Apple’s New Developer Agreement Unlevels the iAd Playing Field

Apple told us last week that it would not prevent third-party ad networks from embedding ads in applications for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, even though those networks would compete with its own iAd platform. “Yes, we still allow developers or other advertising companies to serve ads within their apps,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Wired.com. However, section 3.3.9 of Apple’s new developers’ agreement appears to hobble non-Apple advertising networks, even though the … [Read more...]

Apple delays international launch of iPad due to high demand

Apple had originally planned to slowly roll out the iPad around the world beginning April 24. However, due to "surprisingly strong US demand," Apple has announced that it will delay the international launch of the iPad until late May. According to a statement released this morning, Apple has sold over 500,000 iPads to date, and demand in its stores continues to outstrip supply in many cases. Though no specific numbers were given, the company has apparently received an unexpected number of … [Read more...]

Apple Announces New Core i5, Core i7 MacBook Pros

13" MacBook Pros still soldier on with Core 2 Duos Apple's MacBook Pro lineup has become rather stale. While PC notebook counterparts have been sporting new Core i5 and Core i7 processors for quite some time now, MacBook Pros have been soldiering along with stale (relatively speaking) Core 2 Duo processors. Apple is now getting with the times and has announced a revamped MacBook Pro lineup complete with new Core i5 and Core i7 processors from Intel; that is if you opt for the 15" and 17" … [Read more...]

Apple confirms no future support for iPhone 2G

Steve Jobs replies personally to email from user to apologise for lack of future support Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has apparently confirmed that the firm will not be offering support for its iPhone 2G, in a terse reply to a customer's email. A German user with the Twitter handle @Ven000m emailed Jobs and asked: "Hey Steve! Is Apple supporting/updating the iPhone 2G in the future?" Jobs replied: "Sorry, no." The customer subsequently posted a screenshot of the email reply and … [Read more...]

Going social with Microsoft’s Kin

Microsoft boss Robbie Bach described the company's new Kin phones, aimed at the younger, chattier, socially switched-on user, as "couture software with hardware that is custom fit". Robbie BachThe codename for the project was "Pink" and Mr Bach gave a nod to that by sporting a pink shirt at the press event in downtown San Francisco. There were plenty of rumours that the new phones were going to be called Dove or Turtle, but the software giant opted for Kin - we don't know why but my guess … [Read more...]

Nokia Launches Its Cheapest QWERTY Phone Yet

Nokia has launched three new phones that all come with a physical QWERTY keyboard, including its cheapest QWERTY phone yet. That model is the C3, which costs €90 (US$120) before taxes and subsidies. The phone is based on Nokia's Series 40 platform, and comes with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat. Above the QWERTY keyboard the phone has a 2.4-inch screen. Users can surf the web with Opera Mini and a Wi-Fi connection, listen to the radio via a 3.5 millimeter audio jack, take pictures with the … [Read more...]

NYT: Google Android Tablet Imminent

Google is almost ready to start selling its own tablet. The device, according to the New York Times, will be “an e-reader that would function like a computer.” So close is it that Eric Schmidt, CEO at Google, was describing it to friends at “a recent party in Los Angeles.” The slate-like computer will run Android, and anonymous sources say that Google has already been working with publishers to put books and magazines on the device. The choice of Android seems odd, given that … [Read more...]

Palm ‘looking for a buyer’ – HTC and Lenovo in the frame

Palm has put itself up for sale and is actively looking for bids this week, according to Bloomberg. Following the company's poor performance over the last few months, speculation has been rife that a sale was on the cards. Sales of the company's WebOS Pre and Pixi phones have been disappointing, the WebOS operating system itself has been widely criticized, and pricing through its deal with Sprint was regarded as overly high. It currently has just 4.3 percent of the US smartphone market, … [Read more...]

Apple’s Game Center: More Opportunities for Social Games Developers

Most of the initial buzz surrounding Apple's announcement on Thursday of its new operating system, iPhone OS 4, centered on the support for multitasking. While this feature has been long anticipated by users and developers alike, another important but less discussed aspect of the update involves Apple's Game Center - a social gaming network to be launched for iPhone and iPod Touch later this summer. Similar to the networks already prevalent in console gaming, Apple's Game Center will allow … [Read more...]

Pink Preview: Microsoft’s Mystery Event

Earlier this week Microsoft sent out invitations for a "mystery event" that will take place in San Francisco on Monday. But the mystery is unraveling early, with the release of slips and signs that suggest that Pink, the unfortunately-named, turtle-shaped slider phone, will be the star of the show. Ina Fried at Cnet announced earlier this week that a source confirmed the event would out the Pink project, more specifically two devices code named Turtle and Pure. Read more: pcworld.com … [Read more...]