Orbitz found Mac users on average spend $20 to $30 more a night on hotels than their PC counterparts, a significant margin given the site’s average nightly hotel booking is around $100, chief scientist Wai Gen Yee said. Mac users are 40% more likely to book a four- or five-star hotel than PC users, Mr. Yee said, and when Mac and PC users book the same hotel, Mac users tend to stay in more expensive rooms.
“We had the intuition, and we were able to confirm it based on the data,” Orbitz Chief Technology Officer Roger Liew said.
I don’t see anything wrong with that.
Chris Brown and Drake have been offered $1 million (£641,000) each to fight in a celebrity boxing match.
The pair had been involved in a alleged nightclub brawl earlier this month, after it was alleged that upon discovering they were in the same club, Brown sent a bottle over to Drake’s table. The Toronto rapper then approached Brown and started arguing over Rihanna, Brown’s ex-girlfriend who Drake also had a short relationship with.
Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman has revealed billionaire Alki David has offered the huge sums to stage the fight
Um ok? So you wanted to cause a stir about a possible fantasy boxing match. You know they would never accept this, so why not offer a ridiculous amount? 100 million dollars perhaps? These guys are already millionaires, so a mere one million dollars offer is pretty damn low when your whole reputation is at stake. It will never happen.
Microsoft integrates Bing with Facebook to provide some new social search features. They now have a major feature that Google simply won’t follow. Yes Google has Google+ integrated, but Google+ isn’t nearly as popular as Facebook. We will have to wait and see how this plays out. Microsoft is betting that people do want to simultaneously search the web and ask their friends for answers to certain questions. They might be right.
Check it out.
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John Gruber via Daring Fireball:
Watching the Microsoft Surface event video, I sensed uneasiness. Not panic, but discomfort. Some will argue that I’m simply spoiled by Apple’s on-stage polish, but Monday’s Microsoft event struck me as rushed and severely under-rehearsed. Ballmer offered nothing but blustering bromides, and nothing even vaguely resembling a coherent answer to the big question: Why? Steven Sinofsky was nervous and hurried. It didn’t help that his first Surface RT unit crashed before he’d done anything other than wake it up. There was a moment where he said Surface was perfect for sitting down, relaxing in a chair, and watching a movie. He sat in that chair for about three seconds before rushing into the next segment.
Initially I didn’t notice that the Surface had actually crashed, because I was only listening to the keynote.
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Microsoft’s event is more like poetry reading and less like talking to your audience. Each sentence sounds more and more scripted, and you can really notice when they trip on their own words.
“Surface works great. Surface works for you. Surface doesn’t compromise. Surface is beautiful. Surface needs great wifi, surface is great for entertainment.”
My advice is don’t try to learn every sentence exactly how it’s written, hardware engineers aren’t actors, and they can’t convince us they mean what they’re saying. Let them be natural, even if it’s not perfect.
You can watch the whole awkward presentation after Steve Ballmer hands of the mic around 10:25 mark. The word “surface” is also mentioned over a 100 times.
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Microsoft didn’t give specifics, but the company said the Windows RT version will be available sometime this fall in 32- and 64-gigabyte versions and will be priced “comparably” to other tablets on the market. Apple’s most basic version of the iPad retails for $499.
The full Windows 8 version will be available three months later in 64- and 128-GB versions. Microsoft plans to set its price point in the same zone as ultrabooks, which typically run around $1,000.
- CNN Money
Why not wait until you can announce a shipping date? Haven’t they learned anything from the past?
You can see the surface here.
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“In his international career, Rooney has finished every major tournament with either a red card or a serious injury.”- ESPNFC
The Wallies have release their Debut Album title Cream! Listen to it here.
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We all know Apple killed the floppy drive. It should be a known fact by now. Steve Jobs thought it was archaic and didn’t belong in his brand new line of iMacs. He got a ton of crap for it from everyone in the industry, but in retrospect, looks like a hero.
Here are some of the technologies Apple is trying to kill, and will most likely succeed in the very near future:
1. Adobe Flash Player
Apple has decided that flash player is not suited for iOS which happened to be a good call. Apple’s “Back to the Mac” events are starting to look bad for Adobe. They have recently started shipping Macs without Adobe Flash Player pre-installed. Furthermore, Apple has announced that Out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player will be disabled to help keep your Mac secure. All of these actions are slowly freeing Safari of the Adobe Flash Plug-in. It’s important to note that Google’s YouTube is now playing videos using HTML5.
Apple’s new security software update disables Java Applets.
This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.
Add that to the fact that Apple is no longer supporting Java on Mac OS X.
Apple ships more products without CD/DVD drives than with. The new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with retina display and the Mac mini all come without the ability to read CDs or DVDs. Add that to the list of all the iOS devices which have never had this ability and you’ve covered most of apple products.
Apple wants the App Store and iTunes to be the only shop for all software and digital media content for their customers. There is nothing really stopping them from completely abandoning CD-Rom technology, and I predict Apple will stop shipping CD drives with all of their portable computers next year.
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Pretty clever intro to the wwdc keynote. Siri does a little standup.
Malcom Gladwell thinks Steve Jobs will be forgotten while Bill Gates will be be remembered.
In a recent talk at the Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon, Gladwell said that Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, will likely be forgotten for his contributions to the technology industry. The author suggests that entrepreneurs, like Jobs, aren’t worth being idolized.
Gladwell does, however, think that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be remembered, but for his philanthropy not entrepreneurship.
“Gates is the most ruthless capitalist, and then he wakes up one morning and he says, ‘enough.’ And he steps down, he takes his money, he takes it off the table,” said Gladwell. “I firmly believe that 50 years from now, [Gates] will be remembered for his charitable work, no one will even remember what Microsoft is.”
I agree that Bill Gates will be remembered in parts of the world where Steve Jobs won’t even be mentioned or recognized in 50 years from now. But I also believe the two men will be remembered for different things 50 years from now. Steve Jobs was famous in a way that Bill Gates never will be.
His charisma made him as interesting to the general public as rock stars or movie stars are . He was very outspoken and could be controversial at times while always maintaining a mysterious persona.
Bill Gates will be remembered for his charity, but there’s just not enough drama there to make a movie Ashton Kutcher could star in.
As much as iPhones (and iPads) have improved in camera technology over the past two years, Apple’s goal is to keep slimming them down, which limits the light-gathering and zoom capabilities of camera sensors and lenses – image quality compromises. A standalone digital camera could accommodate a bigger sensor and integrated zoom lens, which Apple would select as a “satisfies most needs” option rather than offering detachable lenses. Lytro’s minimalist body for the Light Field Camera shows how simple it could get, but Apple would want a much larger screen.
I don’t buy this for a second. Sounds like a bunch of BS from iLounge to try to sell more iPad buyer guides. Apple will not ship any iphone without a camera. Not for a long time at least. And I don’t believe Apple would want to start selling standalone Cameras either. Its a dying business.