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Posts from — September 2009

Exchange enhancements in iPhone 3.1 cause some users grief

EAS policy settings

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Improved support for Microsoft’s Exchange Server’s security policy features, delivered in the iPhone 3.1 firmware update, has left some users angry after discovering that their mobile device is no longer compatible with the policy defined by their company.

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September 17, 2009   9 Comments

IDG’s Galen Gruman throws fit about Apple’s iPhone 3.1 Exchange fix

Galen Gruman

Daniel Eran Dilger

IDG and other tech news outfits have stooped to yellow journalism in printing the sensationalized tantrums of Galen Gruman, an uninformed Exchange user. At issue is the iPhone 3.1 firmware, which respects a policy setting of Exchange Server 2007 that blocks devices that don’t support hardware encryption.

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September 16, 2009   19 Comments

Microsoft sells restrictive new WiMo Marketplace via iPhone ads

WiMo Marketplace

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

With the release of Windows Mobile 6.5 and its new Marketplace app store fast approaching, Microsoft has resorted to buying ads within iPhone apps to attract the attention of developers. Even so, the company’s new store plans to be even more restrictive than Apple’s App Store, charging developers $99 per app submitted while killing off many existing WiMo titles and banning Java.

Microsoft sells restrictive new WiMo Marketplace via iPhone ads
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September 15, 2009   12 Comments

Apple, Microsoft trade places selling iPod touch and Zune HD

iFixit Zune HD teardown

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple makes its money selling hardware while Microsoft’s revenues are from software. Yet in the mobile device war heating up between the iPod touch and the Zune HD, Microsoft is focusing on hardware features while Apple is shifting its marketing attention toward the iPod’s vast library of third party software, particularly games.

Apple, Microsoft trade places selling iPod touch and Zune HD
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September 15, 2009   28 Comments

From OLED to Tegra: Five Myths of the Zune HD

Zune HD

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Just when you thought Microsoft had given up on the Zune as a product and had retreated to referring to it as a nebulous cloud of conceptual features, the company comes out with a new device supporting a mobile-optimized OLED screen, a wildly powerful yet super efficient new multi-core Tegra graphics processor and support for high definition radio. The problem is that none of those things are actually true.

From OLED to Tegra: Five Myths of the Zune HD
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September 14, 2009   47 Comments

New iTunes LP and Extras built using TuneKit Framework, aimed at Apple TV

TuneKit HDTV

Daniel Eran Dilger

iTunes 9 introduced two identical formats for adding new bonus content to existing music and movie downloads: iTunes LP for music albums and iTunes Extras for select movies. The availability of iPhone apps asks: why? The answer appears to be Apple TV.
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September 14, 2009   33 Comments

WebKit adding support for GPU-accelerated 3D via WebGL

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

WebKit developers are adding support for WebGL, a new API designed to deliver hardware accelerated 3D graphics within the web browser without the use of a separate plugin.

WebKit adding support for GPU-accelerated 3D via WebGL
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September 14, 2009   4 Comments

AT&T activating MMS features early for some iPhone users

iPhone 3G MMS

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A variety of iPhone users are are reporting that new MMS features have been enabled on their handsets in advance of AT&T’s official start date of September 25.

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September 13, 2009   No Comments

Is Apple tying all media to its proprietary iPhone platform?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Tomorrow’s crisis today: Apple’s critics haven’t yet realized that the iPhone App Store has fueled millions in software development efforts to produce content exclusively tied to the company’s proprietary Cocoa Touch mobile platform. Is this a credible threat, and what is Apple’s real motive behind its iTunes rich media content strategy?
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September 12, 2009   19 Comments

First look: iPod nano 09 unboxed

nano 09

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new iPod Nano sports a larger screen, video recording, a built-in Nike+ pedometer, VoiceOver, and an FM radio with a Tivo-like live pause feature in last year’s slim package. Here’s what’s in the box.
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September 12, 2009   3 Comments

Apple Open Sources Snow Leopard’s Grand Central Dispatch

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Despite being a unique, key marketing feature of Snow Leopard, Apple has decided to open the code behind Grand Central Dispatch under the liberal Apache 2.0 license.

Apple Open Sources Snow Leopard’s Grand Central Dispatch
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September 12, 2009   4 Comments

Apple rivals DVD with new iTunes Extras for movies and albums

WallE iTunes Extra

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The new iTunes 9 offers special “iTunes Extras” as free downloads with the purchase of “iTunes LP” albums or movies. The new free bonus content is delivered as a self-contained website of bonus materials, making it easy to author.

Apple rivals DVD with new iTunes Extras for movies and albums
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September 9, 2009   16 Comments

Apple’s 2009 iPod Event

iPod event 2009

Daniel Eran Dilger

With the launch of Snow Leopard barely two weeks old, Apple is ready to shift focus to the next thing: new iPods at its 2009 music event. Here’s what you can expect.
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September 8, 2009   20 Comments

Microsoft unleashes retail talking points attacking Linux, Macs

Windows 7 talking points against Macs

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

In preparation for the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has created ExpertZone “training courses” using controversial talking point programing to dissuade retail employees from selling customers Linux PCs or Macs, and arms them with “facts” to use in upselling Windows PC users on expensive service plans.

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September 8, 2009   14 Comments

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Malware Protection

Malware Warning

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has enhanced the warnings Snow Leopard users get when directly downloading or opening disk images containing files known to be malicious. This article, the fifth in a series looking closer at some of Snow Leopard’s well-known but often misrepresented or misunderstood features, examines what this really means for Mac users and their relative security.

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September 7, 2009   24 Comments