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From: Sr K2/12/2012 11:02:54 PM
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Steve Jobs was included in the Grammys segment remembering those members who passed away.

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From: J.F. Sebastian2/13/2012 5:11:08 PM
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Apple earned $1 out of every $5 US consumers spent on electronics this holiday

During the busy holiday shopping season, Apple accounted for 19 percent, or nearly one in five, of all U.S. consumer dollars spent on electronics, according to the NPD Group.

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From: J.F. Sebastian2/14/2012 10:45:00 PM
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Apple gets more new apps than Android, widens app gap

Fresh data released on Tuesday suggests that the number of new apps entering the Apple App Store outpace those from the competing Google Market three to one, with developers leaning toward iOS partly because of Android's platform fragmentation.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (92)2/15/2012 1:58:49 AM
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That's very interesting, RB.

Thanks.

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From: Sr K2/18/2012 1:43:22 AM
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latimes.com

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From: Road Walker2/18/2012 4:42:46 AM
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I think the iPad 3 with retina display is going to be a "Wow" product.
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MacRumors all but confirms iPad 3 will have Retina Displayby Chris RawsonFeb 17th 2012 at 7:00PM




We have no idea how they got hold of one, but MacRumors has apparently sourced the display component for the next-gen iPad and put it under the microscope -- literally. In a deja vu moment from roughly two years ago when the iPhone 4 was confirmed to have a Retina Display, Mac Rumors put the alleged iPad 3 display under a microscope, counted up the pixels, and compared it to the existing display on the iPad 2.

Although the display was unpowered, microscopic examination still revealed the physical components of the pixels. When considering the same areal cross section of the display, the current iPad's LCD contains a grid of 2 x 2 pixels, 4 pixels total; this new display features a 4 x 4 grid for a total of 16 pixels. This much higher pixel density on the LCD, which is the same 9.7-inch diagonal size as the one on the iPad 2, is consistent with a display featuring exactly double the linear resolution of the existing iPad display.

In early 2011, various rumors pointed to the iPad 2 featuring a Retina Display upgrade; however, no actual parts featuring a 2048 x 1536 resolution ever surfaced, and the iPad 2 launched with the same 1024 x 768 resolution as its predecessor. The iPad 3 Retina Display rumors resurfaced this year, but this is the first time anyone has provided physical evidence of such a display.

The usual caveats apply: this display may be nothing more than a leaked prototype or even an extremely elaborate fake, and the iPad 3 may yet launch without a double-resolution Retina Display. However, at this point that scenario is looking unlikely indeed, and with MacRumors' new evidence, we consider the iPad 3's Retina Display all but confirmed now.

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To: Sr K who wrote (94)2/18/2012 10:22:40 AM
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Nice article, thanks for posting that Sr K.

I had no idea Steve Jobs was so well known. The extent of the coverage surrounding his death was truly amazing to me.

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From: J.F. Sebastian3/2/2012 5:53:08 AM
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Switching to iPads saves Vancouver City Council 50K pages a year

The city of Vancouver, Wash., has seen substantial savings since switching to Apple's iPad for City Council meetings and expects to save as many as 50,000 pages of printing per year.

Vancouver began its paperless City Council test in January. After two months, the transition to iPads has brought about a 40 percent reduction in the amount of pages printed for meetings.

The city has tested Apple's touchscreen tablet as a replacement for meeting packets at council meetings, orientation sessions, a retreat and the applicant review process for advisory board/commission vacancies. The City Council will complete its transition to paperless later this spring, though it will continue to offer printouts to citizens attending its meetings.

The switch to iPad was championed by City Council member Jack Burkman, a former high tech executive. He worked with the city's management team to try out several methods for loading pertinent documents onto his iPad ahead of meetings. The city ultimately decided to use an internal FTP website to store PDF files for council members to download.

The iPad has also helped Vancouver's leadership team increase their productivity at meetings. "Many leaders had blackberry smart phones for email access, but with small video screens, they were difficult to reply in email. The iPads allowed staff to review internet sites as part of the meeting or share multi-page documents paperlessly for their discussion," the city's statement read.

Switching from Research in Motion's BlackBerry to the iPad results in a costs savings for the city as well. The city estimates it pays $71 per month for BlackBerry access and just $43 per month for unlimited iPad data. As such, Vancouver estimates savings of up to $336 per year for each iPad that replaces a BlackBerry.

Cost savings from printing will quickly add up for the city. It estimates that printing out packets for just one agenda item can cost as much as $21.10. With between eight to ten agenda items on the typical meeting, Vancouver could see printing savings of as much as $200 per meeting.

