Apple Official Website Clone ?

Chinese shows his copycat ability again . Here is an online game official website :

Yes ! 99% alike Apple Official Website. Instead of selling creative & powerful hardware, it promotes an online game. The site makes use of a wide range of Apple products, from iPod to iMac. They even replace the Snow Leopard with a Rabbit … Chinese typical humor.

iMode 3 ?

iZT 2 on iPad 2 !

p.s. the logo is a bitten pear. Creative Chinese.

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Choosing which mobile platform to develop apps? This will help.

Hello programmers , if you are interested in stepping into app development industry, these stats may help you decide which platform you should go. iOS & Android are the most popular platforms, Windows Phone 7 followed. WP7 is still young in terms of its API coverage, hardware support and development environment. For me, I am an iOS developer, as the IDE tools and iOS API are very complete ( though sometimes tiny bugs in API can be annoying ). Make your decision now, or it will be too late.

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Free Apps on Android more than iOS

Though there are much more apps in Apple’s App Store than Android Market, there are more Android free apps in Android Market than in App Store. There are 134,242 free apps for Android users, while iOS has only 121,845 free apps.

Yet , figures are just numbers. Apple did a good job on screening the quality of new apps, while Google is still weak in this part, causing a lot of low-quality apps appearing in Android Market. To truly overtake Apple to be the smart phone apps’ conqueror, Google’s Android must put more effort on the whole app production workflow, such as cleaning their Android SDK and the approval process.

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Microsoft Windows still dominate the world, in terms of revenue

It is well-known that Microsoft Windows are the majority in operating system choice. As you can see from above chart , Microsoft still dominates operating system’s business, with 78.6% market share and 8.8% growth in 2010.

It is noteworthy that Oracle has 7682.8% growth (what?!) after it acquires Sun Microsystems, thus allowing the company to hop to the 4th place of OS market share. Apple and Red Hat are gaining their place with >15% growth.

Yet, this chart does not show the whole picture. There are still some popular operating system that does not charge users money, such as Ubuntu. Here is the full press release:

Gartner Says Worldwide Operating System Software Market Grew to $30.4 Billion in 2010

Recovery of the Global Economy Substantially Contributed to Market Growth
STAMFORD, Conn., April 27, 2011- As the global economy recovered, worldwide operating system (OS) revenue totaled $30.4 billion in 2010, a 7.8 percent increase from 2009, according to Gartner, Inc.

Linux (server) and Mac OS were the fastest-growing subsegments in the server and client OS segments, respectively, while Microsoft maintained its leading position in the overall OS market, with 78.6 percent market share.

“Generally, client OSs outperformed server OSs and grew 9.3 percent in 2010, while the server OS segment grew 5.7 percent,” said Matthew Cheung, principal research analyst at Gartner. “The long-pending demand for PC refreshment was unleashed as the economy stepped out from the economic turndown, which drove growth of client OSs.”

Among client OSs, Mac OS was the fastest-growing subsegment in 2010 as the unit shipments of Mac desktop/laptop devices saw strong sales, although from a much-smaller basis. Windows client was still the largest client OS segment, with high-single-digit growth, particularly driven by adoption of Windows 7 and the imminent end of life (EOL) of Windows XP.

“In the server OS market, Linux (server) was the fastest-growing subsegment in 2010 as end users adopted more open-standard systems. Within the Unix OS market, IBM AIX had high single-digit growth, but Unix generally experienced modest or negative growth,” said Alan Dayley, managing vice president at Gartner. “The EOL threat for Unix OSs such as Tru64 and NetWare pushed the ‘other proprietary Unix’ subsegment down 39.6 percent in 2010 as some vendors retired their proprietary Unix and moved users to more open systems.”

Microsoft held the largest market share of the worldwide OS software segment, with 78.6 percent share in 2010 (see Table 1). The distant second- and third-place vendors were IBM and HP, with 7.5 percent and 3.7 percent share, respectively. Oracle climbed up the ranking from No. 8 in 2009 to No. 4 in 2010 by acquiring Sun Microsystems’ Solaris business in April 2009.

Microsoft’s Windows (client) business had higher growth at 9.2 percent, compared with its Windows (server) business at 7.5 percent growth. A new wave of PC refreshment after the economic recession was the major reason for the better-performing Windows (client) business. Windows 7 also gained market acceptance as the successor to Windows Vista and XP. The projected EOL of XP in early 2014 drove enterprises to accelerate migration to Windows 7 in the second half of 2010.

Among the three OSs owned by IBM, AIX experienced the highest growth at 9.2 percent due to the popularity of Power Systems. The consolidation of the System p and System i platforms and the strategy to push more AIX contributed to the slow growth of System i at 2.7 percent in 2010.

