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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

Microsoft Courier: the third weak link in a miserable mobile strategy

Microsoft Courier history

Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft’s Courier concept has rapidly evolved over the last three years, but in rather random directions. It now says it will have the product finished by the end of 2010, an extremely ambitious goal for a company that simply could not deliver its last several product concepts within a year of announcing ETAs, including the Surface and Windows Mobile 7.

The problem is, even if Microsoft ships the Courier at some point, it will still suffer from the company’s randomly aimed shotgun strategy for delivering a viable mobile platform.

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March 5, 2010   38 Comments

Tech: Hot & Cool 1 – Dealing with poor cellular service: from AT&T 3G MicroCell to WiEx Zboost XY-510

Daniel Eran Dilger & KharaCara

On our search to find the hottest and coolest stuff in the tech world, we investigate AT&T’s terrible service for US iPhone users, the 3G MicroCell you can’t get in AT&T’s worst service markets of New York and San Francisco, and a product from Wi-Ex called the Zboost XY-510.

AppleInsider | Video First Look: WiEx zBoost XY-510 cellular booster
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March 3, 2010   26 Comments

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 10. It needs Mac OS X

February 26, 2010   65 Comments

Special Report: Why I can’t report on the Apple shareholder meeting

YouTube – Special Report: Why I can’t report on the Apple shareholder meeting

Daniel Eran Dilger

A series of tragic circumstances related to Apple’s shareholder meeting yesterday has resulted in problems only you the reader can help solve. So I’m enlisting your help.
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February 26, 2010   43 Comments

Apple shareholder meeting tomorrow

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s shareholder meeting is coming up tomorrow morning in Cupertino. I’m in San Francisco and need a ride! So if you’re headed along the same path tomorrow and want to let me tag along in your car please contact me. My bike is wrecked and I still don’t have a replacement driver’s license, so I can’t rent a car tomorrow.

Also, if you have any good questions to pose to Apple’s board, please suggest them. Keep in mind that having good questions to ask won’t help if I can’t get down there! Thanks – (and myth ten is on the way soon…)

February 24, 2010   26 Comments

Podcast: What’s interesting about the iPad

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about what’s notable in Apple’s iPad. 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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February 11, 2010   8 Comments

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 8. It’s a curse for mobile developers

February 11, 2010   41 Comments

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 6. It needs HDMI for HD video output

February 8, 2010   40 Comments

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 5. It’s just a Tablet PC or Kindle

February 4, 2010   59 Comments

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 4. It was over-hyped and under-delivered

February 3, 2010   65 Comments

Ten Myth of Apple’s iPad: 2. iPad needs Adobe Flash

February 1, 2010   90 Comments

Ten Myth of Apple’s iPad: 1. It’s just a big iPod touch

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s unveiling of the iPad was guaranteed to do two things: temporarily tank the company’s stock price (just because) and, of course, generate a torrent of feigned outrage and righteous contempt from the usual suspects who always jump all over anything the company produces. As reader Jose Cerritelli points out, an Upton Sinclair quote is appropriate: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

Here’s the first segment in my series taking on iPad myths: no the iPad isn’t just a big iPod touch.

Ten Myth of Apple’s iPad: 1. It’s just a big iPod touch
Ten Myth of Apple’s iPad: 2. iPad needs Adobe Flash
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 3. It’s ad-evil
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 4. It was over-hyped and under-delivered
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 5. It’s just a Tablet PC or Kindle
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 6. It needs HDMI for HD video output
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 7. It needs cameras
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 8. It’s a curse for mobile developers
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 9. It can’t multitask
Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 10. It needs Mac OS X
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January 31, 2010   121 Comments

Join Roughly Drafted on Facebook

Roughly Drafted on Facebook

Daniel Eran Dilger

You probably know I have a Facebook page, but now I’ve set up a Roughly Drafted page on Facebook you can join.

Become a Fan

January 29, 2010   2 Comments

Daniel Eran Dilger’s iPad Apple Event Photos

iPad Apple Event

Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite being aggressively manhandled by a Fox affiliate cameraman who stomped on my foot and shoved his tripod into my broken shoulder in an ineffectual attempt to register ahead of me (he was already registered by his colleague, and I was trying to tell him that — we weren’t even in the entry line), I managed to survive the piranha tank of rabid enthusiasm over Apple’s new iPad without additional injury.
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January 27, 2010   13 Comments