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Windows 7 was "inspired by Mac", Microsoft admits

http://www.9to5mac.com

We reckon a lot of Mac users will be dashing across to read PCR’s interview with Microsoft’s partner group manager, Simon Aldous, today, if only to look in black and white at his admission that Windows 7 was “inspired” by Apple’s Mac OS X.

As readers hear the faint strains of ‘Follow the Leader”, here’s a few samples of what he said:

“One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics,” he said.

“We’ve significantly improved the graphical user interface, but it’s built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance.” (Oh yeah?).

Create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics?

Where did we hear that before?

And isn’t that what everybody knew already?

Perhaps that’s why Windows XP users should consider switching to a Mac.

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Mac Users Ready to Pay Up for Apple Tablet [Study]

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The “how much will you pay for an Apple Tablet?” question might be a bit premature given the specifications or the launch date of the device are not yet confirmed.

Nonetheless, Retrevo has just published a study looking at the price points at which both Mac and PC users would be willing to pay for an Apple Tablet device.

Not surprisingly, the results show that existing Apple users are willing to go higher than PC users. How much higher? 68% of respondents indicate they’d be willing to pay more than $600 for the device, versus just 36% of PC owners stating the same.

It’s not surprising that Apple users are willing to pay more – after all, on average they have a higher household income and own more devices. However, it is interesting that they’re willing to pay so much, and indicative that Apple may be able to charge significantly more than most netbooks and the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook, devices that all seem to fit somewhere in between smartphones and desktop/notebook computers.

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New Apple device could change the way we read newspapers, magazines and books

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It is imperative for agencies to stay on top of new communication devices and their impact upon our industry and clients. That said, you can simply follow Apple. They’ve set the standard and everyone else is playing catchup.

Apple has transformed the way we listen to (and purchase) music with the iPod and iTunes. It also changed the way we use our cellphones with the iPhone. Will it also transform how we read newspapers, magazines and books?

I was just reading this article in PCWorld “Apple Tablet: Did The New York Times Spill the Beans?“

The New York Times’ executive editor, Bill Keller, may have inadvertently confirmed the existence of the oft-rumored Apple Tablet in a private speech earlier this month. During the speech, Keller made a reference to the Times’ strategy for mobile devices. “We need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices,” Keller said. “I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that.”

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Apple purchased Placebase in July to replace Google Maps?

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the founder of openplaces.org announced in a tweet that Apple had bought the company that produced the Maps API that his company used in their software.

Pushpin is the name of the software API that Openplaces uses and it is made by a company called Placebase.

"Apple bought PlaceBase - all hush hush. Pushpin site taken offline. Hyperlocal iPhone?"
Then, nothing for a few months. I had seen the post awhile back but couldn't find anything to back it up - the Internet drew a blank. This week, however, I revisited the information. I decided to do a background check on PlaceBase's founder and CEO, Jaron Waldman.

Turns out, he's no longer founder and CEO of PlaceBase in Los Angeles. He's now part of the "Geo Team" at Apple. -whatever that is.
The former CTO of Placebase is now an engineer at Apple as well.

Placebase.com has been pulled offline and Pushpin.com forwards to the API help pages.

Yep, Apple bought Placebase. But what are they going to do with this software?

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Update: AT&T 'pleased' with iPhone MMS rollout three days in

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Nearly three days after activating its multimedia messaging service (MMS) to iPhone 3G and 3GS, AT&T Inc. said today it was "pleased with the rollout" despite continuing user complaints on its own Facebook page.

Many iPhone users complained late into the weekend and early today about the service not working or taking too long to send a photo. The service was activated mid-day Friday nationwide, after AT&T took heat from customers in June about not having it available when the iPhone 3GS launched. The complaints began rolling in later Friday but there were also some praise for the rollout mixed in.

"We are pleased with the rollout of MMS" to iPhone, said spokesman Mark Siegel in an e-mail sent about 9 a.m, reiterating comments he made when the service launched Friday. This morning, Eric Mooneyham endorsed that view with his Facebook comment, "Everything went fine for me. Just sent a video to someone on Verizon, and it went through just like that! Thx AT&T."

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AT&T Rolls Out iPhone MMS, Tells FCC Google Voice Breaks the Law

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The excitement of the iPhone finally getting multimedia messaging, is overshadowed by the Google Voice drama

After a long wait AT&T finally rolled out support for the multimedia messaging service (MMS) protocol. This means that iPhones can at last send pictures, video, and audio recordings like users of other smartphones.

IPhones have actually had MMS support built in since June when the iPhone OS v3.0 was released. AT&T, however, kept the functionality disabled for fear it would overload and break its network. Meanwhile, AT&T upgraded much of its network and built extra capacity to handle the service.

On September 22, early last week, it sent a free SMS text message to inform its customers that it would be rolling out the update on Friday. The message read, "AT&T Free Msg: Picture & video messaging (MMS) will be available for iPhone on 9/25. While we prepare your account for MMS capability, the current 'view my message' experience will be turned off but your ability to send and receive text messages will not be affected."

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