Author Archive for Jenni

Jenni is a healthy-living food blogger who rarely lets her iPad leave her side. Find her on Twitter @spoonfulatatime.

New Distimo Report: Social Apps Are Booming Worldwide

Making calls may no longer be the primary user function of smartphones, but it’s definitely still a personal social hub.  Texting, media and location-based services are the most-used services on smartphones, and the social networking app downloads have almost tripled in daily volume worldwide.

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Kindle iOS App Released with New Layouts and More

Amazon has released an updated version of its Kindle app for iOS, featuring improved brightness control and a quick highlighting tool for all iOS devices, plus new margin size options for the iPad and new functionality for print replica textbooks.

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NETGEAR’s Music Extender Lets You Stream Music to any Speaker or Stereo via AirPlay

 

Today NETGEAR announced an upcoming new product release that will allow you to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet or Windows PC.  The Powerline Music Extender simply uses your home’s power to turn any outlet into an Ethernet outlet that connects to your home router and enables many devices not equipped with wireless capabilities to connect to the Internet.

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Belo’s WeatherCaster Brings Fresh New Look to iPad Weather App

Just in time for Isaac, Belo has released a big update to their free WeatherCaster app featuring high-definition nationwide animated radar and a new animated satellite view for visible cloud cover.  The app offers an enhanced weather experience with a customizable forecast dashboard, weather alerts and interactive maps, supplemented by forecasts, news and video from Belo’s local stations.

The WeatherCaster app was designed to cover all consumer needs in a weather app, providing basic daily forecasts at a glance while also offering more in-depth information, such as a historical almanac and glossary for weather terminology.  Users can also share their weather-related photos to a community photo gallery tied in with Facebook for a more social experience.

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Pinnacle Releases Studio Video Editing App with 1080p Support for iPad

A new video editor is set to hit the App Store today as Corel announces the release of the Pinnacle Studio for iPad, designed to bring big-screen moviemaking to the touchscreen.  The app is part of the new Pinnacle Studio software family, which offers an updated user interface and adds several new features to Pinnacle 16 for the PC in a variety of packages from basic to ultimate.

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Adoption of iOS and Android Devices Surpassed All Consumer Technologies Launched to Date

According to a new study, the adoption rate of devices running iOS or Android has surpassed every single consumer technology in history – ten times faster than PCs in the ’80s, twice as fast as the Internet boom in the 90′s, and three times faster than current social networks.   In July 2012 there were over 640 million iOS and Android devices in use worldwide.

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Jury Finds Samsung Guilty of Patent Infringement – Apple Awarded over $1 Billion in Damages

It appears the jury in the Apple vs Samsung trial was eager to enjoy their weekend, as word came in at 2:52 PM PST that they had reached a verdict after only three days of deliberations.  Their speed in making a decision is definitely quite a surprise, considering that they had to deal with 109 pages of instructions and complete over 600 questions as part of the process.

The verdict?  Samsung had better start emptying their coffers, as the jury has awarded Apple a whopping $1,051,855,000 in damages! Yep, that’s over a billion dollars.  The biggest offender is the Prevail smartphone, which earned Apple over $57 million in damages.

Samsung’s claims?  All denied.  Damages owed by Apple?  Zilch.

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iPad Success Hurting Dell’s Bottom Line

The PC market is continuing to suffer massive losses thanks to the iPad’s increasing popularity. Last week it was HP announcing dismal losses, and now Dell has revealed that they have been hit hard as well as revenue from corporate customers fails to make up for declining personal computer sales.

Yesterday, Dell forecasted third-quarter estimates much lower than analysts on Wall Street had predicted and cut its outlook for profit by over 20 percent.

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Apple Ramping up iPad Mini Production for a September Release?

As we get closer to Apple’s rumored September 12 product release event, sources from high up on the supply chain are reporting that the 7.85-inch iPad supply is estimated to hit 4 million units per month starting in September.

The same sources have also said that the supply chain already started producing a small volume of the iPad mini starting in June, with a monthly estimated volume production of several hundred thousand units.

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Despite Legal Battles, Samsung is Massively Investing in Chip Making for Apple

Today Samsung announced its plans to invest $4 billion in renovations to their chip plant in Austin, TX, where the company reportedly manufactures the A5 and A5X CPU chips for the iPad and iPhone.  The planned renovations are intended to boost production of the chips by converting older facilities currently used for memory chip production.

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