City departments have spent roughly $17,000 on iPads, with an average cost of $601.50 each. 25 additional iPads were purchased for the Vancouver Police Dept. Command staff using a grant. The city has "no definite plans" to expand its program yet, though it says it may continue to strategically replace BlackBerry devices.

A growing trend among government agencies in the U.S. has seen departments moving away from RIM and toward Apple's iOS. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will soon abandon support for the BlackBerry and will instead supply workers with new iPhones and iPads. The U.S. General Services Administration has added iOS to its approved purchasing list.

RIM said last month that it "continues to work closely" with government clients, touting its PlayBook tablet as the "only tablet certified for use by U.S. government agencies."

A recent survey by Morgan Stanley projected an accelerated transition away from printing within the enterprise. Analyst Katy Huberty picked up on a worse-than-expected 16 percent decline in printing, due, in part, to the rise of the iPad among corporate customers. 46 percent of tablet users said they printed less, with some survey respondents indicating that they printed as much as 16 percent less now that they own a tablet.





Apple could see increased adoption of its touchscreen tablet as a printing replacement with the release of its next-generation iPad later this month. The third-generation iPad is expected to have an double-resolution display that will make reading on the device easier. The new iPad could see rapid adoption among industries such as aviation and medicine where the increased resolution would drastically improve utility.

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From: J.F. Sebastian3/2/2012 6:04:48 AM
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Will Apple embrace 1080 video on iPad 3 and Apple TV?

macworld.com

What improved resolution could mean across the board...

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld.com Mar 1, 2012 6:30 am

In all likelihood, Apple’s media event on March 7 will introduce a new iPad. We’ve even speculated what we might expect from next week’s event.

I’ve been thinking of the ramifications of the iPad gaining a Retina-style display. (That’s what Apple calls the screen it debuted on the iPhone 4, with a pixel density so high that the human eye can’t distinguish the individual pixels.) When you put it all together, it suggests that March 7 could be the day that Apple ramps up its support of high-definition video—if it thinks it’s worth it.

1080p for the win

The iPad 2’s screen resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels (at 132 pixels per inch). So let’s imagine that Apple doubles the iPad’s 1024-by-768 pixel dimensions to 2048-by-1536 pixels resolution, an act that creates a device with four times as many pixels. Such a screen would be drop-dead gorgeous for looking at photos and reading crisp text, sure. But it would also allow the iPad to display every pixel of the highest-resolution home video format: 1080p (1920 by 1080) movies. 1080p is the resolution that you’ll find on Blu-ray discs and some video-on-demand services—and it’s what the video mode on the the iPhone 4S shoots in, to boot.

Right now the HD video content on iTunes is 720p (1280 by 720) resolution. Although both the iPad and iPhone can technically play H.264 1080p video, the displays on those devices aren’t big enough to display the full resolution in the proper aspect ratio. And the Apple TV, which is designed for connecting to HDTVs, can’t play back videos with higher resolutions than 720p.

So if Apple’s going to release an iPad with so many pixels that it can fit the entire contents of a 1080p video on screen with room to spare, perhaps it’s the right time to add 1080p video to the iTunes Store. Alongside all the swirling iPad rumors have been suggestions that there’s also a new Apple TV in the offing. Add in the fact that the iPad can stream content to an Apple TV using AirPlay, and you have a nice little ecosystem for Apple to offer higher quality video (and entice people to upgrade several devices at once).

Still some issues

A 1080p movie would fit on a retina iPad screen with room to spare. There are some lingering issues, however. Take bandwidth. An as example, Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning movie Hugo is now available to purchase from the iTunes Store. The SD version is 1.74GB, while the 720p HD version weighs in at 3.99GB. 1080p is 2.67 times as many pixels as 720p, so all things being equal (understanding that things like audio tracks might not scale up in the same way) the same movie in 1080p would tip the scales at roughly 10.64GB. That’s a lot of data to download (especially in these days of bandwidth caps from most major ISPs). It would also take a long time to download, and eat up a lot of storage space.

To combat this, Apple could go the route of cable and satellite providers, which highly compress HD video (and often cut resolution of HD content from 1920 by 1080 to lower resolutions to save bandwidth). That doesn’t feel very Apple to me.

And if Apple offers SD, HD, and Super HD, will that mean you’ll be forced to download all three the way iTunes makes you grab both the SD and HD version now? And if Apple added a third quality tier, would it add an additional price tier too? Hugo costs $15 to buy in SD and $20 to buy in HD. What would a Super HD version cost, $30? Is anyone willing to pay that?

Which leads me to the real question: Can the average iTunes customer even tell the difference between 720p and 1080p, either on an iPad or on an Apple TV?

