rants

  • How Apple kills hardware innovation

    How Apple kills hardware innovation

    If there are two things you can count on it’s Death and the propensity of Asian electronics manufacturers to capitalize on a rising trend. In short, what we buy Asia makes and Asia is very happy about the iPad. And this chain of events, in turn, destroys hardware innovation. First we have this AP report about accessories makers. We haven’t posted very many iPad accessories since… Read More

  • You're worth it: How the "premium" perception is changing the way we buy gadgets

    You're worth it: How the "premium" perception is changing the way we buy gadgets


    This guy was asking the quality question way before the PSP Go The PSP Go just launched and the blogworld is in a tizzy about the price – $249 – and the apparent chintziness of this new PSP replacement. You see, the device doesn’t support Sony’s exciting UMD optical standard and is generally reported as “feeling” cheaper than the bulky but solid PSP. The PSP… Read More

  • Why Nokia and Sony Ericsson are failing

    Why Nokia and Sony Ericsson are failing

    Fosfor posted an incredible look at what has befallen phone manufacturers and why they’re all faltering. Mikael heeded over to Nokia and Sony Ericsson’s sites and tried to list all of the models available. Nokia had 44 and S-E had 70. He then points out that there are three iPhones at best and in reality there are only two. It costs money to manufacture and sell things. While many… Read More

  • What is this iPhone 3G S/AT&T upgrade pricing brouhaha really about?

    What is this iPhone 3G S/AT&T upgrade pricing brouhaha really about?

    There has been plenty of ink spilled over the 3G S upgrade (“Now faster with oleoresistant skin!”) and it’s abundantly clear what folks are trying to do here. Early adopters have always chafed at having to pay outrageous fees for upgrades inside of a contract period. Be it the latest RAZR a few years ago or the latest iPhone today, the same obsessives who are ranting about… Read More

  • The surfeit of content: Life in the post-optical world

    The surfeit of content: Life in the post-optical world

    As William Gibson said, “The future is already here – it is just unevenly distributed.” A few years ago I thought streaming video was an impossible dream. Networks were too slow, we said, and no one cared about streaming. A few us held the torch high and shouted in a stentorian voice “We shall stream!” but it was still not to be. We had TiVo, but that was… Read More

  • Tap tap revolution: WinMo 6.5

    Tap tap revolution: WinMo 6.5

    Like lipstick on a pig here comes WinMo 6.5, the next amazing interface from everyone’s favorite mobile software company. I could go the “Looks like iPhone” route, but I won’t. In fact, Microsoft should have been way ahead of the game six years ago yet they clung to a dated OS for so long that this looks like catch up – the the freaking Palm Pre. While I’m… Read More

  • Sony and the fall of the PSP

    Sony and the fall of the PSP

    Joel at BBG writes a stirring piece on the PSP and its promise. I remember Joel IMing me back in 2005 while he was standing in the hot sun in line at E3 to see Sony’s vaunted handheld – “Sony gave me cancer” – and how excited we all were when we first saw this bugger. Now, however, my PSP is basically a retro-gaming box with a wide range of potential piracy… Read More

  • MagicJack and the problem with gadget start-ups

    MagicJack and the problem with gadget start-ups

    You have a great idea for a product. You have a great designer. You have a manufacturer willing to pump something out for not much money. You’re on your way to gadget riches, right? Wrong. Dan Costa wrote a cautionary tale for all those looking to produce a consumer electronics product. His focus is magicJack, a company that we wrote about in August 2007, a post that currently has… Read More

  • Who killed Microsoft?

    Who killed Microsoft?

