This year has been a rush-hour for new Android tablets being released in the market. Many people are confused between the numerous options available. Should I get an iPad or an Android tablet? According to my opinion, the iPad is still ahead any other manufacturer; especially for business users.
The most exciting feature of the Apple iPhone 4S at the moment is Siri, the virtual assistant. As it is supported only in iOS 5 at the moment, the hope is that it will be coming to the iPad and iPad 2 soon. Hackers have been even able to import Siri to the iPhone 4. Now, it’s the iPad 2′s turn to get the famous virtual assistant – Siri.
Developers have also ported Siri on the first generation jailbroken iPad, but it is facing some connectivity problems. The virtual assistant is unable to connect to Apple Servers in many cases. Developers are continuously trying to solve this problem.
With the upcoming thrill and increasing excitement for Siri, it is obvious that the iPad 2 will get it too very soon.
Let’s take a look at what Siri does and why it is so discussed!
Siri was introduced in iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S. It is the most important distinction between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. It is capable of doing anything from setting up reminders to opening up your bookmarks in the web browser, just with simple voice commands.
The assumptions are that Apple will shortly release an iOS 5 update that will enable the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 to run Siri officially.
The question now is whether developers can successfully port Siri to the jailbroken iPad 2 first or if Apple will release a patch for other iOS 5 devices before that happens.
The Apple event that took place last week was majorly based on the announcement of the new iPhone 4S smartphone. Read More
Did you even want to run a really cool Android app on your iPad just because one of your friends has it on his Android tablet or smart phone? Well, if you did, your dream is coming true now. People have started porting the Dalvik virtual machine on to a lot of other platforms like the BlackBerry, HP’s WebOS, and finally, Apple’s iOS. So, the day is not far away when you can install Gmail and Google’s music app on your iPad, which is obviously awesome.
Alien Dalvik is the virtual machine which is said to do the magic. The developers say that they are implementing an layer of Alien Dalvik virtual machine between the Android app and the iOS architecture. Though there will be some bugs for sure, this middle layer implementation of the Alien Dalvik virtual machine will try to minimize the number of bugs there could be.
“From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik 2.0 is completely transparent and installed without user disruption. Users simply enjoy the same rich Android ecosystem they have become accustomed to via mobile on other key screens, such as playing Angry Birds on HDTV. This all while gaining faster access to a wider range of apps, thus encouraging a higher frequency of downloads and increased ARPU.”
But to be frank, have you ever wanted to port an app from Android to iOS, or have you been completely satisfied with the many thousands of apps available for the iOS platform? Even if you wanted to get an app from the Android Market on to your iPad, which app would it be?
Many people say that they would never want an Android app on their iPad, but if that were to be true, why would anyone spend so much of productive time on porting the apps to the iOS platform. What do you think?
Apple and Nokia have had a deal with each other regarding some patent for which Nokia is paying Apple. But reportedly, Apple did not show this during its financial filing. What does this mean? This means that Apple is hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars that it is earning in profit from the patent agreement with Nokia from its investors, something that a company like itself is not supposed and expected to do. So, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) caught this and was all over Apple for justification.
This was going on a few months back this year, and now, there are few documents and the whole story of this available online, released officially by SEC. This has a lot of story and explains a lot about the deal and how the whole thing went up. I think Apple has finally managed to get some huge amount of money from Nokia to itself, without giving a dime to its investors. The whole story is given below, as said by MacRumors.
It was revealed in mid-June that Apple had entered into a patent license with Nokia to settle a series of lawsuits between the two companies, but Apple did not make any disclosure regarding the licensing agreement in its financial filings, despite the fact that analysts have suggested that the licensing fees could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The SEC was apparently unsatisfied with Apple’s lack of disclosure about the transaction, and sent a letter (PDF) to Apple in late June asking for more detail on the terms of the deal and information on Apple’s decision not to address the topic in its regulatory filings.
