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.

iPhone Is No.2 In North American Smartphone Market Share In Its First Full Quarter

Submitted by lalit on December 18, 2007 - 7:35pm.

The iPhone has grabbed 27% of all smartphone sells in North America and the iphone is yet not released in Canada and Mexico. The other big thing is only AT&T is selling iPhones where as the other mobile platforms are sold by all wireless carriers present in North America. The numbers reached by iPhone in just one full quarter of sell shows the influence iPhone will have on all the up coming smartphones. These numbers indicate that Apple outsold all Windows Mobile smartphones and Symbian phone combined in US for Q3 of 2007. The numbers are particularly embarrassing for Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer who announced in a TV interview in January that Apple wouldn’t capture more then two to three percent of the market and laughed at the cost of the iPhone, he described his own Windows Mobile platform as having or soon acquiring 60 to 80% of the smartphone market. Its not just the number of iPhones sold, the Mobile Browser Stats for November 2007 showed iPhone at 47%, whereas the Windows CE had just 32% even though it has been selling with mobile browser for more then 5 years. So a product that was launched 5 months back is reaching 50% mark in mobile browser share. That is a serious problem for all the companies that were designing smartphone browsers.

Add More Features to Leopard’s Screen Sharing

Submitted by lalit on December 18, 2007 - 6:09pm.

The Screen Sharing feature of iChat in Leopard is one of the most useful features. The Screen Sharing is based on Apple’s Remote Desktop package. Apple’s Remote Desktop Application can be used to maintain multiple computer but you have to pay $500 to buy the software. Luckily Apple left at least some of that functionality in the more-limited screen sharing application, which is disabled by default in Leopard. Macworld has posted complete instruction to activate these functionalities on your Mac. You should definitely check out complete details at MacWorld’s website.

GPS Coming To iPhone Via External Dongle

Submitted by lalit on December 18, 2007 - 5:32pm.

We have seen few software based global positioning systems for iPhone. Part Foundry has announced first true GPS module that works with jail broken iPhone. The module will ship in February for $89. All software is open source and new applications are bring written for the module. The module is small enough to put on a keychain and has all the benefits that GPS provides. For more information about the GPS module check Part Foundry’s website.

First It Was Wii Now PS3 Is Also Beating Xbox 360 In Weekly Sales

Submitted by lalit on December 14, 2007 - 10:07am.

It took Wii less then one year to overtake Xbox 360’s total sales in two years. Now for past 2 months even PS3 is beating Xbox 360 in weekly sales. PS3 saw increase in sales when its price was dropped in October. Since then PS3 has been on continues rise. As of today PS3 has sold more then 7 Million units. It took Xbox almost 14 months to reach that mark but PS3 has done it in 12 months. Plus the boast in sales will definitely encourage game developers to develop more games for PS3 which would help PS3 sells in longer run. If PS3 continues to grow at this rate it would be a serious problem for Xbox 360 as Wii has already taken the number one spot for gaming consoles and the fight is on for the second place. [Via VG Chartz]