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View your contacts’ full-screen profile pictures from Facebook when they call you and when you call them!

11 Jun

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FINALLY! AT&T and Other Major U.S. Carriers Will Start Tracking Stolen Mobile Phones to Reduce Theft!

10 Apr

The Wall Street Journal reports that the four major U.S. wireless carriers have reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to work toward a centralized database to track and disable stolen mobile phones.

The database, which the wireless companies will build and maintain, will be designed to track phones that are reported as lost or stolen and deny them voice and data service. The idea is to reduce crime by making it difficult or impossible to actually use a stolen device, reducing resale value.

Currently, Verizon Communications Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. block phones that are reported stolen from being reactivated. AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA don’t. All four have agreed to be part of the new database.

The report cites a study from the New York Police Department showing that electronics are now the most commonly stolen type of property, with mobile phones accounting for over 80% of thefts in that category.

According to the plan, the major carriers will develop individual databases within six months, integrating them over the following 12 months. Smaller carriers will also join the database after that point. The database will also be interoperable with similar efforts in other countries to allow for international tracking of stolen phones, although many countries have yet to develop such databases.

As noted by ifoAppleStore, Apple has typically taken a hands-off approach when it comes to stolen phones, with Genius Bar staff routinely offering free warranty replacements in exchange for stolen phones. Apple’s policies reportedly stem from a lack of centralized tracking of stolen devices and a desire to not become involved in potential confrontations over the stolen merchandise, but an official database supported by the carriers could help Apple become more proactive about handling stolen iPhones.

via Major U.S. Carriers Agree to Develop Centralized Database to Track Stolen Mobile Phones – Mac Rumors.

WHAT?!?! Analysts Look Toward $1000 Share Price, $1 Trillion Market Cap for Apple

3 Apr

Analysts Look Toward $1000 Share Price, $1 Trillion Market Cap for Apple – Mac Rumors.

Over the past two days, a couple of high-profile research analysts have issued reports predicting that Apple’s stock will reach the $1000/share milestone within the next year or two, a move that would see that company’s market capitalization push toward an unprecedented trillion-dollar market capitalization. 

Yesterday, analyst Brian White issued his first research note on Apple in his new position with Topeka Capital Markets. White had previously worked at Ticonderoga Securities, which ceased operations earlier this year. In his initiation report for Topeka, White offers a 12-month price target of $1001 for Apple, citing the appeal of 4G LTE, booming growth in China, and an expected Apple television set as drivers for the company’s growth.

We are initiating coverage of Apple with a Buy rating and a 12-month price target of $1,001.00. Driven by an ever expanding portfolio of innovative products, a growing integrated digital grid, unmatched aesthetics and a brand that is able to touch the soul of consumers of all backgrounds, Apple fever is spreading like a wildfire around the world and we see no end in sight to this trend. As such, we believe the Apple story still has a long way to play out in the coming years and we expect the next 12-18 months to be particularly exciting for the Company on multiple fronts.

White also points to Apple’s dividend and share repurchase program, with growth of that program in the future, as an additional driver for investor interest in Apple’s stock. 

Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster weighed in with his own report early today, and while his official 12-month price target for Apple moves from $718 to $910, he believes that the stock will roll on to reach $1000 in 2014.

While our 12-month price target is $910, we believe shares of AAPL can reach $1,000 beyond our one year price target window, specifically in 2014 when we believe investors will begin to factor in CY15 numbers. Even conservatively applying the 12x forward year EPS multiple (CY13) that Apple is currently trading at to our CY15 estimate of $80.18, we reach a $960 share price. Furthermore, we believe factoring in an Apple Television could add more than $4 in EPS (5%) by CY15, which could yield over a $1,000 share price (12 * ~$84).

Munster estimates that half of the predicted $400 billion growth in Apple’s market cap will come at the expense of its competitors, while the other half will come from new money entering the tech sector. 

Given Apple’s current share count of roughly 930 million, a $1000 price would see the company pushing toward a market capitalization of $1 trillion. As we noted last month, Microsoft set the standard for highest market capitalization for a publicly-traded company back in 1999 at $604 billion. Apple is roughly $20 billion short of that number as of today, but when adjusted for inflation, Microsoft’s peak market cap would have corresponded to over $800 billion in today’s dollars.

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right Now

17 Feb

 

This morning, Apple announced the next version of Mac OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion, is scheduled to be available at the end of summer. It’s filled with cool new features, but who wants to wait until this summer to get them? Here’s how you can get the best features of Mountain Lion right now.

Messages

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right NowMessages is a little like iChat, but it lets you send messages to iOS devices via iMessage, and if you have Mac OS X 10.7.3 on your computer, you can actually start using theMessages beta today. Just download it, install it, and start keeping your messages in sync across all your Apple devices.

