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One area where Apple badly lags Microsoft (and IBM and probably more than a few other tech companies) is investment in basic research. For many years it probably made sense to run lean in order to insure that Apple had a future. But tech companies like Bell Labs and IBM made Nobel prize level contributions to society. Now that Apple has performed so well I hope they do more than just product development. When Jobs was recruiting Sculley he asked him if he wanted to spend...
The numbers I read in another article imply that is probably not the case. The estimate was that Apple is currently selling about 100,000 Macs per week and 200,000 iPads per week. The iPad is less expensive so in that regard it may not be surprising. But the implication drawn in the article is that this implies that just like the iPod there will soon be more iPads than Macs. So if this trend continues, and it seems almost certain as iPad ships to more foreign markets, the...
It's even better with plugins available for EyeTV that will edit out the commercials if you are willing to wait.
Your use of the word 'standard' leaves something to be desired. If you travel with a CDMA cellphone to almost anywhere else in the world and you will find it is incapable of making or receiving calls. Is there really anything more to say?
Surely you jest. Most of the world does not use the Roman alphabet. It is a very significant minority but it is dwarfed by the Asian and Indian languages. Part of the colonial heritage of the current world is that there are many who use a language with a Roman alphabet as a second (or third, etc) language. But that can change rather quickly.
Sure, but the significant value of a screen keyboard is the essentially frictionless ability to support alternate keyboards. The lack of a Dvorak keyboard alternative is an oversight that could be so easily corrected. Is there some obvious objection that everyone is missing?
Just as likely that he is trying to honor confidentiality agreements. If he provided independent verification that would be a serious faux pas. But just citing reports that are publicly known keeps him on good terms with his (possible) business partners. I think Apple will release a Verizon iPhone (which will be slightly less capable because of Verizon's limitations) in order to prevent Google phones from benefiting too much from an uncontested network.
That is just nonsense though it is not surprising one might reach that conclusion. According to contract law a EULA can masquerade as a contract and people can claim a EULA is a contract but that does not make it so. It will probably always be possible for a plaintiff to find a judge who slept through his course in Contracts but when you go far enough up the food chain the stark failure of EULA's will remain unless there is a rather fundamental change in contract law....
The only security issue connected to jailbreaking that I've read about occurs only if the user leaves the password for ssh access at its default value. Change it from its factory default setting and you are as secure as anyone else (assuming a nontrivial password is chosen). Incidentally this is probably the number one sin against secure operation in general: leaving a password at factory default value.
It is quotes like this that leave me completely puzzled. Have you heard of the weekly magazine The New Yorker? Are you aware that several cover pictures for it have been created on the iPhone with an app from the App Store? The issue has already been settled before the iPad has even shipped. The main point is that non-practitioners are poor judges of what can be done with a particular tool. So I don't accept Pogue's opinion that the iPad will not be good for production,...
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