Google Zeitgeist 2011: It's Apple's World

Summary: You can talk about Windows, you can play with Android, but according to Google, what people really wanted to know about in 2011 was Apple products, Apple services, and, oh yes, Apple.

Apple: It's time to leave Neverland !

It fits the company like a glove. Given Jobs’ intimate involvement with Pixar and the Walt Disney company I’m actually surprised “I Won’t Grow Up” was never used in the company’s advertising.

Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

Microsoft plans to release before the end of the year the third and likely final service pack (SP) for Office 2007 before the product exists mainstream support in April 2012.

(Given Microsoft is referring to SP3 as the “October 2011 release,” I’m thinking it probably will be out this month.)

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update is officially launched

The rumors and speculation were correct and today Microsoft made it official that the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update is starting to roll out to customers. In addition, T-Mobile announced that the HTC Radar will be coming with their HSPA+ network support in time for the holidays.

Nokia cuts another 3,500 jobs

Nokia said Thursday that it will cut another 3,500 jobs across the company as it tries to align its costs with falling market share.

In a statement, Nokia said that it will cut jobs in manufacturing, its location and commerce unit and the workers that support those efforts. CEO Stephen Elop said:

“We must take painful, yet necessary, steps to align our workforce and operations with our path forward.”

Google introduces Safe Browsing Alerts for network administrators

On Thursday, the search giant announced the availability of a new service Safe Browsing Alerts for Network Administrators.

Dell: No comment on its future Windows Phone plans

Dell was one of Microsoft’s original Windows Phone partners with the Dell Venue Pro. However, Dell was not officially listed as one of the Microsoft hardware partners committing to produce a new Windows Phone preloaded with the Mango operating system.

Given that fact, why are there new reports surfacing this week about Dell not doing a Mango phone? According to WPCentral, there was, back in February, a rumored Dell Mango phone, codenamed “Wrigley,” in Dell’s plans. But that device is no longer on Dell’s roadmap, the site reported today.

Can Apple win its iPhone 4S bet that 4G isn't ready for masses?

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 4S was notable for its new features—better camera, Siri voice activation, iOS 5 and iCloud—but what the device was missing in 4G capability got just as much attention.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has said that new speedy networks such as the ones operated by Verizon and AT&T soon require too many design compromises. That’s statement is a diplomatic way to say that Apple wasn’t willing to bulk up the iPhone to support the chips required to support 4G. Apple also doesn’t want battery life to disappear in a few hours.

Samsung Q3 estimates beat forecast, but still disappoints.

Samsung has been bleeding money over the past year, but the revision of its third quarter earnings estimates suggests that it found a tiny band-aid.

The Seoul-based corporation announced its pre-earnings guidance figures on Friday, and here’s where it stands now. Instead of the original forecast of 3.4 trillion won ($2.9 billion), Samsung is expecting third quarter operating profits of 4.20 trillion won ($3.6 billion). However, that is still roughly 14 percent less than what Samsung was producing one year ago.

Stallman is glad that Jobs is gone

Some stuff you can’t make up. While many of us sorrow at Apple founder Steve Jobs’ death, and others acknowledge Jobs’ genius while also admitting that he had his flaws, Richard M. Stallman, aka rms, founder of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), stated on his blog that “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone.”

Apple's boss has passed away

Jobs had been suffering from various health issues following the seven-year anniversary of his surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer in August 2004. Apple announced in January that he would be taking an indeterminate medical leave of absence, with Jobs then stepping down from his role as CEO in late August.

Jobs had undergone a liver transplant in April 2009 during an earlier planned six-month leave of absence. He returned to work for a year and a half before his health forced him to take more time off. He told his employees in August, “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”


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