Friday, June 29, 2007

Finally Friday

I love my porch.
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It rained all morning but now it's cooler out...
And it's not raining now...
What a great place for a nap!
Hey, don't forget to board the Friday Ark!!!

Top Ten iPhone Innovations introduced by Apple's Creativity

Apple iPhone launches today, June 29, 2007.

Here are the Top Ten innovations introduced in iPhone by Apple:

1. Make calls by "simply pointing at a name or number." Get out of here... no buttons to click. No clicking umpteen times before you find the number you want to call. Point and Call. Welcome to the new touchscreen interface of iPhone. If you love the iPod interface, iPhone will only make it better.

2. Visual Voicemail, is definitely an industry first, a new innovation, that "lets users look at a listing of their voicemails, decide which messages to listen to, then go directly to those messages without listening to the prior messages." How useful is this? How often and how long you have to wait to hear that all important message from your very important friend, or boss until all the messages before are heard? If you are a frequent cell phone user, the answer is all the time. Apple understands the users' frustration as they check their voice mails, and Visual Voicemail will change the way you listen to your voice messages, and even save you minutes spent in waiting to hear that all important message. Oh, and you can even ignore earlier messages from that certain friend.

3. SMS move over. No more clicking 3 or 4 or more times to get to that letter that you want to type now. How about a touch keyboard that is predictive, full QWERT, and even prevents mistakes. Oh my. Finally, SMS will become easier, simpler, faster, friendlier, and bigger!! If you love SMS, iPhone is it. Recent reviewers have indicated that SMS on the iPhone needs a bit of getting used to; but once you do, you won't go back to the old ways.

4. A handy 2 megapixel camera, with that all important Photo management software. Finally. Now you can organize the photos you take and use them for wallpapers, emails, upload and download them to your PC or MAC, and watch them on a 3.5-inch widescreen.

5. A widescreen iPod. How wide? 3.5-inch wide. You love iPod. You would love iPhone even more. It takes iPod to the next level. Literally. iPhone promises that you will now "touch" your music, videos, photos, songs, artists, albums, playlists - all at the click of a finger. And now you can enjoy all those TV shows in cool landscape mode. Add YouTube to the video mix, and now we are talking!!

6. Cover Flow in iPhone introduces a new way to "browse music library by album cover artwork, for the first time." When navigating your music library on iPhone, you are automatically switched into Cover Flow by simply rotating iPhone into its landscape position. Now, you can enjoy the album in the same way as you buy it from the music store.

7. iPhone brings your Rich Email with the graphics, photos and visuals along with text from your friends, family or work to the phone. The emails are downloaded in the background while you work, browse, message or call, and will work on most POP3 and IMAP services. And to top it off, Yahoo! Mail is integrated and readily available for the iPhone.

8. Web Browsing as good as computer. This could be a stretch. Although iPhone comes with the Safari (TM) web browser which provides all the features of web browsing for the computer on the iPhone. Could this be the last straw that finally breaks the camel's back, and brings the hordes of wireless phone users to web browsing? Not only you can see a web page as it was designed to be seen, iPhone allows you to "easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on iPhone's multi- touch display with their finger." And with the Quad-Band GSM technology along with EDGE and Wi-Fi means "you can surf the web from just about anywhere," and even "automatically sync bookmarks from their PC or Mac."

9. Google Maps. On iPhone. No way. Yes way. Google's groundbreaking maps service and iPhone's amazing maps application tied together "offering the best maps experience by far on any pocket device." Easily and conveniently view maps, satellite images, traffic information and even get directions. Finally, you have everything local and global covered.

10. Artificial Intelligence. iPhone that thinks and senses and becomes one with what you do. iPhone has "advanced built-in sensors -- an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor" that "detects when the user has rotated the device from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display accordingly, with users immediately seeing the entire width of a web page, or a photo in its proper landscape aspect ratio." Are you kidding me? No wait. There's more. iPhone also has "proximity sensor detects when you lift iPhone to your ear and immediately turns off the display to save power and prevent inadvertent touches until iPhone is moved away." Wait a moment. Finally, "iPhone's built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the display's brightness to the appropriate level for the current ambient light, thereby enhancing the user experience and saving power at the same time."

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the Number One Innovator for 2007 as per the rankings of the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world by BusinessWeek.

