There are many "what if" stories surrounding Apple, and one of them is this: What if, when Microsoft asked Apple to license its OS, Apple had done so, becoming the core technology in Windows instead of a closed platform.If that had happened, it is widely believed, Apple would be larger than Dell now, rather than smaller than Acer. But who knows, maybe the result would have been that Apple would be gone altogether, because they certainly had huge execution problems in the 1990s, and their closed platform actually helped them survive those hard times.Because of all of the layoffs, however, ex-Apple people are all over the industry doing incredible things for others based on what they learned at Apple, and the massive Apple marketing engine has created a growing number of Apple imitators. I'll start with the most provocative first.Last Thursday Gateway launched what looks to me like the iPod of the next-generation. Sales data suggests that people want a mini-sized produce, and there has … [Read more...] about Baby Apples: How the Apple Legacy Shapes New Products
The Mercedes-Benz nameplate boasts a lot of highlights over its 86-year history, particularly in the world of racing. This year, the German brand is celebrating one of them in a big way.The automaker has just announced the ‘Mille Miglia’ aesthetic package for the SL400 and SL500 sports cars, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the team’s victory at the Mille Miglia long-distance race.In 1955, a Mercedes 300 SL completed the 1,000-mile sprint through Italy in 11 hours, 29 minutes, and 21 seconds to unexpectedly win the production class. Driver John Fitch and co-driver Kurt Gessl took fifth place overall, while a 300 SLR garnered the event’s general win.Fitch’s 300 SL wore the race number 417, which gives the new car its ‘Mille Miglia 417’ moniker.The package, which will be limited to just 500 units, includes Magnetite Black Metallic paint (pictured) as standard, while Designo Night Black Mango, Designo Cashmere White Mango, and … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz celebrates racing history with the decked out ‘Mille Miglia’ SL-Class
Last week was busy:Microsoft supposedlythreatened open source with patent infringement, and it supposedlysaid Linux was dead. I'll come back to the word "supposedly" in a moment.If that didn't piss off enough people, Engadgetfalsely reported delays for Leopard and the iPhone, trashing Apple's stock, and if there was anyone in tech not pissed off at that point, Google's brand beat them to a pulp at theBrand Impact Awards, and HP'sstunning financial results made those using market conditions as an excuse for poor performance look stupid.Finally, as always, I'll close with my product of the week, which speaks to the power of influence in the tech market and what defines a successful blog.Do you sometimes get the sense that Redmond's elevator doesn't make it to the top floor? That's what occurred to me last week, when Microsoft seemed to threaten to pull a SCO and take OSS (open source software) users and developers to patent court. Then, to add insult to injury, its lead open source … [Read more...] about OPINION Microsoft’s Fake Patent Scare, Engadget’s Apple Fiasco, Google’s Brand Rules, Product of the Week
Looking back at last week, it was a combination of news from the past and news from the future.Starting out the week, we had the EU ruling come down against Microsoft. I think if the company is smart, it can actually play this to its advantage (silly bureaucrats) and actually benefit from the ruling.What took up most of my week was the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) which, like most events of its type, exists one or two years in the future.There were a number of interesting things out of IDF, but two that could change the world as we know it were Larrabee -- which could obsolete both processors and graphics cards -- and the advent of the 3-D Web, which could obsolete every Web site on the planet -- even this one -- in Internet time.We'll close with our product of the week, which is an offering that launched today that is the first real example of this 3-D Web and it potentially could become as big as YouTube or MySpace is.There were three interesting aspects to the judgment that Microsoft … [Read more...] about OPINION Intel’s Larrabee and UMPC Will Rock Your Virtual World, Microsoft’s EU Win, Product of the Week
Smartphones appear to be losing their luster, and the king of smartphones -- Apple -- clearly is not having a good year. Suddenly, I'm hearing that there is an upswing in flip phones, making this feel a bit like a Game of Thrones episode, when a believed-dead king returns to seize the throne by surprise. (We are still talking small numbers, so you Apple folks don't have to jump out of windows yet.)Clearly, the market is looking for the next big thing. There was a lot to love about the flip phone, and phones have been a rather fluid environment for a time. Palm and RIM (now BlackBerry) took the market from Motorola, and Apple took the market from Palm and BlackBerry, only to face a largely successful attack by Google. Microsoft, long thought to be invincible, turned out not to be.I'll share some thoughts about what it would take to bring the flip phone back as a power and then close with my product of the week: some earplugs that could save your marriage. Apple flipped the market … [Read more...] about OPINION Could the Next Disruptive Consumer Product Be a Flip Phone?