Friday, April 29, 2011

Apple?s Slow and Careful Crisis Management Doesn?t Always Work

Slow and meticulous is how Apple generally approaches product design, and it’s also how it handles crisis management. The company doesn’t rush, so that it can get things right the first time.
But when it comes to responding to crises, being slow hasn’t always been the best idea for Apple.
Macworld editorial director Jason Snell published a [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/apple-crisis-management/

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Shocker! Free Android apps outnumber free iPhone apps


Good news for Android users who hate paying for stuff: according to new numbers from Netherlands-based mobile analytics group Distimo, there are now more free apps available for Google's mobile OS than the iPhone, at 134,342 to 121,845. There are a few things to consider here: first, when one adds free iPad-only apps, the total number of gratis iOS apps increases to a more competitive 132,239. And then there's Apple's sometimes rigorous vetting process, which has probably played a role in its numeric slippage -- after all, this report doesn't highlight things like legality, repetition, or the overall number of apps dedicated to making farting noises. Also, Apple has a lot more premium apps, giving it the overall lead at 333,124 to 206,143 -- but between Android's rapid growth and what the report terms iOS's relative stagnation, Distimo expects Google to take the top spot in five months' time, outnumbering iPhone and iPad apps combined -- a rough scenario for Cupertino to stomach, no doubt, but at least the company will still have Windows Phone to kick around a while longer. [Source link requires registration]

Shocker! Free Android apps outnumber free iPhone apps originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/28/shocker-free-android-apps-outnumber-free-iphone-apps/

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HBO Go hits iOS and Android, free for subscribers

Don't ditch that premium cable subscription just yet. The long-anticipated HBO Go app just hit the iOS App Store and Android Market, bringing original HBO series and a variety of blockbuster films to your mobile device. You'll need an HBO subscription with your cable provider to get past the login screen, but unlocking all that the service has to offer using our Verizon FiOS account took just a second, and we were off and running with Avatar less than a minute after launching the app. We'll have a full hands-on later today, but if you're an HBO subscriber with an iOS or Android slab, head over to your device's respective store to download the free app.

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HBO Go hits iOS and Android, free for subscribers originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/29/hbo-go-hits-ios-and-android-free-for-subscribers/

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Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grew 20% In Q1 2011, Fueled By Smartphone Boom

According to research firm IDC, the global mobile phone market ballooned in the first quarter of this year, growing 19.8 percent year-over-year, mostly due to the meteoric rise of smartphone shipments, especially in emerging markets. According to the firm's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 371.8 million units in Q1 2011 compared to 310.5 million units in the first quarter of 2010. IDC posits that smartphone growth worldwide, particularly in Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, helped lift the overall market to a record first-quarter high.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/lR4dpRIk1j8/

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Dymo LabelManager PnP Review

DYMO PnP (Plug and Play) Label Manager. This device enables you to make and print labels using your computer interface and prints directly to the label maker tape device. Remember the old days in label making? �They weren’t necessarily good old days either. �For those too young to remember, skip this review because I think [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/04/28/dymo-labelmanager-pnp-review/

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Daily Crunch: Totems Edition

Be Your Own Souvenir Lets You 3D Scan Yourself And Take Home A Figurine Nintendo Can?t Sell The 3DS And It?s Your Fault The White iPhone Is Official, Available April 28 It?s A Nintendo Controller Messenger Bag! Apple (Finally) Responds To Location Data Tracking Kerfuffle, Says It?s Innocent

Source: http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/04/28/daily-crunch-totems-edition/

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Pinwide: Wide-Angle Pinhole Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

The Pinwide is a plastic pinhole for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The little injection-molded cap bayonets onto the camera like any other lens, only instead of focusing the image using glass, it has a precision-etched, circular pinhole at its center.
You could make your own, but at just $40 it’s a deal even for DIY types. [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/pinwide-wide-angle-pinhole-lens-for-micro-four-thirds-cameras/

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