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Reality Check: Nokia’s iPad patent infringement headlines

Daniel Eran Dilger

Headlines tell such a sensationalized side of the story. Here’s the missing bits of recent tech media events that have been reported with a slant, this time featuring:

Nokia sues Apple over iPad patent infringement.

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May 11, 2010   24 Comments

InfoWorld’s Galen Gruman fails to understand Apple, Adobe Flash

Daniel Eran Dilger

InfoWorld’s Galen Gruman likes to offer an authoritarian opinion about tech subjects, but rarely has any clue what he’s talking about. That’t evident in his “peace plan” regarding Adobe and Apple.

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May 10, 2010   33 Comments

Reality Check: NPD’s Android vs. iPhone sales headlines

Daniel Eran Dilger

Headlines tell such a sensationalized side of the story. Here’s the missing bits of recent tech media events that have been reported with a slant starting with:

NPD says Android has surpassed iPhone in US unit sales
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May 10, 2010   95 Comments

What will HP do with Palm’s webOS? Mostly likely: fail

Daniel Eran Dilger

For some time, it’s been obvious that Palm desperately needed a deep pocketed partner in order for its fledgling webOS to remain a viable competitor in the smartphone area. It was less obvious HP might be the one interested. But now that the $1.2 billion deal is done, what’s the chances it will work out?

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May 7, 2010   51 Comments

Adobe’s Flash monopoly game against Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

Quick, name the vendor who claims 96% saturation of the market for dynamic media content. No, not just “market share,” but ubiquitous ownership of the means of distribution of nearly all Internet video, rich Internet apps, and Farmville. Answer: Adobe. Now name the company that is exercising its monopoly position to prevent competition within the market for dynamic web content. Answer: also Adobe.

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May 5, 2010   84 Comments

Android 2.2 to do things we assumed it already did

Daniel Eran Dilger

Proponents of Android like to talk about the operating system as if its Windows 95: “almost as good as Apple, with some features that are actually superior!” What they don’t like to mention is that it has a number of serious flaws that nobody seems to acknowledge. Users may hope the upcoming Android 2.2 will fix some of those, but it won’t necessarily because in many ways it can’t. Here’s why.
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May 1, 2010   44 Comments

Speaking of Ironies: Adobe Flash, Al Gore and the iPad criticism on his Current TV

Daniel Eran Dilger

Earlier today, John Gruber of the Daring Fireball posted the line:

“Irony: Me, using my iPad to watch a video from the WSJ of Adobe’s CEO talking about how essential Flash is to publications like the WSJ.”

It reminded me of my own experience in being directed to Al Gore’s Current TV, by video blogger Ben Hoffman, who had created an “iPad sucks” video for broadcast on Current’s Tech Report. Current still uses Flash to present its videos (the entire site is tagged “beta”).
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April 30, 2010   10 Comments

Why Steve Jobs Loves Adobe Flash

Daniel Eran Dilger

Steve Jobs doesn’t offer his thoughts all that often, but when he does, they are articulated in masterfully convincing language. His latest “Thoughts on Flash” sounded like a distillation of every RoughlyDrafted article on the issue of Flash, boiled down into a devastating six point skewering. Secretly though, Jobs really does love Flash, here’s why.
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April 30, 2010   74 Comments

RIM takes on Apple with BlackBerry OS 6: the black iPhone OS 2.0

Daniel Eran Dilger

RIM’s big BlackBerry platform confab, the “Wireless Enterprise Symposium” or WES, recently debuted the company’s upcoming version 6 of its BlackBerry Operating System that runs its phones (well the latest ones anyway). You might think of it an an old version of the iPhone OS, but with lots of black in the interface.
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April 29, 2010   24 Comments

EFF, Wired, MarketWatch, Yahoo: Outrage ensues over Apple’s reporting of iPhone prototype theft

Daniel Eran Dilger

Enemies of Apple are boiling to the surface like ants scrambling from a rotten log on fire. Their outrage emanates from a deep moral disgust over the company reporting the theft of its property and appealing to the rule of law.
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April 28, 2010   75 Comments

Microsoft’s Great Windows 7 Growth Lie

Daniel Eran Dilger

Windows Enthusiasts, the insulating layer of blubber on Microsoft’s monopoly whale, are excited to see Microsoft’s Q3 Windows unit licensing and profits growing faster year over year than Apple’s new Mac shipments. They think Windows 7 is winning. But they’re wrong, here’s why.
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April 26, 2010   26 Comments

Gizmodo’s iPhone 4 story, as painted by PC World and IDG’s Apple haters

Daniel Eran Dilger

Windows Enthusiasts are busily chattering about Gizmodo’s iPhone 4 exposé, attempting to either create elaborate conspiracy theories that suggest Apple planned the whole thing, or alternatively, insisting that Apple screwed up and allowed a leak disaster that it could have prevented. They’re all wrong, here’s why.
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April 21, 2010   33 Comments

The Tales of Two Top Secret Stolen Smartphone Prototypes

Daniel Eran Dilger

The web is atwitter with reports of a top secret stolen smartphone prototype. This moment, it’s what appears to be Apple’s 4th generation iPhone. But nearly the same thing happened last year, too. Things just didn’t go as well that time.

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April 19, 2010   50 Comments

Podcast: Adobe Flash vs Apple iPhone OS

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Flash and the iPhone OS.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Pacific, 9:00 to 11:00 PM Eastern, at http://www.technightowl.com/radio/. An archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast.

NOW PLAYING! April 15, 2010 — Kirk McElhearn and Daniel Eran Dilger

You can also access the show’s Podcast feed, now available at: http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml.

Listen live, 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

April 15, 2010   1 Comment

Chronicles of Conflict: the History of Adobe vs. Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

If you didn’t know any better, you might think this whole Apple vs Adobe thing blew up out of nowhere because Steve Jobs woke up one morning with a stiff neck and decided to take it out on Adobe. Those of you who imagine there might be more to it than that that might like to reminisce with a little walk down tech history lane.

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April 14, 2010   66 Comments