Science - Technology: June 2009 Archives

AT&T iPhone customers: tethering is coming, for a price:

"It won't be coming cheaply, however; appmodo's source says a tethering option will cost AT&T customers a whopping $55 a month."

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog.)

This is what happens when you hand monopoly power to a company. Sooner or later this bad will spill over to Apple. Can't wait until 2010 when their exclusive deal expires.

Daring Fireball: Palm Saturday

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Daring Fireball: Palm Saturday:

"So while the comparisons between the Pre and iPhone are obvious and inevitable, I think the Pre stands a much stronger chance of stealing customers away from RIM than from Apple. For as good as the Pre is, and I’m convinced it is excellent, it just doesn’t have much to offer that would sway someone considering an iPhone. But for someone considering a BlackBerry, the Pre might look very sweet: a big bright screen, a beautiful modern user interface design, a kick-ass mobile web browser, and, yes, a hardware keyboard. The Pre is the BlackBerry Bold done right."

(Via Daring Fireball.)

True.

A Real Whopper: Black Hole Is Most Massive Known - Yahoo! News:

"PASADENA, CALIF. — The most massive black hole yet weighed lurks at the heart of the relatively nearby giant galaxy M87. The supermassive black hole is two to three times heftier than previously thought, a new model showed, weighing in at a whopping 6.4 billion times the mass of the sun. The new measure suggests that other black holes in nearby large galaxies could also be much heftier than current measurements suggest, and it could help astronomers solve a longstanding puzzle about galaxy development."

(Via Yahoo! News.)

Neato.

Now That's Drinking the Kool-Aid

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Q&A: Microsoft's Windows marketing chief says Apple's 'scared' | Business Center | Macworld:

"I think [the way] they’re responding to our advertising is a reflection of what's happening out in the market (both IDC and the NPD Group show Mac sales dropping in the U.S. in recent months).

They're scared. The Ad Age survey shows how our brand is coming alive through three things: the ads, hitting our commitment to build a fantastic product with Windows 7, and around delivering the truth about the ‘Apple tax’ and the value you get when you go with Windows."

(Via Macworld.)

It's hard not to laugh at such delusions. Apple isn't sleeping on Microsoft, but scared? Jokes. I love the misdirection on the sales figures. Every manufacturer saw their sales slump, except Apple saw it's sales slump the least. Notice no mention in the interview of the Zune or Windows Mobile versus the iPod and iPhone respectively. Methinks somebody is projecting some fear.

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