Month: July 2010



  • Missing Antenna Videos on Apples Site

    MG Seigler: As you can see on this page, the videos are nowhere to be found. Instead, the page now only shows the overview of the antenna design and test labs. A search of Apple’s website brings up a few of the landing pages where the videos used to be — here’s the Droid X […]

  • It’s Too Late for Microsoft To Build Its Own Handset

    Kevin C. Tofel: Perhaps another opportunity will appear when Microsoft can create its own phone, but even then, the company is at risk. Four of the five handset partners are also companies that build Microsoft Windows computers. If Microsoft cuts them out of the loop in mobiles, it won’t sit well with them from a […]

  • July 30, 1935: Penguins Invade Britain, Readers Rejoice

    John C Abell: Retailers like Amazon push for $10 digital bestsellers. Customers don’t see why something which costs “nothing” to produce should cost as much as a printed book. Publishers are afraid of losing their pricing prerogatives. Authors are scared that the already minuscule chance of making a living through their words will shrink along […]

  • Why Apple Should Buy Infineon: To Own Mobile And Screw Intel

    Sounds pretty compelling to me, but I wonder if Apple won’t just make it’s own chips like it did with the A4 instead.

  • Microsoft should cut out the middlemen, build its own phones

    Peter Bright: However, there is still a strong case for further vertical integration. A bunch of hardware companies are on board for the first release of Windows Phone 7, and there will be a range of handsets for sale when it launches. But whether those partners will stick around is less clear. Windows Phone 7 […]

  • More Details on the Android Wallpaper App That Steals User Data

    Lookout: While the data this app is accessing is certainly suspicious coming from a wallpaper app, we want to be clear that there is no evidence of malicious behavior. There have been cases in the past where applications are simply a little overzealous in their data gathering practices, but not because of any ill intent.

  • Magic Trackpad or tragic Mac pad? A review

    Jacqui Cheng: If you have $70 burning a hole in your pocket, you love Apple’s aesthetic designs, and you can’t live without multitouch gestures on your Mac desktop, however, it could be a nice thing to have—kind of like the treadmill in your living room that is destined for a life as a clothes hanger, […]

  • Marco Arment on The Kindle update

    Great post by Marco about the circumstances when you need a Kindle. His post reminded me of my wife and I’s recent backpacking trip. We get to camp and are resting, my wife turns to me and says: “Can we play some games on your iPad?” Now perhaps this is a testament to how many […]

  • Navigate the American Museum of Natural History with New iPhone and iPad Apps

    Awesome use of mobile technology. Hit. Nail. Head.

  • OMB nominee got $900,000 after Citigroup bailout

    Oh come on, Jim McElhatton: President Obama’s choice to be the government’s chief budget officer received a bonus of more than $900,000 from Citigroup Inc. last year — after the Wall Street firm for which he worked received a massive taxpayer bailout.

  • The Intangibles of an SSD Start-up Disk

    Listening to the latest episode of The Talk Show with Dan Benjamin and John Gruber they mentioned something very interesting about SSD startup drives. Gruber explained the speed difference as intangible things that can’t be seen in benchmarks and as I posted a few weeks back I too upgraded my Macbook Pro startup drive to […]

  • Researcher Demonstrates ATM ‘Jackpotting’ at Black Hat Conference

    Kim Zetter: Scrooge lurks on the ATM quietly in the background until someone wakes it up in person. It can be initiated in two ways — either through a touch-sequence entered on the ATM’s keypad or by inserting a special control card. Both methods activate a hidden menu an attacker can use to make the […]

  • Proposals for busy people

    Liz Danzico: When you email busy people, you might believe the best option you can give them is to offer a wide set of options (“I’m available any time in fall 2010. Choose a day that works for you!”) You imagine you’re being generous. Accommodating. You’re not imposing on the busy person. Yet what you’ve […]

  • Android wallpaper app that steals your data was downloaded by millions

    Dean Takahashi: The app in question came from Jackeey Wallpaper, and it was uploaded to the Android Market, where users can download it and use it to decorate their phones that run the Google Android operating system. It includes branded wallpapers from My Little Pony and Star Wars, to name just a couple. Update: Lookout […]

  • An Open Letter to Microsoft About Office for Mac 2011, and How to Keep it From Sucking

    Stephen M. Hackett: I’m hopeful that Outlook for Mac will finally let Mac users be able to live in Exchange land happily ever after. Entourage never really got that right — which is crazy. Microsoft, you do make both products, right? Mac users and PC users should have the same abilities in an Exchange environment.

  • Where the Greatest Opportunity Lies: Microsoft

    A thought passed through my mind the other day: if I could take over as CEO of any one company, right now, which would it be? I concluded that I would choose to take over Microsoft – which to many people seems shocking given my love and passion for Apple products. I thought about this […]

  • 100 million Facebook pages leaked on torrent site

    James Nixon: The file contains user account names and a URL for each user’s profile page, from which details such as addresses, dates of birth or phone numbers can be accessed. Accessing a user’s page from the list will also enable you to click through to friends’ profiles – even if those friends have made […]

  • Seeing Pixels: iPhone 4 FaceTime Screenshots

    Chris Ereneta: Apple’s marketing screenshots have typically existed in a space of idealized fantasy, much like the gleaming, immaculately lit aluminum, steel, and glass of the hardware product images, each one resting on an invisible surface whose reflectance seemingly varies in relationship to the available negative space. Yet here I was seeing a deliberate choice […]

  • Cleaning Dalian harbor – The Big Picture

    This is a terrible mess.

  • It’s a Bit Too Big / a Bit Too Small

    John Biggs: It’s a bit too big to be a phone and a bit too small to be a tablet. It is usable for ebook reading and video viewing, but it isn’t ideal for either of those purposes. In fact, I’m loathe to recommend it as an ebook reader simply because the screen is a […]