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Posts from — August 2008

Apple’s secret “Back to My Mac” push behind IPv6

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The Internet is running out of addresses. To get around this problem and a host of others not addressed in the existing Internet Protocol (IPv4), a new revision has been in development for years, called IPv6. Uptake has been slow; it requires upgrading all the routers and devices that make up the Internet. Apple has a few tricks up its sleeve for pushing IPv6 adoption, and many Mac users are already chin deep in the technology without even knowing it. Here’s why, and what it means for users on every platform.

Apple’s secret “Back to My Mac” push behind IPv6
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August 19, 2008   7 Comments

Apple gives another 60-day free extension for MobileMe

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple has offered an additional two month free extension for all MobileMe subscribers with active accounts as of August 19, 2008, on top of the original 30-day extension granted a month ago, shortly after the MobileMe launch.

Apple gives another 60-day free extension for MobileMe
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August 18, 2008   1 Comment

Apple Enterprise sending thousands of Macs into hotels, cruise ships

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple’s Enterprise Sales Group has been quietly installing thousands of iMacs, Mac minis, Mac Pros, and Xserves in hotels and cruise ships in a new push to bring the media rich experience of Apple’s retail stores to the hospitality industry, where hoteliers are seeking to deliver personalized, unique experiences that will impress guests and bring them back for more.

Apple Enterprise sending thousands of Macs into hotels, cruise ships
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August 18, 2008   2 Comments

Inside the iPhone 3G dropped call complaints

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Experts and analysts of all stripes are trying to explain what’s wrong with the iPhone 3G, but their answers are frequently supported by bad science, outlandish claims, and pure speculation. Here’s what’s wrong in the reports, and why a simple firmware update is likely to solve the current issues.

Inside the iPhone 3G dropped call complaints
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August 18, 2008   2 Comments

Will the iPhone Meet its Match from a Modern Day DOS?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
The smartphone industry is preparing for explosive growth in the sales of sophisticated mobiles. Every other phone on the market is currently being compared to Apple’s iPhone, setting up a close parallel with the PC market in the 80s and 90s. Will Apple again lose its to early technical lead to a generic platform like DOS?

Will the iPhone Meet its Match from a Modern Day DOS?
Will Windows Mobile Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Google’s Android Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Symbian Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
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August 18, 2008   36 Comments

Death Star over San Francisco

August 16, 2008   11 Comments

Inside MobileMe: Web 3 and Web Client-Server apps

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
MobileMe isn’t just for iPhone users. It also expands upon the simple web apps delivered as part of .Mac using a cohesive Mac OS X inspired interface that behaves more like a desktop app than a web page, providing easy access to data from anywhere you have Internet access. Here’s a look at how web apps have developed, how Apple’s new online apps work, and the future potential of MobileMe’s tightly integrated mobile, web, and desktop apps.

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push
Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push
Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google
Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail
Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar

Inside MobileMe: Web 3 and Web client-server apps
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August 15, 2008   2 Comments

Verizon V Cast Music with Rhapsody: We LG Dare You To Hate It!

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Quick, what’s wrong with this ad for Verizon Wireless’ Rhapsody music subscription service? Well first off, subscription music is already unpopular enough without promoting it as a service with “a lot of song you’ll hate, but you can dig through to find others you wont.” Oh, but there’s much more wrong with “America’s Most Entertaining Network.”
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August 15, 2008   17 Comments

Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment Exposes Serious Vista Problems

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In its enthusiastic efforts to sweep Vista’s problems under the rug using theatrical demonstrations on trick props, the Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment also unintentionally exposes some other embarrassments and technical deficiencies related to the “new” operating system now nearly halfway through its expected lifespan.

Microsoft $300 Million Ads
Microsoft’s Mojave Attempts to Wet Vista’s Desert
Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment Exposes Serious Vista Problems
Paul Thurrott calls Apple “the Bad Guys” of Microsoft’s $300 Million Ads
Gates, Seinfeld and the $300 Million Ad to Nowhere
Microsoft’s $300 million ad campaign tumbles with new PC ads
Microsoft’s “Windows vs Walls” Ad Tries to Think Different, Fails
Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” Millions Actually Promoting the Mac
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August 15, 2008   41 Comments

Microsoft’s Mojave Attempts to Wet Vista’s Desert

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Nearly two years after Windows Vista was finally released, Microsoft has remained unable to shake off its reputation as being slow, incompatible with existing hardware and software, and generally a poor and overpriced product that nobody wants. Microsoft is now trying to reverse Vista’s bad reputation by insisting that the software’s problems are not technical but rather just the fault of ignorant customers duped in part by Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign. What’s Vista’s real problems, and will Microsoft’s “Mojave Experiment” help solve them?

Microsoft $300 Million Ads
Microsoft’s Mojave Attempts to Wet Vista’s Desert
Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment Exposes Serious Vista Problems
Paul Thurrott calls Apple “the Bad Guys” of Microsoft’s $300 Million Ads
Gates, Seinfeld and the $300 Million Ad to Nowhere
Microsoft’s $300 million ad campaign tumbles with new PC ads
Microsoft’s “Windows vs Walls” Ad Tries to Think Different, Fails
Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” Millions Actually Promoting the Mac
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August 14, 2008   51 Comments

Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar

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MobileMe’s Exchange Server-style push updates for contacts and calendar events on the iPhone is entirely new from the previous .Mac. Here’s how MobileMe relates to Exchange, how contacts and calendars work, and what’s still missing in Apple’s service related to calendar and contact management.

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push
Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push
Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google
Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail
Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar
Inside MobileMe: Web 3 and Web Client-Server apps

Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar
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August 13, 2008   No Comments

Jean-Louis Gassée Returns from Obscurity… to Talk About MobileMe

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Daniel Eran Dilger
MobileMe has attracted more vulture critics than Apple TV, the last product Apple launched without immediately earning billions of dollars from it. Joining the frothing dogpile of critics who can’t get in enough edgewise on the bumpy rollout of MobileMe is none other than Jean-Louis Gassée. Who? Oh yes, him.
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August 13, 2008   39 Comments

Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
MobileMe upgrades .Mac email on the iPhone to use rapid push updating. Here’s how it works, and what’s new and different in MobileMe mobile mail, how to configure junk mail and security, and what’s still missing.

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push
Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push
Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google
Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail
Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar

Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail
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August 12, 2008   No Comments

MobileMe and iPhone 2.0 on the Tech Night Owl Live with Gene Steinberg

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl podcast invited me talk about the new iPhone 2.0 and MobileMe last week. Mac author Adam Engst, Editor/Publisher of TidBITS, also delivered a historical perspective on the growth of the Internet and some recent Apple-related problems.

You can hear for yourself and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at: The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg. Steinberg also hosts The Paracast, a regular podcast on the paranormal, and a Science Fiction Forum.

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August 12, 2008   No Comments

Microsoft’s Zune, Vista, and Windows Mobile 7 Strategy vs the iPhone

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Daniel Eran Dilger
What secret partner has Microsoft discovered to bail water from the deck of Zune and its Zune Marketplace music store in a last ditch attempt to take on Apple’s iTunes, the iPod, and iPhone? Microsoft’s own Windows Mobile, of course, with some help from Windows Vista!
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August 12, 2008   45 Comments