Tuesday, December 23, 2003
If He's So Smart... Steve Jobs, Apple, And The Limits Of Innovation
The battle over digital music is just another verse in Apple's sad song: This astonishingly imaginative company keeps getting muscled out of markets it creates. So what does Apple have to tell us about innovation?
Apple To Continue Retail Expansion
With its retail stores showing sharp sales increases and contributing to the company's top-line growth, Apple Computer Inc. plans to continue its retail expansion push, the company said in regulatory filings.
Old School, New Tricks
Students at Brooklyn's Packer school are field testing the wireless future. And you thought high school was tough.
Attorneys Considering iPod Class Action Lawsuit
Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP, a San Francisco, California-based law firm, is "investigating a potential class action against Apple Computer, Inc. on behalf of iPod owners whose batteries have died or lost their ability to hold their charge."
Apple Considering 20th Anniversary Superbowl Ad?
Last month's print version of Advertising Age reported that Apple was in talks with their Advertising agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day, about developing a 20th Anniversary Superbowl Advertisement "that would be reminiscent of "1984".
Apple Sold 1.79 iPods Per Minute In 2003
Apple said it sold 939,000 iPods for US$345 million in net sales this past year.
Elves' Shelves iPod-Bare
UK resellers are struggling to meet demand for iPods — despite having stocked-up on Apple's smash-hit MP3 player.
Steve Jobs has already gone on the record saying that the G5 computer will contain PowerPC chips that run at 3 GHz by the summer of 2004. A mid-step between the current systems, which top out with two chips running at 2 Ghz, and systems with chips as fast as 2.6 GHz would be a logical move come January.
NetNewsWire, NetNewsWire Lite Updated To V1.0.7
This release adds a new widescreen view, support for favicons and feed URLs, boosts performance, and fixes several bugs.
AliBook Shines In Military Presentation
It was nice to see Apple finally on or perhaps more like above the playing field of all the others.
How Not To Write An OS X Installer
One of the most powerful features of OS X's Unix underpinnings is the ability of a single computer to host multiple users. Unfortunately, this strong point of OS X is rendered into an annoyance by many software developers who are either too lazy to write a proper installer or ignorant of how to do so.
A Flawed Permise
It amazes me that FileVault was setup in a binary fashion. All or nothing. How silly.
The 17" PowerBook Is A Full Laptop
What's interesting to me, is not so much that the PowerBook feels fast, as much as it feels right. In other words, it does things as you would expect it too. I don't think about performance, and that's the way I like it.
When Warrior Kings works, it's a decent game. But it has a few problems.
iTUNES GONE WILD : Funny iTunes censorship at work.
BEEP BEEP NO MORE : Remember I was complaining that my PowerBook is beeping at seemingly regular interval?
An alert reader (thanks, Grettir!) informed me that Panther's mail.app will make noises even when there's no incoming mail. A quick trip to mail.app's preference dialog box, and my irritation solved.
RUMOR TODAY : Smaller, cheaper, colorful. Get your new mini-iPods.
Microsoft To Propel CRM
While experiencing growing pains related to its 10-month-old Microsoft CRM product, Microsoft Corp. is pushing ahead with technology enhancements to the customer relationship management software suite for small and midsize businesses.
New PCs Must Be Protected, Patched
Consumers buying PCs as holidays gifts and businesses purchasing new systems to squeeze capital expenditures under the tax wire may be putting themselves at risk as soon as they unwrap the machines, a security analyst said Monday.
Video Game Maker Sues Microsoft
Video game maker Mythic Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, charging the software giant with trademark infringement and unfair competition.