Why your next phone could be made in the U.S.A.; how hacker group Anonymous launches attacks.
For the past score or so, the issue of manufacturing in America has been a prevalent one. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs in America have been lost in the realms of textiles and furniture. But recently, the political scope that typically dodges the world of consumer electronics has found its sights set squarely on a field that we as gadget journalists cover. Some might say that Apple's recent dealings with Foxconn helped to bring the issue to light, but honestly, those jobs were being shipped elsewhere long before the iPod came to fruition.
Megaupload founder goes from arrest to cult hero [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
In an e-mail interview, Mr. Dotcom said he had been treated badly by the New Zealand police and the government, which he said he believed was simply kowtowing to U.S. requests. "Two helicopters and 76 heavily armed officers to arrest a man alleged of copyright crimes — think about that," he wrote. "Hollywood is importing their movie scripts into the real world and sends armed forces to protect their outdated business model."
Facebook mines its own network for acquisitions [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Facebook's interest in acquisitions may be an incentive for some entrepreneurs. But it also carries the risk of alienating the developers who have made Facebook a robust marketplace for apps. These choices are part of Facebook's evolution to a profit-maximizing enterprise. Facebook is especially concerned with ramping up its efforts to make money from its mobile site, where it currently only has limited advertising opportunities.
EA is "going to be a 100% digital company, period" says Gibeau [GAMESINDUSTRY.BIZ]
The company recently had its first year of digital revenues over one billion dollars, and now EA is expecting that number to jump closer to $2 billion (guidance of $1.7 billion in digital revenues this year). For EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau, the business is clearly at a tipping point. He told GamesIndustry International recently that EA clearly will be 100 percent digital in the near future.
For the next eight months, Sabu continued to rage across the Internet as a core member of AntiSec, a blackhat hacking group within Anonymous. He helped to deface government and corporate websites and even helped bring down the private intelligence firm Stratfor—all, apparently, with the FBI's blessing as it quietly gathered logs on Monsegur's fellow "anons." Law enforcement officials later told Fox News that Monsegur was working out of the FBI offices "almost daily" in the weeks after he pleaded guilty in August and then from his own home thereafter, with an agent watching his activity 24 hours a day.
Tablets, and specifically the iPad from Apple, have been one of the big drivers for growth in mobile in the last couple of years, but figures out today from NPD indicate that their popularity is going to get even bigger: the market for tablets, its researchers predict, is set to boom from 121 million shipped tablets today to 416 million devices by 2017, when they will overtake notebooks to become the most popular mobile PC device, driven by a drop in costs and a rise in features. Overall mobile PC shipments will reach 809 million units by 2017, from 347 million today.
One analyst thinks so, citing unit sales, average prices and thin activity in the TV aisles
Not only has strong demand for tablet computers -- led by Apple's (AAPL) iPad -- cut into notebook PC sales, but it has started to be felt in the market for high-definition televisions.
That's the thrust of a note issued Wednesday by Hudson Square Research's Daniel Ernst. The evidence:
His weekly survey shows the average price per MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 22, 2011 10:37 AM ET
Also-rans from Samsung, Motorola and others don't seem to have made much of a dent
"Despite the addition to the market of new tablet computers like the Samsung Galaxy and the Motorola Xoom, in the United States, Apple's iPad is still dominating the conversation – and market."
So begins Nielsen's summary of the results of a survey of U.S. tablet owners fielded in April.
Apple's (AAPL) iPad had the largest share (82%), split MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 5, 2011 10:00 AM ET
And 43% spend more time on their tablet computer than on their laptop or desktop PC
This chart is from a survey of more than 1,400 tablet computer users conducted by AdMob, the online advertising company that Google (GOOG) snatched away from Apple (AAPL) in 2009. I missed the report when it was released last week. The extent to which tablets have cut into PC use is surprising.
"I think this trend MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 12, 2011 6:39 PM ET
A lot (15 million iPads sold) can happen in a year.
On the morning of the iPad 2 launch, it is interesting to remember just over one year ago, Eric Schmidt at Davos 2010 said of Apple's (AAPL) just-announced iPad and tablets in general:
His opinion of the iPad? He never commented on other companies. Though he couldn't quite resist a lateral jab: "You might want to tell me the difference between a MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 2, 2011 10:35 AM ET
Leaked images reveal details about the Google tablet's launch.
Whether or not Motorola's (MOT) Xoom is the official Google (GOOG) Tablet in the way the Nexus One and Nexus S are official Google phones is uncertain. However, when Google has shown of Android on a tablet, they've shown off the Xoom, both at Dive into Mobile and CES.
It is pretty clear Xoom is Google's go-to Android 3.0 tablet, though Toshiba and MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 23, 2011 3:08 PM ET
That's one of the claims in an analyst's report that trash talks the entire tablet category.
Rodman & Renshaw's Ashok Kumar has issued a note to clients loaded with nuggets that, if true, would spell bad news for tablet computers.
Supply chain checks that suggest that Apple's (AAPL) monthly iPad production rate is unlikely to exceed 2 million per month by year's end -- considerably less than the 3 million/mos. some had MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 12, 2010 10:24 AM ET
The chip maker was gung-ho when the market looked small and the iPad was predicted to sell just OK. Now that it's booming, Intel says tablets are important, but not that important yet.
One thing about Intel's strategy when it comes to tablets and its Atom family of mobile processors: it ain't what it used to be.
Even though Intel (INTC) reported strong third quarter results, analysts have speculated the strength of MOREShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Oct 22, 2010 2:13 PM ET
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