Building Buzz

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006, 08:38
Category: News

I thought the following might interest you and/or your readers and would appreciate a link if you consider it interesting enough…

Building Buzz
Apple has it. Google has it. Microsoft fails at it. Yahoo! sometimes does and sometimes doesn’t. What I am talking about is buzz and coolness.
It seems every time Apple or Google introduces a new product, the buzz is high. For example, Apple recently introduced a $350 speaker and, while the reaction was more tepid than it has been for other Apple products, no one seem to point that the emperor was looking very very naked. Yet, Microsoft keeps throwing out new products and few people seem to be very interested (no matter how Scoble tries to browbeat us into thinking of Microsoft as cool).
Similarly, today, Google introduced a finance section that mimicked much of what yahoo! finance has been doing for years. It has a couple of nice AJAX-based features but, all and all, it’s not enough of an improvement to be considered like something that could potentially dominate the tech news cycle. And yet, every major tech pub or mainstream publication has covered the release.

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(Contributed by: Tristan Louis)


Apple Announces $565M Profit

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 23:37
Category: News

Stan’s List: Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2006 first quarter ended Dec 31, 2005, reporting the highest revenue and earnings in the company’s history.
The Apple posted revenues of $5.75 billion and a net profit of $565 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in this 14-week quarter. These results compare to revenue of $3.49 billion and a net profit of $295 million, or $.35 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
“We are thrilled to report the best quarter in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Two highlights of an incredible quarter were selling 14 million iPods and getting ready to launch our new Macs with Intel processors five to six months ahead of expectations. We are working on more wonderful products for 2006, and I can’t wait to see what our customers think of them.”
Apple shipped 1,254,000 Macs and 14,043,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 20-percent growth in Macs and 207-percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 27.2 percent, down from 28.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Click through for a link to a cached version of the audio webcast.


What is Your Apple Highlight of 2005?

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2005, 07:06
Category: News

Macworld UK has posted an interesting reader poll. The results, so far:
Intel announcement (243) 21%
Mac OS X Tiger (232) 20%
iPod nano/video (202) 17%
Mac mini (160) 14%
iMac G5 & Front Row (119) 10%
Soaring Apple stock (70) 6%
Quad-core G5 (80) 7%
Podcasting (48) 4%
Mighty Mouse (15) 1%
iLife ’05 (16) 1%
(Contributed by Neal Hoskins)


T-Mobile Charging Extra for WiFi Roaming

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Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2005, 04:09
Category: News

BT OpenzoneATHENS — One bad thing about air travel are delays; the good thing is ubiquitous WiFi. For a country with very little WiFi in the outlying islands, the coverage in the Athens airport is decent. Or so I thought. Read More…


Weekend Edition

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Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 16:48
Category: News

Cooler weather is here and before I step out to Mtn-Bike or Backpack here’s a little something-something for you weekend readers… a brief summary of what is going on out there in our silicon-tapestry of life:
GoFish will be releasing a new type of search engine on Monday, it will allow people to not only retrieve the usually text searches but media files, playlists, podcasts, video, etc., all with one search. Mozilla is slow to release version 1.5 so I’ve downloaded their Beta and in the meantime I’ve been playing around with Opera Version 8 (BTW, they’ve hit 10 years in business and unlike many they’ve survived the tech bubble fallout). For people who need a home entertaiment reciever with the ability to plug in your XM and a iPod, Pioneer has something for you. In gaming news FERAL Interactive is porting the XBox title “Fabel ” to the Mac. HP is pointing to the TV as the digital hub. By adding wireless support and software one can connect to a PC via on the couch. Not sure if this is the right approach. But imagine a 27″-42″ hi-dev TV with a integrated PDA like computer (think iMac but toned down a bit) with removable harddrive bays (similar to the HP media center). To be able to write notes and post them on the screen, update your calendar, upload digital photo albums, and keep a archive of mp3s always at your finger tips… that’s the way these companies should be thinking. And speaking of hardware for viewing pleasures… check this out; a visual heads up screen for everyday use (if you can afford one) by IO2 Technology. You can even interact with what is being displayed (think Minority Report). About time this technology has come to the masses… the future is now. Enjoy 😉


Apple's Shody 'Investigating' in Asteroid Case (Updated)

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Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 12:43
Category: News

Readers of this site know that Apple issued a subpoena to our ISP in an attempt to stomp on the First Ammendment and force us to reveal sources for our articles on Apple’s Firewire Interface for Garage Band, code-named “Asteroid.” Our counsel, the Electronic Frontier Foudation (EFF), has recently unsealed documents in the case indicating that Apple’s overly zealously lawyers decided to sue first and ask questions later.

“The unsealed documents, filed late last week, allow the public to see that Apple failed to conduct an exhaustive investigation. It never took depositions, never issued subpoenas (other than to the journalists), and never asked for signed declarations or information under oath from its own employees.”

