Make .Mac .Mobile

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Date: Sunday, March 19th, 2006, 21:52
Category: Mobile Phone, Opinion

Getting data from .Mac to mobile handsets doesn’t need to be so difficult.
Currently Apple’s approach is desktop-bound, adding a handset to iSync and letting your mobile phone talk to iCal and Address Book. But there is a much better way to do this that I’m surprised Apple hasn’t moved on yet. I can only assume that they will, and soon, but until then I can only grit my teeth and wait for the inevitable.

Apple needs a more vocal mobile strategy

They dabble and they play a bit, and so far what I’ve seen is solid. It isn’t especially transparent but they’re trying. Apple doesn’t like to do anything unless everyone can play, and I think Apple needs to clamp down on the bite-plate and move on this market, hard.
Messaging and communication will soon not take place on the desktop. I strongly believe that all communication will soon be offloaded to mobile devices, if it hasn’t already for many of you. IM, Email, Text Messaging, MMS, and usable syndication for mobile devices is either already available or almost there. Much of your consumption of information can take place on the go now, without requiring a desk-bound reader or user.
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New Apple Products

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Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, 07:56
Category: Opinion

iPod Hi-Fi
This is a simple one. The Altec inMotion IM7 is $250, the Klipsh iGroove is $280 and the Bose sound dock is priced at $300. The Bose Wave Radio sells for $500. This is what people are willing to pay for these types of products. Apple priced theirs at $350. Seems fine. It will sell, but I do not like the way the iPod is just perched on top. Apple is going head to head in a product category that others have created. The iPod economy is quite large. The ultimate solution would be to use the iPod as the remote, but problems with battery consumption probably keep this just out of reach. Cost would not be a factor, because it would be so cool!
Mac mini
If it had a powerful 3D graphics card, it would be a better TV game console, but there is a real lack of game software for Macintosh anyhow. This probably keeps the cost down, but I think that a home entertainment solution will eventually need a game partner like Nintendo and fast 3D graphics. Problem is that if the price creeps much higher, the features will not matter. If you look at the specs, it packs a lot more features and performance for the slightly higher price, but the price went up and that hurts sales. It just does not go as far as I would have liked towards a home entertainment hub. I would hook this to my TV and get a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, but I wish it was a DVR right out of the box. The new Mac mini seems like an incremental step in the right direction but not good enough yet to be a blockbuster home entertainment solution. Its a great little computer and far better suited to a home entertainment environment than a Windows box in your living room. The package is perfect, the features are just not there yet.

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Chronos Users Revolt (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2006, 08:22
Category: Opinion

Updated Entry!
I have been talking to members of the ChronosTalk Google Group, as well as Senior Management at Chronos.
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Disney and Pixar

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Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2006, 08:17
Category: Opinion

Disney absorbs Pixar and Steve Jobs moves to the Disney board. This could not have happened with Eisner. The clash between Eisner and Jobs was a problem that went beyond just personality. Eisner did not appear to have a strategic vision and did not do well for Disney during his tenure. According to Jobs, Bob Iger has one. If he does, this could be a good marriage. Disney benefits by having one of its strongest assets in-house with a guaranteed future relationship. Animation is fundamentally important to Disney. God help Iger if he does not have vision and one that is compatible with Steve’s. Look at what the Next acquisition did for Apple. Great things, but Gil Amelio did not survive the deal. He had no vision and he got Steved.
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Monday Morning Quarterback

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 15:51
Category: Opinion

Well, OK Tuesday afternoon then. What happened? Apple was in fact early with their Intel Processor migration. Why? They had to start somewhere and Yonah was ready. This is a relatively expensive dual core processor, especially compared with the cost of the G4. I do not think the iBook and the mini were right for the timing of this particular processor. Sounds like it is screaming fast and power stingy to boot. Perfect for the pro laptop.
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PowerBook nano Counterpoint

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 23:28
Category: Opinion

While I think you idea about a Powerbook Nano is really cool and could do wonders for Apple’s product line, I doubt the company will implement such as idea until it can be built around an Intel-based architecture. I’m hoping Apple will come out with a Viiv version of the iBook. A Viiv-ized iBook Nano would be incredible!
One area I disagree on is giving up the optical drive, or allowing Apple to put it in an external FireWire enclosure. Next thing you know, Apple will offer external optical drives using USB 2.0 only. No thanks!
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Apple Controversies

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 08:51
Category: Opinion

The Eminem Spot is a tempest in a teapot. Apple has been using black silhouettes for its iPod for a while now. The Eminem rap spot is consistent with what Apple has been doing in that campaign. In fact Eminem does not look much different from the hooded Eminem in his Mosh video, although the cartoon characters in Mosh look a bit like South Park and some of the Bush TV spots look Jib Jabish. In the Apple television commercial, the iPod character looks like the typical silhouette with white wires. The color palette in the new Apple ad is right out of the Lugz ad from 2002, and even though this does not constitute plagiarism, there will be no ad industry awards forthcoming for this effort.
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Photo Software or new PowerBooks?

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 01:28
Category: Opinion

Your editor is in a lather about today’s announcements and hoping upon hope for an updated PowerBook (PowerMacs? Who needs ‘em!) – but after chatting with associate editor Rob Parker, a.k.a. the voice of reason, I’m getting more and more convinced that today’s announcement may not involve any hardware at all.
Rob thinks Apple will announce some sort of professional photo application since the event is on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo. “You’ve got Final Cut and iMovie, Soundtrack Pro and Garage Band, DVD Studio Pro and iDVD. We need Mac Photo Pro and iPhoto.” Also, the event is being held in New York and Apple traditionally makes their announcements in the San Jose/Cupertino area.
The odds on the PowerBook nano may have gotten longer, but I’m still pulling for a PowerBook refresh anyway.

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Why Apple's new Offerings may be Obsolete by 2006

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 00:00
Category: Opinion

I was just reading Murco MacLeod and William Lyons article “Why your iPod will be out of date in a year” and have to agree.
I’m tired of carrying so many gadgets. I’ve been tempted to buy the Nokia Engage or a Sidekick for some time (Siemens and LG have some tight products on the way). But the one area they are fatally flawed in is MP3 playback and storage… and this is why the iPod products continue to dominate.
The ability to store large amounts of music is horrid in competitors products and so is their GUI. These machines should ship with at least 1GB built-in flash memory, mini HD’s, or something. with the additional option to swap out more with SD cards. Music should be a top priority with these and newer hybrid use gadgets. Palm’s new TX and LifeDrive should market the listening pleasures of their devices. Business people listen to music, ebooks and news (podcasts) on their commute (either by train or car). So why aren’t these companies in tune to the basic needs of homosapiens via our integral habits of life?
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iTunes Video – Worth the Wait

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 00:00
Category: Opinion

Douglas Cootey contributes his thoughts on video on the iPod.
When iTunes Music Store launched, millions of Mac music fans proved that Apple wasn’t out of their mind. The iTunes advantage over P2P was obvious from the start. It came down to convenience vs. cost. 99