Letting Crazy People Set Intellectual-Property Policy
Three stories in the news this week demonstrate that intellectual-property policy is set by crazy people. NBC is threatening to dump iTunes unless Apple violates the laws of nature. An organization of science fiction writers is sending willy-nilly takedown notices for property it doesn't control. And Viacom pirated a YouTube video, and then sent down a takedown notice against the video's real author.
Google To Follow Apple into the Cell Phone Market?
By Paul Korzeniowski
Cell phones seem to be primary currency in todayï¿¼s high tech market. Now that the Apple iPhone buzz is dying down, reports
are that Google, is about to become the next industry heavyweight to jump into the market. These vendors seem to think that cell phones are a good way to connect with the young, hip buyers who dictate which products are cool and which are passï¿¼
Reports: Apple Announcing iPods Sept. 5, Mockup Photos Available
Looks like Apple is launching a new line of iPods next Wednesday, and bloggers are posting speculative mockup photos. They include a square nano -- nicknamed the "phatty" -- and another one that looks a lot like an iPhone. Read on for links to the photos, and more discussion of the announcement.
Coming to Your Cell Phone: Ink-free Printing
Remember the tantalizing promise of the paperless office? I'll believe it when I take delivery of the personal jetpack I've been waiting for since childhood*. But the idea of an inkless printer is almost as close as my next mobile phone.
Did Apple Hurt Its Loyal Customers? Or Bravely Resist Software Bloat?
Computer users complain continuously about software bloat, so you'd think we'd applaud a vendor's efforts to simplify and slim down a popular application. That's what Apple did with iMovie '08 -- but it's got some of Apple's most loyal users squawking that Apple turned a once-powerful application into crippleware.
Mobile Control For Small Fleets
Lots of smaller companies have trucks, too.
That's where Alltel's new FieldMasterPro service comes in. Designed for Windows Mobile smartphones, the subscription-based service helps smaller companies better manage their field service organizations.
Reports: Apple To Unveil New iPods In September, Including 'Fatboy Nano'
Apple plans in September to launch up to four new iPods, including a full-screen video model and one nicknamed the "Fatboy Nano," according to reports on Apple Web magazines and blogs. The new hardware will include upgrades to the video iPod. Most or all of the products will use NAND flash for storage, and be based on Mac OS X.
It's IT's Job ï¿¼ Not Mine
The employees in your company are all over the place, on the road, working in coffee shops, from home, in the airport, at a client's site ï¿¼ you name it. But you, Mr. IT manager, don't have to worry. They know what they're doing, right? They listen to you when you tell them how to be careful and how to keep their machines and devices secure and virus-free, correct?
And guess what? It's all your fault.
The 300-Page Massive iPhone Bill
If you haven't already seen it, check out this video of the massive, 300-page iPhone bill. Pittsburgh-area blogger Justine Ezarik received her first iPhone bill in a box. It seems AT&T listed all the items called "Data Transfer" individually on the bill. Even though most of these items weren't charged, it added up to a whopper of a bill delivered in a box. That's customer service. Ezarik isn't the only person to report issues with her iPho
Video: Steve Jobs Demoes The Macintosh In 1984
This clunky-looking little Macintosh is a recognizable ancestor to the more sophisticated machines today. It's simple, versatile, and playful. I'm impressed by how Apple's central philosophy hasn't changed in 23 years. They build machines that work, and are fun to use.
Was Journalist A Jerk For Asking Apple About 'Intel Inside'?
You can tell it's August because people are finding the weirdest issues to get worked up about. For example, Apple fans are getting their knickers in a twist about whether a journalist was out of line in asking Steve Jobs about why Apple didn't participate in the "Intel Inside" marketing campaign.
Imagine John Lennon On iTunes
It's easy if you try... Now Lennon and Beatles fans can wake up from their Number 9 Dream and sing out in unison: "All we are saying... is do you take checks or cash?"
Get Skype On Your iPhone
Do you want Skype on your iPhone? Well, you're in luck. Shape Services has launched a version of Skype for the iPhone, no hacking required.
Why No 'Intel Inside' Stickers On Macs?
It seemed like a stupid question -- one which deservedly got a heaping helping of ridicule from Mac bloggers: Why doesn't Apple participate in the "Intel Inside" marketing program, earning the company big wads of cash just for putting a tiny little sticker on Macs?
Apple Kicks Microsoft Where It Hurts
Apple's announcement this week of new iMacs, software, and services strikes at the Windows platform's core strengths. The new generation of iMacs, priced starting at $1,199, compete on price/performance with midrange PCs. And Apple rounded out its iWork suite with the Numbers spreadsheet software and other capabilities, making it a head-to-head competitor with Microsoft Office.
iPhone Hacked To Run Nintendo Games -- And More
The iPhone is officially a "closed" architecture, meaning only Apple, and people with Apple's blessing, can write applications for it. In reality, the platform is anything but closed, as industrious hackers have dug into its software guts and figured out how to run applications, , including Nintendo games, on it.
Is the iPhone mighty for smaller companies?
Is the iPhone a legitimate business tool, or just the cool toy of the moment: the grown-up equivalent of Tickle-me-Elmo?
I've played around with one a bit, and I'm still not sure. It's not as good at handling email as the pathetically uncool Blackberry 8700 that bMighty.com has deigned to equip me with. And making a phone call is wayyyy too complicated.
But the thing is undeniably beautiful, and it's by far the best portable Web experience I've seen, at least when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
New iMacs, .Mac Upgrade Rumored For Tuesday
What's Apple got up its sleeve for its Tuesday announcement? Apple blogs say the company plans to unveil sleeker iMacs and possibly an upgrade to the .Mac service, and that Apple plans a new flash-based video iPod next month.
Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
One intrepid iPhone fan has posted a guide to unlocking the iPhone. Engadget claims to have spotted a process that, frankly, looks really long and more than a little scary. Does it actually work?
3 Tips For Getting More From Your Mac
Learn how to fix the mouse problem you didn't even know you had, find out which applications are hogging your processor cycles, and replace the Finder with an ultra-powerful alternative.
3 Free Tools For Getting Things Done Faster On The Mac
These three utilities will make you more productive on the Mac. And the price is right - they're free. Namely is a simple application launcher that works from the keyboard, Document Palette makes it easer to create documents, and Visor puts the terminal window a hotkey away.
KISS Me, I'm Connected
I keep hearing Cisco marketing jabber about "the connected life". What is this connected life of which they speak? Does anyone really know? Is it an electrical outlet in every room? Cocktail parties in the Hamptons? A reference to people with webbed toes?