Archive | February, 2009

AppleInsider calls out Brian Chen, and rightfully so

28. February 2009

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A recent article from Brian Chen about why the Japanese hate the iPhone has been making the rounds on the web over the past few days.  The only problem, though, is that the article is largely based on either taken out of context or outdated quotes about the iPhone from Japanese tech journalist Nobi Hayashi.  [...]

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Cute or Annoying?

28. February 2009

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Check out this video of this new iPhone app called ‘iClean’, which basically consists of dogs who virtually lick your iPhone screen. So, whadya think?  Cute or annoying?  My vote is for annoying.  The sound gets old real quick, and I think it’d be better if the dogs were eliminating virtual dirt from the screen [...]

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Oh how the eMac has fallen!

28. February 2009

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In 2002, I bought a 800 Mhz eMac with 128MB of RAM for $1000.  Today you can get a higher spec eMac on Ebay for $100.  Of course, this type of story probably applies to any computer bought more than 5 years ago, but it’s always different when you see one of your own up [...]

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“The Adam Carolla Podcast” jumps to #1 spot on iTunes in 1 day

27. February 2009

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The power of the podcast. Last week, Adam Carolla’s popular radio show was abruptly cancelled when station KLSX in California decided to completely switch formats and switch from an FM talk station to top 40. For those not familiar with Adam Carolla, he co-hosted “The Man Show” on Comedy Central for a number of years, [...]

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Blu-Ray licensing gets easier, will Apple be tempted?

27. February 2009

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Sony, Philips, and Panasonic announced on Thursday that companies wishing to manufacture Blu-ray devices will now only need to attain a single license in order to do so. That’s a pretty big deal considering that 18 separate companies currently hold Blu-ray patents. This new licensing arrangement will undoubtedly speed up the licensing process, and more [...]

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O2 reports strong quarter, boosted by impressive iPhone sales

26. February 2009

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Largely due to the success of its exclusive iPhone deal with Apple, UK mobile operator O2 bucked the economic downturn and reported impressive financial results in its last fiscal quarter.  Specifically, iPhone sales in Britain were up 10.4% this past quarter compared to the same quarter a year-ago. Overall, O2 has sold over 1 million [...]

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“Apple Removes Old Non-Customer Reviews from App Store”

26. February 2009

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MacRumors reports that Apple has wisely removed all old non-customer reviews from the App Store.  Initially, the app store was plagued with app reviews from customers who quite obviously had never even used, or let alone purchased, the application they were reviewing.  This became somewhat of a nuisance as it’s hard to ascertain the quality [...]

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Blackberry ad takes a shot at Apple.. literally

26. February 2009

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Check out this un-aired ad for the BlackBerry Storm. According to MacDailyNews, the video wasn’t considered by RIM, but was rather created as a “spec spot that’s meant to drum up business for the agency or production house that created it, in this case, GUAVA.” Pretty cool commercial in our opinion.  What do you guys [...]

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Apple Stat of the Day

26. February 2009

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Last quarter, nearly 72% of all Macs sold were laptops.

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Barely Thursday Morning Link Roundup

26. February 2009

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GameLoft talks iPhone gaming – ArsTechnica Hacking contest offers $10,000 for iPhone exploit – The Register Apple planning OS X Leopard 10.5.7 update – AppleInsider AIM for iPhone gets paid version, SMS alerts, location awareness – ArsTechnica strikes again!

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‘Doom’ and ‘Quake’ creator discusses iPhone development

26. February 2009

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John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, said in a recent interview with MTV that id has a lot of things cooking on the iPhone development front.  Specifically, Carmack mentioned that id will be releasing an iPhone version of their popular Wolfenstein series in about a month, though he noted that the game wasn’t designed for [...]

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Steve Jobs still planning on June return, says Apple director at shareholder meeting

25. February 2009

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Apple today held its annual shareholder meeting, and for the first time since he returned to the company in 1997, Steve Jobs wasn’t in attendance.  This, of course, isn’t too noteworthy considering that Jobs is on a voluntary medical leave for the next few months.  Predictably, however, one investor at the meeting decided to bring up [...]

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