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ReportTT: iOS 7 'far superior to anything that is available out there'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:07 am

According to a Barrons blog, which cites Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, Apple's iOS 7 could be one for the history books. Most people currently think of iOS as rather stale because it hasn't seen a major overhaul since its inception. This could all change with iOS 7, rumored to be coming at WWDC next week.

 

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Specifically, Chowdhry says that iOS 7 "has a very simple, clean and uncluttered UI." He notes that it "may take a little time to be appreciated." This comes from interviews with 400 to 500 people a month. Chowdhry predicts that "iOS7 is completed new UI, which is far superior to anything that is available out there."

 

As an iPhone user, I hope that iOS 7 does bring to the table some major changes while keeping the simplicity available in the current iOS. I'd love to see features that were introduced by the jailbreak scene included in iOS 7. If we do see iOS 7 at WWDC next week, you'll see coverage of it here.

ReportTT: Amazon expanding grocery business to Los Angeles, San Fransisco

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 11:25 pm

Most people are unaware of Amazon's grocery business that it runs in its home base of Seattle. More people are about to become aware, if a report by Reuters is accurate. According to their sources who are familiar with the situation, Amazon is preparing to expand its grocery business to Los Angeles as soon as this week and San Fransisco later this year.

 

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Amazon's current grocery business utilizes their own fleet of trucks to deliver fresh produce--eggs, strawberries, and meat--to residents of Seattle. The current business, AmazonFresh, has been operating for a least five years. These sources say that the business could expand to 20 aditional urban areas in 2014, provided the two new markets said to be launching this year go well.

 

Grocery experts feel Amazon faces a major challenge with AmazonFresh. However, if successful, it could pave the way for Amazon to start delivering their own products via the same trucks used to deliver the groceries.

Apple believes Campus 2 will add 7K new employees, $32M in property tax, 9K construction jobs, $66M in public improvements

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 11:03 pm

Apple has released a study detailing the economic benefits they expect to see from the new Campus 2 project in Cupertino. This report details new jobs, revenues, and other benefits the city can expect from the project that was originally started under Steve Jobs' leadership.

 

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Apple expects to add 7,400 new employees in the new campus, bringing more spending money for the shops that rely on Apple employees. Apple is already the largest employer in Cupertino with around 16,000 employees. With the new campus, that number would swell to 23,400. Apple also expects to create 9,000 construction jobs for people working on the building of the new campus.

 

Apple estimates that they will pay roughly $32 million more--on top of the $25 million paid in 2012--in property tax. Apple will also pay $15.4 million annually to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. A one-time additional payment of $38.1 million will be provided for construction fees and taxes.

 

The report also states Apple will provide $66 million in local public improvements, including $2.5 million for affordable housing. $35 million of that will be used on a "transportation demand management program."

Wikipad will cost $249.99, goes on sale June 11

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 10:28 pm

The Wikipad gaming tablet was thought to be dead by some after missing its Halloween release date. Then in February, it came back as a 7-inch gaming tablet at half the price. The tablet has now been confirmed to be going on sale June 11 for $249.99. It will be available through Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, and Tiger Direct.

 

 

For $249.99, you'll get a 7-inch Android 4.1-powered tablet. It rocks a 1280x800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD slot, GPS, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and, of course, the game controller that can be easily removed.

 

We would exercise caution on purchasing the device until reviews are out because of its tumultuous history.

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US ITC blocks imports of AT&T iPhone 4, 3GS, and some iPads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 9:58 pm

Samsung has finally come out on top of a legal struggle with the Cupertino giant. The United States International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of Samsung, who argued that Apple infringed upon a patent for a specific component used in the older, AT&T-only iPhones and some iPads.

 

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The ITC ruled that Apple wasn't infringing upon other patents asserted by Samsung, however, they have still banned imports of the AT&T iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G. The White House now has 60 days to veto the decision. Meanwhile, Customs will determine the scope of the ban. Apple has the ability to appeal the verdict, if not vetoed by the White House.

 

Apple could find its devices being held at the border, making supply tight for AT&T iPhone 4's. Apple will likely argue that the patent needs to be licensed on a FRAND basis, however, this argument hasn't worked with the ITC.

Google's new Gmail for iOS app brings the new inbox to iOS devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 9:33 pm

Google's Android update for Gmail was leaked yesterday and today sees a similar update for iOS devices. Google has released an updated Gmail for iOS app that will bring the newly redesigned inbox to iOS devices, but only if the user has already enabled the new inbox on the web.

 

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The app update also brings with it changes to the notification system. The new app will allow you to configure notifications for each type of e-mail. This means you can stop receiving new e-mail alerts for e-mail that arrives to the promotions, social, or other e-mail boxes.

 

The new app is available from Apple's App Store.

Lenovo enters the cloud storage market with new Reach service, will officially launch 'later this year'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 9:06 pm

Lenovo has announced their intentions to enter into the cloud storage market. Their new service is called Reach and will feature a beta starting June 22. Consumers can preview the service, though only a few select testers will gain access to the beta.

 

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The official launch will come "later this year", with the exact date depending on how smoothly the initial beta goes. Lenovo could have some trouble gaining market share as there are already a plethora of free cloud storage offerings. Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, and others offer centralized storage for free, with more space available for an up-charge.

 

With new software offerings like BitTorrent Sync, Lenovo could face even more difficulty obtaining users as some only use Dropbox for its syncing functionality. Sync has easily replaced Dropbox for my needs.

 

We'll have more on Lenovo Reach when an official announcement is made.

Google planning Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for sites, apps, ads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 8:33 pm

Google has plans to launch a new HTML5 development tool designed for "creative professionals." This new tool will launch within the "coming months" and will be a free tool. Google says that the new tool, known as Google Web Designer, will be able to create "cutting-edge advertising" and "web content like sites and applications."

 

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The announcement was made through Google's DoubleClick, making it somewhat obvious that advertising is Google's main focus with this new tool. In fact, the tool wil be integrated into AdMob and DoubleClick studio. For right now, it appears that advertising content is the main focus of the new tool, but Google's description makes it appear that it will eventually turn into a website crafting tool.

Pinterest now lets you search your own pins

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 8:03 pm

Pinterest has announced a new feature that will allow users to search items that they have pinned, rather than all pins. This will make it easier to find something you know you pinned. It's really a feature that should have been included from the beginning. Now it's hear:

 

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When you type a word into the search bar -- like San Francisco, beaches, or BBQ -- you can filter results by clicking "Just my pins." We'll show you everything you've pinned with that keyword in the pin description. Be sure to add words in your descriptions that will help you find that pin again.

 

The feature is rolling out on the web and will eventually be brought to mobile. Pinterest says they are currently planning to bring it to mobile, but they have not announced a firm date for when it will appear.

As part of Zynga's layoffs, OMGPOP has been shut down and employees laid off

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 7:29 pm

Now unemployed employees of the game studio OMGPOP have taken to Twitter to announce that they have been unceremoniously laid off. Many will remember that Zynga acquired OMGPOP just over a year ago after their smash-hit Draw Something. Now, the studio originally purchased for $200 million or so has been shut down.

 

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TheNextWeb has done some calculations and worked out that it likely has cost Zynga at least $400,000 per day for the studio. This includes the purchase price and write down. They use a generous guess that OMGPOP was revenue neutral, meaning its profits offset its expenses for staffing and such.

 

That's a steep figure, though they might make some of it back with Draw Something 2. Either way, Zynga has a lot of work head of them to make that purchase up.

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