January 26th Apple Convention confirmed by Fox News

Apple’s January 26th convention has officially been confirmed by news giant Fox News. Sources state that the convention will focus mainly on the “mobility space”, which may suggest an announcement of the fabled Apple Tablet. Other possible announcements include the new MacBook Pro, updated with Intel’s i7  processors. It is yet to be known if Steve Jobs will be making an appearance.   (Gizmodo Via Macrumors) 

Inside Look Centricly Be Followed: Reinventing Business

“…by mashing up relevant information with social media networks.”

What does this mean?!

Simply put, Centricly will take information that you care about (i.e. exclusive deals, promos, coupons, events) as a consumer, from your local restaurants, retailers, professional services (such as dry cleaners, salon) and give you access to it instantaneously over the web, and on your mobile phone.

Centricly is a free social networking suite for small businesses. Centricly enables local businesses to post real-time deals, manage their social media profiles (twitter/facebook) from one location, and interact with their customers.

Consumers will be able to search exclusive, real-time deals within their local area. Centricly brings consumers exclusive- discounted offers from local small businesses.

Deal Examples:

  • 50%+ off lunch between 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Mani-Pedi Specials
  • Trial Offers
  • Exclusive product offering.
  • Clearance items at local retailers.
  • Notification of soon to expire products
  • Discounted event tickets.

Deals are “now” centric; they will expire within 2-24 hours, creating a real-time purchasing environment. Centricly is being launched in the first quarter of 2010, in Orange County, California by Centric Media, LLC.

www.centricly.com

www.facebook.com/centricly

twitter.com/centricly

Fake Steve Jobs: Operation Chokehold

I’ll tell you something — I’m really blown away by the way people have responded to AT&T’s bastardly behavior over bandwidth usage. Our engineers are friggin livid. And, because they’re engineers, which means they’re basically evil little pricks, they’ve come up with a plan to teach AT&T a lesson. They’re calling it Operation Chokehold. Last night I got this email that they’ve been sending around inside Apple, encouraging people to join the crusade:

Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

The engineers have asked me to serve as a kind of communications director for their efforts — soliciting ideas on what apps to use (Pandora may not be the best) and how to refine the attack on the network.

If anyone has ideas, use the comment strings. Tell your friends. Get people involved. We have five days to create a movement and plan a major assault. As the Portuguese said during the Obama campaign: Si, se puede.

FWIW, many of you probably know that Woz and I got our start by selling boxes that hacked the old phone system back in the 1970s. I hate these idiots more than you can imagine. The idea of spanking them like this just gives me tingles all over.