It's Monday, and that means with two days of rest from soothsaying and divination, it's about time that the world got back to the serious business of making off-the-cuff financial predictions once again. According to Brian White, a financial analyst for Ticonderoga Securities and part-time fortune teller, Apple stock could reach as high as $430 per share this year, propped up by a wicked-hot product line that's set to be an even greater success as the world draws closer to the upcoming holiday season. So confident is White in Apple's ability to dazzle the purchasing public, that he's declared the company will most likely overtake Exxon as the most valuable company in the world according to market value within the next 12 months.
Sometimes in life, things are said in haste that can forever change the nature of a relationship. No matter how much one desires the ability to take back that which slipped past their lips, they know that, irrecoverably, their words have forever changed the way of things. We're betting that Meizu CEO Jack Wong is spending his day pondering what exactly it was that he was thinking last month. You see, on September 9, Mr. Wong, who's company is renowned across Asia for the production of the very finest Apple mobile knock-offs, quipped that he felt the latest iteration of the iPod touch looked "a bit like the M9II"--Meizu's flagship smartphone. A little over a month after opening his mouth, it appears that Apple has turned their legal guns to bear on Wong and his iPhone riffing company.
If you're an Apple purist that laments the fact that wearing a pair of the company's iconic white earbuds in public could grab a mugger's attention and lead to a nasty thrashing, we've got great news for you: Universal Designs is offering replicas of Batman's belt from The Dark Knight that come complete with a holster for your iPhone or iPod. It's a sure bet that wearing this baby out in public will guarantee you'll never have to worry about being rolled for your precious Apple products again. After all why would any self-respecting criminal want to beat someone to within an inch of their lives for a portable media device when they could be beating them for wearing superhero memorabilia. I mean, come on--even criminals have priorities.
Sooner or later, everything ends up on eBay. A human kidney? Check. A walk-on part in an Ally McBeal episode? Check. A grilled cheese sandwich with the face of the Virgin Mary scorched onto the bread? Check. The Mac Museum of Franklin Park, New Jersey? You'd better believe it. The private museum's collection of insanely awesome Apple memorabilia is up for grabs on the venerable auction site. What could be better?
If you're one of the many that have suffered poor reception when jaw-wagging on your iPhone 4 due to the handset's much maligned antenna design, Apple may have a solution for you in the not so far-flung future: A MacBook with an integrated cellular antenna that could allow for 3G and possibly even LTE connections, making phone calls from your laptop sans VoIP a possibility.
Go ahead and Give it a try: Put a death-grip on a laptop. We challenge you.
Seems like everybody wants to either beat or be Apple these days in the tech world. But HP's Todd Bradley, a possible successor to outgoing CEO Mark Huard, would prefer that you believe HP isn't trying to go that route.
This week we'll take a look at how handy folders can be in the iOS Dock, learn how to create a special Apple logo folder, and practice a few tricks that make iTunes 10 a bit more palatable, Plus, we'll teach you about the new iPhone Field Service test in iOS 4.1.
The world of smartphone app development is a frustrating, constantly changing place. To get a feel for what developers have to put up with, you needn't look any further than the iTunes App Store. For the longest time, developers were allowed to churn out their creations using third-party software... until they weren't. Out of the blue a little while back, they were once again. Should they be victorious in the long uphill battle to complete an application, that app has to go through a stringent approval process, where it could very well be disallowed, forcing the developer to either scrap her project or tweak it to Apple satisfaction. Throughout this process, developers make no money from the sweat of their brows. Worst of all, should the developer want to deploy his wares to a number of App Stores, she'll be forced to jump through a number of similar hoops once again. With such a development environment, nobody wins. Innovation is stifled by strict and oft-times frustrating App Store rules, consumers yearning for an application available on one platform to come to another often goes unsated, as developers spend so much time fighting through red tape that they're too busy to transfer their work to a different OS ecosystem. Fortunately, things may be looking for individuals interested in cross-platform mobile application development, as a number of players in the mobile telecommunications game have banded together to sort out a universal web-based approach to application development. Their solution is one that will seem very familiar to long-time iPod touch or iPhone users: Web Apps.
If you listen closely, you can hear the drums of war beating once again. Follow the sound on the wind and you'll be led to the faraway land of Cupertino where it's clear that Apple is none too pleased with Sanho Corporation, makers of the increasingly popular line of HyperMac external battery products for just about every Apple product under the sun. It seems that Apple's beef stems from the fact that many of the products from the HyperMac line include MagSafe adapters for connecting to power-hungry MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Air. In addition, they also utilize Apple's 30-pin dock connector to move juice from their batteries on to every iOS device under the sun. This might not be an issue if Sanho had asked permission to do so. However, as you may have guessed by now, they didn't.