Posts Tagged ‘apple’

Apple Gets Full Twitter Firehose With Topsy Acquisition

December 2, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple has acquired Topsy Labs, a social media analysis firm specializing in charting Twitter trends. Price: Somewhere north of $200 million. Topsy, one of handful of companies with access to Twitter’s full “firehose” of tweets, recently unveiled a search engine capable of searching through the 425 billion or so tweets published to Twitter since the company’s debut in 2006.

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One of the Year’s Most Addictive Mobile Games Doesn’t Seem Like a Game At All

December 2, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s inevitable: When I tell people I write about videogames, someone almost always asks, “What should I play?” Since I’m not a reviewer, there are plenty of games I haven’t played, but I always have at least one game on my phone ready to be shown off; recently, that game has been an unusual one. Clumsy Ninja , which game studio NaturalMotion first demoed at Apple’s iPhone 5 event in September 2012 , finally made it to Apple’s U.S. App Store a few weeks ago, and since then it’s been on a tear. “This is not designed to be a hardcore monetizing game,” NaturalMotion CEO Torsten Reil told me in a pre-launch interview. Well, oops? It is monetizing well — so well, in fact, that it broke into the top-25 iOS grossing apps chart within three days of its launch. At the time of this writing, it peaked at #14 overall on Tuesday and has been hovering between the high teens and low 30s since then, according to App Annie (registration required). (As for what that means in real money terms: According to one report from Distimo, the top-10 grossing apps make at least $47,000 per day . Even if the app never crosses the magical top-10 barrier, that’s still a lot of dough.) So why does Clumsy Ninja monetize so well?

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So You Got a New iPad. Here’s Some Free Stuff to Read.

November 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If, like me, you took advantage of the rare deals offered on a new iPad yesterday, then you’re probably playing around with the new device today, and finding interesting things to do with it. Magazine publisher Condé Nast has a suggestion for you, and is offering a rare deal of its own: A free download of the current issue of the iPad edition of its many magazine titles, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair*, Vogue, Bon Appetit and Architectural Digest. Between the iPad and the iPhone editions , you’ve got very little excuse for that “stack of old magazines you don’t have time to get to” problem. And with the holiday season looming, who couldn’t use something to read on the plane, the train, or while taking a badly needed break from an overdose of family? To get them, go to the iPad’s Newsstand app, and download the app for one of Condé’s titles. Once there, click on the promotion, which is hard to miss. The same deal also applies to the Google Play version of the magazine apps available for Android tablets. It’s running through Dec. 2. * It’s worth noting that my AllThingsD colleagues Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka are both contributors to Vanity Fair.

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Apple Doesn’t Want to Pay the Feds’ E-Book Lawyer $70,000 a Week

November 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As part of its punishment for the e-book antitrust trial it lost this summer , Apple is supposed to be footing the bill for a court-appointed “ compliance monitor .” Apple is not happy about this. At all. While it appeals the court’s ruling in the trial, Apple is now contesting the way that its monitor, former federal prosecutor Michael Bromwich, is going about his business. Among Apple’s complaints, filed in federal court this week: Bromwich is doing too much, by doing things like demanding interviews with Apple CEO Tim Cook, board member Al Gore, and Jony Ive (“whose sole and exclusive responsibility at Apple is to perfect elegant product designs,” according to an Apple attorney). Bromwich is charging too much — more than $1,100 an hour. Apple says this is “higher than Apple has ever encountered for any task.” Bromwich’s bill for his five-person team’s first two weeks of work: $138,432.40. Bromwich’s response, which he has sent to Apple and its attorneys as part of a lengthy back-and-forth over the past few weeks: You people seem to think I’m working for you. “Apple has sought for the last month to manage our relationship as though we are its outside counsel or consultant,” he wrote in a letter to Cook and his board last week. My fees are reasonable, and you have no idea what a reasonable fee looks like. Also, it doesn’t matter if you think my fees are reasonable, because you don’t get to negotiate them: You just pay them. The court will approve them

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Yep, It’s Looking Like an iPad Christmas

November 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple isn’t known for its sales, so when it does one, it’s news. Today it unveiled its Black Friday deals available both on its online store and at its retail stores around most of the world in a promotional email to customers. Basically if you buy an iPad, Mac or iPod, and you get an Apple gift-card worth between $50 and $150. And if you buy online but live near an Apple store, you have the option of picking up your purchase at the store today. Otherwise you can skip the crowds and take advantage of free shipping. While technically they’re not discounts, you can apply the value of the gift card to your purchase, and thus turn it into one. I started the process of buying an iPad Air plus a smart cover today from within the Apple Store app on my iPhone and by default, the app applied a $75 reduction. Here’s the rundown: Buying any iPad Air gets you a $75 gift card, while an iPad mini gets you a $50 card. Buy a Mac, either an iMac, a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, and you’ll get a $150 gift card. An iPod touch will get you a $50 a gift card; An iPod nano of Apple TV gets you a $25 gift card. The deal also applies for a few accessories, some Apple made, some from third parties. An Apple Time Capsule will get you a $50 gift card.

