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Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook’s missing FireWire

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

In one of his characteristically terse email replies, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has reportedly told one Mac user that changes in video camera technology have reduced the need for FireWire on his company’s 13-inch MacBooks.

Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook’s missing FireWire

October 16, 2008   35 Comments

Myth 10: RIM’s BlackBerry Will Contain iPhone Expansion

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Research in Motion, the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry, has served as the smartphone industry’s darling ever since the company emerged from years of research to set two-way pagers in motion around the new millennium.

As a proprietary platform, RIM offers the closest parallel to Apple in the smartphone business. But will RIM and Apple remain in isolated independent market niches or battle each other over sales? Will RIM check Apple’s growth or be left shattered in the wake of the iPhone? Here’s a look at what’s involved.

iPhone Myths
Five More iPhone Myths
Myth 6: iPhone Developers will Flock to Android
Myth 7: iPhone Buyers will Flock to Android
Myth 8: iPhone will lose out to Steve Ballmer’s Windows Mobile 7 in 2010
Myth 9: iPhone Unable to Penetrate Europe Due to Symbian Dominance
Myth 10: RIM’s BlackBerry Will Contain iPhone Expansion
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October 13, 2008   39 Comments

Myth 9: iPhone Unable to Penetrate Europe Due to Symbian Dominance

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Continuing upon the previous eight iPhone myths, this one insists that Apple will be wholly unable to find a market for the iPhone platform in Europe because of the strength of Nokia’s Symbian platform, which currently leads smartphones in worldwide market share. That’s wrong, here’s why.

iPhone Myths
Five More iPhone Myths
Myth 6: iPhone Developers will Flock to Android
Myth 7: iPhone Buyers will Flock to Android
Myth 8: iPhone will lose out to Steve Ballmer’s Windows Mobile 7 in 2010
Myth 9: iPhone Unable to Penetrate Europe Due to Symbian Dominance [Read more →]

October 7, 2008   32 Comments

Myth 6: iPhone Developers will Flock to Android

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Continuing upon the five iPhone myths in the previous segment, another myth relates to idea of Apple losing its iPhone platform to Android as developers defect to Google’s more open mobile platform. That’s wrong, here’s why.

iPhone Myths
Five More iPhone Myths
Myth 6: iPhone Developers will Flock to Android
Myth 7: iPhone Buyers will Flock to Android
Myth 8: iPhone will lose out to Steve Ballmer’s Windows Mobile 7 in 2010
Myth 9: iPhone Unable to Penetrate Europe Due to Symbian Dominance [Read more →]

October 2, 2008   24 Comments

I’m a PC too… touché

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In its efforts to hijack Apple’s Get a Mac ads and embrace and extend their message to suit itself, Microsoft apparently forgot to actually watch Apple’s clips. User Sigma902 remixed the two for comical effect (well, probably not so funny to Microsoft after it spent $300 million brainstorming it all), but his post managed to get waylaid in my spam filter. So here it is in full glory.

Microsoft $300 Million Ads
Microsoft’s Mojave Attempts to Wet Vista’s Desert
Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment Exposes Serious Vista Problems
Paul Thurrott calls Apple “the Bad Guys” of Microsoft’s $300 Million Ads
Gates, Seinfeld and the $300 Million Ad to Nowhere
Microsoft’s $300 million ad campaign tumbles with new PC ads
Microsoft’s “Windows vs Walls” Ad Tries to Think Different, Fails
Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” Millions Actually Promoting the Mac
Microsoft’s ‘I’m a PC’ Campaign Keeps Getting Stranger (With Videos
I’m a PC too… touché
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September 22, 2008   17 Comments

Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” Millions Actually Promoting the Mac

September 21, 2008   48 Comments

Microsoft’s “Windows vs Walls” Ad Tries to Think Different, Fails

September 20, 2008   24 Comments

Microsoft’s ‘I’m a PC’ Ads Created On Macs

September 19, 2008   136 Comments

The iPhone Monopoly Myth

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Daniel Eran Dilger
After initially dismissing the notion that Apple could ever break its way past entrenched rivals and make any significant impact on the smartphone industry, tech pundits are now aghast that Apple is running its business the way its executives see fit. Critics charge that the iPhone and its mobile software store amount to a monopoly and a restriction of free trade. They’re wrong, here’s why.

