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Tech News: There's a New iPhone, Obviously, and Spotify for TV May Happen Soon, Too


Also, Jack Dorsey rides the bus to work "every single day." That's pretty cool.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web.

Link: iPhone 5: Apple's Biggest, Smartest, Fastest Yet
"The wait is over. Apple (AAPL) announced its newest iPhone today at an event in San Francisco and, as rumored, it is indeed larger than its predecessors, runs 4G LTE, and has a bigger, better display. After months of speculation and a litany of leaks, the new device is indeed called the iPhone 5 and nearly everything about it is an improvement over the iPhone 4S.

"The iPhone had a growth spurt. Gone is the 3.5-inch display that has defined previous iPhones, replaced by a 4-inch display. Apple increased the screen resolution as well, improving from 960x640 pixels in the iPhone 4S to 1136x640 for the iPhone 5. The screen now supports a movie standard 16:9 aspect ratio.

"Despite being longer, the iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than the 4S. At 7.6 millimeters, the iPhone 5 is 18% thinner as well as 20% lighter (112 grams) than the 4S. During the keynote, Apple called it the 'world's thinnest smartphone.' Actually, while the iPhone 5 is impressively thin, it is not the world's thinnest smartphone. That honor goes to the Droid (MSI) Razr, which sports a 7.1mm-thin body."

Link: Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants HP, Dell, and IBM
"In 2008, says Intel (INTC) bigwig Diane Bryant, three familiar names bought far more server chips than any other company on earth. That year, she remembers, HP (HPQ), Dell (DELL), and IBM (IBM) accounted for 75 percent of the revenue Intel raked in from the sale of processors destined for the beefy computer servers that drive the internet and so much of the software used inside the world's businesses.

"Intel sells a vast majority of the world's server chips, so this was a sure sign that a vast majority of the world's businesses were buying their servers from HP, Dell, and IBM.

"But just four years later, Bryant says, the landscape has completely changed. Today, she explains, eight server makers account for 75 percent of Intel's server chip revenues, and at least one of those eight doesn't even sell servers. It only makes servers for itself. 'Google (GOOG) is something like number five on that list,' Bryant told us on Monday evening, during a dinner with reporters in downtown San Francisco."

Link: Spotify for TV: Could It Finally Be True?
"Rumors that Spotify may diversify from music to TV have cropped up almost since the service began four years ago. The latest peddler is Danish public broadcaster TV2, whose Beep tech site says it has learned that Spotify is negotiating to distribute HBO's (TWX) upcoming HBO Nordic over-the-top pay-TV service across Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

"Spotify's PR folks are being strategically coy, telling paidContent: 'There's always a lot of speculation surrounding Spotify but it's something we never comment on.' HBO Nordic's Danish reps also gave no comment.
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