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Auspicious
Jun 10, 2008, 06:53 AM
FOR those who believe in God out here, human beings are truly made in the image of God - hence our ability to do wonders that though are NO match to God's, are actually miracles by every standards that we see everyday.

The new iPhone is superb and I am in total awe of the genius of the men and women who put it together, and the 3rd-party developers who created softwares that work with the iPhone. Such is the power of the human brain.

The California-based "Apple" company yesterday hosted the presentation of their latest version of the iPhone 3G, months after inviting egg-heads from around the world to join the company in coming up with ideas for a future model.

And, by jove, they came up with something breathetaking! I just finished watching the presentation on their official website (http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/jun/0806wdt546x/m_080690210abcn_650_ref.mov) (watch HERE (http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/jun/0806wdt546x/m_080690210abcn_650_ref.mov) - quicktime required) and I am very, very impressed with what these people all came up with.

One must not lose sight of the fact that these people were able to do these because places like America provided an environment that encourages and supports innovation, rather than one that kills every desire to aspire, causing burning talents to waste away.

Will Nigeria get there too someday?

PS: I'll post you-tube videos for interested folks without "Quicktime" installed on their PC later.

Auspicious.



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Apple Aims for the Masses With a Cheaper iPhone

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Images from a Major League Baseball game were shown on an iPhone during Steven P. Jobs’s speech on Monday, when he revealed a new model of the phone, priced as low as $199.
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: June 10, 2008 | LINK (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/10/technology/10apple.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin)

SAN FRANCISCO — Steven P. Jobs, chief executive of Apple, introduced a new cheaper iPhone model that navigates the Internet more quickly, expanded its distribution overseas and displayed a range of new applications and services in order to establish Apple as a major player in the cellphone industry.

Apple, the maker of consumer electronics and computer equipment, had set a goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008, which would establish it as one of the major smartphone makers in the less than two years since it began shipping the original iPhone. Apple has sold six million phones globally since its introduction.

Analysts said that Mr. Jobs, one of the world’s best product marketers, had largely accomplished what he set out to do and they welcomed the moves he outlined in a presentation before software developers on Monday.

“This is the phone that has changed phones forever,” Mr. Jobs said.

Mr. Jobs said the new iPhone 3G, to be available in the United States through AT&T beginning on July 11, will sell for $199 for the 8-gigabyte model and $299 for a 16-gigabyte model. He said the biggest barrier to people buying the phone had been price.

Analysts and industry executives said they believed the lower prices would bring in new consumers who had been put off by its $399 price. “The price is clearly correct,” said Mike McGuire, a research vice president at Gartner, a market research firm based in San Jose, Calif.

As widely anticipated, the phone will run on so-called 3G wireless networks that allow much faster Internet connections than the original iPhone. During a 110-minute presentation, Mr. Jobs went to some lengths to compare the speed of the new iPhone 3G to the current phone and to rival phones like the Nokia N95 and the Palm Treo 750. He called downloads “amazingly zippy.”

The phone, sleeker than the original, will also have built-in Global Positioning System capability to allow location-based services. It will also have a longer battery life in some cases, five hours for talking on the 3G network and 24 hours for playing music on the phone.

The announcements came on the opening day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where several developers showed off software that turned the iPhone into a game console and a musical instrument. Others demonstrated programs that used the phone’s ability to locate its users on a map.

At one point during his demonstration, Mr. Jobs showed a tracking feature making it possible to watch on a Google map as an iPhone user drove down Lombard Street, the twisty tourist attraction in San Francisco.

Mr. Jobs also indirectly challenged Microsoft with a mobile Web service call MobileMe, intended to permit a user to synchronize a phone, calendar and contact information on the iPhone and multiple devices including PCs and other iPhones. The service, which will costs $99 a year and comes with 20 gigabytes of data storage, is similar to a service offered by Microsoft.

Apple’s obstacle in offering the new service is that its competitors, like Google, offer similar services for less. Google offers 10 gigabytes of e-mail storage for $20 a year.

Apple announced that it would begin selling the iPhone in 70 countries this summer; the current phone is being sold in six countries.

“Given the feature set, ecosystem partners, launch countries and the pricing of the iPhone, they are likely to hit the 10 million mark by September-October,” said Chetan Sharma, an independent consultant on the wireless data communications industry.

The company, based in Cupertino, Calif., announced on Monday in a regulatory filing that it would sell the 3G phones under different business arrangements in the United States. In the past, Apple shared service plan revenue with AT&T and other cellular firms. The second-generation iPhone will be sold without the recurring revenue streams and without the exclusivity arrangements it was previously able to command.

While trying to convince cellular carriers around the world that they should carry the iPhone, Apple realized that it needed to change the financial deal that it had with the carriers in the first six countries.

“We’ve changed our business model, from getting a cut of the future revenues to just a more traditional model,” Mr. Jobs said in an interview on Monday. “That’s enabled us to roll out around the world much faster.”

AT&T said it would subsidize the phones to attract consumers. Under the plan, unlimited iPhone 3G data plans for consumers will be available for $30 a month, in addition to voice plans starting at $40. Business users will be charged $45 a month for data.

By giving back the revenue to the carriers, which they may use for subsidies, Apple is hoping to dramatically increase its volume, as well as sell more Macintosh computers to iPhone users.

“It’s not about the iPhone,” said Charles Wolf, a financial analyst at Needham & Company. “There’s a tradeoff that Apple is making. The iPhone halo effect will be far more powerful than the iPod halo effect was. It’s going to stimulate Mac sales among iPhone users.”

Damon Darlin contributed reporting.

Auspicious
Jun 10, 2008, 07:10 AM
Any geeks in the House?

Enjoy!

Medical Students and Medical Practitioners will LOVE this!

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denker
Jun 10, 2008, 08:06 AM
FOR those who believe in God out here, human beings are truly made in the image of God

Auspicious, my dear...you're a big disappointment for me, but i forgive you cuz forgiving you is forgiving myself...read my signature...!..now go and read, digest, ingest and assimilate it and become part of it! forward march!