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Microsoft plans to use Windows 7 to raise netbook prices

Prince McLean, AppleInsider
The prospects of a premium priced Apple tablet computer may brighten at the hands of an unlikely ally, if Microsoft can carry out its stated goal of raising netbook prices using Windows 7.
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July 31, 2009   14 Comments

Fox News reports new Mac virus that is neither Mac nor viral nor new

Foxvirus

Daniel Eran Dilger
A report published by Fox News says that “online criminals are apparently so impressed with its scorching sales they are sending Macintosh computers an attack typically aimed at” Windows PCs. The story then falls apart in series of inept contradictions.
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July 30, 2009   18 Comments

iPhone helps keep Softbank competitive, profitable in Japan

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Despite double-digit sales declines at rival NT DOCOMO and KDDI, Japan’s Softbank, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone and third largest carrier in the country, continues to maintain the number one position in Japan for net new subscribers.

iPhone helps keep Softbank competitive, profitable in Japan
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July 30, 2009   No Comments

Wired’s David Kravets assails Apple over the EFF’s DMCA iPhone case

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Another day passes as Wired continues its populist belittling of the iPhone and Apple, this time uncritically posting the opinions of Electronic Frontier Foundation blogger Fred von Lohmann over his attempt to obtain an exemption from the DCMA that would prevent Apple from being able to use the law to stop copyright infringement of the iPhone’s software. But first, a train wrecks.
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July 29, 2009   24 Comments

The Palm Pre/iPhone Multitasking Myth

Pre-Multitasking

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

Why Apple is killing the Pre via iTunes

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Several readers have asked me to comment on the brouhaha between Apple and Palm regarding iTunes syncing, either to castigate Apple for throwing roadblocks in front of its weaker competitor, or to complain that Palm is unfairly trying to appropriate Apple’s software. However, I don’t think Palm is even on Apple’s radar as a threat. Instead, Apple’s efforts to block the Pre are really aimed at a larger target. Here’s why.
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July 27, 2009   24 Comments

Hackers break iPhone push messaging, blame Apple

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A variety of sources have published a story accusing the iPhone 3.0 software of broadcasting “your AIM [instant] messages to random recipients without your knowledge or consent.” In reality, the problem is created by hackers experimenting with their phones without understanding what they were doing. Without user tampering, the iPhone’s security layer actually prevents this from happening.

Hackers break iPhone push messaging, blame Apple.

July 22, 2009   17 Comments

Who’s paying Brett Arends to malign Apple?

Arends

Daniel Eran Dilger

Brett Arends, the notorious shill who filed discredited attacks on the iPhone launch in Jim Cramer’s the Street listing “Five reasons not to buy an iPhone” and attacking the new phone at its launch for supposedly costing buyers “$17,670,” is now printing his fully unsubstantiated opinions on Apple in the Wall Street Journal.

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July 21, 2009   28 Comments

Microsoft Bing share vs Google smaller than Safari vs IE

Browsers Vs Search

Daniel Eran Dilger

Lately, it seems like all those writers who take gifts from Microsoft can’t help but talk about Microsoft’s Bing as a looming threat to Google. Can you imagine those same people characterizing Safari as a potential savager to Internet Explorer? Of course not, yet Safari’s share of the browser market is greater and growing faster than Bing’s share of search.

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July 15, 2009   18 Comments

Apple revamps MobileMe iDisk features

MobileMe

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

MobileMe web applications have received another facelift, with new features including a revised iDisk module that enables easy file sharing using a system Apple first debuted with its iWork.com experiment at Macworld Expo.

Apple revamps MobileMe iDisk features
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July 6, 2009   1 Comment

Buying a new iPhone 3G S in twenty minutes

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The original iPhone defined a new height of spectacle in consumer electronics launches. With the release of the iPhone 3G S, Apple has managed to keep the media circus surrounding its new smartphones engaged for the third year in a row, and has greatly improved its in-store processing.

AppleInsider | Buying a new iPhone 3G S in twenty minutes
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June 19, 2009   11 Comments

The EFF’s Oddly Informed War Apple’s iPhone Apps

Daniel Eran Dilger

An Electronic Frontier Foundation blogger has once again managed to malign the EFF’s own laudable mission as an organization in order to deliver an over the top, incendiary screed about Apple and the iPhone app review process. This time it’s personal, due to an EFF-related iPhone app rejection, but they’re wrong, here’s why.

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June 3, 2009   17 Comments

AT&T deploying HSPA 7.2 mobile service ahead of new iPhones

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

AT&T has formally announced plans for deploying its 7.2 Mbps mobile data service upgrade this year, which will support faster iPhone models expected to be released this summer.

AT&T deploying HSPA 7.2 mobile service ahead of new iPhones
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May 27, 2009   1 Comment

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

Are Macs more Safe than Secure? No

GetaMac

Daniel Eran Dilger

Everyone seems to get lost in their own words when talking about security and Apple. The Daring Fireball recently cited security blogger Dennis Fisher, who insisted it was “demonstrably false” to say there were not “any virus attacks on Macs.” However, rather than pointing out what a horrible pile of trash Fisher’s article was, John Gruber praised it (apparently to be nice) and then got lost in his own semantics on the subject. Sometimes you need to say “he’s wrong, here’s why.”

Instead, Gruber wrote, “That [blogger’s article] probably sounds like clueless trolling to many of you reading this but it’s not, and it highlights an important distinction. Security is about technical measures, like the strength of the locks on your doors and windows. Safety is about the likelihood that you’ll actually suffer from some sort of attack.”
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May 16, 2009   62 Comments