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Woz wishes Jobs well during leave

Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, says that word of CEO Steve Jobs' leave "frightened" him at first and that Jobs is right to take time off if he needs it.

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Apple’s Tim Cook called on to sub for Jobs again

For the third time in eight years, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has been asked to step in while Steve Jobs deals with medical concerns.

Originally posted at Circuit Breaker

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs to take medical leave again

Jobs, a pancreatic cancer survivor, tells employees he plans to keep a hand in strategic decision-making. COO Tim Cook will handle day-to-day operations.

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49 New LTE Markets for First Half of 2011 Named by Verizon

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Verizon promised their LTE network would blanket the entirety of their current 3G network by 2013, and today’s announcement that they’re lighting up nearly 50 new markets in the next 6 months is another big step toward fulfilling that goal. (For the record, they committed to 140 markets by the end of this year, so we should be seeing just over 50 more for the latter portion of 2011.) Here’s a full list of cities expected to be receiving LTE love sometime soon:

  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kahului-Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Boise-Nampa, Idaho
  • Carbondale-Marion, Illinois
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Hammond, Louisiana
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Fayetteville-Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, North Carolina
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Dayton-Springfield, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Kingsport, Tennessee; Johnson City, Tennessee; Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
  • Bryan-College Station, Texas
  • Provo-Orem, Utah
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
  • Centralia, Washington
  • Olympia, Washington
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Looks like Verizon’s strategy is to hit as many big cities and areas in one state as they can in one fell swoop – almost opposite of Sprint who announces 1-2 markets at a time. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time Sprint lit a city up. There are still a ton out there missing out on 4G, guys! [via A&M]

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Nexus S Headed to SKT for Purist Koreans

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If you’re a “Google Experience” fan living in South Korea and you’ve been dying to get the Nexus S in your hands, then I’ve got good news for you: SKT is soon going to be carrying this device. Sounds like Samsung and Google have planned this all along – and it’s not like we didn’t expect them to as the Nexus One is still a hot commodity out there. It’s the same Nexus S we have here in the states and that will soon be released in Europe, but that’s all we know for now as no pricing or availability information has been given. [via Samsung Hub]

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Dell Streak 7 Landing at T-Mobile February 2nd?

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While the T-Mobile G-Slate, the carrier’s first 4G tablet with Android 3.0, remains a mystery in terms of release date, the Dell Streak 7, the carrier’s first 4G tablet of any kind, looks to be getting a release on February 2nd. That is what an internal document snagged by TMoNews says, anyway.

In other news, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will apparently reach its end of life at the end of January just in time to make way for the new set of 4G devices. We know Samsung has a 4G Galaxy Tab for Verizon, but it remains to be seen how they plan to fill the gap on other carriers.

[via TMoNews]

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HTC EVO 4G Drops to $99 on Amazon

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While Amazon’s method of pricing in their new Android app store remains questionable for now, their pricing on handsets keeps getting better. The HTC EVO 4G, which still resides at $199.99 from Sprint, is now available for a bargain $99.99 when purchased through Amazon. Available in both black and white color schemes, the EVO is by no means an outdated handset despite its release back in early summer of last year. While better things are sure to come, you still can beat the EVO for power and features. So jump on this price now if you’re feeling the 4G bug.

[via UnwiredView]

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Android Rap Says F*** Apple Fanboys, B**** I Got an Android [NSFW]

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Oh boy. Not much can be said for this little diddy all about Android. Well, all about Android might be a stretch, as the song is also 50 percent Apple bashing seasoned with plenty of profanity and all the bold-faced player hatin’ you could want. The song speaks for itself with lines like “If you talk s*** about Android I’ll slap you on your a**…and stick my finger up it.” Sure to give Rob’s G1 rap a run for its money…

[via DroidLife]

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BlackBerry PlayBook is a Great Standalone Tablet, RIM Senior Product Manager Says

As far as tablets go, not many of them have been designed to be an out-right extension of a smaller device, like a smartphone. Many manufacturers have brought them to market to stand as their own device, unhindered by the necessity of being tethered to another device to have primary functions. For the BlackBerry PlayBook, the first tablet device from Research In Motion (RIM), one of the major complaints about the device is the requirement that it be connected to a BlackBerry smartphone for some features to function.

RIM designed the PlayBook so that some PIM-related features, like the use of the Calendar, Contacts, and Memos applications can’t be done without being tethered to a BlackBerry device in one fashion or another. Whether it be wired or wireless. It’s taken further by the fact that the PlayBook won’t be able to send corporate email from the native email application on the tablet device without being connected to a BlackBerry smartphone either.

Despite these things that some may call a glaring issue, RIM’s Senior Product Manager in charge of the PlayBook, Ryan Bidan, says that the tablet “is a great standalone tablet.” He goes on to add that “this is not a device that’s reliant on a BlackBerry.” However, what Bidan does not say, is anything about the specific complaints from potential customers regarding the PIM-related features, and the necessity to be connected to a BlackBerry smartphone to access them. Instead, Bidan takes a broad approach, and teases that having PIM functions without needing to be tethered to a BlackBerry smartphone “will come as the platform evolves.” No date provided, but at least it’s coming eventually.

We got some hands-on time with the device at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, so check out the video below, and head through this link to read what we thought of the initial preview.

[via Forbes]

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Magazine Publishers Still Seeking Recurring Application Subscriptions for the iPad

Right now, the current state of magazine subscriptions, or lack there of, is a pressing matter for major publishers making their magazines and other periodicals available through Apple’s App Store for download. While sales for magazines started off well, it’s been noted that their sales are starting to drop off, and the fact that there’s no recurring subscription pricing available for these periodicals is being attributed as the main cause. But now that The Daily –the iPad-specific daily periodical from News Corp.– is being rumored to be delayed because of the recurring application subscription feature, publishers are starting to wonder when they will be able to utilize the same feature.

It’s been rumore that The Daily’s launch, along with the application subscription feature, is meant to act as a vessel for the API’s availability for other publishers to take advantage of. However, that hasn’t been confirmed, which means that publishers are still left to use the per-issue payment plan that they’ve had to implement since their launch. According to a report in The New York Times, it’s expected that other publishers will be able to take advantage of the API some time in the future, but publishers like TIME Inc., Conde Naste and Hearst haven’t heard anything about it yet, and no deals have been confirmed.

The method that users must obtain their favorite periodicals now isn’t something that sits well with major publishers. The fact that customers must pay per-issue, for one, along with the fact that they must go into the App Store and find the new issue on their own is something that these publishers believe is detracting from sales. And the numbers, which have begun to slough off since most periodical’s launch earlier in 2010, would go far to confirm these suggestions.

Earlier today, it was reported that Apple is banning publishers from creating bundled iPad subscriptions, based on the fact that Apple is working on their own subscription-based API, and that they have until March 31st to implement the current system or face being yanked out of the App Store altogether.

[via AppleInsider]

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