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Posts from — February 2009

Microsoft: HTC has made 80% of all Windows Mobile phones

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
While playing up the fact that 50 phone makers around the world have licensed the company’s Windows Mobile platform, Microsoft inadvertently let it slip out that a full 80% of all Windows Mobile phones ever made have actually come from a single maker: HTC.

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February 18, 2009   4 Comments

Did Microsoft kill Android at Mobile World Congress 2009?

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite racking up a big list of top-tier phone set manufacturers in its Android Open Handset Alliance, Google’s mobile operating system was nearly non-existant among OHA members’ announcements at the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Is Microsoft to blame?
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February 18, 2009   25 Comments

iPhone dominates Mobile World Congress 2009 without Apple

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

While reports have suggested that Apple may attend next year’s CES to “sit amongst its competition” in consumer electronics, the company has elected not to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona this week. That hasn’t stopped the iPhone from dominating talk at the mobile conference.

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February 17, 2009   No Comments

Windows Mobile 6.5 shows clever burst of originality. Haha no.

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Daniel Eran Dilger

To everyone who took Microsoft at its word that it would catch up to the original iPhone’s multitouch user interface within just three years, the demonstration of Windows Mobile 6.5 is breath of fresh air, or at least another desperate gasp for oxygen before being submerged in development for another six to nine months.

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February 17, 2009   41 Comments

Netbooks killing off sickly Windows PC sales

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

PC sales are in free fall as the weak demand for Windows desktops and full-size notebooks in a poorly performing global economy is being compounded by an influx of low cost netbooks, which are gobbling up the remains of profitability in the PC industry.

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February 16, 2009   20 Comments

San Francisco Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The San Francisco waterfront erupted into Valentine’s Day pillow fight this evening, with feathers flying as many pillows ended up casualties of war, spilling their plumage in snow-like piles.
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February 14, 2009   11 Comments

Apple and EFF argue over iPhone jailbreaking

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed requests with the US Copyright Office to exempt activities from legal threats under the DMCA, one of which attacks Apple’s secured software business model on the iPhone.

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February 13, 2009   23 Comments

Snow Leopard Server to ramp up scalability and performance

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Building upon Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s aim to improve overall performance for Mac desktop users, Snow Leopard Server will similarly seek to improve scalability and reliability for Mac server users. That is particularly evident in improvements to its email and directory services.

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February 13, 2009   6 Comments

The iPhone Multitouch Patent Myth

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Daniel Eran Dilger

According to a wide range of frothy mouthed pundits, Apple has announced patented ownership of “multitouch,” and will now destroy the future we deserve by forcing all competitors to stop using a basic concept that was already in wide use long before Apple ever demonstrated the iPhone. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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February 13, 2009   30 Comments

Microsoft to open new retail stores like Apple

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Microsoft has announced plans to dive into the challenging retail business with its own corporate-branded outlets to take on Apple’s growing visibility among consumers.
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February 13, 2009   18 Comments

Apple prepping iTunes Replay on-demand video service

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple is believed to be wrapping up a new feature in iTunes 8 that will allow users to stream their iTunes video purchases directly from the company’s servers for playback anywhere, anytime without eating up local storage.

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February 11, 2009   6 Comments

iPhone Push Notification Server tied to Snow Leopard Server

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Despite licensing the proprietary ActiveSync Exchange Server protocol from Microsoft for use with the iPhone, Apple is building its own Push Notification Server for messaging services in both the iPhone and Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server using open, interoperable standards.

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February 11, 2009   2 Comments

Snow Leopard’s QuickTime may pack Pro features at no cost

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
An architectural overhaul to Apple’s QuickTime media software due as part of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard may ship with a media player that bundles once-premium features at no cost.

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February 10, 2009   4 Comments

Apple survey to help shape future of Apple TV

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple has set up an online survey to find out more about how recent buyers of Apple TV make use of their box and what they do and don’t like about it in an effort to improve the system.

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February 9, 2009   8 Comments

Apple’s Snow Leopard to load printer drivers on demand

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
As part of Apple’s plans to help trim the footprint of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the new system will cease the customary installation of several gigabytes of printer drivers and instead load only the files necessary for existing devices, relying on Software Update to obtain new drivers in the future as needed.

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February 9, 2009   5 Comments