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Android Thriving with Verizon Shows iPhone Can Too

It could be argued that thanks to Apple’s exclusivity deal with AT&T, Android handsets became the People’s Sour-Grapes iPhone. For individuals already locked into other networks or unwilling to take on a contract with AT&T, Google’s open-source mobile OS, when paired with the right hardware makes for an excellent alternative to Cupertino’s trendsetting handset. According to some increasingly credible rumors, the American cellular landscape will be undergoing a significant change in the early months of 2011: AT&T will no longer be the only game in town in you want to get your mitts on an iOS powered smartphone, as Apple is purportedly ready to unveil a iteration of the iPhone that will function on Verizon‘s network in early 2011. Despite the fact that the iPhone’s primary competition of late has come from companies selling hardware with running one flavor of Android or another, the Cupertino-based tech company owes a debt of gratitude to Google: Without Android handsets gobbling up data like it was going out of style, Verizon wouldn’t have been able to anticipate whether or not their network in its current state could sustain the added user demand that will come with the company’s introduction of the iPhone.

Thanks guys!

In a story posted this morning, The Wall Street Journal details how after observing Android’s performance on their network, Verizon’s infrastructure geeks feel they can confidentially roll out new Apple hardware without fear of the same poor performance that was suffered by iPhone users back when the handset was first launched on the AT&T network. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon’s Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone stated that he felt that if his network could sustain the data load that came with the introduction Android handsets, then Verizon would most certainly be ready to bear the impact of the iPhone arrival as well. “The Android experience gives me confidence we can engineer a great data network. We are planning for growth,” Melone said. “We build capacity, cushion and contingency.”

If nothing else, those hoping to see the iPhone on the Verizon network in the new year can take comfort in the fact that should the handset arrive, the company is at least planning ahead for it. That’s got to count for something.


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iPhone Apps Have Become More Popular Than TV Shows


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Given the sheer volume of downloading of apps, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  The daily audience of apps running on the iOS system has now expanded beyond 19 million users.  These users spend about 22 minutes a day on these apps, meaning the audience for iOS devices has now passed…you guessed it, Sunday Night Football on NBC.  It’s also just shy of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

According to MobileBeat, just 4 million daily viewers are all that separate the iOS audience from the No. 1 TV show, Fox’s American Idol.  The measures come from the analytics firm Flurry.

Flurry made mention that that’s only part of the picture, as its analytics code is only integrated into 50,000 of the 250,000 apps that are on the iOS.  Given that, Flurry feels that iOS is even larger than all the TV shows if one takes into account the whole iOS viewership.

“The most obvious [effect] is the impact on the advertisement industry, which has relied on the reach generated by its prime time television slot for years,” said Peter Farago, the vice president of marketing at Flurry.

With that readers, since the explosion of the App Store, have you found yourself enjoying your apps and utilizing them more than you used to watch television?  Movies?  Or on the flip side of that, are you finding yourself using apps like Hulu, Netflix, etc., to watch the above?  Feel free to leave comments below!

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NBC Chief Not Keen On iTunes Platform For TV Shows


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Jeff Zucker doesn’t exactly look thrilled in that picture does he?  Maybe it’s because he’s not exactly pleased with Apple’s 99-cent rental service for TV shows, saying it “would devalue our content.”  Ouch.

Zucker said that NBC probably would not be joining their rivals’ footsteps in an effort to make their TV shows available for the new 99-cent rental platform that had been mentioned earlier this month.

“We do not think 99 cents is the right price point for our content.  … We thought it would devalue our content,” said Zucker at a Goldman Sachs investor conference.

Backing up his claim was that NBC shows can already be downloaded for .99 on iTunes already as it is.

Previously, Apple had come to terms with News Corp’s FOX and Walt Disney’s ABC in order to make their shows available for 99 cents per rental when the new Apple TV box had been launched.

On that note, News Corp President Chase Carey, who had also been speaking at the conference, said that the Apple 99-cent agreement was a “short-term test.”

via Reuters

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Nokia Shows Off Bravado…By Slamming Apple


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Nokia’s been through their ups and downs throughout the past year.  And what better way to get back in the game then by slamming your competition?  “We’re not going to apologize for the fact that we’re not Apple or Google or anybody else – we’re Nokia and we’re unique,” said markets EVP Niklas Savander. 

Nokia brass opened their annual Nokia World Show Tuesday morning in London with a pep talk of sorts, and had choice words for their various competitors, including Apple.

“Nokia’s going through a tough, challenging transition and we have a LOT more work to do.  But we have laid the foundation for success,” said Savander.

He then took to slamming Apple’s Scott Forstall for taking a bit out of Nokia’s corporate slogan: “Connecting People is more than just a feel-good tagline – it’s our mission.”  Savander then took to grabbing a Steve Jobs catchphrase and slamming the iPhone at the same time.

“One more thing,” he said, before speaking about Nokia’s new N8 device: “They perform – day in, day out – no matter how you hold them.”

“In the past quarter, people bought far more Nokia phones than Apple and Android combined.  On average, people buy 260,000 new Nokia smartphones every day – that’s more smartphone sales than any other company by far – period.” 

Apple wasn’t the only company in Savander’s crosshairs:

“Contrary to popular perception, Nokia – not Google – is the leader in mobile navigation, functionality quality and arch.  Ovi Maps is far, far less hungry than the Google service.  Why?  Because it’s optimized for mobile use.”  He also claimed that Ovi Maps provides walking navigation that Google Maps does not.

In looking to the future on location sharing, Savander stated that over 800 million people will use GPS-enable phones by 2013.  “Soon, everything on the internet will have a location coordinate – it is a space that we intend to OWN.”

EVP Ansi Vanjoki, got warm applause after announcing his resignation on Monday, also made a bold claim: “The reality is that Nokia invented the smartphone.”

With that, what do you think about Nokia’s comments readers?  Pretty bold claims?  Truthful statements?  Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below!

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iLife ’11 Family Pack Shows Up on

iLife '11 Family Pack on Amazon
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We really expected a refreshed version of iLife to show up at last Wednesday’s media event, even though announcements were flying fast and furious as it was. If a new product listing on is to be believed, maybe we won’t have to wait much longer.

9to5Mac is reporting that has a new product listing for “iLife ’11 Family Pack,” currently listed at .00 with a ship time of two to four weeks. The fact that a new version of iLife is coming isn’t particularly newsworthy by itself, but does Amazon know something that we don’t?

It’s a given at this point that iLife ’09 will likely be followed by iLife ’11 since it’s too late in the 2010 calendar year for “iLife ’10” to make sense as a name, but given that Apple has not uttered a word about a new version makes the product listing sort of head-scratching.

Back in July, Amazon France listed both iLife ’10 for Dummies and iWork ’10 for Dummies on their website briefly, with availability in September and October, respectively — although in this case, the Amazon listing for the iLife ’11 product appears on the main U.S. site.

There has been plenty of speculation about what a new version of iLife might bring, including iTunes LP and iTunes Extras creation abilities added to iDVD, which circled the rumor mill in December of last year.

The strangest part about the iLife ’11 Family Pack on Amazon is that it’s apparently been listed since July 27 (according to the Product Details on the site) and we’re only discovering it now…

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