Posts Tagged ‘ipad’

For Soothing Relief, Dr. Oz Loves iPad Apps

May 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Dr. Mehmet Oz Age 53 Accomplishments Cardiac surgeon and professor at Columbia University; host of The Dr. Oz Show ; author; founder of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine (May/June issue is on newsstands now) Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Whether my wife’s happy with me or not! I read her smile first. Where do you get your news? I read two papers—The New York Times and the Post—on my iPad. You recently launched your own magazine, The Good Life . What other magazines do you read? I always look at Oprah’s magazine . I think it’s very well done. And I read Time magazine. I do both of those on my iPad. I have an app called Next Issue that has every magazine. The other thing that I read is a magazine called The Week. It’s actually my favorite place of all to get information. I like the fact that it presents both sides of the polemic and covers a wide range of topics. What are your go-to social media platforms? Twitter’s usually number one. I find Pinterest valuable because it’s quick; I usually use it for recipes.

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Apple Asks Judge to Keep Patent Pressure on Samsung

December 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Back in November, Apple won a second chance to seek a sales ban against tens of Samsung smartphones and tablets found to violate its patents last year. And late last week, it took that chance. On Thursday, Apple asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to halt sales of some 20 Samsung devices that a jury last year found to infringe some of its key utility and design patents. In a filing, the company argued that while Samsung has stopped selling the infringing products, the fact that it has done so doesn’t really lessen the harm done to Apple, or the need for punishment. “Samsung’s claim that it has discontinued selling the particular models found to infringe or design around Apple’s patents in no way diminishes Apple’s need for injunctive relief,” Apple argued in its filing. “Because Samsung frequently brings new products to market, an injunction is important to providing Apple the relief it needs to combat any future infringement by Samsung through products not more than colorably different from those already found to infringe.” The issue here, then, isn’t so much the discontinued products found to infringe, but the infringement itself, and Apple’s risk that Samsung might continue its infringement with some new products. Indeed, Apple is explicitly seeking an injunction that extends to “any other product not more than colorably different from an Infringing Product as to a feature found to infringe.” As Florian Mueller notes over at Foss Patents, Apple’s focus isn’t the accused products, but the patents asserted . For Apple, which claims that Samsung’s infringement cost it “incalculable lost market share and lost downstream sales,” the ability to bring those patents to bear on commercially relevant products when and if it needs to is crucial, because while Samsung claims to have a workaround in place for some of the patents at issue in the case, the company hasn’t yet disclosed it.

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Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

December 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is my last column for The Wall Street Journal, after 22 years of reviewing consumer technology products here. So I thought I’d talk about the dozen personal-technology products I reviewed that were most influential over the past two decades. Obviously, narrowing so many products in the most dynamic of modern industries down to 12 is a subjective exercise and others will disagree. Though most were hits, a couple weren’t blockbusters, financially, and one was an outright flop. Instead, I used as my criteria two main things. First, the products had to improve ease of use and add value for average consumers. That was the guiding principle I laid down in the first sentence of my first column, in 1991: “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it’s not your fault.” Second, I chose these 12 because each changed the course of digital history by influencing the products and services that followed, or by changing the way people lived and worked. In some cases, the impact of these mass-market products is still unfolding. All of these products had predecessors, but they managed to take their categories to a new level. Some readers will complain that Apple is overrepresented. My answer: Apple introduced more influential, breakthrough products for average consumers than any other company over the years of this column.

