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You're new around these parts, aren't you. Apple and Microsoft were closest allies at one point and some of Microsoft's flagship products were produced first for the Mac (e.g. Excel). Then Apple and IBM were allied against Intel with Apple using IBM's processor technology. More recently Apple has become a close ally of Intel. This stuff changes with the weather and these ad campaigns are mainly a sideshow. With Apple focused on world standard 3G networks (which Verizon is...
Snarky ad campaigns are no substitute for shipping real products. I'm not a big fan of the continuing "I'm a PC..." ads but there are actual products available for sale that correspond to the ads. I would just echo what others have said here: bring it on, please. Apple needs some actual competition in order to benefit the consumers. Relatively or completely content free campaigns like this and the laptop hunters ads don't provide technically accomplished products, just...
A bigger impediment than $99 per year is getting the source code to all the apps you might want to use and the skills needed to compile, provision and maintain the apps (there are now three things that are inevitable: death, taxes, and code rot).
I have definitely had problems with wifi on first and third generation iPod touches. This is with the most recent Apple Extreme N router. But this is radio technology in a potentially noisy environment so I am not scandalized. I'd be very pleased if Apple turned on the N radio in the 3G iPod touch which might alleviate some of the problem. Those issues are not connected to this promising announcement. Using the wifi radios in devices to set up a mesh network clearly has...
This is the crucial question about this announcement. Verizon has been the antithesis of open for wireless. Anyone can mouth platitudes but will there be a meaningful change in the way Verizon operates as a result of the pressure they are feeling from missing the iPhone opportunity? That would be a good outcome for consumers. It would also make more likely a deal between Apple and Verizon when Verizon finally upgrades to a less parochial network standard like LTE. There...
So are we to assume you don't have a TV set? Microsoft's multi million dollar ad campaign is aimed directly at Apple. Also, at least recently, whenever Apple is rumored to have a new product soon to be released, Microsoft feels the urge to "leak" news of projects and prototypes they have in their labs. Then there are the claims that Microsoft employees and the children of high level executives not being allowed to have iPods. The comments of Ballmer about Apple in...
Do you think Verizon has hurt Apple's feelings? Seriously, these are businesses whose only desire is to make profit. Don't forget two huge decisions made by Apple without regard to hurt feelings. Sculley changed from its partnership with Motorola to the arch enemy IBM for its processor technology in the 90's. More recently the world was surprised again by Jobs decision to shift from IBM to Intel. The deal is likely to be made when it makes sense (i.e. money) for both...
Please, the word is "lose" not "loose". I'd be less likely to complain but this instance is the second time already for this thread. One of the words is a verb and the other is an adjective. If you lose a shirt you can not find it, but if a shirt is loose then it is too large.
Apple has supported multi-button mice forever in its api's. So "power users" have had the option to purchase a third party mouse and take advantage of it in essentially all software including software from Apple (I had a two button optical mouse for my Mac Plus in 1987). But from a design standpoint Apple (or more specifically Steve Jobs) was adamant about avoiding any unnecessary complication for the majority of computer users who really object to complexity being the...
Really? Most of the "elegant" animation I see on the web reminds me of the mind-numbingly stupid animation you see on local TV newscasts and commercials. Text that expands slightly, moves across the screen, etc. Unfortunately it is often written by people who seem to be less than impressive in their grasp of subjects I know well, which undermines my faith in the presence of actual intelligence. Don't misunderstand, I enjoy good animation but I don't equate it with user...
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