Monthly Archives: September 2012
Apple Maps has not panned out the way Apple wanted whatsoever. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, tried to mitigate the damage caused by this entire fiasco by posting a letter of apology in the Apple website. In the apology, he asked users to try competing apps while Apple Maps got its (very) rough edges smoothened out a bit:
"you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app."
Read on to find out more about the alternatives that Cook has listed out in his letter.
A new study from Onswipe has revealed that Apple's ubiquitous iPad is (unsurprisingly) the leader in terms of tablet based web traffic. Their inaugural study has shown that the Apple tablet dominates web traffic among tablets with a 98.1 percent share of 29.5 million impressions logged in the week starting on the 13th of September, and ending on the 20th of that month.
'Unmitigated disaster' is the phrase that comes to mind when describing Apple's attempts at trying to dabble in Maps. The Cupertino company has carved a niche for itself in the markets it competes in, thanks to its constant obsession with making things work smoothly and perfectly. For all the limitations and missing features that users of competing products (such as Android or Windows) tend to harp on about when it comes to iOS, iPhones, iPads, Macs and the like, one thing has remained steadfastly constant : they do what they do well, really, really well. That's why Apple Maps is such an aberration - it is, in all honesty, a slipshod product that looks promising on paper, but practically, its implementation of its many features leave an incredible lot to be desired.
Rovio Mobile was a small app developer three years back. And then, the Angry Birds phenomenon happened, and overturned its fortunes from near bankruptcy to being the biggest of the big fish (or birds, in this case?). Rovio continued to piggyback on its blockbuster game's sequels - Angry Birds Rio, Seasons, and Space. While the latter was a creative reimagining of the popular mobile game, at the end of the day it was still more of the same, much like Rio and Seasons before it. Amazing Alex was Rovio's next experiment at trying out something new altogether - but despite positive word of mouth, it crashed spectacularly in the Top Downloads charts beyond the first few weeks of its much hyped launch. Now, Rovio has done the next best thing - it has launched a new game called Angry Birds, and that's a game that borrows elements from both Angry Birds and Amazing Alex.
Apple is again protecting itself by following up on a complaint dealing with Amazon’s use of the term “app store”. The conflict dates back to when Amazon launched an Android app market titled “Amazon Appstore for Android”. Apple immediately filed a complaint, claiming that the use of “Appstore” in the title interferes with a trademark on Apple’s “App Store” title. The conflict is still ongoing, as Amazon has recently asked a California court to dismiss the claim.
Amazon holds some persuading arguments as to why the use of “Appstore” is not false advertising, as Apple has claimed. First and foremost, the term “app store” has become an extremely generic term, to the point where a trademark just doesn’t make sense anymore. A more interesting point to note is that Apple CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim Cook have both referred to “other” app stores, hinting that the term “app store” does not specifically describe Apple’s App Store. Steve Jobs was quoted saying, “four app stores on Android”. Tim Cook was also referenced saying, “the number of app stores out there”.
I believe the term “app store” should be used as a general term and not solely for describing Apple’s App Store. No matter how much Apple wants to protect its “original” name for their app market, the market has grown to the point where the term has become too general to trademark.
Apple's decision to abruptly end its association with bitter arch rivals Google could have been a surprise to even the Mountain View giant. According to the latest reports, Google and Apple had a running contract for the latter to use the former's mapping solutions. This Google Maps contract had well over a year to run when Apple decided to get belligerent and push out Google from its devices altogether.
iPhone 5 orders continue to spill in relentlessly. Apple reported that they sold 5 million iPhones as of Monday. Now, Apple is experiencing some hardship in fulfilling iPhone 5 orders in a timely manner. Some unfortunate factors are contributing to the slow manufacturing time. Recently, a riot broke out at a Foxconn manufacturing plant in China. The cause of the riot is unknown, but it ended up closing the plant temporarily. Due to these recent events and the fact that iPhone 5 sales are much higher than anticipated, Apple is struggling to keep up with the growing demand. On Friday, the iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in 22 more countries.
As an assurance to customers, CEO Tim Cook released a statement saying, “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly, and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date”. However, both Apple and Foxconn failed to comment on the riots at the manufacturing plant.
In a recent action, Google has finally included India in the list of countries which are allowed to register as Google Checkout merchants and sell paid apps. Prior to this development, the apps developers from India were only allowed to distribute free applications in the Google app store. Indeed this is a big step for Google and needless to mention that, the Indian developers are very happy with this news. Though the outcome is positive, still there are certain complaints in the part of the Indian developers. The inclusion of India happened after Google had added Czech Republic, Poland, Israel and even Mexico.
In the said list, there are total 31 countries and developers form those countries will be allowed to sell applications in Google app store. Along with the inclusion of India, Google has created certain new rules for posting an app in the Google Play. One of the most important rules is, the Google Checkout account should be linked with the Google Play Developer account. Not only that, this connection can happen only once and that also from within the interface of the developer account. Once you have linked the accounts, you won’t be allowed to remove them or change or update them in any way.
If you want to opt for a change or update, you need to sign up for a new developer account and need to pay $25. Though the situation has become a little complicated, still this step is going to make things more exciting and provide a huge impetus to the Google app store. This app store how has more than 600,000 android apps and after the inclusion of India, that number will start growing rapidly. The reason behind that will be the current explosion of mobile technology and software development in India. This process will also help the Indian developers to earn more money and secure a better future for them.
Motorola has finally revealed the Razr I Smartphone. This Intel-powered Smartphone handset was launched in London and the people have accepted this product well. The device looks great and it feel great too. The basic difference between this model and the previous model of the phone is in the display. This phone has improved its display a lot and that is why it is attracting more interest of people all over the world. Apart from that, there is a 4.3 inch long side to side Super AMOLED advanced screen. It provides huge space where your fingers can work without getting crammed against each other.
The phone is very bright and clear and weights only 120 gram. So, you won’t have to face any inconvenience whatsoever while carrying this one around. This phone is also 9 gram lighter than the previous model of the Razr. The aircraft grade aluminum and Kevlar on the back has enhanced both the look and the quality of the phone. The use of aluminum has give a nice premium feel to the phone along with that a solidity which is unique and nice. All these qualities was not present in the other and previous models of the Razor. It comes with a 2 GHz processor and 1 GB Ram which allows smooth and fast accessing of the programs and applications.
The Medfield set up provided by Intel in this set provides a nice and smooth speed which you cannot have any other Razr model. Moreover, the navigation system is simple and seamless. One of the most important things about this model of Motorola Razr is the camera. Apart from having high megapixels for superior quality pictures, this one has a dedicated shutter key and boots less than 1 second. So, you won’t have to worry about losing or missing any rare moment. You can capture everything. Through this phone, Motorola has finally created a fine balance between look and functionality. A so you can be quite sure with your choice of Motorola Razr I.
The recently concluded legal saga between Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics ended in a massive victory for the former, with the Cupertino company laughing away to the bank with damages worth $1.05 billion awarded to it. Just one small hitch for everyone relieved by the end of that protracted affair - it might not have been 'concluded' after all.