Apple iOS 5.1 - Japanese Language Support in Siri
Earlier today, Steve Jobs, former CEO and Chairman of Apple Inc., passed away at the age of 56.
According to a recent Tweet from @MargieJPhelps, or the Westboro Baptist Church — a hate group best known for their media attention regarding their extreme anti-homosexual stance and their protest methods (such as picketing funerals) — will picket the funeral of Steve Jobs due to him not “gave [giving] God no glory & taught sin.”
The Westboro Baptist Church, a hate group from Topeka, Kansas, have picketed funerals in the past. They are also known as the “most hated family in America”.
To picket the funeral of such a significant figure in the advancement of technology and a figure who had a major influence in the technological world, and all funerals that they have picketed in the past, truly shows how much of a f***ed up group they are.
RIM, a sinking ship with two captains.
“Oscar: Look, it doesn’t take a genius to know that every organization thrives when it has two leaders. Go ahead, name a country that doesn’t have two presidents. A boat that sets sail without two captains. Where would Catholicism be without the popes?” (The Office, NBC)
That quote from The Office should say a few things to RIM.
RIM is the company that created Blackberrys. Yes, those phones are still around and is still used by government agents and even the president. That might change though, because many government officials are favoring their own phones instead of government issued Blackberrys.
RIM currently has two CEOs. I’m not sure why they have two CEOs, but it’s not working.RIM shares (NASDAQ: RIMM) has plunged, it’s losing market share, but it’s not willing to change (or atleast the company hasn’t changed and is denying that it’s losing — but that’s for keeping their stocks from going into a sell off).
Recently, an employee of RIM (or a thought to be employee of RIM who claimed to be a senior executive over at RIM’s HQ in Waterloo, Ontario), wrote an open letter to and about RIM.
To summarize what he stated in the letter to RIM’s top executives, he stated that in order for RIM to succeed again, they should learn from Apple. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has grown exponentially over the past 4 years. With the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, they’ve taken the market share and is now going head to head with Google’s Android powered OS.
RIM has lost the United States smartphone market share significantly while Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android has gained market share in the United States. The Canadian company needs to reform, change, get a new CEO, or whatever the case may be, they need to refresh.
The full statement from the senior executive employee at RIM can be read over at Engadget.
Apple Wins Broad Patent. Maybe Too Broad.
It’s the patent battles and for the fruit company based in Cupertino, it’s a big day. Apple Inc. has won the patent for a technology that requires you to touch a display for the software to respond that was filed back in 2007 (through acquisition of another company, FingerWorks).
Yes, they patented that. Well, they acquired a company that patented that, but it’s the same thing since Apple owns them. So, they literally patented the basics of touch technology on a display. It is very, very vague.
Now, Apple may sue any company that uses this mechanism that sold it to you (which is all touch enabled devices, including your touch screen mobile phone, touch screen computer, touch screen tablet, or touch screen refrigerators and anything else that are not produced by Apple).
In most cases, Apple will make many companies using this touch screen technology to license it and pay Apple a fee for every device sold that uses this technology.
This is particularly bad for small start-up companies that are trying to develop new technologies that were planning to use touch screen technology because now they will have to license this technology with Apple before they can use it or sell it.
Maybe this is a sign for reform in the patent system in the United States and globally.
Chinese Teen Selling Virginity for — iPhone 4?
(*Note. Edited photo; not real.)
Yes it’s true. A few months ago it was a Chinese teen who sold his kidney for the iDevice, but this time it’s a Chinese teen who is selling her virginity for an iPhone 4.
The Korea Herald reports that the teenage girl, known as jiulinghou on Weibo, or the Chinese version of Twitter, posted photos of herself on the website and stating that she would also sell her virginity for the expensive iPhone.
According to the report, she is prostituting herself for the mobile device because her father would not buy her the iPhone 4.
The iPhone 4 in the United States starts at $649.00 for the 16GB model, but in China it is 4,999 Yuan (RMB), which is $773.19 at the currency rate today.
Sociologists blame the sort of events due to the materialism that is rising in importance with the younger generation of people.
The iPhone 4s/5 is rumored to be released this fall (September). Rumors state that it will have 4G capabilities and will run iOS5 (which was announced at WWDC 2011). It is also speculated to have a 4 inch Retina display with an A5 dual-core chip and a GSM-CDMA chip that will allow it to run globally on virtually any carrier (in the US, all major carriers are thought to be able to run the next generation iPhone).