January 27, 2012

Apple Reveals CEO Tim Cook’s 2011 Salary And More In 2012 Proxy Statement

Apple Reveals CEO Tim Cook’s 2011 Salary And More In 2012 Proxy Statement

Apple has posted its 2012 proxy statement for investors. In the document, Apple reveals the compensation that its executives earned last year alongside more background information.

Notable facts from the document include CEO Tim Cook’s 2011 compensation, totaling an impressive $ 376,180,000.

Apple Reveals CEO Tim Cook’s 2011 Salary And More In 2012 Proxy Statement

Apple today announced that its 2012 proxy materials are now available a www.apple.com/investor under the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Notice and Access rules. As a result of the Notice and Access rules, Apple is able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of producing and delivering printed materials.

Apple shareholders can still receive a printed copy of the proxy materials free of charge by following the instructions provided at www.apple.com/investor or in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials that will be mailed to individuals who were Apple shareholders as of December 27, 2011. Apple’s 2011 Form 10-K was filed on October 26, 2011 and may also be viewed at www.apple.com/investor.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

The proxy statement also reveals that Steve Jobs was credited his annual $ 1 salary in 2011:

As of the end of 2011, Mr. Jobs owned approximately 5.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock. Since rejoining the Company in 1997, Mr. Jobs had not sold any of his shares of the Company’s stock. Mr. Jobs held no unvested equity awards. The Company recognized that Mr. Jobs’s level of stock ownership significantly aligned his interests with shareholders’ interests.

Tim Cook was recently awarded a comfortable stock bonus as the company’s new CEO:

Mr. Cook. In connection with Mr. Cook’s appointment as CEO and as noted above, the Board granted Mr. Cook 1,000,000 RSUs as a promotion and retention award. Fifty percent (50%) of Mr. Cook’s award is scheduled to vest on August 24, 2016 (five years after the award date) and fifty percent (50%) of Mr. Cook’s award is scheduled to vest on August 24, 2021 (ten years after the award date), subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with the Company through the applicable vesting date.

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OnLive Desktop brings Windows 7, Office apps to your iPad

If you haven’t heard of OnLive before, get ready to hear a lot more about them in 2012. The streaming company has been around for a few years, but is just now making some major inroads into streaming all sorts of services to your iPad.

We’ve already covered the OnLive offering for Mac, console and iPad gaming, and it’s pretty impressive (I saw a AAA console title streaming with almost no lag using hotel WiFi) — so I was anxious to see what OnLive Desktop had to offer. Basically, it’s like having a full computer experience on your iPad. Specifically, OnLive Desktop will drop you straight into Windows 7, and from there you can tap to launch the ubiquitous Office products. Similar to the existing CloudOn or Desktone systems but supercharged with OnLive’s streaming tech, the intention is to give you a remote computing ‘thin client’ with the full power of the desktop productivity apps.

We’ll have more to say about OnLive when we meet up with them here at CES, but you can check out a video of OnLive over at Engadget. For now, know that OnLive will be offering this service in tiers, starting with a free service that comes with 2 GB of cloud storage and access to a limited suite of office apps. Later there will be a Pro version, starting at $ 9.99 a month, with 50 GB of cloud storage, priority server access, more apps and accelerated browsing. And then there’s an Enterprise offering that’ll allow the kind of control and customization you’d expect if deploying this to dozens or hundreds of client iPads.

OnLive is one of the tech companies I have been watching for a while, and I’m terribly excited by what they are doing. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t done a great job of explaing and marketing their product, which means (for now) it’s something you have to try it before you believe. Still, at free, and launching on January 12, pretty soon you’ll be able to try out OnLive Desktop for yourself. Check out the press release below if you dare.

“OnLive Desktop” Brings No-compromise Windows Apps to iPad

Full Windows® Apps, Including Microsoft® Office, Delivered Instantly from the Cloud

Palo Alto, CA – January 9, 2012 – OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of instant-action cloud computing, announced that it is bringing the first no-compromise Windows desktop to iPad® through its free OnLive™ Desktop app, available Thursday in the iTunes® App Store. OnLive Desktop provides instant access to full-featured, media-rich Windows 7 applications, including Microsoft® Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® software, remotely hosted on powerful PC servers in the cloud.

