iPhone 5 To Be Launched In October ?

The world wide web is currently flooded with rumors about the launch date of Apple’s marvel but still no one has been able to give satisfactory reason for their views. But the news that Apple is going to launch the iPhone 5 in October this year certainly has got a solid base.

According to some insiders, who are watching this matter closely, AT&T which is the major carrier of the iPhone has ordered its employees to work each and every day in the last 2 weeks of September. Furthermore, AT&T has canceled every holiday in that period.

This kind of move by AT&T suggests that it is planning a “big thing” during that period. And we already know that Apple will launch its latest iPhone during that period.

So logically, it can be said that the iPhone 5 will be launched in October rather than September which many tech blogs have predicted.

There is no official specifications of the iPhone 5 provided by the American giant but it is expected that the iPhone 5 will use A5 chips which is currently deployed in the iPad 2.

Is this reason enough to predict the iPhone 5 launch date or is it just another rumor which is loosely based on some insider news?

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Social Networking Between Teachers And Students Prohibited By Missouri Senate

Missouri Senate has prohibited teachers and students from any type of social networking. In most basic terms, this means that no teacher can be a Facebook friend of any student.

Missouri Senate drafted a bill(Bill 54) according to which teachers and students are banned from having any contact on any social network which is exclusive and provides mode of private communication.

Some experts say that this may be a step to ensure ethical communication between teachers and students. According to reports, this bill is designed to prevent any misconduct of children by teachers and in some cases, vice versa.

Though this bill sounds good theoretically, but in practical life, it will be difficult for authorities to detect any type of “unethical social relationship”.

Recently there was a case where a student abused his teacher on Facebook and was expelled from his school on disciplinary grounds. This bill aims to prevent this kind of misconduct.

The reception of this bill by public is mixed as some openly criticize it while others declare that this bill will ensure a healthy relationship between teachers and students.

What do you guys think? Will just an enactment of a bill be able to ensure an “ethical relationship” between teachers and students?

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Alibaba Launched A New Mobile OS

Alibaba group has launched its own mobile OS called ‘Aiyun’ which will be deployed in the “K-Touch Cloud Smartphone” manufactured by Tianyu. It was long known that Yahoo’s China partner Alibaba will launch a smartphone OS but its launch date was not confirmed.

The China based company is known for its E-Commerce business. It has developed softwares in the past but its move to enter the mobile OS market has came as a surprise.

The ‘Aiyun’ was developed by its cloud services division AliCloud. This OS will be mostly based on cloud services and will include cloud based e-mail, web search, weather updates and GPS navigation tools.

Though it is a good initiative by the company, still it will be pretty tough for it to compete in the Chinese mobile industry as Symbian owns more than half the market of mobile OS. Plus recent collaboration between Apple and some Chinese manufacturers could see their handsets running iOS in future. Google’s pet Android is also trying to find its place in Chinese mobile industry.

If we talk on an international scene, this OS has a little chance to compete with mainstream OS providers as its manufacturers are still inexperienced in the mobile OS scene.

Do you think Alibaba is ready for an international market?

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Sales Up For Amazon But Profit Goes Down

Amazon announced that its sales were up nearly 50% in the second quarter thanks to its E-reader Kindle which is doing fairly well business in North America. It also said that though sales were on rise, profit figures, instead of improving, went down.

Amazon announced on Tuesday that due to its large investment in business, its profit figures were not upto to the mark. Amazon’s huge leap in sales is mostly due to Kindle, which is proving to be the best product by the company so far.

According to Amazon, its revenue increased to a bulky $9.91 million but its profit fell down to$191 million. Amazon co-founder Jeff Benzos said that,”Low prices, expanding selection, fast delivery and innovation are driving the fastest growth we’ve seen in over a decade.”

This Seattle based company earlier made money by selling and trading various items online. Recently it launched an E-reader by the name of Kindle which is available in both 3G and Wi-fi models. Its 3G based model is carried by the American telecom giant AT&T.

Amazon is currently investing heavily in China, where it has seen tremendous growth. It is rumored that Amazon’s new Kindle models will be released first in China.

Will investment in the most populous country with cheapest labour available help Amazon’s growth in the long term?

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HTC To Compromise With Apple?

If you thought that Apple and HTC could settle their scores only in the court, you might be wrong. HTC is going to initiate talks with Apple Inc. over their copyright and patent dispute.

HTC’s CFO Winston Yung told media persons that,”We (Apple & HTC) have to sit down and figure things out”. This statement comes after HTC started using harsh words against Apple and began criticizing it openly.

HTC and Apple are arch nemesis. Both are smartphone giants and generally are in neck-to-neck competition. Apple had sued HTC for patent infringement of its iDevices. HTC has appealed against this and a hearing is scheduled in a few days.

