Technology companies ruled the roost this year with the Super Bowl commercials. Best Buy’s ad last night featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Beiber told us that Best Buy would buy back our old products when we decide to upgrade. Seriously? What is the catch? Here is the scale posted on
IBM has announced their intention to launch several enterprise-oriented applications to the App Store geared toward the iPad, including the Lotus Connections, a tool for social networking within companies, and Lotus Notes Traveler, which encrypts email to keep the information they contain secure when it's being moved in a portable device.
The iPhone hit 25% of market share in the smartphone industry in the US, according to the latest report from comScore. They have the number of subscribers for devices from the five leading smartphone makers; RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Palm and Google; and except for one, Apple outperformed everyone else, increasing by times 1.2 during that time. The exception, Google, changed 2.7 times, but only went from 2.5% to 5.2%. Still, if they keep that kind of growth up, they'll certainly be a real challenger in the future.
Box.net, the once cloud-based content storage system, has added several exciting new features to their iPhone app that pushes them closer to being a content management solution. The 2.0 update of Box.net for the iPhone adds the ability to comment and view comments on files and folders with those who have access to them, as well as the ability to preview documents in thumbnail form before opening them.
We knew the iPhone was exceptionally profitable for Apple, but a report from Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff finds it to be on a much larger scale than we expected. According to his findings, the iPhone has only 1% of the unit market share in the cellphone industry, but the revenue Apple rakes in from it is a colossal 20% of the whole industry.
As an outsider, news of the iPhone's success in Japan appears at first glance to be a testament to it's success, but according to a local industry executive, it owes a great deal of it's popularity in Japan to their cellphone industry's failure. Tsuyoshi Natsuno, a former executive with NTT DoCoMo says that the industry has fallen into a "collegial system" where a phone's design is controlled by the carrier and is locked to it, something he says removes incentive for driving technology forward.
We knew from early on that AT&T had agreed to pay Apple in exchange for exclusivity in the US after which the iPhone would be unlocked, but the exact date that their deal would expire has remained a mystery until today. Similarly, little is known about why AT&T changed from their previous payments to Apple to heavily subsidizing the devices. In what is a rare peak at the inner dealings between Apple and a carrier, USA Today claims to have inside information on both subjects.