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.
There’s a rumour floating around on the internet that the next generation MacBook Pro--which is supposedly dropping in April--will not only feature Intel’s much-ballyhooed Light Peak interconnect technology, but will also see Apple’s portable workhorse follow in the footsteps of svelte Air-branded sibling by ditching its optical drive. As a result, many pundits and geek oracles have been asking the questioning whether or not this move by Apple heralds the death of the optical drive. My opinion? Absolutely not.
I've been a Verizon customer for ten years now, since before you could purchase a monthly texting plan and unlimited minutes. I was with the company when they switched from black-and-green cell phone displays to color ones, and when Motorola was still considered one of the top tier mobile handset manufacturers. I remember my first phone with a color display--the Motorola T720i--and marveling at the phone's texting and mobile web capabilities (back then, it only cost $5 a month to get on Mobile Web). But then, as the phones became more colorful, and might I add "smarter", Verizon introduced its own app store of sorts, called Get It Now.
Now that all the problems in Washington have been solved, everyone has got something to say about the iPhone 4. You may have heard earlier today that New York senator Charles Schumer has written an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, asking the Cupertino-based company to explain the real reason behind the iPhone 4's reception problems. Schumer also added that the proposed solutions have been "insufficient." He's not alone in feeling this kind of frustration.
Color us unimpressed. While supposedly AT&T has been dumping money
into their 3G network to boost its capabilities (are you guys working on
4G yet?), it's still hard to get a signal inside many buildings. While
it's more than you need to know, let's just say that some of us can't
even get a signal in our own bathrooms.
Yeah, it's that bad. And
that's why AT&T's announced 3G MicroCells don't really excite us.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Regardless of who is
pulling the strings concerning the Google Voice debacle, developers,
iPhone owners, and even journalists are up in arms concerning arbitrary
pulling and blocking of iPhone apps.