Apple checking out the competition at CES

Just because Apple isn’t exhibiting products at CES doesn’t mean it’s not interested in the event. paidContent.org is reporting that the company does have a presence, with one of their bloggers running into Greg Joswiak (head of iOS product marketing at Apple) at the Sony booth.

Joz isn’t the only Apple employee at the crowded show. Reuters noted a source who said that Apple has over 250 employees registered for the event. paidContent’s Tom Krazit talked with Joswiak, who apparently is interested on how other companies present products at shows like CES. From the layout and design of show booths to the individual products that are highlighted by a company, he’s keeping his eyes on the competitors. According to Krazit, Joswiak seemed underwhelmed with the Sony booth.

The most humorous part of the encounter was Krazit’s observation that “His badge was strategically arranged as to cover over his name and company affiliation, however, a nod to Apple’s penchant for keeping a low profile.” Only a seasoned Apple-watcher would know that one of Apple’s highest-placed executives was in the house.

Next-generation iPad rumored to be in production for March release

It’s January, and that means it’s time to ramp up the iPad rumors to full frenzy mode. Japanese rumor site Macotakara, which has been surprisingly accurate when it comes to speculation about upcoming iPads, says that the next-generation iPad is now in production in anticipation of a release in March, 2012.

Macotakara’s sources in China say that Foxconn and Pegatron will share production of the new iPad, with Foxconn grabbing a full 85 percent of the orders. The site says that the initial devices will be outfitted with Sharp LCD display panels, allowing 2048 x 1536 resolution without adding weight and thickness to the iPad. As you can see above, the Macotakara has also been accumulating images from Chinese sources of what appear to be replacement parts for the next-generation iPad.

Kodak sues HTC, Apple

In a desperate bid to keep itself afloat, Kodak has filed another lawsuit against HTC and Apple. The struggling company is now claiming that Apple and HTC infringe on four patents related to the transfer of digital images. A previous lawsuit against Apple focuses on technology for previewing images.

In this latest legal skirmish, Kodak filed both a complaint with the ITC and a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Kodak says it doesn’t want to halt the sales of Apple and HTC products. It’s only looking for “fair compensation for the unauthorized use” of its imaging technology. Kodak is struggling financially and this “fair compensation” may prevent the company from declaring bankruptcy.

Daily iPhone App: CraigsPro+

I’ll admit it. I do a lot of my shopping on Craigslist. It’s a fantastic website to find phones, car tires, appliances, furniture and more. I’m a patient buyer, though, and wait until I find an excellent deal. Searching for the lowest price is not that hard when you use an app like CraigsPro+.

CraigsPro+ is one of several Craigslist apps in the App Store. Like the others, it lets you search Craigslist, but it has several features that set it apart from the competition. First, it lets you search multiple Craigslist locations. I live about an hour from NH and can easily search listings for both Maine and NH. I can also add in Boston, if I wanted to travel that far. If you’re traveling, you can let app use your GPS location to find the appropriate Craigslist site.

Apple announces Jan. 19 event at Guggenheim in NYC

Apple has sent out invitations to various media outlets, including The Loop, to attend an event centering on education at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Jan. 19.

The event is expected to focus on iTunes U and electronic textbooks and has been in the works since late September. At least two project announcements are expected, according to various rumors. Steve Jobs was reportedly intimately involved in the project prior to his death.

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