Also check out the following interesting stories about the Apple iPhone:

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Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"Apple Inc.'s iPhone won't hit stores until Friday, but the heavily hyped gadget already has unleashed a cottage industry of touch-screen protectors, leather hip carriers and car adapters.

Even the most enthusiastic manufacturers said creating formfitting iPhone accessories was an enormous challenge. A notoriously tightlipped Apple kept many partners in the dark on precise specifications, and some of the company's most trusted accessory manufacturers still have not touched a genuine iPhone.

To compensate, many cribbed size and weight specifications from Apple's Web site, then created models out of wood, cardboard or plastic. They shipped models to Apple for advice on whether headset and other outlets were placed correctly. They adjusted and resent revised versions to Apple." - Source: BusinessWeek

"Motorola, the world's second-largest mobile handset maker is coming off a $118 million dollar first calendar quarter loss, notes the Financial Times, where its strategy to increase market share resulted in crisis.

Padmasree Warrior, chief technology officer for Motorola, told the financial paper that her firm is basing a comeback on a new generation of handsets, but admits that iPhone is of particular concern.
"I do worry about [the iPhone] because [Apple] is a great competitor; a very respectable, credible, tough competitor to have in the industry," she said.

At the same time, the exec believes the Apple device will appeal only to a "small part of the market" and hold its share of weaknesses. For instance, she said the phone's web browsing capability could have "severe limitations" because it will run on AT&T's slower 2.5G network, rather than the carrier's high-speed 3G network.

Motorola, which saw a resurgence after the launch of its RAZR handset in 2004, plans to unleash the second-generation of the super-slim handset sometime this summer. Like the firm's Q9 smartphone, the RAZR2 will reportedly run on the faster 3G networks." - Source: Apple Insider

"Vodafone is in talks with Apple to launch the U.S. firm's iPhone combined music player and telephone in Europe, and talks partly hinge on volume guarantees and subsidies, a Dutch magazine reported.

Apple demanded a guaranteed sales volume for the iPhone, which the British mobile operator did not want to give, Dutch magazine Bright said on its web site late on Tuesday.

The magazine said Vodafone was pushing for more scope to subsidize the phone and did not want Apple to have control of the sale price." - Source: Reuters UK

"Apple Inc.'s iPhone won a strong endorsement from a key technology reviewer on Tuesday, June 26 when the Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg called it a beautiful, breakthrough device.

"Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer," Mossberg said in a review on WSJ.com.

New York Times technology writer David Pogue also weighed in with a largely positive review saying that the iPhone lived up to most of its considerable hype even if it did fall short in some areas." - Source: WSJ, New York Times

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the Number One Innovator for 2007 as per the rankings of the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world by BusinessWeek.

Bottomline:

If iPhone is a huge success, the iPhone accessories market will be another big hit. Case in point: iPod accessory market. iPhone has competitors worried, both in the U.S. and outside. In order to succeed globally though, Apple must put together a solid win-win plan to expand in Europe and Asia soon - within the next two months. Finally, reviews of iPhone are coming in, and are mostly optimistic - either the reviewers don't want to emphasize the flaws, or there are limited flaws - also, do they really want to bet against a winning horse when there is so much hype, buzz, hysteria and more surrounding the launch? The consumers will soon find out whether the iPhone is for real on June 29.

Also check out the following interesting stories about the Apple iPhone:

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Nine Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Toesday Today

Here I am out enjoying my porch. Yes, it's Tuesday and Toesday
so my Food Lady was out with the flashy thing!
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You may notice my claws are all inside...
I was very relaxed on my porch!

Jessica Rodriguez joins the line to purchase an iPhone in front of an Apple store on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 in New York. The much-promoted mobile phone from Apple goes on sale Friday in U.S. markets. For Jessica Rodriguez, waiting four days for an iPhone is nothing when the prize is "the next big thing."

On Tuesday, Rodriguez became the fourth person to line up outside Apple Inc.'s Fifth Avenue store in New York. The 24-year-old college student wants to get a belated birthday gift for her sister as soon as the iPhone starts selling Friday evening.

"Words can't express why I want an iPhone," Rodriguez said, sitting in a red folding chair she brought. "The main reason is (Apple CEO) Steve Jobs is a genius. He's a great innovator. It's going to be the next big thing in cell phones.".....Click here for the complete story

"I'll probably get the world's worst sunburn,'' said Eric Mueller, a graphic designer from Harlem who's fifth in line at the Fifth Avenue store, the only Apple outlet that's open 24 hours a day. "But it's exciting to be part of it.''

