If I understand the news coverage correctly, we are at the dawn of a new era in civilization. When the iPhone debuts on June 29, mankind will no longer have to work and our vision will extend into the ultraviolet and infrared light frequencies.
Super! That’s grand. Maybe it’s true and Apple will take over the planet and use its powers for good. […] continuedRead more
WalMart announced a movie download service with the obligatory noncritical media coverage, focused on how darned exciting it is that all of the major studios have signed up to supply a few titles. The details were glossed over – namely that the downloads are DRM-laden Windows Media files that won’t play on iPods, PSPs, Zunes, or computers running Mac or Linux. […] continuedRead more
It’s predictable that there would be a backlash after the rapturous reception of the iPhone in the first rush of media reports. Here’s an article that sums up the second thoughts running through the heads of many people.
The iPhone will have that undeniable Apple aura of coolness but it’s comparatively short on features:
“Unlike most smart phones, the iPhone doesn’t have voice dialing, voice memos, 3G Internet access, Word or Excel support, one-handed operation or video recording. […] continued
You’ll see lots of press about the Apple iPhone. Here’s as good a summary as I’ve seen today:
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“The iPhone is much higher-end than I thought it would be: It has not only GSM, EDGE, and Bluetooth (and notably, not one of the 3G high-speed cellular networks) but Wi-Fi and a gigantic, super-high-res touch screen.
Microsoft will take some well-deserved heat for letting copy protection drive it to make bad decisions for technology and consumers, but Apple has also played an unappealing role in the world of copy protection. An antitrust suit against Apple has just been given the green light by a US District Court. […] continuedRead more
When my iPod stopped working correctly, I did all the troubleshooting I could before turning to Apple for support.
The experience was brilliant. Apple has a well-designed web site to answer support questions and to begin the return process. Two days after reporting the problem, I received a shipping box for the defective iPod, including a return shipping label and a cute little pack of tape to close the box. […] continuedRead more
Apple has announced a recall of 1.8 million Sony lithium-ion batteries, supplied with some iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebooks. Here’s an article with details about today’s announcement.
Other manufacturers used the same batteries – this may not be the end of the recalls.
When Dell announced its recall, analysts speculated that Dell’s reputation would be battered. […] continuedRead more
OneStat.com reported yesterday that Windows XP is responsible for almost 87 percent of all Web usage, while all Windows versions combined account for 97 percent of Web usage. These days that’s a fair measure of an operating system’s market share.
The second most popular OS on the Web is Windows 2000, at more than six percent. […] continuedRead more
Interesting that the iPod is not the number one mp3 player in Asia, according to this report, which includes photos and comments on the top ten. The Creative Zen Vision:M is the market leader. I’ve been using a Creative Zen Touch for a year or two and it’s been rock solid, with extraordinary battery life and decent controls. […] continuedRead more
Over the years, QuickTime has been one of the most frustrating bits of software available. Conflicting versions would wind up installed simultaneously, banner ads for paid upgrades would appear every single time a movie was launched, and why, oh why, is it impossible to make a Quicktime clip run fullscreen?
Now Apple has taken a lesson from RealPlayer by hiding the link for the new version 7 of the free QuickTime Player – just the player, not the bundle with iTunes, not the “Pro” version, just the QuickTime player so I can watch stupid movies online. […] continuedRead more
Apple has some clever new commercials, featuring John Hodgman, the resident “expert” on The Daily Show. Very likable ads comparing PCs and Macs, showing the PC guy with a virus and crashing and the like. Funny!
In unrelated news this week, one of the first viruses aimed at Mac OS X is circulating and experts predict that Apple’s higher profile will make it a bigger target soon. […] continuedRead more
With reports of viruses in the wild taking advantage of Sony’s malware, Sony has agreed to drop the DRM software it licensed and take a deep breath before jumping back into copy protection.
Sony’s overreaching has ensured that every move intended to lock down an audio or video disc will be scrutinized under a microscope for years to come. […] continuedRead more
The new video iPod is a mediocre product. Similar products have been on the market for months, some (like the Sony PSP) with far superior screens. Battery life is low and it’s deliberately crippled by copy protection. And think about it – are you interested in watching an episode of Lost on a two and half inch screen? […] continuedRead more
The Apple and Firefox evangelists won’t make eye contact with you for a while, since all the latest news of security flaws and exploits is aimed at them. Here’s a summary from Paul Thurrott, tech columnist:
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“There’s a certain poetic justice in the news that Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger’s new Dashboard feature–which Apple ripped off from the cool Konfabulator folks–is responsible for one of the worst security failures to ever hit the Macintosh.
I like Macs. I think they’re fine computers that do some things pretty well. Personally, the much-vaunted Apple design choices leave me cold, so it’s hard for me to understand why people would pay a premium for an Apple computer, but I’m happy to respect those who feel differently.
I like Firefox. […] continuedRead more