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The Daily, a made-for-the-iPad start-up national news service that kicked off in February, claims it's heard from anonymous sources that Microsoft is adapting Office to the iPad. The blog puts the price at around $10, because that's what Apple charges for its own iWork Pages, Numbers and Keynote programs. ZDnet's Mary Jo Foley, who usually has the inside track on things going on at Microsoft, says she wouldn't be surprised but wonders exactly how much functionality such a thing would have since Microsoft has to be wary of cannibalizing its second-biggest cash cow. She offers perhaps Office Web Apps, the free webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that only allow document viewing, not document editing or creating or something concocted out of the ad-supported Starter version of Office 2010 and its dumbed-down versions of Word and Excel meant to en... (more)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: ·         Safety first considerations (like driver distraction)·         Long sales and car vendor app approval process·         Car vendor led UX and ideation processes·         Low risk strategies for selecting apps·         Deal negotiation skills requirement·         Massive market fragmentation. The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a telecom... (more)

My Thoughts on the Apple iPad

iPhone Apps on Ulitzer iPhone Apps on Ulitzer - The Apple iTablet or iSlate is due to be shown off to the world January 27th, and unleashed on us sometime in March. The blogosphere has been buzzing about the topic. Joe Wilcox of BetaNews.com said “The world doesn’t need an Apple Tablet, or any other” (full post here). MG of TechCrunch followed up with “The World Doesn’t Need Someone Telling Us What We Don’t Need In Tech” (full post here).  I think both writers make some good points, but I wanted to give my thoughts, and ask the readers of CTOvision theirs. The Apple Tablet is rumored to cost $1000. So the first word that comes to my mind is “overpriced.”  When you can purchase a decent netbook for under $300, a solid ultra-portable 12-14″ (laptop) for $500, and a good business laptop for under $700…why would you ever pay $1000 for a simple tablet?  Quite frankly, I... (more)

Jobs Has a Few Words for Google & Adobe & They Ain’t Pretty: Reports

"We did not enter the search business. [Google] entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won't let them...I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing. This don't be evil mantra - It's bullshit." - Steve Jobs at an employee Town Hall the other day according to Wired, MacRummors et al although he may have said "load of crap" not "bullshit"; sources vary. Jobs reportedly means to use "aggressive updates" to stay way out front of the Android phone. Stevie also reportedly called Adobe "lazy." That it could do interesting things but just refuses to and that Apple doesn't support Flash because it's buggy and the chief cause of Mac crashes. Anyway, Flash is going to be superseded by HTML5 for web video and animation, he's quoted as saying. Apple Will Never Allow Flash Player Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch in a blog retor... (more)

An iPad Hack That Saves $39

I got it yesterday at 5PM. The Apple store at the nearby mall was crowded, but at the end of day there were more people in blue shorts (I was told that there were a 100 of them) than customers. The salesman immediately showed me a shelf with nice looking iPad jackets-turn-into-ipad-stand for only $39. Needless to say that many people left broke after shelling out five or six hundred bucks for something they unconditionally loved for a least two months without knowing what for. I didn't buy that $39-thingy. My son David immediately found a decent replacement for it. If you're broke but have 2 min to watch (if you don't have money, you'd better have some time), here's a short instructional video. ... (more)

HTC Complains to ITC about Apple

You probably know but for the record we should say that last week the notoriously patent-poor HTC complained to the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington that Apple's iPhone, iPod and iPad tread on five of its patents, one so new HTC only got the thing the day before it lodged its grievance. It has not - well, at least not yet - filed suit in the federal courts like Apple has but it wants the ITC, where Apple also has a similar complaint, to block Apple from importing its precious gadgets, all made in China, into the U.S. and to forbid it to sell the stuff. Three of the patents cited HTC acquired and relate to telephone directories in mobile phones/PDAs. The two others are its own IP and cover power management in portable devices. HTC says it uses the widgetry in phones like Google's own Nexus One. Whether any or all of them will make a difference in th... (more)

Apple Tops All But Exxon

Apple stock managed to open and close slightly above $300 for the first time in its life Wednesday juiced by the iPad's potential, giving it a market cap of around $274 billion and making it the second-most valuable stock in America next to Exxon. Exxon's market cap is a far distant $330 billion. The company reports its quarter on Monday October 19. Meanwhile, CNBC says Apple is gonna show off the next version of the Mac operating system on Wednesday October 21. ... (more)

Gartner Predicts Big Tablet Numbers

Ahead of Apple saying how many iPads it's sold so far when it reports its quarter Monday Gartner last Friday looked into its crystal ball and predicted that 19.5 million tablets will be sold this year, 54.8 million next year, 103.4 million in 2012 and 154.2 million in 2013. Besides the iPad, Gartner's calculations include coming rivals like Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Cisco's Cius although Apple should capture 80% of sales this year or 15 million-16 million units, a lot more than the 11 million widely expected. The researcher thinks tablets could hurt higher-end smartphones, e-readers, media players and gaming consoles as well as the netbooks the iPad has already battered, but not low-end notebooks. It figures netbooks will continue to take it on the chin as tablets drop below $300 over the next couple of years. Carriers are also expected to shift subsidies away from ... (more)

Motorola ATRIX - Next Killer Consumer Smartphone to Enter the Enterprise?

Everyone knows that the iPhone cracked open the lockhold that Blackberry had on corporate enterprise. There still are holdouts but they are converting quickly as executives bring iPhones and iPads to work and mandate IT support. Even though Android shipments are impressive, the numbers supported by corporations are still a niche compared to Blackberry or iPhone. The new ATRIX smartphone may change all that. Motorola calls it the world's most powerful smartphone, which based on the specs is defendable. Others call it the NirvanaPhone based on a new feature that allows the phone to be docked to a full-sized PC display, TV or Laptop dock. This feature called webtop will run Firefox and Citrix Receiver, essentially making the entire web plus company applications and data available anywhere. Imagine traveling with only a smartphone knowing that you can plug-in anywhere... (more)

Cloud Computing: iPad 2 in 25 More Countries This Friday

"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we've changed the game again with iPad 2," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We're experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone's patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone." Apple on Tuesday announced that iPad 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store beginning at 1 a.m. Apple on Tuesday also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April. iPad 2 features an entirely new design th... (more)

Proview, Not Apple, Owns iPad Name in China, Court Says

Apple can't call the iPad the iPad in China. A trademark infringement suit Apple filed after its application for ownership of two Chinese trademarks - iPad and IPAD - was thrown out of court. The Chinese trademark office said a local contract manufacturer called Proview Technology that makes flat panel displays and is reportedly close to bankruptcy owns the name and the court agreed. Proview claims it reserved the rights to the name when a Taiwan subsidiary of Hong Kong parent company Proview International sold the supposedly global trademark to IP Application Development, a British company, in 2006 for roughly $55,000. Apple bought the name from the Brits but Proview claims the deal didn't include China. It says it's had dibs on the name in China since 2001, 10 years before Apple's iPad appeared, and used it on a failed tablet back then. It's also reportedly regis... (more)