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It's an iPad mini, Not an iPad Shuffle

Reading the Twitter and App.net reactions to the mostly positive reviews of the iPad mini today, I’m left with the impression that many people wanted $199 price point Retina display 10-hours of battery aluminum case, and all the fit and finish you expect from Apple And anyone who doesn’t criticize Apple for not having all of these is a shill. But design is about compromise, remember? There’s no physical way Apple could have kept its “legendary” battery life (Tim Cook’s word, not mine) with the…

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Apple, Amazon, and the DOJ (Again)

Apple bashes Amazon and proposed ebook settlement — paidContent: “In all, the Government met with at least fourteen Amazon employees—yet not once under oath. The Government required that Amazon turn over a mere 4,500 documents, a fraction of what was required of others.” (Via. paidcontent.org) Remember back in April, when I said the DOJ case against Apple regarding eBooks seemed like it was authored by Amazon? Yeah, looks like it just about was.  And now they’re trying to force Apple into a settlement, though Apple wants to…

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Username/Password Needs to be Taken out to Back and Shot in the Head

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab | Wired.com: “In many ways, this was all my fault. My accounts were daisy-chained together. Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter. Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it’s possible that none of this would have happened, because their ultimate goal was always to take over my Twitter account and wreak havoc. Lulz. Had I been…

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More on eBooks and the Justice Department

Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost – NYTimes.com: ““It is breathtaking to stand back and look at this and believe that this is in the public interest,” he said. “The only rationale is e-book prices will go down, for how long? What happens when there is no one left to compete with them?”” (Via The New York Times.) This article sums up my feelings about this weird eBook DOJ case. Sure, in the short term prices may go down, but once Amazon has 100% of the market, where will…

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iBooks can't have links to Amazon books - Duh

Apple rejects iBook with links to Amazon’s store: Before anyone starts yelling about censorship, keep in mind that this is Apple’s playground, and it can take its ball home whenever it wants, no matter how inane the reason. But this reason seems particularly inane — Apple can’t really be worried about one link in a ebook promoting a competitor’s sales, right? Not to mention that the book in question was a hardcover copy, and unless I’m mistaken, wasn’t even sold on Apple’s iBooks store…

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