UMEE writes: AppleInsider looks deep behind the rumors of an expanded partnership between Apple and Intel involving Silverthorne, the second generation, low power x86 processor designed to power Microsoft's UMPC. However, sales of the tablet devices have historically been bogged down by design, price, performance, and usability issues, and UMPCs have seen little marketing. Apple's use of the processor could turn things around by leveraging the company's strengths in marketing, retail, and design, but it's certainly not alone in targeting the ultra mobile space. Low priced alternatives including the Asus Eee PC and OLPC XO-1, both of which run Linux and use processors from Intel rivals TI and AMD, have already stolen the limelight among ultra mobile devices. Is the future ultra mobile? Will tablet computing fail yet again? Will Apple Rescue Intel's Silverthorne?
SoupySales writes: Did Steve Jobs kill the Newton MessagePad back in 1998 out of blind hatred of John Sculley, the Apple's 80s CEO who dreamed it up? RDM says no, and looks at reasons why the Newton didn't work out then and how today's iPhone platform is morphing toward the MessagePad's old territory a decade later.
Newton Rising: Is the Next iPhone Device a G3 MessagePad?
shillhunter writes: Forbes' Dan Lyons, author of the Fake Steve Jobs blog, decided it would be entertaining to parody the unplugging of ThinkSecret by pretending his own blog was under threat from Apple. Except that in order to do that, he had to stop pretending to be FSJ and start pretending that the real Steve Jobs was threatening him. That's where he left the world of parody and reentered the familiar territory of lucrative scandal. Even before starting FSJ, Lyons jumped to follow Microsoft's marketing message with SCO against Linux, and continues to follow closely in his "People Ready," corporate-savvy, yet comical blog. His readers just haven't realized it yet.
Daniel Lyons Cries Wolf: The Real Bill Gates Behind the Fake Steve Jobs
ringoffire writes: Is it true that Apple's new software DRM patent is racing to duplicate Microsoft's infamously evil WGA spyware license verification system as Computerworld's Gregg Keizer speculates, or is it possible that Apple's patent describes something entirely different that leaps over the heads of industry pundits and performs a spectacular arc over the rows of broken down vehicles underneath (some of which may be on fire), to land a new platform and win applause for doing so?
The New Apple Patent: WGA Evil or iPhone Knievel?
rdmreader writes: RDM has a point by point disassembly of why the security vulnerability story George Ou of ZDnet regularly rehashes is wrong. Ou condemns Linux and Mac OS X by tallying up reported flaws and comparing them against Microsoft's. What he doesn't note is that his source, Secunia, only lists what vendors and researchers report, selectively includes or excludes component software seemingly at random, and backhandedly claimed its data is evidence of what it now tells journalists they shouldn't report. Is Secunia presenting slanted information with the expectation it will be misused, or is it just bad journalism at ZDnet?
DECS writes: While it's popular among Windows Enthusiasts to dismiss Apple's use of open source as both a self-serving crutch to offset the company's imagined inability to write its own code and a one-sided grab that takes more than it gives, in reality Apple serves as a powerful ally to the open source community in ways that are often overlooked. Some are obvious and intentional such as code sharing, and some are simply the product of common interests. RDM describes why FOSS needs such allies.
Symbiotic: What Apple Does for Open Source
DECS writes: Microsoft's rapid rise to power and its ability to hold onto control over the PC desktop throughout the 90s has long been revered by pundits as a classic example of copying an existing business model and then defeating all competition through price efficiencies, despite the fact that Microsoft's Windows software has only ever gotten progressively more expensive with the passing of time. This copy-killing strategy, also described as "embrace, extend, and extinguish," is now over. Here's
Why Microsoft's Copy-Killing Has Reached a Dead End
DECS writes: Lots of pundits and CEOs will be embarrassed to find that the iPhone, in its first full quarter of sales, has already climbed past Microsoft's entire lineup of Windows Mobile smartphones in North America, according to figures compiled by Canalys and published by Symbian. That puts the iPhone ahead of smartphones running Symbian, Linux, and the Palm OS, but behind the first place RIM BlackBerry. The figures mesh with retail sales data already reported by NPD, which similarly described the size of the US market with a 27% chunk bit out by Apple's iPhone, and web stats that indicate iPhone users are already visiting web sites as much as all other mobile platforms combined.
Canalys, Symbian: Apple iPhone Already Leads Windows Mobile in US Market Share, Q3 2007
DECS writes: Somewhat ironically, one of the most financially successful capitalist companies of the 90s has positioned itself as a modern counterpart to the old communist Soviet Union. Microsoft's ideological contempt for and resistance to free markets and the open expression and propagation of fresh ideas and technologies is not only a close parallel of the old USSR, but also a clear reflection of why Microsoft is currently failing and why its troubles have only just begun. Here's a comprehensive look at why this is the case.
Soviet Microsoft: How Resistance to Free Markets and Open Ideas Will the Unravel the Software Superpower
DECS writes: This quarter's NPD report on the video downloads market contradicts the widely publicized reports by James McQuivey of Forrester Research, who has insisted all year that iTunes is headed for a fall, that users want ad-supported downloads, and that Apple TV is a tremendous failure. Daniel Eran Dilger describes why the pundits are wrong in a look at IPTV vs TVoIP, direct sales vs ads, and iTunes vs the studios:
Apple TV Digital Disruption at Work: iTunes Takes 91% of Video Download Market
DECS writes: Apple is reportedly considering an expansion of its Low Def video iTunes offerings to include video rentals. However, a string of disposable digital rental failures from DIVX discs in 1998 to the current consumer indifference toward exploding digital media rentals from Microsoft and Real pose the question: how can Apple succeed in a rental market where so many other online media outlets have failed or are struggling for relevance? The answer involves taking an new approach that follows what works in the physical world, and respects the existing culture rather than trying to overturn it. Here's what's involved in the complex world of digital rentals, and How Apple could deliver workable iTunes Rentals.
DECS writes: Some ideas just won't die. Proponents of the Mac OS X Leopard Windows API Myth are so convinced that Apple desperately needs to wedge Microsoft Windows into Mac OS X that they'll run with any hint that might suggest a plausible way for this to happen. The latest take on the subject is that Mac OS X Leopard loads PE files and requests Windows DLL files, which more than a few pundits have determined must be a new development because Tiger didn't do this. Therefore, they've decided that the only sensical conclusion to jump to is that Apple is secretly implementing the Windows API so that Macs will be able to run Windows programs natively. They're wrong, here's why. PE U: The Mac OS X Leopard Windows API Myth
DECS writes: RDM outlines how Low Def video is counterintuitively bigger than the celebrated HD, and why it is successfully competing alongside HD in the market. Daniel Eran Dilger writes, "While it's uncontroversial that HDTV can deliver an exceptional picture for users of the latest large flat screen displays, sometimes a high pitched marketing message can drown out more interesting realities. In 2008, it appears that low definition video will actually have a bigger impact on consumers. Here's why Low Def is big and getting bigger-and why it's bigger than HD." Why Low Def is the New HD.
DECS writes: Last winter, RDM detailed why Microsoft's iPod Killer would fail miserably. This year, Microsoft will fail again, but for a new set of reasons. It is not obvious that the company has figured this out itself. Here's why the Zune will fail in 2007, and how Microsoft is painting a fraudulent portrait of interest that doesn't exist. Why Microsoft's Zune is Still Failing