Digital Rights Management is an ugly subject. Sometimes, however, it flies below the radar because it “just works.” That is generally the case with Intel’s High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, especially as it applies to Apple products, like with Display Port (DP), High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connectors.
One of the last unfinished thoughts Steve Jobs left us with was textbooks. Walter Isaacson’s seminal biography of the Apple co-founder teased that the next textbook publishing was the next industry the iconic technology visionary was seeking to revolutionize. That was the promise and today Apple has delivered the vision, as well as the tools — iBooks, iTunes U, iBook Author — to make it happen.
More than a decade after Steve Jobs introduced the world to iTunes and the iPod, digital music sales have surpassed physical media. Although the Apple visionary didn’t live to see the day, he certainly foresaw the eventually and played a pivotal role and, in fact, declared way back then that he was out revolutionize music.
For many members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, it must be more than a little galling to give the Apple co-founder and erstwhile an award for in essence taking the lead role in the ongoing dismantling of their business model. Alternately, isn’t it tellingly cheap and myopic that they only got ’round to bestowing this largess after the instrument of the industry’s collective salvation died.
If for no other reason, Warner Brothers should be punished for naming their UltraViolet playback app “Flixster” — their attempt at cachet smells unmistakably like rotting meat. Seriously, Friendster is dead and Napster isn’t long for this world either. But, that’s just one of UltraViolet’s lesser sins.
Ubiquity. It’s impossible to be everything to everyone — the haters gotta hate — but being everywhere at least offers . That said, Steve Jobs’ hobby is expanding its footprint by 50 percent when the Apple TV launches in seven Northern European countries next week.
Aside from superficial legalities, what’s the difference between Apple’s download and play anywhere iCloud music service, and BitTorrent? How you answer the question largely depends on which side of the religious divide you fall. Now, Apple’s moving to obviate some of that destructive rancor, though the debate won’t be fully silenced.
Creamy smooth Cocoa goodness percolating with 64-bit fluidity across the taste buds of my digital palette. Whereas Apple says this update is Lion-specific — i.e. fullscreen mode, gesture navigation — the company could have delivered Cocoa and 64-bit many moons ago.
Make a fortune in Forex trading today (or not)! Following years of international currency unrest, Apple has finally adjusted the prices overseas iTunes customers pay and, as you’ve probably already guessed, some folks are smiling and others not so much.
So, another stellar quarter for the mothership? You betcha. Moreover, the company’s “break even” music-media-book store could bring up to $13 billion, which is a fair piece of change. Additionally, the iBook Store could be on the verge of turning a corner.