Just a few minutes ago, Apple released iTunes 10.2.2. The update does not offer significant additions and limited to bug fixes. MuscleNerd tweeted, iTunes 10.2.2 is safe for JBers (DFU, saved SHSHs, syncing). Safe for ultrasn0w and recent IMEI unlockers[...]
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Let’s be clear, no one doubts that BlackBerry-maker Research inMotion can build a killer business tablet — but for some reasonthe company hasn’t.
I’ve been using the PlayBook for a few days now and found alaundry list of shortcomings: no email, no calendar, nocontacts, no 3G cellular service, very few apps. The list goeson. Sure you can get some of these features if you pair it withyour existing BlackBerry phone, but come on — this stuff shouldbe baked right in.
Let me go on the record: I doubt that RIM can build a killer business tablet.
Hardware: sure. OS, now that they own QNX? Sure. But RIM has no track record of creating, maintaining, and growing a great application platform, and neither does QNX. Their various solutions for the PlayBook are Air apps (an Adobe platform), HTML5 web apps (an open platform), and emulated Android apps (a Google platform). Mark my words: a killer tablet (“business” or otherwise) needs killer native apps. I don’t think RIM understands that, because if they did, they wouldn’t have released this turd to the public.?
No, what you?ve had in your living room all your life?that?sjust a TV set. A dumb hunk of plastic and glass, a front-end foryour rat?s nest of cables, waiting to be changed to channel 3and left there to rot. This new thing from Apple? That?s a TV.
Good way of looking at it. How could Apple make a TV set people want to buy which has just one cable sticking out the back: a power cord? Figure out an answer to that and maybe you have something.?
Ian Scherr, reporting for the WSJ:
The lawsuit, filed on April 15 in the Northern District ofCalifornia, alleged that Samsung’s smartphones, such as the“Galaxy S 4G,” “Epic 4G,” “Nexus S” and its “Galaxy Tab”touchscreen tablet, violated Apple’s intellectual property.
“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a uniqueSamsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets,Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface andinnovative style in these infringing products,” the lawsuit said.
The Nexus S, of course, is a “pure Google” Android device, with no software customization by Samsung.?
He doesn’t think Apple will make one:
It causes practical problems, too: TVs usually require largewarehouses and very large retail display areas, which Apple?sretail stores aren?t ideal for. And large TVs usually requirein-home service, which Apple doesn?t offer for any otherproducts.
They could get over those problems. They?re inconvenient andlimiting, but not fatal.
A bigger problem is that Apple prefers to offer fully integratedproducts, but a modern TV is just one component in a mess ofelectronics and service providers, most of which suck.
I used to think Apple might get into this market — selling big high-quality TVs with built-in Apple TV functionality — based on the following logic: “Why settle for selling a $299 box instead of a $2000 TV set?” Now, of course, Apple TV is a $99 box. I agree with Marco — I don’t think Apple is going to get into the TV set business. “There’s money to be made” just isn’t reason enough.
The fundamental question Apple always wants an answer for before entering a new market is “Why would someone buy this instead of what’s already out there?” I don’t think there’s a good answer for that if an Apple-branded HDTV is just a big screen with built-in Apple TV functionality.?
My thanks to Lithium for sponsoring last week’s DF RSS feed. Lithium makes gorgeous, well-designed server monitoring software, with native clients for the Mac, iPhone, iPad and a good web interface, too. If you’re an IT professional who needs SNMP monitoring, check it out.?
On Wednesday morning I stopped by the SoHo Apple store in New YorkCity to purchase an iPad for a family member. As I hadanticipated, a store clerk said they were out of stock andrecommended that I check back the following morning. When I askedwhat time I should arrive, the clerk hesitated, looked around asif about to tell me a secret and said: ?Well, do you see thatgroup of people outside? They?re already here waiting fortomorrow?s shipment of iPads.?
When I got my first Mac, it came with the Macintosh Intro, adisk that held a little tutorial explaining how to use variousparts of the Macintosh. Among the topics covered was what a mouseis and how to use it (and even that you can lift it off the tableand put it down in another spot to have more space to move in aparticular direction).
According to various reports, when someone suggested to include atouch-typing tutorial in this intro as well, since many people didnot know how to use a keyboard, Steve Jobs simply said not tobother as those people would die out eventually.
Nice buffet of claim chowder, collected by Harry McCracken.?
Is it possible to play two different movies, stored in one iTunes library, to a pair of Apple TVs?
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