Friday, September 25th, 2009

Apple Lisa Demo

September 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, workplace

Apple Lisa Demo

Back in 1984, the world moved at a much slower pace. So when Adi Blasi demoed the Apple Lisa, Apple’s first GUI-driven computer, the show host never complained of long load times and unresponsive interface delays. In fact, she stayed quiet most of the time, expressing amazement when Adi dragged to select a block of text and changed its font.
Life was a lot simpler back then, and Adi found himself explaining what this mouse thing was all about, how the cursor changed its appearance to provide context over different parts of the interface, and what a technological advance running 16 …read more

“External Force” Caused Exploding iPhones, Says Apple

August 31, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

“External Force” Caused Exploding iPhones, Says Apple

Under fire for covering up incidents of exploding iPhones and iPods, Apple asserts these were caused by “external forces”.

In a statement to the AFP, Apple says ” To date, there are no confirmed battery overheating incidents for iPhone 3GS and the number of reports we are investigating is in the single digits… The iPhones with broken glass that we have analysed to date show that in all cases the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone.”
In non-marketese layman-friendly terms, Apple is characterizing these incidents as isolated, most likely caused by user carelessness. What’s interesting …read more

Down With the Walled Garden Apple!

Down With the Walled Garden Apple!

Update: Whoops, correction time! Got this in my inbox a few hours after this post was published:

As stated in your article, Kevin Duerr is not “the leader of the team behind the high-profile Google Voice iPhone app.” His company, Riverturn, developed a Google Voice-related app for the iPhone called, VoiceCentral. The VoiceCentral app was accepted, then removed from the App Store. Can you please make this correction? Thanks.
The original post with corrections is below. Apologies to Kevin Duerr.
Apple-bashing seems to be en vogue nowadays. Both Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis and Kevin Duerr, leader of the …read more

So What do You Think of Apple’s Attempts to Cover Up Exploding iPods and iPhones?

August 21, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Portable Audio

So What do You Think of Apple’s Attempts to Cover Up Exploding iPods and iPhones?

To be fair, it’s Apple’s status that are causing people to pay attention, when they hear stories about iPods and iPhones exploding and injuring their owners. But the company’s stance of offering refunds in exchange of keeping quiet also merits notice.
At first glance, Apple is protecting its bottom line—which any publicly-listed company has a legal an obligation to do, given it’s responsibility to shareholders to increase share value and dividends. What I personally find disturbing about reports requiring silence in exchange for refunds is that the company wants to be held unaccountable for obvious design faults with its products. Something …read more

Apple Blocks Google Voice App

July 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, software

Apple Blocks Google Voice App

Yesterday, Apple blocked Google’s official Google Voice application from the App Store. And this after Apple’s Phil Schiller, the Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, gave his personal approval.
In retrospect, you just had to see it coming. The Google Voice iPhone app basically allowed free texts and much cheaper calls. That meant more money for carriers from data plans, but less profit from their traditional voice and SMS services.
It’s easy to point fingers at partner AT&T, as they’re the carrier with the most to lose if iPhone owners figure out how to send texts and do calls without adding to …read more

Apple Tablet: True or False?

July 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Rumors

Apple Tablet: True or False?

Everyone’s buzzing over the rumor—started by the Financial Times—that Apple’s rushing to release a tablet by September, in time for the Christmas season. And 9to5Mac was kind enough to quote the registered-user-only article generously:
The talks come as Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution. The device could be launched alongside the new content deals, including those aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music, according to people briefed on the project…
Apple is working with EMI, SonyMusic, Warner Music and …read more

Linux Laptops Rank Well in Amazon Bestseller List (in Germany)

July 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

Linux Laptops Rank Well in Amazon Bestseller List (in Germany)

So don’t start squeeing yet, Linux lovers: a list on Amazon Germany (amazon.de) is hardly a sign of widespread adoption of the “alternative” OS, especially since the German market isn’t visible for the US-centric English-writing tech media.

It’s still worth scoping out both stellar performers. The 400 euro (around $568) ASUS X5DIJ-SX018L (second) features a 250GB hard disk, 2GB of RAM, a 2GHz Pentium Dual-Core CPU, and a 15.6″ screen. The 300 euro ($426) Acer 5235-571G16N (fourth) holds its own with a Celeron M575, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 15.4″ display.
Both laptops use the Intel GMA …read more

Palm Pre iTunes Sync Makes a Comeback With WebOS Update 1.1

July 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Palm Pre iTunes Sync Makes a Comeback With WebOS Update 1.1

Yes, that last iTunes update disabled syncing with the Palm Pre. But look! Palm is fighting back, integrating a fix for Apple’s fix in its WebOS 1.1. The money quote: “Resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (8.2.1).”
o, are we seeing the start of a compatibility arms-race, with Apple disabling Pre + iTunes sync with the next update, and Palm restoring it with update 1.2? In any case, the 87MB update—which the Pre downloads over the air automatically upon user confirmation—isn’t just about breaking Apple’s exclusivity-oriented ways. A complete list of the changes follows. …read more

Man Accused of Stealing iPhone Prototype Commits Suicide

July 22, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under news

Man Accused of Stealing iPhone Prototype Commits Suicide

A Chinese worker suspected of stealing a prototype iPhone committed suicide last week when he jumped off a 12-floor building. The former classmates of 25-yeer-old Sun Danyong allege that Sun was driven over the edge by the security team of his employers. The team allegedly searched his house, beat him, and locked him in a room.
Whatever really happened, you can expect some noise. Sun’s employer, Foxconn, has a long-time business relationship with (who else?) Apple. The company’s also known among geeks as the iPhone manufacturer. Sun Dayong was responsible for delivering 16 iPhone prototypes to Apple’s campus in Cupertino.
Last …read more

No Surprise: Apple Disables Pre-iTunes Sync

July 16, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Portable Audio

No Surprise: Apple Disables Pre-iTunes Sync

When the Palm Pre debuted, many made noise over its ability to sync with iTunes. The talk mainly centered on how Palm figured this out, and what actions Apple would take.

So it comes as no surprise that the latest iTunes update basically “disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre.” Palm’s reaction to this isn’t clear yet, but here are some possibilities:
Palm Sues Apple. Given Apple’s dominance of the portable music industry, could Palm’s lawyers argue that Apple is being anti-competitive?
Someone hacks iTunes to restore Pre compatibility. Or simply comes out with a program that fools any …read more

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