Wired’s Gadget Lab blog reports that Jobs said developers have earned more than $2 billion from app sales and Apple generated $9.5 billion in iPad revenue. Apple also designed a Smart Cover for the tablet ($39 for polyurethane or $69 for leather), which attaches with a self-aligning magnetic hinge and folds back to form a pedestal to prop up the iPad. iPad 2 models are available with AT&T or Verizon networks. Pricing is similar to the previous version: $499 for the 16GB wi-fi model, $599 for the 32GB, and $699 for the 64GB. Add the 3G and pricing jumps to $629, $729 and $829. The Verizon wi-fi/3G model will be available only in the U.S. The iPad 2 is scheduled to ship March 11. Apple simultaneously announced that Random House is making its full catalog of 17,000 ebooks available in the iBookstore, which, says the company, now offers content from 2,500 publishers. Apple unveiled the iPad 2 today. As a host of new tablet devices are making their way into the market, Apple needed to make a significant jump ahead in performance and functionality. Key upgrades include a 33 percent thinner design that makes the new tablet 15 percent lighter while keeping the same screen size. Customers can choose between black or white versions. The device ships with Apple’s dual-core A5 processor and the company’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 4.3. CPU speed is reportedly 2 times faster and graphics are rendered up to 9 times faster.According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company has sold more than 15 million iPads so far, and the iPad 2 has taken on more interactive characteristics. The device has front and rear cameras, allowing traditional camera functionality along with the ability to use Apple’s video chat feature, FaceTime.iMovie and GarageBand apps, at $4.99 each, launched along with the new tablet, which allow users more media recording and editing capabilities-pushing the device into a content creation realm, not just a passive reading/watching experience. In a press event held today, Jobs pointed out that there are now more than 350,000 apps available with more than 65,000 that are native to the iPad.
Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHeadgear used for virtual reality training.Firefighters enter an office on the 24th floor. Smoke is billowing on the ceiling. Quickly, they close the office door to contain the fire, and help employees escape telling them to stay low to avoid the smoke.It seems real but it’s all created by a computer and seen by a trainee wearing goggles.Houston firefighters might be better prepared to go into burning buildings, or dealing with multiple other emergencies thanks to training using “virtual reality.”“We can start to develop products and platform that continuously judge the caliber of firefighter that we have in the Houston Fire Department. That we can augment our training based on the data that we get back. And that can, as somebody gets near the end of their career and has this wealth of knowledge, that we can capture that and pass it on,” said Patrick Hagan, a tech specialist with the Houston Fire Department.The fire department is working with Houston-based HTX labs which develops training for a variety of safety workers. CEO Scott Schneider said the goal is to develop muscle memory, and uses the Vegas shootings as an example.“They should looking for the guy who’s bringing, six, ten suitcases in over a couple days. Who hasn’t had room service, but they don’t know to look for it. We need to go in and provide training on things like that. And we can do that in virtual reality,” Schneider said.The Houston Fire Department hopes to start using V-R training in 2018. 00:00 /01:10 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share
Seven Mexican soldiers being held in the June killings of 22 suspected criminals will be tried by a civilian judge, three of them for homicide, federal justice officials said Sunday.The troops were ordered arrested Friday by a Mexico state judge for dereliction of duty in the June 30 incident.Three of them are charged with aggravated homicide, and one of them with allowing a crime to take place. For now, the soldiers are jailed in a military detention center. In September, a witness said the gun battle itself had left only one dead, and the other 21 were killed in cold blood by the soldiers — including her 15-year-old daughter.The case adds to the shock surrounding a more recent case of 43 students who went missing in the southern town of Iguala in late September. They were allegedly taken away and killed by police linked to a drug cartel.If confirmed, the incident would mark one of the worst horrors in a drug war that has left more than 80,000 people dead since the conflict ramped up in 2006.
Diamond rings, disclosed to be associated with divorce and other failed relationships, are sold at lower prices than rings without a negative history, the study into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings has revealed.That suggests previous academic research that claimed a single, clearly-defined market category is associated with a product’s success, is not the whole story, said the study’s researcher Anne Bowers, associate professor at Rotman School of Management University of Toronto in Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The assumption there is that consumer expectations are fully met when an item cleanly fits into a category. “In some sense, these findings are the exact opposite,” Bowers noted.“Here’s a product that technically speaking, fits exactly the criteria for an engagement ring, and yet you still have problems,” Bowers said. Two parts to the study revealed similar findings. Analysis of data from 1.5 million eBay listings of diamond solitaire engagement rings over a 13-month period showed rings with no disclosed negative history were most likely to sell and at a higher price. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRings, where sellers disclosed a divorce or other failed relationship – marked by comments such as “not going to happen,” or “right ring wrong guy”, were less successful.A separate attitudinal survey showed that even though participants believed a diamond ring from a divorce was most likely to be authentic – compared to the same one from a happy marriage or a jewellery store – it was the opposite when it came to how much they’ would be willing to pay for it. The study was published in the journal Advances in Strategic Management. Along with this, gifting personalised goodies seems to be a new fad, with couples taking to “print” their love for their beloved this Valentine’s Day. Lovers are not only investing time and creativity to impress their loved one but are also ready to spend a lot to make them feel special and loved.“Valentine’s is the week of lovers and they leave no stone unturned to impress their bae (lover). People go for scrapbooks, love cards, t-shirts, explosion box and love jars to pamper their partners,” said Radhika Aggarwal, co-founder, Go Grab Gifts (G3).“Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and there is no better way to show how much a person means to you than a unique personalised gift. In earlier days, we used to manually invest time and resources in personalising gifts for our loved ones and now we are enabling people to impress their love in minutes,” said Bipin Narang, co-founder and global CEO, Printvenue.“Our biggest consumers are people whom other printers/sellers find unprofitable. We provide our consumers the choice to order single quantity, at world-class quality, and at affordable pricing,” said Narang.“In the last one year, our business has grown significantly as more customers are discovering the convenience, choice and quality,” he said.Accoring to Narang, the current market size was close to $20 billion and around 5-10 per cent of the total market is addressable to Printvenue.Printvenue offers over 600 products to customise and thousands of design templates to choose from so that people can express love uniquely in as less as Rs 200.“The joy of seeing your loved one appreciate the effort behind your personalised gift has to be experienced because the efforts put in personalising goodies show how much a person means to you,” said Aggarwal.According to the survey, men clearly understand what women want and are planning to gift what women desire.Since Valentine’s Day, this year, is on a Sunday, 33 per cent respondents were planning to relax at home, while only 16 per cent were planning a trip.While most people resort to conventional romantic dinners to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the more adventurous choose to take their beloved on a helicopter ride, said a recently conducted study.According to the survey by deals platform Nearbuy of about 3,000 people, “45 per cent of the respondents opted for the option of taking their partners on romantic dinners, 39 per cent preferred to give a personalised gift and about 18 per cent people chose to take their special someones on a helicopter ride!” However, the survey showed that most people preferred to stick to a budget ranging anything between Rs3000 to Rs 5000 and not splurge mindlessly on the occasion. While 40 per cent Indians are willing to fork out an average of Rs 3,000, just about 10 per cent would go over the Rs 5000 bracket to buy presents for their partners. “People today are ready to spend and are yet not spend thrift when it comes to Valentine’s. They are online-savvy and are always on a look-out for great offers,” said Ankur Warikoo, CEO and Co-founder, Nearbuy.