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3.12.2004

MacOrama für den 3. Dezember 2004

macoramaIm September hatte sich eine britische Verbraucherschutzorganisation ans Office of Fair Trading gewandt und über die Preisdifferenz zwischen iTMS UK und iTMS Kontinentaleuropa beklagt. Inzwischen hat man sich beim OFT entschieden eine entsprechende Beschwerde bei der EU Kommission einzureichen, wie BBC News meldet: "It said the Commission was better placed to judge on the matter because "Apple iTunes operates in more than three European Union member states".
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Der ein oder andere mag sich dunkel erinnern, Apple drehte das aufziehende Band Aid 20 Dilemma in ein nettes PR Highlight, die Konkurrenz fands weniger lustig, wie AP meldet: "Apple's decision sparked criticism from its competitors. Napster said it was "disappointed they've chosen to use the biggest charity event of the year to undercut every other music retailer in the U.K." Wissen die nicht, dass Weihnachten ist? (Danke, Mark!)
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Das Wort 'iPhone' macht mich latent schlechtgelaunt, insofern vermied ich die Gerüchtegurkenrunde der letzten Wochen, aber Engadget gibt sich dermaßen hartnäckig: "We were pretty skeptical about this, so we started asking around about this, trying to figure out if this was anything more than the usual gossip, and we just got word from a highly reliable source that—jibing with the rumors from earlier this week—Apple has indeed been showing off a prototype for an iPhone (or whatever you want to call it), and that Motorola is one of the potential manufacturing partners."
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Amazon.com, aktuelle Early Adopter Computers-Liste: "These are the newest and coolest products our customers of Computers are buying. This list, updated daily, is based entirely on purchase patterns." Platz 1-5? Drei mal iPod, einmal iPod-Socken(!) und einmal iTMS-Prepaid-Karte. (jpf)
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Jahresende: Zeit nicht nur für große Marketinganstrengungen, sondern auch für Rückblicke. eWeek eröffnet die Saison und blickt in einem lesenswerten Beitrag auf Apple im abgelaufenen Jahr. "If you had told someone five years ago that Apple would someday have a rapidly growing business in the server market, a huge share of the Unix desktop market, and commanding mindshare in the digital music business - so much so that Hewlett-Packard licensed its hardware - that someone would have probably asked what kind of irrational exuberance you had been smoking. Yet somehow, Apple turned into one of the biggest success stories in the computer industry." (jpf)
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iPod Socken Aus- und Einpackgalerie (via MacBidouille).
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Think Secret berichtet über IBMs "PowerEverywhere Beijing" Event, dabei wurde bekanntgegeben, dass bisher über eine Million PowerPC 970FX Prozessoren ausgeliefert wurden und: "Confidential documents pertaining to the development of IBM's future single-core PowerPC 970GX and dual-core 970MP processors, code-named Antares, obtained by Think Secret, reveal that Apple has already received a number of prototypes of the processor. Apple is also expected to wrap up Process Verification Testing of the 970MP around the end of January, meaning systems featuring the processor could be ready as early as the Spring including, possibly, the long-awaited PowerBook G5."
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Zur Abwechslung mal wieder hold statt buy Empfehlung für AAPL von Smith Barney, zu lesen bei CBS Marketwatch: "since the stock has doubled in value over the last four months, "we cannot justify more than a $75 fair value in twelve months." Selbst Charles Wolf (Needham&Co.) stuft zurück: "With all of the possible contributors to Apple's share price factored in -- the iPod, a possible flash-based iPod and the widely discussed halo effect -- our valuation model produces a fair price of $70 per share," analyst Charles Wolf told clients."
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John Gruber sinniert über einen flash basierten iPod: "The point of this is to emphasize that “flash-memory-based”, in and of itself, is not a feature. If Apple is making an iPod significantly smaller than even the Mini, it might not be particularly cheap. And if they’re making a cheaper iPod with significantly lower storage capacity, they’re risking the iPod’s hard-earned reputation as a terrific gadget."
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Apples Studiblog durchbricht die laaange Ruhephase mit zwei grausam superlativierten neuen Postings, z.B. über das (übrigens auch von mir hochgeschätzte) Quicksilver: "The program is incredibly intelligent. It learns what you’re likely to mean when you type a certain set of letters, and it can even guess that “wor” is likely to mean Microsoft Word, or that “ie” is likely to mean Internet Explorer." Vielleicht sollte der sich mal mit Scoble zusammensetzen.
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ecto 2.1 ist frisch vorhanden.
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Und endlich mal wieder ein ...h Fehler!

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