For others, it's about earning some extra cash. John May, a college student in Vallejo, California, has offered to stand in line for $250 for a potential iPhone buyer. He'll wait at an Apple store in Vallejo or Walnut Creek. Although no one has responded to his ad on Craigslist, May said he'll still join the line for latecomers.

"It seems like an easy way to make cash,'' said May, 18, who said his dad gave him the idea. "It's crazy.''

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the Number One Innovator for 2007 as per the rankings of the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world by BusinessWeek.

Bottomline:

Fans are beginning to clamor for the brand new Apple iPhone which is due out at 6:00 p.m. on June 29. The lines will only get bigger by June 29 morning, and expect dozens to hundreds of anxious buyers waiting outside the key Apple and AT&T stores to try and buy the iPhone. Even the $59.99 monthly plan that includes 450 minutes and unlimited data services among other features will not deter the die-hard Apple aficionados. Most analysts are predicting 100,000 to 200,000 iPhone unit sales by June 30. If you cannot wait for the iPhone, don't want to stand in line for days or hours, and are searching for an alternative, check this review of iPhone competitors by Marketwatch: Wireless device makers target iPhone crowd - LG, Nokia and target high-end users, but devices lack carrier support.

Also check the following interesting stories about Apple iPhone:

Four Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Five Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Seven Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Eight Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Nine Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

References:

Customers line up for iPhone launch
By ANICK JESDANUN
AP INTERNET WRITER

New Yorkers camp out for iPhone despite summer heat
IPhone fever takes hold in the Big Apple

Monday, June 25, 2007

The following table shows estimates for unit sales of the Apple iPhone from various analysts, including my own:



Bottomline:

The average estimate from all the analysts including the Apple Innovation Blog is over 1 million units of Apple iPhone sold by September 30, 2007, and 8.74 million units of Apple iPhone sold in the next year by September 30, 2008 for a total of 9.74 million units sold from June 29 launch through September 30, 2008. Even if Apple iPhone sells closer to 7.5 million units in the first full year of launch, this would be considered highly successful, and would easily eclipse the first full year of launch sales of the Apple iPod. However, Steve Jobs' and Apple's sights are much higher - the Motorola RAZR sold 50 million units from 2004 to 2006. Can iPhone come close to the breakout success of the RAZR?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the Number One Innovator for 2007 as per the rankings of the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world by BusinessWeek.

Also check:

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Seven Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
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Nine Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bob Rehm has seen the commercials, he’s witnessed the hype, and he really couldn’t care less that the iPhone is about to drop in Southwest Florida.

Yes, it’s a cell phone that can hold pictures, MP3s files, and includes a Web browser complete with Google search and map functions. Yes, it will be able to support wireless streaming of videos from YouTube.

And yes, it’s actually cooler — if that’s even possible — than the iPod, according to loyalists of the Apple brand.....

There's hype. There's hysteria. And there's history. The hype around Apple Inc.'s upcoming iPhone is abundantly clear. So is the hysteria. But how the iPhone will leave its historical mark after Friday's launch is to be seen.

Will the gadget - which triples as a cell phone, iPod media player and a wireless Web device - be as "revolutionary" as Apple CEO Steve Jobs has claimed?

Even if the product flops for some reason or stays limited to the high-end corner of the smart phone market, the iPhone has already jolted the industry, showing that it is not just the body and outward beauty of the handset that counts, but what's inside....

Remember the television ads for the Motorola RAZR?
The commercials showed off the sexy, thin profile of the clamshell handset and seduced more than 50 million people from 2004 to 2006 to buy it, making it the most popular cell phone ever sold.

But people want more now. There are plenty of slim, ultra-thin options out there, but not many make finding photos, saving phone contacts, picking up voice mail and selecting ringtones insanely easy.

"This is the most anticipated phone since Alexander Graham Bell did his," said Michael Gartenberg, an industry analyst at JupiterResearch. "Part of it is the fascination with Apple's products and how well they design them, but it's also about how poor the design in software is in cell phones now, and how much time Apple has spent working on this."

Apple's iPhone commercials show a finger swiping the touch screen display to activate the home menu, and with one tap on the photo icon, up pop your photos. Another icon zips over to your contacts.

