The Wake Up and Smell the Bacon device plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone, and when it’s activated, the device emits a small puff of the scent of bacon, with the accompanying sizzle sound.
Bacon lovers — and who isn’t? — can start applying Thursday to get the device for free; it won’t be sold in stores and quantities are limited.
“With nearly two million mentions of #bacon on Instagram, it seems people never get tired of bacon,” said Tom Bick of Oscar Mayer in a news release announcing the device. “Oscar Mayer is thrilled to bring the first-ever, bacon-scented mobile device to market, giving bacon aficionados a new reason to welcome their morning alarm clocks.”
Bacon fans can apply to win one of the devices each day from now through April 4, by going here.
I only started using WhatsApp a couple of months ago, after a prospective CouchSurfing host in Jakarta asked me if I had it on my mobile. It’s an elegantly simple messaging app — as simple as sending a text, but without incurring your carrier’s SMS fees.
Facebook just bought WhatsApp for $19 billion. Here’s Forbes’ profile of the creator of the app, a Ukrainian emigré who once depended on food stamps.
Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp’s discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps. That’s where the three of them inked the agreement to sell their messaging phenom -which brought in a miniscule $20 million in revenue last year — to the world’s largest social network.
According to Counterpoint’s Monthly Market Pulse report for October 2013, Apple’s iPhone 5s continued to be the bestselling phone globally during October. Apple’s iPhone 5s sales saw an upward sales momentum as Apple continued expansive roll-out for its flagship model thus further widening the gap with its arch rival’s flagship model Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Apple’s iPhone 5s topped the best-seller’s list despite the component shortages causing long waiting periods in several channels and without Mobile China that is expected to launch iPhones in the coming days ahead.
Apple has just issued a press release revealing it sold 9M iPhones during the launch weekend of its iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. As is typical for the company with new hardware, it hasn’t broken out individual model sales, but other signals point to a stronger debut weekend for the higher-end iPhone 5s than for the 5c. Apple blew away its previous record for first weekend iPhone sales, which was 5 million for the iPhone 5 last year.
Consumers looking for a way to measure how much excitement there is with the new iPhones that go on sale Friday may want to check out the TaskRabbit index.
In recent Apple launches, busy consumers have turned to the San Francisco micro-job site to hire people to wait in line for the latest iPhone or iPad. Last year, 350 people were hired just in San Francisco and New York alone for the “line skipping” jobs.
“This year, we’ve seen just over 250 people sign up to have a TaskRabbit wait in line for them in all of our 15 active markets combined,” said TaskRabbit spokesman Johnny Brackett.
The drop in the TaskRabbit index is just one indicator that the legendary enthusiasm among die-hard Apple fans is a bit damper this year for the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. As of Thursday evening, lines at Apple stores were either noticeably shorter or nonexistent.
Last year we saw Apple begin to address the changing landscape with the iPhone 5. The 5 saw Apple moving to a thinner, lighter chassis with much better internals and a significantly larger display. While there is market demand for Apple to do the same again, and move to an even larger display, there are some traditions Apple is sticking to. In this case, it’s the tradition of the S-update.
The iPhone 5s continues Apple’s tradition of introducing a performance focused upgrade for the last year of any new chassis design. The first time we encountered an S-update was with the 3GS, which took the iPhone away from its sluggish ARM11 roots and into the world of the Cortex A8.
After Apple’s iPhone event ended this morning, I had a chance to spend a few minutes with the two new phones and wanted to post some thoughts.
The iPhone 5C is a gorgeous looking phone, no matter what color choose. They all feel very rugged in their construction, so you can put any thoughts of a cheap iPhone out of your mind right now. Perhaps it’s the reinforcement that Apple put inside the plastic casing or the build of the casing itself—whatever it is, the 5C is a solid phone.
The Child ID App, first released in August 2011 for iPhones and now available on Android phones, provides parents with an easy way to electronically store pictures and vital information about their children in case they go missing—whether it’s a toddler wandering away at the mall or a teen who has been snatched by a stranger.
Using the app, you can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. You can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
If you’ve ever wanted to create and edit Word and Excel documents on your iPhone, the wait is over. Microsoft is launching Office for iPhone, bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the world’s most popular smartphone.
The version of Office the iPhone’s getting is Office Mobile, which is nearly identical to the apps that already exist on Windows Phone. It includes phone-friendly versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but not other Office apps such as Outlook.
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Creating a version of Office for iPhone fits with Microsoft’s new strategy of treating its services as platform-agnostic, and it comes to iOS long after other Microsoft apps, including OneNote and Lync. It also fits with Microsoft offering Office 365 as a subscription service, accessible from many devices, rather than a one-time download for one machine.
“With Office 365 Home Premium and Pro Plus, we promised they’d work across all of your devices,” says Julia White, marketing manager for Microsoft Office. “Now that those are out, it’s time to expand think about other end points our users have said are important to them.”
A U.S. trade agency says Apple infringed on its Asian rival Samsung’s patent in its manufacture of some older models of the iPhone and iPad.
Bloomberg reports on the order from the U.S. International Trade Commission: “It’s the first patent ruling against Apple in the U.S. that affects product sales, covering models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G made for AT&T Inc.”
Reuters notes that the ITC panel “issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.”
President Obama has 60 days to overturn the order. An Apple spokeswoman told the AllThingsD website that the company was “disappointed” with the decision and planned to appeal.