Apple and the New Software Market
How Apple Is Changing the PC Software World… Back
iPhone Apps Store Growing Twice as Fast as iTunes Music
The Other iPhone Apps Store
SDK 3.3.3: The iPhone Podcaster Surprise Myth
Banned iPhone Apps and the John Gruber Podcaster Defense
The iPhone Monopoly Myth
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September 18, 2008   19 Comments

SDK 3.3.3: The iPhone Podcaster Surprise Myth

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Daniel Eran Dilger
According to a growing swell of supposedly outraged developers, the creator of the Podcaster app had no warning that Apple might restrict the app from the iPhone App Store because there are no clear guidelines about what apps might be rejected or why. They’re wrong, here’s why.

Apple and the New Software Market
How Apple Is Changing the PC Software World… Back
iPhone Apps Store Growing Twice as Fast as iTunes Music
The Other iPhone Apps Store
SDK 3.3.3: The iPhone Podcaster Surprise Myth
Banned iPhone Apps and the John Gruber Podcaster Defense
The iPhone Monopoly Myth
[Read more →]

September 15, 2008   53 Comments

Ten Striking Parallels Between Microsoft and John McCain

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Daniel Eran Dilger
While Microsoft and the John McCain presidential campaign might not share many political views, there are striking similarities on how both advertise and promote their respective products. Here’s ten parallels between the two that demand attention.
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September 15, 2008   109 Comments

Gates, Seinfeld and the $300 Million Ad to Nowhere.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Paul Thurrott celebrated Microsoft’s new $300 million ad campaign as a promising new attempt to stop “the bad guys” at Apple from further eroding Microsoft’s monopoly grip on the desktop PC market. The problem is that the new ads don’t accomplish what they set out to do. Here’s why.

[Artwork contributed by Alf of faq-mac.com]

Microsoft $300 Million Ads
Microsoft’s Mojave Attempts to Wet Vista’s Desert
Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment Exposes Serious Vista Problems
Paul Thurrott calls Apple “the Bad Guys” of Microsoft’s $300 Million Ads
Gates, Seinfeld and the $300 Million Ad to Nowhere
Microsoft’s $300 million ad campaign tumbles with new PC ads
Microsoft’s “Windows vs Walls” Ad Tries to Think Different, Fails
Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” Millions Actually Promoting the Mac
[Read more →]

September 9, 2008   40 Comments

Wired’s Leander Kahney Attacks Steve Jobs, Again

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Daniel Eran Dilger
An author who has devoted his career to deriding Steve Jobs’ Apple as being “irredeemably evil” and portraying its users as a “cult” has scribbled up a new missive for Wired that attempts to hijack the company’s upcoming iPod event and replace any discussion of new technology with a tasteless personal attack of the company’s CEO.
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September 8, 2008   15 Comments

Paul Thurrott calls Apple “the Bad Guys” of Microsoft’s $300 Million Ads

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Daniel Eran Dilger
While praising Microsoft’s new $300 million ad campaign, Paul Thurrott, a Windows Enthusiast who regularly complains about any criticism of Microsoft’s questionable business practices and its shoddy product quality and who portrays himself as an unbiased user of Apple products to court the favor of his readers, has called Apple “the bad guys” in exposing Vista’s flaws.

Microsoft $300 Million Ads
Microsoft’s Mojave Attempts to Wet Vista’s Desert
Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment Exposes Serious Vista Problems
Paul Thurrott calls Apple “the Bad Guys” of Microsoft’s $300 Million Ads
Gates, Seinfeld and the $300 Million Ad to Nowhere
Microsoft’s $300 million ad campaign tumbles with new PC ads
Microsoft’s “Windows vs Walls” Ad Tries to Think Different, Fails
Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” Millions Actually Promoting the Mac
[Read more →]

September 8, 2008   94 Comments

Why Google’s GMail SSL Doesn’t Really Protect Users From Spoofing

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Pundits have insisted that SSL email in MobileMe would prevent users from being hijacked to a different domain by elite hackers. However, both Gmail and MobileMe have presented enough spurious Vista UAC-like certificate warnings to users (not to mention other web sites and plugins) that nobody pays any attention anymore. Users will simply click it and forget it, turning Google’s SSL Gmail feature into a false sense of security.
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September 5, 2008   25 Comments