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Canalys: iPhone outsold all Windows Mobile phones in Q2 2009

Canalys global smartphone figures

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s iPhone held onto a 13.7% share of global smartphone unit sales in the second quarter, outpacing Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, which now claims just 9% of the market, according to Canalys.

Canalys: iPhone outsold all Windows Mobile phones in Q2 2009.
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August 21, 2009   15 Comments

Why Microsoft Will Slaughter Its Windows Mobile and PC Partners, and What it Means for Apple and Google

Daniel Eran Dilger

If you’re thinking that Microsoft’s reported plan–to pit Windows Mobile 6.5 against Android and then wait for another year to issue Windows Mobile 7 as its “iPhone killer”–sounds inane, wait till you hear what the company intends to do to its current mobile partners. It’s a brutal strategy that promises to radically change both the smartphone and PC landscape.

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August 20, 2009   78 Comments

Report: iTunes 9 to support DVD ripping, Facebook

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A report filed by a tipster claiming access to iTunes 9 says that it is “possible” the next version of Apple’s media player will sport both DVD import and playback as well as Facebook integration, allowing users to advertise songs and playlists with their friends.

Report: iTunes 9 to support DVD ripping, Facebook
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August 19, 2009   7 Comments

Letters from Microsoft: An Employee Tosses His Zune

Zune HD

Daniel Eran Dilger

Windows Enthusiasts like to paint me as biased against the Zune because I didn’t get a free gift basket from Microsoft and then turn around with a CNET-style gushing review of the me-too player that manages to consistently slink a year or two behind Apple. But what does one of Microsoft’s own developers think of the device? Here’s an independent report from a person deep inside the Zune maker.
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August 18, 2009   54 Comments

What Obama could learn from Apple… on Health Care

Daniel Eran Dilger

Before President Obama was elected, I compared him to Steve Jobs on the threshold of Apple in 1996, challenged with the task of rebuilding a failed enterprise and charting out a new future for it. How well is Obama doing in his role as a Jobsian CEO of America? Well, he could use some Apple-style marketing.

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August 17, 2009   70 Comments

Why Can’t Microsoft Develop Software for Zune HD?

Zune HD

Daniel Eran Dilger

An iPhone developer has reported that Microsoft promised it “a bucket of money” if it could port its Twitter app to the new Zune HD. The obvious question is, if there’s so much money in writing Zune software, why can’t Microsoft write its own simple apps and pocket all that potential for wealth itself?
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August 15, 2009   94 Comments

Sony targets iPhone developers and low app prices for PSPgo

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Sony plans to lure iPhone developers to the PSPgo, a revised version of its PlayStation Portable handheld gaming platform, and copy Apple’s low App Store prices to create demand for the relatively expensive new hardware, according to a gaming industry report.

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August 14, 2009   6 Comments

Report: iPhone grabs 32% of global handset profits

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s iPhone now accounts for 8% of all mobile phone revenue and a whopping 32% of the industry’s handset profits, according to figures published by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi

Report: iPhone grabs 32% of global handset profits
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August 4, 2009   3 Comments

iPhone Wars: AT&T, Verizon and the evil of two lessors

ATT iPhone

Daniel Eran Dilger

Complaints of AT&T’s network performance by iPhone users reached a crescendo at the release of iPhone 3.0, when major features of the release ended up not even being supported by AT&T. But would Verizon be any better?
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August 1, 2009   40 Comments

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

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