Based upon OnLive’s instant-action cloud gaming technology, OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents. Rich media, such as video, animation, slide transitions and even PC games, never before practical via remote desktop delivery, run fluidly and dynamically with instant-action interactivity. OnLive Desktop makes remote feel local.

“OnLive Desktop is the first app to deliver a no-compromise, media-rich Windows desktop experience to iPad, opening up powerful new possibilities for consumers and businesses,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “iPad users will now be able to simply and securely view and edit cloud-hosted documents with full-featured Windows desktop applications like Microsoft Office, just as if they were using a local high-performance PC. Multi-touch gestures respond instantly and smoothly, while HD videos, animations and PC video games-never before usable on a remote desktop-play seamlessly.”

The FREE* OnLive Desktop app comes with 2 GB of secure cloud storage and as-available access to a cloud-based Windows 7 desktop pre-populated with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus several utilities and touch games. Using instant-response touch gestures such as pinch and zoom, flick to scroll, drag, drop and Aero snap, users can quickly and easily navigate files, open, edit and save the ones they need, and store them securely in the cloud for access from any device through a simple Web interface. PC apps have full desktop functionality: Word documents can be created and edited with full redline and commenting capability, using a full Windows touch-screen keyboard, handwriting recognition or Bluetooth keyboard. PowerPoint presentations can be created with rich graphics, videos and animated slide transitions, and even presented directly from the iPad, either onscreen or via an external monitor. Data can be updated and analyzed instantly in Excel, translated into graphs and transferred into presentation documents. With OnLive Desktop, work is now possible anywhere you have an iPad and Internet connectivity, with the immediacy, functionality and responsiveness of a local PC.

The Free OnLive Desktop app for iPad is just the tip of the iceberg. Android®, smartphones, PC, Mac® and monitor/TV support (via the OnLive MicroConsole™ thin client with Bluetooth keyboard/mouse) are coming soon, with your same OnLive Desktop available by login from any device. Your OnLive Desktop can be accessed anywhere, on any device, at any resolution.

OnLive Desktop Pro is coming soon, with 50 GB of cloud storage, priority access, full-featured cloud-accelerated browsing, additional PC apps, and other OnLive-unique features for just $ 9.99/month.

OnLive Enterprise will be available for businesses and organizations of all sizes, seeking centralized, secure computing resources, as well as Independent Software Vendors seeking to deliver custom applications. With OnLive Enterprise, IT departments have full control of user entitlements/access privileges to both retail and ISV applications, while enabling users to access the same applications through any device. For example, a hospital can entitle different levels of records access to doctors, receptionists and patients, with full privacy, whether data is viewed on a smartphone, computer, on an easily-sterilized tablet in an examining room, or even on a hospital room TV. No user data is left behind on any device, so records remain secure if a device is lost or stolen. (IT professionals and ISVs, please contact OnLive at enterprise@onlive.com for OnLive Enterprise details and pricing.)

OnLive Desktop Pro and Enterprise support exclusive OnLive collaborative services. Building on the same proven technology as the massive spectating Arena of the OnLive Game Service, OnLive securely enables as many as thousands of simultaneous users to view one or many OnLive Desktops from any device, with live spectating and group chat, and multi-user control. Whether using OnLive collaborative services as a shared document reader or virtual whiteboard in a small workgroups, for chatting over home videos among far-flung family members, or for lecturing with Q&A to an audience of thousands of students around the world, OnLive provides instant, media-rich collaboration.

The OnLive Desktop iPad app will be available Thursday to U.S. customers for free in the iTunes App Store, and will be released soon in the UK. Customers are encouraged to sign up early for their free OnLive account, available today at www.desktop.onlive.com. For more information, visit www.desktop.onlive.com.

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Looxcie Adds Free Social Streaming App To Its Sport Video Cam

Looxcie Adds Free Social Streaming App To Its Sport Video Cam

The Looxcie camera is a neat little gadget by itself, able to clip onto an ear and record 30-second video bursts of your life. Now it has a fantastic little streaming app that you can use to stream those clips and even allows two-way voice communication. Hello, ultra-portable broadcast team.

