CES is a parade of Apple ripoffs

Daniel Ionescu:

Apple is not taking part in the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but is present at the trade show through rip-offs of its products. From MacBook Air-inspired ultrabooks, to iPad-like tablets, smart TVs, and cloud computing technology, you will find clones of Apple’s product lineup at CES 2012—and this is just a taste of what’s coming up at the show this week.

If there is any doubt about how much influence Apple has in the industry, this should put it to rest.

Acer commits most blatant ripoff of Apple yet

Acer came up with a good idea. Let’s put pics, documents and media in the cloud and make them available to all of your devices… oh wait, that’s called iCloud. No matter, we’ll just steal the idea and call it AcerCloud. Oh and to save time, we might as well steal Apple’s presentation slide too […]

∞ Syncing documents with iCloud

Federico Viticci at MacStories

What’s interesting about this folder when used with two Macs under the same iCloud account is that it provides a basic “drop box” functionality for files that don’t necessarily belong to an iCloud-enabled app.

You knew it was hidden in there somewhere.

∞ 'Take Control of iCloud'

“Take Control of iCloud” covers every platform that iCloud supports, which includes Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion, iOS 5, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and even the second-generation Apple TV. If your computers and devices aren’t running — or can’t run — those operating systems, they won’t be able to participate in iCloud, but the ebook offers some workarounds.

A book written by Joe Kissell and offered by TidBITS founders Adam and Tonya Engst. In other words, it’s really good.

∞ 'Up close' and 'All about' iOS 5 and iCloud

As usual Macworld has done an incredibly thorough job of looking at each aspect of Apple’s latest offerings. They have two series running today — one called “All About iCloud” and another called “Up Close with iOS 5.”

∞ Apple releases iOS 5

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 5, a major (and free) update for the operating system used by its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The new update contains over 200 new features, according to Apple – major changes to notifications, … Continued

∞ Survey: 76% of iPhone users will use iCloud

Mike Abramsky, analyst with RBC Capital Markets, revealed on Monday the results of a new proprietary survey of 1,500 respondents conducted between June 7 and 14. The poll found that 76 percent of iPhone users said they are “very” or … Continued

∞ iCloud will have a Web-based interface

When Apple introduced iCloud at last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, there were no discussions about a Web-based interface for the service, which lead some to believe that there wouldn’t be one. I don’t believe this is the case.

Most of the fervor comes from an article written by Josh Topolsky, which is based on the keynote and what he confirmed with Apple PR. Getting around assumptions based on what Steve Jobs said or didn’t say at the keynote is easy. However, getting around confirmation from Apple PR is a little more difficult.

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∞ Lawyer says Apple may settle iCloud lawsuit

After announcing its iCloud service last week at WWDC, Apple was slapped with a lawsuit from Arizona-based iCloud Communications. Apple bought iCloud.com from Xcerion and has 11 applications registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apple also owns the … Continued