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Apple has now more cash than the USA

Apple now has more liquid cash than the U.S. government. 
Apple's last earnings report (PDF here) showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities at the end of June. According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday. 
In other words, the world's largest tech company has more cash than the world's largest sovereign government. That's because Apple collects more money than it spends, while the U.S. government does not.
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CyanogenMod for Samsung Galagy S2 (SGS2) available for download

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom ROM for the Android OS. Currently over 500.000 Android user have installed CyanogenMod on their device. The CyanogenMod team supports from for almost any Android device now including the Samsung Galaxy S2.  Owner of the SGS2 can install first version of the CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds. These Nightly Build versions are pre-beta versions, which means that not all hardware drivers are working properly and smaller or bigger bugs are still included.

Nevertheless the first versions seems to be quite stable. Of course it is expected to improve performance as well for later releases. The download links is available in the well known Smartphone developer forum XDA-Developers.

Official CyanogenMod statement:
CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for a number of cell phones based on the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones.

Fireflies visualisation of iPhone based location information

Several months ago headlines about location recording of Iphones apeared and Apple gets into critics by the media. In the meantime Apple has delivered an update to enable or disable automatic position recording. 880 voluntary iPhone users have enabled position recording on their iPhone and supports the creaton of an amazing animation showing iPhone apereance throughout Europe.

The animation shows the movement of iPhone owners in April 2011 mainly in Germany and Great Britain. iPhones are animated as illuminated dots on a dark map. The time laps playback creates the firefly animation.

Forfone - The better Skype?

Android-/Iphone App do not only provide free telephone callsMaking calles over the internet, so called "Voice over IP" (VoIP), is not an easy business. Cheap mobile phone providers and goverment regulations makes it hard for VoIP services to build their own business idea and make its products applicable to the public. Mix between Skype, Viber and Whatsapp A Vienna telco startup called Toolani will try this challange with their new "Forfone" application. On their homepage the present their offer to be better than Skype, because they offer additional features known from other popular smartphone apps like Viper and WhatsApp. Forfone was founded by Michael Schöpfer and raised 500.000 Euro investment capital. Forfone is available for Android and iPhone, and can be used without registration. You can call and SMS other App user for free. Your own mobile number will be send as addressor, which allow dirct ansers to your SMS. Cheaper than Skype For regular calls to no user you h…

Android growing 3 times faster than Apple iOS

With constant increase of Activations Android will accomblish 1 million device activations each day.The rapid growth of Google mobile operating system Android was confirmed by chief developer Andy Rubin who talks of more than 500.000 Android-device activations day by day. According to Rubin this is equivalent to a 4.4% growth each week. If Android will keep on track for the next few months, by end of october Android will reach 1 million daly device activations.
Stronger growth than iOS At Google I/O mid may Google talked about 400.000 devices per day. Apple in comparison has sold 366.000 iOS devices pery day (before iPhone 4 was available for Verizon network). Actual numbers are not known. In September 2010 Apple has activated 230.000 iOS devices. While Google Android grows more than 200 percent, Apple has increased in the same period of time by 60 percent. Apples growth will properbly increase during the introduction of the next generation iPhones (iPone 4S and iPhone 5).  No numbers fo…