XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Amazon Kills DRM And Puts iTunes On Notice
Digital rights management, otherwise known as DRM, died today, at least as far as music is concerned. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who deserves credit for calling for the elimination of DRM earlier this year, may come to regret that the competition has taken his advice to heart.
Laptops for Kids, Not for Biz
Would you be interested in a rugged laptop that comes with a camera, built-in wireless, flash memory, an open source operating system from Red Hat, a web browser, a word processor, and more, all for about $200?
New Order For Cellphone Charger Chaos?
If your company supports multiple models of cellphones and smartphones, you probably have to support an equal number of chargers. But the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) promises an end to that annoying expense.
Apple And HP Support: Head To Head
Readers of our blog are mostly getting high-quality service from Apple's Genius Bar. That's more than I can say after three trips to my local Apple store, but our contrasting views raise an important question for computer and consumer products: Is support from the likes of HP -- the world's top PC vendor -- superior to Apple's? Or is the opposite true?
Apple's Genius Bar Is Cool, But Not Consumer Friendly
Proponents say the "Genius Bar" is just another example of Apple's superiority -- you go to a hip store to get hands-on support from smart, cool people who fix your problems on the spot. I say the Genius Bar is inefficient and unfriendly to the customer. Read about my travails in obtaining iPod support and see if you don't agree.
Yo' Right Clickas: Here Come MacBook Flippas
Thirty years ago, rap music was considered little more than a fad. "Ignore it and it will go away," was the mainstream music industry's stance. A few years later, Apple Computer made a splash with its Mac Classic computer.
Three To-Do Lists For Building An Innovative IT Department
Big-business IT departments have their eyes on the ground, focused on day-to-day issues of keeping the business running. That leaves CIOs locked out of the room when CEOs are deciding the direction of the company. To get a seat at the table, CIOs and IT managers need to transform their organizations to focus on innovation. Management consultant Ram Charan described what IT managers need to do to make the change.
Why Business Won't Buy Apple
Its users are zealots. Its technical sophistication, ease of use, and level of innovation have long put it ahead of other computer makers and, now, it's arguably out-innovating the smartphone market. Yet more than half of businesses have no plans to buy Apple's computers and more than 70% have no plans to buy iPhones.
Apple Issues $100 iPhone Credit With Restricting Conditions
iPhone customers like myself have been waiting for details on how to receive the $100 credit we're entitled to. Apple finally released those details today and while I can't complain (since nobody forced me to buy the iPhone back in June), Apple's tactics are disappointing.
The Newb's Guide To Apple
As I wrote our Apple buyers' guide, I was directed by a single question: What do I wish I'd known when I bought my first Mac, back in February? Since then, I've had an intense self-guided study in Apple products and services. Alas, I can't put all that knowledge in a time machine and send it back to myself. But I can pass it on to you.
Steve Jobs' Other Mistake
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' decision to offer a $100 refund to early iPhone adopters following last week's $200 iPhone price reduction is a good start. But it's not enough.
Jobs also needs to re-think whether his company wants to serve consumers or shackle them.
iPhoneSIMfree Is Now Available For Purchase
Looks like you can now begin unlocking iPhones at your earliest convenience. Engadget claims that iPhoneSIMfree's software is now available for purchase online from four online retailers.
The Honeymoon Is Over For iPhone Early Adopters
Apple's new iPod Touch is the most interesting element of a meaty product and service announcement from Apple Wednesday. The Touch has got the advanced music and video-playing capabilities of the iPhone, without the phone and EDGE bits. It's for people who want an iPhone but are happy with their existing cell phone.
Notebooks Are About To Get Better
If your small or midsize company is about to buy a bunch of new notebook computers, you might want to hold off a bit. According to InformationWeek, next year should bring an noticable increase in technology innovation leading to better, cheaper, faster, more-useful laptops.