Amazon has apparently withdrawn all Macmillan titles from sale (print and electronic) because of an argument with the publisher over the terms of sale. Macmillan CEO John Sargent says:
This past Thursday I met with Amazon in Seattle. I gave them our proposal for new terms of sale for ebooks under the agency model which
…continue reading Apple’s proxy war with Amazon over ebook pricing and market
Microsoft has had a bumper quarter driven by Windows 7, as expected. I’ve put this into a table as I have before.
…continue reading Windows 7 booms for Microsoft, everything else is flat
Timothy B Lee writes of the App Store/iPhone and now iPad lock-in:
The store is an unnecessary bottleneck in the app development process that limits the functionality of iPhone applications and discourages developers from adopting the platform.
While instinctively I agree, the evidence for the damaging effect of the App Store is not there. On
…continue reading Apple’s lock-in works. Can anyone improve on App Store?
Apple has announced the iPad – essentially a large-size (242.8 x 189.7mm) iTouch. Large multi-touch screen, claimed 10 hour battery life, flash drive of 16GB up to 32GB, browse the web, play music and video, read eBooks. Keyboard dock for the desk, virtual keyboard for when you are out and about. App Store support and
…continue reading Apple iPad vs Windows Tablet vs Google Chrome OS
An article on the H points to this paper by Steven Murdoch and Ross Anderson, from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, on the poor security design of the 3-D secure (3DS) protocol used by Visa and MasterCard in the UK and catching on worldwide. In addition, 3DS undermines privacy by sending a full description
…continue reading The insecurity of Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode
Following a migration from Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008 users were complaining that Exchange was slower than before in some scenarios. How could this be? The new machine had 64-bit goodness and far more RAM than before.
I checked out the machine’s performance and noticed something odd. Store.exe, the Exchange database, usually
…continue reading The mystery of the slow Exchange 2007: when hard-coded values come back to haunt you
Note: speculative post; I have no official information on this.
It’s been rumoured for ages; but at this point I would be surprised if the Windows Mobile 7 UI were not built with Silverlight. Consider:
Silverlight has to be supported – it should have been in 6.5 – otherwise nobody will take mobile Silverlight seriously
…continue reading A Silverlight UI for Windows Mobile 7, backward compatibility in doubt
At PDC Microsoft played down the significance of adding COM support to Silverlight 4 when run out of the browser and fully trusted (you can also be out of the browser and not fully trusted). The demos were of Office automation, and journalists were told that the feature was there to satisfy the requests of
…continue reading Silverlight 4 with COM can do anything – on Windows
…continue reading Why F# rather than IronPython in Visual Studio 2010?