Posts tagged ‘apple’

December 8, 2012

Apple and Google joining forces!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Finally GoogleChic and I are going to agree on something. Apple and Google have teamed up on a $500 million bid to acquire Kodak’s patent portfolio. The two companies are aiming to buy Kodak’s 1100 imaging patents out of bankruptcy as reported by Bloomberg.

Initially, according to reports, Apple and Google were leading separate consortiums bidding for Kodak’s patents – Apple with Microsoft and Intellectual Ventures and Google with its mobile hardware buddies Samsung, LG and HTC. It seems like Apple and Google may have learnt their lesson after their head on fight for Nortel patents last year (Google lost after offering $900 million while Apple, RIM and Microsoft shelled out a chunky $4.5 billion dollars).

The patents that Kodak is selling as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, relate to capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images. In the future, the company plans to focus on printing and enterprise services and less on photography. Kodak claims that the patents may be worth more – $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion and Kodak has made more than $3 billion in revenue by licensing its patents to companies like Samsung, Nokia, LG, Google, Nokia among others. The two behemoths, Apple and Google may be getting the best deal now that they are not competing with each other.

Kodak

June 24, 2012

Apple Asia Chronicles

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Owning an Apple product is a symbol of upward mobility among Asia’s fast growing middle class. In my recent trip to Asia, I noticed a common thing between the west and the east. Crowded Apple Stores. The impact of Apple and its products on the psyche of people all over the world is amazing.

I couldn’t get my hands on a fake iPhone 5 or see a fake Apple store, but got some pictures of Apple references and stores and snagged Apple accessories at record breaking discount prices. My advice for anyone going to China – Shop 🙂

Steve Jobs Biography, Tokyo

Steve Jobs Playing Cards – Muslim Quarters in Xi’an, China

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

                                                                                                      

iPhone 4 case, Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Street Vendors, Hong Kong

Apple Store, Hong Kong

Apple Store, Hong Kong

Apple Reseller, Bangalore, India

January 31, 2012

Apple’s $100 Billion cash reserve

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Infographics seem to be the new norm to convey outlandish information. Here’s one on Apple’s cash reserve..

[Source]: DesignTAXI

January 11, 2012

Apple’s new textbook venture

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Amidst all the CES news this week, Apple has some news too. Apple is expected to make its big education announcement at New York’s Guggenheim Museum on Jan 19. The word is that there may not be any device launch but Apple will discuss its new digital textbook business.  After music, movies, apps, books , magazines, will textbook industry be the next to be dominated by Apple?

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November 12, 2011

Adobe dumping mobile Flash! Hail HTML 5?

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Get ready to say goodbye to flash on your new mobiles or tablets. If you use an iPhone, iPod or iPad, you are already used to living without Flash. 

Adobe Systems on Wednesday announced that its ending development on Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices and moving to HTML 5 and Adobe AIR software development. In it’s statement, as part of restructuring efforts, the company indicated an elimination of 750 full-time positions in United States and EMEA. 

Adobe quitting the mobile Flash business, reminds me of Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Flash criticizing Adobe and Apple’s dedication to dump the technology

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML 5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML 5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Fandroids have always found solace that they have one thing Apple users don’t – Flash support that enables them to experience the full web. Maybe it’s time to learn the web via the HTML 5 lens 🙂  

 

October 30, 2011

Microsoft’s vision of the post PC future

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Funnily, many products either don’t have a form factor or if they do, they seem to have Apple’s design aesthetic 🙂 I like how Microsoft terms this the future of technology.

August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs resigns – Tim Cook is the new CEO of Apple

BY THE APPLE GIRL

This is something we have all been expecting but wished would never happen! 😦 Steve Jobs stepped down as the CEO of Apple and its Tim Cook, who takes over the reins at Apple. Steve Jobs said that he would be actively involved in the company’s strategy.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Unsurprisingly, Apple’s stock is at $351 in after hour trading today more than 5% down from $375.16.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

As much as I like to bash Apple, I will have to put that aside today. Jobs’ resignation is a sad one for all of us. He’s contributed so much to this industry, it’s sad to see him step down.

