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The Mac Blogosphere has the new iPad going on sale in retail stores at 8am Friday morning March 16. 9to5Mac has got pictures of some Apple signage showing the time. ... (more)

Apple Said to Buy Half of Elpida’s Output

Hmm, apparently Samsung has pushed one too many of Apple's buttons. According to DigiTimes Apple has bought up half of Elpida Memory's total chip production of mobile DRAM rather than give the iPad and iPhone order to Samsung, its largest supplier, accused of ripping off its technology in courts throughout the world. Reuters said the report - citing unnamed industry sources - cost Samsung, the world's biggest DRAM factory, $10 billion worth of market cap on Wednesday. Hynix also took a hit. Elpida certainly appreciates it ‘cause market conditions have driven it into bankruptcy protection and acquisition talks with Micron Technology. If nothing else, Apple gets pricing leverage out of the deal and it's said a Micron-Elpida tie-up could threaten South Korean memory chip hegemony. ... (more)

Apple Reported Testing TV Prototypes

Well, there may actually be an Apple TV in our future. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working with Asian component suppliers and testing large-screen high-resolution TV prototypes. The testing is apparently in its early days and involves Foxconn, which assembles the iPhone and iPad, and Sharp. Apple has reportedly been testing TV prototypes internally for several years, but it's unclear if it will bring such a thing to market. The Journal points out that such a move is likely to annoy Samsung, the world's biggest TV maker by shipment and a major supplier of components to Apple. Their relationship is shot through with holes already because of their litigation over Android. Foxconn is already building 60-inch TVs for California-based Vizio using LCD panels from Sharp. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has a 37.6% interest in a Sharp LCD plant. Apple CEO Tim Cook... (more)

Apple’s Rubber-Band Snaps Back into Samsung’s Eye

The US Patent and Trademark Office has reinstated Apple's famous so-called rubber-banding patent (US No. 7,469,381) and confirmed four claims, including claim 19 that Apple asserted last summer in the California trial that initially led a jury to dun Samsung $1.05 billion in damages. Samsung presumably made the anonymous request that the patent be re-examined and the PTO last October threw the whole patent out. Then the agency changed its mind and disallowed all but three claims, including the crucial claim 19. Now it's changed its mind again and upheld another four claims including claim 19. Apparently the prior art the PTO was using to invalidate wasn't good enough. Samsung has tried to get presiding Judge Lucy Koh to find the patent invalid although the jury didn't and she didn't early on. So, if the November retrial scheduled to sort out the damages Samsung owes ... (more)

Gartner Reveals Predictions and the Tsunami of Digital Transformation

This week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, Gartner unveiled their top predictions for 2014 and beyond.  Here they are: Digital Industrial Revolution (3D printing and its impact on manufacturing and IP) Digital Business (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, code halos and their impact)  Smart Machines (self-learning machines and artificial intelligence) The Internet of Things (network centric operations, situational awareness, etc.) These predictions align closely with what I have been writing about and teaching for the past 12 months. However, I have not covered the "Digital Industrial Revolution" in the context of 3D printing.  I will have to start paying more attention to that area.  I blame some of my inattention on those that came up with the term "3D Printing." When I read the word "printing" I lose interest.  I guess I need to start being interested. In fact,... (more)

The Social and Economic Impact of Code Halos and Smart Cars

This week I am attending and speaking at the Things Expo, http://www.thingsexpo.com/ in NYC.  I am very excited to learn all about the latest developments in this space.  If you consider all the mobile devices and IoT sensors that are collecting and feeding data (Code Halos) into giant databases that can be analyzed around the world, then you can image the plethora of new business models and business services that will ultimately spin out of it. My colleague, Peter Abatan, Program Manager, Mobility Services at Cognizant, has spent some time pondering connected smart cars and shares his predictions and insights with us today. Peter Abatan Google leads the way in terms of autonomous driverless cars. Their vehicles have altogether logged over 700,000 autonomous miles, and there is still a lot more to do in terms of development. The latest developments are of a model wi... (more)

iPad New Media Topic Launched on Ulitzer

iPad on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new media" platform in the world, announced today that a new  Ulitzer topic site, iPad (http://ipad.ulitzer.com), was launched today to provide the most comprehensive breaking news and blog coverage of iPad. iPad could potentially be the miracle which the newspaper industry is waiting for. Launch time authors and contributors to the new Ulitzer topic include: Maureen O'Gara, Bob Gourley, Salvatore Genovese, Wilson Kerr, Brandon Watson, Aditya Banerjee, Scott McKain, Bryan O'Rourke, Charles Jolley, Jeremy Geelan, Yeshim Deniz, and Elizabeth White. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in ... (more)

The iPad Is the Ultimate Thin Client

In my earlier post, when I railed against the iPad, it was mostly personal disappointment and letdown.  I was disappointed by the technical specs, most notably the aspect ratio, and the exclusion of USB, HDMI, and webcams.  Those items can all be added on in later iterations (which I firmly believe they will – perhaps the iPad HD?).  And when they are released, people (Nerds/Geeks – maybe even I) will pay the upcharge for them.  A lot of blogs have been posted that talk about the iPad as the optimal stepping stone (gateway?) for the technologically challenged.  They are right (but might not know why). When Matt (commenter MGD) posted that if he were to buy a computing device for his 9-year old daughter, it’d be an iPad, it got me thinking.  It would be hard to pick a better device for kids.  Parental Controls are becoming a very key discriminator for operating syst... (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)

Can You Fire a Team?

iPad on Ulitzer Yesterday, I finished my dinner in a French restaurant with traditional crème brulee. This time I've also ordered a small glass of Sauternes wine. Then we went to our friend's house to follow it with some good old port.   But no matter what software developers drink or eat in February 2010, one way or the other the conversation will slide into a No-Flash-Player-on-iPad discussion. Apple pretends that they will never allow Flash Player on Steve's OS (SOS), because it's buggy.  Adobe's CTO, Kevin Lynch, states that Apple doesn't cooperate. Jobs Has a Few Words for Google & Adobe After the third round, I made a statement that when the dust settles, everyone will thank Steve Jobs for forcing Adobe to make Flash Player better and faster, which is a win-win situation for all application developers. My drinking buddy responded that Adobe has a tiny group of ha... (more)

Jobs to Adobe: ‘Yer Stinkin’ Flash Is Over-the-Hill. Get Over It.’

As a diversion from its high-profile "who-knows-where-it-will-end" dogfight with Gizmodo over an errant iPhone prototype, Apple has posted a longish open letter on its web site over the signature of its CEO Steve Jobs reiterating all the reasons why Apple has no use for Adobe's Flash technology. Steve - or his ghost writer - says Adobe mischaracterizes the Apple ban when it says it's business-driven and only meant to protect the Apple App Store. He claims it's technology-driven. "Flash," he says, "was created during the PC era - for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low-power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards - all areas where Flash falls short." Flash, he ticks off, is closed and 100% proprietary; highly insecure; crashes Macs; can't work on m... (more)