Apple hates you. Apple Inc. (AAPL) is exploring ways to replace Intel Corp. (INTC) processors in its Mac personal computers with a version of the chip technology it uses in the iPhone and iPad, according to people familiar with the company's research. Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005.
Apple Inc's iPad mini uses a display from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, one of Apple's major suppliers and also its fiercest rival in the global mobile-device market that the two companies dominate. Analysts say the Silicon Valley-based iPhone maker is trying to wean itself off its reliance on Samsung, as both giants are embroiled in a bitter international legal battle over mobile patents, for everything from microchips to displays. Apple and Samsung are engaged in patent disputes across several countries, and Apple is believed to be seeking ways to rely less on Samsung. But the Asian tech powerhouse remains a key supplier for Apple, manufacturing its application processors and providing other components.
The cheapest model of Microsoft's new Surface tablet comes with 32 GB storage, twice that of the cheapest iPad. But here's why: According to Microsoft, the Surface's operating system takes up nearly half that space, leaving you with only 16 GB to play around with. In contrast, Apple's iOS operating system only takes up about 1 GB of space.
Instagram is finally launching Web-based profiles, the company announced on Monday. "You've asked for Instagram on the Web and we've listened," the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service wrote in a blog post. "Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out Instagram profiles on the Web!" As avid Instagram users known, the only way to currently view someone's profile is through the app. You can share individual Instagram photos on Facebook or Twitter to make them viewable on the Web, but there are no Web-based profiles where all your Instagram photos are stored. But now, Instagram is growing up and expanding its presence online.
Bigger-than-life Xbox hero the Master Chief returns in the new game Halo 4, out Tuesday, with a sparkling high-def sheen and a willingness to let players know what's going on behind his once-impenetrable mask. In the years since Halo: Combat Evolved served as the Master Chief's debut - and helped launch the original Xbox system in 2001 - the cybernetically enhanced and armored space marine has been a man of few words. However, his preference for plodding forward and mowing down enemies has not hindered the series, which has sold more than 46 million copies and grossed $3 billion worldwide.
More thawing in China this week. China has banned video game consoles since the year 2000, but this week we found out the Sony PS3 has been officially certified by the communists to sell in China and Nintendo should get the certification in December. No word yet if they will allow the Xbox to sell even though many of the components are assembled there. Does this mean more consumer power in China? The middle class has been gaining political ground lately in other areas and gaming could be the proof.
The iPad mini may have sold out but Apple is playing with the UK judge with their apology to Samsung. A UK judge forced Apple to issue an apology to Samsung on their UK website because of some false statements about Samsung but did so in a way that showed they really weren't sorry. The judge was not amused and forced them to reword it. Apple complied but buried the apology inside Apple ads on the website making it almost impossible to find.
It was a very happy fourth birthday for Google's Android as the mobile operating system took a 75 percent share of smartphone shipments in the third quarter of 2012, according to IDC. The Android platform, which Google acquired back in 2005, powered three out of every four smartphones shipped in the world market as judged by the research firm's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The 136 million Android phones shipped in the third quarter represented a 91.5 percent year-over-year increase in unit shipments from the same period in 2011, when Google's OS was on 71 million shipped units and held a 57.5 percent market share.
The search engine giant's electronic payment system, Google Wallet, may still be a fledgling technology, but the company is getting ready to introduce a physical, card-based version of the platform, according to screenshots posted on the website Android Police, which published images showing the card, which would be accepted wherever debit and credit cards are accepted. Through the Google Wallet app, users can add their debit or credit cards to the Wallet account and therefore only have to carry the one card instead of numerous plastic slabs. If the physical Wallet card is lost, the user simply cancels the Wallet card instead of all the cards.
In an effort to be more transparent about disappearing tweets, Twitter has started adding a note to inform followers when it removes infringing links at the request of a copyright holder. Twitter is obligated under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to remove infringing links at the copyright holder's request, to avoid legal liability. Failing to do so could make Twitter legally liable for infringing works posted on its site. But until now, tweets with infringing links had simply disappeared into the ether, leaving users to question what had occurred with them. Now, when a tweet is removed, the micro-blogging site leaves a message in the tweeter's stream, saying that the tweet "has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder." Twitter also leaves a link to its copyright policy. Google's YouTube also gives viewers a notice when it removes videos for this reason.
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