Citigroup's research department is whispering hearsay that Amazon's got its own ideas for a smartphone next year. The "KindlePhone," as it's referred to in the article from All Things D, is allegedly slated for launch in late 2012. It's a fantastic idea for technophiles who have already adopted the Kindle Fire and are eager to step further into the Amazon ecosystem. And it's an amazing opportunity for Amazon to beat Apple at its own game.
It may be Monday, but so it was eventful one, with Apple surprising everyone with the release of iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match after a two-week delay. Demand for the service was apparently so strong that the company started dialing down new subscriptions, so if you’re one of those affected, spend a few of those moments getting caught up on the rest of the news for this Monday, November 14, 2011.
It’s 11/11/11, which just so happens to also be Veteran’s Day here in these United States of America, It’s also a Friday, which means most of us are ready to eject the grueling memories of another work week and enjoy the weekend. But first, let’s take a moment and give some thanks to all of the veterans who have made such freedom possible in the first place -- and before you slam the office door behind you, read on for some of the other things making news on this Friday, November 11, 2011.
Going out of the country for a few months? Apple will begin selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S handsets online here in the US. The 16GB model will go for $649, 32GB for $749, and 64GB for $849. It's not a bad price to pay, but if you're attracted to Verizon or Sprint you should avoid going this route and purchase the handset for that service instead.
Somewhere, Steve Jobs must be smiling. That’s because today, Hell froze over and Adobe finally waved the white flag of surrender on its efforts to bring Flash to mobile devices. Pretty amazing when you consider it was only a year and a half ago that Jobs penned that famous “Thoughts on Flash” meme which helped get the ball rolling for Adobe getting more behind HTML5. While mobile device owners savor a moment of victory, here’s what else is making headlines this Wednesday, November 9, 2011.
The iPhone 4S is the best disappointment Apple has ever released. The build-up to the company’s next iPhone was so over the top, so astronomically hyped, that for some, anything short of the iPhone 6 would have been a letdown. When the 4S was announced, “in-the-know” tech heads chastised it for retaining the same body they hailed as the best of all time a little over a year ago. But no matter how vocal the vocal minority might have been, the iPhone 4S has flown off shelves at a rate that just might make it the fastest-selling gadget of all time.
iOS 5 definitely introduced a slew of new features that long-time iOS users had been waiting on since Apple finally introduced copy and paste. And Apple has definitely heard the Call of the Users, as iOS 5 also comes chock full of shortcuts. Why bother swiping between home screens and sifting through apps when you can perform a few simple shortcuts to get what you want? Read on to find out how.
The first full week of November is here, and with it comes a time change for those of us in the United States who gained an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, we don’t feel any more rested, which is why we were up early this morning seeking out all the news that you’ll want to read about for this fine Monday, November, 7, 2011.
Wow, it’s the middle of the work week again… already? How time flies when you’re having fun! Our daily recap is a rousing mix of Apple Store rumors, Angry Birds, an angry iPhone carrier in the Czech Republic, a botched native Gmail app for iOS and the return of Retrospect, once the most celebrated backup software on the Mac. It’s all right here and ready for your eyeballs on this Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
We all know what Siri can do. Whether she’s found a place in our daily routine is another issue altogether, but it’s pretty clear that Apple’s humble personal assistant is unlike any other voice recognition app.
But Siri’s real expertise lies not in her encyclopedic knowledge or weather forecasting; what makes the technology so amazing and useful is its ability to actually understand what we’re saying--so much so that the iPhone’s speech recognition is just as useful useful when Siri isn’t summoned. (Though it might not be as much fun to show your friends.)