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Washington Post story spanks Apple Computer for only having four lobbyist……

An Apple store in San Fransisco is seen. |Reuters Photo

[ Despite its increasing influence over consumers’ use of technology, Apple has kept a low profile inside the Beltway — and that is starting to get under lawmakers’ skin. Reuters ]
Can you believe this?

This piece in the Washington Post is complaining that since Apple Computer is running below the radar and finally jumped into the big time with its iTunes, iPhone and iPad systems….

It should be spending more money to lobby Congress with its side to things….

In addition …because Apple prefers to limit its code…..

A lot of people are pissed….

‘Open up Apple…… Show us what you got’……..

This post is typed on an Apple iMac…

And its fun not having to worry that much because the damn companies code is all over the place and  unlike PC’s…their computer’s are relatively virus free…..

I’ll pay the extra few bucks….

It’s worth it…..

Keep up the good work Apple!….

Poeple can always buy the other products……..

Apple is famous for its veil of secrecy around the new iPads and iPhones. But Sen. John Rockefeller and others in Congress wonder whether the company has more than technological innovations to hide.

When Apple didn’t participate in an April hearing on children’s online privacy, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, gave voice to his suspicions.

“When people don’t show up when we ask them to … all it does is increases our interest in what they’re doing and why they didn’t show up,” Rockefeller said of Apple and Google, which both declined to testify. “It was a stupid mistake for them not to show up, and I say shame on them.”

While Apple’s success has earned rock-star status in Silicon Valley, its low-wattage approach in Washington is becoming more glaring to policymakers. Despite its increasing influence over consumers’ use of technology — most recently with the iPad and iPhone 4 — Apple has kept a particularly low profile inside the Beltway.

“It’s unfortunate because they are a major player in this area, and we are going to continue to have a long, in-depth conversation,” on these topics, said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who presided over theprivacy hearing, referring to Apple’s empty seat at the witness table.

Like Microsoft and Google before it, Apple is getting attention from regulators as it grows and starts to compete more directly with other technology heavyweights.

This week, Google complained about Apple’s new rules limiting application developers’ ability to share iPad and iPhone user data with third parties. Google said the new rules restricting advertisers from Apple’s popular platform are anti-competitive.

This follows other objections to Apple’s exclusion of Adobe’s software from the iPhone. The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are looking into the complaints.

Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission demanded to know why Apple rejected the Google Voice application from the iPhone App Store. The FCC is also investigating whether exclusive arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone manufacturers — such as the one involving AT&T and the iPhone — are anti-competitive.

More….

Note….Calm down everyone…..Sooner or later Apple is going to have to play the game…..I know that…..

People are just not going to let them get TOO BIG without having them share some of the pie….

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June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Entertainment, Media, Movies, Music, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple and Political Satire software Application's ……..

The Dog is a Mac user true and true….Have been over 15 years…..

So sometimes to it’s good to push the ‘brand’ and sometimes it good to put ‘other’ views out there….

This from the Washington Post.. on the Apple tendency to be bit close minded…..Comic Riffs

The saga of the Rejected Political-Cartoon App rears its head again. Only this time, the heat of a Pulitzer has helped stoke the fires of controversy.

On Monday, Comic Riffs spoke with political animator Mark Fiore…… about his iPhone app that he says Apple rejected back in December. That rejection might have been end-of-story. Except that coverage of his Pulitzer win cast a spotlight on the app rejection. And in a case of conspicuous timing, Apple suddenly has urged Fiore to resubmit his app, the cartoonist says.

Haven’t we been down this road before? And more important: Hasn’t Apple yet decided how to resolve the larger issue of political satire apps instead of suffering PR black-eyes with each skirmish?

Both questions, of course, are rhetorical.

As MAD artist Tom Richmond told Comic Riffs last November, his iPhone app “Bobblehead Rep” — a literal database of congressional representatives developed by entrepreneur/filmmaker Ray Griggs — was rejected by Apple. The reason? According to the official rejection letter, Richmond said, his app was turned down because “it ridicules public figures” and “is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.”