We note various news articles discussing the patent litigation settlement between Nokia and Apple. Supplementally tell us the amount and terms of such settlement agreement, any amounts accrued, the periods in which they were recognized, and the timeline of the negotiations with Nokia that led to the June settlement agreement. Also, tell us how you considered including a discussion regarding this matter in your MD&A [Management Discussion and Analysis] disclosures and financial statement footnotes, including disclosure of a reasonably possible range of loss in excess of amounts accrued. Further, tell us how considered disclosing this event in a Form 8-K or tell us how you determined that such disclosure was not necessary.
Apple responded to the SEC on July 12th, offering at least some of the requested information, although details of the transaction are not included in the publicly-available document as Apple included a request and justification for confidentiality on portions of the letter. Information on Apple’s disclosure analysis is, however, included, and it reveals that the company considered the deal to be part of its “ordinary course of business” and not material to its financial statements. Consequently, Apple determined that it was not required to discuss the agreement in its filings.
Apple’s response was apparently still not entirely sufficient in the SEC’s eyes, however, as the SEC sent a follow-up letter (PDF) on July 19th requesting additional information.
Please describe in further detail the terms, arrangements, obligations and rights associated with the Settlement Agreement and Patent License Agreement entered into between the company and Nokia. Also, describe for us each element of these Agreements (i.e. settlement portion, past usage, future usage, etc.).
Apple’s response dated August 1st included five pages of confidential material not included in the publicly-available version, with three of those pages dedicated to full disclosure of the terms of the patent deal with Nokia.
Apple’s response apparently satisfied the SEC, as the agency sent a notice (PDF) on August 17th acknowledging that it had completed its review of Apple’s regulatory filing, although such notice does not prevent the SEC from taking additional action with respect to the filings in the future.
A few days back, we had seen that Foxconn had proposed a deal to Apple that it will set up a manufacturing plant in Brazil to manufacture the iPad, that has taken the world of tablet computers into his hand for a few years. But now, it seems like Foxconn’s dream may not come true in the near future, Reuters says.
Reuters says that the deal is “stagnant,” due to tax breaks, insufficient skills of Brazilians to manufacture iPads, and the country’s untapped infrastructure to name a few.
“Yet the idea for a “Brazilian iPad” prompted immediate skepticism back home, where factories have struggled for years with high taxes, an overvalued currency and a lack of qualified workers due to poor education and a tight labor market.
The expected start date for production was first set for July, then delayed to November. Now, it is unclear whether the project will ever get off the ground, at least in the form that it was originally envisioned, the officials said on condition of anonymity.”
Until all this is taken care of, I dont think there will be a Made in Brazil label on the iPad.
There are a lot of basketball games for the iOS platform and there may be one or two games more for the iPad compared to the iPhone. But how many of them are so special that you will do almost anything sane to get them on your device? Apple is announcing the iPhone 5 next week (hopefully) and it brings the still in beta iOS 5 to the market. Most of us are already on it, sure, but the public release is not yet out.
But it seems like Apple is not the only company announcing its next big thing next week. 2K Sports seems to have a thing of their own to showcase. You know it already, it is the NBA2K12. You may think that it is just another mobile NBA game, but think again, this may have some thing different. But what is it?
Well, NBA2K12 is the first mobile sports game to feature Michael Jordan. Actually, you have a whole mode in the game which revolves around him. And its called the Jordan Challenge. You may have played it on the console version of the game. You get to relive the 10 greatest performances that Jordan has played. CNET says the following:
“The graphics are what you’d expect on an iOS device for a sports game. Player models are decent, but player faces mapped onto a generic shaped head can look pretty bad at times. What’s most important is the gameplay, and 2K12 plays smoothly; players on the floor are well spaced and the animations are great. Basketball is more than just dunking, and it’s not that easy to get to the rim if you want to show off. The broadcast-TV-style presentation really separates it from other iOS sports games, with full commentary and replays that add extra polish.”
If you want it, you will have to wait till next week when the company will release it.
Apple’s iPad has been one of the best tablets out there, and also one of the best selling. Or should I say, the only best selling tablet? It would not be too incorrect I guess. Before the iPad, all we had were mini laptops with touch screen display that swiveled to make it a tablet. If you have used one of those convertible laptops, you would know how horrible the touch screen sensitivity was.
