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Macworld 09: Apple blows expectations

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Predictably, there was great disappointment with Macworld Expo 09. But when has there not been, outside of the iPhone announcement (which many pundits tried their best to blow off as too expensive and likely to be immediately copied by more entrenched smartphone competitors)?
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January 6, 2009   43 Comments

OpenCL and OpenGL take on DirectX

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The broad industry support Apple is building around OpenCL will help increase the critical mass behind OpenGL, the 2D and 3D graphics language Apple uses extensively in Mac OS X. Since the mid 90s, Microsoft has worked to prevent the adoption of OpenGL as an interoperable industry standard in favor of its own proprietary DirectX portfolio of graphics software and gaming tools.

OpenCL and OpenGL take on DirectX

December 18, 2008   1 Comment

TGDaily Resets Expectations for the Android G1

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Five weeks after telling us that “it seems” T-Mobile’s G1 had already found 1.5 million initial buyers, Wolfgang Gruener of TGDaily is now telling us that the G1 is selling “better than expected” since manufacturer HTC now “thinks” it can build a million units by the end of the year. Hmm.

(Where’s RoughlyDrafted been? See below…)
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November 24, 2008   12 Comments

The Future of Mobile Software

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The software business is going mobile. That shift will present new challenges but also new opportunities for developers. Here’s how the mobile market has evolved into being today’s promising next frontier for new software models.
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November 14, 2008   46 Comments

What an Obama Presidency Means for Technology

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Daniel Eran Dilger

President Elect Barack Obama won’t actually take office for several weeks, but he’s already given an early glimpse of what he will accomplish in terms of technology. The remaining question is how far he will go to use technology to solve issues under his agenda for the nation.
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November 6, 2008   36 Comments

Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was “interesting” and added “we may look at that.”

Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer

November 6, 2008   4 Comments

What Prop 8 Means to America

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Californians voted to give factory farmed pigs and chickens new rights under Prop 2 but voted to take rights away from its gay citizens with Prop 8. How was it that one of the bluest states in the Union turned against its progressive values and voted to write discrimination into the state constitution?

The simple answer: a hard hitting ad campaign costing over $70 million that pretended the measure was about “protecting families” rather than being a religious assault on minority rights. In reality, Prop 8 was the last hurrah for a group seeking to push its influence before losing its access to the Presidency that had granted it legitimacy over the last eight years.
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November 6, 2008   55 Comments

InformationWeek says Windows 7 is … Windows XP Classic

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Daniel Eran Dilger

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pundit Mitch Wagner has decided that Windows 7 is bad news for Apple because he’s willing to assume, based on optimistic comments made about the early alpha of the new softare, that Microsoft will solve all of its problems with Vista, “the way the Coca-Cola Company did with New Coke.”

Apparently Wagner fails to recall that the Coca-Cola Company solved its New Coke problem by canceling the product and going back to the old Coke. Does Wagner really imagine that Microsoft will battle Apple with Windows XP Classic, or does he just have no idea what he’s talking about?
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November 5, 2008   27 Comments

Three Disruptions in Technology, and How to Benefit

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Every once and a while, a new technology platform surfaces that disrupts the status quo, crushing existing business models and reconfiguring how the world works, what new expectations consumers now have, and how investment decisions will be made in the future. Frequently, nobody sees it coming, and those who think they can are often wrong. There are actually three types of disruption, and being able to identify them can set you apart from your competitors.
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November 3, 2008   18 Comments

Mormons, Fundamentalists, Islamists Back Prop H(8) with Big Bucks

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite the sagging economy, record numbers of families being evicted from foreclosed homes, and an uptick in unemployment, a coalition of religious extremists has pooled together at least $67 million to push Proposition 8 as a symbolic demonstration of the intolerance and hatred their faith moves them to open their wallets to fund.

Mormons of the LDS church, orthodox Jews, Catholics and the Knights of Columbus, as well as megachurch evangelicals such as Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church have joined radical Islamicists in pouring their resources into funding social ostracism of their fellow citizens under a new Sharia-like fusion of religious discrimination into secular American government.
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November 3, 2008   58 Comments

Former FCC Chair Reed Hundt: Issues the next president faces in technology

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Daniel Eran Dilger

A presidential debate on technology policy organized by the New American Foundation turned into a simple interview after John McCain’s chief economic policy adviser (the man who called McCain the inventor of the BlackBerry), Douglas Holtz-Eakin, failed to show. Barack Obama’s representative, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, did attend and offered some perspective of what technology issues the next president will face.
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October 31, 2008   11 Comments

Apple recruits top chip designer, IBM responds with suit

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple recently recruited a top chip designer from IBM, resulting in a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the executive from taking his knowledge as “IBM’s top expert in Power architecture and technology” to the Mac maker.

Apple recruits top chip designer, IBM responds with suit

October 30, 2008   5 Comments

Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple has updated its MobileMe web service software, but hasn’t noted the update in its MobileMe news blog or otherwise notified subscribers of the new changes outside of an article on the company’s support sit

Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps

October 30, 2008   No Comments

McCain vs. Obama Presidential Pop Quiz: Socialism

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Daniel Eran Dilger

This election has done little to upgrade the intellectual level of debate in this country, with both sides seeking to pander to a lowest common denominator audience by reducing everything to simple word association. Here’s a series of questions that go beyond the buzzword, in this case, socialism. See if you can answer them correctly. Hint: the answers are all TRUE.
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October 30, 2008   44 Comments

Apple to sweeten Snow Leopard with more Cocoa

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
According to developer build notes leaked on the web, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s new Finder and “almost all” other graphical apps will be delivered using Cocoa. Here’s why, and what benefit this additional use of Cocoa will provide to users.

Apple to sweeten Snow Leopard with more Cocoa

October 27, 2008   4 Comments