Applesfera comenta que el ayuntamiento de Madrid ha aprobado el nombrar una calle o un espacio público de la ciudad en honor al fundador de Apple. Ahora que las Apple Store empiezan a florecer en el país, la calle Steve Jobs será un buen lugar de peregrinación del fanboy. Siempre que la placa con el nombre sea antivandálica…
We knew that President Obama got his iPad 2 early, right from the hands of Steve Jobs and we’ve seen it crop up in casual shots of the president around the White House. Now, we know what case he prefers as well.
This shot of the President was released via the White House Flickr account, showing the man making his Thanksgiving Day calls to U.S. Troops from the Oval Office. Sitting on the desk next to him is what looks like a book, but is in fact an iPad wrapped up in a DODOcase.
When PoliticalWire spotted it, they thought it was a DODOcase, but we weren’t sure, so we hit the case maker up directly and they said that yes, it was one of theirs.
We’ve reviewed the DODOcase here on the Next Web and found it to be a very slick offering for the iPad 2 that helps it blend in. Looks like the Commander in Chief agrees.
Sonos has issued an update to its Sonos System Software today which adds a number of exciting new features that promise to enhance your Sonos experience. In addition to support for Slacker Radio in the U.S. and Canada, and new Spotify features, the update adds support for Android tablets, and a ‘Sonos Labs’ beta.
Those who use Sonos Controller on their Android smartphone can now enjoy the application on their Android tablets as well — as long as you’re running Android 2.2 or higher. Android users can also enjoy new enhancements such as alarms, music library management, and Twitter support. The latest Sonos Controller app can be downloaded immediately from the Android Market.
In addition to support for Android tablet, those in the U.S. and Canada can enjoy Slacker Radio that allows them to tune into over 150 stations with a library of millions songs. And new Spotify features that provide access to your Spotify inbox, and allow you to play tracks from Spotify’s new releases and top tracks categories.
Arguably the most exciting new feature, however, is the introduction of Sonos Labs, a “new Beta environment where customers will be able to test out music services before they’re officially launched on Sonos.” Rhonda Scott, a Sonos spokeswoman, told Evolver.fm:
“The idea behind Sonos Labs is to give music app and service developers a streamlined process to hook into Sonos.”
That suggests we’re likely to see Sonos integration in other applications, with the opportunity for third-party developers to build apps that work with our Sonos systems and further enhance our experience.
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Click the image above to embiggen.See that notebook to the left (his right) of a casually dressed President Obama? That’s not a notebook, it’s the iPad 2 3G Obama got “a little bit early” from Steve Jobs, wrapped in a Moleskine-like DODOcase.
DODOcase must be beside themselves. They’ve got a good claim to being the only iPad case manufacturer personally endorsed by the President of the United States himself.
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More evidence Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire tablet is Apple’s first serious rival in a tablet war so far strewn with the corpses of the iPad’s Android-based victims. In the first skirmish between the two tablets, the Kindle Fire is outselling the 16GB iPad on Best Buy’s website.
At the website, the Kindle Fire sits atop the 16GB Apple tablet when consumers search for the best-selling units. However, Apple iPad remains No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 out of the electronic giant’s top-five tablets. Still, after the Kindle Fire, Acer’s 8GB Iconia Tablet is the only other Android-based unit on the top-five, placing No. 4 on the Best Buy website.
Why is the Kindle Fire doing so well? Start with the Amazon device being newer than the iPad 2, which has been in the market for more than six months. Then there is the $199 price tag for the Kindle Fire versus $499 for the 16GB iPad 2. Perhaps the strongest selling point is one Apple has profited from already: a ready-made ecosphere where Amazon Fire tablet buyers can easily buy Amazon music, e-books, apps and cloud storage. This tightly-woven interface is unique for an Android device, attracting all of the Kindle e-reader owners, as well as consumers already using Amazon’s other services.
But should Apple be quaking in their boots about this new challenger? Hardly.
