Saturday, January 13, 2007

Blu-Ray Just Lost

This article at Ars indicates the "adult entertainment industry" is backing the HD-DVD standard. Apparently Sony doesn't want porn on their precious format. Sometimes you just have to shake your head. I believe the 3.5in disk was a Sony product, but apart from that now-obsolete media, Sony has a pretty abysmal record when it comes to getting consumers to buy. Beta, Mini-disk, memory-sticks, Blu-ray, and probably many more. [note: I believe beta is still used in some professional settings, but I could be wrong]. At some point wouldn't you just give up?

Not Likely

According to this article, the Apple, Inc. board may be "forced" to fire Jobs as CEO. This is not the first article to suggest such an outcome of the backdating scandal. What I find interesting is that none of the articles I have read explain why exactly the board would be forced into such an action. The board is responsible to the shareholders. I think it is pretty clear that the majority of Apple stockholders want Jobs at the helm. Unless there were some legal limit to Jobs remaining as CEO, the board doesn't have to do jack—backdating or no.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

iPhone


So, got your iPhone on order yet? That is one sweet, sweet device. Unfortunately, there is some grumbling that folks are being told at MacWorld that Apple is not going to allow 3rd party apps. That is just dumb, dumb, dumb. I can imagine their arguments for it, and I think Apple will be printing money with these things, but for my part, it would kill much of my enthusiasm for the device. What is the whole point of promoting OS X on the device if they are going to hobble it? The people that would care about OS X on the phone want 3rd party apps, and the people that don't want 3rd party apps could care less about what OS is being used. Just doesn't make sense to me. That being said, there is no official word from Apple, the phone is not even out for another 6 months, and the real story may be different. Lets hope so.

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