Technologizer's Harry McCracken reported on some photos taken in 1976 by Paul Terrel from the Byte Shop in Mountain View. The Byte Shop was one of several computer stores in the world at that time and later become the first dealer for a startup company called Apple Computer.
According to a research conducted by Nielsen in the United States, over the course of the next 6 months, consumers between the age of 6 to 12 years are interested in buying iOS products form Apple. New Nintendo Wii U took the second place on popularity, but rated behind the iPad. However, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad Mini entered the top 5 most popular products for this age group.
As promised, last night Nokia launched an alternative to Apple’s Maps service for iOS – a cross-platform app called "HERE Maps". Here is based on HTML 5 and now it is available on the iTunes Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. The service offers users different map views, Facebook login integration, ability to work in offline mode and features allowing users to share their location information.
The arbitral court was considering Apple and Google issues which were about the infringement of patents. Bloomberg reported on Friday that details of preliminary discussions were revealed during the court filing. The two companies exchanged proposals in which they proposed a mandatory arbitration trial to reach a licensing agreement.
According to Digitimes, market observers believe that Apple’s suppliers will have a very strong first quarter of 2013 due to launches of the new iPhone and iPad expected in the middle of the next year. The report said:
According to 9to5mac, early builds of OS X 10.9, which are currently tested, show that Maps and Siri integration may come to Macs next year.
However, it is currently unknown if Siri will be part of OS X 10.9 for users. Apple already offers Mac users Text-to-Speech and Dictation functionality, but integration with Siri would presumably offer voice search and voice command services to Mac users.
Yesterday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave interview to LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman in Santa Clara. TechCrunch pointed to audio clip from an interview where Ballmer talked about the role of Windows 8 in the smartphone market dominated by Android and iOS. In 2007, Ballmer laughed at the iPhone’s high price, but it appears that Microsoft CEO still thinks Apple’s smartphones are priced too high. Balmer said in the interview: