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Windows Phone 7: Microsoft’s third failed attempt to be Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile strategy is turning out to be just like its failed strategies for Vista and Zune: a belated, wrongheaded attempt to shamelessly copy Apple too late to make a difference, all while ignoring its own strengths in a delusional, self-destructive bid to be something it is not.
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March 26, 2010   47 Comments

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 9. It can’t multitask

February 17, 2010   126 Comments

Steve Jobs: Apple tablet “the most important thing I’ve ever done”

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Adding fuel to the already blazing bonfire of excited anticipation surrounding the tablet-sized product Apple is expected to announce on Wednesday, CEO Steve Jobs has being quoted as saying, “This will be the most important thing I’ve ever done.”

Steve Jobs: Apple tablet “the most importing thing I’ve ever done”
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January 26, 2010   8 Comments

The inside track on Apple’s tablet: a history of tablet computing

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s anticipated press event later this month is widely expected to debut a new tabled-sized device as a sibling to the company’s Mac, iPod and iPhone product lines. Here’s what has led up to the launch, and why the futuristic tablet hasn’t taken off so far.

The inside track on Apple’s tablet: a history of tablet computing
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January 15, 2010   23 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:

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December 28, 2009   5 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

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

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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.

Why Apple is betting on Light Peak with Intel: a love story
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September 30, 2009   11 Comments

How Microsoft Got Bing, And Why It Is Failing to Matter

Daniel Eran Dilger

After having proven itself unable to compete in web search and advertising, Microsoft has acquired technology from a company with management problems and has launched a wildly hailed attempt to catch up to Google using a dishonest campaign targeting the government. Of course, this isn’t anything new, simply a repeat performance of the historical development of Windows NT. The only difference this time around is that Microsoft’s monopoly is no longer able to exert much leverage against legitimate competitors in the market, providing little hope for Bing. Here’s why.
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August 31, 2009   43 Comments

Readers Write: How Microsoft got Windows NT

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Responding to “The Palm Pre/iPhone Multitasking Myth,” which described the history of multitasking in operating systems, reader Marc Dufresne offered some additional insight into how Microsoft obtained the basis of Windows NT from DEC.
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July 30, 2009   9 Comments

The Palm Pre/iPhone Multitasking Myth

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Vendors in the smartphone market desperately need to offer unique strengths that can offer a credible alternatives to Apple’s blockbuster iPhone and its App Store. A primary strategy of Palm’s new Pre is to advertise the potential of “multitasking apps” as a key differentiator. The problem is that Palm and its boosters don’t seem to understand what multitasking is.
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July 28, 2009   32 Comments

The Vista Myth: Why Windows 7 Won’t Turn Microsoft Around

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Daniel Eran Dilger
After posting a spectacular 17% revenue drop, the company’s first ever year over year decline, Microsoft and its satellite pundits have assembled a seemingly plausible distraction/solution going forward: Windows 7 will boost sales of generic PCs back into orbit and erase the crater caused by Vista and the recession. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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July 25, 2009   42 Comments

Windows 7 so great Microsoft is giving it away for free

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Daniel Eran Dilger

When Microsoft released Windows Vista after 6 years and $6 billion of development, the company was so proud of its new product that it hiked the price dramatically over the existing Windows XP. Two and a half embarrassing years later, Microsoft is showing its pride in the revamped Windows 7 by unprecedentedly giving it away for a year, just to get people to try it.
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July 15, 2009   34 Comments

Former Apple engineers at OQO call it quits

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

OQO, a company formed by two members of Apple’s Titanium PowerBook G4 team who left the company to deliver the micro-sized laptops that Steve Jobs refused to build at Apple, is shutting down after nearly a decade of trying.

Former Apple engineers at OQO call it quits
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May 22, 2009   1 Comment

Apple hires One Laptop Per Child security expert and noted critic

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple has hired Ivan Krstic, the developer of the security architecture for the One Laptop Per Child project’s XO system and subsequently a vocal critic of the failed OLPC program. Krstic is a prodigy security guru with anti-malware credentials.

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May 13, 2009   1 Comment

Snow Leopard’s Boot Camp to support HFS+ under Windows

Daniel Eran Dilger

The next version of Apple’s Boot Camp utility, shipping with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, will enable a natively-installed Windows partition to read HFS+ Mac partitions, sources say. [Read more →]

May 9, 2009   3 Comments