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So the iPod touch can’t be used to add appointments. Well, I’m afraid that makes it basically useless for me – so I guess I’ll be waiting for an iPhone then.
The big news of the day in the world of technology is the alliance between CapGemini and Google. This means that CapGemini, a major company in the world of outsourcing, will offer Google Apps as part of its portfolio, basically offering Google a big fillip in the business world.
Microsoft is clearly taking this one seriously – as Mary Jo Foley points out, the company actually issued a statement about the move, which it very rarely does about a competitor’s actions.
Regardless of the in’s and outs of the issue, there’s something that makes me uncomfortable about Mr Canter and Mr Winer patting each other on the back and claiming to be “the guys who aren’t afraid to ask questions”.
When was the last time that either of them actually broke a story which exposed something that corporates didn’t want you to know? When was the last time either of them told you the skinny on an upcoming product before companies wanted you to find out about it? When was the last time either of them got sued by a company for exposing something?
Shouting at people who’re speaking at a conference from the back of the hall isn’t contributing anything. I couldn’t actually tell you if Marc got an answer, because all he talks about on his blog is about how he’s doing a better job of asking questions than journalists.
What that tells me is that Marc is more interested in using this issue for self-aggrandisement than getting answers. And that’s sad, given that I’d actually be interested in someone as smart as Marc asking some questions in a way which gets some interesting answers.
“Sean Earp, of Microsoft, is one of a few people I’ve seen gushing about a new version of Microsoft’s search engine coming soon (they have a search press event coming on September 26th).
Is Microsoft about to get back into the search game? I can’t wait to see.”
The thing is that Google is now in the position of Microsoft in many ways: it has so much traction in the market, and it’s brand is so strongly associated with search (“Google it…”) that someone else’s search engine being better is no longer enough.
To anyone who’s received an invite to Quechup from me – sorry, just delete it and avoid the service like the plague. Like lots of other people, I got an invite from someone I knew, signed up, and it spammed everyone in my Gmail address book with an invite – without my giving it permission to do this.
Funnily enough, it appears to have done this after I deleted my account, too, judging from the times of the auto-responses.
BoingBoing covers this hideous “service” here.
Jobs says “sorry we dropped the price, here’s a $100 rebate for the Apple Store”.
Ian Fogg highlight’s three key ways the iPod touch is differen from the iPhone:
“But the Touch is, of course, different. (Apple still thinks that way – sorry!). From my tests with the Touch, the main omissions are:
1. Email software (although webmail should work in the Safari browser).
2. Contacts editing. Yes, the iPod has a very iPhone-like contacts application, but users can’t edit entries. But both Contacts and Calendar items do still sync down from iTunes…
That second one is probably the thing which steers me away from getting a touch immediately. I like to be able to edit contacts anywhere, even though it’s a feature which I use rarely.
(Via Ian Fogg.)
Apple’s stock is down on the announcements today, and someone has done a neat job of tracking the price and movement on each announcement. Interesting stuff.
“That thudding sound you hear is the Zune.
‘But we dropped the price of the 30GB Zune to $199!’ says the Zune team.
Alas, they may have brought a sharper knife to the fight, but as the amazingly apt Andy Ihnatko said, Apple brought a cannon. That’s the difference between being an innovator and a wannabe. I think Microsoft may want to rethink that Zune strategy which seems to be ‘make shitty versions of great products, and hope the people making the great products never improve theirs again’.
Thus far, it’s not working real well. “