The iPhone 4S went on sale this morning at Apple, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and select third-party retailers this morning. The Web was abuzz with tales of long lines everywhere. But what has become almost customary for AT&T subscribers trying to activate their shiny new devices, the oldest iPhone carrier partner appears to be having trouble handing the rush of new phone signing onto their network. [Read more…]
It’s coming, straight at you at a thousand miles an hour and nobody on Facebook can hide from it. If you’re one of the Facebook users who we’re ‘upset’ with last week’s round of Facebook system updates you haven’t seen anything yet.
It is without a doubt the most shattering change ever made to the social network and I expect it to cause a bit of an insurrection. I’m not talking about the new real-time “Ticker” at the top right of your profile or about the “Top Stories” that now appear at the top of the news feed — those are inconsequential compared to what’s next.
In the weeks ahead Facebook will be switching profile pages to a new format called “Timeline”. I’ll admit, as a technologist I prefer to work and play with things before they become available to (or are foisted upon) the general public, so I made the switch last week and instantly regretted it, this is the most sweeping change I’ve ever seen anyone, not just Facebook make to an existing platform. I HATED it. [Read more…]
As we once again enter the iPhone 5 breach, one would do well to keep their grains of salt at the ready, but the Business Insider reports that Sprint will be among the few carriers to sell the iPhone 5.
The news is something of a coup for Sprint, the nation’s third largest wireless service provider. If true, it could provide a stay of execution for a company that would otherwise be facing Verizon and AT&T/T-Mobile without a Cupertino trump card. Sprint’s stock has already jumped due to the news, although at last glance it seems to be returning to per-announcement levels.
Like Verizon, the backbone of Sprint’s network runs on the CDMA standard. Rather than manufacture a different iPhone for each carrier, the possibility of Sprint selling the iPhone 5 lends a bit of credence to news of the device’s dual-network nature.
Sources also report that instead of the hoped-for September release window, the iPhone 5 may instead see the light of day later in October..
Facebook’s surreptitious public relations campaign against Google shows how intense the competition has become between the two companies — and to what lengths Facebook will go to in the fight.
“There’s always been a cold war with skirmishes on varying fronts since Facebook came on the scene so big,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. “They increasingly see themselves as rivals with Google for advertising dollars. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody. The competition? It’ll probably go even farther. We’ll see more hard-nosed competition coming.”
Facebook admitted this week to hiring a well-known PR firm to plant anti-Google stories in the media.
Both Facebook and the PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, admitted Thursday to trying to get journalists and bloggers to write negative articles about Google’s privacy practices. While Facebook denied that it was pushing a “smear campaign,” industry analysts said the surreptitious back-stabbing is a clear indication of how heated it’s become between the two Internet behemoths. [Read more…]
Take your typical electronics store and multiply it by a million. Next, throw in quarter-mile long lines for anything food-related. Add the arrival of the adult entertainment industry, and you pretty much have a feeling for the annual gadget-fest known as the Consumer Electronics Show, (CES to geeks like me) held this week in Las Vegas.
This year’s CES will feature some 2,500 companies, launching 20,000 new products, and displaying them across 1.6 million square feet of space at the Las Vegas Convention Center, an increase of more than 10% compared to last year’s show.
So, what will basically everyone in the consumer electronics world, except Apple, which doesn’t feel the need to grace CES with its presence – be selling? For starters, tablets. [Read more…]