US regulators considering investigation into Apple’s mobile advertising policy

Earlier today we reported that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had amended its iPhone Developer Agreement, specifically clause 3.3.9 related to advertising networks. The amendment was written in such a way that it allowed Steve Jobs to make good on a promise he made at D8 to open up the SDK for third parties to collect data for services such as advertising. But at the … Read More

Apple relaxes iPhone Advertising Restrictions. Locks AdMob out

At D8 last week Steve Jobs offered a rather weak argument for why Apple had changed clause 3.3.9 in its iPhone Developer Agreement. The changes appeared to ban third parties from collecting analytical data from apps running on customer’s iPhones. And, if you remember, caused some consternation when first reported, shortly after the iPhone OS 4.0 Preview event. Steve’s explanation … Read More

Is HP’s new acquisition, Palm, a Sinking Ship?

In some ways I regret the title of this piece. There are some very capable and visionary engineers and designers who make up the heart of Palm. But I do think that Palm itself, as we knew it, is falling apart. In the last few weeks, after HP snapped up Palm, we’ve seen some worrying signs from the company. Last … Read More

What Really Makes The Apple iPhone 4 Exciting?

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The iPhone 4 is certainly much more than I expected it to be. I was hopeful of an even higher resolution screen than we got. But other than that I was simply anticipating what most other people were expecting. Smaller, faster, neater, video calls, and a stills camera with flash. That is not to say that video calls, or a … Read More

Some clues to Apple’s future iPhone 4 network plans

Synchronized with the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010, an FCC filing has been publicised which makes some interesting reading if you want to try and figure out some of Apple’s plans for global smart phone domination. It also makes Apple’s iPhone 4 the first device in the world to be released, and sport 5 frequency bands. The new … Read More

Apple’s Stunning App Store Hyperwall at WWDC 2010

In “Apple World” the equivalent of Christmas is WWDC. And in “Apple World” the equivalent of a Christmas Tree is an App Store Hyperwall! Currently on display at WWDC is a veritable Christmas Tree celebrating the eternal Christmas of Apple’s iTunes App Store. Apple’s Hyperwall, put simply, is 30 LED screens which together form a video wall showing the top … Read More

PC Guy to Open WWDC Keynote today?

There are a lot of rumours flying around that the “Get a Mac” series of ads are coming to an end with a blockbuster finale at WWDC this year. Justin Long will not appear in this last ad. But apparently John Hodgeman, who plays “PC Guy” in the iconic sketches, finished filming a skit last week where he tries to … Read More

Google Music Logo Revealed. Where is this going?

There often seems to be a bizarre synergy between some of the things that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) do these days. Sometimes those synergies can be positive and complimentary. Yesterday we reported that Google had now made its mobile search results link up with Apple’s iTunes App Store. A couple of days before that Steve Jobs had confirmed that Google … Read More

No Verizon iPhone 4G / HD at WWDC. But expect it in 2011

Verizon’s Wireless spokesman John Johnson effectively killed off any hope of the iPhone 4G / HD being announced as a new addition to their network during Steve Jobs’ keynote address at WWDC. This news may surprise some who interpreted Steve Jobs’ comments in his own interview at D8 as him hinting that another network for the new iPhone 4G / … Read More

Google (GOOG) Mobile Search iPhone App Store Links Go Live

Google announced earlier this week that they would show iPhone App Store links at the top of their mobile search results. Clicking on one of those search results takes you directly to Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store. Once there users can view the application’s listing, creators name and user reviews. At the moment this feature is only available for US users, … Read More

Apple CEO at D8 All Things Digital Conference. Round Up

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One of the things that is fun about an interview with Steve Jobs is how it seems to blow away a lot of the sinister mystique that surrounds the guy. We spend so much of our time reading, and (in our case) writing about what he thinks that we tend to get a distorted view of the man. Every now … Read More

Apple axes iPad and iPhone apps that act like Desktops

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An Australian App Store developer who previously espoused the virtues of Apple’s App Store model in a blog post with the title “Sorry Media, But Apple Isn’t Evil,” is today eating his words. It seems that Apple are carrying out one of their purges of the App Store, but this time it seems that it’s somewhat unusual. Reading between the lines … Read More

Solar Powered iPods, iPhones and iPads coming from Apple?

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This is an intriguing and exciting Patent from Apple. And in my opinion one of the things that makes Apple special. Solar powered mobile devices have been a bit of a dud in the tech world to date. So much so that even low cost portable devices in Africa tend to be powered by hand wound chargers rather than solar … Read More

Another version of the iPhone / Android market share figures

Last month there were some interesting claims made about Android market share. NPD (a market survey and analysis company) released data claiming that Android handsets were outselling Apple’s iPhone, in the US at least. Apple were quick to rebuff the seriousness of the figures. NPD’s report should be digested whilst also considering that they are based on a voluntary web … Read More