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Five Tremendous Apple vs. Adobe Flash Myths

Daniel Eran Dilger

Proponents of Adobe Flash insist that Apple’s iPhone 4.0 restrictions amount to “restraint of trade,” that the company’s Flash platform covers the vast majority of computers, that Adobe doesn’t need Apple and could bury it by cutting off its apps for the Mac in retaliation, that Apple really owes Adobe a hand, and that by not offering Flash, Apple is violating a universal doctrine demanding Choice. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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April 10, 2010   87 Comments

iAd: Is Apple taking mobile ads in a new direction?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Steve Jobs apparently thinks “mobile ads suck,” so what is he doing about it? The story so far is that his Apple bought Quattro Wireless, turned it into iAd, and will be bundling it into its iPhone OS Software Development Kit so that App Store publishers can monetize their apps. But that’s nothing new, and doesn’t really change anything.
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April 7, 2010   25 Comments

iPad, the destroyer: 19 things it will kill

Daniel Eran Dilger

Pundits, particularly of the Windows Enthusiast variety, don’t understand the iPad. It won’t kill the netbook and certainly can’t kill the notebook, they tell us. If only they knew what the iPad was really meant to destroy.

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April 2, 2010   173 Comments

Podcast: Multitasking, Flash and other misconceptions about the iPad

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about common misconceptions about the iPad, from multitasking to Flash.

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.

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 1, 2010   1 Comment

Apple already sells the iPhone to Verizon users: iPod touch

Daniel Eran Dilger

Rumors about Apple launching a CDMA version of the iPhone are being bandied about again, but the AT&T deal for the iPad indicates that Apple is happy with one mobile partner in the US, so far. But everyone’s overlooking the fact that Apple already sells the iPod touch to America’s CDMA users.

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March 30, 2010   37 Comments

The fallacy of Flash: why Adobe’s ideological war with Apple is bankrupt

Daniel Eran Dilger

Writing for Gawker’s tech industry celebrity gossip property “Valleywag,” Ryan Tate has delved into embarrassing depths of emotionalist advocacy for Flash in railing against Apple and Steve Jobs in particular. He’s wrong, here’s why, and why it matters.

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March 30, 2010   28 Comments

CanSecWest security competition falsely portrayed, again

Daniel Eran Dilger

Another year, another grossly ignorant misrepresentation of the CanSecWest security competition. Nothing new here, just the the widely reported idea that CanSecWest hosted a shootout among operating system platforms and Apple’s were among the first to fall.
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March 27, 2010   26 Comments

Windows Phone 7: Microsoft’s third failed attempt to be Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile strategy is turning out to be just like its failed strategies for Vista and Zune: a belated, wrongheaded attempt to shamelessly copy Apple too late to make a difference, all while ignoring its own strengths in a delusional, self-destructive bid to be something it is not.
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March 26, 2010   47 Comments

Fraud science used to promote Flash performance over web standards

Daniel Eran Dilger

A report purporting to vindicate the performance of Adobe’s Flash plugin in comparison to open standards broke through the weak editorial barriers of the tech community yesterday. It’s wrong, here’s why.
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March 11, 2010   167 Comments

Microsoft Courier: the third weak link in a miserable mobile strategy

Microsoft Courier history

Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft’s Courier concept has rapidly evolved over the last three years, but in rather random directions. It now says it will have the product finished by the end of 2010, an extremely ambitious goal for a company that simply could not deliver its last several product concepts within a year of announcing ETAs, including the Surface and Windows Mobile 7.

The problem is, even if Microsoft ships the Courier at some point, it will still suffer from the company’s randomly aimed shotgun strategy for delivering a viable mobile platform.

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March 5, 2010   38 Comments

Why Apple is suing HTC rather than Google or Android

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s patent assault on HTC (the maker of most Android and Windows Mobile phones) has gotten the tech media in a tizzy. Why isn’t Apple taking on Google or Android instead, and is this action the sign of a tough new Apple that hates Google and open source and wants to kill Android? That’s all wrong, here’s why.
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March 3, 2010   79 Comments

Tech: Hot & Cool 1 – Dealing with poor cellular service: from AT&T 3G MicroCell to WiEx Zboost XY-510

Daniel Eran Dilger & KharaCara

On our search to find the hottest and coolest stuff in the tech world, we investigate AT&T’s terrible service for US iPhone users, the 3G MicroCell you can’t get in AT&T’s worst service markets of New York and San Francisco, and a product from Wi-Ex called the Zboost XY-510.

AppleInsider | Video First Look: WiEx zBoost XY-510 cellular booster
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March 3, 2010   26 Comments

Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 10. It needs Mac OS X

February 26, 2010   65 Comments

Special Report: Why I can’t report on the Apple shareholder meeting

YouTube – Special Report: Why I can’t report on the Apple shareholder meeting

Daniel Eran Dilger

A series of tragic circumstances related to Apple’s shareholder meeting yesterday has resulted in problems only you the reader can help solve. So I’m enlisting your help.
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February 26, 2010   43 Comments

An Adobe Flash developer on why the iPad can’t use Flash

Daniel Eran Dilger

Morgan Adams, an interactive content developer who knows a lot about building Flash, wrote in with an interesting perspective on Flash and the iPad. The remainder of this piece is his comments on the subject.

Inside Apple’s iPad: Adobe Flash
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February 20, 2010   241 Comments