Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Best Buy pulls iPad-trashing banner for Android tablet from website




Someone from Apple is going to pick up the phone and yell at Best Buy over this stunt. Oh wait, somebody already did. Asus is to blame here, really. Wanting to create a buzz around its Android-driven Eee Pad Transformer tablet, lousy marketeers came up with this stupid iPad bashing idea, a telling sign of the lack of creativity.

The Android Spin blog first spotted the offending banner which was taken down shortly, most likely after a complaint from Apple. It depicted an iPad lookalike duct-taped to a keyboard with light lettering that read “Like That.” Right next to it was a Transformer, with the “Only Better.” tagline in strong typeface.



When you start trashing a competitive product that’s by far best-selling in the category, it’s a pretty telling sign of your own inadequacies…

What Asus is basically telling us here is that those needing a full-fledged notebook rather than a tablet are better off with their pricey slate just because an extra battery and a dockable keyboard make it a “notebook”, right? Am I missing something here?

If Asus CEO Jerry ShenI approved this advert, maybe he ought to begin dusting off his resume. What, you haven’t heard of the wrath of the iPad?





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Google Books for iOS gets landscape mode and search




Google has updated the Google Books application with half a dozen bug fixes and two new features. The updated universal binary with version number 1.1.0.2247 is now available from the App Store and it added convenient landscape reading mode on iPads and the find feature that shows all matches in the book as you scroll down.

The full list of features from the App Store and a couple of more screenshots are right below the fold…

Read Google eBooks in Landscape mode on your iPad
“Find” feature shows all matches in the book as you scroll down
Tapping “Get eBooks” signs into Google eBookstore with the username used to login into the app
Added a clear no-network error message alert
Removed magnifier



Updated bug fixes:
Overall application speed improved
3-D page turning available on iPad on iOS 4.3
Better Google eBooks downloading experience
Better experience on iPad 3GS with no network plan






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Consumer Reports: iPad 2 the best tablet available




Apple’s uber-successful iPad 2 now has a Consumer Electronics stamp of approval, with the consumer magazine proclaiming the WiFi+3G version of the iconic device the best tablet available on the market. iPad 2 has beaten Motorola Xoom to the tablet punch, in addition to a bunch of would-be iPad killers from Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung and ViewSonic.

Consumer Reports put out a press release quoting their electronics editor Paul Reynolds:

So far, Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced. However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market.
iPad 2 emerged on top despite Consumer Reports calling the Xoom “the iPad 2′s chief rival.” I guess it ain’t everything about speeds and feeds, huh Moto? You know what’s really remarkable? Read on…



What gave me a pause is the fact that a pricey iPad model topped the charts, not the entry-level $499 model. The $730 32GB WiFi+3G model scored Excellent in nearly every category, leaving the $800 Xoom in the dust.

They evaluated the tablets on seventeen different criteria. Apple’s slate does have legendary battery life, the results show.

Consumer Reports measured 12.2 hours of non-stop video playback on iPad 2 versus its rated ten-hour battery life. The Archos 70 Internet Tablet has the poorest battery that lasts just 3.8 hours.





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Changewave: Verizon iPhone 4 owners slightly more satisfied due to fewer dropped calls




A new ChangeWave survey (boy, are those market surveys ticking me off) pitting the Verizon iPhone 4 owners against their AT&T iPhone 4-toting counterparts is out and looks like the former respondents are slightly more satisfied than the latter. The difference is in two percentage points, with 82 percent of Verizon iPhone 4 respondents saying they’re Very Satisfied versus 80 percent of AT&T iPhone 4 customers.

What about dropped calls? Read on…




ChangeWave has some valid data on that as they’ve been tracking overall dropped call rates among major US carriers since September 2008. Their most recent ranking puts Verizon Wireless on top with only 1.4 percent dropped calls over the past three months. T-Mobile and Sprint users reported 2.3 percent and 2.7 percent dropped calls on average. AT&T came in last among the four major carriers with an average 4.6 percent of dropped calls reported by its users, historical data shows. Over the past three months Verizon iPhone 4 users reported 1.8 percent of dropped calls on average versus 4.8 percent for AT&T iPhone 4 owners.

