Archive | March 2010

“iPhone HD” rumored to include double resolution display, front facing camera, and A4 processor

A number of new features expected to show up in the next iteration of the iPhone, including a 960×640 double resolution display, a front facing camera, multitasking support in iPhone OS 4, and last but not least, the inclusion of Apple’s in-house A4 processor.

Steve Jobs has already called the next iPhone release an “A+ upgrade.” And adding fuel to the iPhone rumor fire is an Engadget report stating that the next-gen iPhone will be dubbed the “iPhone HD.

 

iPhone to add CDMA – Bay area and NYC rejoice.

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This would end the AT&T monopoly and dramatically improve service in places like NY and SF where it is nearly impossible to have a reliable call. The problem is the shear number of users in the two cities all using everything from voice to mobile web to video streaming to various applications and the bandwidth is just not there. CDMA opens up Verizon and Sprint which should spread the load. Couldn’t happen soon enough.

Photos Tab added

We have just added Photos to the Biz411 platform which means our business customers can now add a series of photos to their profile for consumers to see.

At Marketplaces next two days

Looks like a great show here in SD for next two days!

How Mobile Network Operators Must Evolve as Data Ramps Up

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Good post on Gigaom about operators needing to get more innovative to fend off poaching as mobile market is now basically 100% covered.

“Carriers in Western markets have precious little room for growth unless they poach customers from their competitors. Cell phone penetration in the U.S. stands at 89 percent, according to CTIA, and Chetan Sharma pointed out earlier this month that mobile’s market penetration in America is 99 percent for people over than the age of five.”

Full story here.

30+ Secret iPhone Features and Shortcuts

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You will probably find one or two in here that you will use. I particularly like this iPod shortcut and also the screen grab shortcut.
Here’s the link to the full article.

Advertising Expenditures Dropped 12.3% In 2009, But Digital Grew 7.3%

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Internet display ad expenditures actually increased 7.3 percent in 2009, aided by higher spending from the telecom, factory auto and travel categories.

Print media were unsurprisingly hit hard, with measured ad spending in the Newspaper sector plunging by 19.7% in 2009.

Full article here.

Have to drop iPhone

And to think how excited I was to drop my Blackberry way back when. I just cannot reconcile with it’s un-phone-like qualities. Phones ring when there is a call. Phones don’t drop you in the middle of major cities. On beautiful days. With no clouds. Or fog. When it says I have perfect reception. I hate to leave but I feel betrayed. I am  disappointed in Apple. You sold your soul to ATT and for that you lost me.  (Sidebar: At an industry function several years ago someone asked why you couldn’t download apps and customize your own phone and an ATT staffer piped up to say “because we need to protect you from yourself.” The walled garden soon fell and iPhone rose but I think all the same people still work at ATT.

Android, here I come. As the great Tom Petty wrote back in the day – “Don’t do me like that”…

Battle erupts as Apple iPad orders drop sharply

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Mac vs. PC explodes off Fortune article showing iPad sales slowing. Here’s the article

And here is a sample comment:

“…Before you pass judgment on products, consider that it may not be designed for the slower generation such as yourself. Consider that Apple doesn’t believe you are a customer because you “just don’t get it.” I’m not hating PC’s here, just its followers. You think I’m a tool because I am an Apple “Fanboy”…nope, guess who’s the tool? You!!…”

Sound familiar to anyone? If you replace iPad with say Health Care, Deficit, Iraq, Obama, Bush, McCain, Pailin, blah, blah, blah. And it could easily be flipped the other way. Calm down everyone! It’s okay to disagree. It’s a democracy, remember?

Smartphone sales to surpass PC sales in 2 years

Smartphone sales will exceed worldwide PC sales in just over two years, according to a report cited in PC World.

RBC analyst Mike Abramsky estimates that by the end of 2011 shipments of smartphones, which have been increasing while standard mobile device sales are decreasing, and PCs will approach 400 million a year each.

Gartner recently reported that worldwide mobile phone sales hit 286.1 million units in the second quarter of 2009, up 6.1 percent from the second quarter of 2008, PC World said. Smartphone sales topped 40 million units, a 27 percent increase from the same period last year, and were the fastest-growing segment of the mobile-devices market.