Stallman on Steve Jobs: Tasteless or Incisive?

Well it’s starting to look like 2011 is just going to be one, long roller-coaster ride. No sooner does the prospect of a quiet day loom on the horizon than something happens to turn the world on its ear once again. In the past two weeks, of course, we’ve had to endure the loss of […]

Steve Jobs Dies Age 56

On its website, Apple has just confirmed that its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has passed away at age 56. After bringing the company back from the brink of bankruptcy and turning it into one of the world’s most succesful technology companies, Jobs lost the battle with pancreatic cancer. “We are deeply saddened to […]

Apple iOS versus Android

As Android’s popularity grows its competitors look for ways to slow it down. Things are looking a little rough for Android right now. Its increased popularity is not only attracting millions of new fans but is also attracting unwanted patent attention from competitors unhappy with its success. Earlier this week Apple won a significant patent […]

Linux’ Linus calls Apple’s file system ‘complete and utter crap,’ worse than Windows

Some days, it’s just not fair. You know you’re going to post something that’s going to have the fanboys heads spinning, you don’t want to hurt their precious necks, but true journalistic integrity requires you light a flame and watch it burn. This is one of those days. Apparently, Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, just […]

Apple Is Winning On the Business Desktop: Is That Good for Open Source?

“There’s really no other way to say this: The Mac is kicking ass,” reports All Things Digital. What prompted these superlatives? March was the 20th consecutive quarter that Mac shipment growth exceeded PC shipments. According to data from IDC and cited by Needham and Company analyst Charles Wolf, Mac shipment shipment growth rose 27.7 percent […]

The Pentalobe Screw, And Apple’s War Against Self-Repair

Consumerist tells us that Apple is switching to a special new screw called by some a Pentalobe, by iFixit an “Evil Proprietary Tamper Proof Five Point Screw” (or the EPTP5PS). It is designed to make it impossible for anyone but Apple to service your iPhone or computer. Consumerist also notes that if you take your […]

Apple products are banned in Bill Gates’ house

Being the brains behind Microsoft has made Bill Gates the wealthiest guy in the world. So he can pretty much afford to buy his kids any gadgets they want. However, Apple devices are banned in the Gates’ house. This is surprisingly not a rule set by Bill Gates. Melinda Gates has made it very clear […]

Apple is Still Attacking GNU Linux and the GPL

GIVEN THAT Apple is suing Linux (via HTC) and merely exploiting Free software, no wonder people in the Free software world — developers in particular — dislike Apple. This company’s mistreatment of developers and other groups has already given Apple some antitrust issues. Very recently we learned that Apple was retaliating against partners for developing […]

Apple’s Relationship to Open Source

Despite being one of the most tightly controlled technology companies on the market, Apple has a surprisingly complicated relationship with open source. Both of Apple’s flagship operating systems, OS X and iOS are based on Darwin, which is in turn based on FreeBSD. Apple has also contributed a large amount of code back to the […]

Apple is the new open source villain

I wouldn’t be so unequivocal in that headline except for the source. It’s an in-depth analysis from Florian Mueller, whose FOSSPatents remains fiercely opposed to all software patents. It’s something of a follow-up to a May piece in which he considered the idea of a Fair Troll. Microsoft is not yet a fair troll, Mueller […]

My take on the FSF action against Apple over GNU Go

About two weeks ago, the FSF announced that it has taken action against the Apple App Store over their distribution of GNU Go. This has apparently set off some people like lefty and triggered a length and wide debate. I personally very much support the action the FSF has taken. Anyone involved in distribution of […]

Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed

Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians. They—and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking. The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed […]

10 Things Android Does Better Than iPhone OS

Since its 2008 debut, Android has grown – not only meeting all of the functionalities of the iPhone, but besting it in nearly all aspects. Here is our list of the top 10 things Android does better than the iPhone. 1: Android can Run Multiple Apps at the Same Time Read more at Gizmodo

Apple’s GPL Snafu and Opportunity

Apple is finding itself on wrong end of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). An iPhone port of GNU Go has made its way into the App Store, which is all good — except that the terms of the App Store conflict with the GNU General Public License. In case you missed it, the FSF sent […]

Android sales said to surpass iPhone

The NPD Group says U.S. sales of Android smartphones have surpassed Apple’s iPhone to take the second spot behind Research in Motion (RIM), with 28 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Sprint has joined Verizon in turning its back on Google’s Nexus One, says eWEEK. According to the NPD Group, RIM’s BlackBerry operating system (OS) continues […]

Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Benchmarks

Last week we delivered the first of our Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks to much anticipation, but now we have the results for Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.3 operating system to tack in too. In the first part of that Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux performance examination, we looked closely at the OpenGL gaming […]

Comparing Apples and Androids

The iPhone ushered in the new era of smartphones — with an eye toward form and steadily updating the function, the iPhone has cemented itself as a market leader. Not to be outdone by the iCupertino gang, Google has steadily improved Android over a series of software releases most recently with the release of Android […]

Can I be a Windows, Apple, Linux, and Google guy all at once?

I’m having an identity crisis. Regular readers of both this blog and my Education blog will know that I border on being a Google fanboi and Linux tends to work its way into my computer passions as well. I work almost constantly in the cloud and Linux obviously provides a cheap, stable platform for whatever […]

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.3 with QuickTime X, OpenGL improvements

Apple on Monday released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the latest software update to its Snow Leopard operating system, bringing improvements in the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X and addressing compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications. Apple said the 10.6.3 update is recommended for all users of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The update weighs in […]

Five Best Netbook Operating Systems

Netbooks—the low-power and lightweight mini-notebooks that have surged in popularity—practically beg for some tweaking and customization to increase the functionality of their diminutive screens and relatively wimpy processors. Find yourself the perfect netbook operating system from this fine selection. Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite operating system for giving your diminutive […]