Apple has officially unveiled the new MobileMe Calendar that has been in beta since July. The newly revamped calendar features a new user interface similar to the calendar that appears on the iPad, and some new features that users of the MobileMe web interface will no doubt love.
When Steve Jobs talked up iBooks earlier this year, it sounded like it had the potential to put reigning e-book champions such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon on the ropes.
However, after six months of offering up downloadable text content to capable iOS devices, it appears that the once seemingly mighty contender hasn't been able to do much more than land a few rabbit punches. Despite the iPad's rabid popularity, neither major publishers, nor the book buying public have embraced iBooks.
After more than half a year online, Apple's iBook Store is still only offering up approximately 60,000 titles. When held up against the 700,000 titles offered by Amazon for their Kindle reader software and hardware solutions, Cupertino's library looks pretty weak. Did we mention that about half of the titles available as iBooks are also available from Project Gutenberg? C'mon Steve, this is embarrassing.
In a world where child soldiers are forced to fight for fear of their family's safety, women are refused the same education as their male counterparts, and disease runs rampant around the globe for a lack of funding to provide the most basis of vaccinations, it is a great comfort to know that an elite few are able to look past the all the chaos and keep it real real for the rest of us. Boatloads of dirty, filthy money, you see, should never be spent in an effort to make the world a better place. Instead, those with millions or billions burning a hole in their haberdasher-sewn pockets should opt to blow their dough on more pressing matters than life-changing charity. You know, like a diamond-encrusted iPhone 4.
How many precious moments of life has the hyper-addictive game Angry Birds stolen from the human race? Available on every device spanning the iOS family, as well as on choice Palm and Nokia handsets and Android hardware. The brilliant app has become such a success that back in August, the game's developer, Rovio, revealed that they were interested in expanding Angry Birds across a number of mediums, including books, toys, and console gaming systems. In a conversation with Variety, Rovio's CEO Mikael Hed admitted that they'd even been shopping the screen rights to the game around to a number of major studios.
Did they find any big Hollywood fish willing to bite?
It was only a few weeks ago that we were reporting astonishing iPhone sales in Korea, but it appears as though complaints over the iPhone has tarnished that record. According to BusinessWeek, lawmakers in Korea have summoned Apple for questioning over iPhone service complaints.
It could be argued that thanks to Apple's exclusivity deal with AT&T, Android handsets became the People's Sour-Grapes iPhone. For individuals already locked into other networks or unwilling to take on a contract with AT&T, Google's open-source mobile OS, when paired with the right hardware makes for an excellent alternative to Cupertino's trendsetting handset. According to some increasingly credible rumors, the American cellular landscape will be undergoing a significant change in the early months of 2011: AT&T will no longer be the only game in town in you want to get your mitts on an iOS powered smartphone, as Apple is purportedly ready to unveil a iteration of the iPhone that will function on Verizon's network in early 2011. Despite the fact that the iPhone's primary competition of late has come from companies selling hardware with running one flavor of Android or another, the Cupertino-based tech company owes a debt of gratitude to Google: Without Android handsets gobbling up data like it was going out of style, Verizon wouldn't have been able to anticipate whether or not their network in its current state could sustain the added user demand that will come with the company's introduction of the iPhone.
It's not easy writing this story without feeling a little bit of awkwardness about the subject matter, but today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved one of Apple's patents that prevents users from sending or receiving text messages with "objectionable" wording. Yes, folks, if you're the type that sends mass text messages with the word "boob", you're probably the demographic that Apple is aiming for.
It seems inevitable that with a company’s runaway success, the costs of doing business increase exponentially. That may be the case with Apple, as a new report claims that Foxconn parent company Hon Hai will be increasing its prices for some clients, including Apple.