Motorola’s Super Bowl ad takes aim at Apple [video]

By on January 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM.

Motorola’s Super Bowl ad takes aim at Apple [video]

Motorola won’t be pulling any punches during the Super Bowl this year as it prepares to run a spot that calls out Apple’s iconic 1984 Macintosh television advertisement. The reborn cell phone maker uploaded its Super Bowl commercial to YouTube today in an effort to generate some buzz — and generate some buzz it will. Motorola’s “Goodbye 1984″ ad references one of the most famous Apple commercials of all time, which compared Microsoft’s stranglehold on the PC market to Orwell’s famous novel, 1984. “2011 looks a lot like 1984,” the commercial contends, suggesting that it’s time for consumers to have choices beyond Apple’s iPad — namely, the upcoming Motorola XOOM. In any event, it’s a smart spot that is sure to make some waves and ruffle some feathers. Hit the jump for the full commercial.

UPDATE: A Motorola rep just reached out to clarify that this spot is a teaser for Motorola’s upcoming Super Bowl ad, not the actual ad, which will premier on Super Bowl Sunday. More →

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Gene Munster: Mac sales up 37% year-over-year this quarter, iPod sales stagnant

By on July 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM.

Gene Munster: Mac sales up 37% year-over-year this quarter, iPod sales stagnant

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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has published a report stating that sales of Apple’s Macintosh computers are up 37% year-over-year for the current quarter. Munster goes onto hypothesis that iPad sales are not in-fact cannibalizing Mac sales as some analysts had initially predicted. Also of interest: iPod sales appear to be stagnant (or soft as the Business Insider put it), with a forecast of around 10 million units for 2010 which is on par with the Street’s expectations, but shows no growth from FY 2009. It seems as though the iPod business, which carried Apple across the financial finish line for many years, is now taking a backseat to the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. More →

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Adobe to issue patch for Flash exploit tomorrow, Acrobat and Reader later

By on June 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Adobe to issue patch for Flash exploit tomorrow, Acrobat and Reader later

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Just a heads up for all of you who have been anxiously waiting in your fallout shelters for Adobe to patch that nasty zero-day exploit. Adobe has announced that tomorrow it will be dishing out an update that should resolve the matter where Flash is concerned. As for Acrobat and Reader, the two other Adobe products that are vulnerable, both will have their quarterly security date bumped up by two weeks meaning that this whole mess should be resolved by the 29th of June.

[Via Engadget] More →

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Adobe details zero-day exploit, affects Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, and Solaris

By on June 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM.

Adobe details zero-day exploit, affects Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, and Solaris

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Yesterday, Adobe announced that a zero-day exploit exists in Flash 10.0.45.2 and earlier, as well as Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. The company website explains:

…(CVE-2010-1297) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

The zero-day exploit, without question, is the mother of all vulnerabilities. A recent report put the black market price tag of a good zero-day exploit — on that can be widely distributed — at just north of $50,000. Governments and private security firms have been rumored to pay more than quadruple that figure on the “white market” if the vulnerability is severe enough. We’ve got the complete security bulletin, with mitigation instructions, queued up for you after the bounce. More →

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Apple reports record revenue and profits for Q1 2010

By on January 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM.

Apple reports record revenue and profits for Q1 2010

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Apple reported its financial results for Q1 2010 which ended December 26, 2009 and the results were nothing short of impressive. Apple posted its all time highest quarterly revenue, its all time highest quarterly profit and when annualized, these numbers will push Apple into a $50+ billion per year company. The dollar figures are so impressive they don’t require an explanation, so we will let the numbers speak for themselves:

  • Revenue of $15.68 billion ($11.88 billion in Q1 2009)
  • 58% of revenue derived from international sales
  • Net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion or $3.67 per diluted share ($2.26 billion, or $2.50 per diluted share in Q1 2009)
  • Gross margin of 40.9 percent (37.9 % in Q1 2009)
  • $5.8 billion generated in cash

Sales of Macintosh computers and iPhones went through the roof in Q1 2010 with Apple selling 3.36 million computers and 8.7 million iPhones, representing a 33% unit increase for Macintosh sales and 100% unit growth for the iPhone when compared to Q1 2009. The only blotch on an otherwise stellar performance was the iPod which sold 21 million units in Q1 2010, an 8% unit drop from the same quarter last year. Estimates for Q2 2010 remain equally as optimistic with the Cupertino company expecting another quarter of impressive revenue that will top out at an expected $11.4 billion. And oh yeah, Steve Jobs said, “The new products we are planning to release this year are very strong, starting this week with a major new product that we’re really excited about.” More →

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