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Submission + - DING DONG THE FLASH IS DEAD (adobe.com)

An anonymous reader writes: http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2011/11/flash-focus.html

"We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook."

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Android

Submission + - Sony Announces Android-based Tablets

trawg writes: "Sony have officially announced a new line of "Sony tablets". There are two models, both offering 3G/4G and WiFi running Android 3.0 — one is a typical tablet with a 9.4 inch screen and the other is an "unprecedented dual screen" type. Digital content is a big focus: music, books and first generation PlayStation titles will all be available (subject to the usual region restrictions for content)."
Businesses

Submission + - Apple Reports Record Revenue

adeelarshad82 writes: Apple reported record revenue for its fiscal third quarter of 2010, on the back of its newly-launched iPad and record Macintosh sales. Apple reported a net profit of $3.25 billion on revenue of $15.7 billion, both of which shot up dramatically from a year ago, when Apple reported profits of $1.83 billion on revenue of $9.73 billion. According to predictions by Thomson Reuters poll, Apple could surpass Microsoft in revenues who are expected to report revenue of $15.25 billion. Apple Macintosh computer sales were up by 33% from a year ago, and iPhone sales increased by 61% compared to a year ago. However, iPod sales dropped by 8%.
Upgrades

Submission + - As predicted, update bad for unlocked iPhones (bbc.co.uk)

Bearhouse writes: As widely predicted, it's now being reported by the BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7017660.stm, and the NYT, http://tinyurl.com/25sgxe, that upgrading your unlocked iPhone is not good news. Anybody surprised?

Following on from earlier posts here about the legality of unlocking your iPhone, what's your opinion on the legality of Apple bricking it for you with an upgrade? Do you think this is a bad way for Apple to build customer loyalty with an increasingly tech-savy user base, who like to add applications to their personal devices? Or do you think it's good, bearing in mind that mobile phones are being hyped as the next payment method, and so need to be secure?

The Media

Submission + - Apple launches iPhone in the UK

Thomas G writes: If you're keen to find out if Apple launched the UK iPhone this week, then you'll be glad to know they did. CNet.co.uk is running a photo story of the day's events, including pictures of Steve Jobs in his trusty polo neck/jeans combo. According to the article, UK residents will get an 8GB iPhone for £269 (£373) and have to pay either £35 ($49), £45 ($62) or £55 (£76) per month for 18 months.
Communications

Submission + - iPhone launched in UK (apple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple iPhone was launched today in the United Kingdom.

No 3G, carrier is O2.

Communications

Submission + - Steve Jobs announces UK iPhone

Ted Tnovax writes: CNET has just put up pictures of the Apple event held in London today that saw Steve Jobs announce the UK iPhone.

From the article:

"The wait is finally over — Apple has officially unveiled the UK iPhone, which will be available to buy from 9 November. Steve Jobs himself made the announcement from the Apple store in London, to which we were cordially invited this morning. As expected, it's on the O2 network and we won't be getting the 4GB version, we'll only get the 8GB one, which will set you back £269 including VAT.

In terms of the monthly contract you'll have to pay on top of the two hundred and sixty nine smackeroos for the handset, it stands at £35, £45 or £55 per month over an 18-month contract. That's £899 to a whopping £1,259 in total — now that's a nerd tax. It's very pricey compared to getting a free phone, but you will get unlimited data — which is actually limited to 1,400 Web pages a day "as part of the fair usage agreement".

The O2 store has more details of the tariffs: £35 a month buys you 200 minutes, 200 texts, unlimited data and Wi-Fi and free voicemail. £45 upgrades that to 600 minutes and 500 texts, while the top-end £55 contract gets 1,200 minutes and 500 texts. Hardly generous, we have to say."

Feed Engadget: The things Apple didn't announce (engadget.com)

Filed under: Cellphones


Yeah, Apple fired a warning shot in Europe with this morning's O2 announcement, but there's sure a lot more on our minds that Apple didn't address at the mini press conference. Here are some of them in convenient bullet point form. The things Apple didn't announce today:
  • Which carrier will be carrying the iPhone in France (we hear it's Orange).
  • Which carrier will be carrying the iPhone in Germany (we hear it's T-Mobile, or maybe Vodafone).
  • Is O2 seriously paying out 40% of plan revenue for exclusivity?
  • Why anyone will pay for flat rate data when only 30% of the UK will be using EDGE.
  • 3G iPhone.
Got anything to add? Let it all out in the comments. Rumor is the Germany announcement could come tomorrow, followed by France on Thursday, with T-Mobile and Orange doing the respective honors, but we would've rather gotten all this hashed out today and a little more sleep the rest of this week.

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Feed Engadget: Hands-on with the O2 iPhone (engadget.com)

Filed under: Cellphones


O2 is the first network provider to get the iPhone outside of the US, so what's new on the UK's very own iPhone? Well, it turns out, not much. In simple terms, it's almost identical to the US version, albeit running the 1.1.1 firmware version features of which we've already seen on the iPod Touch. You'll notice the iTunes WiFi Store icon, and an O2-UK network symbol up top. If you look carefully, you'll see that the E logo for EDGE is missing: we guess that 30% network coverage on O2 don't quite stretch inside the Apple Store. Along with the 1.1.1 firmware comes double tap quick access to currently playing songs, options for closed captioning on videos, and rather oddly, user selection options for carrier (we thought this was an exclusive?) There's also support for European language keyboards, and an option for turning off EDGE roaming. All in all, a rather predictable update for the UK.

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Feed Engadget: Apple iPhone hits O2 in the UK on November 9th (engadget.com)

Filed under: Cellphones

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/Apple_iPhone_To_Be_in_the_UK_on_Nov_9_on_O2';Ending months of intense, practically insane speculation, Apple just confirmed its first European carrier for the iPhone: O2 is scoring exclusive UK rights to the hotly contested device, and will be launching it on November 9th for £269 including VAT. Have no fear

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Communications

iPhone Likely Set to Launch in the UK Next Week 127

An anonymous reader writes "According to CNet, the iPhone is likely to be launched in the UK next Tuesday. 'Yesterday we were invited to an Apple press conference to take place next Tuesday — and we think it's most likely going to be the UK iPhone launch. Apple, as always, is keeping tight-lipped but there are several clues that point in the iPhone's direction'. No word yet on a UK operator, pricing or whether or not it will have 3G."

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