Archive for December, 2009


Are Apple Stock Price Gains the Reason for Recent Tablet Rumors?

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

There is so much buzz about Apple’s rumored tablet, Santa Claus landed back in Cupertino (the Mac maker’s Calif. headquarters) instead of the North Pole. Not that he found anything more than a lump of rumors packaged like a real present. Poor Santa. He’s not the only person being fooled. The Apple tablet buzz stinks of blog and news media manipulation and quite possibly stock manipulation — not that the latter is new for the goings on around Apple. Sadly, bloggers and journalists are too willing to be manipulated by people leaking information.

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S&J’s Incredible, Non-edible Speakers

Computer peripheral manufacturer, S&J Co., Ltd, proves that sometimes to get great sound you have to break a few eggs. Their new line of ultra portable speakers are egg-shaped and awesome hence their name, Eggy.

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The little speakers pack decent sound thanks to their 2W output and digital amps. They’re USB-powered so there’s no need to worry about batteries. The coolest thing about these speakers is that the magnetically lock. Once you’re done using them, just put them together and you’ve got a shiny egg that can be easily slipped into a bag or pocket. These speakers would be an awesome peripheral for all those netbooks and laptops out there.

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10 things Apple did wrong in 2009

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

The year 2009 will go on record as one of Apple’s best years ever, as I explained in the “10 things Apple did right in 2009” list. This second, did-wrong list looks at the mistakes, and there were plenty. But one did-wrong is pervasive throughout nearly all of them. Apple failed to innovate the way it did during the last recession. Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his senior executives took many of the actions affecting 2009 during 2001 and early 2002. With that introduction, I present the list of 10 things Apple did wrong in 2009 — in no order of importance. They’re all important. Apple:

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10 things Apple did right in 2009

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Apple’s 2009 execution was nothing short of spectacular, given the sour economy and CEO Steve Jobs’ medical leave. Apple executives handled both circumstances, which might have sunk another company, with finesse and subtle but direct aggressiveness. I had a difficult time narrowing the did-good list to just 10 items. I’ll post a did-wrong list later today or just after midnight tomorrow. For now, I present the list of 10 things Apple did right in 2009 — in no order of importance. They’re all important. Apple:

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FCC calls Verizon’s logic for increased termination fees "troubling," says inquiry will continue

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission launched an inquiry into Verizon Wireless’ early termination fee for “advanced devices,” which was increased to 0 in November.

Verizon responded to the inquiry last Friday, with a letter that cited various ways that “advanced devices” –essentially anything that we’d call a “smartphone” today– are more costly for the network to offer. According to the company, any time a customer cancels his contract, Verizon Wireless still collects less than it’s losing.

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CO2 Dress Senses Pollution, Owns the Runway

The pretty frock in he picture is more than the latest piece of haute couture. Thanks to the efforts of Forster Rohner, Alexandra Institute, diffus.dk, and The Danish Design School this dress is not only fashion-forward it’s also eco-friendy.

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Google’s ‘Open’ definition: Simply brilliant business, but is it evil?

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Just about everyone who is anyone has asked “Is Google evil?” some time during 2009. I did, in an early November post. Google’s growing dominance is reason enough to wonder. That dominance helped put me out of a job nearly eight months ago and many other journalists since. Google’s free business model, supported by advertising, has hugely disrupted news and other information services. More disruption is coming to more business categories in the early 2010s.

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Microsoft loses i4i appeal, faces Word injunction in three weeks

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

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The US Circuit Court of Appeals in DC has today denied Microsoft’s appeal to overturn a court injunction preventing it from selling copies of Microsoft Word (or Office with Word). Those copies contain a feature that a jury last May found infringed upon patents held by i4i, a former Microsoft partner that built Word add-ons for editing XML.

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The once and future king: Test build of Opera crushes Chrome on Windows 7

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews


Download Opera 10.5 “Pre-alpha” for Windows from Fileforum now.

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How’s this for a Christmas miracle: We’ve been saying that if Opera wants to get back in the game — if it truly wants to earn a place among the Top 5 positions on Europe’s forthcoming “Choice Screen” — then it has to pick up the pace in the performance department. Apparently while we were writing that, the developers at Opera Software were a little ahead of us on that count.

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Casio Celebrates Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary

Hello Kitty, the fictional character that adorns everything from purses to laptops is beloved around the world. The iconic kitty is turning 35 and to celebrate, Casio is unveiling this limited edition Hello Kitty Casio EX-Z90 digital camera.

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