Jon Bon Jovi created a stir today by telling The Sunday Times Magazine, "I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?' Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business."
Sorry Jon, but you do sound like an old man. And not just an old man, but an old man that's had way too much money for too long.
In less than a year’s time, Apple has gone from offering the quaint, albeit entirely impressive, first-generation tablet device that was the iPad, to the beast of a machine we now know as iPad 2. Thinner and lighter than its predecessor, iPad 2 boasts front and rear facing cameras and nine times more graphical chutzpah than the original table. With specs like this and a massive library of applications to back it up, there’s no denying that Cupertino’s new sexy will reign long into 2011 as the once and future King of the Tablets. It might also become the ruler of our living rooms as well.
Something inside my beloved MacBook went terribly wrong the other day. I typed in my account password, and got that angry, shaky, “no way, you’re not getting in here” login window. But it was 7AM, and mistakes happen. I wasn’t worried. I retyped it again. No go. And again--nothing. I switched gears, and tried logging in with a secondary account on my machine, one that I know doesn’t have a password. Again I was thwarted, and starting to get worried. I dug up my OSX install disc, and tried to reset the password. In the dropdown where all my accounts should have been listed, there was nothing. This is the part where panic sets in.
Apple's been a front runner of technology since the company's inception. From the desktop computer mouse, to the initial adoption of USB as an input, Apple's been speedy about adopting technology before its prime. The Cupertino-based computer giant has also birthed some of its own proprietary technology like FireWire and the Mini Display Port, and while it's a pain for those of us that are cross platform, it does make it easy when it comes to purchasing peripherals. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to follow suit in its perceived reluctance to adopt USB 3.0, but it turns out that there's actually a pretty good reason for that and it might have something to do with a very speedy piece of next-generation technology.
During the same week that President Obama pledged to bring broadband internet to every corner of the United States, America’s neighbors to the north were shocked to discover that usage-based internet billing, would be implemented in the spring this year by the CRTC (Canada's version of the FCC). This effectively hamstrings worry-free access to online and downloadable content for millions of Canadians, as well as limiting their ability to upload content for the rest of the world to enjoy.
If you caught a glimpse of Google's live Android Honeycomb presentation this morning, you know that the company touted the latest iteration of its mobile OS as quite a game changer, one that they hope will set the standard for how tablets will better serve the end user. But I feel like everything I heard today are things that Apple's already doing so well with iOS.
If there was ever a relevant moment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it would have been during the Empire Strikes Back when an ancient Jedi Master named Yoda calmly stated that "Size matters not." Yoda then proceeded to lift a multi-ton spaceship out of a muddy bog and placed it exactly where he wanted it using nothing more than the force. With that inspirational moment in mind, we think of Sony's recent unveiling of the much-anticipated, next-generation handheld console, currently codenamed the "Next Generation Portable" -- or "iPod touch killer" in some circles.
This was the week the App Store cracked the 10 billion download mark and we have to say lotsa luck to the Microsoft app store. We hope to see you reach 10 billion downloads sometime around 2025. Bwahahaha! We kid, we kid. The MS app store will never reach 10 billion downloads! Zing! We kid again, we kid. All right, enough comedy, on with the all the news that's fit not to miss, but just in case you did.
CES is a fading memory, and Macworld Expo is right around the corner. So how do the two events stack up? CES is larger, both in terms of physical size, attendance (upwards of 170,000 people attended the show), and media coverage.
So what's a Macworld Expo to do? Even though Macworld Expo wins at its depth of Apple coverage -- which is huge -- the two events are running neck-and-neck in the "being overshadowed by looming Apple announcements" department, so if Macworld Expo wants to compete with -- and exceed -- CES, they're going to have to dig deep, and up their game.
After years of whispering, back room deals and the pleading of countless Apple aficionados who refused to be yoked by an AT&T contract, Apple is rolling the iPhone out to a second American provider. As has been speculated for months, the Verizon iPhone is CDMA network compatible, as opposed to the GSM goodness that much of the rest of the world enjoys. Coming from Canada, a country that saw the iPhone finally make it on to all three of our major national telecoms in late last winter, I understand why everyone down south is so excited, as it wasn’t so long ago that we were all wigging out up here about being about to get our meathooks on an iPhone too.