On Monday, Fiore and I even discussed Richmond’s initially rejected app — as well as the initially rejected app of political-cartoon syndicator Daryl Cagle — after Fiore mentioned that he’d had an iPhone app (titled “NewsToons”) rejected.

The reason for the rejection? According to Fiore, citing Apple’s language: It “ridicules public figures.” (Yep. Deja-vu all over again.)

More……..

April 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple and Political Satire software Application’s ……..

The Dog is a Mac user true and true….Have been over 15 years…..

So sometimes to it’s good to push the ‘brand’ and sometimes it good to put ‘other’ views out there….

This from the Washington Post.. on the Apple tendency to be bit close minded…..Comic Riffs

The saga of the Rejected Political-Cartoon App rears its head again. Only this time, the heat of a Pulitzer has helped stoke the fires of controversy.

On Monday, Comic Riffs spoke with political animator Mark Fiore…… about his iPhone app that he says Apple rejected back in December. That rejection might have been end-of-story. Except that coverage of his Pulitzer win cast a spotlight on the app rejection. And in a case of conspicuous timing, Apple suddenly has urged Fiore to resubmit his app, the cartoonist says.

Haven’t we been down this road before? And more important: Hasn’t Apple yet decided how to resolve the larger issue of political satire apps instead of suffering PR black-eyes with each skirmish?

Both questions, of course, are rhetorical.

As MAD artist Tom Richmond told Comic Riffs last November, his iPhone app “Bobblehead Rep” — a literal database of congressional representatives developed by entrepreneur/filmmaker Ray Griggs — was rejected by Apple. The reason? According to the official rejection letter, Richmond said, his app was turned down because “it ridicules public figures” and “is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.”

On Monday, Fiore and I even discussed Richmond’s initially rejected app — as well as the initially rejected app of political-cartoon syndicator Daryl Cagle — after Fiore mentioned that he’d had an iPhone app (titled “NewsToons”) rejected.

The reason for the rejection? According to Fiore, citing Apple’s language: It “ridicules public figures.” (Yep. Deja-vu all over again.)

More……..

April 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Update…..Apple sells 300,000 iPads…..not 700,000…..

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The Dog wishes to correct quotes on iPad sales from an earlier post that gave incorrect sales information……

Apple Inc. said it sold more than 300,000 iPads in the U.S., including preorders, on the first day the device was available, hitting all but the highest estimates for the product.

Media attention and early crowds across the country at Apple retail stores had some expecting a bigger figure, with one analyst predicting as many as 700,000 iPad sales the first day. Compared with other Apple product launches, however, analysts said the results were still impressive.

“It looks like initial sales are starting solid,” ThinkEquity analyst Vijay Rakesh said.

Apple also said users downloaded more than one million applications and 250,000 e-books from its iBookstore during the first day.

Apple hadn’t offered iPad sales forecasts, but over the weekend, swarms of buyers flocked to stores after weeks of publicity about the tablet-style computer. Despite long early lines, crowds thinned throughout the day, and few stores sold out of the device.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , | Leave a comment

iPad over sells expectations……up to 700,000 units sold…..

Long lines of tablet-hungry crowds greeted the iPad’s official release yesterday–but how many did Apple actually sell?

Brainstorm Tech reports Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster’s sales estimates for iPad’s first day:

In a report to clients issued Saturday night, Munster’s estimated that by midnight Sunday, Apple will have sold 600,000 to 700,000 iPads, including pre-orders — more than double his relatively conservative pre-launch estimate of 200,000 to 300,000. (Other analysts had published estimates of 300,000 to 400,000.)

By comparison, Apple reportedly took 74 days to sell one million iPhone when the gadget first debuted. The iPhone 3G and Phone 3GS each took just three days to sell the first million units.

More……..

That’s a lot of first weekeend sales….

Darn…

I might get one myself come the summer…when the first bugs are worked out, $600?

….that’s a steal!

