Everything Is A Remix

Kimberly-Clark Corp - Kleenex

Apple fanboys are clearly excited!

As the news filters out to world via the internet of Apple’s legal victory in the U.S. over Samsung and the inevitable rise in value of Kleenex stock as Apple fanboys indulge in releasing their pent up anticipation and pleasure at Apple’s victory (I’m not joking, look at the graph of Kimberly-Clark Corp stock prices I just snapped from Google), allow me to present you with this TED talk: Embracing the Remix”  by Kirby Ferguson.

This is required viewing before discussing the Apple vs. Samsung debacle with me.

We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another. Admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness, it’s a liberation from our misconceptions

About Microsoft’s Surface Tablet And The Apple Fanboys

The amount of this crap I’ve been seeing in the comments sections of posts about Microsoft’s Surface tablet is ridiculous. Regardless of your opinion about the product, folks need to pay attention to their computer history before opening their traps.

Yes, I know Bill Gates actually showed off the first tablet at Comdex in 2000 (and of course there was “Windows for Pen Computing” in 1991) but I’m too lazy to edit the image below. The point is still served.

Tablet PC

Did Apple Photoshop The Galaxy Tab Comparison Pic To Win European Injunction?

Ah, the Steve Jobs reality distortion field rears it’s ugly head again.

Via Computer World -

 Apple and its lawyers have, perhaps inadvertently, misled the judge of a Düsseldorf court by filing flawed evidence of the similarity between the iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets based on an inaccurate picture, an investigation by Webwereld.nl, a Dutch IDG publication, has found.

Photographic evidence submitted by Apple, found on page 28 of the German complaint, shows two pictures: the iPad 2 and the alleged Galaxy Tab 10.1, accompanied by Apple‘s claim that the “overall appearance” of two products is “practically identical.”

Ipad  - Galaxy Tab Comparrison

It has been pointed out that they may have used an image of a prototype but as the papers were filled on August 4th and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available since May things aren’t looking good for Apple and we may see a reversal of hearing results.

Germany has the same requirements as the US to provide “complete and truthful” evidence in filings such as these, however even if Apple didn’t deliberately try to mislead the Judge (and you know they’ll say they didn’t regardless of the what the truth may be) the damage may already have been done to Samsung.

Hat-tip to Florian Rohrweck.

Is Apple Becoming A One Trick Pony?

AppleReading tonight that Apple has had a blowout quarter with profits up 95% and over 50% of their $24.7 billion in sales coming from the iPhone and it’s ecosystem, I can’t help but think of the that old proverb about having all your eggs in one basket!

Apple fans may have a hard time seeing it, but Apple is very rapidly becoming a one trick pony (the numbers speak for themselves) and that is a dangerous position.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a company relied too heavily on a single product or revenue stream and then hit the wall when that product was superseded.

I just hope, for competitions sake in the market that Apple doesn’t stumble and drop the basket.

Braindead TechCast #150: Techmeme Friday Goes All Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

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Braindead TechcastAs Sean continues his wild holiday somewhere in the US, Steven Hodson and I carry on Braindead TechCast’s fine tradition of Techmeme Friday’s tear down of the headlines on Techmeme as we make fun of them at the same time.

We also had some fun with a rumor about Sean receiving something at his hotel room that he then started playing with, but we’ll leave that to your imaginations – unless of course you want to share your warped thoughts as to what he is playing with.

If you do just email us at podcast@WinExtra.com and we’ll share them on the Monday show.

Enjoy the show :)

Headlines referenced to in the show.

Download BDTC #150.

Ping – Another Social Network (Parody)

I caught this “The Social Network” parody this morning and couldn’t resist posting it here. It’s great, funny and true, but I guess Dan Milano didn’t have enough time to log all of Pings faults. As if the name doesn’t suck enough.

Also, looks like Dan was on the receiving end of some fanboy hate after Techcrunch picked up on the video.

Why I Won’t Be Using Apples Ping

PingBesides the fact that its closed, exists only within iTunes, is already over run by spammers, doesn’t connect to other networks and the slew of reasons posted by Read Write Web, there exits another major reason why I won’t be joining Apples music social network, Ping.

In order to have an account on ping, you must have an iTunes account, which means you must sign up using a credit card or a Paypal account that is attached to a verified credit card or bank account.

I’m sorry but Sara and I already have an iTunes account that we use to get apps and music. It is verified on our media server and our laptops and allows us to download and share music without having to switch accounts.

I don’t see the need for Apple to have my credit card details for me to be part of a social network, but I guess for the legions of Apple fans that already have iTunes accounts, that won’t be an issue.

Who it will be an issue for is families that use just one iTunes account to control purchases and won’t necessarily want to create a second iTunes account for their teens, or spouse, just so they can all play along on Apples content pimping network.

iTunes Ping 2

Should You Be (Or Are You) Allowed Do What You Want With Your Hardware?

Are EULA’s too restrictive?

Do companies like Apple and Sony overstep their boundaries and the law when the “shrink wrapped” licenses the force you to agree to when you purchase a piece of hardware?

Should they have any right or jurisdiction at all to tell you what you can and can’t do with something that you own. Do the EULA’s for a piece of hardware, such as the iPad, have any standing in real life or if you chose tho challenge them in court?

Formulate your answers to these questions and let me know what you think after your read Devin Coldeweys article on Crunch Gear –  The User’s Manifesto: in defense of hacking, modding, and jailbreaking.