U.S. Air Force Supports Apple Inc iPads, Google Inc Battles Siri

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL): The U.S. Air Force awarded a $9.36M contract to purchase up to 18,000 Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 2s. The military will use the tablets to replace paper manuals and navigation charts carried by pilots and navigators. Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 3 will have the same pricing matrix as the iPad 2, starting at $499 for a 16GB Wi-fi version and $629 for a 3G-enabled 16GB version, 9to5Mac reports. According to a message on Apple’s Web site, “A study by Analysis Group found that Apple has directly or indirectly created 304,000 U.S. jobs. These jobs — spread across all 50 states — include thousands of jobs in numerous industries, from the people who create components for our products to the people who build the planes and trucks that carry them to our customers. Together with the 210,000 iOS jobs generated by the app economy, these 304,000 jobs make a total of 514,000 U.S. jobs created or supported by Apple.”

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG): According to a reliable source, TheVerge reports that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) will use the name “Key Lime Pie” for the version of Android that follows “Jelly Bean”. It is unclear when Key Lime Pie will be officially unveiled, but it’s possible it may occur in 2013. As Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) gets ready to introduce a multi-platform Siri with the digital assistant’s likely integration into its upcoming “iPad 3” and “Apple TV” devices, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is readying its response, to be called Google Assistant, and the new offering is likely to be one of the search company’s primary focuses this year, according to TechCrunch. Samsung has denied previous reports that it will launch its new Galaxy S III smartphone – which is expected to use Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system – in April, according to The Verge. However, Samsung said that it plans to unveil the newest version of the popular Galaxy smartphone series in the first half of 2012, the publication added.

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