Not a drop-down menu in sight.

"A few handset makers have been trying to make the phone simpler without having to refer to a manual that's 18 times the size of the phone," said Richard Doherty, president of The Envisioneering Group, a research company. "But Apple is going for the moon here.".....

Oakland Web programmer David Stillman, 21, hopes to be the first of his friends to own an iPhone.

Stillman, who has three Macintosh computers and two iPods, plans to trade in his two-year-old Sanyo phone for the high-end $599 iPhone if the all-inclusive monthly charges come to less than $100. Apple and AT&T Inc. - the exclusive carrier for the iPhone - have not yet disclosed the service charges.

Stillman says the best iPhone features appear to be the simple access to Google Inc.'s online maps and route directions and the intuitive user interface, which allows for easy scrolling through a contact list, fast searches through photo albums and quick callback for missed calls and recently dialed numbers.

Also, instead of just listening to voicemail in the order received, Apple has created what it calls "visual voicemail" for iPhone, an innovative way to see the list of voice messages so users can quickly choose the one they want to hear.

"The software is going to sell this phone - it's going to be so easy and obvious and will correct a lot of problems in other phones," said Stillman, who was waiting for Apple's flagship retail store in San Francisco to open Friday morning to do some shopping. "Other phones - even BlackBerrys - can do a million things but you can't figure out how to do anything on them.".....

Bottomline:

Oh my!! The buzz that the Apple iPhone has created pre-launch is unprecedented. As Steve Jobs will have you believe, iPhone is the coolest mobile phone, "it's all about the software inside", and the ease-of-use, the intuitive interface, the touchscreen, the iPod music player, the comprehensive Safari Internet browser, the YouTube video, the visual voice mail, the Google Maps, the pictures, the artificial intelligence, the photos, the wireless connectivity.....and more. Just one or two of these killer features have to be a big hit for the iPhone to rival the success of the iPod or the Motorola Razr. What will these features be? Would it be the Internet browsing? Would it be the music? Would it be the video? Or the fact that it would be the easiest mobile phone to operate. Would iPhone software come in the way of its operations and konk out when you are calling someone? Is the iPhone tested fully? Would iPhone connection be available everywhere and there would be no more "Can you hear me?". The industry is eagerly waiting for perhaps the biggest product launch of the 21st century.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the Number One Innovator for 2007 as per the rankings of the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world by BusinessWeek.

Also check:

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Eight Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Nine Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

References:

Fans already saying ‘iWant the iPhone’ By Jessie L. Bonner
Originally published — 2:21 p.m., June 23, 2007
Updated — 10:20 p.m., June 23, 2007

Associated Press
Industry Awaits 'Revolutionary' IPhone
By MAY WONG
06.24.07, 4:04 PM ET

Friday, June 22, 2007

Apple Inc.'s iPhone was a top choice in a survey of people who plan to buy an advanced mobile phone in the next three months, a sign the new device may take market share from rivals.

The survey by ChangeWave Research found that 26 percent of likely buyers would choose the iPhone, a combination mobile phone and iPod that will go on sale June 29. It was tied for first place with Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry. The research firm asked 3,489 U.S. consumers if they planned to buy an advanced mobile phone, and if so, what brand they would choose.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) , based in Cupertino, California, is betting the iPhone's features such as a touch screen will lure customers away from the BlackBerry and Palm Inc.'s Treo. The U.S. market for so- called smart phones, which offer e-mail functions, music players and cameras, may grow 43 percent this year to almost $6 billion, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

"It appears that the Apple iPhone will have a huge impact on the smart-phone market,'' ChangeWave said in the report. The device "poses an enormous challenge to the entire industry.''

ChangeWave, based in Rockville, Maryland, said 7.8 percent of the consumers surveyed planned to buy an advanced phone within the next 90 days. The study was conducted in April.


Bottomline:

If the market of smartphones indeed grows to $6 billion this year, and 26 percent of likely buyers will choose the iPhone, this would translate to $1.56 billion in total revenue for the new iPhone in the first year. At an average sale of $549 per iPhone, the number of new iPhones sold in the first year could eclipse 2.84 million units. Most analysts predict that the first year sales of the new iPhone would be in the range of 3.5 million to 4 million units. This means, that an additional 1 million iPhones will be snapped up by existing iPod owners. With 100 million iPod owners all over the world, 1 million translates to only 1% of the entire population. It is plausible that at least 10% of the iPod owners would buy the new iPhone - this alone creates a market of 10 million new iPhones. The question then is really about the timing. How soon will Apple sell 10 million new iPhones? Would it take only two years, or closer to five years? The success of Apple and the new iPhone will be entirely defined by rapid acceleration of new iPhone sales. Anything less than the sale of a few million iPhones in the first year would be construed a failure.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 from among the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world as per BusinessWeek.

