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10 FAS: 9 – Troy Wolverton, Neil Cavuto, and the Apple Stock Scandal

10 FAS: 9 - Troy Wolverton, Neil Cavuto, and the Apple Stock Scandal
Daniel Eran Dilger
Google for ‘Apple Scandal’ and the results are overwhelmingly related to options backdating. Those backdated options from 1997 – 2001 resulted in Apple taking an $84 million charge against operations, but continued to monopolize the headlines for months with the panic that Steve Jobs might go to jail and Apple might be delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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July 31, 2007   2 Comments

10 FAS: 8 – San Jose Mercury News’ False Apple Scandal

San Jose Mercury News’ False Apple Scandal
Daniel Eran Dilger
What says scandal more than covering up outright fraud with secret, illicit favors? And what could be more fake than to mix Apple up into a scandal that the it has nothing to do with? Let’s ask the San Jose Mercury News, a paper that enjoys dancing on the boundary of libel whenever Apple is involved.
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July 30, 2007   3 Comments

10 FAS: 7 – Apple’s Hardware and Dvorak’s Microsoft Branded PC

Apple vs Microsoft in Consumer Electronics
Daniel Eran Dilger
While the previous fake Apple scandal advanced the myth that Apple’s first generations of hardware releases are unusually problematic, the seventh fake scandal charges that all Apple hardware is bad, and only sells due to excessive advertising and a blind pool of devoted fans who don’t know any better. The best answer to these claims is look at Microsoft’s own hardware efforts and the comments made by Windows Enthusiasts.

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July 29, 2007   2 Comments

10 FAS: 6 – Apple’s First Generation Hardware Tainted!

Apple's First Generation Hardware Tainted
Daniel Eran Dilger
While the fake Apple scandals so far have all been invented for the iPhone, the sixth is trotted out for nearly every Apple product release. It’s the warning to not buy the first version of anything from Apple, because it’s always plagued with all manner of problems. But is that true?
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July 28, 2007   No Comments

10 FAS: 5 – iPhone Sales vs Zune, Palm, RIM, Symbian, Windows Mobile

iPhone Sales vs Zune, Palm, RIM, Symbian, Windows Mobile
Daniel Eran Dilger
Fake Apple Scandals keep getting more bizarre. The fifth says that the iPhone’s launch greatly underwhelmed. It tries to leverage the myth that everyone–including Apple–expected the iPhone to sell a million units in the opening weekend. The truth is more spectacular than the faked disappointment however.
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July 27, 2007   2 Comments

10 FAS: 4 – Iain Thomson: iPhone Too Powerful vs Palm, WM, RIM

Iain Thomson: iPhone Too Powerful vs Palm, WM, RIM
Daniel Eran Dilger
The fourth fake Apple scandal was so over the top I’d planned to reserve it for number ten, but I simply couldn’t contain this crowning achievement of scandal invention any longer.
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July 26, 2007   2 Comments

10 FAS: 3 – Apple’s iPhone Kickbacks vs RIM, and Verizon vs AT&T

Apple's iPhone Kickbacks vs RIM, and Verizon vs AT&T
Daniel Eran Dilger
Our dizzying ride through invented iPhone scandals is just getting started. The third scandal was presented by a competitor, but when interest in the scandal waned, it was repeatedly resurrected by its paid-to-say tools. The clincher is that the scandal mongers haven’t lined up their own dots, which point to a marginally interesting, but profitable company they love to love.
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July 25, 2007   2 Comments

10 FAS: 2 – The iPhone’s Anti-Competitive AT&T Contract

SicPhone
Daniel Eran Dilger
It isn’t just tech analysts who have jumped on invented iPhone scandals. The second scandal managed–as many scandals do–to erupt within the US Congress.
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July 24, 2007   4 Comments

10 FAS: 1 – iPhone Price and Profits vs Nokia, LG, HTC, RIM, Palm

Mobile Price Comparisons with a Services Plan
Daniel Eran Dilger
The tech analysts beholden to Microsoft have jumped at the prospect of creating a toxic party tray to welcome Apple’s entry into mobiles, stopping only to ask how high publishers want them to pile the phony iPhone bologna.

Here is the first of ten fake scandals they’ve splashed across headlines and blog postings to create a wave of iPhone misinformation in their cultish attempts to shore up support behind the faltering, embarrassing mobile platforms they’re paid to make excuses for.

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July 23, 2007   13 Comments

Using iPhone: File and iTunes Sync Via USB, Wireless, and Over the Air

Using iPhone: File and iTunes Sync Via USB, Wireless, and Over the Air
Daniel Eran Dilger
One of the most important features in making a mobile useful is its ability to sync with outside data. Here’s what the iPhone can and can’t do relative to:

• syncing via USB with a desktop computer.
• syncing wirelessly over WiFi or Bluetooth to a desktop or other device.
• syncing over the air directly with Internet servers.

Each type of sync mechanism involves different types of content: data, documents, and media files. The iPhone’s features are promised to improve via software updates, but this article focuses on the iPhone’s existing sync features, and provides comparisons to how other mobile devices work.

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July 22, 2007   2 Comments

Using iPhone: iCal, CalDAV Calendar Servers, and Mac OS X Leopard

Using iPhone: iCal, CalDAV Calendar Servers, and Mac OS X Leopard
Daniel Eran Dilger
Along with Notes, Apple’s iCal is also getting a major overhaul in Mac OS X Leopard. Here’s a look at how Apple’s iCal and iCal Server relate to other products on the market, and how the iPhone handles calendaring.
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July 21, 2007   6 Comments

A Worm in the Apple: Why Are Pundits Promoting Terrorism?

A Worm in the Apple: Why Are Pundits Promoting Terrorism?
Daniel Eran Dilger
Every comfortable society demands security. By demanding security, we promote a secure future. We train our children to talk instead of fight, to work instead of steal, and to educate themselves instead of cowering in ignorance and hatred of others.

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July 19, 2007   No Comments

Using iPhone: Notes, ToDos, Attached Files, and Mac OS X Leopard

Using iPhone: Notes, ToDos, Attached Files, and Mac OS X Leopard
Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s Notes are about to get a major overhaul in Mac OS X Leopard. Here’s how it relates to the iPhone, and how Apple will use all those iPhone sales to dial up new Mac purchases.

I mentioned iPod Notes in 2005 as part of my Leopard wish list, and again last year as one of the hoped-for software upgrades for the 6G iPod, along with the ability to display PDF documents. Apple has since demonstrated how it plans to expand upon Notes in a major way and address all three items.
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July 18, 2007   1 Comment

Using iPhone: Text and Data Entry vs T9, Graffiti, Thumb Keyboards

Using iPhone: Text and Data Entry vs T9, Graffiti, Thumb Keyboards
Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s iPhone eschews the two dominant traditions in mobile text entry–ink and mini keyboards–to deliver a unique way to enter text. Here’s why Apple chose a different path, some advantages and disadvantages, a few hints and tricks, and a look at how iPhone text entry might develop in the near future.
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July 17, 2007   1 Comment

iPhone OS X Architecture: Cocoa Frameworks and Mobile Mac Apps

iPhone OS X Architecture: Cocoa Frameworks and Mobile Mac Apps
Daniel Eran Dilger
Continuing on the series looking at the architecture of the iPhone, here’s a look at the Mac system frameworks and application environment on the iPhone.
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July 16, 2007   2 Comments