Apple news rarely makes the headlines around here because, well, we love our PC’s. iOS devices on the other hand is a completely different story. Since the vast majority of iOS users are in-fact running Windows, (an interesting bit of trivia you’ll never hear them advertise), it never hurts to bring up the odd news tidbit. This week we would like to bring your attention to the controversy surrounding Foxconn, and the allegations which basically accuse Apple of running a modern day, high tech sweat shop. To try and counter the mounting consumer unrest, Apple is pulling open the kimono, and letting ABC Nightline reporters take a tour of the assembly lines, and interview key personnel.
The silver lining when you hit rock bottom is there's no place to go but up (actually, you can move sideways as well). Flip those words of wisdom upside down and you have a situation where Android, which has been sitting on top of the world, suddenly has to deal with its first ever decline in market share, according to data released by market research firm ABI Research.
Do you live and breathe the Steam platform? Constantly wondering what your Steam friends are up to when you're way from your PC? Do you start to twitch if you don't get your Steam fix every hour on the hour? You should try coffee or Monster or any caffeinated beverage. In the meantime, Valve has found a way to feed your obsession to Steam with a new mobile app for Android and iOS.
Brothers and business partners David Marsh and Ian Marsh put out a mobile iOS game called Tiny Tower. Perhaps you've heard of it. Apple named it the best iPhone game of 2011, and it currently has a 4.5/5 star rating on iTunes based on more than 98,000 rating submissions. Zynga liked it so much that it released (in Canada) what appears to be a blatant rip off of the free game, and is charging for it.
Back in 2010, the Library of Congress issued a rulemaking statement that exempted jailbreaking, rooting, and otherwise unlocking mobile devices from DMCA anti-circumvention laws. For all intents and purposes, this made these activities completely legal, and stopped Apple from making all those threats against the jailbreak community. In 2012, that exemption is set to expire unless it is renewed, and the EFF wants to make sure that it is.
Before anyone hops straight to the comments section with virtual pitchforks and torches aimed in our direction, bear in mind we're not saying Android or iOS will kill the PC, and quite frankly, we think any talk of a post PC era is a bunch of nonsense. But there are some who think the PC is dying, and at least one analyst who envisions mobile platforms dealing the death blow.
What a difference a last name makes. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made it his mission to "destroy Android" even if it meant bankrupting Apple in order to do so. The other Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, doesn't spew the same venom towards Google's green machine as Jobs once did, and even wishes his beloved iPhone could do some of the same things as Android, or at least do certain things as well as the open source OS.
We imagine Santa did his fair share of grumbling this year as he reminisced about the days when kids asked for toy trains and dolls. The current generation is more interested in smartphones and tablets, which would explain why the last week of the 2011 saw more iOS and Android device activations than any previous week of the year. That kind of strong finish should have app developers smiling from ear to ear.
Google's Android platform is having little trouble holding onto its No. 1 spot in the U.S. in terms of the number of mobile subscribers. According to comScore's mobile subscriber market share report for the month of November 2011, there were 234 million Americas age 13 and older who used mobile devices for the three-month average period ending in November, many of which are turning to Android.
Judging by the number of activations over the weekend, it appears Santa handed out a sack full of Android and iOS devices for the holiday, some of which were opened ahead of Christmas. Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of mobile at Google, fired off a tweet and a Google+ post earlier this morning announcing there were 3.7 million Android devices activated on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.