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.

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“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:

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.”

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.

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.

Apple confirms Anobit acquisition: A strategic hit to Samsung?

Apple has confirmed that it acquired Anobit, an Israeli startup that makes flash memory used in the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the purchase, but declined to offer a figure on how much the company was bought for. It was thought that the Cupertino-based technology giant paid in the region of $400 to $500 million for the company, however.

Besides Apple’s acquisition of NeXT in 1997 for $404 million, the Anobit deal represents one of Apple’s largest acquisitions to date. Apple acquired PA Semi in 2008 for $278 million, and Quattro Wireless in 2010 for $275 million, CNET highlights.

Apple is the largest buyer of NAND flash memory, as Bloomberg reports, accounting for around 23 percent of the market last quarter. Apple is thought to have an estimated 100 million iPad and iPhone devices on the market, with an 15 million iPads sold by March 2011, and over 70 million iPhones since its launch in June 2007.

The Israeli company said its memory signal processing technology uses propriety signal-processing algorithms and advanced error correction to improve reliability and performance specifications of its flash-memory hardware.

It is thought that Apple bought the startup company to gain access to its technology, and to boost chip memory and improve device reliability. With its purchase, it will bypass the need to turn to a third-party company for vital hardware pieces for its highly popular smartphone and tablet products.

But perhaps worryingly for Samsung — an Anobit customer — it may allow Apple to finally cut off the hand that feeds its main competitor’s hardware.

(via zdnet.com)

Smartphone Sales: Samsung probably in the first quarter of 2012 before Apple

In the fourth quarter of the year, companies can usually rub their hands, the Christmas season is thanks. The completion of the first quarter of 2012 could give Samsung a reason to celebrate: It is expected that the South Koreans will sell more smartphones than Apple.

Samsung seems to his advantage, especially in view of its wide range, because in addition to high-end devices like the Galaxy S II and the Nexus, the South Koreans have also cheaper entry-level smartphones on offer. Apple offers its customers “only” the old models of iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 as well as the current iPhone 4S. Although the previous models are now at a considerably cheaper, Apple is missing in his collection a favorable (prepaid) iPhone.

In the last quarter of 2011, Samsung was able to depose all the 32 million smart phones, not least thanks to the holiday shopping season. Overall, last year brought 300 million mobile phones in the man and woman. Advantageous for future smartphones, according to Bloomberg is primarily the declining prices of the chips.

Apple Goes After Toy Company For Making Lifelike Steve Jobs Figurine

Apple is no stranger to throwing lawsuits around, but instead of accusing another company of ripping off its products, it’s now blaming them for ripping off its former leader.

In Icons, a Chinese company, recently created an action figure of Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs died from pancreatic cancer complications back in October 2011.

The figurine is 12 inches tall and looks nearly identical to Apple’s co-founder. It features Jobs’ signature black turtleneck, blue jeans, sneakers, glasses, and even has interchangeable hands to show his different movements. The doll also comes with two Apples, one of which has a bite out of it, a “One More Thing” backdrop and a bar stool.


The doll is already up for sale on eBay for $135, and In Icons was set to begin selling it in February. However, if Apple has its way, the Steve Jobs look-alike won’t make it to store shelves or consumer’s hands.

According to Apple’s letter to In Icons, the tech giant owns all rights pertaining to its founder, and the “likeness” of the doll falls under those rights. Toys that resemble the company’s logo, appearance, likeness or someone’s name are subject to a legal action if not made by Apple itself.

(via dailynews)
(Pictures by inicons.com)

HTC to remove feature that infringes Apple patent

HTC, Asia’s second-biggest maker of smart phones, can tweak the technology in its handsets to avoid a U.S. trade agency ban. Dealing with the threat from Apple’s and Samsung Electronics’ new devices may prove tougher.

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday that, beginning in April, it would ban the sale of HTC phones that infringed an Apple patent on so-called data detection, such as touching a phone number or an address in an e-mail to dial or find the address on a map. HTC responded by saying it will remove the offending features from its phones.

Keeping the handsets on the market solves HTC’s immediate challenge after becoming the top selling vendor in the United States. Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Apple’s faster, Siri-enabled iPhone hit the market within the past quarter, posing a new threat to HTC’s place in the $262 billion global mobile-phone market. The Taiwanese company is forecast to post its slowest annual sales growth and first profit decline since the 2009 economic crisis.

“Things were going great at HTC two years ago, their products were so successful, and they were the hottest company in mobile phones,” said Will Stofega, an analyst at researcher IDC. “They didn’t keep the momentum going, and now we’re seeing products that haven’t wowed audiences as much.”

HTC’s revenue will climb 11 percent next year and profit will drop 6.7 percent, according to analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg, marking its worst financial performance since the 2009 global economic crisis. HTC’s revenue climbed fiftyfold from 2000 to 2010, according to Bloomberg data.

Last month, stiff competition prompted HTC to cut its sales guidance for this quarter by 20 percent. That announcement, on Nov. 23, prompted the stock to drop by its daily 7 percent limit in Taipei for two consecutive days, worsening the year-to-date loss to 45 percent.

At least six brokers downgraded HTC since the revised guidance, with more analysts recommending investors sell HTC than buy for the first time in at least two years.

The ITC, the agency empowered to block imports of products that infringe the patents, found in Apple’s favor for one of four patents the Cupertino company alleged HTC breached. Apple’s patent covered a feature in which the phone recognizes a telephone number so it can be stored in directories or called without dialing.

The result, while less than Apple sought, marks its first victory in patent cases and strengthens the argument that Google’s Android “ripped off the iPhone,” as the company’s late founder, Steve Jobs, once claimed. The ruling is the first definitive decision in the dozens of patent cases that began to proliferate last year as smart-phone makers battle over a market that Strategy Analytics Inc. said increased 44 percent last quarter from a year earlier to 117 million phones worldwide.

Apple also has civil patent infringement cases against HTC and Samsung. Both Asian rivals have also filed their own retaliatory actions to the ITC and in U.S courts. The Android operating system has led the global market since last year, climbing to 48 percent of all smart phones in the second quarter of this year and ahead of 19 percent for Apple’s iOS platform, according to British researcher Canalys.

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Data by Bloomberg Source