AAPL News Updates (Archive)

  • Posted: 13 November 2008 07:59 AM #91

    FYI, the hearing with the second panel is about to start (see post above)

         
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    Posted: 13 November 2008 09:21 PM #92

    iPhone China launch hint?

    Sorry if this as been posted here already and I missed it. Appleinsider has an article about an Apple job listing implying that the iPhone launch in China may be imminent. The article itself lacks detail, but there is an interesting post in the comment section that does have some juicy, albeit unproven, details.

         
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    Posted: 14 November 2008 05:42 AM #93

    Google voice search app for iPhone arriving shortly

      From AppleInsider

    Google as early as today is expected to introduce a free application for the iPhone that lets you search for information, directions, or virtually anything else by speaking into the handset, eliminating need for the keyboard entirely.

    “The service can be used to get restaurant recommendations and driving directions, look up contacts in the iPhone?s address book or just settle arguments in bars,” wrote the New York Times’ John Markoff, who profiled Google’s broad speech-recognition efforts while breaking word of the new offering.

    For instance, you can ask “What is the best italian restaurant in Cupertino?,” and the application should return a list of relevant restaurants with star ratings, reviews, directions and contact information. You could also ask trivia related questions such as “Who was the MVP of the 2006 World Series?”

    The service works similar to the one under development at AT&T (profiled by AppleInsider in July), in that it takes your spoken words and passes them over the Internet to one of Google’s servers. They’re then interpreted by artificial intelligence, translated into a traditional data query, and the results are bounced back to your phone in a matter of seconds if your on a fast connection.

    While the system reportedly has it’s flaws, it’s said to be accurate enough to prove useful for most users. Google’s ability to store and analyze vast amounts of data not only gives the search giant an edge in the field, but promises that the service will improve over time as its database of queries expands through increased use.

         
  • Posted: 14 November 2008 06:23 AM #94

    IBM’s Lawsuit Against Papermaster Over ‘Racetrack’ Memory? [Update]

    Thursday November 13, 2008 07:10 AM EST; Category: iPod
    Written by arn

    Mac Rumors
    According to Electronista, recent court filings suggest that IBM may be concerned that Mark Papermaster could transmit knowledge about an upcoming IBM memory technology to Apple. Papermaster is the former IBM chip designer that recently accepted a job at Apple which triggered a lawsuit from IBM over a non-compete agreement.

    The memory technology called “racetrack” memory was previously detailed in a Times Online article:

    Scientists at IBM say they have developed a new type of digital storage which would enable a device such as an MP3 player to store about half a million songs - or 3,500 films - and cost far less to produce.
    The new technology is said to require much less power and could run on a single battery charge for “weeks at a time.” The technology, however, was described as “exploratory” just earlier this year and end-user products weren’t expected for 10 years.

    It’s unclear how involved Papermaster was in the development of this technology, and how serious a concern this is for IBM. Papermaster was IBM’s vice president of microprocessor technology development prior to his departure.

    Update: ZDNet reports the connection between Papermaster and “racetrack” memory is very tenuous at best.

         
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    Posted: 14 November 2008 02:15 PM #95

    Apple is trying to hire an iPhone Quality Assurance Engineer in Beijing.

    http://idannyb.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/official-iphone-3g-in-china-coming-soon-we-think-so/

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  • Posted: 14 November 2008 03:32 PM #96

    [quote author=“Eric Landstrom”]Apple is trying to hire an iPhone Quality Assurance Engineer in Beijing.

    http://idannyb.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/official-iphone-3g-in-china-coming-soon-we-think-so/

    My iPhonAsia post is very much “guesswork” and likely off-base on a number of counts.

    FWIW here (below) is the Apple job posting ... now MIA on Apple’s job site (up less than half-day).  The Beijing iPhone job story got picked up yesterday by Alleyinsider.com and quickly made its was around the globe ... now on Sina.com and other Chinese tech/biz sites.  I suspect Apple does not want any extra “China iPhone” attention before all is set and ready. 

    iPhone Quality Assurance Engineer-China
    Requisition Number 3974816
    Job title iPhone Quality Assurance Engineer-China
    Location Beijing
    Country China
    City Beijing
    State/Province Hebei
    Job type Full Time
    Job description Software Engineering is looking for an extremely talented Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer to focus on international releases of our iPhone and iPod touch products for Beijing. You will work with an amazing team that prides themselves with innovation and a simple clean user interface. Responsibilities include running daily testing of software builds with a critical eye for usability and the ability to get to the bottom of complex issues. Strong regional knowledge is critical as this role requires working in local Apple in-country offices, focusing on regional specific functionality. The ideal candidate is self motivated, a strong and creative problem solver, one who pays meticulous attention to detail, is highly organized, and has exceptional communication skills. Every individual on our team makes a clear difference to our products. Travel within Asia/Pacific and occasional travel to the US required.

    Skills, Education and Experience Required:
    * BS/MS EE/CS/CE or equivalent.
    * 2+ years QA/QE or Dev experience, but also suitable for recent college grads.
    * Exceptional communication skills both written and verbal.
    * Self-motivated and pro-active with demonstrated creative and critical thinking capabilities.
    * Flexibility to respond and react to changing priorities quickly and efficiently.
    * Strong understanding of Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista, debugging tools and Terminal.
    * Strong OS fundamentals including architecture and basic coding or scripting skills. Preferably Obj C, C, C++, Perl, or shell scripting.
    * Ability to write clear, concise bug reports.
    * Ability to think ahead and make clear decisions on what needs to be done based on current and past priorities.
    ? Native or accredited in local language.
    * Experience in product internationalization plus a working knowledge of Roman and non-Roman scripts and input methods.

    Additional Success Factors:
    * Good understanding of software development and the QA life cycle.
    * Honed experience in shipping large scale software projects.
    * Working knowledge of Windows testing and troubleshooting.
    * Comfortable and adaptable in a fast-paced and informal environment.
    * A passion for user-focused design & leading edge consumer technology.
    * Ability to contribute to tools, automation and infrastructure initiatives.
    * Knowledgeable in, and sensitive to, multilingual and multicultural issues.
    * Experience in product internationalization plus a working knowledge of Roman and non-Roman scripts and input methods.

         
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    Posted: 14 November 2008 07:39 PM #97

    Welcome Idannyb.

    Thanks for the informed and specific post!

         
  • Posted: 14 November 2008 07:40 PM #98

    iPhone coming to Taiwan via Chungwa Telecom?? > http://idannyb.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/iphone-coming-to-taiwan-via-chungwa-telecom/

    I have always felt that Apple would be careful (for political reasons) to conclude carrier deals with PRC (China Mobile and/or China Unicom) before finalizing a deal with a Taiwan carrier.  It appears that Apple has indeed done their deal(s) with PRC and likely obtained permission to engage with Taiwan.

         
  • Posted: 15 November 2008 01:43 AM #99

    [quote author=“idannyb”]iPhone coming to Taiwan via Chungwa Telecom?? > http://idannyb.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/iphone-coming-to-taiwan-via-chungwa-telecom/

    I have always felt that Apple would be careful (for political reasons) to conclude carrier deals with PRC (China Mobile and/or China Unicom) before finalizing a deal with a Taiwan carrier.  It appears that Apple has indeed done their deal(s) with PRC and likely obtained permission to engage with Taiwan.

    Pretty good reasoning idannyb and welcome to AFB. I have enjoyed your posts on the Sanity board in the past