faces in technology, Brett Larson, will show viewers why the app is indispensable for the holidays and where to download it.|
The “Killer Apps” series can be seen by DirecTV subscribers on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX Business, FOX News, Headline News, Bloomberg and the Weather Channel or viewers can watch online at www.killerapps.tv. The shorts will air at various times from November 19th through the 23rd, which is the critical gift buying and holiday planning periods surrounding Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
Beginning on Nov. 14, Sprint customers can attach ZTE PEEL to their Apple iPod touch and connect to Sprint’s 3G network. ZTE PEEL is a unique device that cradles the second- and third-generation iPod touch with a case-like form factor. With universal Wi-Fi compatibility and support for up to two Wi-Fi enabled devices, iPod touch users will have a virtually anywhere, anytime Internet connection that removes the reliance on a Wi-Fi hotspot for a data connection.
Customers simply slide their iPod touch (touch-screen face out) into ZTE PEEL, press down on both sides until it clicks into place, and then press the power button located on the back of ZTE PEEL to connect to Sprint’s 3G network.
ZTE PEEL will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, through Sprint retail stores and direct ship sales channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) for $79.99 (taxes excluded). The ZTE PEEL $29.99 monthly service plan from Sprint allows up to 1GB of 3G data on the Sprint network (taxes and surcharges excluded) with no annual contract required.
GM recently announced that owners of 2011 Chevrolet models can access their vehicle information and OnStar services right from their smart phones. The myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink applications, available as free downloads, provide drivers with unprecedented connectivity to their vehicles from their Android or Apple iPhone device.
“This is a great example of how we are focusing on smart technologies that address customers’ needs,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. “With myChevrolet and Onstar MyLink apps, customers can search their owners’ manual, find their parking spot, and even unlock their car – right from their phone.”
Features of the apps, also available on Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, fall into three categories: location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity features.
The location-based services include a parking reminder that allows drivers to save their parking location to a GPS-enabled map, set a timer to track how much time they have on the parking meter, and even add a note or photo with details about their parking location.
| App Ninjas, developer of Swipe for iPhone, is now shipping the Apple-approved Credit Card Swiper for iPhone. This hardware accessory adds support for retail transactions to the Swipe mobile credit card processing solution, which is available to merchants directly or through App Ninjas' network of value-added white-label partners.|
The Swipe white-label solution enables Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), banks, and other merchant-focused companies to offer their customers a complete credit card processing solution for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Partners’ customers process cards through a custom-branded app, newly enhanced to support the Credit Card Swiper for full retail support.
“As conventional mobile terminals are being replaced by smart phones, ISOs and banks want to get to market with their own branded mobile processing solutions,” says John Waldron, CEO of App Ninjas. “Now that we’re offering an iPhone swipe accessory, they can quickly reach the market with a turnkey solution for retail transactions — saving them the expense, hassle, and compliance reviews of rolling and their own solution.”
| The worldwide mobile phone market grew 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, driven in part by the fast-growing converged mobile device category. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 340.5 million units in 3Q10 compared to 297.1 million units in the third quarter of 2009.|
The growing popularity of converged mobile devices, or smartphones, with consumers and businesspersons is evidenced by the appearance of a second smartphone-only vendor in the top 5 ranking. Apple moved into the number 4 position worldwide in 3Q10, joining Research In Motion (RIM) as one of the world's largest mobile phone suppliers. RIM has spent three quarters on IDC's leaderboard. Apple and RIM also posted the highest-growth rates among the top 5 vendors last quarter.
| Alcoa announced the launch of a free, user-friendly iPhone application compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that will make it fun and easy for consumers to recycle aluminum cans. The new app – called AluminateTM – will help consumers find recycling centers, track how many aluminum cans they recycle, and calculate the cash they can earn as they help protect the environment through recycling aluminum cans.|
Alcoa’s AluminateTM recycling app has several unique features that allow users to make the most of their recycling efforts. It allows them to:
Apple today introduced the Apple Store in China, the easiest way to shop online for Apple products including the revolutionary iPhone 4 and the magical iPad. Apple’s online store in China features free shipping, free personalized engraving on any iPod or iPad, and the ability to custom configure any Mac with just a few clicks. The online Apple Store also offers a wide selection of third-party products and is the only place online to buy the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED.
“We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “With personalized engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.”
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, signature gift wrap is available with the purchase of most Apple products including iPod, iPad and iPhone.
| The iPhone has apps for so many functions that it's hard to keep track of just what it is possible to do from your iPhone. Here's a list of ten of the most useful budgeting and money-tracking application you can get for the iPhone. || |
Verizon Wireless and Apple today announced that iPad will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide beginning Friday, October 28. Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi.
AT&T today announced that all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T Stores starting Thursday, October 28. AT&T will offer customers 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, complete with Apple’s easy on-device activation and management. All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for just $20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.
|The proliferation of smartphones has led an increasing number of people to depend on mobile devices for much more than just making phone calls, and with that shift comes a vastly increased demand for portable power. Energizer, a leader in innovative power solutions, is making it easier for people to use smartphones to their fullest potential with the introduction of the AP1201 for iPhone 4. This rechargeable case with built-in battery supplies nearly twice the power of the iPhone, while offering protection that you never need to remove, providing a continuous power source.|
With 50 million iPhones sold to date, and more than 1.7 million iPhone 4 phones sold just days after it was introduced, these devices have become popular for playing games, music and video, and running mobile applications that do everything from global positioning to balancing finances.