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O2 Updates Existing iPhone Plans

Submitted by lalit on January 29, 2008 - 12:15pm.

O2 has announced that it will upgrade existing iPhone plans in February and the customers will receive a text message by 7th February. The existing ? 35 plan will now get 600 anytime minutes, 500 anytime texts and unlimited UK data. The ?45 plan will now have 1,200 anytime minutes, 500 anytime texts and unlimited data. O2 will reduce the price of ?55 plan (1,200 minutes) to ?45. O2 will automatically update existing customers to the new plans in February and inform the customers about the update via text message when it’s been done.

iPhone 1.1.3 Update Lays Groundwork To Support Third party Apps

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 8:35pm.

Apple will be releasing the iPhone SDK next month and it is already know that Apple has provided early version of the SDK to its close software partners. Officially Apple hasn’t said anything about third party software support in 1.1.3 update. Nate True at cre.ations.net claims to have discovered some great additions for running third party iPhone apps. Springboard no longer requires modifications to recognize and display already existing third-party apps. SpringBoard is the app used to drive jailbroken iPhone’s home screen. The other discovery is that iPhone no longer runs apps as root user. Application and preferences are now stored in /var/mobile instead of /var/root. Apple has made some important changes to the foundation of iPhone’s OS in this update, but whether Apple will release another iPhone OS update when it releases iPhone SDK is everyone’s guess.

Nanochip Has Developed Technology To Produce 100GB Memory Chip By 2009

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 7:55pm.

The Nanochip has designed a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) device that has array of tiny probes, less than 25um in diameter and the probes are movable, so they can write more than one location. Since there are many thousands of probes, they have a lot of bandwidth. The chip is basically 2-chip design, one chip that has probes and the other that has media. The chip can be produced in 1-micron Fab also resulting in lower costs and the design is scalable to 1TB on a single chip. There are now working prototype for this design but Nanochip has just received $14 million in funding from Intel to develop a working prototype by end of this year.

Apple To Release The Latest Leopard Update 10.5.2 by End of January

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 7:29pm.

Apple has been seeding pre-release builds of the second update to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard at a swift pace to the developers. The total number of documented fixes is over 110 and may go up to 125 by the time the update is released to the general consumers. The total size of the update will cross 350MB. This will be the biggest update both in size and number of fixes Apple has every done. Apple will also release 48MB Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 at the same time. The main features that will be affected by the update are Airport, Dock, Stacks, Finder, Safari, Spotlight, Time Machine, Remote Disc sharing, Menu bar, and System Preferences.

AT&T Will Offer Free WiFi to Its Broadband Subscribers

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 6:58pm.

AT&T will soon offer its broadband subscribers unlimited free WiFi access in its hot spots. AT&T will also start offering a supercharged 10Mbps tier of service. The free WiFi will be only available for customers who subscribe to services with 1.5Mbps downloads or higher. AT&T has more then 10,000 WiFi hotspot around US in places like airports, McDonalds, Barnes & noble, coffee shops and sporting venues. Now the bad news, subscribers who only have the company’s wireless service will not be offered free WiFi. So if you were hoping that your iPhone would get free WiFi at AT&T hotspots you are out of luck unless you happen to also subscribe to AT&T broadband service.

Apple Q1-2008 Financial Results, 1.58 Billion Profit

Submitted by lalit on January 22, 2008 - 5:09pm.

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 first quarter ended December 29, 2007. The Company posted revenue of $9.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.58 billion, or $1.76 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $7.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $1 billion, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 34.7 percent, up from 31.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 45 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple shipped 2,319,000 Macintosh® computers, representing 44 percent unit growth and 47 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 22,121,000 iPods during the quarter, representing five percent unit growth and 17 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone sales were 2,315,000. “We’re thrilled to report our best quarter ever, with the highest revenue and earnings in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We have an incredibly strong new product pipeline for 2008, starting with MacBook Air, Mac Pro and iTunes Movie Rentals in the first two weeks.”

Steve Job’s MacWorld 2008 Keynote Highlights

Submitted by lalit on January 15, 2008 - 2:23pm.

