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

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

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

Steve Jobs on new iPhone Carriers, iPad, Google, Foxconn. D8 Interview

Steve Jobs on iPhone Carriers, iPad, Google and Foxconn. D8 Interview

Steve Jobs interview at D8 (D: All Things Digital) was long and wide ranging. They indicate a man who is passionate about his work, perhaps to the detriment of the popularity of his products or overall market dominance. In many ways he has the job we all aspire to; he gets to go to work everyday and make what he … Read More

iPhone OS 4.0 To Include More Bing

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It appears the war between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has escalated and to some it may seem that Apple has chosen the nuclear option. According to reports originating on TechCrunch, Apple is currently in talks to expand the breadth and availability of Microsoft services in iPhone OS 4.0. Traditional foes during the original Silicon Valley wars, increasingly Apple has … Read More

FTC Clears Google’s (GOOG) AdMob Acquisition. What does it mean?

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To little fanfare before the weekend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US cleared Google’s acquisition of AdMob. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) dived in to snap up AdMob in late 2009, while Apple was mulling over the purchase itself. The deal has been on hold while the FTC looked into it ever since then. The FTC’s initial concern was that Google … Read More

Who Wins The Apple – Google War?

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If an official declaration of war was necessary, it was presented this week at the Google I/O conference. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) are at war and all of the afternoon coffee breaks between Steve and Eric aren’t going to change that. As the technology world moves from the desktop to the mobile world, the long truce that held between these two … Read More

Apple responds to NPD’s Android sales figures

Apple responds to NPD’s Android sales figures The Loop got word from an Apple spokesperson today in regards to sales figures released by NPD yesterday on US smart phone sales for the first quarter of 2010. Natalie Harison had this to say to The Loop : This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online … Read More

Apple’s MobileMe Service May Soon Be Free

MobileMe has always been kind of an orphaned child at Apple (AAPL). It has often been sold as a must have for Apple iPhone and iPad users but never really given much attention. It has been treated as a hobby, much like its hardware cousin AppleTV. One of the main reasons for its suffering is that many of the features … Read More

Android outsells Apple’s iPhone in the US (NPD Survey)

According to NPD Group Google’s (GOOG) Android outsells Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and has grabbed the number two spot in the US for mobile phone sales. The operative word being sales. The figures they quote are based on sales data from more than 150,000 completed online consumer research surveys from each month for 2010 so far. According to NPD these surveys represent the … Read More

Apple Gets Aggressive with Acquisitions

Apple (AAPL) has traditionally been a very conservative player in the often very cowboy world of Silicon Valley acquisitions. Perhaps it was the lack of dominance in the market or a business philosophy but up until very recently Apple was cautious and calculated. The past 12 months has marked a drastic change of pace. Apple has purchased mobile marketing company … Read More

Apple iPad Apps Account for 22% of New Development

Given the recent rush on iPad-specific applications, it should come as no surprise it has been the subject of intense attention by development houses big and small. The familiarity of the programming environment makes the switch between iPhone and iPad almost seamless. Numbers released by Flurry, a mobile analytics company, show just how big of a market the new device … Read More

Palm: End of Days. Was it their SDK that killed them?

I’ve been tweeting and writing for some time that I think it’s probably going to be a downward spiral into oblivion for Palm in the coming months. Which is a shame. To be clear : It’s not over yet for Palm. But the writing does seem to be on the wall. Before the advent of the iPhone I was a … Read More

Weekly news roundup on all things “Touch” | 03/20/2010

iPad Developers have one week to get their app into Apple for a chance at making the iPad App Store Grand Opening. Apple plans to sell around 13 million iPads in the next few years. “Elite” iPad Devs get iPads to test on. HTC hits back at Apple’s lawsuit against them, while more lines are drawn in the virtual sand … Read More