Monday, August 23, 2010

Macs See Huge Surge in Government Sales




Apple saw gains in government, big business, and the European home market between Q1 and Q2, according to data from Needham IDC.

Analyst Charlie Wolf found that:
● At 35%, Mac shipment growth in June easily exceeded the market's growth rate of 20.9%.
● Mac shipments grew 31.4% in the home market, topping the market's growth rate of 25.2%.
● At 49.8%, the Mac's growth in business was three times higher than the market's 15.7%.
● Mac shipments in government grew 200%, sixteen times faster than the market's 12.1%.

While Apple's fastest growth was in the largest enterprises, Wolf found an "intriguing phenomenon" in the European home market where Apple's unit share more than doubled between Q1 and Q2 (from 3.4% to 7%) and its dollar share more than tripled (from 4.6% to 15.4%).

"The key driver appears to be the iPhone. The iPhone holds a higher share in the European smartphone market than it does in the U.S. because it is distributed through multiple carriers in most countries in this region. In addition, the halo effect emanating from the iPhone is undoubtedly stronger than the iPod halo effect."











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Multifl0w for iOS 4 Released, ProSwitcher Later This Week




Multifl0w, the visual multitasking switcher for the iPhone and iPad has just been released with support for iOS 4.

The exposé-like task-switcher for jailbroken iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches has been has been rewritten for speed, reliability, a redesigned interface, and iOS4. It can even run alongside or replace Apple’s native task switcher. The newest version 2.0.0, can be downloaded from the Cydia Store for $4.99.

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For those who don’t want to spend $5, ProSwitcher, the free task-switcher should be released this week according to a tweet by chpwn, the developer. Earlier this week, chpwn wrote a blog on why he wouldn't bring back ProSwitcher.

“So I'm a complete hypocrite. @aaronash has brought back multifl0w, and insanely, I've brought back ProSwitcher. Expect a release this week.”







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MacCuff Mini Mounts Your Mac Mini to Your Monitor




Sonnet has announced the MacCuff Mini to secure your Mac Mini to the back of an LCD display.

Move your Mac mini off the desktop! Sonnet's MacCuff™ mini mounting and security systems free up desk space by securing your computer to the back of an LCD display (or mounting it under a desk or shelf) while allowing full access to its ports, slots, and power switch. How do you mount a computer to the back of a monitor? VESA mounting holes on the back of many LCD displays provide an ideal spot to attach MacCuff mini.

Key Features
● Mounts your Mac mini to the back of a monitor, under a desk, or under a table (screws included)
● Rugged steel design with a refined finish that prevents scratches
● Steel locking bar provides added security (lock not included)
● Mounts to either VESA 75 or VESA 100 hole pattern
● Provides simple cable management to secure power cord and other cables; prevents accidental unplugging
● Eliminates monitor cable clutter with included 35cm monitor cable
● Allows normal WiFi and Bluetooth operation with open-frame design
● Simple installation with concise documentation

The MacCuff Mini can be purchased for $59.95 and it ships 9/6.





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Kevin Rose: Apple iTV Will 'Change Everything'




Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, is predicting that a rumored update to the Apple TV will once again 'change everything' for the television space.

Here are the four reasons he puts forward:

● iOS TV Applications: Expect to see an iPhone/Pad like marketplace for television applications. Video sharing/streaming/recording apps, interactive news apps, and of course games.

● a la carte (app) stations: With Apple's iAds, content producers (eg. ABC/NBC/etc.) can directly monetize and distribute their content. This will eventually destroy the television side of the cable and satellite industry, as your only requirement to access these on-demand stations will be an internet connection. Say goodbye to your monthly cable bill.

● .Me Picture/Video sharing: At $99 your parents, grandparents, and friends will have an iTV. Sharing pictures/videos from your iPhone will happen with the push of a button. Imagine getting a notification of new family videos the next time you turn on your TV. My mom will love this feature.

● The iPad will turn into one big badass remote control: The iPad will be the preferred input device for the iTV. You'll be able to editing videos, control games, and extend the interactive television experience. Imagine watching monday night football on the TV while viewing/exploring other camera angles on the iPad.

Rose believes we will see the iTV in September and also suggests that GoogleTV will be worth watching for.




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Lightning Fast QR Code Reader for iPhone




PointRelease Software has announced the immediate availability of Unboxed 1.0. Unboxed is a QR (quick response) code reader for iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. PointRelease Software created Unboxed to be an attractive, friendly and easy to use QR reader while not compromising on scanning speed. When you scan a code with Unboxed you can instantly act on that code by choosing to visit a URL, send an email, call a phone number or other actions depending on the code contents.

Features include:
* Optimised scanning algorithms to ensure quick recognition and decoding
* One touch scanning, no resizing or having to press a second button to scan
* Support for URL, text, sms, phone number, YouTube video and email QR codes
* A clean and concise user interface, including tips on scanning
* Optimised for the retina display of the iPhone 4

Pricing and Availability:
Unboxed 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively on the App Store, and costs $1.99 (USD). It is currently available for a reduced price of $0.99 (USD) until September 1st 2010. This is part of a back-to-school promotion in association with iAppsForStudents.



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Acers Says Apple's iPad Market Share Will Drop to 20%


Acer Chairman JT Wang predicted that Apple's near 100% share of the tablet market will drop to between 20% to 30% or maybe even lower, during an interview with UDN.

Wang noted that Apple's Mac market share is only 5% and thus even 20% of the tablet market may be an overestimation.

Manufacturers are still playing catchup to the iPad; however, a huge influx of devices are expected by the end of the year.



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Google Mobile App Adds Push Notifications for Gmail, Calendar




Google has updated their Google Mobile App with push notifications for Gmail and Google Calendar.

Features:
● Search by voice - speak your queries in American, British, Indian or Australian English accents, also supports Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Korean.
● Just talk - simply hold your iPhone to your ear and say your query
● My Location - avoid typing your current location when searching for nearby businesses (e.g. "pizza" or "starbucks")
● Google Suggest - tap suggested web search queries and local businesses that appear as you type
● Search history - quickly search again for queries you recently performed
● Contact search - search your phone's contacts.
● Vertical search - search Google Maps, Images, News, and Shopping

What's New In This Version:
● Push notifications for Gmail and Calendar.

You can download Google Mobile App from the App Store for free.

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