Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A former smartphone giant gets in a few well-placed digs at the two companies currently dominating their turf, claiming potential customers of those devices are unhappy with the choices. It might sound like something you’d hear from Research in Motion or Palm back in the day, but now it’s Nokia’s turn to blast iOS and Android for being the popular kids. This and tons of new app news make up our recap for Tuesday, December 13, 2011.
Today marks 70 years since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the catalyst for America leaping into World War Two. A rather somber day of remembrance for many of us, but the tech world isn’t about to stop, with no less than three major App Store events on top of a couple of juicy Apple product rumors as well. Let’s have a moment of silence for the 2,403 lost on that fateful day, then dive into what’s making tech news on this Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
During Senate Judiciary hearings today, former FTC official and new Google employee, Suzanne Michel, said that two-thirds of mobile search comes from Apple iOS devices. Considering the amount of Android units available to the public, that's a pretty remarkable figure.
Since the moment it hit store shelves, Apple’s iPad has been a runaway success. Even with a glut of Android, QNX and -- albeit briefly -- WebOS powered tablets flooding the market, the Cupertino designed iOS device has not only held its own, but stifled the sales of computing hardware like the Xoom and Eee Pad Transformer.
Despite being the yard stick against which all other current tablet hardware is measured, Apple’s slim sliver of awesome wasn’t the tablet to hit the market. Far from it, as a matter of fact. We’ve put together collection of five tablets that, while may have been technologically tasty in their day, faded into obscurity as the days wore on.
You probably use Outlook for business, which makes it doubly important you save every message when moving to a new copy of Outlook on another Mac or after reinstalling OS X. Fortunately it’s easy to do even if you don’t use Time Machine or another method to back up your Mac’s drive.
With a free update scheduled for later today, the Bing app from Microsoft promises to deliver a better way to copy and paste in iOS.
Nicknamed "Lasso", the new technique gives users the ability to draw a freehand circle around the text they want to highlight and instantly start a new search on that selection, instead of having to tap and drag the little blue box we have all come to know. And use. And maybe hate a little.
Remember when everyone kept saying that Apple was circling the drain? Remember Gil Amelio? Remember the beige boxes of yesteryear? No one could possibly have predicted that one day Steve Jobs would return to the company he helped found and bring it to a place of surpassing prominence. However, the numbers don't lie: Apple's stock closed today at $317.60 billion dollars, which is a hair over the $316.80 billion that results if you combine the shares of Microsoft and Intel. That's right: combined, Intel and Microsoft still come up short.
It was only about a year ago, that Apple passed Microsoft in the market cap segment. To be expected, right? Surely Apple couldn't overtake Microsoft in revenue right? Wrong. Apple did just that this past October. Apple added another feather in its financial cap today after Microsoft released their Q3 2011 results. Apple has now topped Microsoft in profits, too.
We feel your pain, Office 2011 users--and so does Microsoft. While the release last fall of Microsoft’s seminal productivity suite took great strides in bringing Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for Mac into parity with the Windows versions, it also fell woefully short in a few key areas. Help is on the way as an SP1 update for Office 2011 will be released next week, and the main new feature is improved syncing. But there’s a catch…