Oh great… Here we go again. Looks like Verizon is retaliating against the backlash they received a while back for attempting to charge a $2 online bill pay convenience fee.
Now it appears that starting April 22nd, we will have to pay an extra $30 on top of the phone price to upgrade. Man… I thought I was with the “cool” carrier this whole time. I guess they're just joining everyone else.
Currently Sprint and AT&T have fees associated to their upgrades. But honestly, the reasoning Verizon has for the new upgrade fee is completely ridiculous:
The Mobile Grip Mini Fold-up Tripod from Arkon is a neat accessory to carry with you, especially if you use the camera function on your device a lot. This is a universal design so it should fit most smartphones, as well as an iPod Touch and similar devices that sport a camera. With the exception of the adjusting screws, the kit is all plastic which is one of the reasons it's so light. Check out the video from Arkon below for actual use of the stand.
The stand consists of three pieces. The tripod mount, mobile grip adaptor, and mobile grip holder.
According to AppleInsider, market research firm Gartner is projecting that Apple will sell 73 million iPads in 2012, accounting for 61.4% of the tablet market. That's about 1.4 million iPads per week. Apparently some manufacturers are simply ceding the territory to Apple for the time being, until Windows 8 arrives, Microsoft's new operating system that will run on both tablets and PCs.
Despite one recent contrarian, almost all market analysts expect Apple's stock to just keep rising into the stratosphere. Today the company's market value briefly hit $600 billion, with their stock trading at 644 before falling back to around 630 at midday. Only one other company has ever broached $600 billion mark: Microsoft reached that lofty figure for 13 trading days at the height of the dotcom boom. Today its valuation is $260 billion. And there seems to be no end in sight for Apple's soaring stock, with the iPhone 4S still selling well and poised to make dramatic gains abroad, especially in China.
And the winners are... (drumroll please): Simon Shu, Samuel Donovan, Paul Schurink, Roberto Novoa, Juliana Sparks, Sutasinee McClary, Tom Clair, Sheri Johnson, Byron gallegos, Justin Hess, Nicholas Walker, Jason Ayres, Norm Huehlefeld, Christopher Turner and Anne Bettiol!
Considering how many apps are available in the Apple app store, not to mention how many are actually on my iPhone (close to 300), it's a bit daunting of a task to come up with only 10 apps to recommend here and now! There are simply so many amazing and award-winning apps out there and each is suited to an individual uniquely.
According to CNET, a report out of Korea is saying that the head of Foxconn's human resources department has indicated that Apple has placed an order for the manufacture of the iPhone 5 and that it will come out around October. Foxconn is, of course, the major manufacturer of Apple's gadgets, and one would think that the head of human resources would be privy to what's going on. Still, consider it a rumor. And it conflicts with a rumor last week a Foxconn recruiter said that the new iPhone was coming in June.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was the highest paid CEO for 2011. Reported by the New York Times [via Bloomberg], the data from research firm Equilar tracked Tim’s money flow for 2011. I think you'll be very surprised by the numbers...