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iPhone ad contest; Speck sale

Insanely Great Tees is hosting its first big contest to give away an iPhone for the best 30-second video ad for Apple’s forthcoming iPhone, Speck Products is offering a 20 percent discount on orders of two or more MacBook SeeThru cases for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook or 15-inch MacBook Pro, Peachpit is releasing several new books related to Apple’s Final Cut Studio 2 software, and Telestream has launched a trade-in program for its Episode Series desktop media encoding applications for Mac users.

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Laptops Are Real iPhone Competition?

Financial analyst Sramana Mitra offers an interesting new perspective on the iPhone, suggesting that the folks who really ought to be worried about the forthcoming wondergadget are Windows laptop makers.

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Apple Scrambling for iPhone Flash Chips

An existing $1.25 billion dollar arrangement between Apple and the world’s largest memory makers was designed to secure the iPod maker an ample supply of NAND flash memory through 2010, but Apple is now reported to be asking for even more chips ahead of iPhone.
Taiwan-based DigiTimes, which wavers in accuracy but has recently nailed a scoop or two, is reporting that Apple has been in talks with Samsung for the purchase of a volume of NAND flash to be used in all iPods and iPhones from June to year-end.

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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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