Also check:

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Nine Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Mel B also know as Scary spice has released a press release stating that after a DNA test it seems that Eddie Murphy is the father of her child.

man am I mad that I missed that episode of Murray

Thursday, June 21, 2007

AT&T (NYSE: T) adds 2000 employees, includes 1,800 stores, and expands store hours for the upcoming Apple iPhone launch

AT&T, the exclusive service provider for the Apple iPhone, said on Thursday it has hired 2,000 temporary store workers to handle its much-hyped introduction of the iPhone, the first cell phone from iPod music player maker Apple.

The biggest U.S. wireless service provider by customer numbers will be the country's only carrier to offer the device when it goes on sale June 29. AT&T and Apple said they plan to start selling the device starting at 6 p.m. local time in cities across the country.

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said the company hired the extra summer staff for its 1,800 stores in anticipation of "significant demand" for the device. AT&T's wireless division employs a total of about 58,000 people.

AT&T sales staff have received a total of 100,000 hours of training to sell the device, at "the high end of the normal range" with an average of 6 hours per employee, said Mr. Siegel.

Apple, which plans to start selling the phone in all of its 162 retail stores on June 29, did not disclose any plans around training or staffing for the launch.
Apple will also start selling the phone online on the launch date, but AT&T will first launch only in its stores.

"This is such an important product we want to make sure people are fully informed," when they buy it, said Mr. Siegel.

AT&T stores will close locally at 4.30 p.m. on that Friday to prepare for the launch, then reopen at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. that night, according to Mr. Siegel.

"We want to free people from the rush of what they would normally encounter on a busy day," he said.

AT&T, which is requiring iPhone shoppers to sign up for a 2-year contract, has not yet revealed the service fees it will charge iPhone customers. The price of an iPhone will be either $500 or $600, depending on the storage space in the phone.


Bottomline:

Both AT&T and Apple are working in overdrive to make the new Apple iPhone a smashing success. If Apple iPhone does not takeoff as anticipated, it would definitely not be because of lack of planning, preparation and execution. Rather, it may fail if the consumers do not adopt it by the masses and if the much touted Internet, Music and Video features don't live up to the expectations. Is the AT&T network ready to handle the type of data traffic that an iPhone user will exploit on a daily basis when they are downloading iTunes, Video from YouTube and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), and browsing the Internet on the powerful Safari browser? There is also the small matter of texting using the touchscreen - this may involve a user behavior change that most layman users may not be ready to adopt or adapt. Remember Palm and the Graffiti. It never took off since the users were not ready to change the way they write their abc's. There is also the prohibitive cost of the Apple iPhone itself at $499 or $599, the monthly data services cost, and the inherent cost of switching carriers if you are stuck in a contract. All these costs can add up significantly, and can dampen the iPhone launch. However, if AT&T and Apple score high on these potential hiccups, they will launch a home run that will rival the success of iPod. Ten million iPhones may very well become a thing of the past by the end of 2008.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 from among the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world as per BusinessWeek.

Also check:

Nine Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff
Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Apple® announced that Apple iPhone™ users will be able to enjoy YouTube’s originally-created content on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29. A new Apple-designed application on iPhone will wirelessly stream YouTube’s content to iPhone over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks and play it on iPhone’s stunning 3.5 inch display.

“iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

iPhone will be the first mobile device to use the H.264-encoded videos. Over 10,000 videos will be available on June 29, and YouTube will be adding more each week until their full catalog of videos is available in the H.264 format this fall.

