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Google Introduces New 3D Features For Google Earth





In a today’s press conference, Google introduced “the next dimensions” of its Google Maps. The presentation included a lot of history of the Google Maps, Earth and Street View and a peek at what is expected. The announcements are particularly important given the rumors that Apple is going to replace Google Maps with its own maps application in iOS.


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Thursday, June 7th, 2012. 10:29

Facebook reportedly hiring former Apple iPhone engineers for phone project



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The New York Times claims that Facebook is drawing upon former Apple engineers and has hired "more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone" to develop its own phone. The New York Times’ report also said that Facebook is interested in buying a smartphone company. It raised $16 billion during its recent IPO, enough to purchase either Research in Motion or HTC.

One tipster suggested that the current effort is the company's third attempt to build a smartphone. People who reportedly worked on the first attempt told the Times that the project fell apart because it proved to be more difficult than expected. As a result, Facebook is believed to have realized that it needs industry-experienced veterans to develop hardware, specifically Apple alumni.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012. 16:34

HP Plans To Reenter Tablet Market With Windows 8-Based Device



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HP attracted a considerable amount of attention when it initially wanted to find its niche in the tablet market with webOS, which was acquired along with Palm in 2010. HP introduced its TouchPad running on webOS in early 2011 and launched it on July 1 last year only to exit the smartphone and tablet business six weeks later.


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Saturday, May 12th, 2012. 14:22

Adobe Releases Collage And Proto Apps For iPad



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Adobe Collage app that was previously available for Android platform today was also released to iPad users. This app allows users to assemble moodboards using content that can be imported from Adobe Creative Suite programs or uploaded to 2GB Adobe Creative Cloud space.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2012. 1:00

Facebook Unveils App Center For All Devices And Platforms



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Facebook announced the launch of a new App Center that will offer Facebook users Android, iOS, desktop, web and mobile web apps. Facebook said that it is not directly competing with Google and Apple as the App Center will forward users to both the Android and iOS platforms. So, for example, if you are visiting the App Center from an iPhone, and enter Words with Friends, or other Facebook-compatible games, you will be sent to the corresponding app’s page on the App Store for installation.


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Thursday, May 10th, 2012. 12:53

iOS Dropped To 29 Percent Of US Smartphone Sales In The First Quarter



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CNET reports that iOS U.S. market share dropped by 12 percent in the first quarter, which enable Google’s Android to take almost two-thirds of the market.

According to market research company NPD Group, Android was able to capture 61 percent of the U.S. market, which is a considerable gain from the 49 percent registered in last year’s fourth quarter.


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iPad tablet market share will dip to 50% by 2017



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NPD, market research firm, suggests that Apple’s tablet market share will drop to just over 50 percent by 2017. Android and Windows-based devices will, obviously, have a hand in it, and, as NPD expects, will begin continue to eat into the iPad's overwhelming lead by 2014.

The overall tablet market will swell from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 424.9 million units by 2017, and tablet shipments will surpass those of notebooks by 2016.


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Saturday, May 5th, 2012. 16:55

Apple's iPhone climbs to 31% share of US smartphone market



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comScore released on Tuesday quarterly data from its MobiLens service, which surveyed 30,000 mobile subscribers users, revealing that the  iPhone made up 30.7 percent of the U.S. smartphone market and 14 percent of the mobile market in the first quarter of 2012.

Apple's share of the smartphone market grew 1.1 percent when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The figures were up 0.5 percent from Apple's three-month average from February.


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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012. 16:55

iOS Devices Took 80% Of All Enterprise Activations In The First Quarter



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According to Good Technology’s report on device activations from its enterprise customers in the first quarter of 2012, iPhone and iPad together continue to dominate in the enterprise market with about 73.4% of all smartphone activations, and 97.3% of tablet activations in the quarter.


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Apple Reportedly Looking to Launch 'iPad Mini' Priced at $249-$299 in Q3



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Chinese web portal NetEase claims that Apple plans to launch a smaller "iPad mini" in the third quarter of this year.

NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to "counter attack" the upcoming Windows tablets, although smaller Android tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire have also been viewed as targets for Apple. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from US$249 to $299 and that there will be an initial 6 million units ready for launch.


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Dropbox And Facebook iOS Apps Are Vulnerable To Credential Theft



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This week Gareth Wright reported that Facebook's app for iOS has a security vulnerability through which malicious users can access login credentials saved in a .plist file of the app. With a copy of that .plist file malicious users could automatically log into the affected user's Facebook account on another device. Reportedly, the vulnerability also exists on Android devices.


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One-Third of U.S. High School Students Now Own an iPhone



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Piper Jaffray’ latest semi-annual survey of 5,600 U.S. high school students show that 34% of surveyed students now own an iPhone, and 40% of surveyed students indicated that they intend to purchase an iPhone within the next six months.

Such boom seems to be driven by low-cost options from Apple. Apple and AT&T dropped the price of the iPhone 3GS to free on-contract with the introduction of the iPhone 4S late last year.

In our most recent survey the percentage of teens that own an iPhone came in at 34%, up from 23% in the Fall and 17% last Spring. We believe the meaningful uptick in iPhone ownership among teens may be driven by the cheaper $49 iPhone 3GS (in some cases free). Interest in purchasing an iPhone in the next 6 months rose to 40% (another all-time high vs. our previous surveys). Purchase intent was at 38% in our last survey in the Fall.


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Apple working on physical game controller for iPads and other iOS devices



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AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi reports Apple is working on its own physical controller to similarly enhance gameplay on its iPad and other mobile devices. He has been made aware of "an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market."

Regardless, Lal Shimpi believes such devices may soon be a necessary accompaniment for hardcore mobile gamers, especially as smartphones and tablets come close to equaling the performance of existing game consoles.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, April 2nd, 2012. 21:56

iPhone And Android Own Over 90% Of U.S. Smartphone Market



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According to the latest data from research company Nielsen, Apple’s iOS and Android have both accounted for over 90 percent of U.S. smartphone purchases in last three months. During the same period the closest competitor RIM’s Blackberry was bought only by 5 percent of respondents. Other operating systems such as WebOS, Symbian, Windows Phone get only 4 percent share combined.


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RIM hiring iOS developers



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Research in Motion has recently posted a job listing on its website that reveals that the BlackBerry maker is looking to hire developers for an undisclosed iOS enterprise app to be distributed through Apple's App Store. A RIM spokesperson confirmed the rumours. As he said, “the company is indeed developing an iPhone app as part of its BlackBerry Mobile Fusion project.”

Along with the usual coding and communication skills, requirements called for a candidate well-versed in creating apps for both the iPhone and the iPad.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, March 23rd, 2012. 16:12