Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dual-Boot iMac at Weber State

Students at the previously PC-only university are discovering the convenience of running any desired program on a single computer. And the savings the school enjoys are significant.

"The iMac has the all-in-one design, which takes up a lot less room. But the most important thing is that it can run both Mac and Windows programs natively." Clayton Oyler, Director of Student Affairs Technology, Weber State University.
 
Full article here

5 Possibilities For Apple WWDC

Wrote by Andrew R Hickey:

"Step right up folks and start the speculation swirling around Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), set to take over San Francisco's Moscone Center West from June 8 through 12.

As with any Apple event, Mac-heads and fanboys are eagerly awaiting what Apple has up its sleeve. The rumor mill is already working overtime concocting some scenarios that may or may not play out over the course of four days in San Francisco.

We thought we'd get in on the action and speculate a little bit ourselves. With that in mind, here are our top five likely, or not-so-likely, possibilities for Apple WWDC, which brings together more than 1,000 Apple engineers to talk shop."

1. Steve Jobs makes his triumphant return to the stage.
2. Apple unveils a new iPhone.
3. Mac OS X Snow Leopard makes its public debut.
4. Apple will launch a netbook.
5. Blockbuster and Apple team for on-demand video.

Full article here

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

iPhone's Going Places: Enterprises, Other Networks, China?

Where might the iPhone pop up next? An enterprise near you? A phone store not operated by AT&T? China? Of course, the iPhone isn't the only thing bringing Apple the bucks. Even though it's the least-costly iPod in the line, the new, nearly microscopic shuffle has a gigantic profit margin, according to iSuppli.
 

It looks as though Apple might finally be able to crack the Chinese market with its iPhone. The rumor mill at one time had the company in talks with China Mobile, the country's leading carrier, but those negotiations apparently fell through over questions of money.

Also, Apple is rumored to be finally creating a new, CDMA  version of its iPhone that could topple AT&T's exclusive carrier position in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the iPhone seems to be catching on in the enterprise, another wide-open market for the device.

Finally we now know why Apple is raking in the shekels: its profit margins on its new iPod shuffle look to be simply huge.

Full article here

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Utah State Government launches two iPhone apps

Utah.gov, the official website of the state of Utah, has released two new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch to allow users to quickly and easily access various state agency information. The Utah.gov application provides users with a state agency search, including phone number, address, and web site URL, a service search, covering over 1,000 citizen, business, and government-to-government services, and a section for news from Utah.gov. The second app, Utah.gov Professional License Lookup, is a search utility that lets users verify the status of individuals with a state regulated occupation or profession, including doctors, nurses, contractors, accountants, and other state licensed professionals. It displays basic license information, and color-coded results based on active, inactive, or suspended status. Both of Utah.gov's applications are available now as free downloads from the App Store.
 
Originally posted at iLounge

Skype Available through Apple's App Store

Company CEO Scott Durchslag said Skype software for the iPhone has been the No. 1 request among their users. "We are delighted to deliver on this request and put Skype into the pockets of millions of people around the world who are carrying iPhone and iPod touch devices," he said. "Skype for iPhone will open up new ways for more than 400 million Skype users to stay connected and take their Skype conversations with them."

The app uses Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS or EDGE (whichever is available) to sign into Skype, update a contact list, maintain and update presence and also send and receive instant messages. Skype, which was snapped up by the online auction firm eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005, also made note of the application's capacity for personalization, pointing out users can update their Skype profile picture from within the Skype for iPhone app, either by choosing an existing image from a photo album on the device, or by using the iPhone's built-in camera to take a new photo.

Skype is also enabled on several of the iPhone's competitors' platforms, including Google's Android mobile platform and more than 100 Java-enabled mobile phones. In December, Skype announced beta clients for Windows Mobile-enabled devices, Skype Lite. Skype's plan to announce an application for the iPhone became the worst kept secret in the tech world after the blog GigaOM quoted a "very reliable" tipster as saying the application would debut quite soon.

In the week leading up to the CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas, which starts Wednesday, Skype made another announcement signaling the company's interest in capturing a larger share of the business market. Skype released a beta version of Skype for SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), which allows peer-to-peer VOIP clients to interact with existing IP PBXs. The wide release of the service is scheduled for later this year.

On Tuesday afternoon, the company will hold a press conference at CTIA in order to " share more about its vision and strategy for gaining deeper penetration into the mobile sector" and says it will make several announcements that mark "concrete steps" towards that goal.

