Verizon to Slow Down Data Hogs

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Even as wireless giant Verizon prepares to add the iPhone to its wireless network in the United States, it has announced that it will curb data transfer speeds of those subscribers who represent the top 5% bracket when it comes to data usage. The company has added that such speed curbs would only be imposed during periods of network congestion. This change in policy takes effect from Thursday and is currently applicable only to new subscribers. A number of telecom networks including T-Mobile have adopted similar measures recently. These measures are collectively referred to as “throttling” and are used to ease network congestion and reduce bandwidth costs. → Read More

Apple to Introduce NFC Service on iPhone

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Apple has the added advantage of possessing a large financial database containing user credit-card numbers, iTunes gift-card balance and even bank data. This data can be easily synchronized to work with NFC-based services. Taylor Hamilton, an analyst at consultant IBISWorld Inc, feels that the introduction of NFC-based services on Apple devices has the potential to turn Apple into a big ticket e-commerce player. The introduction of NFC-based services will give Apple Inc. an opportunity to participate in the $6.2 trillion a year goods and services market in America. Additionally, Apple could potentially save big on credit card processing fees and other overheads by offering a direct bank debit facility to its customers once the NFC-based services are in place. → Read More

Windows Phone 7 – Tough Times Ahead

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Low sales figures for the “Kin” brand of smart phones introduced by Microsoft have made life difficult for its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. The smart phone market is largely controlled by devices powered by the Google Android operating system and the iPhone which runs on Apple’s iOS operating system. The smart phone market is currently dominated by Apple and Google along with RIM’s Blackberry relegating Microsoft to fringe player status. The forthcoming debut of a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network will make it even more difficult for Microsoft to establish itself in the rapidly growing smart phone market. The debut of the iPhone 4 on America’s largest telecom network will make life that much tougher for other smart phone brands. But while Android and Blackberry are already established names in the business, Microsoft remains a rank newcomer. To add to its woes, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 powered devices are only available on Sprint and AT&T currently while both Blackberry and Android are available across all networks. → Read More

Which Phone? Samsung Galaxy S, iPhone 4 or the HTC Evo 4G?

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While the iPhone is often regarded as the top competitor in the smartphone game, there are plenty of other (affordable) options to consider before you drop the cash for an iPhone 4. Apple often touts the iPhone as the most revolutionary and up to date phone on the market, but like all other Apple products, the reality is that much of the competition has the same, if not better, features as the iPhone in a much lower price ranges and sometimes with better network coverage. The top competitors that make their way up against the iPhone in terms of functionality for the same, if not lower, price are the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Evo 4G. Let’s take a look at what’s available on each of them compared to Apple’s iPhone 4. → Read More

Post Steve Jobs – Will Apple’s Innovative Streak Continue ?

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For investment bankers and lay people alike, Steven P. Jobs has been the face of Apple Inc. – the company he co-founded in 1976. In the last decade, Apple has come up with a number of iconic and extremely successful products like the Macintosh, iMac, iBook, iPod and the recently launched iPhone. Apple’s ability to recognize and act on consumer trends coupled with some pretty ingenious innovation has seen it emerge as the world’s most valuable technology company surpassing software behemoth Microsoft early last year. Jobs’ latest medical leave announced this Monday has forced analysts to question whether Apple will retain its market leadership once Jobs is gone. Throughout his longstanding career at Apple, Steve Jobs has been intricately involved with all aspects of product design and development. According to Michael A. Cusumano, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, “Steve Jobs has this extraordinary ability to see into the future and instinctively see what people want, he’s done that consistently, in a way no one else has.” → Read More