Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gruber wants to make a citizen’s arrest at Gawker and Gizmodo

Like a lot of his fellow Apple employees, John Gruber of Daring Fireball is incensed about Gizmodo taking possession of a stolen iPhone and turning it into a scoop. But Gruber is going a little bit around the bend. He’s been emailing me nonstop, telling me I should have everyone arrested. And here is his latest post, where he makes the case against Gizmodo and the guy who found the phone in the bar, claiming they have all broken the law, that under the California penal code (hoo boy) what they did constitutes theft, and then he loads up some innuendo about how the whole story of “finding” the phone doesn’t make any sense and what if these guys actually followed some Apple engineer and picked his pocket or something, and even if they didn’t do that, they should all be sent to the chair put in prison for life.

Gah. And now Daniel Eran Dilger is weighing in, with a finely crafted 16,000-word essay on the whole thing which basically concludes that, (a) yes, this all happened, and (b) Windows people are stupid assholes who are always conspiring against Apple because we are the one true holy church of technology, and it drives them crazy that we’re so good and they’re so evil. And Andy Ihnatko, another Friend of Apple, says Gizmodo are scum.

I can’t deal with Dilger and Ihnatko — even over email they give me hives. But Gruber I can handle. I keep telling him, John, dude, I love you like a son, but you’re letting this get to you, it’s getting under your skin, you need to let it go, and anyway it’s not up to us to file criminal charges. We can’t do that. So go bug the cops or something. He says he’s done that, but the cops in Redwood City won’t do anything, and now he’s thinking about just making the arrest himself, and if that doesn’t work then he’s going to go to law school and become a lawyer and bring a civil lawsuit against Gawker Media and the finder guy.

Good luck with that.

(Photo by Art Director Jason. Much love.)


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Robbers tracked down by iPhone they swiped

Justice is served.


Monday, April 5, 2010

iPhone OS 4.0 coming Thursday

Coming on the heels of the iPad launch, we get another big announcement this Thursday from The Loop- the next version of the iPhone OS.


Monday, March 29, 2010

WSJ: New iPhone due this summer?

WSJ indicates a new iPhone is on the way this summer, and another model made for Verizon. Engadget has more.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

iPhone SMS database hacked in 20 seconds

Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf-Philipp Weinmann hacked the entire iPhone database- that’s sent, received and deleted text messages.  They did it for a hacking contest and won 15K for their efforts.  Apple should hire these guys.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

San Francisco iPhone crime wave!

Ski-masked thugs have been ripping off iPhones in San Francisco. Is nothing sacred these days?


Monday, March 22, 2010

Apple Store selling unlocked iPhones w/o AT&T deal, or not?

According to 9to5Mac, Apple Stores are now selling iPhones at “list” without proof of an AT&T contract. As they theorize, is this a reaction to the news that AT&T would be carrying the Palm Pres and Dell Android products?  In any case, Engadget reports that the unlocked reports are wrong. Heck, all I know for sure is..I don’t own one, and I wish I did.  At least my iPod works after I rebooted it.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Early Nexus One sales just 865,000 short of iPhone sales

That’s John Paczkowski’s headline, and it’s so good I decided not to touch it.  That’s a header sure to put a smile on Dear Leader’s face, and a frown on the face of Squirrel Boy. The short version is, after 74 days on the market, they’ve moved 135,000 units. At the same time, Apple had moved a million units of the iPhone.  Motorola’s Droid did a better better than that.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Nearly half of current BB users would switch to an iPhone

Says so right here.  Crowd Science, a market research outfit, says two in five BlackBerry users plan to dump the device in favor of the iPhone once their contracts expire.


Tim Bray wants to make sure you know he hates the iPhone

Tim Bray is the co-inventor of the XML Web standard.  So he carries a lot of weight. He has gone to great lengths to let the world know he is cuddling up to Android, (he now works at Google) and hates the iPhone a whole lot. How much?  Let him tell you, c/o this article on TechCrunch. Just more fuel on the Google-Apple fire. Update: Oops, here’s another shot in the war. Can’t keep up. Need a scorecard.

The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet’s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what. It’s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord’s pleasure and fear his anger. (Ed.- who is he referring to?)

I hate it.