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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

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

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

John Gruber gets a little too daring with his fireballs

Daniel Eran Dilger

I like to skewer pundits who deliver arguments that are factually wrong, only present part of the whole story, and invent things under the premise of having “sources.” That leaves me open to the same kinds of criticism. But if you’re going to attack my work, get the facts right, tell the entire story, and don’t assail sources that you don’t know anything about as being nonexistent and fraudulently invented when you really know that’s not the case at all.

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April 14, 2010   46 Comments

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

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

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