GPLv.3: 'A Great Improvement'
After an unprecedented drafting process, users can modify the free software on their personal and household devices and extend compatibility with other free software licenses.
AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.
Should The iPhone Make Telcos Tremble In Fear?
The iPhone is a stylish gadget, but it kowtows to the established telecom industry, Slate Magazine argues. But Slate dangles an intriguing possibility as an afterthought: Is the iPhone a Trojan horse?
Getting My Hands On An iPhone -- I Hope
What are you doing this weekend? As I write this, it's Friday morning, and I'm hoping I'll be working this weekend, posting image galleries and writing reviews of the iPhone. Of course, to do that, I need to get my hands on an iPhone.
Ajax Tools May Power Web Apps For iPhone
The developer blogger community is speculating that a handful of Ajax tools may emerge as the only entry for third parties to the iPhone, via the Safari browser window.
Making Work More Like EVE Online
IBM ponders how enterprises can be rewired to be more like games, particularly massively multiplayer online games like fantasy-themed World of Warcraft.
The Only Thing That Matters About The iPhone
Yes, there's a lot of hype about the iPhone. Yes, it's a very expensive piece of equipment. But neither of those things really matter. The only thing that really matters is: How good is it?
MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson.
Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $
InformationWeek Gets Voice In Second Life -- Sort Of
Recently, I checked on an obscure corner of my vast Second Life real-estate empire, and by gosh, voice is working there. I was excited -- I've been impatient to start incorporating voice into my regular Second Life usage.
A Preview Of This Summer's Tech Toys
Perhaps it was because the humidity was so high in New York that it felt like I was swimming through Manhattan's streets, or perhaps it was because my thoughts were drifting longingly to summer vacations by the beach, or perhaps because my cell phone recently took a disastrous dip in the Atlantic Ocean -- but I couldn't help noticing a trend toward water-resistant technology at the Digital Experience press event last night.
Samsung Unveils Mobile TV Chipset
Multistandard support means handset users will be able to choose which broadcasting services they want to use without changing their mobile application.
PacificNet To Sell TiVo In China
TiVo products and services would be distributed in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other major cities through PacificNet's subsidiary iMobile.
LinkedIn's Plan To Open Platform Is But A Step
Business social networking site LinkedIn is going to be following in the footsteps of Facebook by opening up APIs over the next several months. Facebook's move has bolstered already skyrocketing membership and led to a ton of new applications. But what does this big step mean for LinkedIn and for social networking in business? Just like everything else in the Enterprise 2.0 world, business social networks won't get used unless they can do something better than e-mail and other apps.
How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is a mighty paradox. On the one hand, it's more robust and feature-rich than any of its predecessors. For the most part, it's also more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' Heel, which'll enable you to crash the OS in under 10 seconds.
iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?
Friday is almost upon us and there seems to be no way to avoid the absurd iPhone hype. Just this morning I received a pitch from VeriSign's PR agency, Weber Shandwick, that posed the question, "Will the iPhone crash the Internet?" (No, apparently. The question was just to get me to read the pitch.)
Resistance, it seems, it futile. So in the spirit of Stephen Colbert's Formidable Opponent segment, it's time to debate myself about the pros and cons of buying an iPhone. Feel free to join in.
iPhone To Cost $2,000 To $6,000 Over Two Years
Wired has the breakdown: The 8-Gbyte iPhone for $599, plus $36 activation fee, plus $220 a month for the highest-priced, highest-usage plan. The 4-Gbyte iPhone with the basic plan, at $60 a month, adds up to about $2,000 over two years.
C'Mon, Apple, Give Us Mac Users Some Love
With iPhone hype building to a frenzy, Mac users are feeling neglected and unloved. I can't remember Apple's last interesting Mac announcement. Instead, Apple's been giving its love to the mobile phone crowd, and even Windows users.
EarthLink Names New CEO
Rolla P. Huff has been named president and CEO of the Internet service provider, on the heels of a $30 million first-quarter loss.
Lawrence Lessig Takes On An Even Bigger Problem
Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig has for a decade worked in the area of that great oxymoron, "intellectual property," but last week he announced that he will no longer focus on IP issues. He isn't leaving "the movement," he wrote in his blog, ". . . but I have come to believe that until a more fundamental problem is fixed, 'the movement' can't succeed either." The problem? The corruption of the political
Is Silence Golden?
Since a bunch of badly disguised radicals trespassed on a merchant ship and tossed some of its cargo into the waters of Boston Harbor, people have come up with imaginative ways to protest laws that they see as unfair, unjustified, or wrong.... OK, that's a pretty hokey opening. I apologize. But it was the best way I could think of to introduce the topic of the "Day of Silence" that is being held today by a group of U.S.-based Webcasters.