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As Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference was kicked off by Apple CEO Steve Job’s keynote presentation, Apple’s stock fell. During and shortly after the keynote address, Apple’s stock price slid over $4 per share. The slide is believed to be caused by the lack of enthusiasm by Mac developers and the ill-received news that iPhone would be able to have 3rd party apps developed for it, but only via Web 2.0 in Safari, iPhone’s web browser. This wasn’t exactly what the developers were looking for and the market vigorously responded.

Part of the slide could also be due to high expectations by traders and market analyst about today’s keynote. The fact is that market analyst like to think that each time Steve Jobs walks on stage, something revolutionary is going to end up announced, unveiled or talked about. However, those who follow technology close expected more than what the keynote offered, a recap of features slated to appear in Leopard, which ships later this year.

I am right on the heals of hearing Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, wrap up this years WWDC keynote. I have to say that while the keynote didn’t introduce any big-ticket items that some Mac fans were looking for, I think it was what everyone realistically thought would happen. The biggest and most pleasant surprise came right out of the gate when EA Games announced that it will be bringing some of its most popular titles to the Mac, including EA Sports favorites starting in August. Steve continued on into Leopard, and like last year, showed 10 new features coming in the new version of OS X. He unveiled the sleek new desktop and finder, which all appear to be big gains; but, both are more or less eye candy. A new previewing feature called Quick look was introduced and that also looks very nice. Beyond that, nothing ‘new’ was really shown about Leopard. Steve Jobs re-outlined the features shown at last year’s WWDC.

Once the 10 features were covered, Jobs announced that Apple’s Safari has grown to nearly 5% of the browser market share. Furthermore, Apple plans to port Safari fully over to Windows XP/Vista. This should be very interesting and Steve announced that a beta of Safari 3 for Windows and OS X Tiger will be available today via www.apple.com/safari

Finally, ‘one more thing …’

Apple announced that it will open developers to the iPhone via Safari. Meaning that developers will be able to develop applications for iPhone using the latest in web standards within iPhone’s Safari browser. This news proved to be unpleasing to most developers, who wanted all out control to develop more client style apps for Apple’s much anticipated phone.

I will post more on this soon as possible but so far, this keynote is exactly what many expected. Sure, the games and Safari news was a surprised, but both are definite positives for Apple. While developers appear to be unpleased, I think it is not a decision that Apple wanted to make but had to because of AT&T. Much like Apple is puppeted with iTunes and DRM. Steve Jobs is all about healthy partnerships and he knows that forcing too much can hurt those partnerships. Apple also realizes that web development is a hot thing right now and is really where things are headed. So, this development move does not surprise or even upset me.

I just finished talking with some family who have come to visit. They came by and noticed that I had recently switched to a Mac and was asking me about the pros and cons to owning and operating a Mac. Being just casual users, I was quite surprised at the complexity of their questions that most users would not even think about. In ending the conversation at the time, I finished with the idea that I do still use Windows on my Mac since I have an Intel iMac and basically said that both have its advantages and disadvantages and that for me OS X and the Mac suits me better. I began thinking later, however, about the idea of how important the Operating System of a computer really is and how important (or unimportant) it will be in the coming years. As online products evolve, such as the free online services Google provides, the need for typical desktop applications will decline. I am already using an online word processor, spreadsheet, calendar, and RSS reader. Because of the services, I am able to go anywhere, on anyone’s computer and use the services I want with the settings I have set. So, as you use Windows, Linux or OS X machines, remember that they will never be as important for the average user as they once were. Will traditional operating systems die? No way, there are still definite advantages for power users and content creators. However, to the one who wishes to just email, read news, and share photos, the operating system will become ever more transparent.

Since early January, much has been made of Apple’s up and coming iPhone. iPhone is slated to be an all-in-one iPod, phone and an internet communications device. There was much debate and even a potential lawsuit between Apple and Cisco that has since been peacefully resolved. You can find much on the web about features in detail by just Googling the word iPhone. But, what does the future existance of iPhone really mean? iPhone, simply put means innovation — not just for Apple, but for the entire industry.

As we have already seen, many corporations have already announced new phones that attempt to emulate some of iPhones’ features. An online business has since boomed from the mere technology that you visually sort through your voice messages as you do your email — a feature coming directly on the iPhone. The most important about all of this is now Apple has upped the dial on what can and should be done on a consumer cell phone. What does this mean? A revolution of new products and services to come via other cell phones and cell phone carriers like Sprint and Verizon. There is already rumors and patents that are making people believe that Microsoft is poised to release a multimedia phone/internet communicator of their own.

The playing field has just been raised to a new level just when many cell phone manufacturers felt they were finally making ‘smartphones’ smart enough. Thanks to Apple and the revolutions in iPhone, all phones made later and after this year will slowly become ‘smarter’ too.