The complete story can be found at: Nine Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Liftoff

Bottomline:

Just when we thought we had seen the last of the "nine days to launch" Apple iPhone's innovations, Apple iPhone once again steals the limelight, and creates a mobile industry first: iPhone becomes the first mobile device to use H.264-encoded videos with a built-in ability to browse 10,000 videos on demand from YouTube. Wow!! Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) leads the market with the YouTube on demand web video service; Google and Apple have now joined hands to offer YouTube over the iPhone. There are tens of millions of YouTube downloads daily; now there will be hordes of iPhone users browsing YouTube video clips daily. YouTube is already viral; now, iPhone can become viral based on the viral appeal of YouTube. Can one find a better match than this? Not in the current market. The numbers are mind boggling: 19 million consumers have shown interest in purchasing the new iPhone, and with YouTube coming on board, the numbers can only become real. One thing is certain: Steve Jobs and Apple are playing all the right cards to make the iPhone a must have, gotta have, to die for mobile phone that will provide the best internet, video and music experience. And oh, it's a pretty good phone too.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 from among the Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world as per BusinessWeek.

Also check:

Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tummy Toesday

If you look closely,
you can see that there was some of my catnip
on my track ball mousie.
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That catnip sure does give me good dreams!
~~~~~
And my track ball mousie makes a great pillow!
~~~~~
Zzzzzzzzzzz...

iPhone Delivers Up to Eight Hours of Talk Time

Now Features Durable Glass Top Surface

Apple® announced on June 18 that iPhone™ will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback.* In addition, iPhone will feature up to 250 hours-more than 10 days-of standby time. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of iPhone, including its stunning 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity.

The complete story can be found at:
Ten Days to Apple iPhone Launch - June 29 Launch

Bottomline:

With Ten days to iPhone Launch, Apple has once again upped the ante by providing increased talk time, and superior touchscreen surface for the iPhone. Either Apple is really getting good at underestimating and over-delivering on announced features thereby creating an awe for the iPhone even before the launch, or even Apple is essentially figuring out things out on-the-fly and innovating in real-time. Either way, the consumers benefit the most from these improvements. The question then to ask is whether Apple will announce another enhancement before the launch. For the naysayer, Apple's strategy of innovating while the product is on the assembly line should raise quality concerns. But then again, Apple has proved time and again that it will rather stretch just a bit more with the best interest of the consumer in mind and take that meaningful risk, rather than wait.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 according to BusinessWeek.

Also check:

Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Monday, June 18, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Germany's three leading mobile service providers will start selling the HTC Touch smart phone in late June -- earlier than the European debut of Apple's iPhone, which the HTC Touch hopes to rival.

Taiwan's High Tech Computer Corp., which makes the HTC Touch, said today that its touch-screen phone would retail for a recommended €450 ($599 U.S.) if sold without a contract.

Complete story can be found here:
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 15 - June 29 Launch

Bottomline:

Apple iPhone is not even out yet, and it has already found solid competition in HTC's HTC Touch phone. Head to head, iPhone will have four to eight times more memory than the Touch, and include a complete Internet browser and fully functional iPod. HTC Touch will be a worthy competitor nevertheless since the wireless operators may lower its price point based on contracts, and the fact that it has already found a foothold in international markets - this means it has been tested and primed. Could HTC Touch become the dark horse that rivals iPhone? Or could it even create a larger market for touchscreen mobile cell phones?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 according to BusinessWeek.

Also check:

Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Thursday, June 14, 2007

iPhone may boost AT&T subscribers by nearly 1 million in 07
By AppleInsider Staff

Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) soon-to-be-released iPhone could potentially serve as a "very disruptive force "in the wireless industry, benefiting AT&T (NYSE: T) at the expense of the other "Big 4" carriers, according to investment bank Bear Stearns.

In a report to clients on Thursday, equity research analyst Mike McCormack said his latest model has the inaugural Apple handset contributing 915,000 new subscribers to AT&T's wireless network during the second half of this year, with an additional 3.5 million likely to follow in 2008.

The complete story can be found at:
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 14 - June 29 Launch

Bottomline:

Can Apple iPhone create disruption in the wireless marketplace? Would it have a direct impact on the likes of LG, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Sony? How much of an indirect impact will the iPhone have on AT&T, and the key national wireless carriers? Finally, what about all the suppliers who have provided parts to make the Apple iPhone? Can iPhone become the juggernaut that everyone is hyping it to be? The consumers hold the answer to all these questions. What percentage of current iPod owners will buy the iPhone? How many current cell phone owners will switch to iPhone? How many new mobile phone users will buy iPhone? And how many iPhone users will stay loyal? Many questions, many answers. We will check back in late 2007 for some of the answers.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 according to BusinessWeek.

