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iPhone 2.0 SDK: Java on the iPhone?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Shortly after Apple announced the iPhone SDK, Sun announced the intention to bring its Java Micro Edition platform to the iPhone. Questions remain about whether Sun will be able to deliver, if Apple will allow it, and what purpose this would serve for iPhone users. Even more interesting is where Java came from, and where it’s subsequently going in the mobile arena.

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March 14, 2008   50 Comments

iPhone 2.0 SDK: The No Multitasking Myth

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Certain pundits have developed a rash of malignant concerns about iPhone 2.0’s SDK. The first issue they’re scratching at is the iPhone’s apparent inability to run multiple applications at once. The suggestion is that the iPhone is a multitasking impaired appliance just like the original Mac or the Palm Pilot, and unlike the supposed multitasking powerhouse that is Windows CE, which powers Windows Mobile devices. That’s wrong, here’s why.

Auf Deutsch: iPhone 2.0 SDK: Der „kann kein Multitasking“ Mythos
Übersetzung: digital express

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March 13, 2008   126 Comments

Video Presentation: A Software Platform History of Apple, NeXT, Microsoft, and into the Future.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
This weekend I was invited to Texas to attend the monthly meeting of Apple Corp Dallas, the oldest user group in existence devoted to Apple products. It was fun to travel and the prospect of speaking in front of a large group was exciting, but while the spirit was willing, the flesh was weak.

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March 11, 2008   26 Comments

Apple’s iPhone vs Smartphone Software Makers

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In the smartphone business, Apple is like a Microsoft combined with a Motorola and a RIM; it makes money on software, hardware, and services. It also makes money at retail and with accessories, and software and media sales, and earns money back from its service partners. Other hardware makers can’t compete with Apple in all these areas because they’re all fixed into position as pawns of the mobile providers.

Apple’s iPhone Vs. Other Mobile Hardware Makers: 5 Revenue Engines

But what about pure software makers? Will Microsoft or Google or the open source community deliver a good enough equivalent version of the iPhones’ software features to enable generic hardware makers to catch up in the same way that Microsoft ported Apple’s unpatented Mac technology to the PC in the late 80s? Here’s a look at the threats posed by rival smartphone software makers, and how well the iPhone will be able to compete against them.

Auf Deutsch: Das Apple iPhone im Vergleich zu anderen Betriebssystemen
Übersetzung: digital express

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March 7, 2008   54 Comments

Fresh From Cupertino, Daniel Eran Dilger Does Dallas

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Daniel Eran Dilger
This weekend, I’ll be visiting the Apple Corps of Dallas to give a roughly drafted presentation on Apple, me, technology, and whatever else tumbles from my mouth, followed by a question and (hopefully) answer session. If you’re in the Dallas area, it would be great to meet you at the event, being held at the Richardson Civic Center on March 8, 2008. There’s more information on the group’s website at www.acd.us.

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March 5, 2008   16 Comments

The iPod Crisis Myth

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Pundits are using scary math and dangerous sounding language to portray the imminent collapse of Apple’s leading position with the iPod. Silicon Alley Insider has been plotting out a tumbling graph depicting falling iPod sales growth while iSuppli just released an announcement that Apple was “slashing” its Flash RAM orders. Taken together, it sounds like the economic outlook for 2008 will rip the iPod and iPhone apart. That’s wrong, here’s why.

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February 22, 2008   43 Comments

Is Apple Shedding its Final Cut Pro Apps at NAB?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s announcement that it wouldn’t be exhibiting at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters trade show sent the rumor mill into high alert, resulting in claims that the company may soon exit the Pro App business with a sale of its Final Cut Studio software to a third party after having lost its interest in the market for video editing software. They’re wrong, here’s why.

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February 12, 2008   29 Comments

Why Does Microsoft Really Want Yahoo?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Microsoft finally went public with its $44.6 billion offer to buy Yahoo, following years of aggressive efforts to talk the company into selling out in private negotiations. Why does Microsoft want Yahoo so badly, why hasn’t Yahoo jumped at the deal, and how would such a merger work out for Microsoft, Yahoo, and the tech industry in general? History suggests some answers.

[graphic courtesy Alf: Microsoft se intenta quedar con Yahoo “por las malas” [Actualizado] | www.faq-mac.com]

En Português Brasileiro: Por que a Microsoft na verdade quer o Yahoo?
Traducción: Ubiratan Olivério

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February 7, 2008   63 Comments

Video Game Consoles 2007: Wii, PS3 and the Death of Microsoft’s Xbox 360

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Throughout 2007, the media consistently reported leading sales of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, dismal figures for Sony’s struggling PlayStation 3, and celebrated the long shot Nintendo Wii as a possible contender in game consoles. This portrayal of the video game market in 2007 was grossly misleading, and I have the figures to demonstrate why.

En Español: Consolas en el 2007; Wii PS3 y la muerte de 360

Traducción: Marcos Limeres Aguín
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January 31, 2008   86 Comments

Is the MacBook Air Another Cube?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Despite its reputation as a vendor of fashion-conscious products–and a resulting exposure to the risk of looking foolish to a specification centric market with fickle taste and an insatiable demand for perpetual improvement–the New Apple hasn’t made many poorly conceived concept product mistakes. In the past decade, the closest Apple has come to releasing a form over function flop was the 2000 Power Mac G4 Cube, an elegantly designed PC in a Kleenex-shaped lucite box.

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January 30, 2008   51 Comments

The Unrealized Potential of Apple’s Hybrid Platform: Mac, iPod, iPhone, and TV

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Back in 2006, I wrote a series of articles looking at the iPod, the as yet unreleased Apple TV, and the unannounced iPhone, and described them all as a single platform that would grow alongside the Mac. I assumed that the three new products would make up a new platform based upon the iPod.

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January 24, 2008   28 Comments

First Look: Apple’s new MacBook Air

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Daniel Eran Dilger
After hoisting teaser Macworld Expo banners of “something in the air,” it seemed likely that the slogan would be an allusion to wireless networking. Instead, Steve Jobs exhaled the MacBook Air, a new ultra light laptop widely rumored in advance to be the star of the show.

Echoing the drama of the iPhone presented last year in a glass capsule, Apple suspended a series of MacBook Air units on a cable stretching from the floor to the ceiling at the show.

Apple security first reprimanded anyone touching the models, but by the end of the day people were casually grabbing and commonly spinning the units. If handling the merchandise is any prediction of sales, the MacBook Air should blow off the shelves in gale force winds. The constant, enraptured pawing made it nearly impossible to capture any shots of the new laptops.

Continues: AppleInsider | First Look: Apple’s new MacBook Air (with photos and video)

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January 17, 2008   23 Comments

Something in the Air: Anticipating Macworld 2008

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Daniel Eran Dilger
New banners going up at Moscone Center in San Francisco present “There’s something in the air” as the tag line for the 2008 Macworld Expo, along with the rising Apple logo from last year. Here’s a look at what’s likely to be revealed, some promising ideas that are less likely to get delivered, and things that have no chance of happening.

AppleInsider | Apple hoists “There’s something in the air” Macworld banners
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January 12, 2008   37 Comments

CES: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Daniel Eran Dilger
The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up Las Vegas after a week of conspicuously non-noteworthy events. The highlight of the show was Bill Gates’ formal announcement of retirement from Microsoft, along with marginally larger TVs and boxes that look suspiciously like the Apple TV that everyone loves to hate on. Along with Gates, CES appears ready to itself comfortably retire into inconsequential clouds of vapor.

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January 11, 2008   67 Comments

Will Apple Rescue Intel’s Silverthorne?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans for 2008 report that the company is eyeing a new mobile processor from Intel code-named Silverthorne for use in a new generation of handheld devices. That has broad implications for Apple’s expanding role in consumer electronics, and holds out the prospect for the company to play the savior for a chip originally designed to power the second-generation of Microsoft’s beleaguered UMPCs.

AppleInsider | Will Apple Rescue Intel’s Silverthorne?
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January 2, 2008   7 Comments