Apple Tightens The Noose On Apps For Recommending Apps, Going After Sharing And Search Tools (eu.techcrunch)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently taken action against apps that violate clause 2.25 of its App Review Guidelines according to PocketGamer, a rule that says no app should replicate functionality of the App Store in order to promote or offer for purchase apps other than your own.
The rules recently saw two high-profile app removals, including AppGratis and AppShopper (which subsequently returned after changes were made) but more could follow as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not also reportedly rejecting apps that replication App Store search features, as well as social network sharing of app recommendations.
BlackBerry ‘R10 Curve’ Could be First BlackBerry with Non-Removable Battery (CIO)
Every single BlackBerry smartphones to date has had a removable battery pack, at least that I can remember. But a new rumor suggests Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s upcoming mid-range-QWERTY BlackBerry 10 handset will be the first BlackBerry smartphone ever with a fixed, non-removable battery. BlackBerry is expected to release one all-touch device and one full-QWERTY device in high-end, midrange, and entry-level tiers, with the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 representing the top-level tier. The Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) “R10,” or the new “Curve,” as it is currently being referred to, will have a fixed, 1800mAh battery, according to a report from Chinese site bbs.dgtle.com. The report also includes a number of new images of the purported mid-range, full QWERTY device, which, based on the images, will available in a variety of colors including black, white and red.
In UAE, Nokia is King of Mobile Phones, Apple’s iPhone 4S is Most Popular Smartphone (International Business Times AU)
Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) may already pale in comparison to the rise and creative inventions of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co, but in the UAE, it still remains king of mobile phones, at least according to a review by the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). In terms of general phones or non-smartphones, it is Nokia that is lord of them all in the UAE market, where it was found that 50 per cent of all handsets registered on networks are manufactured by Nokia, the TRA report said. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)’s wide range of budget phones enabled it to capture a huge share of the market, the TRA report noted.
Apple Misses IPhone Customers as Global Carriers Balk (Businessweek)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is missing out on a chance to court as many as 2.8 billion new smartphone customers, many of them in Asia, as wireless-service providers balk at conditions imposed by the iPhone maker and drag their heels in signing on as partners. Apple has announced fewer than a dozen new wireless-service providers to sell the device since September 2011, leaving the total at about 240. Holdouts represent billions of would-be subscribers in countries such as China, Japan, India and Russia, said Horace Dediu, a market analyst who runs Asymco.com. Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s biggest smartphone rival, sells devices through almost all of the world’s 800 carriers, Asymco said.
The Next Xbox Will Still Work Without An Internet Connection (WebProNews)
One of the more controversial rumors surrounding the next Xbox is that it would require an always online Internet connection. Some rumors even said that the next Xbox can only remain offline for three minutes before interrupting a game to troubleshoot the connection. Those concerned will be happy to know then that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) won’t require an always online connection, at least for some activities, in the next Xbox. Ars Technica got its hands on an internal Microsoft email that lays out its policy regarding Internet connections on the next Xbox. It’s pointed out that the email seemingly confirms that…