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7 years ago

iPhone Shackles Users to Apple's Walled Garden

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iPhone Shackles Users to Apple's Walled Garden

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p>As "iPhone euphoria" slowly wears off, replaced with sobering reality, some of iPhone's less shiny aspects are beginning to come into view. Wilmington North Corolina's StarNews (I didn't know they had newspapers in NC. Wonder if they have internets as well ;) ) pointed out the unfairness of Apple's FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) technology which locks users into Apple's walled garden by limiting playback of songs purchased through the iTunes Store only on Apple authorized hardware. Since Apple doesn't license FairPlay to any other vendor, that means you can only listen to these legally purchased tracks on an iPod, or iPhone in this case.

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7 years ago

iPhone Will/Will Not have 3G Support

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iPhone Will/Will Not have 3G Support

If there is one thing I cannot tolerate it's a technology company playing with my emotions by promising one thing and delivering another. During the keynote, Steve Jobs clearly indicated the iPhone will not have 3G support built-in, meaning it will not poses UMTS or HSDPA technology. And yet John Markoff of the New York Times is claiming that Apple will provide a firmware upgrade that will unlock this hidden functionality.

Hint to Mr. Markoff 3G is a hardware feature, not software. Meaning that it's going to take a hell of a lot more than a firmware upgrade to add 3G capability to iPhone if the underlying hardware that enables it is missing. Smacks John on forehead

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7 years ago

Apple Answers some of the "20 Unanswered Questions"

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Apple Answers some of the "20 Unanswered Questions"

PC World's Yardena Arar and Eric Dahl interviewed Apple VP Greg Joswiak, posing some of the same questions formulated by Mike Elgan of ComputerWorld.

I found this item particularly juicy, and disturbing :? ...

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7 years ago

iCringely on iPhone

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iCringely on iPhone

Renowned columnist Bob Cringely, an old favorite of mine, has written a great editorial about iPhone and Apple's struggle to wrestle control of the product name away from Cisco's clutches.

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7 years ago

iPhone Faces Uphill Battle, Says Mercury News

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iPhone Faces Uphill Battle, Says Mercury News

More industry publications weigh in on iPhone, forecasting a less than rosey outlook. This from Mercury News...

``My perspective since I first learned about it is, `Wow, this is really cool.' But `really cool' doesn't mean success right away,'' said Neil Strother, an analyst who covers the mobile phone business for NPD Group, a research firm.

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7 years ago

Why Is This Man Smiling?

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Why Is This Man Smiling?

And this year's "things we say that come back to bite us right in the ass" award goes to Palm CEO Ed Colligan, who was interviewed back in November '06 during a Churchil Club event by the New York Time's John Markoff about his thoughts on Apple's secret development of a mobile phone device. Colligan proudly boasted...

"PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in."

Oh, Ed. I feel your pain. If only I hadn't consumed that last Gin and tonic at the company Christmas party I might not have told my boss he looked sexy in that suit he was wearing. He still gives me nervous looks as we pass each other.

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7 years ago

Will the Real iPhone Please Stand Up

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Will the Real iPhone Please Stand Up

The tech world's greatest child custody battle continues; it's Kramer vs. Kramer, or Apple vs. Cisco. Who will win, who will lose. Slowly I turn...Niagra Falls!

Read the story on MarketWatch.

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7 years ago

AppleInsider's iPhone Gallery

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AppleInsider's iPhone Gallery

AppleInsider has posted some really great shots (from behind the giant Bell glass display case) of the iPhone on display at MacWorld.

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7 years ago

Walt Mossberg Says iPhone Beats BlackJack and Treo 750

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Walt Mossberg Says iPhone Beats BlackJack and Treo 750

Wall Street Journal columnist, Walt "Uncle Walty" Mossberg says iPhone beats out the BlackJack and Palm's new Treo 750. High praise indeed coming from such an Apple shill unbiased product reviewer.

"...But if you're in the market for a smart phone and can afford $499, you might want to wait until June for the Apple iPhone. The Apple entry is so full of promise that anyone buying a smart phone in 2007 should at least wait for the full reviews and a chance to try it out."

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7 years ago

Can Apple Penetrate the Enterprise Market?

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Can Apple Penetrate the Enterprise Market?

Carl Weinschenk from ITBusinessEdge calls the iPhone a "Milestone in Business Mobility". But can Apple really lure corporate customers with what is clearly a consumer play? I don't see that happening. iPhone is, by design, an entertainment device...not a business oriented mobile productivity tool like the Treo or Blackberry. It would be nice to see the IT world embrace such a lavish smartphone, but it's going to take much more than style and software elegance to dislodge Blackberry.

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7 years ago

Who Says iPhone will Kill RIM?

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Who Says iPhone will Kill RIM?

The National Post has published an interesting story about Apple's sudden appearance in the smartphone market, how its presence will impact all major players, notably Palm and RIM. For better or worse iPhone certainly forces both companies to rethink their product strategies and take software more serious, which hasn't been the case for RIM and Palm.

Still, that doesn't mean iPhone will be an instant success...

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7 years ago

20 Things We Don't Know about iPhone

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20 Things We Don't Know about iPhone

ComputerWorld has posted a list of top questions that remain unanswered about iPhone. Things like...oh, I don't know...whether it will be offered unlocked, or whether battery life will suck. I know these questions are certainly on my mind.

Read on.

Update: Mike Cane blogged a few questions of his own.

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7 years ago

Want to Join The iPhone Blog?

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Want to Join The iPhone Blog?

If you're interested in blogging on this site just fill out the contact form and send me your info.

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7 years ago

Macworld iPhone Demo

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Macworld iPhone Demo

Macworld attendees have been busy capturing the iPhone in video. One user posted a really good product demo given to attendees by Apple, which shows off more of the device's features in action. Nothing that we haven't already seen, just done by someone other than Jobs. Enjoy.

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7 years ago

CNN Video of iPhone Launch

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CNN Video of iPhone Launch

Here's a YouTube video of CNN's blurb on the iPhone launch...

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