SONY POSTSCRIPT: DRM FOR MACS

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. […] continued

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VIDEO iPOD – GUSHING REVIEWS, MEDIOCRE PRODUCT

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? […] continued

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SECURITY PROBLEMS FOR APPLE, FIREFOX

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:

“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.

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PHISHING FLAW IN ALTERNATIVE BROWSERS

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. […] continued

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THE APPLE REALITY DISTORTION FIELD

What is it with Apple that causes the press to gush? It’s embarrassing. Well, nothing embarrasses the press these days, but is a sense of perspective too much to ask for when Steve Jobs says something?

The Mac Mini caused gushing about its cheap price. Why? For $499, you get a system with a 40GB hard drive, 256MB of DDR333 memory and an ATI Radeon 9200 with an execrable 32MB of video memory. […] continued

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SECURITY PATCHES FOR MACS

I’m sure this will get lots of attention in the paper tomorrow as a gesture of fairness, given all the criticism of Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer lately. But hey, perhaps you’ll be busy and miss the headline.

Apple Computer released security updates today for seventeen security holes in open source and proprietary components of the Apple operating system, including fixes for two security vulnerabilities in Apple’s web browser. […] continued

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MAC SPOOF

If you’re bored, this home-made spoof of a Mac commercial is a good chuckle, and perhaps a relief from the constant Apple evangelizing. […] continued

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MP3 PLAYERS

The iPod costs three or four hundred dollars, and completely dominates a rapidly growing market – currently claiming an 82% market share. The market for portable music players using hard drives for storage, like the iPod, will grow five-fold this year. Even if Apple’s market share slips as competitors like Sony, Dell, and Creative take aim, there’s lots of growth to go around. […] continued

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APPLE VS. APPLE

An interesting lawsuit may be nearing settlement soon. Baby boomers with long memories will recall that the Beatles’ record label was “Apple Records,” and their company was “Apple Corps.”

When Apple Computer started up, the Beatles’ company sued Apple Computer and settled the case for a huge cash payment and an agreement that Apple Computer would use the name and logo only in the computer business, while Apple Corps. […] continued

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MICROSOFT ENTERS ONLINE MUSIC MARKET

Today’s quiz: I’ll describe a familiar scenario. You decide if it’s ancient history or current news.

Apple sells devices manufactured by Apple, running software designed by Apple, sold in a store that belongs to Apple. Nobody else is allowed to use Apple’s technology. It gains a reputation for being cool.

Microsoft comes in later with something that is similar to what Apple has been marketing. […] continued

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MORE APPLE-BASHING

It’s well-known that Gateway has been struggling to stay alive. Gateway has lost money in 13 of the last 14 quarters, it has closed all its retail stores, it has cut its workforce from 24,600 to 7400 employees, and it has stopped manufacturing its own computer products.

It’s simply too delicious that Gateway still has a bigger market share (3.8 percent in the United States) than Apple does (3.5 percent in the United States). […] continued

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APPLE’S FUTURE IN MULTIMEDIA (CONTINUED)

A year ago I speculated that Apple would start to shift its emphasis away from the computer business and into consumer electronics. (Click here and scroll down to May 17, 2003.)

Apple announced this week that it will split its product development into two parts, separating the people who develop iPod-related products from those who work on the company’s flailing Macintosh computers. […] continued

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ADOBE & APPLE DRIFTING APART

Apple fans are increasingly hard-pressed to justify clinging to a product with an insignificant, dwindling market share. The conventional wisdom is that Apple computers have some relevance in the world of graphics and publishing, for various reasons depending on whatever argument suits the moment. At various times I’ve been told the graphics software is easier to use than comparable Windows software (or it’s more complex but also more powerful), or there’s a greater selection than what’s available for Windows (or there’s a smaller selection but it must be good because it’s more popular among professionals), or the like. […] continued

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APPLE GRIEF

The Press Democrat’s business pages frequently feature fawning coverage of Apple’s press releases, while attacking Microsoft at every opportunity. Today it was a long article about the exciting! MacWorld! show! in San Francisco! this week!

Never forget that Apple’s market share is currently two percent and falling – for good reason. […] continued

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iTUNES ECONOMICS

The Register’s article today helps us understand the online music services.

Apple’s iTunes store charges 99 cents per song. Apple claims it is the most popular of several competing services selling authorized downloadable music.

Apple is losing money on the iTunes Music Store.

Steve Jobs admitted to financial analysts that the service is a loss leader for Apple. […] continued

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