Google Now is available only on Android devices, aimed at giving users “the right information, at the right time", appears on iOS, unless a leaked video is to be believed. Google reportedly released a promo video on YouTube accidentally. The record was quickly removed, but not before an Engadget made a copy of it.
Apple has for the first time listed the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad on its Refurbished store. Currently there is a fairly limited selection, but Apple offers disounts at $30-$40 on the iPad mini and $50 on the iPad 4 models.
According to CNET, Twitter might launch a new standalone music discovery app for iOS by the end of this month. The report claimed, citing a person familiar with the matter, that Twitter would use technology from music discovery service We Are Hunted, which was acquired by Twitter last year, to provide a music service called “Twitter Music.” The report says:
The Wall Street Journal published a new report outlining Samsung’s aggressive advertising in 2012 based on the latest data from research company Kantar Media. The report notes that Samsung significantly increased its phone ad spending from $78M in 2011 to $401M in 2012, 20 percent higher than $333M spend by Apple.
Research firm IDC today published updated 2013 estimates for worldwide tablet shipments. The company increased its estimates from 172.4 million to 190.9 million units for the year and claims that shipments of Android-based tablets will continue to rise and eat into Apple’s marketshare. IDC notes that Android will take 48.8 percent of the worldwide tablet market by the end of this year, compared to 41.5% in its previous forecast, while Apple is predicted to capture 46.0%, down from 51% in 2012.
The Evad3rs have released Evasi0n 1.5.3 - an updated version of utility for iOS 6.0 - iOS 6.1.2 untethered jailbreak. New version brings localization for French, German, and Chinese and fixes some bugs in Windows version.
China Times reports that Taiwanese chip company Chipbond has been chosen to supply a number of iPhone 5S’ components, including chips to support near field communication (NFC) functionality, fingerprint sensors and touch display drivers. According to the report, Apple will use the fingerprint sensor capabilities to improve the security of NFC-based features such as mobile payments.
Bloomberg reports that Swatch CEO Nick Hayek does not believe that potential iWatch could replace the iPhone. At a press conference in Grenchen, Switzerland, Hayek hinted that a smart watch from Apple will fail due to the small size of the display.
According to The New York Times, Apple is going to undercut its future competitors in respect of royalty rates for its upcoming streaming music service, offering a rate that is just half as large as the rate paid by Pandora despite speculations that Apple is planning to offer more flexibility than allowed by the Pandora’s license. The report said:
According to Reuters, Intel is likely to move into contract manufacturing business, which suggests that Apple could become its future customer with chips for the iPad and iPhone, thus reducing its reliance on Samsung as a supplier. Reportedly, last year Intel and Apple executives discussed the issue, but no agreement has been concluded.