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AT&T activating MMS features early for some iPhone users

iPhone 3G MMS

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A variety of iPhone users are are reporting that new MMS features have been enabled on their handsets in advance of AT&T’s official start date of September 25.

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September 13, 2009   No Comments

Is Apple tying all media to its proprietary iPhone platform?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Tomorrow’s crisis today: Apple’s critics haven’t yet realized that the iPhone App Store has fueled millions in software development efforts to produce content exclusively tied to the company’s proprietary Cocoa Touch mobile platform. Is this a credible threat, and what is Apple’s real motive behind its iTunes rich media content strategy?
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September 12, 2009   19 Comments

Apple Open Sources Snow Leopard’s Grand Central Dispatch

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Despite being a unique, key marketing feature of Snow Leopard, Apple has decided to open the code behind Grand Central Dispatch under the liberal Apache 2.0 license.

Apple Open Sources Snow Leopard’s Grand Central Dispatch
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September 12, 2009   4 Comments

Apple rivals DVD with new iTunes Extras for movies and albums

WallE iTunes Extra

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The new iTunes 9 offers special “iTunes Extras” as free downloads with the purchase of “iTunes LP” albums or movies. The new free bonus content is delivered as a self-contained website of bonus materials, making it easy to author.

Apple rivals DVD with new iTunes Extras for movies and albums
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September 9, 2009   16 Comments

Apple’s 2009 iPod Event

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Daniel Eran Dilger

With the launch of Snow Leopard barely two weeks old, Apple is ready to shift focus to the next thing: new iPods at its 2009 music event. Here’s what you can expect.
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September 8, 2009   20 Comments

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Malware Protection

Malware Warning

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has enhanced the warnings Snow Leopard users get when directly downloading or opening disk images containing files known to be malicious. This article, the fifth in a series looking closer at some of Snow Leopard’s well-known but often misrepresented or misunderstood features, examines what this really means for Mac users and their relative security.

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Malware Protection.
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September 7, 2009   24 Comments

Apple approves Commodore 64 emulator for iPhone

C64

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A previously rejected iPhone title offering emulated play of Commodore 64 titles has been approved after the developer made changes to align it with Apple’s SDK. It allows the iPhone to act as a system that was what was once Apple’s staunch competitor.

Apple approves Commodore 64 emulator for iPhone

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September 6, 2009   11 Comments

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Exchange Support

Exchange APIs

Daniel Eran Dilger

Windows Enthusiasts like to spin Apple’s support for Exchange on the iPhone and in Snow Leopard as endorsement of Microsoft in the server space. From another angle, Apple is reducing its dependance upon Microsoft’s client software, weakening Microsoft’s ability to hold back and dumb down its Mac offerings at Apple’s expense.

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Exchange Support
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September 5, 2009   27 Comments

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: GPU Optimization

Daniel Eran Dilger

As jingle-pundits desperately try to denigrate Snow Leopard as a “Service Pack,” Apple’s new operating system reference release actually expands the reach of the Mac platform in several important and under-reported new directions. Here’s the third in a series looking closer at some of Snow Leopard’s well-known, but often misrepresented or misunderstood features.

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: GPU Optimization.
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September 4, 2009   3 Comments

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bits

Daniel Eran Dilger

As jingle-pundits desperately try to denigrate Snow Leopard as a “Service Pack,” Apple’s new operating system reference release actually expands the reach of the Mac platform in several important and under-reported new directions. Here’s the second in a series looking closer at some of Snow Leopard’s well-known, but often misrepresented or misunderstood features.

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bits.
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September 2, 2009   25 Comments

How Microsoft Got Bing, And Why It Is Failing to Matter

Daniel Eran Dilger

After having proven itself unable to compete in web search and advertising, Microsoft has acquired technology from a company with management problems and has launched a wildly hailed attempt to catch up to Google using a dishonest campaign targeting the government. Of course, this isn’t anything new, simply a repeat performance of the historical development of Windows NT. The only difference this time around is that Microsoft’s monopoly is no longer able to exert much leverage against legitimate competitors in the market, providing little hope for Bing. Here’s why.
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August 31, 2009   43 Comments

China signs 3 year iPhone deal

Daniel Eran Dilger

China Unicom has signed a three year agreement with Apple to become the exclusive provider of the iPhone in China, according to a report citing the company’s chief executive and a representative from Apple.
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August 28, 2009   18 Comments

Podcast: Snow Leopard & Windows 7

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Snow Leopard and Windows 7. You can tune into the live stream Thursday August 27 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:

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

August 27, 2009   8 Comments

iPhone panic spurs Nokia to dump Symbian on high end

Daniel Eran Dilger

Nokia will abandon the Symbian OS on its high end smartphones and instead roll out new Linux-based devices in a fresh bid to take on the iPhone, according to advanced reports on next week’s Nokia World event in Germany.
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August 26, 2009   26 Comments

Why Windows 7 isn’t competing with Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Daniel Eran Dilger

Windows Enthusiasts are working hard to compare Windows 7 against Snow Leopard. The problem: there’s no intelligent or rational basis for doing so.

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August 26, 2009   48 Comments