The app, called LooxcieLive, looks pretty simple to use, even though it’s filled with options. You can broadcast video to a group of viewers you’ve invited and replay videos after you’ve streamed them. Not yet implemented but coming soon are  features that will allow you to permanently save and replay videos ( they’re currently saved for 24 hours only) and the ability to watch those videos from a web browser (currently you can only watch them from your iPhone).

The app is free, and Looxcie is calling it a beta — so expect a few glitches.

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When he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he’s Cult of Mac’s technology editor. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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Daily Update for January 9, 2012

It’s the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You’ll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what’s happening in the Apple world.

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Invoxia’s Gorgeous NVX 610 VOIP Conference Phone Was Destined To Cradle Your iPhone

Invoxia’s Gorgeous NVX 610 VOIP Conference Phone Was Destined To Cradle Your iPhone
Invoxia’s Gorgeous NVX 610 VOIP Conference Phone Was Destined To Cradle Your iPhoneLas Vegas, CES 2012 — If you’re going to drop a wad of bills on a serious phone you might as well find one that looks like it was destined to cradle your iPhone or iPad in its loving arms. That’s the mission that French upstart Invoxia has come up with for their newest VOIP desktop conference phone that embodies both beauty and braun.
Invoxia’s Gorgeous NVX 610 VOIP Conference Phone Was Destined To Cradle Your iPhone
The NVX 610 is Invoxia’s latest creation that uses an iPhone or iPad’s data connection to establish VOIP calls. Using an iOS app to control the action, the NVX 610 pumps out pristine sound through 8 different speakers. To increase audio capture quality, Invoxia’s white box includes 8 separate microphones to pinpoint the location of a user’s voice so that the machine can focus soley on the important audio and clean out the ambient noise. The device has an iPhone dock on the main body, but also includes an attachment to support an iPad if that’s your device of choice.

Despite its diminutive size we were impressed with the audio quality the conference phone could pump out even in the noisy showroom of CES. You can use the iPhone 30-pin connector at the top of the base of the speaker phone, or you can connect via Bluetooth. The back of the device sports two ethernet and USB ports. While the $ 600 price tag may keep the conference phone from widespread home use, we can definitely see corporations buying these up, especially because when two NVX 610”s are calling each other, the eight speakers can be used to mimic the location of individuals in the room with those they are calling. For instance, if a someone on the left side of your conference table is speaking, the NVX 610 receiving the audio will then play their voice from the speakers on the left. A cheaper home unit is supposedly in the works, but no timeframe was given.


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Belkin announces Thunderbolt Express Dock

Belkin has announced its Thunderbolt Express Dock, a small unit that will allow owners of Thunderbolt-capable Macs to plug multiple peripherals into their Macs via a single cable. As reported by AppleInsider, Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock includes the following built-in ports:

  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 Firewire 800 port
  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports — one upstream, one downstream

The dock will allow all of your peripheral devices to plug into your Mac via a single Thunderbolt cable. That all sounds really great, but there are two big gotchas. First is availability; Belkin won’t release the Thunderbolt Express Dock until September 2012, which means Apple’s Thunderbolt Display remains the only practical Thunderbolt-enabled docking solution.

The second and even more worrying gotcha is the price: at US$ 299, Belkin has priced the Thunderbolt Express Dock far beyond the reach of what the average consumer is likely to pay. This little accessory would sell like crazy if Belkin priced it more reasonably — say $ 99 or even $ 129 — but 300 bucks puts the Thunderbolt Express Dock way out of my price range, and probably out of range for most people who’d consider picking one up.

Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals have been both thin on the ground and highly priced in the year since Apple debuted the new connector, which hasn’t painted an especially reassuring picture for Thunderbolt’s future. However, at CES 2012 a variety of non-Mac PCs were announced with Thunderbolt support, as well as external drives from major manufacturers. Hopefully when more Thunderbolt-equipped PCs are in the wild, peripheral makers will be encouraged to step up production and lower those eye-popping prices.

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New iPhone compatible with China Telecom gains regulatory approval

By Slash Lane

Published: 04:25 PM EST (01:25 PM PST)
Apple has built a new version of the iPhone compatible with the third-largest wireless carrier in China, China Telecom, and the handset has already received regulatory approval.