Apple has become the biggest music retailer in the United States selling 256-kbps compressed audio, due in part to convenience but also to the fact non-audiophiles—listening to music on headphones or middle-of-the-road speakers—can’t really tell the difference. We’re not talking about the difference between standard-definition video and high-definition—this is the difference between two high-definition video formats. With the exception of a few high-end home-theater fans, will anyone notice?

March 7 might indeed see Apple embracing 1080p video everywhere in its ecosystem. But even if it happens, I’m not sure the difference in time, bandwidth, cost, and storage space will be worth a slight upgrade in quality.

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From: J.F. Sebastian3/2/2012 6:10:54 AM
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Potential iPad launch sparks tablet trade-in stampede

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld Feb 29, 2012 11:43 am

Editor's Note: This story is excerpted from Computerworld. For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld's Macintosh Knowledge Center.

Talk of the impending debut of Apple’s newest iPad, including the company’s announcement yesterday of a March 7 launch event in San Francisco, has pushed tablet trade-in volumes to record levels, buy-back companies said Wednesday.

Their reports were consistent with those from online auctioneer eBay, which Tuesday said that tablet sales— nearly 98 percent of which were iPads—were 10 times greater this month than during the same stretch in 2011 in the run-up to the debut of the iPad 2.

“People are very eager for the iPad 3,” said Anthony Scarsella, the chief gadget officer of Gazelle, attributing that enthusiasm for a 500 percent jump in quotes that his company has served compared to last month. “The jump in volume happened a lot earlier than last year for the iPad.”

Gazelle is one of several companies that purchase older devices, including smartphones and tablets, from users, then refurbish and resell them direct to consumers via eBay and Amazon.com, as well as to wholesalers.

The new iPad, dubbed iPad 3 by almost everyone—even though Apple hasn’t officially given it a name, priced the various models or even disclosed changes from 2011’s iPad 2—would be the third in Apple’s tablet line. It’s expected to go on sale shortly after the launch event Apple will hold in San Francisco next Wednesday.

Rival buy-back company NextWorth has also seen a massive jump in iPad trade-ins, Jeff Trachsel, that company’s chief marketing officer, said in an interview today.

“There wasn’t a lot of activity in January, I think because people were keeping their powder dry,” said Trachsel about the rumors that swirled even then of an impending iPad 3. “But recently we’ve seen a pretty massive increase, as much as 800% above last month, in quotes for the iPad.”

Both Gazelle and NextWorth provide trade-in quotes to potential customers, who select options to describe the conditions of their iPads and designate the model.

“Most of the trade-ins are iPad 2s, which shows that the early adopters—people who bought an iPad and then an iPad 2—are the first to commit to the iPad 3,” said Trachsel.

Scarsella agreed, saying that iPad 2 quotes accounted for 75 percent of all iPad buying offers Gazelle has given.

The waning and waxing of trade-in activity is directly tied to the news and rumors that float to the top of the Web, said Scarsella and Trachsel.

When talk surfaced three weeks ago that Apple would unveil the iPad 3 the first week of March, trade-in interest shot up 400 percent, said Scarsella. News Tuesday that Apple had sent invitations to reporters and analysts for the March 7 event sent them soaring even higher.

Prices will continue to decline between now and the actual unveiling of the iPad as sellers flood the market, then level off a week or two after the March 7 introduction, said Trachsel, who based his prediction on NextWorth’s data and the trade-in activity around the launch of the iPhone 4S last October.

Both Gazelle and NextWorth have predicted the success of past Apple hardware, including the iPad 2, by the trade-in volume they’re handled.

On that basis, the iPad 3 should do very well.

“We’ve never seen of this magnitude before,” said Scarsella, comparing the current interest to 2011’s debut of the iPad 2.

eBay echoed that, saying the site had fielded more than 125,000 tablet offers on its InstantSale section, almost all of them iPads. The 125,000 figure was 10 times larger than the number of offers sellers posted in the weeks leading to the iPad 2’s March 2, 2011, launch.

The top tablet on eBay’s InstantSale was the iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G for AT&T, but Gazelle and NextWorth both pegged the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi only as their top trade-ins.

Facts still to be determined, including the price of the new iPad and new features or hardware Apple’s added, as well as whether Apple will keep selling the iPad 2 at a lower price—as most experts expect—will affect the trade-in prices for older tablets, said Scarsella.

Prices paid out by Gazelle and NextWorth have already started to slide: On Wednesday, Gazelle offered $222 for a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 in “good condition,” down from $230 on Tuesday. NextWorth said it would pay $250 for the same iPad 2 Wednesday, down from Tuesday’s $256.

Customers can get quotes from Gazelle and NetWorth through their respective websites. Gazelle locks in a quote for 30 days, while NextWorth guarantees the quoted price for 21 days.

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