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Posts from — October 2008

Former FCC Chair Reed Hundt: Issues the next president faces in technology

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Daniel Eran Dilger

A presidential debate on technology policy organized by the New American Foundation turned into a simple interview after John McCain’s chief economic policy adviser (the man who called McCain the inventor of the BlackBerry), Douglas Holtz-Eakin, failed to show. Barack Obama’s representative, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, did attend and offered some perspective of what technology issues the next president will face.
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October 31, 2008   11 Comments

Apple recruits top chip designer, IBM responds with suit

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple recently recruited a top chip designer from IBM, resulting in a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the executive from taking his knowledge as “IBM’s top expert in Power architecture and technology” to the Mac maker.

Apple recruits top chip designer, IBM responds with suit

October 30, 2008   5 Comments

Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple has updated its MobileMe web service software, but hasn’t noted the update in its MobileMe news blog or otherwise notified subscribers of the new changes outside of an article on the company’s support sit

Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps

October 30, 2008   No Comments

McCain vs. Obama Presidential Pop Quiz: Socialism

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Daniel Eran Dilger

This election has done little to upgrade the intellectual level of debate in this country, with both sides seeking to pander to a lowest common denominator audience by reducing everything to simple word association. Here’s a series of questions that go beyond the buzzword, in this case, socialism. See if you can answer them correctly. Hint: the answers are all TRUE.
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October 30, 2008   44 Comments

Road to Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bit to the Kernel

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Build notes leaked on the web of a prerelease version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard indicate that the software only supports enabling its new 64-bit kernel on certain machines, including the Xserve, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro, but this does not mean Snow Leopard’s kernel will be limited to 32-bit operation on consumer machines.

Road to Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bit to the Kernel

October 29, 2008   No Comments

Apple to sweeten Snow Leopard with more Cocoa

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
According to developer build notes leaked on the web, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s new Finder and “almost all” other graphical apps will be delivered using Cocoa. Here’s why, and what benefit this additional use of Cocoa will provide to users.

Apple to sweeten Snow Leopard with more Cocoa

October 27, 2008   4 Comments

McCain, Palin Push Ashley Todd into Limelight. Oops.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
It’s not really extraordinary or newsworthy that a young white girl, working away from home, fabricated a story about being attacked and sexually assaulted by a larger black man she invented in a bid to get attention. It is newsworthy that her sketchy story garnered so much outrage and political spin before being almost immediately recanted. What is most newsworthy however is that John McCain’s campaign worked to make it newsworthy in an effort to divide Americans, bait racial conflict, and inflame outrage at great risk to Americans themselves.
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October 25, 2008   50 Comments

Apple earnings, profits, and cash embarrass Microsoft

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Daniel Eran Dilger

While Microsoft executives like to talk about Apple as an insignificant company with less than 5% of the worldwide market share of all PCs and servers sold, the company now has more cash than Microsoft and earns more than half of its profits and over three fourths Microsoft’s revenues.
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October 25, 2008   26 Comments

Apple gives $100,000 to fight California gay marriage ban

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple has joined Google in publicly opposing California’s Proposition 8, a measure intended to ban the rights of gay Californians to legally marry, and has contributed $100,000 to defeat the measure.
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October 24, 2008   57 Comments

Apple earnings, profits, and cash embarrass Microsoft

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Daniel Eran Dilger

While Microsoft executives like to talk about Apple as an insignificant company with less than 5% of the worldwide market share of all PCs and servers sold, the company now has more cash than Microsoft and earns more than half of its profits and over three fourths Microsoft’s revenues.
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October 24, 2008   2 Comments

Apple’s unibody MacBook Pro: an in-depth review with video

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s newly redesigned 15“ MacBook Pro improves upon the graphics, RAM, and CPU performance of the previous generation while adopting the strong lines and unibody construction of the MacBook Air, the keyboard of the 2006 consumer MacBook, the environmentally friendly design of last year’s iMac, and the iPhone’s headphone mic, resulting a strong package of cross pollination across Apple’s various branches.
Apple’s unibody MacBook Pro: an in-depth review with video

October 24, 2008   4 Comments

Apple releases portions of iPhone SDK from NDA limits

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple has published new terms for its registered iPhone developer agreement that defines new limits for “Apple Confidential Information” protected by the program’s Non Disclosure Agreement, allowing developers new freedom to collaborate with each other, conduct developer training sessions, and print guides and tutorials.

Apple releases portions of iPhone SDK from NDA limits

October 24, 2008   No Comments

Teen reported Steve Jobs’ fake heart attack

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The fraudulent report of Steve Jobs’ heart attack that never actually happened was originated by an 18 year old with unclear motives. The motives of those repeating the story were very clear however.
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October 23, 2008   11 Comments

SF Chronicle’s Andrew S. Ross is unintentionally funny on Macs

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The website of the San Francisco Chronicle oddly juxtaposed an image of Senator Dianne Feinstein, apparently doing an impression of Janet Reno, under the headline “Analyst sees costly Apple items out of reach” paired with a tag line saying that the Senator “wants bailout cash to be used wisely.” What could possibly be happening here?
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October 22, 2008   10 Comments

An $800 MacBook would be ‘the height of folly’ – report

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Had Apple succumb to calls from industry watchers to release a new MacBook at or below the $800 price point, it would have amounted to “a value-destroying event of epic proportions,” according to a newly published analysis

An $800 MacBook would be ‘the height of folly’ – report

October 22, 2008   No Comments