At the beginning of the year, rumors were going around that Apple was looking into buying the social network mapping service Waze. The rumors were quickly refuted thanks to some clarification that low-level meetings between companies are a regular occurrence in the business world. Today’s rumor regarding Facebook and the aforementioned map app developer has a bit more weight to it. According to Israeli newspaper Caclalist, the term sheet has already been signed.
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It looks like Apple has made some changes to the minimum price of its App Store applications in several different European countries. The price has gone up from 0.79 euros to 0.89 euros, with an increase across all pricing tiers.
The pricing change has gone live in the following countries: Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxembourg, Hungary, Russia, Ireland, and Finland.
Without doubt, the iPad is an excellent resource for the curious home cook. Stories about the digitalization of cooking tell us what foodies already know: some of the most interesting and beautiful cookbooks available aren’t at the book store, they are on the App Store.
The open-ended nature of app creation also leaves room for newcomers, such as Israeli chef Meir Adoni, to find a greater audience. Adoni curated the recipes for Look & Cook, a visually stunning compilation of inventive recipes.
Apple just announced that the new iPad is scheduled to launch in 11 countries on April 20 and nine more on April 27. Conspicuously missing from the list of lucky countries to officially get their hands on the new iPad is China.
The 11 countries to see the new iPad in their local stores on April 20 include South Korea, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela. The nine additional countries to receive an official launch one week later are Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand.
Warren Buffet recently told CNBC’s Squawk Box about a conversation that he had with Steve Jobs a few years ago regarding what Apple should do with all of the cash it had on hand. He gave him a couple of options, stock buybacks, dividends, acquisitions or “sitting with it.” Although Buffet says he advised Jobs to buyback stocks, the money was sat on, and still is. In its recent quarterly earnings report, the company is sitting on $97 billion in cash. What should Apple do with its money now?
Last week, Hebrew-language news organization Calcalist reported that Apple, Inc. was in talks with Israeli-based Anobit for purchase of their flash memory solutions company.
Today, AllThingsD has gotten wind of a tweet from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcoming Apple to the country. Presumably, this is in reference to the buyout since this is the first time Apple has purchased a company in Israel.
In a rare move, Apple is reportedly about to buy Israeli-based Anobit at a sticker price of between $400 and $500 million. Apple is not known for buying hardware companies. If this rumor is true, it begs the question, why?
Anobit is a semiconductor hardware design company that specializes in flash storage. The company, as reported by Hebrew-language news organization Calcalist, is in talks with Apple for a buyout. This kind of bit ticket purchase is not common for Apple.
Apple announced today that iPad 2 (3G and WiFi models) will go on sale in 12 additional countries starting this month. Japan will be the first of the newly announced countries to begin selling the iPad 2 with the device going on sale Thursday, April 28. The iPad 2 will go on sale in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries on Friday, April 29. Apple also announced that iPad 2 WiFi model will be available in China beginning Friday, May 6.
Customers can begin shopping online at 1:00 a.m. local time or if they prefer checking out the action, they can buy from a local Apple retail store beginning at 9:00am local time.
The girls on The View sure seem to like their iPads. Co-host Joy Behar even believes they’re so addictive they have the potential to solve the Middle East peace crisis. She suggested recently that they “give the iPad to the Israelis and Palestinians because there would be peace in the Middle East.” Wouldn’t it be great if Apple’s “magical device” truly was that magical?
Joy isn’t the only one in the gang that’s got an iPad. Sherri Shepherd went on to talk about leaving her $500+ device on an airplane. Unfortunately Sherri didn’t follow Whoopi’s advice and put a passcode on her iPad, so if any of you found an iPad with Sherri’s pictures on it, she’d really like it back.
It’s only been a couple of weeks since Israel lifted its ban on the iPad and both are back in the news again. This time, international supermodel and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl, Bar Refaeli, is in hot water for not declaring her iPad when she recently entered her native country for a short visit.
According to an interview on Israeli television, Refaeli didn’t declare the iPad because she believed it was in a suitcase that had been lost in transit.
Israeli customs requires all items valued over $200 be declared upon entering the country. Unfortunately for her, Refaeli must now pay 650 shekels (approximately $170) in fines and taxes to get her iPad back.