This probably explains a slightly more satisfied Verizon iPhone 4 users in the ChangeWave survey.





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Per Apple’s request, Toyota removes the Scion theme from Cydia




Well, that didn’t take long – even by Apple’s standards. We told you last Sunday that Toyota was offering a custom user interface theme pack as part of their advertising campaign for the 2011 Scion tC. Unfortunately, such an unusual move to promote the vehicle via a custom theme made available through a rogue store that happens to carry unsanctioned apps for jailbroken iPhones has backfired. Read on…



One could imagine that the fact that additional adverts pointing to said theme were spotted within the Cydia storefront app didn’t help either.

There was some confusion initially about that until Cydia creator Saurik chimed in to tell us that Cydia did not partner with Toyota’s agency Velti on in-store advertising since the banners were being served within the Cydia app through the ModMyi website.

Whichever deal was on table between ModMyi and Toyota has been invalidated as Apple has reportedly stepped in and asked the car maker to cease marketing aimed towards jailbreakers.

This came in straight from ModMyi:

I received a call from our contact at Velti this evening as well as an email asking me to please take the theme out of Cydia. On the phone, he explained Apple had contacted Toyota and requested they remove the theme and stop the advertising campaign. They (Velti) in turn contacted me relaying the message. The reason Velti listed for the removal request of the theme emailed through our dev portal was “Toyota’s making us take it down…” Toyota had agreed to do so to “maintain their good relationship with Apple,” our Velti contact told me on the phone.
I guess that will show those pesky jailbreakers who’s who, Apple’s probably thinking. Joking aside, I can relate to Apple’s thinking – although I don’t support it. When a highly visible brand like Toyota begins cutting deals with Cydia, it derails credibility of Apple’s own iAd advertising platform they’re desperately trying to push. It’s also a wake up call for other advertisers that jailbreakers are a valid target audience, cynics might add. By some estimates, about nine percent iOS devices out there have been jailbroken for various purposes.






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Apple’s frenemy Google facing a “broad antitrust investigation” over search dominance?




Larry Page gets to wake up on his second day as Google’s CEO to the news that federal regulators are pondering their next move regarding his company’s search dominance. Sources familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg Businessweek that the US Federal Trade Commission is awaiting a Justice Department ruling over Google’s planned acquisition of ITA Software before proceeding with a long overdue probe.

If the ruling, to be made public soon, will be that the ITA acquisition would reduce competition in the travel-information search business, “a broad antitrust investigation” is likely to be launched and it “could be on par” with the scope of the Justice Department’s probe of Microsoft ten years ago. A spokesperson for the Mountain View-based search monster told the publication that freedom of choice on the Internet allows consumers to choose whichever search engine they see fit:


Since competition is one click away on the Internet, we work hard to put our users’ interests first and give them the best, most relevant answers to their queries. We built Google for users, not websites.


An antitrust lawsuit of such a scope is likely to drag on for years. It could cost Google dearly in the end in case of an unfavorable ruling because a substantial portion of the company’s revenue is created from adverts injected in search results.

Yesterday we also learned that federal grand jury is poking around Apple and Google to find out whether some smartphone apps suck out personal data into the cloud without our consent, which is a federal computer-fraud law. These are no doubt exciting times for Google’s co-founder who yesterday took over from ex-CEO Eric Schmidt.

Industry watchers and fans expect a lot from Page, namely “moon shots” – that is, new products no-one saw coming and things most outsiders would say is beyond what Google should be doing.




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Apple $625 million richer after Mirror Worlds verdict overturned




A judge in patent holder-friendly East Texas overturned a jury’s verdict today which granted Mirror Worlds LLC a $208 million-each settlement for infringements in Spotlight, CoverFlow and TimeMachine.

“Mirror Worlds may have painted an appealing picture for the jury, but it failed to lay a solid foundation sufficient to support important elements it was required to establish under the law,” U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis wrote.
The $625 million payout was pretty huge. Mirror Worlds probably should have settled.

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