Apple released some very interesting product at Macworld today. In fact every thing I mentioned in rumor roundup came true. Here are the highlights of Steve’s Keynote.
•    MacBook Air $1799 with 13” LED backlit screen, 2GB RAM, 1.6Ghz Standard or 1.8Ghz optional Core 2 Duo processor, 5 hours battery, Wifi, Bluetooth, one USB, Micro-DVI and Audio Out.
•    MacBook Air is just 0.16” to 0.76” thick and is 3 pounds in weight.
•    iTunes Movie Rental $2.99 for library title and $3.99 for new releases. All major studios on board. 30 days to start watching, 24 hours to finish. HD titles for $4.99.
•    Apple TV Take 2 price dropped to $229. Direct movie rental, Podcast download, and music download. Photo Via Flickr and .Mac.
•    5 new apps for iPod Touch: Mail, Stocks, Notes, Maps and weather. $20 upgrade for Existing users.
•    iPhone software update: Maps with location, Webclips, Customize home screen, SMS multiple people, Lyrics for audio and Subtitles for video.
•    Time Capsule: 500GB for $299 and 1TB for $499. Full Airport Extreme base station with server grade hard drive for wireless backup.

Rumors Roundup: Steve Job’s Keynote at Macworld 2008

Submitted by lalit on January 15, 2008 - 11:43am.

Ever year Apple announces its biggest new products at Macworld. This year also it going to be the same, there are many rumors going around. But as always no one know for sure what Steve Job will announce today. There are few rumors that are quite interesting and there is a high possibility that they will come true.

Ultra-thin & light notebook (Macbook Air): This rumor has been around for past 2 years that Apple will release a sub 3 pound notebook, it looks like this year Apple will definitely release the sub-notebook. It is believed that the notebook will have 13” display, less than 3 pounds and will be around 0.75” thick. Some website are claiming that the notebook will have multi-touch and will not include built-in optical drive.

Online movie rentals: This rumor was fueled by the discovery of code lines in iTunes related to movies and TV shows rentals. New York Times has also reported that Apple is in talk with major movie studios and Fox has joined Apple for this service. Later it was also reported that few more studios are also with Apple and the deal will be announced at Macworld 2008. Some website also reported that you will be able to use Apple TV to directly download content without the help of the computer. There is a very high possibility that this rumor will also come true at the Macworld.

iPhone SDK and new software: Apple had announced that they will release the iPhone SDK in Feb 2008 and I am sure that Apple will give details about the SDK at the Macworld.

One more thing: Like always Steve will have one more thing what it will be that only Steve can tell. There are few other rumors going around like Newton-tablet and new desktop but I don’t thing Apple will announce any of those things. Apple have posted “There’s something in the air” on there website and at Macworld Expo, something in the air can refer to the new Macbook Air or the online movie rental. We will come to know what exactly is in the “Air” in just few hours.

Live Coverage of Steve Job's Keynote at MacWorld Expo 2008

Submitted by lalit on January 15, 2008 - 3:25am.

TechzTalk will do the live coverage of Steve Job's Keynote on Tuesday, January 15th 2008 at 12:00PM Eastern and 9:00AM Pacific. Click on the like below for live coverage:

MacWorld Keynote Live Coverage

Is LG Viewty Outselling iPhone in UK?

Submitted by lalit on December 22, 2007 - 3:16pm.

According to Dial-a-Phone, LG’s touchscreen phone Viewty (KU990) is outselling the iPhone in UK. Viewty was also launched in early November and has sold 310,000 units. The Viewty has outperformed sales of the already successful and less costly Chocolate and Shine lines.  Though there is no sales figure available for the iPhone in UK, Dial-a-Phone says that the LG Viewty is outselling iPhone. The problem with Dial-a-Phone’s statement is that they don’t have any data on iPhone sales, plus they were excluded from iPhone’s sales strategy. The company also said “the iPhone interface and usability are amazing but Apple’s greed has resulted in the iPhone sales falling way short of its potential”. Now this looks like a wound they are trying to lick and not  iPhone sales problem. There are no concrete sales data for iPhone but then also analysts and Companies like Dial-a-Phone are saying that iPhone sales are disappointing in UK. Neither Apple nor O2 have ever said what their sales goals were for November and December, then how can one say that they have not reached their sales goals. News like this is rumor rather than fact.