Palm vs. Apple: Old play, new roles

Analyst Opinion - Watching this new battle between Apple and Palm almost looks like a remake of an old play or movie but with Apple in Microsoft's role and Palm as Linux.  Not too many years ago, Microsoft was popping up on a regular basis threatening with litigation for violations by Linux to Microsoft's patent and copyright portfolios. No real litigation ever resulted and you had to wonder what would have happened if Microsoft had gone the litigation route. Apple is now making similar noise about Palm and its Linux platform – and we know that Apple is far more aggressive than Microsoft in legal matters.    

Apple's A-bomb against Palm: A 358 page iPhone patent

The announcement of Palm's new smartphone (dubbed Pre) has clearly sent shivers down Apple's spine; partly because several key engineers with a deep knowledge of Apple's secrets switched over to Palm, but mainly because Pre is the first iPhone rival to use multi-fingered gestures like pinch zoom. Armed with the 358 page iPhone patent awarded last week, Timothy Cook who runs Apple in Jobs' absence has now threatened Palm with legal action. Palm is not letting on that it's shaken, but make no mistake - too much is at stake here:  Both Palm's very survival and iPhone's fate. If the two companies meet in court, it could turn out to be the most interesting and entertaining lawsuit of 2009 (or the decade). EXTRA: SLIDESHOW

Bill Gates' new mission: Saving lives

 When you already have transformed the way the world works, what do you do with the second half of your life? Ask Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, the insanely rich guy we so often loved to hate, but who is being credited with bringing computing to the mainstream. Today, Gates released the first annual letter describing his new role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What we read is a passionate introduction to the challenges and goals of his charity. And I remember the old saying: There are those who say they are saving lives, and those who actually do.

CES 2009: Can Steve Ballmer steer Microsoft through a perfect storm?

Opinion - Rumored layoffs in the thousands, an operating system that can only be described as a disaster for the company, an ailing browser, virtually no progress against Google and a difficult economic environment create a monumental task for chief executive Steve Ballmer to navigate the company into a more promising future. The CES keynote showed a charismatic Microsoft CEO who delivered a flawless presentation, even if he may not have addressed CES attendees, but Microsoft employees instead.

Post-Jobs Apple to profit from content and services, not just gadgets

You were probably underwhelmed a little bit with yesterday's Macworld 2009 keynote, given by Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller. But truthfully, it wasn't the man's fault at all. Apple warned all of us well in advance that Jobs would not deliver the keynote. If anything, yesterday's keynote was a well-received wakeup call. It's a time for us to begin considering the post-Jobs Apple, and what such a face would look like.

Five (possible) reasons why Jobs will not be at Macworld

Opinion – Plenty of rumors are once again preceding the opening of Macworld 2009 in San Francisco today. Most expect a netbook or tablet PC-like product to be unveiled, but there is a certain disappointment that this will be the final Macworld conference and that Apple CEO Steve Jobs won’t be holding the keynote. Rumors were to be expected, especially those speculating about Jobs’ health, but there are a few other pre-Macworld thoughts why Jobs may have handed the honor of addressing Apple fans to Phil Schiller.

Steve Jobs health rumor is back just in time for Macworld

Opinion - We leave it up to you to make up your mind whether there are in fact health issues that prompted Steve Jobs to skip out of the final Macworld keynote in January.

John Lennon's memory used for new OLPC spot is weird at best, insulting at worst

 Opinion - I came across a new advertisement from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation. The spot uses archive footage of John Lennon which has been altered so he speaks on behalf of OLPC (an organization created nearly 25 years after his death in December, 1980). To be honest, when the video was over I found myself standing there with my mouth hanging open. How could the memory of John Lennon be used to solicit donations (even for a beneficial OLPC)? And aren't there living people who could do the job? Why desecrate the memory of a man?

Top 10 people in technology

Feature – Despite the troubled state of the economy, 2008 was a year of great change and successful leadership. Here is TG Daily’s list of the year’s top achievers.

2009: Year of mergers, platform changes and conservation

Analyst Opinion - 2009 is shaping up to be a nasty year, in fact it looks like 2009 and 2010 will be years we'll want to look back on as briefly as possible. But these years will also clear out of lot of the dead and dying companies that have been clogging up the market. I believe the U.S. and the technology industry will both emerge stronger than they went into this cycle. Let's look at some of the trends that likely will dominate 2009 and a few of the bellwether companies that currently define the tech market.