Identified only by the model number A1387, the new iPhone, discovered by The Wall Street Journal, is compatible with CDMA-2000, the 3G network that China Telecom utilizes. The new iPhone 4S, set to debut in China on Friday, is not compatible with China Telecom’s 3G network, despite the fact that the iPhone 4S is a “world phone.”

The newly approved device is an indication that Apple plans to build a unique version of the iPhone to run on China Telecom’s network. The company used a similar approach last year, when it built a special CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 to sell on the Verizon network in the U.S.

It’s unknown whether the phone approved is a modified iPhone 4S, an iPhone 4, or even an iPhone 3GS. Apple continues to sell all three models at different price points around the world, but the iPhone 3GS is only compatible with GSM networks.

And because Apple and China Telecom haven’t yet announced a deal to bring the iPhone to the carrier, the timetable for a launch is unknown. The A1387 handset has been approved by China’s Radio Management agency, but other certifications, including a network license, are necessary before the handset can go on sale.

For now, the iPhone remains exclusive to China Unicom, which plans to offer heavy subsidies on the iPhone 4S when it goes on sale this Friday. Customers will be able to get the handset for free if they sign a multi-year service contract.

For Apple, the big prize remains China Mobile, which is the single largest wireless carrier in the world. The two companies are said to have been in talks for years, but the iPhone remains incompatible with the carrier’s homegrown 3G network.


Toshiba Brings The World’s Lightest, Thinnest Tablet To U.S. — Can The iPad 3 Best It? [CES 2012]

Toshiba Brings The World’s Lightest, Thinnest Tablet To U.S. — Can The iPad 3 Best It? [CES 2012]

Toshiba Brings The World’s Lightest, Thinnest Tablet To U.S. — Can The iPad 3 Best It? [CES 2012]LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Toshiba’s Excite X10, a tablet the company calls the world’s lightest and thinnest, is finally landing on U.S. shores, and we got our first hands-on experience with it at CES last night as Toshiba readies to release it here in a few months.

Man, is this thing ridiculously light. It sports a metallic back made of strong, light magnesium, the same material used in high-end DSLR shells.

It really is fantastically light — so light that it actually feels like it’s made from plastic; but magnesium is also incredibly tough, with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. Of course, magnesium is also highly flammable, which is one reason you don’t see it around very often.

Toshiba was able to jam an astounding number of ports into the thing — especially impressive considering how thin it is. A mini-HDMI port, micro-USB port and a micro SD card slot are all carved into one side of the tablet.

The Excite X10 we played with was also very fast and smooth, thanks to a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor supplied by Texas Instruments and 1GB of RAM. It was running Android’s Honeycomb OS, but when the tablet ships Toshiba says it’ll have Android’s new Ice Cream Sandwich installed, which should be a big improvement over the problematic Honeycomb.

So it’s slightly larger, lighter, thinner, has slightly higher resolution (1200×800 compared with 1024×768 for the iPad  2) and has way more ports. And no, this isn’t the whole story, and it doesn’t mean this tablet is better than the iPad 2. But it does seem to have the iPad 2 certainly beat in a few arenas. Then there’s the price: The 16GB version at $ 530 and the 32GB at $ 600.

Any bet that Cupertino will make this tablet look like an abacus when the iPad 3 comes out?

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iPhone reportedly ready for China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network

The iPhone 4S is set to launch in China a few days from now via China Unicom, a GSM-based provider that has been the sole iPhone-compatible Chinese carrier thus far. According to AllThingsD, China may be getting ready to add a second carrier to the mix: CDMA-based wireless carrier China Telecom.

Apple has reportedly received regulatory approval for a device compatible with China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network, and with the iPhone 4S being a true world phone featuring compatibility with both GSM and CDMA networks, it seems it’s only a matter of time before China Telecom starts offering the iPhone to its 123 million customers.

Apple has to clear a couple more regulatory hurdles before sales can begin through China Telecom, but in the meantime, the iPhone 4S will go on sale in China via Unicom on January 13. If iPhone 4S sales are as brisk in China as they have been everywhere else, it’s going to be a good day for Apple.

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