Apple Bans Screen film …What?

OK, yeah I am a little bit of an Apple fan. I was a blackberry fan and just finally wanted to have more fun over function so I went Iphone and I don’t regret it.

Yes, it is a closed system compared to other operating systems. I know that it is and I am ok with it to get the fun I want to get from the device. now, don’t get me wrong here, I dont like it but I see it as a give and take sort of relationship. Unfortunately, Apple has started to seem more take recently but I kinda chalked it up to normal paranoia. First there was the lawsuits,but then the banning of screen protectors???oh wait… of COURSE banning of screen protectors. I must have forgotten the fact that all iphones are impervious to any nick or scratch by even the hardest tungsten blades. This makes absolutely no sense. It is about as rational a statement as Apple stating that it will only allow multitouch to operate when the index finger and the thumb are used, if not used in such a manner the device will “phone home” and you will be charged $.99 for multitouch infringement.

Apple, I luv ya.. but, what gives?

Chris

Microsoft’s Courier ‘digital journal’: better than Ipad?

This morning Techmeme.com had  a breaking news story about Microsoft’s new Courier device. Engadget broke the story here. But the basics are this:

It will run an operating system other than Win7, most likely CE6. The device will incorporate an e-book reader as well as built in camera and it folds down to the size of a 5×7 photo. The whole device is based around handwriting recognition and will feature searching against any items in memory via pen stylus and show results in a sort of blog like format.  kinda nifty.

so is this a contender to the IPad?  If you hop over to the Engadget article and look at the video…. it just might be. and it does have something the IPad doesn’t. Handwriting recognition.  I think it looks like a pretty good contender at the very least.

I think we are now going to start seeing the emergence of more of these devices from other vendors soon.  The two big players are now in it its only a matter of time until we be seeing a Google Gpad or a Asus PPD13 (personal pad device 13″)?

Happy reading!

I will be covering this in my weekly podcast #60 which will be going live in under one day.  I hope you can wait that long Internets. 😉

HTC vs Apple… FIGHT! Let the Patent Infringement battle begin.

Best Picture Ever!

Today Apple decided to dust off their legal bat and go after HTC . The infringement suit details 20 different patents all related to the IPhone interface and related hardware. This is a quote of Spectacular Steve Jobs quoted directly from an Apple Press Release:

“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

Well, at least we can say he is serious about this.  Gizmodo has a posting that details all 20 patent infringement documents and a lot more . and Techmeme.com of course has been covering all major blog postings and every other news agency that is falling over themselves to try to cover this news and bring some new perspective. The below links were what were available at the time of this writing as TechMeme saw it. WOW!

New York Times, TechCrunch, Engadget, Reuters, PC World, Digits, Associated Press, Silicon Alley Insider, NEWSFACTOR, Ars Technica, Android Phone Fans, Android Central, CNET News, eWeek, Digital Daily, L.A. Times Tech Blog, Electronista, AppleInsider, Phone Arena, Boing Boing, iPhone Buzz, Fone Arena, Brainstorm Tech, Erictric, ZDNET.com.au, Maximum PC, SlashGear, internetnews.com, VentureBeat, Google Watch, DailyTech, Google Android Blog, jkOnTheRun, Macworld, Softpedia News, louisgray.com, Bits, Nelson’s Weblog, Epeus’ epigone, Datamation, DailyFinance, App Advice, www.pocketgamer.biz, Guardian, mocoNews, The Apple Core, Digital Trends, MacDailyNews, Neowin.net, Pulse2 and The Register

So, is Apple warranted in taking these steps? Is Steve Jobs just trying to eliminate healthy competition? For good or for bad, this is gonna be one helluva fight!