“We believe the iPad still stands out as the industry standard in terms of software integration,” writes Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes. Although the Kindle Fire is new, reviews are coming back and they are not all glowing. Other than the low price, reviewers focused on the Kindle Fire’s lack of camera, microphone, GPS, Bluetooth, calendar or even a note pad. Other reviews mentioned the animations on the Kindle Fire were not as slick as the iPad, according to the analyst.
Beyond whether the iPad or the Kindle Fire is the top-selling tablet online at one retailer, the potentially more important point is how the Amazon device could change the market. Rather than the iPad swimming in a pool with dozens of tiny pirahnas, the new Android-tablet could instead make it a two-way contest between two large sharks.
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After what seemed like an endless wait, Infinity Blade II is almost here! The follow-up to Epic and Chair Entertainment’s elegiac App Store masterpiece has just hit the App Store in New Zealand, and will creep out slowly around the world from there, hitting the US App Store at 11pm ET tonight.
We’ll have a review in the next couple of days, but so far, early reviews suggest it’s even better than the first one. We can’t wait to give it a spin.
When it is released, you should be able to find Infinity Blade II at this link for just $9.99.
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Not even the threat of costly early-termination fees are enough to keep many consumers from jumping ship for the newest iPhone. Some 45 percent of cell phone owners will break their carrier’s contract in order to grab Apple’s iconic smartphone, according to a new survey showing just how loyal many people are to the Apple brand.
According to Consumer Research Partners, 45 percent of people surveyed broke a contract with their current or former wireless carrier in order to pocket the iPhone 4S. More than 70 percent of that group paid more than $100 early-termination fees on top of the $199 to $399 price of the handset.
The findings also show the majority (71%) of iPhone rule breakers are upgrading from an earlier model — just 18 percent were switching from an Android or other smartphone. This only reinforces the belief that Apple revenue is all about the upgrade, rather than Android owners suddenly falling for the sleek and sexy iPhone.
About a third of the survey respondents said they left a carrier to buy the 4S. AT&T seems to be the largest benefactor, registering 49 percent of the iPhone purchases, versus 34 percent for Verizon Wireless and 17 percent for Sprint.
Coming from a mixed marriage (my wife has the iPhone, I own a relic from the past), I can understand the strong urge to break the bonds holding you into the feature phone wasteland. The result of just 18 percent of switchers coming outside the iPhone ecosphere is a bit surprising, but the price has to be a large reason why people buy an Android handset. If price is upper-most in your mind, you likely are more willing to stay put, but pain must be nearly unbearable.
How about you? Did you break contract to get the iPhone 4S?
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Apple’s new retail store set in the heart of New York’s Grand Central station is set to open its doors next week, according to a report from the New York Post. And thanks to Apple’s infamous negotiation skills, the Cupertino company paid peanuts for the lease.
Other retail tenants in the station typically pay approximately $200 per square foot to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to the report, in addition to a certain percentage of their sales if they surpass a specified threshold. However, Apple’s deal is a little different.
Despite estimates claiming the store will rake in around $100 million a year in sales for the company, it will reportedly pay just $60 per square foot for its retail space, and it won’t share a penny of its revenues with the MTA. Its deal is said to be “well below” what many other tenants are paying, according to leases obtained by the New York Post.
Apple’s deal is so good, in fact, that the MTA has received criticism for leasing the space out at such a reduced rate. Robin Adams, executive vice president at real estate firm Lansco, said Apple’s no-percentage deal is surprising:
“I am surprised they didn’t get some kind of percentage. You’d think if they were going to do, say, $50 million in sales, the MTA would at least get some percentage of anything over that.”
Despite the criticism, however, the MTA maintains that it is happy with the deal it has reached with Apple. A spokesman for the MTA, Aaron Donovan, said:
“We set out to maximize the rent we receive for this space, and we’re thrilled that we were able to more than quadruple what we had been receiving previously.”
In contrast to the new deal, Apple’s flagship retail store on Fifth Avenue costs the company around $5 million a year, with the landlord of the GM building taking an additional $15 million per year out of the $400 million the store generates in sales.
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