Here is an interesting look of iOS vs Android 2012 market share in the USA laid out in the USA election style of blue vs red. The data is from Mobify’s mobile website traffic that covers over 20,000 sites. Blue state is iOS. The bluer the colour, the more dominant is iOS in the state. States that is close to 50/50 will be in a shade of purple.
Chevrolet has rolled out a campaign for its 2013 Sonic model featuring Siri’s Eyes Free mode. This is the first car in the world to support Siri allowing driver to use Siri service while driving. Beside Chevrolet, Apple highlighted BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Audi, Jaguar, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Chrysler as its Siri Eyes Free partners when it introduced Siri as part of the launch of iOS 6.
Prize-winning manga author Mari Yamazaki has launched a manga series of Steve Jobs biography with the April issue of “Kiss”. The magazine is on sale in Japan starting today March 25. In a rare move in Japan, Yahoo Japan’s online bookstore has published online a preview of the first chapter.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke at the Big Tent Summit in India has this to say when asked when Google Now would be made available to iOS devices: “You’ll need to discuss that with Apple. Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of the apps we make they approve and some of them they don’t.”. Clearly Mr Schmidt is suggesting Google has submitted Google Now to the App Store and is throwing the court over to Apple.
Google Now is one of those key Google mobile app that is not available for iOS. Essentially a competitor to Siri, Google Now debuted mid last year and is available for Chrome OS and is baked into Android. Many Google loving iOS users are eagerly awaiting Google Now for iOS, as there is uncertainty if Apple would approve the app as Google Now competes directly with Siri.
Unfortunately, Apple has told CNET that Google has not submitted Google Now app for approval. One thing that is certain, Google Now for iOS is in the work as a purported promotional video appeared briefly on the web last week.
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Lynch, who has worked at Adobe since 2005, will become Apple’s vice president for technology, reporting to Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield, the Cupertino, California-based company said yesterday.
Interesting turn of events as Kevin Lynch was the Adobe guy that pushed the dying Flash technology on mobile devices over three years after the iPhone debut. He was also the Adobe public figure that clashed with Apple over words regarding the use of Flash on iPhone. Kevin Lynch is said to be in charge of cloud services at Apple, having successfully launched Creative Cloud subscription services at Adobe.
For once, we are not sure if Tim Cook and his team have made the right choice.
Apple upgraded Boot Camp to version 5 in the newly released OS X 10.8.3. This is the first Boot Camp that is compatible with Windows 8 and supports Mac with a 3TB hard disk. Apple has published an FAQs technical note on the new Boot Camp 5 for you to get started and learn more about the new features.
Apple has just released OS X 10.8.3 which comes with new features as well as bug fixes. Key among its new feature is iTunes integration allowing you to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using Mac’s built-in camera. Boot Camp support is improved with compatibility with Windows 8 and Mac with 3TB hard drive.
The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using Mac’s built-in camera
Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
A Fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
A fix for an issue that causes audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs