Applelinks iOS News Reader - Monday, January 21, 2013

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RIM's Share Prices Climb As Apple's Erode
Research In Motion Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results
Sharp Slashes 9.7-Inch iPad Screen Output
Would You Buy A Phablet?
Mega Arrives: Hands-On With Kim Dotcom's New Cloud Storage Site
Kim Dotcom's New Mega Service Could Dismantle Copyright Forever
5-Inch Smartphone Displays To Become The Standard In 2013
Smartphones: Samsung Bursts Out to Start the New Year
Apple's Dumbest Customers
Poll: Should Apple Pull The NRA Shooting App?
Navigate The Inauguration Port-A-Potty Shortage with Charmin's SitOrSquat Restroom Finder App
Dolphin Browser Update With Device Link Extensions Released





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RIM's Share Prices Climb As Apple's Erode

The Canadian Press reports that shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) soared higher on Friday as one of the company's most prominent analysts gave a stronger vote of confidence to the new BlackBerry launch. The company's stock price rose 4.5 percent, or 66 cents, to $15.34 on the Toronto Stock Exchange shortly after markets opened, pushing towards levels it hasn't seen in more than a year, after Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek raised his target estimate to US$19.50 per share, from $13.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/k6xqk






Research In Motion Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Research In Motion Limited has reported third quarter results for the three months ended December 1, 2012.

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $2.7 billion, down 5% from $2.9 billion in the previous quarter and down 47% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2012. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 60% for hardware, 36% for service and 4% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 6.9 million BlackBerry smartphones and approximately 255,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

In tis outlook, the Company expects that there will be continued pressure on operating results as it gets set to launch its BlackBerry 10 platform in the fourth quarter. RIM says it intends to continue to consider using pricing initiatives on BlackBerry 7 devices and service fees in some markets as a way to maintain our subscriber base and drive more BlackBerry users. The timing of the BlackBerry 10 launch event for January 30, 2013 could also impact sales of current BlackBerry 7 products as some customers may defer purchasing decisions and wait for BlackBerry 10 devices. All these factors are expected to impact unit volumes, subscribers, margins and service fees. In addition, the company will be significantly increasing its marketing spending this quarter as expected, to support the global launch of BlackBerry 10, and the Company expects to report an operating loss for the fourth quarter.






Sharp Slashes 9.7-Inch iPad Screen Output

Reuters' Reiji Murai and Miyoung Kim report tht Japan's Sharp Corp has nearly halted production of 9.7-inch screens for Apple Inc's iPad, according to two sources said, possibly as demand shifts to the smaller iPad mini.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/c7uma






Would You Buy A Phablet?

Tech.pinions' Tim Bajarin, an enthusiastic tablet computer fan, weighs in on the "phablet" phenomenon - smartphone designs with 5.3-inch to 6.1-inch screens. He prefers to call them "tweeners" being a cross between a large smartphone and a small table in a single package, and originally popularized by Samsung's 5.3-inch Galaxy Note that was released last winter and sold about 10 million units in 2012. Bajarin notes that some analysts believe that Samsung is on track to sell around 20 million Galaxy Note 2s in 2013, and that he was interested to discover that that when he actually held Huawei's 6.1 inch smartphone in my hand at the Huawei booth at CES, he could actually see himself using it - but only with a Bluetooth headset, which is how he primarily uses the iPhone now anyway, paired with a BT headset), and while he appreciates the 7.9 screen in his iPad mini, he was just as comfortable with Huaweis 6.1-inch Ascend.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://techpinions.com/would-i-buy-a-phablet/13789






Mega Arrives: Hands-On With Kim Dotcom's New Cloud Storage Site

Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar notes that nearly one year after Kim Dotcom's Megaupload storage site was shuttered on criminal charges filed by the United States government, the big man is back with a new cloud storage service, called simply Mega.

Free users will get 50GB; $13 to $40 per month buys you 500GB to 4TB of storage.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/fUWXm






Kim Dotcom's New Mega Service Could Dismantle Copyright Forever

Gizmodo's Mario Aguilar says that Kim Dotcom's Mega service might look like it's just another online storage locker like Dropbox or Google Drive, but it's way more than that. He thinks Mega is a weapon aimed straight at copyright rights holders, and is maybe the most private, invincible file-sharing service of all time.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/8iWhf






5-Inch Smartphone Displays To Become The Standard In 2013

InformationWeek's Eric Zeman says it's pretty clear that handset makers are moving to 5-inch panels for their leading devices, noting that in 2012, the leading devices had screens measuring 4.7 or 4.8 inches. In 2011, the leading devices had screens measuring 4.3 or 4.5 inches. While many smartphones are still shipping with 880 x 400, 940 x 560, and 1280 x 720 pixel displays, full high-definition will set the benchmark in 2013.

This begs the question: what will happen to screen sizes in 2014?

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/y7ZZH






Smartphones: Samsung Bursts Out to Start the New Year

ChangeWave Research's Vice President of Research Paul Carton, Ph.D says results from 451 Research's ChangeWave service's latest survey on consumer smartphone demand find an explosive wave of momentum catapulting Samsung to an all-time high in the North American smart phone market.

"Consumer buying intent for Samsung smartphones has been extraordinary to start the year. Considering the Galaxy S III has been out for several months we'd normally expect a slowdown by now but its still red hot," says Carton. "Were also seeing strong interest in Samsung's large-screen phone the Galaxy Note II. Super-sized smartphones are taking the industry by storm in 2013.

The December survey of 4,061 primarily North American respondents also looked at mobile operating systems. In a surprise finding, users of Microsoft's Windows Phone OS are reporting higher customer satisfaction levels than users of Android mobile OS a clear sign of strong user satisfaction with Windows Phone 8.

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A year ago, ChangeWave smartphone surveys forecast that Samsung and Apple would outperform the rest of the market for 2012. The latest ChangeWave survey shows their momentum continuing in 2013 to the detriment of other manufacturers.

One-in-two North American respondents (50%) planning to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days say they’ll get an Apple iPhone. While that's down from 71% in last quarter's survey conducted just as the iPhone 5 was being released - historically speaking its a solid showing for Apple.

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At the same time, the percentage planning to buy a Samsung smartphone in the next 90 days has soared from 13% to 21% - an unprecedented 8-pt gain.

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What accounts for Samsung's North American surge? A major clue is found in the breakout of Samsung models that consumers plan on buying in the next 90 days. While the Galaxy S III (69%) is still the most popular by a wide margin, its the Galaxy Note II (23%) - Samsung's super-large screen Phablet - thats the biggest surprise here.

Impressive demand for the Galaxy Note II suggests the era of large-screen smartphones is upon us. Importantly, when all planned buyers were asked their screen size preference, more than one-in-four (27%) said theyre most interested in a 5-inch or larger screen.

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Clearly, historical forces underlie the increasing consumer interest in large-screen smart phones, Carton notes. One example: increased reliance on data and data-driven tasks by smartphone owners is slowly but surely superceding the former reliance on voice.

So with Samsung leaping ahead in the large-screen smart phone space, does this represent a long-term competitive threat to Apple?

"Not likely," says Paul Carton. "With this level of consumer interest, Apple is perfectly capable of producing a large-screen smartphone that's virtually a tiny tablet. They could call it an 'iTab' and have it on the shelves for the next Holiday season.

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The ChangeWave survey results also show a potential breakthrough for the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system.

"We looked at operating system customer satisfaction based upon the OS consumers have on their smartphones," says Carton. "As in previous surveys, Apple is the clear leader here with 71% of iOS users saying they are Very Satisfied with their phone."

But the big surprise is that users of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system (53%) now rank it higher in terms of customer satisfaction than do users of the Android mobile operating system (48%) a clear sign of strong user satisfaction with Windows Phone 8.

Nokia is the biggest beneficiary of the higher Windows Phone satisfaction levels to date. The Finnish manufacturer's Very Satisfied rating jumped to 56% this quarter putting it in a dead heat with Samsung (55%) for second place though both remain well behind Apple (70%), the industry leader.

For more on ChangeWave Research, a service of 451 Research, and the Consumer Smart Phone results at:
https://451research.com/report-long?icid=2656






Apple's Dumbest Customers

Forbes Brett Nelson says there are no dumb questions, or on the other hand maybe there are a few, noting it's no wonder Apples stock is off 28% since hitting its $700 high last September being as the company seems to be trying to satisfy a surfeit of what appear to be to put it charitably, "challenged" customers.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/WTgo7






Poll: Should Apple Pull The NRA Shooting App?

CNET's Amanda Kooser notes that the NRA's target-shooting app for iOS has stirred up controversy and a petition to have the app pulled from the App Store. Should it stay or should it go?

You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/GYkVi






Navigate The Inauguration Port-A-Potty Shortage with Charmin's SitOrSquat Restroom Finder App

Following reports citing a shortage of port-a-potties secured for the Presidents Monday inauguration, Charmin encourages attendees to download the SitOrSquat app to find clean, public restrooms near the steps of the Capitol building. SitOrSquat by Charmin is a free mobile app available for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android that consists of user-generated content and currently contains more than 125,000 restrooms across the country.

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Those in attendance of the Presidents public swearing-in can use the SitOrSquat app to find restrooms in the area, or even populate the database with new found locations. The app also allows users to find restrooms equipped with specific features, such as changing tables and handicap access.

The SitOrSquat by Charmin app lets you access and record bathroom information wherever you go. All of restroom content is added by loyal users. Currently over 100,000 bathrooms are and Charmin is soliciting help in growing that database. Join the SitOrSquat movement. Download the app and add/review a bathroom today. We all go. Why not enjoy the go with SitOrSquat.

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WHERE:
Steps of the Capitol building
E. Capitol St. and First St. NW, Washington, DC.

WHY:
According to recent news reports, 600,000 800,000 people are expected to attend the inauguration, but only 1,500 port-a-potties will be available to the public. To avoid waiting in long port-a-potty lines, SitOrSquat can help visitors find public restrooms to enjoy the go during this historic occasion!

HOW:

SEARCH and VIEW public restrooms nearest your current location on a map or in a list.

MAP results with an interactive, location-based map.

REGISTER using Facebook Connect to Rate, Add, Upload Pictures, and Bookmark bathrooms.

RATE restrooms by choosing Sit (you enjoyed the bathroom) or Squat (it could be better) and provide your relevant experience and honest opinions, including pictures.

ADD public restrooms to the database by entering basic location information and optional details like pictures and features.

FILTER results by choosing specific features such as Open Now, Sit-or-Squat Rating, Family Bathroom, Baby Changing Table, Handicap Accessible, or Pay-Per-Use toilets.

BOOKMARK your favorite locations or map out locations for an upcoming trip.

SHARE with friends via Facebook.

NOTE: SitOrSquat uses Facebook Connect. Opening this app may send personal information about you or your device to Facebook.

Visit http://www.sitorsquat.com for the website version.

Follow on Twitter @Charmin or tweet #tweetfromtheseat

Visit http://www.charmin.com for more information on versions for other mobile devices.

System Requirements:
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Requires iOS 4.3 or later

Free

App Store:
http://bit.ly/WeRh9L






Dolphin Browser Update With Device Link Extensions Released

Simplify your mobile life. Let Dolphin do all the work so you don't have to. Use Dolphin's tabbed browsing and share any web content instantly to your favorite social networks and send between desktop and mobile devices.

Features:
• One-tap Share - Right from Dolphin, you can tweet web pages, post them to Facebook, share them via email, or Grab the content and save it directly to Evernote (Beta) or Box.
• Tabbed browsing - No need to toggle between screens, tabbed browsing lets you open and switch between Web pages fast as lightning.
• Dolphin Connect - Sync/Send between Mobile and Desktop
1. Send to device: Send links, maps, phone numbers, & more from your desktop to your phone and vice versa with Chrome/Firefox/Safari extensions. (see below)
2. Dolphin Connect: Sync easily your history, bookmarks, passwords and open tabs across mobile and desktop.
• WiFi- Broadcast - Share links with Dolphin friends nearby on your wifi network.
• Sonar - Dolphin listens and lets you use your voice to search on the Internet, share on your favorite social networks, bookmark your favorite website, navigate and more all from your phone or tablet browser
• Gesture - Let your inner artist out and create a personal Gesture (symbol) to access the mobile and desktop websites you use the most.
• Speed Dial - Visit your favorite sites on the go with one touch.
• Sidebars - Make the best of mobile interface with bookmarks and open tabs on Dolphin sidebar.

Download Dolphin Browser extensions and send web content between your mobile and desktop.

Downloads:

Chrome:
http://goo.gl/jsw5C

Firefox:
http://goo.gl/9q54u

Safari:
http://goo.gl/UfcTD

iPad version:
http://goo.gl/dGLpA

Free

For more information, visit:
http://goo.gl/6mVbP



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