HTC was also slammed up by ITC(International Trades Commission) over infringement of Apple patents. It seems that HTC had no other option than settling this matter with Apple Inc. outside the court.

Even if HTC chooses to fight the legal battle, there is only a little chance of it winning against Apple, whose case according to experts is pretty strong.

We must get ready for surprises as HTC may have to change some of its products as Apple is very strict about copyright issues.

Whatever may be the result of this feud, one thing is sure that the end result is sure to benefit the winning side in the long term.

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Android Gingerbread Coming To AT&T

Surprise for AT&T users! If you have got an Android phone and are a subscriber of AT&T, you might get an Android Gingerbread update. AT&T has announced that it would start upgrading subscribers to Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, in the coming weeks.

The upgrade will start with Motorola Atrix 4G and will subsequently come to 6 other handsets. This upgrade was long awaited as AT&T users were not able to upgrade their Android OS. This announcement will definitely prove a bliss for them.

Though this version of Android is not the latest one, but still it will certainly add some cool features which the previous versions were lacking. This version comes with improved GUI, new applications, cool API and many other features.

Usually, Google launches a number versions of its Android platform in a year. This keeps users happy but sometimes it takes a hell lot of time for users to get those updates on their devices.

The updates get such a long time to roll out because every company uses different hardware. And to make that hardware compatible with the current version of Android OS, some modifications are made in the OS. This whole procedure takes a lot of time. Currently, only Google Nexus gets periodic updates for its OS as it is released by Google itself.

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BlackBerry Manufacturer RIM To Fire 2000 Employees

Research In Motion(RIM), the maker of the famous BlackBerry phone has announced that it will cut down 2000 jobs and its Chief Operating Officer may get retired in a near future. The announcement was made earlier today.

RIM’s main product, the BlackBerry is facing a tough competition from Android, Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S II. Its sales have gone down since the launch of these products.

The affected employees will be notified as soon as possible. These layoffs, though not unexpected, will cut down the total force of the company by 10% and that will make quite a difference.

No doubt that BlackBerry phones are a status symbol but their sales are not in a competition with that of Android phones and the iPhone. Recently, Apple Inc. announced its second quarter sells which was around 20.3 million. Blackberry sold nearly 13.2 million units during that period. So clearly, BlackBerry is not in a direct competition with the iPhone,

RIM’s Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison is currently on medical leave and it is believed that he will retire soon. RIM has already announced his successors as Thorsten Heins and Jim Rowan, who will share COO duties.

It is sad that such a remarkable phone is losing its charm but in today’s competitive world, if you don’t change with the need of the hour, you soon get forgotten.

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Apple Replaces Nokia As The Largest Smartphone Maker

Good news for all you Apple fans out there. Apple Inc. has knocked Nokia off from the position of largest smartphone maker of the world. From the last 15 years, Nokia was the king of mobile industry. But the American giant has beaten it and finally taken its place.

According to the sale report disclosed by Nokia, it sold 16.7 million smartphones globally in the second quarter while Apple Inc. sold 20.34 million iPhones all over the world in its second quarter.

This can be seen as the beginning of a new era in the smartphone industry as the king of mobile industry has lost its crown. It is worth noting that Apple Inc. is only 4 years old in smartphone market and in that short period, it has achieved huge success as compared to other smartphone manufacturers.

In February this year, Nokia announced that it will be dropping Symbian platform in its new handsets. This move is one of the major reasons for Nokia’s downfall. Though Nokia will be using Windows 7 platform, still its sales are not expected to be in competition with Apple in near future.

Nokia seriously needs to consider again its previous decisions, whether it is dropping Symbian or adopting Windows 7 platform. If Nokia doesn’t come up with a new strategy quickly, it will even lose its second position to Samsung, whose smartphones are doing incredibly good business.

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Verizon Lags Behind AT&T In The iPhone Sales

Verizon wireless, which is a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone, has gone a long way in the iPhone activations but still it lags behind AT&T, which is its number one rival in this sector. No doubt, Verizon’s sales have increased as compared to AT&T, but the total number of its subscribers still remain less than those of AT&T.

When Verizon started selling the iPhone, it was expected that many of AT&T’s customers will shift to Verizon because of the poor service offered by AT&T. Upto some extent, it did happen but it was not enough to beat down AT&T’s sales.

On Friday, Verizon reported that it had activated around 2.3 million iPhones during its second quarter. On the other side, AT&T announced that it had activated 3.6 million iPhones, out of which a quarter were from new customers of its network. So a clear cut difference is there in the sales of both these giants.

There can be many reasons for Verizon’s failure to overcome AT%T. A major reason is that in amidst of a large number of the iPhone 5 rumors, people are deploying a strategy of ‘wait n watch’. If the iPhone 5 is going to be launched in this fall, there is sense in waiting for it instead of buying an existing model.

What do you guys think?

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