Tonight, like most nights, I found myself surfing the web and checking email rather late – later than I should, anyway. So, I stumble upon an email announcement from Microsoft informing consumers that starting now, you can purchase a “Vista Compatible PC” today and you may be eligible for what they are calling an Express Upgrade to Windows Vista. First off, my thought is “Express? Right … ” After laughing at the thought of Microsoft doing anything in an Express fashion, I took a look at the list of Vendors participating in this program – including the likes of Levono, HP, and Sony. One participator on the list included Dell – no surprise there – so I went to their “Vista Upgrade Site” to check out a few of the compatible machines that they are offering as apart of this program. After surfing for a moment, trying to find more details on how Dell is going about it, I notice they offer a link to www.dellvistaupgrade.com. What is even more stunning to me is the information that appears when the page displays which states that you will then be able to redeem your ‘voucher’ or whatnot after November 13, 2006. I am baffled here because all of the other manufacturer’s state that Vista will not be redeemable until Vista’s release, projected in early 2007. That date makes more sense because that is when it has been slated for a while. Now, my next thought was that maybe this November date posted by Dell is for the Enterprise edition for businesses, and this could be true. However, Other sources read that Enterprise editions will only be available via volume licensing, so why would Dell go public to the average consumer and post such a date for a business product without at least being more specific? Could this be a fast one that Windows attempted to pull on us but Dell has let out of the bag? Personally, I have my doubts and I believe that there is either a mix up or this ‘release date’ is for the Enterprise edition. What’s your take on it? In case this is a mixup or a ‘spilling of the beans’, and Dell clears off the information by the time you go to the link above, here is a link of a screenshot I took.

After five years and numerous security flaws, Microsoft finally makes the much needed significant update to Internet Explorer. On Thursday, Microsoft formally announced the release of its flagship web browser, Internet Explorer version 7. The new browser brings forth a dramatic change in appearance and usability. But that’s not all, IE7 packs plenty of new features and abilities to its security ravaged predecessor. IE7 brings in support for RSS (Real Simple Syndication) news feeds, and a few helpful anti-phishing and pop-up blocker tools. Most of these tools have already existed in IE’s competition, Firefox and Opera for some time.

However, less than a full day of its released, a Danish security company revealed a security flaw that IE7 has apparently picked up from its predecessor, IE6. Moreover, the security flaw has been considered ‘less critical’ and difficult to exploit.

Now that IE7 has released, I will take many of the new features listed earlier and expand on them and tell how accurate they really are. The big story for IE7 will be how much more secure it can be than IE6. With the added tools, it certainly does look more secure in nature. However, only time will tell; and as for me, I think I will stick with Firefox, version 2 which is primed for release any day now.

Hey everyone, I know it has been forever since i have posted. But, with school starting up, moving into a new dorm and getting used to a new campus, I have been rather busy. Having ear aches in between all of that has not been fun either. Sorry to all of my readers.

For those who don’t know, I am a huge fan of David Pogue, the award-winning technology journalist for the New York Times. He recently wrote his review of LG and Varizon’s largely marketed new phone called Chocolate. You know it can’t be good when an award-winning journalist had this to say about your product:

“Listen up, LG dudes: I’m sorry, but if your primary control system requires seven warnings in your manual, maybe you should reconsider your system.”

It appears that this Chocolate is very un-user-friendly. Check out his full post here and enjoy.

Okay, I will admit first hand that I do, in fact, have a myspace account. I use it as a tool to keep in touch with friends, which obviously is what it is built to do. However, I still find myself unhappy with much of its third-rate quality and frequent ‘maintenence’ and down time. Just last week, Myspace was down for several hours due to heat and power outages. Since then, I have seen more and more instability with Myspace. Before MySpace went down last week, I still had my own views on the service and if it wasn’t for my many friends on there – I would not have an account.

Now, don’t get me wrong, in theory this service is great. It is free, fun for people for all ages, and it makes keeping in touch with friends to a basic level. However, Myspace seems to have more intrusive adds, be less intuitive and user friendly, and lately has been non-functional. It would be nice to see Myspace move to less intrusive advertisements. I am not saying to get rid of ads, because then Myspace would never be free again. But, at least look at more text based ads, similar to that of Google’s AdSense.

Myspace is not so user friendly for the typical user. Many have found ways to customize their Myspace, but not without having to go to another site which is twice as ad-infested. As Myspace continues to add features, I really hope they look to improve their stability, text-based ads, and more in-house designs that people can point, click, and choose – rather than having to hunt down code that appeares foriegn to most users. Myspace needs to look at bringing in designers, have a wide variety of themes, and making it very simple for the users to change the way their Myspace looks – without even looking at code.

I will end by saying that maybe Myspace will look at least some of these problems and make their improvements. Myspace is wildly popular, and have earned their success. But, if they are not careful, someone else will come along with easier and more stable functionality, and less flashy advertisements. No one is likely to overthrow Myspace any time soon, but as a company like SixApart prepares a Myspace rival to release this Fall, it should make for some competition – which will be good for Myspace users everywhere.