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Apple's App Store has done so well - seven billion downloads - and the Mac is now doing so well - the Mac would be #110 of a Fortune 500 list if it was spun out - that Apple figured why not give Mac its very own App Store? So a Mac App Store should be up and running by mid-January. Apple is going to want its usual 30% of the take. Payment will be through iTunes. Free apps are welcome. Developers can start submitting apps next month. Downloaded apps will auto-install and auto-update. Otherwise software for the Mac will be through the usual channels. The announcement came at Apple's "Back to the Mac" event Wednesday where it said that the next species of Mac OS X, code named Lion, won't be out until next summer. Meantime, there's been some cross-breeding going on the Apple labs to see mating iPad and iPhone with the Mac and it seems the pollination's been successful... (more)

Apple and Oracle on Way to Do What IBM and Microsoft Could Not

I was a bit distracted from the Apple iPad news due to the marathon Oracle conference Wednesday on its shiny new Sun Microsystems acquisition. But the more I thought about it, the more these two companies are extremely well positioned to actually fulfill what other powerful companies tried to do and failed. Apple and Oracle may be unstoppable in their burgeoning power to dominate the collection of profits across vast and essential markets for decades. Apple is well on the way to dominating the way that multimedia content is priced and distributed, perhaps unlike any company since Hearst in its 1920s heyday. Apple is not killing the old to usher in the new, as Google is. Apple is rescuing the old media models with a viable online direct payment model. Then it will take all the real dough. The iPad is a red herring, almost certainly a loss leader, like Apple TV. The rea... (more)

DOJ Reportedly Threatens to Sue Apple for Antitrust

The Justice Department has told Apple and five price-pinched publishers that it's going to sue them for colluding to raise the price of e-books according to the Wall Street Journal. The story broke hours after Apple unveiled its latest iPad, a device that may not be quite as popular for reading books as Amazon's Kindles. Amazon has capped the price of popular e-books at a cheap $9.99, a level disliked by publishers and hard for conventional booksellers to compete with. When the first iPad arrived, Apple let publishers set their own price and took 30% provided the book wasn't sold elsewhere cheaper. The publishers then went to Amazon and insisted on the same deal, known as the agency model. The Journal says the DOJ "believes that Apple and the publishers acted in concert to raise prices across the industry" and is ready to sue them for antitrust violations. The paper... (more)

PowerPoint Tips: What to Learn from Steve Jobs Presentations

Have you ever felt frustrated when you’re asked to give a PowerPoint presentation in front of your classmates or collogue? Do you want to become a great presenter like Steve Jobs? A lot of people have asked question about how to make a great PowerPoint presentation on the web like Yahoo Answers. One common is [...] ... (more)

Quels fournisseurs pour les postes de travail de demain ? Des guerres sans merci en perspective ! Troisième partie

 Rappel : Première partie : situation actuelle, en 2012, du marché informatique pour les postes de travail Deuxième partie : les guerres sur les marchés des processeurs et des familles d’outils d’accès. J’utilise un modèle d’analyse à 5 niveaux. Dans cette troisième partie, j’analyse deux des plus fortes « guerres » à venir, sur le marché des Systèmes d’Exploitation et sur celui des navigateurs.   La guerre des Systèmes d’Exploitation (OS) J’avais terminé la deuxième partie sur un message clair : La variété des objets d’accès au Système d’Information, déjà très grande, ne peut que croître. Ordinateurs portables, smartphones, tablettes... tous ont besoin d’un OS pour fonctionner. Je vais concentrer mon analyse sur les acteurs et solutions que je considère comme les plus importantes pour les 3 à 5 prochaines années. Que ceux que je vais laisser de coté, comme Linux... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 2, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Presenting its outlook for the African telecommunications market in 2014, IDC predicted a wave of growth in digital and media content over the coming 12 months as smartphone ownership explodes and African telecom users become more sophisticated in their use of mobile applications.  Read Original Content British chip designer ARM Ho... (more)

Android Use in Enterprise Mobility

I have been watching Google's Android closely for developments related to enterprise use for some time.  Google's Android now dominates smartphone sales to consumers, but rampant security flaws have prevented enterprises from adopting it.  In this article, my friend and mobility expert Dave Akka (Twitter @davidakka) shares his thoughts and insights on the latest developments in Android. Despite its popularity in the consumer world, Android hasn’t been adopted as enthusiastically by enterprises as iOS, and while there are several reasons for this the biggest is security.  Interestingly, Android head, Sundar Pichai, announced at Google I/O that the next version of Android would include Samsung’s Knox security container for all devices, not just those made by Samsung.  This means Google has convinced Samsung to give up one of its key differentiators, but more on that l... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - How To Jump On the iPad Buzz

iPad on Ulitzer There were two kinds of technology companies issuing press releases today. Goofball ones that were somehow oblivious to Apple's planned announcement, and thought it was just another day and their stuff would get the usual attention. And those who watched the announcement of the iPad and realized there was excitement to leverage, and put together their own announcement. Now just about anyone in digital signage making an announcement that somehow tied in to the iPad would be regarded with giggles, but Nanonation is one of only a few companies in the space that actually have some genuine Apple ties, history and chops, so to speak. In the hours after the celebrated tablet was announced, Nanonation issued a release saying its propellerheads were all over this thing. Software developer Nanonation announced plans to support and develop new customer-facing applica... (more)

iPad - What It Means For Developers

iPad on Ulitzer Today was a historic day in computing history. While the techno-geeks will argue for the next several months what this really means and what the Apple iPad is missing or why it’s only a large screen iPod Touch, I’m going to be focused on what I think this really means to some key industries and how Appcelerator can help. From my perspective, web developers are talking up and overwhelmingly are planning new application experiences for the new iPad. We surveyed just a small sample of our community of developers and found that over 90% of them plan on building an iPad application in the next 12 months. But what’s probably more interesting, and certainly makes sense seeing the iPad today, is that this new device offers new innovations that could be much different (and quite possibly, better) than the existing iPhone/iPod. We are seeing huge opportunitie... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - iPad Carries Apple Chip

iPad on Ulitzer While the market figures out whether it wants one of those new iHyped Apple iPad tablets when they get here in March, what it would do with it if it got one, whether it will kill the Kindle, threaten netbooks or backfire on Apple, note that it's the first time Apple is using its own chip, supposedly giving purpose to its 2008 PA Semi acquisition. The custom-designed 1GHz high-performance, low-power Apple A4 is reportedly an ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SOC) integrating the ARM central processor, ARM graphics and ARM memory controller on a single die, a direction Intel's Moorestown Atom is going. Apple says it's the reason iPad gets 10-hour battery life. The iPad runs the same software as the 600MHz ARM-based iPhone. Its 9.7-inch screen is special too and is based on IPS LCD technology used in televisions. The $499-$829 device uses Flash memory and can... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - Steve Jobs' Misunderstood iPad

iPad on Ulitzer For all the controversy around the recently introduced Apple iPad, one thing is certain. This is but one in a long series of devices which will continue to be introduced to the market as part of a computing revolution. The advent of these technologies combined with demographic shifts and global ism will fundamentally change everything about our world. Love it or hate it, the IPad is just one example of many more highly functional internet connected devices with more features delivered at lower and lower prices to come. These devices are highly mobile and will get smaller, becoming more imbeded into our daily lives. The impact of products like iPad, combined with an increasingly available high speed Internet grid will eventually revolutionize each and every business model and organization existing today - and sooner than one might think. When one rea... (more)