Flash memory specialist Anobit is part of Apple’s hardware department

Following the announcement of the best quarterly results in Apple’s history took Tim Cook who yesterday sat in this audio conference to learn about the future of the recently acquired flash memory professionals from Anobit. They should simply be incorporated in Apple’s existing structure.

Two weeks ago, Apple confirmed that the rumor mill for some time predicted the acquisition of Israeli company Anobit. Cupertino bought one so ample expertise to optimize the use of flash memory. The step is, given Apple’s trend toward SSD and the success of IOS devices only comprehensible.

With the announcement that the specialists of Anobit simply found their direct way to Apple’s original hardware development department, CEO Tim Cook joined yesterday a criticism of the competitors: “Many technology companies such as Microsoft, operate with a wide range of other separate business units. “contrast, Apple seems to prefer to keep track.

Anobit have fantastic technical talent. Apple is suppose to join in the ranks very happy, said Cook.

In the U.S.: Every fifth adults are Tablet owners

Formerly of 10 to 19 percent of the entire share of U.S. adults has increased, the use of an iPad, a tablet PC or other eBook reader. The approximate doubling of the U.S. market segment by the holiday shopping season now reports the market research PewResearch Center.

Tablet PCs and eBook reading devices are becoming increasingly popular. Across all age groups across the study published today at the PewResearch Center facilities in the United States even an increase of 18 percent set to 29 percent between December and January. Accordingly, there was also the year for children and young people some new devices of these formats.

After the relatively stagnant summer business in 2011 had the new Kindle Fire, the Nook tablet from Barnes and Noble and the price erosion of some equipment under the magic mark of 100 U.S. dollars the market for Christmas apparently successful resuscitation sum up, according to the the trend analyst. Apple’s sales figures are expected for tomorrow’s release.

The date for the study to evaluate values ​​from a comparison made between November / December 2011 with just under 3000 and two conducted in January with about 1000 full-year old survey. As error variance be granted for up to 2.4 percent.

“Just Get Samsunged” – A new commercial by Samsung that Apple mocks

The series of Samsung’s Commercials, which will make Apple fans a little fun continues. The current video mocks under the title “Samsunged” about the missing free turn-by-turn navigation of the iPhone:

At the same time announced that the “Next Big Thing” campaign continues. You will, however, to the Super Bowl on 5 February will find their grand final spot. Presented by the high advertising costs the advertiser always very special spots. This year will cost the most expensive 30-second spot place at least 4 million U.S. dollars.

In the past year was the Volkswagen “The Force” spot to call attention to themselves. This is now at least 48 million YouTube Views:

iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are now available without a camera – but only in Singapore


The camera of the iPhone is for many owners is indeed a practical alternative to a “real” camera, in some divisions but this feature is not welcome. After all, the iPhone can come thanks to high-resolution camera as a tool to spying operation. At least in Singapore businessmen can now also purchase an iPhone without a camera 4 or 4S.

Order is an official product from Apple at the iPhone but not camera-less. Instead, the cameras of the iPhone, according to CNET Asia will be removed from the Singapore mobile operator M1. In addition to an equivalent of just under € 30 higher price but also interested to take the loss in purchasing the Apple warranty. For just € 195, the guarantee weakens with M1 as contractor “restore”.

M1, the camera-less iPhones sold only with a two-year contract. Although technically possible, the nachtägliche distance of the camera is not offered. And even those who will remove the camera itself disappointed: the conversion of M1 is certified by the Singapore Ministry of Defense – to use a pre-requisite to the iPhone in Singapore during the current draft.

Up to 3 GB iPad textbooks are “heavyweight”

The authors so far from his Apple iBook specified storage limit for releases was 2 GB. For the iBook started with two school-book initiative can be found, however, already in the range of titles that exceed this volume. “Perason’s Biology” 1791 pages occupied with 2.77 GB.

The so far only in English available biology book from Pearson Education caused quite a stir among the first iBook title that may break free from Apple’s previous size limit, and its interactive curriculum spread over an impressive 2.77 GB. If the example set a precedent, could assiduous readers with 16-GB iPads frequent sync sessions are in the house.

The documentation to be in iTunes customer reviews for “Pearson’s Biology” falling over themselves with praise so far for the quality of the material passed, however, require the translation into more languages​​. Cult of Mac puts together a list of the top eight as iBooks available textbooks and their memory requirements.

E.O. Wilson’s Life On Earth – 965MB
McGraw Hill’s Algebra 1 – 1.09GB
Pearson’s Biology – 2.77GB
McGraw Hill’s Biology – 1.49GB
National’s Chemistry – 959MB
Pearson’s Environmental Science – 793MB
McGraw Hill’s Geometry – 1.22GB
McGraw Hill’s Physics – 1.25GB

iBooks Textbooks are exclusively for iBookstore, Apple’s own format

Meanwhile iBooks Author should have been installed on many Macs and aspiring authors should arrive no later than when exporting to Apple’s terms of use in contact: The application may only be created in the iBookstore to be sold.

Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.

iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.

For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.

Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”

Online courses on the iPad: Apple launches iTunes U on the App Store

On the educational event in New York Apple today introduced a new application for iOS called iTunes U. The universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and will provide students with a complete package in order to participate in online courses from different universities.

Unlike the iTunes U video category in iTunes, the new app offers a complete package for teachers and students. Apple wants to make this possible, including through the integration of (paid) iBooks books and podcasts. For students, the app also offers the functions to create during the course notes.

Also, the app can be used to distribute homework: To-do lists and tasks can be sent directly to the students on their iOS device. Links within the app to link tasks, including the necessary text books with the data stored in iBooks. Who more than an iOS device can call his own, rejoice: the same note app also syncs iTunes U content between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iTunes U had been of particular interest to students, so should the trial offer now also be extended to the secondary.

iTunes U is available now in the App Store.

Report: Apple to hold iPad 3 event in early February

Apple Education Event on Thursday in New York is expected to produce only minor announcements. But already the beginning of February, Apple could invite the press again in the Yerba Buene Center for the Arts in San Francisco in order to present the new iPad. The shelves of the dealers come to the successor of the iPad 2 but only about a month later.

So at least the claim of the Japanese Mac blogs Macotakara who relies on information the Asian suppliers. The long waiting period between the announcement and publication Macotakara explained with the Chinese New Year, as some factories suspend production during the celebrations.

However, this assumption is made that would elapse between the announcement and publication of a full month. During the first iPad was delivered only two months after the keynote, Apple was able to bring the iPad 2 already after two days with the customer. macrumors.com speculated that Apple could postpone the lengthy approval procedures, so as to keep details about the new iPad under lock until the official announcement can.

Wikipedia goes offline in protest to the SOPA and PIPA

New level of escalation in the dispute over two U.S. Internet Laws: The English edition of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday in protest for a day off. Other frequently visited sites are close to the action.

In the U.S., the debate rages about the controversial anti-piracy laws Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). On 18 January will therefore besides the several English-language Wikipedia, especially in the U.S. much-used Web sites to go offline for 24 hours. They want to protest the bill that will prevent the spread of piracy and protect intellectual property abroad. Supported are the laws of the U.S. film and music industry, which argues that the illegal sale of its products infringe copyrights and destroy jobs in the U.S.

Participation in the blackout had previously been the social news service reddit.com and the Mem-Catalog “I Can Has Cheezeburger”announced. The Wikipedia community has voted on whether and how they will join the protests. A large majority of users was for the “Blackout”, as turning the page is called for a day. Also the founder of the community, Jimmy Wales spoke strongly in favor of the temporary closure of Wikipedia.

The controversial law will make the downloading of copyright-protected files to serious crime. In addition, the owner of the copyrights have the opportunity to block “criminal” websites relatively easily. This should no longer appear in Google search results, or by entering the address into the URL bar of your browser to reach. Also, payment services like Paypal should then no longer work together with the operators of such sites.

Opponents of legislative initiative fear that go with this one innovation blockade and the American economy could be harmed. In addition, the U.S. government could then censor the Internet – such as China do it now. Interventions into the architecture of the Web would also undermine security mechanisms on the Internet.

Apple breaks iPhone 4S-sale in the Apple Retail Store from Peking after brawls

Before the Apple flagship store in Beijing, China, and thousands were waiting for reports, it helps to clashes between gangs of so-called scalpers. The police intervened, then from Apple said the iPhone launch in the store, which made the crowd even angrier.

Scalpers buy at launch as many copies of a coveted hardware as possible and sell them very close at a higher price. They are usually well organized and like to move as a team. Regular customers who want to use the hardware itself will, on first day of sales often difficult to wake. Furthermore, the limitation of devices per person does not help since these street traders simply pay people for waiting and buying the coveted commodity.

According to local media reports are probably 99 percent of the people on the Apple Store scalpers have been. Which is of course a good deal by paying attention to what was then led to frustration and violence. Interesting fact: One of the scalpers still had apparently quickly bought some eggs to throw at them media attention to the Apple Store. This may, however, belongs only to the professional preparation of this man, or an egg distributor has proved good business sense and set up his booth in the vicinity. There were also scuffles between the scalp well with each other and the security guards.

After all, Apple would have little upset with the cancellation of regular customers and the damage is only slight. The scalpers remain a problem, which can be combatted only difficult. This can occur even without such gangs to riots at a product launch, recently showed the start of the new Air Jordan shoes from Nike in the U.S., where the police had to intervene in several cities.