AT&T’s iPhone “sales” versus “activations”: Doing the Math

Love Apple gear? Like math? TUAW’s Doing the Math series examines the numbers and the science behind the hardware and software.

Several sites — including TUAW — reported yesterday that 80% of all smartphones AT&T sold in Q411 were iPhones, based on AT&T’s quarterly earnings report. On closer inspection, however, there’s a subtle but important detail that we overlooked in AT&T’s wording. It reported “9.4 million smartphone sales” but “7.6 million iPhone activations” (emphasis mine).

Love Box is a low-fi video mixer for iPhone

Creativity is a splendid thing. It lets you come up with never-before-considered ideas, and leads to the creation of products like the Love Box. The Love Box is a videography accessory for the iPhone that lets you mix two videos together in real time.

It’s a wooden box with a slot for your iPhone and a sliding mirror. You position the phone’s camera in front of the mirror, which lets you record both the action in front of you and the action behind. You can slide the mirror to show just the rear, just the front or something in between. To get a better idea of how it works, you should check out the YouTube video below.

Chinese respond to story of Apple’s Chinese suppliers

The world’s eyes have been on Apple this week after it announced record-breaking quarterly earnings In the midst of all this commentary and congratulations was a sobering article by New York Times reporters Charles Duhigg and David Barboza. Titled “In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad,” the report was critical of Apple’s relationship with its overseas manufacturing partners.

The piece details the harsh working conditions found in the companies that build Apple products. The 7-page article claims Apple puts incredible pressure on its partners to produce a large volume of components in a short amount of time and for little profit. This incredible pressure forces companies like Foxconn and Wintek to cut corners and risk the safety of the workers to meet Apple’s demands. Apple supposedly turns a blind eye to these practices and will even cut money to companies that complain. The article ends with a statement that implicates Apple fans in this scandal by saying “And right now, customers care more about a new iPhone than working conditions in China.”

EFF petitions to extend legal iPhone jailbreaking

In 2010, the Copyright Office said jailbreaking a handset did not violate the DMCA and the jailbreak community breathed a sigh of relief. What many people didn’t realize was that the exemption covering jailbreaking will expire later this year. When it expires, companies can go after jailbreak developers like the iPhone Dev Team using the DMCA. They could face jail time and monetary penalties for their involvement in creating jailbreaking tools. Needless to say, this would put a halt to most, if not all, jailbreaking.

To prevent this from happening, the EFF created a webpage that tells you how to contact the Copyright Office and ask them to extend this exemption. The advocacy group also wants to extend this protection to tablets and video game consoles. They have instructions on where to send your comments and a guideline about what to say in your communication with the government agency. Comments are due by February 10 at 5 PM Eastern Time. If this is a cause you believe in, head over the EFF and take some time to help keep jailbreaking alive.

HP at Macworld iWorld 2012

For the past three years, I’ve had the pleasure to meet with HP at Macworld to find out what new Apple-centric products the company has produced. This year afforded another opportunity for HP to showcase their products, and I’ve put together a booth tour video with many of the highlights. If you can’t make it to Macworld | iWorld 2012, I hope you’ll enjoy this visit with the fantastic HP team.

Among the products you’ll see in the video are the new HP LaserJet Pro 400 color M451 printer, an excellent device for small to medium businesses and home offices. There’s also the HP LaserJet Pro 300 color MFP (multi-function printer) M375, an “all-in-one” printer/scanner/ copier/fax, and the faster HP LaserJet Pro 400 color MFP M475 printer. All of these devices are iOS compatible, using AirPrint for fast wireless discovery and printing.

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