The mobile and wireless industry is in a state of flux as new technologies emerge at an increasingly rapid pace. As discussed in a new report at GigaOM Pro, where there is market disruption, venture capitalists will search for new opportunities to build new businesses.
Apple’s iPod touch is now the top-selling game handheld, beating Sony and Nintendo combined, said Steve Jobs today. iOS, the A4 chip and Game Center will only increase that lead as once again as Apple continues to out-game rivals that once held a market lead.
After nearly five months of owning the consumer tablet market, Apple’s iPad is about to face its first real competition from optimized tablets running on Android. Samsung will take center stage by introducing their Galaxy Tab slate this week, but others are sure to follow.
New commercial and fleet drivers are no less resistant to operating handheld devices everyone else, as distracted driving among the group is up 9 percent in the last three months. Factor in driver fatigue with mobile device use and you have a recipe for disaster.
I have a confession to make. I don’t dual boot. I don’t use Windows on my Mac. I don’t need to. There’s not a single bit of software I need that is Windows-only. And even though I have Office:Mac 2008, I open Word and Excel documents in Pages and Numbers. (I don’t hate Office, I just find iWork to be a more rewarding experience!)
But, apparently, I’m in a minority, and every other Mac owner on Earth is simply aching to run Windows 7 on their Apple hardware. Well, you’d be forgiven for thinking as much, given the articles doing the rounds on tech sites this past weekend, most of them tersely reporting how Apple has missed its own deadline for providing official Boot Camp driver support for Microsoft’s latest version of Windows.
Here’s what Apple had to say in a (very short) support note published in October last year:
Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp.
The rest of the note was just a list of the nine older models of iMac and MacBook that wouldn’t support the Boot Camp update. Read More about Apple Misses Windows 7 Bootcamp Deadline, Apparently Everyone Except Me Really Cares
File this one under “seriously not likely,” but for what it’s worth, a site called PhoneArena.com is showing off images it says are of a leaked document that details the hardware specifications of Apple’s (s aapl) upcoming tablet. The iSlate moniker is used, but there are a number of elements that suggest you might not want to bet the farm on the credibility of this particular source.
The specs themselves aren’t all that suspect, and in fact could be quite representative of what the actual hardware will look like when it is eventually released, though it’s not quite as impressive as video. But there are a couple odd usages of terms and some specs that seem outdated, which alone could just mean the document itself is rather old, but taken with the other oddities seem much more suspect. Read More about Rumor Has It: Are These the Specs for the Apple Tablet?
The BBC Trust today gave the provisional go-ahead for the BBC’s Project Canvas, opening the way for more Internet video being delivered directly to UK TVs. The project, which seeks to create a standard that would allow broadband users to connect their set-top boxes and other connected devices to the Internet, could also lead to a proliferation of widgets and other Internet-based apps on their TVs. But could those standards also be carried to other markets?
Project Canvas has a mix of public and profit-making companies involved. Public broadcaster BBC has led the charge on the project and is joined by Channel 4, Five, and ITV on the content side, with British ISPs BT and Talk Talk also participating. As part of the project, participating members will each get an equal stake in a newly created joint venture that will work on creating middleware software for broadband-connected set-top boxes that could arrive as soon as late 2010. In addition to providing access to participating broadcasters’ own Internet video streams, the joint venture will issue an SDK to making it easier for other broadcasters to deliver over-the-top video into user living rooms.
This should come as no surprise to anyone, but, according to Videogame Charts, Nintendo has sold over 3 million Wiis worldwide. The Wii has been selling out almost instantly from every store, and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down after Christmas. Nintendo has been having a good year so far, topping the Amazon sales chart with the DS and selling out everywhere with the Wii. The numbers so far for the Wii are 1,010,000 in Japan, 1,320,000 in the U.S. and 860,000 in Europe. The DS, which was launched 2 years ago, has sold 14,230,000 in Japan, 10,420,000 in the U.S. and 10,380,000 in Europe. Read More about Nintendo Wii Sales Reach 3 Million Worldwide
As if Nintendo hasn’t been getting enough press lately, here comes the DS with the highest sales numbers on Amazon. The DS has been wildly popular since its release in 2004, taking over for the wildly popular Gameboy Advance. In true Nintendo form, the DS has seen several different SKUs and a revision in hardware (the Lite), all of which have sold well. Of course, the big N isn’t the only company to do well on Amazon. Read More about DS Lite Tops Amazon Game Hardware Sales