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Europeans Highly Skeptical About The iPhone

In the very unscientific poll I took while attending the S60 Summit in Madrid this week, most Europeans I spoke with said the iPhone is “worthless without 3G.” They are also unconvinced that the touchscreen interface will allow them to send SMS messages quickly. Will the iPhone be DOA overseas?

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Apple Shares Rise After Blowout Earnings

Shares of Apple Inc. rose more than 6 percent early Thursday, continuing to soar above $100 for the first time after the company walloped Wall Street expectations with quarterly profit that jumped 88 percent on strong sales of its iPod players and Macintosh computers.

Apple shares rose $6.25 to $101.60 in morning trading Thursday on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The earnings results were released after the market closed Wednesday, and the stock leaped to $102.40 in after-hours trading.

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Cingular’s smartphone sales dip ahead of iPhone

Cingular retail stores are already experiencing a slow down in sales of their high-end handsets ahead of iPhone, according to investment research firm PiperJaffray, which on Thursday raised its price target on shares of Apple to a new high of $140.
“We believe that the iPhone will benefit from this pent-up demand,” analyst Gene Munster told Apple investors after conferring with fellow analyst Mike Walkley, who covers the mobile space for PiperJaffray.

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Accounting for iPhone, Apple TV’s future

Apple is paving the way for free enhancements to the iPhone and Apple TV by making its accounting methods clear from the start.

The company will gradually recognize a portion of the revenue from each sale of those products as new features are delivered, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said Wednesday. This accounting method prevents Apple from having to endure a repeat of the backlash over its $1.99 fee for activating the 802.11n chip in Macbook Pros earlier this year.

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5 Reasons Why Apple’s iPhone is Better Than the Rest

Paul Kedrosky submits: Having now wandered in the wilds of various cellphones over the last few months, I am re-reminded why Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone is underestimated. I have a Palm (PALM) Treo 700, a Research in Motion (RIMM) Blackberry 8800, and a Samsung TV phone, and they all suck. Here are five things that bug me about the abovementioned trio, and that favor the iPhone:

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Apple’s iPhone and The Future of Nokia

Sramana Mitra submits: We have been discussing the impact of Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone on the rest of the cellular handset and laptop ecosystem. Frank Levinson wrote an important piece when the iPhone was first announced, which you should read for context.

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Apple accepting applications for iPhone tech support reps

Wanna become one of the first telephone tech support representatives fielding questions on the iPhone? Well Apple recommends you submit your applications promptly, as training classes begin in May.
An official Apple job listing posted to seeks a Sr. iPhone support representative who will be responsible for answering questions for Apple customers and partners at the company’s existing facility in Austin, Texas.

“Viewed as an escalation point, the candidate should be able to provide prompt, reliable, and accurate information to customers while maintaining effective communications during conversations by adjusting to the pace and technical level of the customer,” the company says.

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AT&T to target iPhone to enterprise

AT&T Inc. plans to market the iPhone to business users in addition to consumers but analysts aren’t recommending that enterprises supply workers with the phones.
Cingular, which was acquired by AT&T, recently decided that the iPhone will appeal to business users and the operator is now working hard to ensure that its backend enterprise billing and support systems will accommodate the device when it ships, said a source familiar with the company’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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iSkin Officially Announces New CERULEAN Wireless Accessories for iPod, iPhone and Beyond

TORONTO—(Business Wire)—iSkin today announced three sophisticated, yet simple to use stereo Bluetooth(R) audio accessories to join the company’s expanding line of innovative products. Designed with the iPod in mind, CERULEAN wireless accessories are easy to use, sleek and powerful.

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iPhone to become a cult classic predicts pollster boss

The iPhone will gain a cult following its launch, according to the Vice President of Harris Interactive’s Technology Practice Joseph Porus. Porus made the prediction after Harris Interactive recently surveyed more than a 1100 Internet users and found that 47% were aware of the iPhone and 17% expressed an interest in purchasing it.

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