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Tablet Buyer’s Wi-Fi Goof

November 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Q: I think we may have goofed. We bought a tablet that claims to be “Wi-Fi only.” Can it be activated to handle 4G cellular data? A: It’s highly unlikely. To use cellular data, a tablet needs extra chips, antennas, and other hardware and software, similar to what a smartphone includes. If it says “Wi-Fi only,” that very likely means it lacks this hardware. In fact, if you compare the specs on, say, an iPad, or a Google Nexus 7 tablet, you’ll see that, not only are the prices higher for the 4G cellular versions, but they weigh slightly more, to accommodate the cellular gear. A: I am trying to monitor my teenagers’ iPhones. I bought an app called PhoneSheriff based upon good reviews. However when I went to install it, it says to ensure the targeted iPhone is “Jailbroken.” I believe this will void the Apple warranties. Is there anything I can do to monitor my teenagers’ iPhones without jailbreaking? A: There’s an app called TeenSafe that claims to be the only monitoring system for iPhones that doesn’t require that the target phone be jailbroken, which essentially means hacking the phone to accept apps that Apple hasn’t approved. It apparently works via the Web and relies on your knowing your children’s Apple IDs and passwords (presumably, even if they change). I haven’t tested or reviewed the app, so I can’t recommend it. Email Walt at mossberg@wsj.com .

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Here Comes the "Made for iPhone" Hearing Aid

November 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple is collaborating with Denmark’s GN Store Nord, the world’s fourth-largest hearing-aid maker, to develop a hearing aid that integrates with the iPhone . Dubbed the ReSound LiNX, the device would stream voice and music from the iPhone over a 2.4 GHz Bluetooth connection. When it arrives at market during the first quarter of 2014, the LiNX will be the first “Made for iPhone” hearing aid .

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Apple Scores a “C” on David Einhorn’s Capital Allocation Exam

November 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

David Einhorn’s iPrefs proposal was among the factors that influenced Apple’s decision to launch one of the biggest share buybacks in history. So what’s the hedge fund manager’s feeling on the company’s capital allocation plan these days? Now that Apple has abandoned the Depression-era grandmother mentality with which it managed its cash hoard, Einhorn’s view of the company has tempered a bit. But not that much. “I think that that moves Apple’s capital management from a D- to a C or something like that,” Einhorn told CNBC Thursday . “Obviously more could be done that would probably unlock additional value, but it’s not so bad at this point that I really want to complain about it.” And to be clear, Einhorn does understand the rationale for Apple’s conservative cash management, which he attributes to co-founder Steve Jobs. “You had a culture under Steve Jobs where there was a concern to keep a cushion of cash if the markets are not there in some period,” Einhorn said. “I think it makes sense for Apple to maintain a very good, strong cushion, so they can continue to innovate even if the market hits a bad cycle.” Given what has happened to BlackBerry in the past few years, that does seem wise. Einhorn noted this himself, though he did also observe that the virtuous purchasing cycle Apple has created around the iPhone should temper such fears. “People look at Apple and ask, ‘Is it the next Motorola or BlackBerry?’” Einhorn said. “People paid fancy multiples for those stocks and got crushed and they don’t want to go through that again. But I think Apple’s a little bit different from those companies, because the ecosystem component [drives] recurring sale[s]

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Jury: Samsung Owes Apple Another $290 Million

November 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A federal jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung owes Apple a further $290 million for infringing on the iPhone maker’s patented technology, according to multiple reports from inside the courtroom. The award concludes a partial retrial of last year’s landmark case between the electronics giants. A jury in that case ruled in Apple’s favor and awarded $1 billion in damages. However, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that more than $400 million of that award was improperly calculated, necessitating the current retrial . Apple had argued it was due a further $379 million, while Samsung maintained it should only owe $52 million for the portion of damages being reconsidered. Barring a successful appeal, Samsung also owes roughly $640 million in damages from the original verdict as well. The six woman, two man jury deliberated for part of three days before returning its verdict. During that time, the jury requested additional paper and pens, better lunch as well as a copy of the sketches of them done by a courtroom artist. This decision, while widely watched, does little to settle the litigation between the two companies, which spans multiple courtrooms and continents. Another case is set for trial next year before Judge Koh involving a newer generation of Samsung’s products, meanwhile both sides are appealing various parts of this current case.

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10 Brands That Changed the World [Video]

November 20, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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