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Apple Should Give Laptop-Tablet Hybrids a Second Look

Windows 8′s arrival will kick off a fundamentally new way to look at mobile computing. I opined not long ago that the new OS would be the first real threat to Apple’s iPad. If it turns out to be true, Apple will need a new game plan in order to keep its number one spot in the tablet market. The most obvious solution would be to offer its own version of a laptop-tablet hybrid, an idea Tim Cook rejected back… continue…

Not So Subtle Lessons From Apple’s WWDC

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Apple’s WWDC conference is in full swing and we now know there’s not going to be any Apple TV or new iPhone launch – at least at this conference. On a more positive note, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple rolled out their new MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Much of the attention was focused on the Pros, because they now have the retina display, are thinner, and have faster processors. Starting price, $2199. Clearly, Apple is doing well and… continue…

Apple Partnership To Bring Facebook iOS Jobs?

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Apple announced Monday its long-anticipated partnership with Facebook, potentially giving iOS developers a chance to work at the social networking giant. But whether it will lead to an onslaught of iOS hiring at Facebook is debatable. Facebook may resort to selectively hiring iOS developers, rather than issuing a huge casting call. For example, it currently lists only one job opening for an iOS software developer and earlier today it announced it hired a team of iOS apps tool developers from… continue…

EA Finally Prepares to Launch a Freemium Mobile Game

Electronic Arts has dragged its feet when it comes to offering mobile games for free, but no more. Homer Simpson will be the company’s point man (not because he’s gullible, but because he’s popular) in the freemium title The Simpsons: Tapped Out, which will be launched soon. Of course, players will be able to buy doughnuts, credits that can be used to speed up play. Acknowledging the company’s been lagging in the area, the EA’s mobile and social games chief,… continue…

Apple Release Siri and iCloud APIs at WWDC?

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When Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage at WWDC Monday morning, one analyst expects he may announce the release of Siri and iCloud APIs to apps developers. And given the way Apple is expected to increase the volume of its efforts with Siri, apps developers should have a lot to work with. Cook, as you may recall, told those attending the All Things D conference last month that Apple watchers should expect more things out of Siri in the… continue…

Samsung Electronics Names New CEO

Samsung Electronics named a new CEO, potentially adding a new dynamic to its  frenemy relationship with Apple. The Korean electronics giant appointed Kwon-Oh-hyun, head of Samsung’s components operations, as its new CEO. He replaces Choi Gee-sung, who lead Samsung’s rise as Apple’s fiercest smartphone rival with its Galaxy lineup. Choi will assume the new role of  head of corporate strategy, which includes 80 companies and Samsung Electronics, says CNBC.  Samsung Electronics produces the company’s smartphones and televisions. Kwon lead the… continue…

How Logitech’s Wireless Keyboard Will Win You Over

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Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for the Mac, iPad and iPhone is the most interesting keyboard this author has seen for a long, long time. Let me count the things that make this keyboard particularly special. First and foremost, there’s the solar panel. When its fully charged, it’s able to keep the keyboard powered for up to three months (based on eight hours of use per day). Users will rarely need to draw on the stored power, because the solar… continue…

iPad’s First Real Threat Has Finally Arrived

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Acer unveiled a new line of Windows 8 devices this week at Computex Taipei, including a laptop-tablet hybrid called Iconia W510. The form factor, first introduced by Asus’s Android-based Transformer Prime, will soon be the norm, thanks to the very nature of Windows 8. In case it’s not clear by now, Apple’s iPad has finally met a worthy competitor. Staying complacent is no longer a choice. Apple has tried hard to position the iPad as a content creation tool, aside… continue…

Facebook’s Smartphone Strategy? Hire iPhone Engineers

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Facebook smartphone rumors are heating up again, with reports that it’s hiring engineers with iPhone experience. The social network giant has reportedly hired a half dozen engineers with this background, as well as one who worked on the iPad. Facebook hasn’t advertised these jobs, but rather courted these people privately. The company’s been scrambling to come up with a mobile strategy, because roughly half its members access the site from smartphones. However, it hasn’t been capitalizing on mobile advertising like… continue…

Yahoo’s Axis Is An Alright iOS Browser

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Yahoo topped the list on Techmeme again — this time with a product launch instead of a laundry list of company troubles. The company’s new offering, Axis, is a hybrid search tool and Web browser that’s available as a plugin for major desktop browsers. For iOS devices, it comes as an app. iOS already has a decent collection of browsers, but two are glaringly missing: Firefox and Chrome. Axis, with its positive review (AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher loved it so much that… continue…