Originally posted on eWeek

 

Yahoo Takes Mobile, Messenger to iPhone

Yahoo made several announcements at CTIA, including the availability of Yahoo! Mobile for the Apple iPhone and Mobile Web. The company also announced the forthcoming availability of Yahoo Messenger for the iPhone.

The new Yahoo! Mobile is something of a homepage for handsets, giving users access to a number of Yahoo products, including search, Webmail, and instant messaging. The service also syndicates content like news , stocks, weather, sports, horoscopes, and RSS feeds.

The new Messenger App brings what Yahoo has deemed "the industry's leading messaging experience" to Apple's popular handset. The service stays logged in while signed onto other apps on the phone and brings over such Yahoo! Messenger features as emoticons, photos, and contact adding.

Originally posted to AppScout.

Latest iPhone 3.0 multi-model and component supplier rumors

A couple of new reports have come out of the Far East claiming to identify up to three new models of Apple's iPhone due this year and a list of component suppliers who'll play an integral role.

 
iPhone Component Suppliers
 
 
Original article here
 

How Apple Can Beat RIM

While Apple (AAPL) is the smartphone technology leader, it is not the sales leader. Importantly, it's still trailing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM). This is a platform land grab, so sales and market share count.

During the three-month period ending in February, RIM shipped 7.8 million devices, or an average 2.6 million per month. During the three-month quarter ending in December, Apple shipped 4.4 million iPhones, or an average 1.5 million per month. The periods don't overlap beyond the crucial month of December, but it seems RIM could be outselling Apple by about 1 million devices per month.

This isn't because RIM is selling to corporations while Apple is selling to consumers: RIM says 70% of its new subscribers were "non-enterprise" last quarter, and consumers are now half of its total subscriber base. RIM and Apple are largely going after the same customers, meaning many BlackBerry buyers are choosing RIM over Apple.

How can Apple improve its position?

  • Sell the iPhone with more carriers, especially in the U.S.
  • Negotiate cheaper service packages with carriers so more people can afford iPhones
  • Potentially offer an iPhone with a slide-out keyboard.
  • Make iPhone email better.
Full article here.

The state of Macintosh Worm and virus activity - not a time to get complacent; Linux users either

Given our recent experiences and the news coverage of Virus, Worm and other malware activity specific to Windows systems I thought it would be timely to update everyone with information relevant to the other prevalent computing platforms.

 

Although the Mac (or Linux) platform has never been affected to the extent of Windows by many of the current crops of Virus and Worm exploits it is not immune. ANY software system is infectable once it gains the attention of those responsible for creating malware.

 

The majority of malware production is for essentially commercial purposes (illegal true, but still for monetary gain) and once a platform acquires significant market share expect it to get proportionate attention from malware developers.

 

Although the article is older it has a very good timeline on the page that is up to date by year for Mac malware and further links to details.

 

http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/news/articles/2006/02/macosxleap.html

 

Once we have moved our new Sophos system into full production it will provide protection products for Windows, Mac and Linux and we will be able to provide product to staff via our home use licensing.

 

Lest Linux users start to feel too secure I have copied a section of a white paper from Sophos (dated 2006 but still valid) on the role of Linux systems in malware propagation and some of the difficulties in creating protection for Linux (or Unix) systems.

 

https://secure.sophos.com/sophos/docs/eng/papers/Sophos-LinuxThreats-wpus.pdf

 

 

 

iPhone corporate users happier, more productive, Forrester says

While some corporations have worried about the ability to secure and manage iPhones used by their workers, Forrester Research Inc. says three major companies are successfully deploying thousands of the Apple Inc. devices.

The key benefit? The iPhones make workers happier and more productive, the research firm said in a report released today.

Full article here.

Apple Adds Special 20-inch IMac for Educational Institutions

During these difficult economic times, schools are feeling the budget pinch as much as any other group. So Apple's decision to begin selling a 2.0GHz 20-inch iMac to educational institutions (PDF link) for US$899 couldn't come at a better time. The 20-inch model replaces the 17-inch polycarbonate iMac for education, which Apple was found to be still selling only a few weeks ago.

The iMac includes the same 1,066MHz system bus as the current consumer models, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 160GB SATA hard drive, 802.11n wireless networking, a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, a slot-loading SuperDrive, and Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics processing.

The model is only available to educational institutions, not for individual students or faculty. For everyone else, the entry-level iMac is a 2.66GHz 20-inch model with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive--it runs $1,149 for students, or $1,199 for the general public.

The new education model will be available soon.