iPhone 4S Doubles Data Consumption: Study – Huffington Post

Apple’s new iPhone 4S consumes on average twice as much data as the previous iPhone model and even more than iPad tablets due to increasing use of online services like the virtual personal assistant Siri, an industry study showed.

When Apple rolled out the iPhone 4S in October, its small improvements disappointed many analysts and reviewers, but consumer demand for the device has been strong, and buyers have extensively used their devices.

IPhone 4S users transfer on average three times more data than users of the older iPhone 3G model which was used as the benchmark in a study by telecom network technology firm Arieso.


iPads and Kindles force newspapers further away from print – The Guardian UK

A million iPads and Kindles may have been unwrapped on Sunday – according to tentative analyst estimates – an influx of portable technology that is expected to hasten a decline in the already faltering sales of printed newspapers, adding pressure on traditional business models that have traditionally supported so many titles around the country.

Fifty years ago two national dailies – the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express – sold more than 4m copies each; today the bestselling Sun sells 2.6m. In the last year alone, printed sales declined by 10% for daily broadsheets and by 5% for daily tabloids – and when the News of the World stopped printing last July 600,000 copy sales simply disappeared.

The knock-on impact of the decline has been a push for digital readers that have seen newspapers like the Daily Mail win 5m unique visitors a day – compared with its printed sale of 2m – but struggle to generate revenues to match. The Mail generated £16m from its website last year, out of £608m overall.


Google CEO Larry Page Announces $12.5 Billion Acquisition Bid for Motorola

Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide—with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day—through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola.

Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile computing we are all enjoying today. Its many industry milestones include the introduction of the world’s first portable cell phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC—the smallest and lightest phone on earth at time of launch. In 2007, Motorola was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance that worked to make Android the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. I have loved my Motorola phones from the StarTAC era up to the current DROIDs.

In 2008, Motorola bet big on Android as the sole operating system across all of its smartphone devices. It was a smart bet and we’re thrilled at the success they’ve achieved so far. We believe that their mobile business is on an upward trajectory and poised for explosive growth.

Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space.

Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

Larry Page, CEO, Google

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The Wall Street Journal Live Blog: Google on the Motorola Deal 


Should you buy the new BlackBerry Bold 9900?

The new BlackBerry 9900 with touch-key features

Users can rant all they want, but nothing makes CEOs hear things as clearly as a dip in market share.

For years, there was no choice to Research in Motion’s (RIM’s) BlackBerry when it came to enterprise e-mail and smartphone capabilities, but as I write this, Gartner’s latest data shows that RIM’s market share in mobile phones has fallen from 3.2 percent in Q2 2010 to 3 percent in Q2 2011, while Apple’s has nearly doubled. Of course once mighty mobile phone leader Nokia has crashed in far more spectacular fashion, and that plus its own crashing stock price must be making once smartphone leader RIM wary indeed.

RIM’s answer is a whole new series of smartphones with mouth-watering specs that are being launched in the next few days and weeks. This is the biggest launch in RIM’s history — never before has the smartphone maker launched so many devices in so short a time, but tough times demand drastic, out-of-comfort-zone responses. And first out from RIM’s all new goody bag is the BlackBerry Bold 9900.


What’s the Future of Tabs After Apple Had Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Banned in Australia and Europe on Patent Infringement?

Apple's iPad2 (left and center) and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 (right)

Now that Apple has successfully forced Samsung to withdraw its Galaxy Tab 10.1 from both the Australian and European markets we have to ask, what next for the tablet market? In Australia, Apple used its arsenal of patents to get the tablet withdrawn from sale, whereas in Europe it used design rights to argue that the Galaxy Tab looked too similar to the iPad.
Samsung must now be wondering what to do with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Patents experts question whether it’seven possible for the tablet to be reworked to avoid infringing Apple’’s overly broad patents and still be a desirable device. One of Apple’s key patents is on ‘list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display’, without which it would be difficult to make a tablet that meets the expectations of its users.

Design experts too must now be wondering if it’s possible to create a tablet that doesn’t look so similar to an iPad that it will fall foul of the same design rights that Apple used against Samsung in the German courts.


Guardian Tech Weekly podcast: what’s next for BlackBerry?

RIM’s Patrick Spence defends BlackBerry’s current performance and explains why it is to upgrade operating systems twice

On this week’s podcast, Charles Arthur talks with Patrick Spence, MD Global Sales & Regional Marketing for RIM and finds out what’s in the pipeline for BlackBerry-maker RIM after the company’s smartphone was caught up in the London riots. He discovers the future of a company that recently announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs, and a huge loss in market share in one of its key territories – the US – but how its new operating systems and its handheld Playbook should change its fortunes.


Apple Briefly Passes Exxon As Most Valuable U.S. Company

Apple Inc. CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the then much anticipated iPad during an Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California, USA, 27 January 2010.

NEW YORK — Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil on Tuesday as the nation’s most valuable company.

The iPhone and iPad maker had the lead for much of the afternoon before its stock closed just behind Exxon’s. The two companies are so close that Apple is likely to keep the top spot soon.

Apple Inc.’s stock gained 5.9 percent to $374.01 on Tuesday, bringing its market capitalization to about $347 billion.

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s stock, meanwhile, closed up 2.1 percent at $71.64. That gives the oil company a market cap of $348 billion. Its stock was down earlier in the day, allowing Apple to take the lead.

Other big-name corporations, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and General Electric Co., don’t even come close. Apple overtook Microsoft Corp., the previous No. 2, just last year.

Does this mean people need iPads more than oil?

“Exxon obviously sells a product that people need. Apple sells a product that people want,” said Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Co. who follows Apple.

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Why Apple might just be the first $1 trillion company