But iPad changed it all, it was the true tablet even though it was just a big iPhone without the phone part. The Apple iPad was sold in millions of units when it was launched. And that has never been false till now. Even today, if you take the stats of quarters, Apple is selling the tablet in millions of units.
In Q2 this year, there were a total of 7.5 million tablets sold in the North America. Any guesses how many of those 7.5 million tablets were the iPads? You would be amazed, but nearly 80% of those were iPads. Reports say approximately 6 million iPad units were sold in Q2 alone. Even all the Android, HP WebOS, and RIM PlayBook combined dint come anywhere near that figure.
This report comes from Strategy Analysis, as Boy Genius Report points out. SA analyst Alex Spektor says:
“Apple remains a long way ahead of its main rivals such as Motorola, Samsung, RIM, Asus and HTC. A combination of cool branding, user-friendly hardware, entertaining services and savvy retail distribution has made Apple a formidable market leader.”
Now that HP is getting out of the tablet market by dropping all its plans of the WebOS based TouchPad, and RIM seeming to take the same road with its dying PlayBook, all that remain are a few Android based tablets to compete the iPad. How do you think this will work out?
Wednesday for a very busy day for both Amazon and a thousands of tech enthusiasts and tech bloggers around the world. The Amazon Kindle is one of the best, powerful, and inexpensive Android tablets out there. There is one rumor about the low cost of the tablet that Amazon has not actually tied up with Google for the Android distribution on the Kindle Fire, may be to avoid the huge payment of royalty to Microsoft for every Android device sold. But then, that has nothing to do with this story.
So what exactly has Apple to learn from Amazon? The Kindle Fire is a good tablet, but it definitely cant be another iPad, for sure. But it has one particular thing that Apple has to get, or do about the iPad. PC Magazine’s Sascha Segan had an interesting conversation with Jon Jenkins, the director of Amazon’s Silk browser project. They had a great talk, and in between that, Jon said something about rooting, which is jailbreaking in Android terms, that definitely will make hackers the most happiest men on Earth.
“Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet has a great user interface, but many of our readers already want to get rid of it. That’s OK. Amazon isn’t doing anything special to prevent techies from “rooting” and rewriting the software on its powerful yet inexpensive new tablet. “It’s going to get rooted, and what you do after you root it is up to you,” Jenkins said.”
That is something awesome. He also said that Amazon is not helping hackers in rooting the Android tablet, but the company isn’t just trying hard, or even trying to stop them from rooting. And dont you think that is just what we need?
What if Apple does the same about the iPad? Will it let jailbreakers jailbreak the tablet? Hackers dont expect Apple to help them in jailbreaking, they just dont want Apple to try to stop them from doing so.
Since how many years have you been actually using cloud computing? Or exactly from how many years have you been hearing about cloud computing? For a lot of people, the concept is still not clear. There are so many people in the technological world, who are supposed to be heads of technical departments in different kinds of organisations, who think that cloud computing really has something to do with the clouds in the sky and weather. But Steve Jobs was different, and he still is.
Way back in 1997, at the WWDC Developer Conference, he said something. He spoke about his vision of how computing will be in the future and how he wants to participate in making that happen. I dont think most people dint give a damn about what he said. But now, he has introduced iCloud, a technology that all Apple products users are sure to love. This is his vision come true. And the best part is, right from the beginning of dreaming of his vision to accomplishing that, Steve Jobs has been here and did what he wanted to do, make it all happen.
At the 1997 WWDC Developer Conference, he said:
“Let me describe the world I live in.”
And more, we are all living in the world that he wanted to live in. The attached five minutes video is worth a watch. You will know how determined Steve Jobs was and still is. His final words were:
“I can’t communicate to you how awesome this is unless you use it. And what you would decide within a day or two is that carrying around these non-connected computers or computers with tons of state in them — tons of data and state in them — is Byzantine by comparison.”
If you are thinking its here and you are already in the cloud, I believe this is just the beginning. There is a lot more to come.