Monday, May 9, 2011
Previously the Amazon Cloud Player was not playable on the default iOS browser Safari but users could still play tracks one at a time (even after the incompatibility warning their device received), and not so surprisingly there’s no dedicated app for the Amazon Cloud Player either. But now, iOS users can play songs from the Cloud Player without any hassles using the Safari browser. We’re not sure as to how this happened, but even after getting the warning, all you have to do is tap continue and just like that you can play tracks more easily than before with all the music controls being functional. The buffering is dealt with quickly and the player even works if you close the browser and put your device on standby. But sadly this looks like a U.S only update for now, hopefully Amazon expands this service to other countries as well. It seems like Amazon is doing something or the other to get the cloud player for iOS up and running. It will be interesting to see if they come up with a dedicated app soon.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Fortune today released its annual "Fortune 500" rankings of America's largest companies by revenue, revealing that Apple leapt 21 spots this year to land at #35 with over $65 billion in revenue.
Apple climbed 21 slots into the top 50 of the Fortune 500 this year. How'd it get there? The company not only continues to expand its reach in existing markets, it also keeps creating new ones.
Take the iPad, which showed the world the power of tablet computing when it was introduced last year. iPad 2 followed, and was one of the most highly anticipated electronic products this year. CEO Steve Jobs' appearance at its debut in March reassured shareholders worried about his most recent medical leave. Regardless of who's in charge, though, investors have plenty of reason to believe Apple's magic spell on consumers can continue.
Apple's profits of $14 billion in 2010 also made it the 8th most profitable company, up from 26th place last year. In the Computer and Office Equipment category, Apple passed Dell in overall revenue to move into second place behind HP. Apple leads that category in profits by a wide margin.
Apple was also cited as one of the seven biggest hirers of 2010, adding 12,600 employees during the year to reach nearly 50,000 total employees. Apple also leads the Fortune 500 in average annual investment returns over the past decade, averaging 45.8% annual growth.
Overall, Wal-Mart repeated as the world's largest company with $421 billion in revenue, well ahead of second-place Exxon Mobil's $354 billion figure.