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Why Apple is betting on Light Peak with Intel: a love story

Apple chips and Intel

Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite Apple’s investments in developing its own custom ARM microchips in place of using Intel’s Atom mobile processors, the company has reached out to Intel as a partner to drive the adoption of the new Light Peak specification for optical cabling. A look at Apple’s historical use of ports explains why it is doing this.

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September 30, 2009   11 Comments

Report: Apple pushed Intel to develop Light Peak cabling

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Following a demonstration by Intel of an advanced new optical data port called Light Peak, a new report says Apple actually brought the concept to Intel and that the new standard will play “a hugely important role” in upcoming Apple products.

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September 26, 2009   20 Comments

AT&T fires back at Google on net neutrality rules

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

AT&T has written the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau to insist that any new net neutrality rules need be apply to everyone in the industry, including web companies like Google.

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September 26, 2009   13 Comments

Google sneaks WebKit HTML 5 support into Internet Explorer

Chrome Frame install option

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Rather than waiting for Microsoft to implement HTML 5, Google has released a plugin for Internet Explorer 8 that injects its own WebKit rendering engine, resulting in a ten fold performance boost for JavaScript.

Google sneaks WebKit HTML 5 support into Internet Explorer
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September 25, 2009   20 Comments

The Tech Crunch ‘Apple Backlash’ Myth

Daniel Eran Dilger

According to a variety of pundits, many associated with Michael Arrington’s Tech Crunch, Apple is facing a backlash from users that promises to leave the iPhone and its App Store phenomenon a short-lived ‘flash in the pan.’ They’re wrong, here’s why.
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September 25, 2009   38 Comments

Microsoft to pitch Windows 7 via home parties

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Microsoft is promoting the release of Windows 7 by encouraging users to throw Tupperware-like house parties in celebration of the launch.

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September 23, 2009   16 Comments

Inside Snow Leopard’s UTI: Apple fixes the Creator Code

Mac Creator Codes and UTI

Daniel Eran Dilger

Snow Leopard’s abandonment of Creator Code metadata, used to open a file with its creating application, has some users are worried that Apple has killed off a core Mac-centric feature. Instead, Apple has invented a superior alternative for the old Creator Code in order to support a variety of new features. Here’s why, and what the new Uniform Type Identifiers offer.

Inside Snow Leopard’s UTI: Apple fixes the Creator Code
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September 22, 2009   27 Comments

AT&T 3G MicroCell to cost $150, require no monthly fees

femtocell comparisons

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Users have reported AT&T’s new 3G MicroCell has been test launched in the Charlotte, North Carolina market, with a $150 price tag and no required monthly fees.

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September 21, 2009   2 Comments

Why Apple is betting on HTML 5: a web history

HTML timeline

Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite making the vast majority of its money from hardware sales, Apple is investing heavily in shaping the future of software. One example of this pertains to HTML 5 and related web standards.

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September 19, 2009   32 Comments

Roger Ebert adds to health care debate on iPhone, Mac use

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Film critic Roger Ebert gave Apple’s VoiceOver technology two thumbs up in allowing him to communicate after losing his voice to cancer surgery, but said his health insurance would only offer to cover an $8,000 device that didn’t work nearly as well.

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September 19, 2009   20 Comments

FCC expected to announce new net neutrality rules on Monday

Net Neutrality

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will deliver a speech on Monday that sources say will outline a plan to adopt new net neutrality rules.

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September 18, 2009   9 Comments

Podcast: Zune HD, Flip video and the iPod nano

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Zune HD, Flip video and the iPod nano’s camcorder. You can tune into the live stream Thursday September 17 at 6 PM PST, or listen to podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

Recent episodes:

August 27, 2009 Windows 7 and Snow Leopard
July 30, 2009, Windows 7, netbooks, and the Apple tablet.
July 9, 2009, Mozilla and Opera fight to make Ogg Theora the official codec of HTML 5.
June 18, 2009, Microsoft Enthusiasts
May 21, 2009, talking about Windows 7
March 19, 2009, talking about the iPhone 3.0 SDK
February 26, 2009, covering the Apple stockholder meeting
January 8, 2009, covering Apple’s last Macworld Expo

Earlier episodes I’ve participated on:

Oct 16 08
Oct 2 08
July 31 08
June 12 08
May 1 08
Mar 20 08
Jan 31 08
Jan 3 08
Nov 8 07
Sep 20 07
Aug 9 07
Jun 14 07
Apr 26 07
Mar 1 07
Jan 11 07

September 17, 2009   1 Comment

Microsoft uses adware model to pay for Zune HD apps

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

How can new competitors rival Apple’s existing library of 75,000 mobile apps and installed base of 50 million users? Microsoft’s approach with the Zune HD relies on overt adware, an approach Apple has deliberately avoided.

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September 17, 2009   14 Comments

Palm Pre beats expectations, drops WiMo to focus on WebOS

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Palm announced smaller than expected losses on sales of the Pre, but its outlook failed to excite investors. Going forward, the company plans to raise new capital and bet the farm on WebOS, dumping both its older Palm OS and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.

Palm Pre beats expectations, drops WiMo to focus on WebOS
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September 17, 2009   8 Comments

Snow Leopard’s Grand Central, Open CL boost app by 50%

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A developer reports seeing a 50% jump in real world performance after adding initial support for two new Snow Leopard technologies: Grand Central Dispatch and Open CL.

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September 17, 2009   2 Comments