Now that CES is over, Steve Jobs has the stage all to himself this week as the Macworld Expo gets underway (check out The Guardian's story on how Jobs preps for his major keynotes). As usual, the rumors are flying in anticipation of Jobs' keynote tomorrow morning.
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If you didn't catch it in a previous blog, Sun's Tim Bray and I have a little bet going. Even though I only asked if NetBeans should be throwing in the towel versus Eclipse, Tim bet me a dinner if, in a year from now, I thought that NetBeans should toss in the towel (which probably means a merger of the two).
Paul Thurrott of Windows SuperSite has an in-depth review of Google Pack. Following is his conclusion:While virtually every computer company on earth is scared to death of Google, and virtually every PC user seems to be in love with them, Google Pack serves nicely as a reality check.
Video: We have a 10-minute video of Google co-founder Larry Page's CES keynote, where he introduced Google's new video store. Tristan Louis has an overview, with useful comparison tables, of the current video offerings from all the portals--AOL, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.
Engadget: ...users who choose to "upgrade" their handsets to support the Verizon Wireless music store are doing so at a tradeoff: you'll no longer be able to play MP3s on your phone....
What is Google Pack besides free Windows software, with some promotional offers, that you could get from many places on the Web? A software distribution mechanism hooked into Google's infrastructure.
A lot of people don't realize that Dan Bricklin should be a household name in the PC business. Back in 1978, he and Bob Frankston came up with the idea of an electronic spreadsheet.
Next Tuesday, on the same day as the Steve Jobs Macworld Expo keynote, Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy are holding a town meeting for employees at Oracle's headquarters, which is in close proximity to Sun's.
Video: In keeping with the tradition of trotting out stars at CES with movies or music to promote, former Hollywood mogul and now Yahoo CEO Terry Semel called upon his old friend Tom Cruise, as well as Ellen DeGeneres, to spice up his keynote, which suffered a few glitches. Cruise was promoting his new movie, "Mission Impossible III," which is debuts in May.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show we cover some of the happenings at CES, including the latest moves by Microsoft, Intel, Apple Yahoo, Google, Sony and others to corner their piece of of the digital convergence market. David also gives his lowdown on the Blue-ray versus HD-DVD battle, and we discuss the controversial DRM issues that accompany changes in content distribution models.