Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hackers Say They Got User Accounts From Apple


Hackers Say They Got User Accounts From Apple



The computer hacking group AntiSec said over the weekend that it accessed user names and passwords of an Apple Inc. (AAPL) server, a bid to draw the iPhone maker into a surge of recent cyberattacks.
The group posted the materials of 27 user accounts and passwords online at the website PasteBin and announced its discovery July 3 on Twitter.
This seems to just be a prank right now.  If the hackers did get user names  and passwords of Apple users they certainly haven't proven it, and Apple does not believe the information to be compromised.
Stock Prices for closing 7/5/2011:
AAPL: 349.43
DELL: 16.98
LNVGY.PK: 11.97

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Apple passes 100,000 iPad app mark


Apple passes 100,000 iPad app mark



Apple Inc.'s iPad now has more than 100,000 apps specifically designed for it or optimized for the popular tablet device.
It took 16 months for iPad to hit six figures in apps, compared to more than two years for the iPhone, which now has over 425,000 apps.
The iPAD definitely revolutionized the personal PC.  It took the best features from a laptop and an iPhone and combined them into a whole new division on personal technology.  The invention of the tablet has changed they way people use technology.  I'm glad their research and work has paid off for them.
Stock Prices for closing 6/30/2011:
DELL: 16.67
AAPL: 335.67
LNVGY.PK: 11.38

Dell to Expand Data Management, Software to Cut PC Reliance


Dell to Expand Data Management, Software to Cut PC Reliance


Dell Inc. (DELL), the world’s second- largest personal computer maker, will offer software applications and more corporate-data management technology to reduce its reliance on PC sales, Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said.
The company wants to build on sales of servers and storage systems by offering hardware and software to help catalog and locate reams of data, he said at an annual investor meeting today. Dell, based in Round Rock, Texas, also plans to step up its presence in smartphones and tablet computers, he said.
Dell is making acquisitions, broadening its offerings and hiring sales staff to expand beyond PCs and related products, which accounted for 70 percent of sales last fiscal year. The company seeks to offer corporate customers a more complete lineup of products to run technology operations, Dell said at a reception last night before the meeting in Austin, Texas.
I think that Dell made a smart decision to start offering software.  They're almost completely reliant on their PC sales, and as I noted in an earlier blog, PCs are starting to decrease in sales pretty consistently   Now that smart phones can do pretty much the equivalent, if not more, than PCs, they will begin to become outdated technology.  As we advance into the world of tablets and other forms of personal computers, the desire for a PC is dwindling.  Now everyone HAS a PC, and everyone WANTS a tablet. That "want" is what companies like Dell thrive on.  Expanding their inventory to include cutting edge software is the right move to keep the company afloat, especially since their attempts at creating a comparable smart phone or tablet has been unsuccessful in the past.
Stock Prices for closing 6/29/2011:
DELL: 16.42
AAPL: 334.04
LNVGY.PK: 11.07