Notification Center

You’ve probably seen Notification Center on iOS 5 as it was probably the most-desired feature lacking from Apple’s mobile operating system. It provides a more subtle notification system on your mobile device and a pulldown list to see your current notification history. A similar feature will be available as part of Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Although Apple’s Notification Center for the desktop is going to be a far more robust, most of us currently use Growl for notification banners. Growl will cost you a few dollars if you want the latest version, but you can download an older copy for free. The advantage of paying is that the latest version (only available for Mac OS X Lion 10.7 or later) includes a feature called Rollup, which is essentially the same as Notification Center. (See the screenshot to the right for an example.) It saves your notifications in a little window so you can see what you missed while you were away.

 

Growl is limited by what can send it messages, however, so you won’t receive notifications for things like SMS and calls. If you’re a Google Voice user you can get those notifications by installing an app like GrowlVoice ($5) or BigPhone ($5 / Free). These apps not only let you get call and text notifications on your computer, but let you respond to both as well.

AirPlay Mirroring

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right NowAirPlay Mirroring takes whatever is on your Mac’s screen and wirelessly mirrors it on your television (via an Apple TV) or any other device that can receive an AirPlay transmission. You can do this right now with an app called AirParrot ($10). It provides the exact same functionality. If you want to take things a step further than Mountain Lion can offer, then you’ll also want to check outAirServer. This app will let you receive AirPlay signals on your Mac so you can send video from other devices, like your iPhone or iPad, and watch them on the computer.

GateKeeper

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right NowGateKeeper is Apple’s attempt at preventing malware on your Mac, and it does this by letting you decide which kinds of apps are allowed to run and which apps are not. You can run any app you download (the way things currently work in Lion), only allow Mac App Store apps or apps signed with an official Apple developer ID to run, or just allow apps downloaded directly from the Mac App Store to run. Obviously you can currently run all apps or just Mac App Store apps right now, without any fancy features, but the developer ID check is definitely something new. While we believe that you’ll be just fine if you’re diligent, there is malware protection and antivirus software for your Mac should you want to play it extra safe right now.

iCloud

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right NowiCloud—Apple’s service that syncs all your information to the cloud and across devices—is already a part of Mac OS X, but the integration is deeper in Mountain Lion. One of the features Apple is touting in the iCloud upgrade is document sync, allowing you to access your documents across multiple computers and mobile devices. You can have that right now with InSync and a Google Docs account. InSync lets you access all your Google Docs files directly from your desktop and keeps them in sync with the online version as well as any other computers. Of course, there’s also Dropbox. It’s not exactly the same thing, but it will keep your documents in sync and we do love it a lot.

Share Sheets

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right NowShare Sheets is a feature that essentially places a drop-down menu in your browser (and a few other apps) so you can easily share media with others through various services. You can achieve this same effect in any web browser by creating a folder of bookmarklets—little pieces of JavaScript that perform simple functions. For example, bookmarklets exist to save an article to Instapaper or Read It Latershare on Facebook or Twittersend an image to Flickrsend a web page as an email, and much more. There are so many bookmarklets nowadays that you really just have to search for what you want to accomplish with the word “bookmarklet” after it and you’ll have it. As a result, you can build out your own Share Sheet-esque bookmarklet folder with more functionality than Mountain Lion will be able to provide.

Notes

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right NowNotes is Apple’s addition of a syncing notes application to Mac OS X, but there’s absolutely no reason to wait for Mountain Lion to get this functionality whenNotational Velocity, using the Simplenoteservice, already provides this exact functionality. In fact, Simplenote is so well done that you’ll probably continue to use it after you get your hands on Apple’s official syncing notes application. Simplenote has apps for iOSAndroid, and Windows so you have the additional advantage of using any platform you want. If you want to use rich text and images, try Evernote instead.

Reminders

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right NowReminders is just a simple to-do app, and there are plenty of those to go around on Mac OS X already. Our favorite isWunderlist, which is a slightly more robust task management app that works on multiple platforms so you’re not syncing your to-dos with just your Mac. You can have them on your iPhoneiPadAndroid,Windows computer as well. It also works in your web browser, providing access just about anywhere.

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right Now.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is Coming This Summer & Looking More iOS-Like Than Ever

16 Feb

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: Looking More iOS-Like Than Ever.

 

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: Looking More iOS-Like Than Ever

Seemingly out of nowhere, Mountain Lion, the next version of the Apple’s OS X operating system, is formally in the works and will be on our computers later this summer. Most intriguing is that it will further blur the lines between iOS and OS X, bringing apps like Messages, Notes, Reminders along with utilties such as Notification Center and—FINALLY—AirPlay Mirroring.

Based on what Apple is revealing for now, many of the new features revolve bringing iOS functionality to the desktop. Not only do these new apps and features behave the same as their iOS analogs, but they seamlessly sync with those apps as well. Let’s take a look at each.

