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Apple may be working on iPhone for Verizon: report

(Reuters) – Apple Inc appears to be working on a new iPhone model for No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Wireless, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Verizon Communications Inc shares surged on the news, rising 3.4 percent in after-hours trading, while the shares of AT&T Inc, the current exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the United States, fell 2.2 percent.

Apple is apparently developing a CDMA-compatible iPhone model that would work on Verizon’s network, the Journal reported, citing people briefed on the matter.

An Apple spokeswoman said the company does not comment on rumors and speculation.

Verizon also declined to comment. Verizon Wireless is a venture of Verizon and Vodafone Group Plc.

When asked about the report, an AT&T spokesman said: “We have a great relationship with Apple and we don’t comment on the specifics of that relationship.”

AT&T also repeated previous comments that the iPhone “will be an important device for us for quite some time.”

Apple has released a new iPhone model every summer for the past three years and is widely expected to do so this summer.

Read more at Reuters.com

Apple has run out of iPads

Posted by Philip Elmer-DeWitt March 27, 2010 11:32 AM

Shipping for pre-orders has been pushed back more than a week, to April 12

The demand curve for Apple’s (AAPL) new tablet computer crossed the supply curve sometime overnight Friday.

By Saturday morning, the ship date for iPad pre-orders, originally set to guarantee delivery by April 3, had been pushed back to Tuesday April 12.

Customers who had already pre-ordered are still scheduled to get their iPads next Saturday.

Meanwhile, the option to reserve an iPad for pick-up at an Apple Store has disappeared from Apple.com entirely.

That does not mean that there will no iPads available for sale next Saturday. Customers who reserved them over the past two weeks were told at the time that their iPads could be picked up between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday April 3. After 3 p.m., any iPads that haven’t been collected may be made available, while supplies last, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the full story at CNN/Money.com

IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T

By DAVID POGUE

Published: March 24, 2010

For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry.

It can save you money. It can make calls where AT&T’s signal is weak, like indoors. It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone.

And it can ruin the sleep of cellphone executives everywhere.

Line2 gives your iPhone a second phone number — a second phone line, complete with its own contacts list, voice mail, and so on. The company behind it, Toktumi (get it?), imagines that you’ll distribute the Line2 number to business contacts, and your regular iPhone number to friends and family. Your second line can be an 800 number, if you wish, or you can transfer an existing number.

Read more at Pogue’s Posts, New York Times

(Image by Stuart Goldenberg)

QNAP TS-259 Pro External Hard Drive

Reviewed by Dong Ngo on 02/10/2010

THE GOOD: The QNAP TS-259 Pro offers top throughput speed, an overwhelming list of useful features, and an excellent Web interface. Also, it supports hot-swappable RAID configurations, Apple’s Time Machine, and IP cameras for an automatic surveillance system.

Read more at Cnet.com/Editor’s Choice

AT&T sees big cash in small gizmos like dog collars

(Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Gary Hill)

A wireless dog collar set to hit the market this year is just one of a plethora of new devices the telephone company hopes will catch on with U.S. consumers.

The collar could send text messages or emails to the owner of a pet when it strays outside a certain area, or the device could allow continuous tracking of the pet.

Other gadgets include a pill box that uses a wireless connection to remind people to take their medicine, e-readers, a device that tracks product pallets for shipping companies, and entertainment systems for people riding in cars.

When all these are connected to other devices or the Internet, they will connect using AT&T’s network — meaning more revenue for the company. AT&T expects they will bring in about $1 billion in annual services revenue in about five years.

Read the full article at Reuters.com

A production studio in a kit

Ej4’s Instant Video Presenter kit is winning fans among businesses that need to make Web marketing videos on the cheap.

By Diane Anderson, December 10, 2009: 3:12 PM ET

(Fortune Small Business) — In June, Missouri doctor Stuart Hoover needed to create a Web video to market his new wellness center in Springfield. He had farmed out similar video projects in the past, at a cost of thousands of dollars and weeks of waiting. This time he took a chance on a $300 product called Instant Video Presenter, from St. Louis company ej4.

He was sent a green screen to stand in front of and software that let him key in professional-looking images over that green screen. The recommended camera and lighting cost him an additional $200. In just 30 minutes his first video appeared on his new Web site, HealthyLifeTube.com. It featured Hoover in front of a (simulated) bank of monitors in a television newsroom. “I couldn’t believe how simple and precise it was,” he recalls.

Read more at CNNMoney.com

25 Awesome Tech Products at DEMO

  By Jon Brodkin

Internet TV, smartphone apps, cloud services and more on display at DEMO Spring 2010.

More than 60 start-ups will unveil hot new products at DEMO Spring 2010 in Palm Desert, Calif. Web TV, smartphone apps, cloud computing and security will feature heavily within a mix of consumer and enterprise technologies. Here’s a look at 25 of the coolest companies at DEMO.

Read the full article or view the complete sideshow at NetworkWorld.com

Opera Mini Submitted to App Store

By Charlie Sorrel

Opera has submitted its Mini browser for the iPhone to Apple for approval. The super fast browser doesn’t technically break any of Apple’s rules, but Opera is laying on the hype to make any refusal as high-profile as possible.

Opera Mini, which we got some hands-on time with at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February, is merely an application for displaying web content that has been pre-rendered and compressed by Opera’s servers. To the user, it behaves like a regular browser – the text is selectable, for example – with one exception: Speed. Opera Mini is so fast it makes Mobile Safari look like wheezing old man.

13 of the Brightest Tech Minds Sound Off on the Rise of the Tablet

Photo: Dan Winters

Neil Young

CEO and Cofounder, ngmoco

Cool and Connected

Is the tablet a new mobile computing device? Well, yes, it is, by default. But what is most interesting to me as a gamemaker is the impact that it can have in the least-mobile entertainment venue — the home. Aren’t home games played on consoles? Yes. But for years, more and more players, especially teens, have been migrating to laptops and Flash gaming. The Web has become not just a viable venue for games but also one of the most vibrant.

The iPhone 3GS is already far superior to the Nintendo DS or PSP and is approaching the performance level of the Wii. A tablet that is powerful enough to handle great games and portable enough to take anywhere — with an immediate library of tens of thousands of inexpensive or free experiences from the App Store — will be serious competition for laptops.

Of course, the netbook was supposed to replace the laptop and be used by millions around the world. Forget the netbook. It’s a slow, clunky piece of junk. Do I want to look like the guy who couldn’t afford a real computer or the guy who went to the future and brought back a device that’s as cool as I imagine I am?

If the tablet is as appealing and useful as a laptop, with the power of a game console and an always-open library of apps, games, music, and entertainment, it will kill the laptop as a home games machine and kick the netbook out the window before it’s had a chance to disappoint us with its inadequacy.

Read the full article at Wired.com/magazine

Inventors Design Less-Lethal ‘Taser Me Elmo’ Rifle

Lund Technologies dreams up prototypes for just about everything, from hydrogen-powered toy rockets and light-up footballs to the top-selling Honey My Baby Pony and T.M.X. Tickle Me Elmo dolls. But with a little financing from the Pentagon, the company has also devised a new type of less-lethal rifle.
Full Article at Wired.com/Dangerroom