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Dell Tablets at Bargain Prices

December 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If you’re thinking of getting someone a new, name-brand tablet for the holidays, but blanch at spending base prices of $229, $399 or $499, Dell is hoping you’ll look its way. The computer giant, battling an industrywide slump in PC sales, is once again making a push into tablets and one of its weapons is low pricing. Dell has had little success in tablets. But it introduced this fall a family of four Android- and Windows-based slates called Venue models. I took a close look at one model, the seven-inch Venue 7, which, at $150, is the least expensive new major-label tablet I’ve seen at the standard 16-gigabyte base memory level. (There are a few year-old models, or models with less memory that cost somewhat less.) To understand how low $150 is for a name-brand, 16GB tablet, consider that the market-leading Apple iPads start at $499 for the 9.7-inch iPad Air, and $399 for the iPad Mini with a 7.9-inch Retina display. Even the latest seven-inch models from Google and Amazon, known for aggressive pricing, start at $229. In fact, mostly because they adopted better screens, the 2013 models of the iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and top-of-the-line seven-inch Kindle Fire actually rose in price from the 2012 models. So, what exactly do you get from a $150 name-brand tablet? The answer: You get a lower-quality device with weak battery life, which might suffice for a first-time tablet buyer with a tight budget. The Venue 7 is a relatively chunky black plastic tablet running Google’s Android operating system, that’s available via Dell’s online store. It operates over Wi-Fi only, though a cellular version is planned for next year. It cannot be ordered with more internal memory than 16GB, but it has a slot for a memory expansion card. This tablet has a big brother, the Android-powered Venue 8, with similar specs, that starts at $180, still a good price. On the plus side, I found the Dell Venue 7 to be fast enough not to be annoying. Common apps like Gmail, the Chrome browser, the Kindle reading app, Google Maps, Twitter and Facebook all worked fine for me. Videos played smoothly. But buyers of this tablet aren’t getting the latest or best technology. The processor, an Intel Atom, and the version of Android used, Jelly Bean 4.2.2, are last-generation editions, though Dell says it hopes to offer an upgrade to the latest version of Android next year

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AllThingsD Week in Review: Wearable Computing Comes to Clothes, and Yahoos Hate Yahoo Mail

November 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: Change is hard for many, but the latest iteration of Yahoo Mail has collected a chorus of complainers — including quite a few Yahoo employees , only 25 percent of whom have heeded management pleas to switch away from Outlook. Nokia’s first phablet, the Lumia 1520, boasts a six-inch full-HD display and a 20-megapixel camera. In All Things Reviewed, Bonnie Cha found it to be “a solid phablet” with “fast performance and good battery life,” but that, like other phablets, it can be cumbersome to handle. What’s next for wearable devices? They’re already on our wrists, but what about activity trackers in our clothes ? That’s the idea behind a startup called Athos, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions about how to turn that idea into a consumer-friendly reality. Black Friday has once again come and gone, but some of the deals on videogame consoles that rolled out on Thursday and Friday are still available today. This buyer’s guide explains the differences among all the different types of consoles, and which games work with which systems. If you did line up for doorbuster deals on Black Friday yesterday, though, you might have wasted your valuable time , according to one business school professor. Sorry! According to teardowns by research firm IHS, both of the big new gaming consoles are only barely profitable. Last week, we learned that Sony’s $399 PlayStation 4 costs $381 to build . This week, it was Microsoft’s turn; the $499 Xbox One similarly costs $471 , according to the teardown. As AllThingsD reported it would, Yahoo this week announced that Katie Couric would become its “global news anchor.” Details about the hiring were scant, but, like many other media stars, Couric has a long history of dipping her toe into the online space. Apple lost its antitrust e-book trial over the summer.

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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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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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Apple Makes Case for Why it Deserves $379 Million More From Samsung

November 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple is making its case Tuesday for why it believes it deserves most of the $400 million in damages that is at issue in a partial retrial of last year’s patent infringement case with Samsung. The original jury’s finding of infringement on Samsung’s part, as well as a good chunk of the $1 billion verdict remains intact. However, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that jury erred in how it calculated part of the damages calculation, necessitating the current retrial . Apple argues it is due $379 million for the products at issue, while Samsung has maintained it should only have to pay $52 million. Both sides are appealing various parts of the original issue as well, with Apple seeking injunctions on certain Samsung products and Samsung looking to have the original verdict thrown out due to what it says are multiple procedural errors in the case. While witnesses may forget details and lawyers can make fancy arguments for what could have been, Apple lawyer Bill Lee argued that the paperwork in the case supports the case that Apple’s patents are significant and were important to the company’s effort to catch up to the iPhone and iPad, which Lee characterized as revolutionary and gorgeous, citing press reports. “Documents don’t lie,” Apple lawyer Bill Lee said, beginning its closing argument in the case