Messages

Messages will completely replace iChat, allowing you to trade iMessages back and forth with those on their iOS device (but don’t worry, it’ll still support AIM, Gtalk, etc.). FaceTime has also been integrated into the app, further consolidating all of Apple’s messaging platforms. If done correctly, this could be the end of the awkward divide between iMessage, iChat and FaceTime.

Notes

Write down a few notes on the mobile Notes app, and they’ll appear on your desktop. The desktop version, however, has a few new tricks. You can pin notes to your desktop (remember stickies before they got pushed into the widgets layer?). You can also drag and drop images into notes and send those off to other people.

Notification Center

And from the looks of things, Notification Center is looking to completely and utterly upstage Growl, which has served as the de facto OS X notification framework for years. The OS X version behaves much like the iOS iteration, with a full drop down menu, and banner updates, which look uncannily like Growl bubbles.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper is a simple, preemptive security barrier for people worried about downloading malicious programs. Malware isn’t much of a problem on OS X, but if you’re worried, Gatekeeper will let you assign one of three set download levels: anything, Mac App Store only, or programs from trusted developers plus everything in the App Store. If something violates the security level you’ve set, you won’t be able to install it. This should go well with the grandparents.

Twitter

Twitter is now built into OS X. Mountain Lion will let you, say, tweet photos and links directly from iPhoto and Safari, and every time you’re mentioned or hit with a direct message, you’ll get an automatic notification—no extra Twitter software needed.

Game Center

The iOS Game Center has always been neglected backwater territory for Apple, so Mountain Lion is pushing it right onto your desktop. You’ll get to plug into the same leader boards and friend-finding available on your phone, but now it’s on your laptop! Hey! It’s unclear whether this is just for games available on both OS X and iOS, or whether just Mac gamers will be able to go at it with each other.

Gatekeeper

Your to-do list is getting spun out of iCal into its own app, allowing for multiple, searchable lists that are synced between your Mac and all of your iOS devices.

Share Sheets

You know that arrow icon on your iPhone? The one that you click to share photos from your albums? Now you’ll be able to do that same thing throughout OS X apps, too: emailing your notes, uploading your videos, and tweeeeeeeeting will all be done from one handy icon.

Future MacBook Pros to Have MacBook Air-like Bodies in March 2012. Standard SSD, Ivy Bridge (20% Faster), Insane Battery Life, and Touchpad Expanded to Entire Palmrest

14 Feb

The Next-Generation MacBook Pro 2012.

The Next-Generation MacBook Pro 2012

Updates will include (standard):

  • MacBook Air-like body for all MacBook Pros (including the 15-in, but possible excluding the 17-in)
  • SSD Drives
  • Intel Ivy Bridge (20% Faster)
  • Insane Battery Life (since there’s no Hard Drive, Ethernet, or Firewire)
  • And a Touchpad Expanded to the Entire Palmrest (transition to the iPad/tablets everywhere)

If We All Avoid Purchasing These “S” Apple Products Like The iPad 2S, We Can Make Apple Release a Much Better Product (The iPad 3, The Actual Product We All Really Want) #teechy

14 Feb

By staying out of Apple’s spin zone (which creates hype and empties wallets in just its pre-order stages for a minutely-upgraded product like the iPhone 4S), we can all force Apple to release a much more advanced and better version of the iPad and/or iPhone if we don’t buy in to these small “S” upgrades that Apple pushes out every few months. Why? Because Apple launches these small upgrades solely because we all buy this stuff and fall into the Apple hype! (Don’t get me wrong, Apple has great products, but Apple could release even BETTER products if we had some patience and didn’t buy into the small, insignificant upgrades (like Siri) that Apple pushes.) Since we all empty our wallets for Apple’s small upgrades, they have no incentive to let their more significant innovations out into the marketplace until purchases of these “S” (small upgrades) upgrades start slowing down.

Main point? Don’t buy an “S” or updated Apple product with insignificant hardware or software updates. Apple can do much better than that. They know they can, but they won’t do it unless we voice this concern and avoid succumbing into Apple’s new products that are just small, overhyped upgrades to their already existing products (why we got the iPhone 4S instead of getting the iPhone 5 that everyone wanted w/ Retina Display and SD Card expansion slots for more memory).

I’m Already Bored With The iPad 3 | TechCrunch.

The iPad 3 is coming next month. Or so says the endless rumors. These rumors also state the next iPad will have higher resolution screen and high-speed data connection. But I couldn’t care less. The iPad 3, if that’s really its name, sounds like a stop-gap upgrade to me.

You see, I’m perfectly happy with my iPad 2. Save the addition of an SD card slot, there isn’t a single feature I can imagine that will make me trade up to Apple’s new hotness. I guess the iPad 3 sounds great, but it also sounds boring. That’s not saying Apple won’t sell a zillion iPad 3s. It will. But it’s going to take more than a spec bump for me (and likely many others) to upgrade from the iPad 2.

