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Posts from — December 2009

AT&T fails to deploy iPhone Tethering and 3G MicroCell in 2009

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Facing intense criticism of its mobile network coverage from a variety of sources, AT&T has both failed to deploy its iPhone tethering strategy and to successfully get its 3G MicroCell product into widespread distribution.

AT&T fails to deploy iPhone Tethering and 3G MicroCell in 2009
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December 31, 2009   8 Comments

AT&T ironically dumps Tiger Woods

Daniel Eran Dilger

AT&T has tipped the scales of ironic behavior by dumping Tiger Woods, apparently because it doesn’t want to be represented by a figure who cheats his partner and screws anyone willing to sign up for service.

Perhaps the company should have instead signed up Woods as its primary spokesperson. Who else could better explain that while AT&T can’t really be trusted about what it promises, it’s still pretty good at what it does in terms of speed and technique. Luke Wilson is less convincing in saying that AT&T’s 3G is the faster and more world-savvy than Verizon’s.

December 31, 2009   13 Comments

Report: Apple Event set for January 26, 2010

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A new report bolsters the rumored January 26 date assigned to an Apple Event planned at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The event is widely believed to serve as the debut of the company’s new slate as an expansion of its iPhone/iPod touch platform.

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December 30, 2009   No Comments

Google’s Nexus One takes on Droid as Apple’s iPhone App Store grows

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Expectations that Google would jump into the smartphone business itself and directly challenge the iPhone are being squelched by reports that indicate that the company is really only putting its name on a new HTC device to be sold by T-Mobile, which will compete against the Verizon Motorola Droid instead.

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December 29, 2009   16 Comments

Consumer groups ask FTC to block Google’s AdMob deal

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Digital Democracy have requested that the Federal Trade Commission block Google’s $750 million acquisition of AdMob on both anti-trust and privacy issues.

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December 28, 2009   4 Comments

Failed terrorist attack prompts new international flight rules

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The US Department of Homeland Security has directed the Transportation Security Administration to enact a series of heightened security measures in reaction to the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack on a plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit.

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December 28, 2009   12 Comments

Podcast: 2009 in review, 2010 Apple slate in preview

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about the craziest things said about Apple in 2009 and a forward look at what will happen in 2010. Listen here, pull up earlier podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg
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December 28, 2009   5 Comments

Apple vs Google: it’s all about who pays

Daniel Eran Dilger

Pundits think there’s a war between Apple and Google over smartphone (and perhaps netbook) platform technology. They’re wrong, here’s why it’s really all about who pays.

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December 17, 2009   47 Comments

Strand Consult: Denmark’s illegitimate iPhone-angry pundit-nutter

John Strand is Strand Consult

Daniel Eran Dilger

When the iPhone first appeared in 2007, a variety of pundits and analysts lined up to explain why Apple would fail. Having been since proven wrong, they’ve mostly slinked off into quiet obscurity, except for John Strand. He’s wrong, here’s why.
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December 15, 2009   45 Comments

Gizmodo’s incredibly naive Jesus Diaz compares Apple’s corporate security to Nazi Gestapo

Gizmodo douche Jesus Diaz

Daniel Eran Dilger

According to Gizmodo, Apple’s rather routine internal efforts to secure its trade secrets and the details of its product development plans exposed to the employees who work for it are somehow comparable to the oppressive police state brutality carried out by the Nazi Gestapo and KGB secret police against citizens. He’s wrong to an egregious and irresponsible extent, here’s why.
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December 15, 2009   26 Comments

Randall Stross attacks the iPhone in the NYT using shills

Daniel Eran Dilger

The New York Times has again violated its own no-shill policy by paying Randall Stross to amplify Roger Entner and a variety of other mobile company clients who are all struggling to portray the iPhone as the reason why AT&T’s network is terrible in New York and San Francisco, a bizarre denial of the simple reality that AT&T’s networks in those two cities are simply “performing at levels below our standards,” as AT&T’s CEO Ralph de la Vega recently told the Wall Street Journal.

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December 14, 2009   23 Comments

Snow Leopard Server Spotted in Switzerland

Snow Leopard Server in Switzerland

Daniel Eran Dilger

My new book on Snow Leopard Server was spotted by my friend Urs Aeschbacher in the wilds of Switzerland, prowling bookshelf stores for a buyer willing to pay just short of $85 (the Swiss Franc is now almost exactly a US Dollar).
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December 13, 2009   15 Comments

America is on a path to economic recovery

America is on a path to economic recovery

December 11, 2009   34 Comments

The real patent story behind Apple vs Nokia

Daniel Eran Dilger

Nokia sued Apple, now Apple is suing Nokia; both companies claim the other is trying to appropriate their own technology unfairly. But that’s not really the case at all. The real story isn’t even being reported.
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December 11, 2009   37 Comments

Podcast: iPhone developers, Google Android and Chrome OS

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about iPhone development and Google’s Android and Chrome OS. You can tune into the live stream Thursday December 3 at 6 PM PST, or listen to podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

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December 3, 2009   4 Comments