Also check:

Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Verizon, Sprint await iPhone onslaught
Marketwatch - June 12, 2007

While AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) executives talk confidently about gaining market share in the wireless business after the iPhone is released, skeptical rivals have reserved their fire. Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. all say they are prepared for the iPhone, but none has offered a clear strategy to combat the introduction of the highly anticipated device.

....

AT&T has repeatedly called the iPhone a "game changer," saying more than 1 million potential customers have made inquiries about the device. Many of them have declined to re-sign annual commitments with their current providers so they'll have a chance to check out the iPhone, AT&T executives say.

iPhone to Support Third-Party Web 2.0 Applications

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced on June 11, "that its revolutionary iPhone(TM) will run applications created with Web 2.0 Internet standards when it begins shipping on June 29. ......

Go to: Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 13 - June 29 Launch for the complete story.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 according to BusinessWeek.

Bottomline:

Rival wireless operators are worried, to say the least. They are betting that iPhone fails. If iPhone succeeds beyond expectations, watch out!! AT&T has the most to benefit, besides Apple. In a move to create a larger base of developers, applications and users, Apple wisely chose to open up iPhone to use any Web 2.0 Internet standard application. This will take some time to sink in, but once it does sink in, can iPhone become a mobile platform? Only time will tell.

Also check:
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 3 - June 29 release
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2
Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1



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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tummy Tuesday

Here I am enjoying myself on my favorite rug.
This is the family room rug which is right by the cabinet
with the Temptations in it.
My Food Lady gave me some of those Temptations
and I am now feeling quite blissful!
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And, how 'bout that floofy tummy???

For Suzanne...

In memory of Sweet Suzanne.
She will be dearly missed.
Thank you to Dragonheart for sharing this picture.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sleepy on Sunday

The weather was rather nice today,
not too hot, not too cold...
So, I thought I would snuggle up next to Sadie Katie
and simply enjoy the afternoon.

Friday, June 8, 2007

"Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) supplanted Toyota as leader of the pack in J.D. Power and Associates' annual initial quality rankings released Wednesday, grabbing more individual awards than any other automaker for the first time since 1998, when it tied for the top spot.

Ford ranked highest in five of 19 segments in this year's survey. That's two better than in 1998 - the last time a U.S. automaker was on top - when Ford tied with Toyota (NYSE: TM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC).

Ford took the top spot in five of 19 segments in the survey, better than the three it garnered the last time around. The Dearborn automaker earned segment awards for the Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan and Mazda MX-5 Miata. Mazda is 33.4 percent owned by Ford.

....

Ford's Lincoln brand, which jumped from 12th to third in overall vehicle quality, averaged 100 problems per 100 vehicles. It was behind Porsche and Toyota's Lexus luxury brand, which averaged 94 problems per 100 vehicles.

"We saw dramatic improvement from Lincoln," said Neal Oddes, J.D. Power's director of product research and analysis. "It was a fantastic year for the Mercury Milan, with dramatic improvements in terms of defects."

Overall, he said, Ford's strength came from new launches such as the Edge, MKX and MKZ.

Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari said those launches "speak volumes about what we're doing right."

"What we saw today is the result of several years of adhering to our design and manufacturing processes with complete discipline," she said. "It took some time for the results to be evident."

Bottomline:

Ford rocks!! I have seen the Edge on the road and also the MKX and MKZ - these are great looking cars . Also the Mustang. Ford is making cool cars that consumers want, with better quality, and sound manufacturing processes. Quality Innovations at Ford!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Tuesday Toesday

Here I was leaning over the arm of the chair,
looking at China Cat when I fell asleep
with my toes sticking out.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

What does Nokia's Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo have to say about the upcoming Apple iPhone launch?

Read Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 2 to find out!

Also check: Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch - Day 1

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and is the number one innovator for 2007 according to BusinessWeek.

References:
Reuters story

Friday, June 1, 2007

Senator Hillary Clinton yesterday unveiled a 9-point Innovation Agenda "to renew the nation’s commitment to research; help create the premier science, engineering, technology and mathematics workforce; and upgrade our innovation infrastructure". Senator Clinton was visiting San Jose, California, the capital of Silicon Valley and the center of Innovation in the country.

Senator Clinton calls her Innovation Agenda: Investing in Ideas and Creating High-Wage Jobs of the Future!

