Archive for August, 2011

Shrine of Apple

Aug. 30, ‘11: Check out this new site from Jonathan Zufi with the ambitious goal of posting hi-res photos of every Apple product, ever. (Via Blake Patterson.) Some of the first sets include the all-in-one G3 and the eMate 300. This will be a lot of … Continue reading →

Apple finally solves the “listening to all my music at the office or wherever” problem

Aug. 30, ‘11: Apple’s forthcoming iTunes Match service isn’t just for downloading and syncing music on multiple computers, it’s also a streaming service. As Arnold Kim explains at MacRumors, this means you’ll be able to instantly listen to all of your music from … Continue reading →

Twitter sets a new record: 8,868 tweets per second

Aug. 29, ‘11: Twitter PR: Last night at 10:35pm ET, Beyonce’s big MTV #VMA moment gave Twitter a record bump: 8,868 Tweets per second. The good news for MTV is that its awards show can still draw an audience: A record 12.4 million viewers, via … Continue reading →

Why the carriers will probably lose the mobile payments race

Aug. 29, ‘11: Bloomberg’s Olga Kharif reports how AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile plan to take on Google and other rivals in the nascent and messy (but lucrative) mobile payments industry: By investing more than $100 million in Isis, their joint venture. The good … Continue reading →

There’s no way Amazon is going to sell 5 million tablets in Q4

Aug. 29, ‘11: Forrester Research senior analyst Sarah Rotman Epps: Even though Amazon taking on Apple is a bit like David taking on Goliath (compare the market cap, profits, and cash position of the two companies), Amazon’s willingness to sell hardware at a loss … Continue reading →

Dish Network Tailgater: A 10-pound, $350 portable satellite antenna

Aug. 29, ‘11: Requires a separate $150 set-top box (another 5 pounds) and a TV and a power supply, and coax cables. Perhaps there’s a niche market for this — people who go on trips in remote areas, and insist on watching HDTV, … Continue reading →

Apple: The next chapter

Aug. 29, ‘11: Tim Cook’s promotion to CEO comes at an interesting time for Apple. First, the company continues to refocus itself around iOS, its platform for the future. And second, it continues to grow at an amazing pace. These two factors create … Continue reading →

While I was out buying hurricane supplies…

Aug. 26, ‘11: Apple pulled the plug on iTunes TV show rentals. Apple says it’s because people overwhelmingly preferred buying the shows when both options were available. Perhaps that’s true. But it’s not like the studios made that many shows available for rental … Continue reading →

Is Tim Cook mean enough?

Aug. 26, ‘11: Good point by the WSJ: Steve Jobs has gotten a lot done by being Steve Jobs. He can tell people they’re stupid, and they’ll agree and probably even give him what he wants, because he’s Steve Jobs. Tim Cook can’t … Continue reading →

Apple’s return-of-the-Jobs-era senior execs: Where are they now?

Aug. 26, ‘11: When Apple CEO Gil Amelio was booted in July 1997, “strategic advisor” Steve Jobs was enlisted to help the company find a new CEO. We all know what happened next: Jobs became Apple’s CEO again and led the company to glory … Continue reading →