Gumdrop Cases Is Betting on Apple Unveiling iPad 5 Next
Next week, tech companies and developers will head to San
Francisco for the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), an
)-hosted event that has seen the unveiling of many new tech
products. One company, Gumdrop Cases, is betting on Apple to
unveil the next iteration of the iPad, the iPad 5; it has already
begun production on an iPad 5 case, with specs that it's been
receiving from its sources, who remain anonymous.
This isn't the first time that the company has bet on the
announcement of a major Apple product. Tim Hickman, the founder
and CEO of Gumdrop cases, has bet on five previous products
before their unveiling. His record? He's 4 for 5, with his only
slip up being the anticipation of an iPhone 5 in 2011 when what
actually came out was the iPhone 4S (the case Gumdrop put out
didn't come close to fitting the 4S).
The new iPad 5 case is set to ship on June 10, the day of Apple's
keynote address. We'll be watching to see if Hickman gets it
right again, and we're sure that all the other iPad case
companies will be as well. WWDC 2013 runs from June 10 to June
Obama Adminstration Collecting Phone Records From
In response to the
story yesterday about a top secret court order that requires
) to hand over all call data to the National Security Agency, a
senior Obama administration official confirmed and defended the
allegations this morning. According to the official, the court
order asks only for telephone number and length of call, and not
the identities of callers or the actual dialogue of phone calls.
went directly from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
to two units at the telecom company, Verizon Business Network
Services Inc. and Verizon Business Services. It directs the
business to provide daily data to the NSA until July 19.
Choosing to remain anonymous, the official said of the measure,
"It allows counter terrorism personnel to discover whether known
or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons
who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people
located inside the United States."
WIth the Obama administration already under scrutiny for
searching AP reporter call records and
) television reporter emails, today's news stokes the fire of
concern over the president's handling of privacy and free speech
Galaxy S4 Outsells iPhone 5 at Three of Four Major
Carriers in May
According to retail sales data collected by Canaccord Genuity,
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) newest, super powerful smartphone, the Galaxy S4,
has outsold Apple's eight-month-old iPhone 5 at Verizon,
(OTCMKTS:DTEGY) stores during May. The iPhone took the top spot
), the company that once claimed exclusive rights to selling the
In April, the iPhone 5 took the number-one spot at all four
carriers, with limited availability plaguing early sales of the
Galaxy S4, but shipments increased as Samsung bested Apple. As
Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley said, "We believe sales
of the S4 versus other
(GOOG) smartphones was driven by Samsung's extremely strong
Galaxy consumer brand and well-executed marketing campaign, as
our surveys indicated store representatives often recommended the
(TPE:2498) One ahead of the Galaxy S4."
The HTC One took third place at Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T,
but it's not yet sold by Verizon.
Twitter Teams Up With the World's Largest Ad
This morning, a strategic partnership was announced between
(WPPGY), the world's largest advertising company by revenue (it
employs 162,000 people worldwide). The UK-based ad agency and its
subsidiaries, including GroupM and Kantar, will now be able to
use Twitter data to research consumer behavior and optimize ad
spending. As WPP's CEO Martin Sorrell said in a statement,
"Twitter's relevance continues to grow -- not only as a social
platform, but also as a window into consumer attitudes and
behavior in real time."
In order to compete with ad-savvy competitors
(FB) and Google, Twitter has been trying recently to attract more
ad presence to utilize data from its over 200 million users and
boost its revenue. Today's announcement follows the deal Twitter
made with ad agency Starcom MediaVest Group in April that was
reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Moreover, as
Starcom MediaVest is owned by
(OTCMKTS:PUBGY), the parent company's clients, such as
Procter & Gamble
(KO), will have exclusive access to research and data from
The research firm eMarketer estimated in March that Twitter's
total ad revenue would reach $582.8 million by the end of 2013,
and $950 million in 2014.
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