Mixing Gen Y with big business: It is all or nothing

Opinion – A changing Internet changes corporate America. Generation-Y professionals, a name typically referring to young employees between the ages 22 and 28, are bringing the work environment to a completely different level. Often mocked and criticized for their inability to stay still in their job and being looked down at for their confidence, which is often construed as cockiness, they also deliver a completely new and fresh perspective to a work environment as far as technology and innovation is concerned. Though it might not always seem like it, Gen-Y employees should be paid attention to for their bright, innovative concepts and ideas. Even not-so-Gen-Y companies like Intel have noticed that trend and recommend others to change.

Barack Obama’s Top 5 technology promises

Opinion - President-elect Barack Obama has made history and will have the chance to go along that path further in future years. If we look at technology especially, we see the so-far probably most tech-savvy president being confronted with a country that is in dire need of changes that affect technology infrastructure, research and innovation in many ways to catch up with other countries. Silicon Valley has been complaining for years that government has neglected a technology-focused promotion of education, but besides with, what can the IT industry expect from the new president?  TG Daily re-visited Obama's speeches and highlight what we believe are the five most important technology promises, besides education.

Dell goes Chinese and strikes gold

Analyst Opinion - This week I was a few days  in China as Dell’s guest. Steve Felice, Dell’s top executive there, Michael Dell and a number of the top players have spent some time explaining the huge success the company currently enjoys in China - at 30% growth Dell is the fastest growing large tech vendor in China. Join me for fascinating insight from the other side of the world and why Dell’s success has to do with being Dell and nor someone else. 

Is Steve Jobs right on Blu-ray and HDMI?

Analyst Opinion - Steve Jobs has called a number of trends before they started but also missed on a couple. For instance, the market never understood the one-button-mouse-thing.  However, I do think they may have a potential winner with their no-button track pad because it applies what has been learned from the iPhone to the laptop.  Looking back, Apple has probably led in hardware more than any other single company in terms of big moves. But what is up with the decision to ignore Blu-ray?

Tech mergers ahead?

Opinion – The current financial crisis may offer a short term opportunity for some very interesting hostile takeovers. If there was ever truth to the rumor that Apple was interesting buying Sun, Apple could scoop the company up for pocket change. Intel could get rid of AMD for even less and even AMD could use its recent cash infusion to take a shot at Nvidia. But the hottest ticket may actually be RIM – It is not quite in reach for Apple, but Microsoft may be looking at a huge bargain. Are we looking at a period of big mergers?

MPAA sues Real Networks over RealDVD – and has reason to be upset

Opinion – Real Networks and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have filed dueling lawsuits in U.S. courts with one side trying to protect the RealDVD DVD copying software and the other trying to kill it. And while one may be wondering what MPAA executives were drinking before coming up with the idea to sue a DRM-riddled software, a second look reveals why the movie industry is upset, and rightfully so.

How the collapse of the U.S. economy will affect consumer tech

Analyst Opinion – It was a scary day. NASDAQ down more than 9%, the Dow Jones index almost 7%. Shares were in free fall, led by Apple, thanks to downgrades by financial analysts who are concerned with the fact the U.S. consumer is probably putting all of his, or her, money under their bed for safe keeping at the moment. There is no doubt that the technology industry will be affected by what builds up to become a perfect storm for the U.S. economy. Rob Enderle has a closer look at the industry and examines whether we should expect changes in the IT industry and which ones are most likely.

5 reasons why Apple should build its own iPhone SoC (and 5 why it won't last)

Opinion – News that Apple in fact will build its own iPhone processor sparked lots of controversy this week. Even within our own staff, we got caught up in heated discussions that did not exactly meet on common ground, but were carried out with same passion our readers obviously enjoy to discuss Apple news. So we decided to take our argument into the public and ask you to chime in and let us know who has the more reasonable view – our in-house Apple enthusiast Christian Zibreg or Managing Editor Wolfgang Gruener, who admits to admire Apple's achievements but be critical of the company's attitude.

Apple rocks. And puts us to sleep.

Opinion – Apple’s event earlier today was promoted with a “Let’s rock” banner. But seriously, we must have watched the wrong event. Apple may think it rocked, but come on guys, this product introduction was miles away from the rock star performances we know from Apple and its lead celebrity, Steve Jobs – performances that resulted in standing ovations whether they were deserved or not. Glamorous events and innovative products are inseparably tied to Apple’s marketing and Jobs’ reality distortion field. We feel Apple is slipping in this category, adding the feel of an impersonal big corporation, becoming very predictable and less emotional. Has Apple hit the pause button, because it does not have to innovate anymore?

iPhone 3G at Best Buy: Apple ads a flat-out lie

Opinion – Apple’s iPhone 3G made its official debut at Best Buy stores nationwide today. Just as at the phone’s launch in late July, people were standing in line. But there was one distinct difference: Best Buy is advertising the iPhone 3G with its “regular price” and “instant savings”, interestingly highlighting Apple’s misleading advertising for the iPhone 3G.