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Google’s Android Market Guarantees Problems for Users

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Daniel Eran Dilger
It’s great news that Google is planning to deliver a market for mobile software with its own centralized “Android Market.” It should give Apple’s iPhone Apps Store competitive pressure to continue to innovate, and provide a safety net for smartphone users if Apple fails to deliver progress fast enough. If Apple and Google both fail, users will be stuck with the failed third party software models related to Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Nokia’s Symbian. Those high stakes make it all the more disappointing to find that the Android Market fails to answer the tough issues correctly.

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August 29, 2008   34 Comments

Why Apple Plays God with the iPhone SDK

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Daniel Eran Dilger
AppleInsider’s article “Developers question why Apple keeps its iPhone 2.0 SDK under NDA” presented several reasons why developers are frustrated with Apple’s tight control over the iPhone platform. Another facet behind Apple wanting to maintain a centralized position of control over iPhone development, where developers are bound by NDA to interface only with Apple but not each other, is to head off tangent hacks that might complicate Apple’s ability to lead its platform in the direction it wants.
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August 28, 2008   16 Comments

Report: Mac adoption expanding in the enterprise

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Despite the lack of any clear and obvious enterprise strategy at Apple, analyst Benjamin Gray of Forrester Research reported an incremental gain in enterprise Mac use among the 2,500 organizations the company tracks, representing 50,000 end users.

Report: Mac adoption expanding in the enterprise
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August 25, 2008   3 Comments

What’s Next from Apple: New iPods Sept 22, iPhone OS 2.1, iTunes 8.0

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Kevin Rose has been trying his hand at making broad sweeping generalizations about the next generation of iPods, but sorry, no digg. Most of his predictions are not even original, and those that are are so vague that they’re really just worthless. Here’s what you can really expect.

Articles in this Series:
What’s Next from Apple: New iPods Sept 22, iPhone OS 2.1, iTunes 8.0
Two Decades of Portable Macs: 1989 – 2009
The iPod Power Behind Apple’s Big Mac Push
A Product Transition: Giving MacBooks the iPhone Touch
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August 24, 2008   54 Comments

Is Apple’s MobileMe Secure?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
A recent article presenting how MobileMe works was been roundly criticized by at least three different bloggers. While the original article did not primarily address MobileMe security, the statements made about MobileMe’s security do warrant some additional detail and clarification. In contrast, much of the criticism was wildly overstated to the point of actually misinforming users about the actual state of MobileMe and email security. Here’s a look at what’s involved.

Inside MobileMe: Web 3 and Web Client-Server apps
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August 22, 2008   20 Comments

Will Windows Mobile Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Today’s broad array of smartphone operating system contenders are offering lots of potential answers to a problem that only requires one. It appears the market has two options ahead: either pool generic hardware makers behind a single operating system and deliver a smartphone marketplace that resembles the Windows PC market, or watch them fall to a dominant leader and have a smartphone market that resembles Apple’s iPod ecosystem.

This decision isn’t going to be made by a class of intellectual elite, or by government mandate. it’s going to be made by the market itself. Here are the factors that will influence the outcome, either marginalizing Apple’s iPhone into a niche as the company has twice experienced previously at the hands of DOS in 1981 and Windows in 1991, or positioning it as the dominant leader as Apple has achieved for itself with the iPod since 2001.

The second segment in this series looks at Microsoft’s Windows Mobile’s attempts to “DOS-attack” Apple’s iPhone. Subsequent segments look at Google’s Android and Nokia’s newly opened Symbian and other mobile contenders challenging the iPhone.

Will the iPhone Meet its Match from a Modern Day DOS?
Will Windows Mobile Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Google’s Android Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
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August 20, 2008   33 Comments

Apple gives another 60-day free extension for MobileMe

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple has offered an additional two month free extension for all MobileMe subscribers with active accounts as of August 19, 2008, on top of the original 30-day extension granted a month ago, shortly after the MobileMe launch.

Apple gives another 60-day free extension for MobileMe
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August 18, 2008   1 Comment

Inside the iPhone 3G dropped call complaints

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Experts and analysts of all stripes are trying to explain what’s wrong with the iPhone 3G, but their answers are frequently supported by bad science, outlandish claims, and pure speculation. Here’s what’s wrong in the reports, and why a simple firmware update is likely to solve the current issues.

Inside the iPhone 3G dropped call complaints
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August 18, 2008   2 Comments

Verizon V Cast Music with Rhapsody: We LG Dare You To Hate It!

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Quick, what’s wrong with this ad for Verizon Wireless’ Rhapsody music subscription service? Well first off, subscription music is already unpopular enough without promoting it as a service with “a lot of song you’ll hate, but you can dig through to find others you wont.” Oh, but there’s much more wrong with “America’s Most Entertaining Network.”
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August 15, 2008   17 Comments

Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment Exposes Serious Vista Problems

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In its enthusiastic efforts to sweep Vista’s problems under the rug using theatrical demonstrations on trick props, the Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment also unintentionally exposes some other embarrassments and technical deficiencies related to the “new” operating system now nearly halfway through its expected lifespan.

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
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August 15, 2008   41 Comments

Microsoft’s Mojave Attempts to Wet Vista’s Desert

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Nearly two years after Windows Vista was finally released, Microsoft has remained unable to shake off its reputation as being slow, incompatible with existing hardware and software, and generally a poor and overpriced product that nobody wants. Microsoft is now trying to reverse Vista’s bad reputation by insisting that the software’s problems are not technical but rather just the fault of ignorant customers duped in part by Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign. What’s Vista’s real problems, and will Microsoft’s “Mojave Experiment” help solve them?

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
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August 14, 2008   51 Comments

Jean-Louis Gassée Returns from Obscurity… to Talk About MobileMe

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Daniel Eran Dilger
MobileMe has attracted more vulture critics than Apple TV, the last product Apple launched without immediately earning billions of dollars from it. Joining the frothing dogpile of critics who can’t get in enough edgewise on the bumpy rollout of MobileMe is none other than Jean-Louis Gassée. Who? Oh yes, him.
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August 13, 2008   39 Comments

Microsoft’s Zune, Vista, and Windows Mobile 7 Strategy vs the iPhone

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Daniel Eran Dilger
What secret partner has Microsoft discovered to bail water from the deck of Zune and its Zune Marketplace music store in a last ditch attempt to take on Apple’s iTunes, the iPod, and iPhone? Microsoft’s own Windows Mobile, of course, with some help from Windows Vista!
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August 12, 2008   44 Comments

Will Nokia Rescue Microsoft’s Zune? Haha No.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Windows enthusiast blogs are atwitter with the news that mobile giant Nokia is considering a partnership with Microsoft to install the Zune Marketplace software on its phones, a move they hope will pull Microsoft’s MP3 player out of its doldrums and make it a contender that can rival the iPod. There’s a few bricks missing from this load however.
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August 9, 2008   42 Comments

Inside iPhone 2.0: MobileMe Push Messaging

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Here’s a look at how Apple transformed its .Mac service into MobileMe and why the launch failed so spectacularly. In a followup segment, we’ll dive deeper into how MobileMe works, how it compares to competing services, how the service delivers push messaging to the iPhone 2.0 software, and whether it’s worth the annual subscription price.

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Hardware
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone 3G vs. other smartphones
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Software
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone OS vs. other mobile platforms
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone App Store

Inside iPhone 2.0: MobileMe Push Messaging
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August 7, 2008   No Comments