Prior to most Apple events, rumors swirl, promising a revolutionary device that will change life on planet Earth forever. But then the iPhone 4S launches. A fine piece of hardware, sure, but far from spectacular. But there hasn’t been any wide-eyed iPad 3 rumors but rather just predictable leaks stating there will be a slight hardware bump.

Part of my dystopian outlook is that I’m pretty damn happy with the iPad 2. I passed on the original iPadannoyed over the lack of external storage and USB support. I instead waited for the Android tablets but quickly discovered Honeycomb’s main fault involves trying to replicate a desktop environment rather than creating a mobile one. I have a dozen notebooks for traditional mobile computing. So I got a 16GB Verizon iPad last summer. I’ve never been so happy with a device. I’ve had it since July 2011 and still use it hours a day. Apps make up 95% of my usage — the majority of which are not available on Android. I fire up Safari just to check TechCrunch and Techmeme.

A prettier screen is not going to change or increase my usage unless Apple backsteps and includes a SD card slot — which it won’t. When the original iPad launched, I dreamed of using it as a on-location photo viewer. I imagined using the tablet in conjunction with a cloud service for iPhoto. But instead Apple released a lame Dock Connect adapter which falls short of my expectation. The current screen looks great. Have you played Infinity Blade 2 or Rage? Awesome.

It’s important to remember that Apple doesn’t need to reinvent the iPad. The company makes piles of cash by outing successful products and keeping them on the market as long as possible. The iPad 3 will likely be just a spec bump to stay competitive for 2012 and 2013. It will match (and outsell) future Android tablets, causing companies like Samsung, Asus and Motorola to quickly redesign and release an even more “powerful” tablet just to get a bit of an edge.

Apple didn’t need to release the iPhone 5 in 2011 because the iPhone 4 was still outselling most other phones. Instead, Apple released the iPhone 4S, which while packing some new innards, is mostly a stop-gap solution allowing the company to milk additional revenue from supply contracts on aging components. It worked. Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones in the last part of 2011 on its way to be the most valuable company. The iPhone 4S gives Apple even more time to refine the iPhone 5 while negating more favorable manufacturing and supply deals.

The same thing could happen to the iPad 2. Apple could release the iPad 2S. It would be faster, packing LTE data and a quad-core A6 CPU along with featuring a higher-res screen. Of course there would probably be a new camera and new software to take advantage of the quad-core CPU — the software would likely be exclusive to just the new model, though.

The WSJ reports that Apple is playing with an 8-inch iPad. But once again, Apple doesn’t need to release an 8-incher right now. Sure, the Kindle Fire is scooping up plenty of marketshare but the tablet scene is far from saturated and the Fire helps bring attention to the product type. If Apple releases a stop-gap iPad in the coming weeks, I fully expect the company to completely reinvent its mobile line before the holiday season including a smaller, cheaper iPad.

I’m sitting the next iPad out. My iPad 2 works just fine and none of the rumored iPad 3 features justify upgrading to me. Apple will likely hype a meaningless feature during the keynote, deeming it a game changer. But I’ve learned my lesson. Heads will stop spinning shortly after the event and reality will set in. Avoid the Apple spin zone. It has a tendency of sucking credit cards towards pre-order buttons.

Powerful iPad 3 to Debut March 7, 2012?

13 Feb

The iPad 3 Will Appear March 7th?.

Could it be true? The iPad 3 is said to launch sometime in March 2012, and iMore (with a good track record for calling these things) claims March 7 to be the day.

Highlights for the iPad 3:

The Latest Final Cut Pro X Update Brings the Features Pro Editors Have Been Demanding

31 Jan

The Latest Final Cut Pro X Update Brings the Features Pro Editors Have Been Demanding.

Final Cut Pro X received a shiny new update today, outfitted with support for multicam editing and support for external broadcast monitors. But most importantly is support for a new third-party plugin which lets editors import their sessions from legacy version of Final Cut Pro. Something users had long lamented.

According to PC Mag, the new $10 plug-in, names 7toX, will take your old FCP sessions in the .EDL format and convert it to a compatible XML file, which Apple stands firmly behind.

Key to the app’s development, according to {Apple exec Richard Townhill], was the new plug-in API. “We wanted to make sure that we were building APIs for Final Cut Pro X that were richer and more powerful than what we had in previous releases. We’ve actually got a faster growing ecosystem than we’ve ever had before.”

The update is free and available now, along with 7toX. Now will you fanatics quit with the sobbing? [PC Mag]

“Cube” Projects Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone for $178

19 Dec

 

Tech Gadgets - Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone - DailyCandy The Roundup

Tech Gadgets – Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone – DailyCandy The Roundup.

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