Everyone suspects that his resignation has to do with Job’s deterring health which was first disclosed to the public in 2004. I truly wish Steve Jobs all the best and hope to see him serve a long time on the Board of Directors. 

August 24, 2011

Google acquires Motorola Mobility

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Last week, Google acquired Motorola Mobility division for $12.5 billion or $40 per share (when Motorola shares were going at $28). Recently Google has been crying about losing out on the Nortel patent auction to Microsoft and Apple, who won the patents for $4.5 billion and raised the barrier to entry into the mobile market.

With Apple and Microsoft already suing Android phone manufacturers already, the Google’s Nortel patent loss is a harbinger of only more suing to ensue. Google had to do something to combat this and made a gutsy move to invest $12.5 billion in cash to buy Motorola Mobility.

The Motorola acquisition brings with it 19,000 employees, revenue of $11 billion and assets of $6 billion. More importantly, Google now owns 17,000 patents and an additional $7,500 filed patent applications.

Maybe Google will learn how to integrate a certain hardware with its Android software and copy Apple’s path to success 😛 Maybe Google will only cling on to Motorola software engineering and not the hardware branch. It’s also possible that other Android hardware manufacturers feel alienated with Google now owning a hardware division.

In any case, S&P has downgraded Google believing the purchase to be a bad move for Google. A lot of speculation, I would hate it if Apple lost a competitor! 😛


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’s a gutsy move by Google for sure to acquire a hardware company but I think it’s a smart move! Forget S&P’s downgrade of Google. With the moves they’re making these days Moody seems more reliable to me 🙂

One thing that I’ve always said about Apple products is that their hardware is slick. Hopefully, Google can now get innovative and come up with slick designs to give Apple a run for their money!

I do have to agree with AppleGirl on one point ;P. A smart move that Google made by acquiring Motorola is that Google acquired all of Motorola’s patents which I’m sure will be useful in the future.

As for all the other manufacturers out there currently producing Android devices, I think this will be good motivation for them to step up their game. Personally, I think Samsung doesn’t need the motivation since they have some of the best devices out there like the Samsung Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S II 🙂

 

 

 

July 30, 2011

Apple is richer than the US government!

BY THE APPLE GIRL

This is a funny one (maybe not quite as funny if the government does’nt raise the debt ceiling) and I had to throw it out there. Apple has more cash lying around than the US government. Apparently US Treasury’s cash balance fell to $74 billion this week which is less than what Apple has stashed away i.e $76 billion. Interested in more US debt numbers? Hold yourself from fainting and check out US debt clock.

July 23, 2011

Apple – the big bully!

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like Apple is trying to alienate the themselves from the world. They’re suing everyone left and right for patent infringe. Right now they have an ongoing lawsuit with HTC, Samsung and Motorola. HTC did get some bad news recently, the International Trade commission made some initial determination that HTC did infringe on two out of the ten patents that is in dispute.  HTC’s general counsel Grace Lei recently stated this “HTC is disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market.” Pretty much, stop wasting everyone’s time and resources, and start putting your brains together to come up with the next best thing! With all the money that they’re spending on legation, they could have invested that in the technology instead. I mean come on, most recently, they copied Android’s notification system 😉

As for Samsung, thanks to the bitter battles over the patents, their relationship with Apple is not looking very bright. There are reports that Apple is soon going to stop using them as their chip supplier; Samsung currently supplies the A5 chip for the iPhone. Instead, Apple is turning to TSMC a Taiwanese chip maker to supply their chips. 

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

HTC is not new to patent infringement. If only, HTC had invested its resources in making an original phone, it could have saved itself $5 per phone that it pays Microsoft for patent infringement along with the royalty that it might have to pay Apple. 

As Steve Jobs says “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

I think Apple is doing the right thing by going after all the phone manufacturers and claiming its right to the intellectual property it created. GoogleChic, are you hinting that Apple should come up with the next best thing so Android users get a free pass to it? 🙂 

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