Apple announced yesterday that it will be holding a press event that most believe will discuss what the company has on-tap for the future of of its iPod.
But as soon as that announcement hit the wire, Apple zealots and pundits alike were speculating about what the company would possibly announce. A new iPod? An enhancement to iTunes? Maybe a new iTunes song purchasing system that would see Apple dump per-song purchases and affix a monthly fee instead? The list goes on.
And while I can understand where everyone is coming from and Steve Jobs is able to captivate an audience unlike any other CEO in the business, I'm not so sure it's going to be as wonderful as everyone seems to think.
If this event will surround the iPod -- and most think it will -- how important will it really be? Let's face it -- an iPod event may have a few big announcements that will make some swoon, but by and large, it's nothing more than another run-of-the-mill day at the Apple office.… Read more
Music industry insiders are buzzing about the press gathering Apple is hosting on Tuesday. The invitation shows a dancing man wearing an iPod and the slogan shouts, "Let's Rock."
Sure, this suggests that Apple is gearing up for a music announcement. The trouble is, nobody in music appears to know anything about it. My sources say that they don't expect Apple to announce anything to do with music content, and they are sure Apple won't be rolling out an iTunes music subscription service.
Such a service has been rumored for some time but Apple still … Read more
Sources at iLounge have unearthed two compelling design blueprints for Apple's next generation of iPods. While dimensions and blurry photos of the 4G iPod Nano redesign have been floating around for a few weeks, this is the first alleged iPod Touch redesign we've seen.
The supposed blueprints, often offered to third-party accessory manufacturers prior to an iPod release, don't reveal much in the way of shocking new details. If the specs are correct, we'll see tapered edges and rounded backs on both the 4G iPod Nano and 2G iPod Touch, as well as a badly needed … Read more
Apple and AT&T are facing another lawsuit over the iPhone 3G.
This time, William Gillis of San Diego is suing the two companies, claiming that they "have misrepresented the speed, strength, and performance of the 3G bandwidth network," according to freelance journalist Justin McLachlan. Apple has acknowledged the complaints over the iPhone 3G's reception and has promised to fix the issues via a software update.
Forget the Detroit Auto Show. There are plenty of Chrome watchers in Mountain View, Calif.
With Google's debut of its open-source browser on Tuesday, an onslaught of reviews followed. And the results largely point to a speedy machine, but one not without its flaws.
Don Reisinger's blog on TechCrunch not only applauds the speed of the browser, but also its simplicity:
The first thing that will strike you about Chrome is its soft, yet elegant interface. Unlike other browsers, which sport clutter, Chrome doesn't do anything of the sort. Instead, it makes tabs the primary element of … Read more
It's hard to think of Apple and Facebook as obstructions to innovation and the free flow of information, but that's exactly what the companies could become one day, according to Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard law professor and a proponent of free speech on the Web.
Apple and Facebook have generated lots of consumer satisfaction by each creating environments where third-party developers can tailor software for the iPhone or Facebook's social network. Part of their success is due to the quality control the companies maintain over the applications running on their platforms, Zittrain said. But he also worries … Read more
The news today is all about Google's new Web browser, dubbed Chrome. We've got screenshots, an early review, and analysis of what the move means all compiled here.
Also in this podcast: Political bloggers and commentators in Malaysia are bracing for a government crackdown after one controversial portal was blocked by all 19 of the country's Internet service providers; Apple has officially set a date for its next big music-related news event, where new iPods are expected to be announced; and how the Republican National Convention got wired.Listen now: Download today's podcast
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For Mac users, one of the best pieces of news of the year was the announcement in January by Electronic Arts that it would be releasing a version of its long-awaited evolution game, Spore, on their beloved platform.
But if you're one of those Mac users who is shaking with anticipation at playing the new game by SimCity and The Sims creator Will Wright, and you don't have both an Intel-based machine and the Leopard version of the Mac OS X operating system, I'm afraid you're out of luck.
This news isn't new, as it'… Read more