HP-UX was able to maintain modest growth at 3.7 percent in 2010. However, HP’s revenue from proprietary Unix and other proprietary OSs continued to decline because of the discontinuation of Tru64 and a decline in shipments of business-critical systems, such as NonStop and OpenVMS.

Oracle’s software revenue from Solaris declined 3.2 percent in 2010 as end users were skeptical about Oracle’s commitment to the Solaris platform – although the company made several announcements to clear this anxiety. Oracle’s Linux versions (also known as Unbreakable Linux) grew a small base almost 200 percent in 2010 – which also showed Oracle’s strategy to lessen its dependence on other vendors’ Unix or Linux OSs.

Red Hat has been dominating the commercial Linux (server) market. Revenue of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server license went up 18.6 percent to $592 million in 2010, taking a 58.2 percent share of the Linux (server) market. Gartner analysts said the phenomenon demonstrates that the market has accepted Linux as a viable alternative to Unix and other proprietary OSs in mission-critical environments.

Mac OS grew 15.8 percent to a size of $520 million in 2010, fueled by the strong sales of Mac desktops and laptops. Apple’s making of Mac OS as a “cool” client computing OS has attracted a group of loyal customers on Mac devices and platforms. Apple’s continuous innovations in mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have prompted sales of other Apple devices and will continue to drive Mac sales.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Operating System Software, Worldwide, 2010.” The report is available on Gartner’s website at:

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Apple released iOS 4.3

Apple released iOS 4.3 one day earlier. iOS 4.3 is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The main features of iOS 4.3 are:

  • mobile hotspot : share your 3G network through Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay
  • MobileSafari : new & improved browser

iOS 4.3 is now available in iTunes. Just hit the “Check for Update” button after connected your device to iTunes. For jailbreaker, please hold. There’s no jailbreaking tool released yet. Stay tuned in for latest news for jailbreaking iOS 4.3.

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US$100 refund for recent original iPad buyers

Apple confirmed that US$100 will be refunded to those who bought an original iPad within 14 days of the announcement of iPad 2, as the company dropped the price of original iPad after the announcement of the new iPad 2.

However, for those lucky buyers, you are not expected there will be a $100 rebate in your credit bill. Instead, you have to take the receipt to the store you bought the iPad, while online buyers have to call Apple’s customer service hotline.

The cut-off day is February 16, 2011.

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Here comes iPad 2

Apple just announced iPad 2.

As public expects , there is no surprising feature . Compared with iPad first generation , iPad 2 has :

– better resolution : 1024 x 768 at 132 ppi
– a faster CPU : Apple dual-core A5
– 9x faster graphics ( PowerVR SGX543 )
– 10 hour battery life
– 33% thinner (8.8mm) & 15% lighter (601g)
– front & rear camera : ideal for FaceTime
– HDMI output ( support Video Mirroring )
– 3-axis gyroscope
– iOS 4.3
– Color : Black & White

iPad 2 is available in 3 models : WiFi only, WiFi + 3G ( micro-SIM model ) & WiFi + 3G ( Verizon CDMA model ) , which will be available in Apple Store on March 11 from US$499 to US$829

more details after a break .

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iPhone 4 trick : Enable FaceTime

“Hey, where is my FaceTime in my iPhone 4? I can’t search it in App Store !”
No, it is not an app. It is a built-in function in iOS 4.1. By default, it is disabled. (!)

To enable it , go to : Settings > Phone > FaceTime > ON

That’s it !

Note: As of October 2010, FaceTime is not enabled on devices bought in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt or Jordan, possibly due to regulations in these countries which restrict the use of IP-based communications technology. Devices bought elsewhere continue to support FaceTime even in these countries.

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Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac, now available on App Store

Windows Phone 7 Connector is now available at Mac App Store at no cost . WP7 users do not need to boot up Windows in their Mac to sync with their phone anymore . Here is the download link :

However , I do think the combination of Windows Phone 7 and Mac is a strange pair . I , as a Mac user , would prefer iPhone as my phone , though . For WP7 , I would prefer to stay sync with my Windows PC .

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Apple announces App Store subscriptions

“All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app.”

– Steve Jobs in Apple press release

Apple tries everything to stop publishers from publishing apps with external in-app purchases. That’s reasonable, as Apple shares 30% profit from the its in-app purchases. We believe that Apple’s next step will be promoting its game center, by preventing apps with third-party leaderboard platform ( like OpenFient and plus+ ) from appearing in App Store. Hope these measures won’t stop publishers’ creativity.

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