As a way of Background, Senator Clinton emphasized that America is still an "innovation superpower." Further, "we have the world’s best university system, an entrepreneurial culture, and the availability of risk capital. Also, we spend more than $300 billion a year on research and development (approximately 2.7% of GDP), more than any other nation." And finally, "Our products and services are in demand the world over. Last year, Americans captured all of the Nobel Prizes in science."

Yet, Senator Clinton points out the real Challenges facing Americans today: "Other nations are increasingly investing in their innovation infrastructure, positioning themselves to challenge our leadership. In the last 12 years, China has doubled the percentage of GDP dedicated to R&D, and over that same period GDP itself doubled. Also, our share of the world’s scientists and engineers has declined, and too few American college students are preparing themselves for these careers. Fewer than 20% of American undergraduates are earning degrees in science or engineering, compared with more than 50% in China. And, we now rank 25th in broadband deployment."

Finally, Senator Clinton proposes a 9-point plan aka Innovation Agenda. Here are the key 9 points that presidential hopeful Clinton provided to the leaders of Silicon Valley and the nation at large:

1. Establish a $50-billion Strategic Energy Fund

2. Increase the basic research budgets 50% over 10 years at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the Defense Department

  • Increase research focus on the physical sciences and engineering
  • Require that federal research agencies set aside at least 8% of their research budgets for discretionary funding of high-risk research
  • Ensure that e-science initiatives are adequately funded
  • Boost support for multidisciplinary research in areas such as the intersection of bio, info, and nanotechnologies
3. Increase the NIH budget by 50% over 5 years and aim to double it over 10 years
  • Increase investment in the non-health applications of biotechnology in order to fuel 21st century industry
4. Direct the federal agencies to award prizes in order to accomplish specific innovation goals

5. Triple the number of NSF fellowships and increase the size of each award by 33 percent

6. Support initiatives to bring more women and minorities into the math, science, and engineering professions

7. Support initiatives to establish leadership in broadband

8. Overhaul the R&E tax credit to make the U.S. a more attractive location for high-paying jobs

9. Restore integrity to science policy

Bottomline:

Senator Clinton's Innovation Agenda is bold and definitely "wooed Silicon Valley campaign contributors and voters." Many elements of the proposed plan such as the strategic energy fund, research budgets and focus, nsf fellowships, women and minorities, and multidisciplinary research are needed now. Although the plan is still forming, and senator Clinton even asks everyone to provide their inputs and feedback, it is a good step towards innovation progress and success. One suggestion I made today on her website was to create a separate office for entrepreneurship that drives innovation. Although entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley is second nature, one cannot say the same for the entire country. As a blogger on Creativity and Innovation driving business, it is great to witness Senator Clinton put forth a plan for Innovation to drive America and Amerian business forward. Perhaps Americans at large will listen to her agenda, participate, and provide feedback, which in turn should definitely benefit her presidential campaign.

Also check out:
Senator Barack Obama -- Bold Innovations and Opportunities

President Clinton - Innovations in Philanthropy


Apple iPhone is going to be launched towards late June, 2007. I am going to begin the Countdown to Apple iPhone Launch starting today at the Apple Innovation Blog. Check out Apple Innovation Blog for the latest news, blogs, gossips, rumors and interesting stuff about the iPhone. What did Steve Jobs say is iPhone's strongest selling point?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is one of the top 20 innovators of The Innovation Index, and was voted recently number 1, the top innovator, by BusinessWeek and Boston Consulting Group.

References:

Apple is Number 1, Numero Uno, Top Innovative Company for the 3rd year in a row

This is where I like to sit while blogging.
I am on a little stool
that was made by one of my Food Lady's relatives.
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I am waiting here so I can put a new post on my blog.
But I don't know where my Food Lady is
and she always helps me blog.
I'm trying to wait patiently.
Maybe I'll go have a snack.
Oh, there's China Cat,
Do you know where my Food Lady is?
She doesn't know either...
Wait! - Hey, did you hear that?
Oh, I thought I finally heard my Food Lady.
I'm looking over at the door...
I hope she comes in now...
Darn it,
it was just a noise - she's not home yet.
I'll just wait here...
Meanwhile, the Lovely Luna is hosting Weekend Cat Blogging #104 at Catsynth. And Justin's Random Thoughts is where you'll find the 166th Edition of Carnival of the Cats.

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