Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Did The McGraw-Hill CEO Steal The Apple Tablet Thunder? – Updated

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Listen to this CNBC interview with the McGraw-Hill CEO. At around 2:50 in he confirms the Apple Table, along with the fact that it will be based on the iPhone OS. My guess? He might be on Steve Job’s Sh-t list. (Via MacRumors and CNBC)


It get so fun to watch this stuff unfold. Could McGraw-Hill have been pulled from the Apple iPad event because of his comments on CNBC? While I think Apple is more than willing, as it seems they have done in the past to punish someone, McGraw-Hill claims they were not tossed.

T-Mobile, Sidekick & Microsoft = Danger – Updated 2x

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Let me start with a note from T-Mobile:

“Sidekick customers, during this service disruption, please DO NOT remove your battery, reset your Sidekick, or allow it to lose power.”

If you haven’t heard, there’s trouble in Sidekick City. The data for T-Mobile’s Sidekick users is stored on the cloud servers of a company called Danger, or I should say was stored there. This weekend, a server glitch (we’ll get to that in a minute) caused an almost certain loss of Sidekick users personal data. That means that contacts, calendar entries, photos and to-do list entries for a lot of people are gone. Did anyone at T-Mobile look at the company’s name? I mean storing important customer data on a company called SOL would not be allowed, right? But Danger is OK simply because it is Microsoft/Danger?

Microsoft acquired Danger in 2008 and, according to PCWorld,  their position is that it was Danger’s technology that failed and not Microsoft Technology. I don’t think there are a lot of Sidekick users thinking that makes it all OK. Most companies have backups, but it appears the company called ‘Danger’ did not. The T-Mobile note continues:

“Regrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger’s latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos – that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger. That said, our teams continue to work around-the-clock in hopes of discovering some way to recover this information. However, the likelihood of a successful outcome is extremely low.”

Someone at Microsoft must have wondered “could you have just said Danger instead of Microsoft/Danger”. Not good.

So how could this ‘glitch’ happen?


AT & T to Allow iPhone VoIP on its 3G Network

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

ATT today announced that it had:

“taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T’s wireless network.”

Up to this point, VoIP applications on an iPhone have been limited to running on WiFi, so this is fantastic news for iPhone owners. They have already notified Apple and the FCC. Based on the title of the statement, “AT&T Extends VOIP to 3G Network for iPhone“, this will be on their 3G network only. They have offered a variety of devices in the past that run VoIP on their 2G and 3G networks, along with WiFi, so I am not sure if this is for first gen iPhones or not. Doesn’t look like it. My question is why has this taken so long? The delay for MMS was said to be due to infrastructure upgrades, but since VoIP has been running on their network anyway, why was it ever – not allowed?

My problem with this is in principle. I pay for unlimited data…. except this, and that, and oh yeah… the other thing. I was lucky enough to buy NetShare in the app store before it was pulled by Apple. That lets me tether my MacBook Pro to my iPhone for internet access. Do I use it? Well Im not saying, but if I did it would have only been about 4 or 5 times when the WiFi at the radio station was out on a Sunday morning and I needed some web browsing. That would not be a huge load on the network. I feel the same way about VoIP. I use Skype. Not a lot, but I do use it. I also use Google Voice which, while not VoIP, does allow free SMS. I pay for a service from AT & T that includes unlimited data. To AT& T that means unlimited Email and Web Browsing. Unlimited Twitter. Unlimited Google Maps. You get the point. Unlimited anything that does not compete with AT & T services. I wish that unlimited data meant just that, any type of data.

Palm and the iTunes Mistake – Updated 3x

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I have been wanting to write something about the recent issues with Palm, Apple and world of USB. The problem is, I had this idea in my head that this needed to be a detailed post, with a high word count. It is an important story after all. But, no matter how hard I tried, I could not figure out how use a lot of words to say that I think Palm is nuts. So here is the short version.

Palm wants to have their device, the Palm Pre, sync through iTunes. Palm even said it would on their own site (via Wired). The problem for Palm? Apple does not want that to happen. So, Apple has broken the ability when they update iTunes. Now, I have no problem with Apple doing that. They wrote the software and Palm can do the same.

Here is where it gets interesting…


The Six Rules of Net Neutrality

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

In describing Net Neutrality, Wikipedia says “A neutral broadband network is one that is free of restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed”. It has long been a subject of debate. I say debate only because many Internet Service Providers appear to think that, since the road to the net is paved with their pipes, that they control it’s use. While I feel that in a business the employer who owns the computers, network & Internet connections, has the full right, and often responsibility, to prevent unwanted internet use. For personal use, I believe the consumer should have access to any technology or legal content they want. Most consumers don’t see this debate. Most consumers use the Internet and never hit any boundaries. If you fall into that category let me explain…