Apple fingerprinting: more than just ID?
Apple has it. Google has it. Microsoft fails at it. Yahoo! sometimes does and sometimes doesn’t. What I am talking about is buzz and coolness. It seems every time Apple or Google introduces a new product, the buzz is high. For example, Apple recently introduced a $350 speaker and, while the reaction was more tepid than it has been for other Apple products, no one seem to point that the emperor was looking very very naked. Yet, Microsoft keeps throwing out new products and few people seem to be very interested (no matter how Scoble tries to browbeat us into thinking of Microsoft as cool). Similarly, today, Google introduced a finance section that mimicked much of what yahoo! finance has been doing for years. It has a couple of nice AJAX-based features but, all and all, it’s not enough of an improvement to be considered like something that could potentially dominate the tech news cycle. And yet, every major tech pub or mainstream publication has covered the release. why? Trying to divine the source of coolness What Google and Apple seem to have understood is that there are ways to make oneself look cool. I’m going to try to lay…Read More
It seems that the Apple music store is now encrypting their XML files. I’ve confirmed that it is indeed doing so and wonder what this means in terms of changes to the XML files (more info on the content of those XMLs up until yesterday can be found in a previous entry. If anyone out there knows why Apple is now encrypting what looked like an open standard, please drop me a note (I’ve noticed that a few readers are coming in from Apple.com and would be interested in knowing what the “party line” is on this). This is a bit worrisome as it seems to close up more information on the Apple store. Does that mean that Apple is seeing its seeing as a closed one? If that’s the case, it’s a real shame.Read More