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Posts from — November 2007

Why Microsoft’s Zune is Still Failing

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Last winter, I detailed why Microsoft’s iPod Killer would fail miserably. This year, Microsoft will fail again, but for a new set of reasons. It is not obvious that the company has figured this out itself. Here’s why the Zune will fail in 2007, and how Microsoft is painting a fraudulent portrait of interest that doesn’t exist.

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November 22, 2007   89 Comments

iPhone Grabs 27% of US Smartphone Market

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Last month, after Apple beat its announced goal of selling a million iPhones by the end of September a couple weeks in advance, Dan Frommer of Silicon Alley Insider announced that Apple was convolutedly “below plan” for meeting its 90 day goal in 74 days, and figured that Apple would only be able to sell about half of its longer term 2008 goal of 10 million phones. A month later, Frommer is now pointing out that Apple has 27% of the US smartphone market.

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November 21, 2007   35 Comments

UnWired! Rick Farrow, Metasploit, and My iPhone Security Interview

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In response to my criticism of Wired’s panicky article claiming that “the iPhone is as insecure as Windows!” Adam Penenberg of Fast Company asked me some questions about iPhone security and smartphones in general. His article presented a very scary sounding iPhone exploit performed by consultant Rik Farrow, and cited a comment from me at the end. Here’s the rest of the story on iPhone security.

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November 20, 2007   14 Comments

Road to Mac Office 2008: Entourage ’08 vs Mail 3.0 and iCal 3.0

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One of the most anticipated applications in Office 2008 is the new Entourage. While some users can use alternatives to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, most of the users of Entourage are required to use it to access an Exchange Server for their mail and calendar. The reason for that has a lot to do with Exchange itself. Here’s a look at the new Entourage in comparison to using Apple’s built-in Mail, Address Book, and iCal.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac Office 2008: Entourage ’08 vs Mail 3.0 and iCal 3.0

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November 19, 2007   2 Comments

Road to Mac Office 2008: PowerPoint ’08 vs Keynote 4.0, and Why Access, Project, and Visio are not in Mac Office

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The planned mid-January release of Office 2008 offers a significant overhaul of the productivity suite’s look and features. Previous segments described new features in Word and Excel, with comparisons to Apple’s Pages and Numbers. This article examines what’s new in PowerPoint 2008 in contrast to Keynote 4.0, the first new standalone productivity application Apple released for Mac OS X. It also looks at why Mac Office 2008 is still missing applications from the Windows version of Office, including Project, Access, and Visio.

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November 16, 2007   2 Comments

Road to Mac Office 2008: Excel ’08 vs Numbers 1.0

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The planned mid-January release of Office 2008 offers a significant overhaul of the productivity suite’s look and features. The previous segment described new features in Word 2008, with some comparisons to Apple’s Pages 08. This article examines what’s new in Excel 2008 and contrasts Microsoft’s oldest application to Apple’s newest: the Numbers 08 spreadsheet included with iWork.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac Office 2008: Excel ’08 vs Numbers 1.0

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November 15, 2007   2 Comments

Road to Mac Office 2008: Word ’08 vs Pages 3.0

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The planned mid-January release of Office 2008 offers a significant overhaul of the productivity suite’s look and features. The previous segment described the challenges in front of the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft: deliver a new suite of applications with the features of the Windows side, but with an appearance and behaviors attractive to Mac users. Here’s a more in-depth look at the specific new features in Word 2008, with some comparisons to Apple’s Pages 08 included with iWork.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac Office 2008: Word ’08 vs Pages 3.0

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November 14, 2007   1 Comment

First Look: FileMaker’s Bento personal database for Leopard

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Apple software subsiderary FileMaker, Inc. unveiled a preview today of a new database product named Bento. If you’ve been waiting for Apple to offer an easy to use database as part of iWork, this is it. The product is aimed at consumers and requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Here’s an in-depth first look at the app.

AppleInsider | First Look: FileMaker’s Bento personal database for Leopard

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November 13, 2007   1 Comment

Road to Office 2008: installation and interface

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It’s been four years since Microsoft last updated Office for the Mac. Is the new Office just a mild reheating of the last version, or a complete overhaul and fresh revitalization you desperately need? How Mac-like is it, and conversely, how Offlce-like is it, particularly when compared to its Windows cousin? We’ve spoke to a source testing the beta release of Office 2008 for Mac to find out. Here’s an overview of what you can expect related to installation and its new user interface.

AppleInsider | Road to Office 2008: installation and interface

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November 13, 2007   No Comments

Road to Mac Office 2008: an introduction

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Microsoft’s Office for Mac 2008 adds new features and a revised user interface to the standard suite of productivity applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage. Scheduled for release in January 2008, the upgrade will be the first new release for the Mac since 2004, back in the days of Mac OS 10.3 Panther.

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs took the stage at the summer 1997 Boston Macworld Expo to announce plans to restore confidence in Apple. Key among those plans was a deal with Microsoft to deliver the first new edition of Office for Mac since Microsoft had halted development back in 1994, prior to the release of Windows 95.
Microsoft recently announced new plans to again introduce a new version of Office for Mac after delays led to a four-year development process.

This time, however, Microsoft faces new competition from Apple itself, which has impacted Microsoft’s Office 2008 pricing and features. New competition between the two firms in the productivity application arena is great for consumers; here’s how the two companies have acted as both rivals and partners over the last three decades in productivity applications, leading up to renewed competition today.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac Office 2008: an introduction

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November 12, 2007   3 Comments

WYE, WYG: RoughlyDrafted Fact Checking

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Daniel Eran Dilger
What You Expected, What You Got: RoughlyDrafted Fact Checking.
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November 10, 2007   6 Comments

Ten Myths of Leopard: 10 Leopard is a Vista Knockoff!

November 10, 2007   26 Comments

Ten Myths of Leopard: 9 Apple is Spying on Users!

November 8, 2007   11 Comments

Why Leopard’s Time Machine Doesn’t Support AirPort Disks.

Why Leopard's Time Machine Doesn't Support AirPort Disks.
Daniel Eran Dilger
In the previous article looking at what’s new in Leopard, I identified three missing features that some had expected to see. The most obvious was using Time Machine to back up to shared AirPort drives. Mention of the feature on Apple’s site was removed, indicating that the company wasn’t bluffing when it warned that “features are subject to change.” So where did it go, and why?

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November 8, 2007   20 Comments

Ten Myths of Leopard: 8 No Hidden New Features!

November 7, 2007   19 Comments