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Design guru distills iPod's 'X factor'

Patent wielding competitors lusting over the huge success of Apple's iPod digital music player should put down their litigation swords and figure out what gives the product its 'X factor' in the first place. Core77, a site for industrial design fanatics, has a great analysis of Apple's design strategy by James Conley, a Clinical Professor at both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

January 5, 2006 by Chris Jablonski


CNET interviews Gates/Ballmer

Ina Fried and Michael Kanellos got an audience with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer (no bombshells were unleashed) just before CES did Reuters, which I covered here.

January 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


Tom Hanks pitches for Sony at CES

Video: We have a seven-minute clip from Sony's CES keynote featuring CEO Howard Stringer, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (The DaVinci Code team). Hanks keeps it highly entertaining and Howard and Grazer talk about the marriage of technology and value of the socialized cinema experience (the movie theatre).

January 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


Get ready for Google DRM. Or is that 'GRM?'

Om Malik:Ironically, WSJ flubs the biggest piece of news in the story, which is buried at the very end of the story...yet another DRM system, that will now duke it out with Microsoft’s DRM and Apple’s DRM, amongst scores of pretenders.

January 5, 2006 by David Berlind


Bricklin cleans up wikiCalc with AJAX

Two months ago, I wrote about the newest innovation to come out of electronic spreadsheet co-inventor Dan Bricklin's garage: wikiCalc.  Back then, I wrote: To the extent that Wikis make collaboration on Web-based documents simple but are sorely lacking in their ability to easily control the overall presentation and format of those documents (colors, fonts, and positioning of text or tabular data that may or may not require tabulation), the alpha 0.

January 5, 2006 by David Berlind


Anti-Apple DRM sentiment rising

Brad King who writes about emerging technology and culture for MIT's Technology Review is speaking out against Apple's digital restrictions [sic] management (DRM) strategy:...Jobs' deal with the entertainment industry and its DRM practices are bad for consumers....

January 5, 2006 by David Berlind


Sony CES keynote: A DaVinci Code promotion

Engadget has the play-by-play of the Sony CEO Howard Stringer's CES keynote, which highlighted Blu-ray, Sony's eBook, HD programming and Digital Cinema projection. But the real star of the show was Sony's forthcoming movie, The DaVinci Code.

January 5, 2006 by Dan Farber