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Why Windows 7 is Microsoft’s next Zune

Windows 7 Zune

Daniel Eran Dilger

Every once and a while I get the opportunity to appear brilliantly prescient by pointing out something that is blatantly obvious but which has been so obscured by valiant marketing efforts that it makes me look like a grand wizard at detecting emperor nakedness just to say it. In this case, it’s that Windows 7 is becoming the next Zune.
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May 9, 2009   175 Comments

Steve Jobs deposition offers peek inside Apple

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

A deposition given by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs to the Securities and Exchange Commission last year offers a window into the luminary’s role at electronics maker and the largely fictitious history erected around his return to the company in 1997.

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April 27, 2009   1 Comment

Microsoft’s Lauren ad faked say bloggers

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Accusations are flying within the blogosphere that Microsoft simply faked its latest ad portraying a real buyer named Lauren shopping for a 17“ notebook under $1000, who supposedly couldn’t find what she was looking for in the Apple Store.

AppleInsider | Microsoft’s Lauren ad faked say bloggers
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April 3, 2009   7 Comments

Kaspersky Sells Mac AntiVirus Fear Using Charlie Miller… Mac AntiVirus Foe

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Why is Ryan Naraine, a “security evangelist” for Kaspersky Lab, writing news for ZDNet? And why is he only serving up half the juice that flows from Charlie Miller, the famous Mac cracker of CanSecWest? I think it has to do with the fact that Kaspersky has a Mac version of its security software in development, and it needs to generate some panic in order to sell it. Here’s the smoking gun showing why.

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March 20, 2009   16 Comments

Apple criticized for iPod shuffle’s new ‘authentication chip’

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple this weekend was hit with a media assault after reports suggested that a mysterious authentication chip in the third-generation iPod shuffle, responsible for supporting the player’s new headphone-integrated playback controls, signaled a rogue attempt on the company’s part to block third parties from developing their own replacement headphones for the device without paying a licensing fee.
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March 16, 2009   11 Comments

Jon Stewart exposes Apple stock manipulation

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Prince McLean, Apple Insider

Proving once again that the best way to reach Americans’ brain is through their funny bone, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show continued his warpath aimed at irresponsible financial reporting by CNBC, specifically calling Jim Cramer out for his comments on how easy it was to profit from misinformation aimed at Apple.

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March 13, 2009   19 Comments

Japanese “hate” for iPhone all a big mistake

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
A report intending to portray the iPhone as “hated” in the Japanese market turns out to have been built upon fake quotations from industry writers and observers who were misrepresented by remarks attributed to them that they never made. Their actual comments on the iPhone’s prospects in Japan are far more interesting.

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February 28, 2009   19 Comments

Apple shareholder meeting dominated by politics

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s annual shareholder meeting was dominated, as usual, by groups using the event as a soapbox for furthering their political agenda. Apple COO Tim Cook only answered a couple real questions from individuals, and the crowd sang out happy birthday to Steve Jobs, who was away on medical leave.

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February 25, 2009   No Comments

The iPhone Multitouch Patent Myth

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Daniel Eran Dilger

According to a wide range of frothy mouthed pundits, Apple has announced patented ownership of “multitouch,” and will now destroy the future we deserve by forcing all competitors to stop using a basic concept that was already in wide use long before Apple ever demonstrated the iPhone. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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February 13, 2009   30 Comments

Why Apple’s Tim Cook Did Not Threaten Palm Pre

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Bloggers jumped on comments from Apple COO Tim Cook to suggest that the company is planning legal action to shut down Palm’s webOS Pre phone before the device can even make it to the market. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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January 23, 2009   37 Comments

International sales rescue Apple from US retail slump

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Despite rough economic conditions in the US that are hitting the retail sector particularly hard, Apple released record shipments of iPods and claimed the second-highest quarter of Mac sales in the company’s history, thanks to strong international growth, retail strength, new MacBooks, and diversification from Apple’s core business.

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January 21, 2009   No Comments

Macworld 09 Infamy Awards

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Daniel Eran Dilger

It might be too late to inaugurate a new series of awards for Macworld Expo, given that the show is on its last legs, but I have some pics that needed to get published, so here it is anyway.
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January 13, 2009   20 Comments

Why Did Apple Bail On Macworld Expo?

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Sometimes it feels odd to have to explain why a company such as Apple, which can generate tremendous waves of publicity by simply sending out “event” post cards as a press release at any point throughout the year, might want to bail out of Macworld Expo, an event it does not control, does not really benefit from, is poorly positioned within the year for new product announcements, and has limped along on life support for years just like every other trade show in the terminally ill industry, even before the economic crisis really hit.

Who exactly could be surprised by Apple’s move, apart from the pseudo-journalistic tech punditry circle that has for so long confused the role of reporting events in the tech industry with trying to mold public opinion through its tiresome cacophony of forcefully stated, but poorly thought out opinions?
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December 17, 2008   48 Comments

TGDaily Resets Expectations for the Android G1

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Five weeks after telling us that “it seems” T-Mobile’s G1 had already found 1.5 million initial buyers, Wolfgang Gruener of TGDaily is now telling us that the G1 is selling “better than expected” since manufacturer HTC now “thinks” it can build a million units by the end of the year. Hmm.

(Where’s RoughlyDrafted been? See below…)
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November 24, 2008   12 Comments

Former FCC Chair Reed Hundt: Issues the next president faces in technology

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Daniel Eran Dilger

A presidential debate on technology policy organized by the New American Foundation turned into a simple interview after John McCain’s chief economic policy adviser (the man who called McCain the inventor of the BlackBerry), Douglas Holtz-Eakin, failed to show. Barack Obama’s representative, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, did attend and offered some perspective of what technology issues the next president will face.
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October 31, 2008   11 Comments