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AT&T fires back at Google on net neutrality rules

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

AT&T has written the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau to insist that any new net neutrality rules need be apply to everyone in the industry, including web companies like Google.

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September 26, 2009   13 Comments

Report: Apple pushed Intel to develop Light Peak cabling

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Following a demonstration by Intel of an advanced new optical data port called Light Peak, a new report says Apple actually brought the concept to Intel and that the new standard will play “a hugely important role” in upcoming Apple products.

Report: Apple pushed Intel to develop Light Peak cabling
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September 26, 2009   20 Comments

Google sneaks WebKit HTML 5 support into Internet Explorer

Chrome Frame install option

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Rather than waiting for Microsoft to implement HTML 5, Google has released a plugin for Internet Explorer 8 that injects its own WebKit rendering engine, resulting in a ten fold performance boost for JavaScript.

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September 25, 2009   20 Comments

Microsoft to pitch Windows 7 via home parties

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Microsoft is promoting the release of Windows 7 by encouraging users to throw Tupperware-like house parties in celebration of the launch.

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September 23, 2009   16 Comments

Inside Snow Leopard’s UTI: Apple fixes the Creator Code

Mac Creator Codes and UTI

Daniel Eran Dilger

Snow Leopard’s abandonment of Creator Code metadata, used to open a file with its creating application, has some users are worried that Apple has killed off a core Mac-centric feature. Instead, Apple has invented a superior alternative for the old Creator Code in order to support a variety of new features. Here’s why, and what the new Uniform Type Identifiers offer.

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September 22, 2009   27 Comments

Why Apple is betting on HTML 5: a web history

HTML timeline

Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite making the vast majority of its money from hardware sales, Apple is investing heavily in shaping the future of software. One example of this pertains to HTML 5 and related web standards.

Why Apple is betting on HTML 5: a web history
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September 19, 2009   32 Comments

Roger Ebert adds to health care debate on iPhone, Mac use

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Film critic Roger Ebert gave Apple’s VoiceOver technology two thumbs up in allowing him to communicate after losing his voice to cancer surgery, but said his health insurance would only offer to cover an $8,000 device that didn’t work nearly as well.

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September 19, 2009   20 Comments

Podcast: Zune HD, Flip video and the iPod nano

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Zune HD, Flip video and the iPod nano’s camcorder. You can tune into the live stream Thursday September 17 at 6 PM PST, or listen to podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

Recent episodes:

August 27, 2009 Windows 7 and Snow Leopard
July 30, 2009, Windows 7, netbooks, and the Apple tablet.
July 9, 2009, Mozilla and Opera fight to make Ogg Theora the official codec of HTML 5.
June 18, 2009, Microsoft Enthusiasts
May 21, 2009, talking about Windows 7
March 19, 2009, talking about the iPhone 3.0 SDK
February 26, 2009, covering the Apple stockholder meeting
January 8, 2009, covering Apple’s last Macworld Expo

Earlier episodes I’ve participated on:

Oct 16 08
Oct 2 08
July 31 08
June 12 08
May 1 08
Mar 20 08
Jan 31 08
Jan 3 08
Nov 8 07
Sep 20 07
Aug 9 07
Jun 14 07
Apr 26 07
Mar 1 07
Jan 11 07

September 17, 2009   1 Comment

Microsoft uses adware model to pay for Zune HD apps

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

How can new competitors rival Apple’s existing library of 75,000 mobile apps and installed base of 50 million users? Microsoft’s approach with the Zune HD relies on overt adware, an approach Apple has deliberately avoided.

Microsoft uses adware model to pay for Zune HD apps
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September 17, 2009   14 Comments

Exchange enhancements in iPhone 3.1 cause some users grief

EAS policy settings

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Improved support for Microsoft’s Exchange Server’s security policy features, delivered in the iPhone 3.1 firmware update, has left some users angry after discovering that their mobile device is no longer compatible with the policy defined by their company.

Exchange enhancements in iPhone 3.1 cause some users grief
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September 17, 2009   9 Comments

IDG’s Galen Gruman throws fit about Apple’s iPhone 3.1 Exchange fix

Galen Gruman

Daniel Eran Dilger

IDG and other tech news outfits have stooped to yellow journalism in printing the sensationalized tantrums of Galen Gruman, an uninformed Exchange user. At issue is the iPhone 3.1 firmware, which respects a policy setting of Exchange Server 2007 that blocks devices that don’t support hardware encryption.

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September 16, 2009   19 Comments

Apple, Microsoft trade places selling iPod touch and Zune HD

iFixit Zune HD teardown

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple makes its money selling hardware while Microsoft’s revenues are from software. Yet in the mobile device war heating up between the iPod touch and the Zune HD, Microsoft is focusing on hardware features while Apple is shifting its marketing attention toward the iPod’s vast library of third party software, particularly games.

Apple, Microsoft trade places selling iPod touch and Zune HD
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September 15, 2009   28 Comments

From OLED to Tegra: Five Myths of the Zune HD

Zune HD

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Just when you thought Microsoft had given up on the Zune as a product and had retreated to referring to it as a nebulous cloud of conceptual features, the company comes out with a new device supporting a mobile-optimized OLED screen, a wildly powerful yet super efficient new multi-core Tegra graphics processor and support for high definition radio. The problem is that none of those things are actually true.

From OLED to Tegra: Five Myths of the Zune HD
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September 14, 2009   47 Comments

New iTunes LP and Extras built using TuneKit Framework, aimed at Apple TV

TuneKit HDTV

Daniel Eran Dilger

iTunes 9 introduced two identical formats for adding new bonus content to existing music and movie downloads: iTunes LP for music albums and iTunes Extras for select movies. The availability of iPhone apps asks: why? The answer appears to be Apple TV.
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September 14, 2009   33 Comments

WebKit adding support for GPU-accelerated 3D via WebGL

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

WebKit developers are adding support for WebGL, a new API designed to deliver hardware accelerated 3D graphics within the web browser without the use of a separate plugin.

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September 14, 2009   4 Comments