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The Technology newsbucket: new Macbook Pros?, lots of iPad links, Songbird and more

Plus Fake Steve Jobs on Apple's PR tactics, Lifehacker on your password, the Guardian on the iPad, OOXML headed for bad things, OSM on Ordnance Survey and more
  
  


iPad by kennejima.

People queing for an iPad on Saturday. Photo by kennejima on Flickr. Some rights reserved

A quick burst of links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

Taiwanese Website says new MacBook Pros/Airs starting production this month >> 9 to 5 Mac
Macheads, start your rumour engines. Oh, you already have.

Apple's iPad: The End Of The Internet As We Know It? - NPR
A US National Public Radio story that you can listen to (3 minutes 32 seconds) or read the text. Critics such as Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard, and Paul Sweeting, an analyst with GigaOM, warn of the dangers of a closed anti-internet device, but people queuing to buy iPads are happy to submit themselves to Apple's control.

I'm Really Worried About What Apple Is Trying To Do With The iPad - Jeff Jarvis
"The iPad is retrograde. It tries to turn us back into an audience again. That is why media companies and advertisers are embracing it so fervently, because they think it returns us all to their good old days when we just consumed, we didn't create, when they controlled our media experience and business models and we came to them," warns the Media Guardian columnist.

Adobe Could Be Your Security Weakest Link - PCWorld Business Center
"Malicious code developers have figured out that Adobe is a fairly ubiquitous cross-platform target that doesn't have the same level of maturity for developing secure application code as Microsoft, and other operating system vendors," says PCWorld.

IPad Taps Familiar Apple Suppliers - Wall Street Journal
A summary of the tear-down analyses done by companies such as iFixit Inc. and UBM TechInsights.

Stop Commercial Orphan Works Exploitation in the UK Digital Economy Bill >> stop43.org.uk
"The UK Government wants to introduce a law to allow anyone to use your photographs commercially, or in ways you might not like, without asking you first."

Songbird Singing A New Tune - Songbird Blog
More accurately, Songbird will stop singing an old tune: the open source replacement for iTunes is dropping support for Linux, though it will continue to work on Windows and Mac versions

Towel-folding robot won't do the dishes - CNET
Worth a click to see the YouTube video of the Willow Garage PR2 (a general-purpose humanoid robot with two seven-axis arms) folding small bits of cloth...

Scrabble for the iPad: stir in some iPhones and it's the best $1,000 you ever spent on a board game - Engadget
"It's pretty metaphysically silly to be playing a board game your parents bought at a yard sale for $2 on a $500+ iPad, in conjunction with two or more $200+ iPhones" says Engadget. (The iPhones work as tile racks.)

You Are Not a Gadget: The Continuing Case Against Web 2.0 - ReadWriteWeb
A review of Jaron Lanier's new book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

E-Books on the iPad: iBooks vs. Kindle for iPad - ReadWriteWeb
A short comparison of iPad apps (it's not comparing an iPad with a Kindle).

Fake Steve Jobs on the iPad, conflict of interest, and Apple's draconian PR tactics - Cruchgear
Rough transcript of a TV interview on CNN where Newsweek reporter Dan Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs) says Newsweek wasn't sent an iPad, unlike rival publications. Basically, if Apple doesn't like you, you're excluded.

CycleStreets: UK-wide Cycle Journey Planner and Photomap
Believed to be the first site to have incorporated the Ordnance Survey's free 1:10,000 StreetView mapping.

Nokia N97: as advertised v real life >> YouTube
Turns out the N97 isn't quite so smooth as the advert makes out. Can you believe that?

How I'd Break Your Password >> Lifehacker
"Let's see... here is my top 10 list. I can obtain most of this information much easier than you think , then I might just be able to get into your e-mail, computer, or online banking. After all, if I get into one I'll probably get into all of them."

Guardian on an iPad >> JonathanHaynes
Come on, you have to say that's nice.

ISO OOXML convener: Microsoft's format "heading for failure" >> Ars Technica
"Although Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format became an ISO standard two years ago, the company still hasn't built any software that truly complies with the standard." That includes Office 2010.

Apple iPad: The Right Gadget For The Wrong Consumer >> Forrester Blogs
"Apple will sell 3 million iPads in 2010. For context, twice as many E Ink eReaders will sell this year. Walt Mossberg loves the iPad and says it's nearly a laptop killer. So why are we so conservative with our numbers? Because the iPad is the right device for the wrong consumer." Perfect for the laptop user, but assumes that their data lives in the cloud - which it doesn't, says Sarah Rotman

Ordnance Survey Opendata >> OpenStreetMap Wiki
In which OpenStreetMap considers what precisely to do with the Ordnance Survey data that has fallen into its lap.

Cory Doctorow, You Are a Consumer, Too >> Gizmodo
At Gizmodo, Joel Johnson is unimpressed with Cory Doctorow's call not to buy the iPad. "The old guard has The Fear. They see the iPad and the excitement it has engendered and realize that they've made themselves inessential—or at least invisible. They've realized that it's possible to make a computer that doesn't break, doesn't stop working, doesn't need constant tinkering. Unlike a car, it's possible to design a computer that is bulletproof."

Steve Jobs makes surprise noon appearance at Palo Alto Apple store for iPad opening day - Mercury News
Steve Wozniak brought his Segway and joined the queue in Valley Fair to recapture his lost youth, while Jobs turned up in Palo Alto "wearing a black hoodie" but failed to queue for an iPad

An open letter to the people of the world - Fake Steve Jobs
Why are you lining up like a zombie for an expensive piece of consumer electronics, a product for which there is no shortage and which, let's face it, nobody really needs? Fake Steve has the iPad nailed...

Marketing DAB radio: misleading listeners only damages the medium - Grant Goddard
The Advertising Standards Authority [ASA] has found, again, that a DAB advertisement was misleading.

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