Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Ron Johnson, former Senior VP for Retail at Apple writes about what he learned while at Apple. He knows what makes the Apple Store experience unique, “People come for the experience.”
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Just in time for Black Friday, Apple is featuring “Apps for Shopping” in it’s App Store. Featured apps include those for use at specific retailers, (including of course, the Apple Store app,) apps to help control your gift list, and get the best price on gifts, and even an app to help you find a restroom.
The Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the U.K. last week, and tests show the new smartphone outperforms the iPhone 4S in certain areas. In other news, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was spotted grabbing an early copy of the Galaxy Nexus at Google’s campus.
With the recent release of VMWare Fusion 4.1, we noted the improvements brought to the table by the update, such as improved animations, fast screen resizing, improved startup time, better graphics performance, and support for Lion’s full-screen mode. MacRumors reports that it also allows the virtualization of Leopard and Snow Leopard.
Google officially unveiled their full Google Music service this week. It includes a music download store, offering features similar to Apple’s iTunes Store. The new store is a part of the Android Market, and looks to be intended as an Android alternative to Apple’s iTunes.
MacRumors reports today that Apple was oh, so close to releasing the MacBook Air with an AMD CPU. Claims are that “Apple had late stage AMD Llano based MacBook Air prototypes last spring and had been ‘on the verge of production’.”
Skype’s Blog today announces a feature that has been added to the native Skype Mac and Windows application that allows you to conduct a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype.
Retailers are preparing to slash as much as $300 off the price of Research in Montion’s Blackberry Playbook. They hope to clear out backed up inventory of the device during the holiday season.
Even though Verizon and Sprint now offer the iPhone, AT&T is not seeing the customer defection numbers many analysts thought they would.
Foursquare used their blog Tuesday afternoon to announce their all-new iPad experience. 9To5Mac tells how Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking web site, is focusing on HTML5.
While Apple has never tried to hide the fact that consumers are still its top priority, businesses have found the company to be easier to work with in recent years, adding features to its devices that make them more business-friendly.
VietNamNet reports that a Vietnamese book company has published a Steve Jobs 2012 Calendar. It is entitled “Be hungry – Be foolish,” a famous statement by Jobs. (The actual quote is: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”)
A recent report suggests that suppliers will begin shipping components to Apple this month for an ultra-thin 15″ MacBook this month. Retail shipments of the new MacBook are reportedly set to begin in March of 2012.
MacRumors reports that Applidium, the development team that brought the open source video player VLC to the App Store, (sadly to have it pulled over licensing issues,) have announced that they have reverse engineered the protocol used to allow Siri to communicate with Apple’s servers.
Logitech Chief Executive Guerrino De Luca, speaking at an Analyst and Investor Day earlier this week, said that there are no plans to do a follow-up to the Google TV-based Revue. Mistakes implementing the device cost the company $100 million in operating profits.
Following Apple’s clearing of developer iTunes Match libraries on Saturday, the company has now seeded developers with iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 3. The update includes numerous stability and performance improvements for iTunes Match.