iPad Mini Won’t Have Retina Display Manufacturers in China have begun assembling a new, smaller tablet computer for Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Unnamed executives from component suppliers said that production of the tablet is under way. Production typically begins several weeks before Apple brings its new devices to market.
Apple introduced iOS 6 along with the new phone last month. And the hardware understandably captured most of the hubbub and fan chatter, at least on the day of the phone’s announcement. Casual fans who weren’t paying close attention might have missed the fact that the new software also would be available to older phones even before the launch sale date of iPhone 5.
Online storage service enhancements help it keep pace with rivals like DropBox, Apple’s iCloud, and Google Drive. By Paul McDougall Microsoft has unveiled a major revamp of SkyDrive, and said the cloud storage service has moved beyond the “preview” stage to become fully operational. The enhancements include a new Web front, faster uploading and sorting, new tools for developers, and a forthcoming SkyDrive app for mobile devices that run Google Android.
Joel Tenenbaum, RIAA’s Public Enemy No. 1 Congratulations, RIAA, for prevailing in a court case that will do nothing to stop piracy and continue to turn the public against you. The Supreme Court refused earlier this month to hear the case of Joel Tenenbaum, a former Boston University student with a PhD in statistics, who was ordered to pay $675,000 for the crime of downloading 30 songs. If you end up bankrupting him, you’ll get lots of publicity, but not the kind you’re looking for. I suggest you check with your members’ kids and see how many songs they and their classmates download. Wouldn’t that be a great lawsuit? Suing the kids who illegally download music is as stupid as suing the people who download content on Androids because Google “stole” Apple’s patents. Apple isn’t stupid. It’s suing Google, not its own customers. You can argue that Apple, too, is shooting itself in the foot and simply inviting scores of counter-suits, but at least its not hurting its own customer base. So if you have to sue someone, sue the guys who profit by selling your songs illegally, the companies that maintain massive caches of “pirated” songs, the Internet companies that allow consumers to freely pass songs back and forth, even colleges like Boston University that allowed Tenenbaum and thousands of other students to store and sends songs on their high-speed networks. That won’t make much of a dent in the piracy problem, either. But beating up a penniless graduate student? C’mon, do you beat up your own kids? The solution is the same as its been for over 10 years, if you’d just open your eyes. Give people access to anything, anywhere, anytime for a fixed monthly cost (See: cable networks, massive profits of). Give away free or reduced-price concert tickets, access to rock stars, whatever, to keep your fan base engaged. Continue to sell songs to people who want to own. Support free advertising-supported services like Spotify. You can probably think of dozens more ideas. Get creative. Isn’t that what they pay you the big bucks for? You’ll end up with massively better profits than you did before those pesky MP3s showed up. Or you can continue to go after consumers and win the law suits. In which case congratulations soon won’t be in order for you and your member companies. Think eulogies. By Michael Stroud May 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm
Would Apple kill the cash register? Apple has already built technology into iPhones and iPads to make retail stores work like the Apple store — without cash registers Mike Elgan If you’ve ever been to a store, you know the drill: Browse the merchandise, pick something, carry it to the checkout counter, maybe wait in line, pay, then walk out with your purchases and a receipt.
Apple iGrid? Perhaps chastened by recent stories about their poor environmental scorecard, and getting the fifth lowest score in Greenpeace’s How Clean Is Your Cloud? report, Apple Inc. seems to be changing its iTune and, at least as far as one new data center is concerned, is seeking to have 100% of its power generated from renewable sources.