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Don’t Get Too Excited About GlobalFoundries and Apple — At Least, Not Just Yet

November 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Don’t get too excited about an intriguing story from the Albany Times Union saying that chip-manufacturing company GlobalFoundries may soon start turning out chips for Apple’s iPhones and iPads at a factory in upstate New York . I’ve been checking with industry sources who have a pretty clear picture about what may be going on. And it’s probably not all that it’s initially cracked up to be. In the most likely scenario, Samsung will still be the primary manufacturer of Apple’s chips for the iPhone and iPad, they said, continuing the role it has played since the earliest days of the iPhone: Building the chips that Apple designs under contract. (In chip-industry lingo, these deals are known as foundry agreements.) Sources close to the situation said the deal that appears to be taking shape looks more like this: Samsung will use GlobalFoundries for what is known as “flex capacity.” This is a long-standing industry practice under which a chip manufacturer pays to occasionally use another company’s factories when demand on their own factory is running higher than they would like, and they need a little help. This would be a good time to point out that Apple is not Samsung’s only foundry customer. The Samsung fab in Austin, Texas, also turns out chips for Samsung. Occasionally there will be times when Samsung has to balance the demand on that fab in order to meet both the needs of its primary foundry customer — Apple — as well as its own internal needs for smartphone and tablet chips. That’s where GlobalFoundries will come in, picking up the additional work on an as-needed basis. Samsung would basically hire GlobalFoundries as a subcontractor, and continue to manage the relationship with Apple. This is a very different business relationship than, say, if Apple were to tap GlobalFoundries as a “second source” for chips. Apple would of course have to give its blessing to the arrangement. This would explain why Samsung employees have been spotted in Malta, N.Y., where GlobalFoundries operates Fab 8 , and is said to have brought the “recipes” for building Apple chips with them. Additionally, there are enough similarities in chip-making technologies and equipment between Samsung and GlobalFoundries that Global can do the job when called upon

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Netflix + YouTube = Half Your Broadband Diet

November 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There are lots of people who want to stream Web video to your house. But odds are that if you’re watching a Web video during primetime hours, it’s coming from one of two places: Netflix or YouTube. So says Sandvine, the broadband service company. Sandvine says Netflix and Google’s video site now account for more than half of America’s “downstream” traffic delivered over “fixed networks” — the kind you get at home or at work — during peak hours. That comes from Sandvine’s latest traffic report, and it shows the same trend we’ve been seeing for a while : Netflix accounts for about a third of peak Web traffic in the U.S ., and YouTube is coming up on 20 percent. Sandvine’s report also says that Hulu and Amazon, despite big efforts to catch up to Netflix in video delivery, are coming up short. At least if you’re counting bits. Here’s what Sandvine’s most recent downstream totals look like: And here’s where they were back in May 2013: It is possible that Hulu, or Amazon, or any of the providers that lag far behind Netflix are much more efficient at delivering Web video signals, and that somehow Sandvine’s numbers drastically underrepresent their real usage numbers. Could be! On the other hand, these numbers have been pretty consistent for a while. If you’re looking for an interesting wrinkle in Sandvine’s numbers, check out their report on traffic delivered over mobile networks — which doesn’t include traffic to your Android, iPhone, whatever when you’re on Wifi– and what it says about YouTube traffic and Facebook traffic. Here are the most recent numbers: And here’s what they looked liked back in the spring: It’s sort of interesting to see Facebook shoot up so much in the last few months — perhaps the company’s newest updates are data hungry?

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