If you haven't been living under the proverbial rock, you probably already know the hype surrounding Apple's iPhone has built up quite a bit over the last few weeks. It seems like every news site has something to add to the iPhone fray, and certainly, as a technology site, you can get a lot of information here at CNET. Since today is the big launch for the iPhone, I might as well give all of you a couple more things to get excited about.… Read more
With all of the hoopla surrounding the iPhone, we have all forgotten about the most important development of today's release: a new way to activate a cell phone. You can have your iPhone. I'll take the home activation and enjoy it for much longer than you will enjoy your new phone.
For years, I have been buying new cell phones from Verizon Wireless. And in each of those years, I've been forced to waste the better part of a Saturday afternoon on activating the new phone I had been coveting for a few months.
Here's the … Read more
That's a photo of the TV trucks lined up along Fifth Avenue to catch the iPhone waiting line scene. Don't they have anything better to do? On that note, don't we have anything better to do? Guess not.
What do you do when your main competitor is about to unleash the most hyped gadget ever to the cell phone-toting masses? Give said gadget a mocking nickname in a memo to employees.
The Thursday letter to Verizon Wireless employees from Chief Operating Officer Jack Plating is delicately titled "iWhatever." In it, Plating acknowledges the incessant iPhone hype and assures employees that AT&T can't match Verizon's service, choice of phones and extras, like music.
"A day hasn't gone by over the past two weeks when someone hasn't asked me what our … Read more
Why be the 250th person standing in line at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue to get an iPhone when you could be the third person in line at the AT&T store on West 95th Street and Broadway in Manhattan? That's exactly what Scott Zegar, 29, asked himself.
"I went to the Apple store at 5:00 a.m. this morning," he said. "And there were like 500 people already in line (A more accurate count from our intrepid reporter, Caroline McCarthy, is more like 250 people.) So I came back uptown, slept for … Read more
With under six hours to go, some people in line for the iPhone in New York are seeing if they could make a few bucks off the product hype by selling their places in line. As far as I can tell, there have not yet been any takers.
Considering the exorbitant amounts they're asking, you wonder if they're actually serious about it.
iLiner #12 (software consultant Scott Conley), however, has been in it for the long haul. In order to power his MacBook Pro, he brought a portable generator. He's able to tap into the Apple store'… Read more
The hot topic at the front of NYC's biggest iPhone-waiting location right now: whether or not the early "iLiners" will even have to pay for their phones. As I reported earlier, the game company Imagination Games has a bit of a publicity stunt going in the 5th Avenue Apple Store "iLine." Someone claiming to be a company rep handed out "Tetris Cubes" (think Rubiks cube, but Tetris) to the first dozen or so people in line, along with a press release that said anyone who could solve it would get his or … Read more
As expected, Apple on Friday issued iTunes 7.3, which adds support for that ringy thingy that hits the market today.
The software contains a link in its help section to the iPhone manual, but when I went to check it out it was a dead link. I'm leaving the link here, because I assume at some point Friday it will be live.
There is also an iPhone tab in the preferences page. But if, like me, you don't have the super-gadget, all you get is a painful reminder that you are leading an iPhoneless existence.
"The … Read more
The whole world is watching as Steve Jobs' Apple launches perhaps its most-anticipated product ever, the iPhone, Friday.
But in technology circles at least, I've heard few, if any, references to the fact that Jobs' other company, Pixar--OK, Disney-Pixar--also has a major launch Friday.
And that, if you haven't been paying attention through the iPhone haze, is Ratatouille, Pixar's latest film and, if the early reviews are indicative, its latest hit.
Jobs is already noteworthy among tech titans for running two vital companies at the same time (at least when Pixar was independent), but I'm having … Read more