Saturday, January 22, 2011

Apple Hires Naval Security Expert as Director of Global Security?




Apple has reportedly hired Naval Security Expert David Rice to be its Director of Global Security, according to All Things Digital.

With iPhones and iPads penetrating the enterprise in ever more impressive numbers, companies want to know they’re secure. Late last year Apple started working with Unisys to help it sell Apple products to corporations and government agencies, all of which are concerned about the security implications of iPhones and iPads running on their networks. Those who know Rice describe him as a deeply respected name in IT security circles who not only can speak the kind of language that makes CIOs comfortable, but can also back up that language with the skills and knowledge to match.

Rice is a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has a master's degree in Information Warfare and Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, served as a Global Network Vulnerability analyst for the National Security Agency, and served as a Special Duty Cryptologic officer for the Navy.



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Apple’s App Store Downloads Top 10 Billion, Winner Chosen







Apple today announced that more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store℠ by the more than 160 million iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ users worldwide. The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive a $10,000 iTunes® Gift Card.

“With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years—a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone—the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.”

The revolutionary App Store offers more than 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in 90 countries around the world, with more than 60,000 native iPad apps available. App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.








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Verizon iPhone 4 Will Cost $50 More Than AT&T iPhone 4




The Verizon iPhone 4 will cost $50 more than the AT&T iPhone 4 when purchased off contract, according to a 9to5Mac report.

AT&T allows customers to purchase the 16 GB iPhone 4 for $599 sans the contract and charges $699 for the contract-free 32 GB model. On the other hand, Verizon charges $649 and $749 for the two models, respectively.

It's unclear if this difference is due to the CDMA hardware or just a premium for the new device.




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Theme It Brings Theme Store to iDevices




A new application will be released soon called Theme It. It will be very similar to the Cydia Store, but will feature themes only. Obviously, this will be competition for the Cydia Store, which does feature some themes.

A carefully designed platform (application and website) allowing focus on high-quality themes and also the artists behind the themes in a way that wasn't possible before… it's the Theme Store you've been dreaming of using.
With some of the best theme creators already on-board we can guarantee you'll have access to amazing and exclusive content in an environment that's sure to meet everyone's needs. Focusing on high-quality, complete themes, the goal of Theme it isn't to have a million themes in the gallery… but the best ones available.
The platform includes a very user-friendly website and an iPhone/iTouch application to showcase and distribute the themes with instant access to the information you really want, such as screenshots, details, compatibility and much more. You'll also have the opportunity to learn a little more about the artists that create the themes you love and use. A section will be dedicated to these wonderful designers.
We're doing all we can to make this available as soon as possible, so stay tuned for more info on the release date.

Theme It is set to be released very soon. Themes will be distributed in both paid and free solutions.



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Where Apple Makes Its Money




Asymco's Horace Dediu has posted the latest version of his Apple quarterly sales chart which shows where Apple makes its money.

iOS powered products (which did not exist three and a half years ago) generated 65% of all sales in the last quarter. OS X powered products generated 20% of sales. That’s a noteworthy combined total of 85%.

But software is even more important for Apple. The sale of OSX software (both the operating system and applications for it) accounted for another $786 million or 3% of total. In addition, I’ve put forward some evidence to suggest that the proportion of sales due to Apps in the Music store is nearly half, or another $600 million (a bit more than 2%).




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AppStore had reached 10 billion app downloads!




The contest is over and a winner should be announced shortly. The AppStore has hit 10 billion downloads and it's only going to get better! We will keep you updated with the name of the winner as soon as he/she are announced.




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