Don’t take my word for it though, check out what the other sites are saying:
Apple failed to do due diligence in trade secret case (ArsTechnica)
Unsealed Court docs reveal Apple never investigated (MacNN)
Apple Fails Due Diligence in Trade Secret Case (Slashdot)
Documents reveal Apple never conducted internal investigation (MacDailyNews)
Apple fails to meet First Amendment requirements in case against (Macsimum News)
Apple Suffers Setback in Suit vs. Does (MacNewsWorld)
Instead of filing frivilous lawsuits against its biggest supporters Apple should focus more on getting their Intel PowerBook out the door before the likes of Sony and Fujitsu eat their lunch in the notebook computer market.
Read more at the EFF’s Apple v. Does page…


Dude – You're Getting a MacDell……

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Date: Thursday, June 16th, 2005, 11:56
Category: Mac Desktop, News

According to Fortune Magazine, Dell CEO Michael Dell wants to sell Dell systems loaded with Mac OS X.


Jef Raskin, Apple GUI & Human Interface Pioneer Dies

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Date: Sunday, February 27th, 2005, 04:41
Category: News

Digibarn reports that Jef Raskin, human-computer interface expert who began the Macintosh project for Apple Computer died on Saturday, February 26th, 2005.
Jef Raskin is the human-computer interface expert who began the Macintosh project for Apple Computer and is the author of The Humane Interface, which in large part builds on his earlier work with the Canon Cat. Raskin received a B.S. Mathematics and B.A. in Philosophy from the State University of New York and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. As an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), he taught classes ranging from computer science to photography.
Raskin joined Apple in January 1978 as the 31st employee. He later hired his former student Bill Atkinson from UCSD to work at Apple, and began the Macintosh project. He is credited with the decision to use a one-button mouse as part of the Apple interface, a departure from the Xerox PARC standard of a three-button mouse. He has since stated that were he to redesign the interface today, he would have used a two button mouse.
Raskin designed the Canon Cat, released in 1987.
At the beginning of the new millennium, Raskin undertook the building of The Humane Environment (THE). THE is a system incarnating his concepts of the humane interface, by using open source elements within his rendition of a ZUI or Zooming User Interface.


MWSF05: Observations From the Show Floor

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Date: Thursday, January 13th, 2005, 13:34
Category: Any Laptop Computer, News

Observations From the Show Floor.
Solio solar battery chargerHere are some of our picks of new accessories and third party
software announced at Macworld Expo SF 2005.
Panic (booth 1951) has a sneak peak of Transmit 3, the company’s FTP client. One of the best products made for OS X. Anybody buying Transit 2 with qualify for a free Transit upgrade.
WiebeTech (booth 1348) debuts the Ultra Bus powered UltraGB+ desktop enclosure and a “super DriveDock that connects drives via Firewire and USB2.
From Better Energy Systems comes the Solio – a trillium-shaped solar-powered battery charger for your iPod, digital camera, cell phone or other devices. It weights 5.8 ounces and is the size of a pack of cards when folded up. It fits nicely in the pocket.
LaCie (booth 1843) Showed a 2TB Raid FireWire 800 subsystem for Video pros. Also a real time MPEG ? 1/2 encoder that converts DV files to MPEG Files.
Sonic Solutions (formerly Roxio) announced that they would add HD support to a future version of its flagship Toast authoring software.
Elgato, and ATI Technologies announced Tuesday the EyeTV Wonder USB 2.0, an analog TV Tuner for the Macintosh. It will ship at the end of January 2005 for US$149. System requirements are a G4 or higher and USB 2.0 and Mac OS 10.3 and higher.
RadTech (Booth 2329) displayed a number of STM Bags for PowerBooks. STM is one of the best bags made for PowerBooks. The weatherproof zippers are a nice touch and well-crafted backpacks.
More in a follow-up…
What did you see on the show floor that excited you?


West Coast Mac-a-palooza: O'Reilly, AES, Remix Hotel, DigiWorld

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Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2004, 11:24
Category: Any Laptop Computer, News

Geeks! Audio! DJs! Macs! Oh, my. The Mac is all about the Bay Area this week with a huge lineup of events, one Mac-only and three audio-related but with heavy Mac involvement expected:

  • O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference: The geekiest and hippest of the big Mac cons, O’Reilly has tracks for digital audio, system administration, and programming, plus a general Mac track and keynotes by the likes of composer/musician Stewart Copeland.
  • AES: A huge pro audio engineer show that has become increasingly computer-centric and will feature exhibits by many Mac music and audio vendors.
  • Remix Hotel: Remix magazine takes over the SF W Hotel and fills it with leading music products and a long lineup of top DJs. And it’s free.
  • DigiWorld: Digidesign opens up its headquarters to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. Also free, and includes a free AES pass. Digi and Apple are partnering on all this week’s events, so expect plenty of Macs.
  • I’ll be at all four events in San Francisco; hit comments here if you’re in the Bay Area and want to wrangle some PowerPagers together! I’ll also launch officially over the weekend (yes, it’s down now); together with the PowerPage I’ll bring ‘team coverage’ of all four events live!