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Jan 22, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

A Dual Version Apple Tablet In The Making?

According to sources Fox News spoke to from AT&T and Verizon, both companies have indicated that they are in talks with Apple over an Apple Tablet deal. This has given rise to speculations over whether we could see Apple Tablet coming in two versions – one working over the CDMA network and the other on GSM.

This is significant because earlier rumors pointed out that Qualcomm was unable to produce hybrid chips that could have brought both CDMA and GSM to a single device. With a hybrid device out of the equation now, a dual version appears to be very likely.

However, do not expect this partnership to be announced on the D-Day next week. Sources have also indicated that the agreements between Apple and the carriers is yet to be finalized; which means we might not be hearing the price of subsidized Tablets until later.

[via Fox News]

Jan 21, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Developing Own GPS Based Parking Information Service?

Apple is working on a technology that will couple real-time parking availability information with other parameters to offer users an intelligent parking availability information.

In a patent titled “PARKING & LOCATION MANAGEMENT PROCESSES & ALERTS ” filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, the company talks of a technology that will consolidate information from a variety of sources  - like the current location of the different buses in your route, the location of the nearest available taxi, streets where a sweeping schedule is on, parking lot availability, Parking cost at different areas, etc. to deliver information to the user that will help them decide where to park their cars.

This is an  ”intelligent” technology where the system will deliver the information based on user preferences (like how much they are willing to walk from the parking lot), current weather information (so that a parking space that is more expensive, but closer to office may chosen during bad weather days). The inventors write

“a general profile may indicate a user would be willing to walk 0.5 miles to save $5.00 in parking. However, an inclement weather profile for the user may prioritize avoidance of walking, even if parking was more expensive. A higher security profile may indicate less walking. A profile itself can be selected based on defined user parameters, as well as information retrieved from databases, such as weather-related information from Destination interface, which may access destination weather information stored in destination database.”

It is interesting that a lot of companies are working on GPS-based  Parking Information technology. You might remember the patent filed by Yahoo recently where the company had talked of a similar technology.

What do you make of such a system? Exciting? Let us know in the comments.

Jan 21, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

5 Reasons Why Apple Tablet Will Be Called iPad

The Apple Tablet shall be launching in less than a week from now, and there is still not concrete information about what the device will officially be known as – For that matter, Apple is yet to confirm that a Tablet is actually launching.

But of late, there have been enough evidence to suggest that the Tablet will be called – not iSlate, not iGuide, but iPad. Here are five reasons to believe why this will happen

1. Slate Computing LLC, a firm believed to be the shell company of Apple has supposedly filed for the trademark for the ‘IPAD’ name in Canada recently.

2. Around the same time when this filing was made in July last year, another company – IP Application Development, believed to be yet another dummy corporation of Apple had filed for the ‘IPAD’ trademark in Hong Kong

3. Again, in July of 2009, a UK based law firm filed the ‘IPAD’ name in UK

4. IP Application Development filed the trademark yet again this month in the countries of Australia and New Zealand. Incidentally, this company is also based out of Delaware, USA; much like Slate Computing LLC.

5. The trademark for ‘iPad’ in USA is held by Fujitsu. Apple is apparently in a legal fight against Fujitsu over the the trademark. The filing was first made in September 2009 and has continued through December.

Besides all this, iPad could go well with iPod and other one syllable brand names that Apple has always chosen to go with.

How do you like the iPad name? Tell us in the comments.

[Jesus Tablet via Gawker]

Jan 20, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Could The iTunes Get A New eBook Store?

After the iPhone launched and third party apps became a reality, the iTunes was introduced to a new segment of digital content called apps. The popularity of apps rivaled that of other digital content sold on the App Store like songs; so much so that an App Store was separately carved out of the iTunes store.

With the launch of Apple Tablet imminent, it now appears that the iTunes could soon be seeing a new eBook store in its premises. According to a report on 9to5 Mac, Apple is in discussion with at least six major book publishers who are looking to partner with Cupertino to sell their ebooks to Tablet customers.

According to the source, the book publishers are looking at an “agency model” wherein they shall be able to control the prices and access to the files and the Tablet would merely serve as a platform with Apple receiving a share of revenues. However, it is unlikely considering Apple has always regarded it as a policy to strictly police the content that their users have access to.

Publishers such as HarperCollins are banking on the Apple Tablet as a way to revive the sales of their books. Apparently, to these publishers, the Tablet is a better bet than Amazon Kindle because of the formats that it supports. According to a source, HarperCollins has expressed interest to sell ‘enhanced ebooks’ which are normal ebooks supplemented with videos, author interviews and social networking tools. The publishers say this would fetch the company higher margins on sales.

It will be interesting if Apple secures the partnerships of book publishers well in time before the official unveiling of the Tablet on January 27.

[via 9to5 Mac]

Jan 20, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Tablet GPU Made By AMD?

We would advise you to take this rumor with a mug of salt. Folks at DigiTimes report that they have heard from a few sources that Apple’s soon-to-be unveiled Tablet could come equipped with a GPU made by AMD.

As the author points out, this looks highly improbable for two reasons – AMD does not have any GPUs that support ARM processors and secondly, Apple is most likely to go with Imagination Technologies as partner since the company already owns a signficant stake in Imagination.

