While iTunes can still be used in "desktop" mode on Windows 8, Microsoft would really like Apple to come out with an official iTunes app for Windows 8. In an interview with CNN Money, Tami Reller, CFO of Microsoft's Windows division, said that Microsoft has been trying to convince Apple to build an iTunes Windows 8 app, but it doesn't look like it'll happen "any time soon."
"You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon," Reller explained. "iTunes is in high demand. The welcome mat ... more
A new infographic published by Gogo looks at what airplane passengers are using and doing with Gogo in-air Internet and, more importantly, which devices are being used. In the not-so-surprising results, Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad dominate in-flight Internet usage.
According to the infographic, tablets and smartphones in general now make up 67% of the devices that are being used to connect to Gogo. Tablets are the most preferred device at 35%, laptops at 33% and smartphones at 32%.
Apple devices remain the device of choice though, with the ... more
Future releases of Google's Chrome Browser will bundle its Chrome OS app launcher along with it for Windows, OS X and Linux.
The app launcher lets you run Chrome apps without launching the browser itself, allowing the apps to work offline and have access to a wider range of APIs than normal web apps. Think of the Chrome app launcher as a home for all your apps, which makes them easier to open outside the browser. The app launcher is a similar experience to the Chromebook, but for other platforms.
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The New Zealand police department made the decision to equip 6,000 frontline officers with iPhones and 3,900 of those with iPads. The decision to use Apple devices came after an 11-month trial found the iPhone and iPad to be the preferred device among frontline officers, over other devices like Android.
The police department is moving their business from Telecom over to Vodafone with a 10-year deal. The initial cost to roll out the devices will be NZ$4.3 million (US$3.65 million) over three months. Over the next ten years, they will ... more
A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) revealed some interesting, though not entirely surprising, information about cell phones bills. According to the report, iPhones generate more in carrier fees than any other smartphone on the market.
The data discovered by CIRP found that the average monthly carrier bill of the typical iPhone user is the highest in the smartphone market and iPhone owners spend more on wireless fees than owners of any other handset, including Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone.
Sixty percent of iPhone users polled in the study ... more
If you think you're getting unbiased opinions when you ask a salesmen their opinion at your local tech store or cell phone shop, you're going to want to think long and hard about doing your own research before heading down to make a purchase. AT&T has begun telling its retail staff that they need to start recommending Android and Windows phones to people over the iPhone.
From Boy Genius Report:
[quote]Regional retail sales managers at AT&T have been instructing store managers to pump the brakes on Apple’s iPhone. Instructions handed ... more
Windows 8 is nearing completion, and it looks like hardware manufacturers will be getting their copies of the OS next month.
Nicole Kobie, PC Pro:
[quote]Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to be released to manufacturers (RTM) in the first week of August, with general availability at the end of October. The release schedule isn't a surprise, confirming speculation over the arrival date of the next generation OS. Business customers with Software Assurance subscriptions will be given access to the OS in August, Microsoft added, while Windows Server ... more
Mac users are accustomed to cheap OS upgrades and digital distribution at this point. Windows users, less so.
Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft:
[quote]Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade. […] You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows ... more
It seems that in 1985, a young Bill Gates encouraged then-CEO of Apple John Sculley and Jean Louis Gassée of the Macintosh team to open up the Mac OS as a standard. Microsoft was on the verge of releasing Windows 1.0 as a software bundle, and Gates felt his expertise of having worked closely with computer hardware manufacturers would be wisdom for Apple.
In the memo, archived by Letters of Note, Gates outlines his suggestions.
"Apple should license the Macintosh technology to US and European companies in a ... more
Go, greased lightning! Reports are coming in that April of 2012 will be Intel's initial big push for industry-wide adoption of their best-in-class data transfer interface called Thunderbolt. As of now, the only computer manufacturer to use Thunderbolt across their machines is Apple. Because it isn't widely adopted, selection of Thunderbolt devices is limited, and that's a little bit scary.
Apple is not new to the realm of early adoption of interfaces. They jumped fairly quickly on USB and Firewire, and that had mixed results. USB took off like ... more
Booq has released a new backpack that is catered to fit Apple products. Marketed towards the creative professional, the Boa Squeeze has special compartments for a MacBook, an iPad as well as an iPhone. The bag also features a wide-open compartment for books or whatever else you may find yourself
Let’s pretend the Internet is a nice place and people are inherently good to one another (please stop laughing). Would it be wrong to assume, then, that when someone puts some effort into making something, that thing won’t be ripped apart and disgraced by people with significant audiences and even