Digital Zone 205: iPhone HD Lost!

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In this edition of the Digital Zone, we talked about:

  • iPhone HD lost
  • Gizmodo cashes in on Apple’s lost iPhone HD
  • Microsoft books a few billion
  • Microsoft Office 2010 to be released in May
  • Amazon reports a good first quarter

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know Apple’s new unannounced iPhone 4G went “missing.” This story actually started with Engadget.com over the weekend having some fuzzy pictures of the rumored next generation iPhone 4G. Then Monday morning Gizmodo ran with the story. According to Gizmodo, the new iPhone includes:

• A front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera saying the lens is noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS
• A camera flash
• A micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• A 960×640 display.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

The changes:

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic.
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS
• Everything is squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Later in the day, Gizmodo received a letter from Brian Lam, Apple’s Senior. V.P and General Counsel asking that the “device” that belonged to Apple be returned.  If you don’t think Apple is big business, here are some numbers. According to the Digital Inspiration blog, Gizmodo gets around 5 million page views per day but the day they published pictures of the iPhone 4G, their web traffic nearly quadrupled to 20 million and got 23 million the next day. Based on their calculations, Gizmodo got nearly 30-32 million extra pageviews in just two days due to their iPhone story. If Google Ads and other non-premium ad networks are paying Gizmodo $5 CPM (a conservative estimate), their story made them richer by at least $150,000 and possibly more.   The engineer at the center of this tempest is a guy name Gray Powell.  He became the 5th most searched term on Google.  He career is over.

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Microsoft said net income for the January – March 2010 quarter was $4 billion on revenues of $14.5 billion. The company also said Windows 7 now runs on 10 percent of PCs and is waiting to report $305 million in Office revenue until after the upcoming Office 2010 launches in the current quarter. Microsoft’s online business, which includes Web search and online advertising, lost $713 million in the quarter from $411 million a year ago. They also said they’ve started making payments to Yahoo as part of a Web search deal they completed last year. The payments amounted to $78 million but said the company is not using Yahoo’s search technology yet. In a related story, Standard and Poor’s said Apple surpassed Microsoft in market value to become the second-largest company listed on the S&P 500 index, after Exxon Mobil Corp. The S&P values companies based on the number of shares available for public trading, so it only counts 87 percent of Microsoft’s value. On a total market basis, Microsoft is still bigger than Apple.

Microsoft Office 2010 will be released on May 12 and said three times as many people beta-tested the Office 2010 suite as previewed Office 2007. In that version, if you recall, they introduced the new file format that was incompatible with older versions of Office. Some of the new features include a co-authoring tool that lets multiple users edit a document simultaneously. Businesses with volume licensing agreements will be able to get Office 2010 early, starting Tuesday (April 27). Retail customers will have to pay $150 (Home & Student Edition) to $500 (Professional Edition) for the boxed version of the software.

Amazon said its first-quarter profit surged 68 percent and earned $299 million on revenues of $7.13 billion in the January-March period. The company made $177 million in the year-ago quarter. The company didn’t give specific numbers about the Kindle sales.

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PODCAST SPONSORS: The Digital Zone is sponsored by Amazon.com. Buy thousands of tech products at great prices and get free shipping on most of them. Go to PatrickWiscombe.com and click the links on the right side of the homepage.

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