Nevertheless, we would stay put on this one until more substantial information emerge.

[via DigiTimes]

Jan 20, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Is Apple Launching Its Own Search Engine?

Apple could be launching its own search engine. This is according to sources close to Apple who have revealed that the company is in discussion with Microsoft for a potential search partnership that will see Bing replacing Google as the default search engine on the iPhone.

However, according to these sources, the partnership is intended to be short-term as Apple plans to develop its own search engine in the mean time.

The rivalry between Apple and Google has heated up in the recent past with Google having launched Nexus One that competes against Apple and the latter having acquired Quattro Wireless, a mobile ad network that competes with Google.

A search engine foray from Apple could mean that Cupertino shall be in a position to leverage its smartphone penetration through ads revenue. This space looks very exciting at the moment. What do you think? Will Apple be able to out-do the Big G in the mobile search engine battle? Let us know what you think.

[via Business Week]

Jan 18, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Launching Touch-Enabled PC In 2010

According to a source, Apple shall be launching a touch enabled 22 inch “all in one” PC later this year. This shall be in addition to 21.5″ and 27″ non-touch PCs. It is not exactly clear when the company plans to launch this device.

Folks at DigiTimes write that Taiwan based Sintek Phontronic shall supply the touch-screens to the device which shall be manufactured by Quanta. DitiTimes says this news was revealed by  a Chinese language newspaper Commercial Times.

While there is not much of evidence rather than the Chinese author’s sources, we are a bit skeptical about this now. Apple is expected to release their Apple Tablet later this month and it is expected to be Apple’s long term plan to move away from iMacs towards Tablets. While Apple is yet to comment on this, we believe the company would not want to launch two high profile devices within months of each other which could cannibalize sales.

What are your views on this?

[via DigiTimes]

Jan 14, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Working On Proximity Based Advertising

An interesting patent filed by Apple at the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals a new technology that Apple has been working on that will enable users to be targeted by advertisers based on their proximity to their business.

The patent primarily talks about letting users add their contacts as icons on their Home Screen. This would enable users to quickly access the contact information of their closest pals.

“An icon can be created for a contact (e.g., an individual(s) or an entity) and presented on a user interface of a mobile device, such as a “home screen.” The icon can be used to retrieve and display contact information. The icon can also be used to invoke one or more applications that are personalized to the contact. The icon can be modified to display information related to the contact.”

But the inventors do not stop there. The patent further talks about integrating this technology to let businesses contact people based on their proximity. For example, users around a coffee shop may choose to receive contact information, address and current offers whenever they are near one of those shops.  The inventors elaborate on the technology with the help of an example

“In some implementations, a contact 610 can temporarily appear on a mobile device 100 when the mobile device 100 is within a determined proximity of a contact host. The contact host can be a server or device operated by an individual, entity or service capable of providing the icon and related application information. In the present example, the contact host is a server operated by a coffee house called “Rocket Java”. An alert can be presented on the mobile device 100 to indicate that a temporary contact or application is available to the mobile device 100. In one example, the alert can have two options: “dismiss” and “view contact.” After the contact has been viewed, other options can be presented, including options like “add to local contacts” or “save to the home screen.” The selection of these options by the user results in the contact being added to an address book application or the home screen, respectively.”

The inventors write that the contact can be established via any of the wired or wireless communications, including bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS,etc.

While this does sound interesting, the latter part to let advertisers contact you based on proximity does not actually sound plausible. For an instance, consider a scenario where a user approaching a mall is contacted by several dozens of retailers in the area. Does it sound like a nice deal to receive so many pop-up notifications in the blink of an eye?

Jan 13, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Tablet Not To Come With Camera Or Webcam

Earlier this week, Stephane Richard, VP at French Telecom/Orange seemed to agree with a journalist that the upcoming Apple Tablet could come with a camera or webcam. While this was promptly denied by the spokesperson for Orange who claimed that Richard’s statements were misread, it was still taken as a confirmation of a crucial Apple Tablet feature.

However, John Gruber from Daring Fireball has claimed that his sources have told him that the Apple Tablet will not be coming with a camera or webcam. In his words,

“Carriers do not get to see Apple products in advance. Remember Stan Sigman, CEO of Cingular? He admitted it flatly when the iPhone debuted: Cingular agreed to carry the iPhone without having seen it.

And, for what it’s worth, I’m hearing there is no camera, webcam or otherwise, on The Tablet.”
For now, we choose to side with Gruber on this one. Translations can always be misleading and it is probable that we all jumped the gun on this one.
Jan 12, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Tablet’s 10.1″ Display Screen Confirmed?

For a long time, it was being doubted whether or not the Apple Tablet is coming with a 7″ screen or 10.1″ screen. However, of late, the biases have shifted completely in favor of the 10.1″ screen.

A recent report claims that Apple has preordered millions of 10.1″ screens from Asian manufacturers; so much so that it is impossible to make another order. According to an anoymous designer

“We were designing a product for a customer and we needed 10 inch screens, but we’ve been trying for months and can’t get one from any of the Asian suppliers”

This should add one more layer of confirmation to rumors about Apple Tablet’s tech specifications.

[TG Daily via Mashable]