    “Not I” said the Windows user
    “I liked Ultimate but I’m no loser
    I paid for a Vista upgrade
    but when my 3D shader failed to shade
    I decided XP was the right call
    You can’t blame me at all.” Read More

  • How to get good service at the Apple Genius Bar

    How to get good service at the Apple Genius Bar

    Image from Vwag John “J to the B” Brownlee had a problem with his brand new MacBook Pro’s SuperDrive. He put in a Samsung press disk (you can’t trust Samsung further than you can throw them, incidentally) and the probably bent a little gate that kept the disk from ejecting – but I doubt he did. In short, he had a constantly spinning CD in his drive he… Read More

  • Help us, help you: Suggestions for improving Western Digital's WD TV HD Media Player

    Help us, help you: Suggestions for improving Western Digital's WD TV HD Media Player

    Like many of our readers, we’re big fans of Western Digital’s WD TV HD Media Player ’round these parts. The thing is, the WD TV is still far from perfect, even after you install the recent 1.01.01 firmware update (and subsequent 1.01.02 release). Read More

  • CES 2009: Prepare for "green" lip service

    CES 2009: Prepare for "green" lip service

    Every year around CES time we get a slew of emails describing the thinnest this or most of that. A few years ago it was GPS devices (“The most points-of-interest in Scranton!”) and then it was TVs (witness Samsung’s recent announcement of a 7mm thick TV). Now it’s green. Take the Renew for example. Through an alliance with CarbonFund(TM), Motorola offsets the energy… Read More

  • PR and the fine art of not being crazy

    PR and the fine art of not being crazy

    Our buddies Rich and Eric got a delightful missive in their email boxes after replying to a CES meeting request about TVs. See, Rich and Eric run PhoneScoop, the best phone site on the web. They don’t write about TVs. The result of their polite email? A crazy message from HWH president Lois Whitman. CES publishes a list of press. You are one of a few thousand. Everyone has access to… Read More

  • Why we need to go digital this holiday

    Why we need to go digital this holiday

    What I’m about to say will anger a lot of CE manufacturers, but this has been the laziest year in consumer electronics to date and I’m recommending that rather than spending money on the boring stuff that has come out in 2008 we all spend our money on digital media – games, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and the like. And I don’t mean digital Blu-Ray and game disks, either. Read More

  • Douche of the Day: Diego Norte/James Brausch

    Douche of the Day: Diego Norte/James Brausch

    We’ve been getting some spam emails from someone purporting to be Diego Norte offering us exciting notes to post on our blog. These notes include tips on how to cheat on your taxes and how to lure children into vans (I didn’t read the entire thing, so I can’t confirm that that’s in there.) I’m sure you, as an Internet Professional, have brushed up against this… Read More

  • WTF: Come on, Hulu/Netflix/ABC/NBC/Sling/whoever, let us watch American TV outside of the country

    A quick rant. I’m in Geneva, the city where boredom goes to be bored, and wanted to watch a movie on Netflix Instant Play. I headed over and discovered, much to my chagrin, that the system was keyed to my current location and, as a result, I’m locked out. While I’m aware of IP masks and other tricks I could use to get to the content, I’m essentially browsing Usenet… Read More

  • The saddest iPhone story in the world

    The saddest iPhone story in the world

    Glenn Derene wrote a rant about the problem with modern technology – it is virtually irreparable when broken. The best Apple can do, apparently, is just send broken iPods back for recycling, so complex are their miniscule innards. Derene writes: The problem began almost imperceptibly several months ago. I found myself pushing my first generation iPhone’s “home” button… Read More

  • Cringely on WinMo: She is dying

    Cringely on WinMo: She is dying

    I usually agree with Senor Cringely. He writes thoughtful, longer pieces about tech and he often portends grave changes in the industry. Today, however, I’m not quite sure he’s hit the nail on the head. His piece posits that there is an 85-10-5 split in most markets, most notably the phone market. In this case you have 85% feature phones, 10% smartphones, and 5 odd ducks like… Read More

  • What does the downturn mean for gadget freaks?

    What does the downturn mean for gadget freaks?


    With news of doom and gloom coming at us from every side I would like to take a moment to look at the market as it stands and assess what a slow-down/recession will mean for us, the tech obsessed. To recap, we are in this mess because of what amounts to a credit freeze. Companies that once could request “cash” to cover overnight expenses – we’re talking millions… Read More

  • Vista lies, damn lies, and lies

    Vista lies, damn lies, and lies

    I sadly missed this story last week but it bears further inspection. Charlie “The Animal” White wrote a piece “fact-checking” the claims that Vista is buggy, slow, and a big hassle. While I cannot agree that Vista is a sub par offering from Microsoft, I can unequivocally state that it’s good enough for the average user and no matter how much we whine and cry… Read More