Apple has sold 1.39 million iPhones, and 1.1 million during the quarter, the company reported. Mac shipments were up 34 percent, compared to last year, and iPod shipments were up 17 percent.
Apple is gaining share on the rest of the PC industry. Last week, IDC and Gartner had the worldwide PC market growing at about 15 percent, while Mac shipments are growing more than twice as fast.
The announcement lit up CNET News.com's message boards, with many readers debating the value of the Apple's market share versus other companies. But more than one reader expects the holiday shopping season to bring good tidings to Apple.
"With the reduced price, sexiness and shear functionality (not even including the coming 3rd party apps!) of the iPhone and the new iPods, Apple should have a blowout holiday season," forum.
Meanwhile, the hunt for the Google phone is a lot like hunting for Bigfoot. Rumors of a Google phone, or "Gphone," have circulated since late 2004 and hit a fever pitch over the last few months.
at its analyst day this week, but until now, Google executives and representatives have refused to comment, or even confirm, if Gphone is the name of a product many believe the search giant to be working on.
Often, where there's smoke, there's fire. And what do the smoke signals--and Google patents--say? Unlike Apple's iPhone, the Gphone probably won't be an actual hardware device. Instead, it's more likely to be a bundle of software and supporting infrastructure that allows a phone manufactured by someone else to access Google services, experts say.
But Google executives
"I'm on the board of Apple. I'm using the iPhone," said CEO Eric Schmidt, holding up his phone to show reporters. "We have a policy of not talking about future products."
Right now, Microsoft is focusing on its enterprise strengths. The company is announcing a new product, known as System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, and noting that it is providing start-up funds for Enterprise Mobile, a new Boston-based service provider that will help companies manage the process of doling out smartphones to large workforces.
The new software allows businesses to push out software updates to phones over the air and also provides a VPN system for Windows Mobile devices to get secure access to corporate data, something that in the past has typically required third-party software. But even that product is some months away.
Face time for Microsoft
Microsoft may be playing catch-up in the mobile market, but it certainly got the jump on the competition in the social-networking space. Microsoft is
Under the terms of the new agreement, Microsoft will be the exclusive third-party advertising partner for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based social-networking site, and the Microsoft ads will expand beyond the United States to Facebook's international presence. So far, the advertising deal does not appear to have expanded beyond its current 2011 expiration date.
Microsoft is apparently doing well right now without being a dominant player in the mobile market. Like Apple,
As for Vista, the company said it saw double-digit growth in multiyear agreements by businesses and saw "the vast majority" of consumers opting for a premium version of the operating system. Microsoft also saw particularly strong results in the Windows client business, where revenue grew 25 percent in the quarter. And it sold 1.8 million Xbox 360 consoles in the quarter.
But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer clearly sees big opportunities in the mobile-software market. As millions of consumers acquire cell phones, and as cell phones become more capable, it's a natural extension of Microsoft's core business of selling PC operating systems and applications.
Ballmer sees Microsoft's unique role as bridging the consumer and business markets to provide a more compelling "experience" for phone buyers. Ballmer sat down with CNET News.com to, and why he thinks Vista is already a success, no matter what you might have heard.
Hooked up with Wi-Fi
The iPhone and other Wi-Fi-enabled handsets coming into the market
Apple's iPhone was one of the first to reach the American market. And so far, the phone has gotten rave reviews for Web surfing when it's on a Wi-Fi network. Conversely, critics have complained about the painfully slow surfing on AT&T's 2.5G cellular network. (The iPhone does not operate on a 3G wireless network, which is considerably faster than a 2.5G network.)
Up until recently, most people using a citywide Wi-Fi network have done so using a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or PC. But with Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones, users could benefit from true broadband mobile Web surfing, which would likely drive demand for the service.
Meanwhile, cities that commit to. Even though some projects have stalled or failed outright, there have also been several success stories. Cities such as Minneapolis; Houston; Burbank, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz., are moving forward and seeing early signs of success.
One of the common threads weaved through each of these deployments is that all of these cities have committed to using the Wi-Fi networks for their own purposes, whether it be to provide remote access for mobile city workers, automate meter reading, control traffic congestion or enhance public safety.
Funny how things change. Only a few years ago, AT&T was lobbying in city councils and statehouses around the country, trying to prevent cities from building their own broadband networks. AT&T and other service providers argued that these new networks would compete unfairly with their own broadband services.
But a little over a year ago,
James Cicconi, senior executive vice president of legislative and external affairs for AT&T, speaking at the MuniWireless conference in Santa Clara, Calif., said AT&T is taking a fresh view of the citywide-Wi-Fi movement.
Cicconi said AT&T's change of heart shouldn't come as a surprise. The company already provides thousands of Wi-Fi hot spots in cafes and other public places around the country. And the company sees Wi-Fi as simply another access technology for connecting users to broadband service.
On the Hill
A new Senate bill would protect more than telephone companies from lawsuits claiming illegal cooperation with the National Security Agency. It would too. The broad language appears in new legislation that a Senate committee approved by a 13-to-2 vote during a meeting closed to the press and public.
After news reports said AT&T and other major telecommunications carriers opened their networks to the NSA after September 11, 2001, dozens of civil lawsuits were filed. A decision on whether the lawsuits will be permitted to proceed is expected from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco at any time.
President Bush has insisted on retroactive legal immunity, and the Justice Department on Friday gave the Senate bill a preliminary thumbs-up, though it said further changes will likely be necessary before it's satisfied.
The possibility of
That's what a Congressional Research Service attorney concluded in a two-page memorandum. The specter of an e-mail tax all comes down to how the bills define what the ban covers. Current law, which is set to expire on November 1, unless Congress acts, defines the term as "a service that enables users to access content, information, electronic mail, or other services offered over the Internet, and may also include access to proprietary content, information, and other services as part of a package of services offered to users."
The players' goal for the fly-in: to boost support for a couple of bills, which so far enjoy backing from only a handful of politicians, that would roll back a sweeping ban in favor of more tailored regulations. One proposal would expressly carve out poker from any ban on online gambling, placing it in a category with "games of skill" like backgammon, mahjong and bridge.
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