Yesterday's revelation in the New York Times that XM Sirius is in such financial straights that they're considering declaring bankruptcy, didn't come as a complete surprise.It is unclear how a bankruptcy would affect customers.
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MSNBC is jumping on the $99 iPhone bandwagon based on a report based on RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, who believes that the entry-level iPhone will arrive in June or July, presumably at WWDC 2009. Dates for the conference have not yet been announced.
Keith Stuart wrote a fun piece for The Guardian called How to become an iPhone developer in eight easy steps. Which is based on the success of Ethan Nicholas (iShoot) and other iPhone developers.
App Cubby's David Barnard has weighed in on the results of his App Store pricing experiment:With App Store shoppers seemingly hesitant to risk $5+ on a new app, I decided to do a pricing experiment. For a limited time, App Store shoppers were able to purchase any App Cubby app for $0.
Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt compares the specs of Amazon's Kindle 2 to the Kindle 1 noting that it's 25% thinner, 20% faster, stores up to 1,500 books, and has 25% better battery life, among other improvements. He also elaborates on Whispersync:The new Whispersync technology allows users to pause in their reading on, say, a Kindle 1, and pick up where they left off on a Kindle 2 and, eventually, on future wireless devices — a phrase Bezos left tantalizingly vague.
TechRestore has posted a new, stop-motion take-apart HD video of their overnight ModService on their blog. Watch the conversion of a standard MacBook into the only tablet Mac in under two minutes.
A recent spate of patent applications filed by Apple and unearthed by AppleInsider detail an intelligent universal battery technology that could lead to a removable battery in a future iPhone model.The Apple patent application details plans for a universal rechargeable battery that can be swapped interchangeably between, presumably, Apple devices.
Amazon today announced the new Kindle 2 ($259) ($359) the successor to its a purpose-built eBook reader. The update is thinner, lighter, has more storage, a better display, better button placement and will be available on 24 February 2009 according to Amazon.
Not intimidated by Apple's legal action against Psystar, a German company called PearC is offering "Der PC mit Mac OS X" ("the PC with Mac OS X") in several configurations, including some with Blu-ray drives.In an interview with Der Spiegel, PearC's parent Hypermeganet noted that differences in how German law deals with EULAs may mean that PearC's products are legal in Germany.
A new iPhone app called "ServersMan@iPhone" turns the iPhone into a full-blown Web server. The name is said to be a tribute to Sony's "WalkMan.