Many rumors have popped up recently concerning Apple’s new iPod line, speculated to be announced at a music event on September 9th, most rumors showing proof of an added camera to the iPod Touch and iPod Nano. Citing industry sources, Taiwanese rumor site DigiTimes has reported that OmniVision will become the sole supplier of 3.2 megapixel CMOS image sensors for the upcoming line of iPod upgrades. The report singles out the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod classic as camera-toting devices that will debut next month.

This builds even more anticipation for Apple’s new iPod lineup being the iPod Classic has an on board mini hard drive, thus allowing more pictures to be taken; and be used as a mainstream camera device. Although more storage is promising for a camera based device, flash memory has become less expensive and more reliable over the years. Many speculate that this is the last hard drive based device if it even contains one.

Posted by: Will | August 27, 2009

TiVo Fires It’s Cannons , Sues Verizon and AT&T

Wednesday, the DVR pioneer of the decade, TiVo, gave up trying to set up a licensing deal with Verizon and AT&T; who has been using TiVo’s patented DVR systems; and is now suing them. “We need to stop their continued use of our intellectual property,” CEO Tom Rogers said during a conference call.

TiVo reported a net loss of $4.2 million in the fiscal second quarter compared with net income a year ago of $3.6 million on revenue that fell 10% to $54.9 million.

Fighting TiVo, some ask why TiVo is so picky with the people they sue, why not Time Warner Cable?

Rogers promised Best Buy was preparing to throw “substantial marketing muscle” behind that and other initiatives involving TiVo.

He also boasted of TiVo’s measurement services that can tell advertisers and media companies detailed demographic information about a show’s audience, including the political party they belong to, car brands they own and groceries they purchase.

Posted by: Will | August 26, 2009

OS X Snow Leopard Retail Copy Confirmed.

A Spanish Twitter/Tumblr user by the name pedro10 has reported being sent an early release of Apple’s OSX Snow Leopard, set for release Friday, Aug.28th. Pedro states that the copy of OSX within the retail Packaging (pictured) is infact build 10A432, which was rumored to be “The Golden Master”, meaning the final copy to be mass produced for retail distribution.

Pedro10’s pictures ↓

As has been discussed here ad nauseum, AT&T’s network has been stressed by the iPhone. Since the users of Apple’s device tend to use the Internet more than owners of other smartphones, AT&T’s data network gets bogged down during peak periods.

imageNow, BusinessWeek has an article that attempts to explain why, after more than two years, AT&T has been seemingly unable to keep up with the demand for bandwidth generated by the phone.

As writer Peter Burrows points out, the stakes are high:

The shortcomings leave AT&T under pressure to make its network iPhone-ready or risk losing its edge in smartphones. The company is almost sure to lose the exclusive partnership with Apple (AAPL), possibly as early as next year. That would open the door to AT&T losing millions of customers as iPhone owners depart to rivals such as Verizon Wireless. More important, AT&T would have wasted a golden opportunity to become the clear leader in the multibillion dollar market for wireless Web access. “Nobody is in the same boat we’re in,” says AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan. “We’re shaping the landscape for the whole industry, and I relish the opportunity to be the first to figure it out.”

Odds are against AT&T. Many of its 60,000 cell towers need to be upgraded. That could cost billions of dollars, and AT&T has kept a lid on capital spending during the recession — though it has made spending shifts to accommodate skyrocketing iPhone traffic. Even if the funds were available now, the process could take years due to the hassle and time needed to win approval to erect new towers and to dig the ditches that hold fiber-optic lines capable of delivering data. And time is ticking. All carriers are moving to a much faster network standard called LTE that will begin being deployed in 2011. Once that transition has occurred, the telecom giant will be on a more level playing field.

Simply put, AT&T’s network is so vast and the process of upgrading and adding equipment so complex (including getting approval to erect new towers and dig trenches for fiber-optic cable) that it’s impossible for the telecom giant to move quickly. Yes, it’s done what it can inadding capacity and switching on a new radio frequency that improves signals inside buildings. But is it enough?

The addition of the 850 MHz band has made a difference here in Houston, where I’m seeing much better signals indoors. In fact, my desk at the Houston Chronicle used to be a serious AT&T dead zone — I had to swivel my chair in a specific direction just to make a call — but now I get a solid four bars most of the time. And this is even after the downtown building has been swaddled infaux-marble aluminum siding, effectively turning it into a Faraday cage.

On the other hand, I heard via e-mail last week from an iPhone owner who can’t make calls from inside his building at 1201 Louisiana unless he turns off his 3G service. He’s had this problem with two different iPhones.

If you’re an AT&T wireless subscriber with a smartphone (regardless of whether it’s an iPhone) what’s been your experience lately? Are things better or worse for you?

Posted by: Will | August 14, 2009

A Look At The Smartphone Industry’s Market Growth

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The financial Times reported that apple may be rushing production for a September launch of their new products, such as an updated iPod Touch, iPod line, and a speculative Apple Tablet.

The talks come as Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution. The device could be launched alongside the new content deals, including those aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music, according to people briefed on the project.

Apple is working with EMI, SonyMusic, Warner Music and Universal Music Group, on a project the company has codenamed “Cocktail”, according to four people familiar with the situation.”

The Financial Times reports that the new device will feature a 10 inch touchscreen and will run iPhone OS, and will connect to wi-fi like an iPod Touch.

An Apple tablet concept, as envisioned by Chris Messina.

The talks come as Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution. The device could be launched alongside the new content deals, including those aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music, according to people briefed on the project.
Apple is working with EMI, SonyMusic, Warner Music and Universal Music Group, on a project the company has codenamed “Cocktail”, according to four pe

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The Japanese Cell Phone market is struggling in Japan, but it has not been like this forever. Japan used to set standards for the world when it came to technology, including setting the 2G standard back in the 90’s. Now, the Japanese are setting their eye on development of software rather than hardware due to the growing popularity and success of the iPhone and its App Store. Japan’s cell phone owning community has 100 million 3G enabled phones in its market, much more than the cell phone community in America has, but a large percentage of those phones owned by the Japanese are Japanese manufactured phones. Japanese manufacturers hold a less than 10% market share in the worlds cell phone market, and is considering beginning to cooperate and do business with foreign talent and organizations.

Posted by: Will | July 13, 2009

Does Google Hold Promise for Online Backup?

Online backup has been in dismay over the last few years with companies offering backup, but at high prices. Although not all companies offering this service are expensive, these services offering cheap data backup are not suitable for the average consumer. With Google buying new hard drives for its vast network every minute, some think that Google may hold promise for this business sometime sooner rather than later.

Google has been offering many online consumer tools such as their own version of an Office Suite, and Gmail, recently out of beta. Google Wave also hold promise for the social networking industry, ‘integrating the integrated’. With hard drives multiplying in size every year, Google may just hop aboard that train.

Microsoft is announcing software to counter Google just after Google announced its Chrome OS.  Microsoft said that the release time of this set of software would be available on the internet sometime this year, and would include a new version of their Office Suite, along with an internet based operating system called Azure. This would directly compete with Google, being that Google had an online, free, Office Suite of their own for 3 years.

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