More on the first day sales……

CNET’s got a team covering the launch: Greg Sandoval in New York City, Erica Ogg and James Martin in San Francisco, and Josh Lowensohn in Palo Alto, Calif. Follow along with our live blog below.

Sandoval, 8:15 a.m. EDT at New York’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store: In the final hours before the iPad went on sale, the line out in front of the store saw a little controversy.

Greg Packer, the retired highway worker who says he began waiting in line since Tuesday to ensure he would be first to walk out with the device, learned on Friday that those who had preordered an iPad would be first to enter.

More from CNET……

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April 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Education, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Checking the New York Times Blog on the iPad rollout…….

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[ Apple iPads went on sale at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York. ]

Yea…….I know to most of you PC people this is a no-event but the Dog is a Mac guy…..so here goes….

Since the word “iPad” entered the collective consciousness back in January, there has been plenty of punditry about what Apple’s new device means for the future of technology, media and life as we know it. On Saturday, people will finally be able to start making up their own minds about it. The iPad went on sale at 9 a.m. at Apple and Best Buy stores around the country. Check back here for updates from Times reporters covering the consumer frenzy and from the Web at large. Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments, especially if you are diving into the frenzy yourself.

10:17 A.M. Unboxing Time

For the uninitiated, an “unboxing” video documents the act of unboxing a new gadget, for the benefit of those who fetishize gadgets and their packaging. A wave of iPad unboxing videos is hitting YouTube, including one………

More of the blogging action……

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , | 5 Comments

The iPad launch as seen from an Apple lover……who gets to talk about it to Steve Jobs….

iPad

It’s out to the public as of today…..

To tell you the truth……

The Dog is seriously thinking of buying one in a few months when the initial bugs get worked out……

Then I can share it with my wife…..

If anyone out there gets one…..please post em up on how it is…..

It is a gorgeous spring day when I arrive at the coolest address in the universe: 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, Calif., where Apple has been headquartered since 1993. The campus, for such they call it, is enormous yet not big enough to contain Apple’s current rate of expansion. An additional site is being designed and built. After stocking up on “I visited the mothership” T-shirts at the company store (we fanboys are pathetic, I readily confess), I am shown around the canteen, lawns and public spaces. It is right to call this a campus, for everyone looks and dresses like a student. I should imagine the only people ever caught wearing suits here have been visiting politicians.

Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue are suitably bejeaned and relaxed as they welcome me for a talk about the iPad, Apple’s new product, which will be launched in a week and a half. Schiller is senior VP of worldwide product marketing, responsible for delivering Apple’s latest baby. Cue is VP of Internet services, overseeing the iTunes, App and iBook online stores.(See the unveiling of Apple’s iPad.)

For the whole Time Magazine story…check here…….….

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Projections, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple has company with it’s iPad name……

Apparently a whole lot of companies have used the same name on it products……

Don’t worry about…let the lawyers hash it out….besides …with the money they are going to make….the settlements will be generous….

From a NY Times piece……

“It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu’s public relations division, said Thursday. He said Fujitsu was aware of Apple’s plans to sell the iPad tablet and that the company was consulting lawyers over next steps.

Fujitsu’s iPad, which runs on Microsoft’s CE.NET operating system, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, an Intel processor and Wi-fi and Bluetooth connections; it also supports VoIP telephone calls over the Internet, a technology also used by Skype.

“Mobile is a keyword for Fujitsu’s iPad, too,” Mr. Yamane said. “With the iPad, workers don’t have to keep running back to a computer. They have everything right at their fingertips.”

Apple may have an edge on pricing, however: the iPads from Fujitsu can sell for more than $2,000, compared with $499 for an entry-model iPad from Apple.

Fujitsu’s application to trademark the iPad name stalled because of an earlier filing by Mag-Tech, an information technology security company based Seal Beach, California, for a handheld number-encrypting device.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office listed Fujitsu’s application as abandoned in early 2009, but the company revived its application in June.

The following month, Apple used a proxy to apply for an international trademark for the iPad. It has since filed a string of requests with the U.S. Patent Office for more time to oppose Fujitsu’s application. Apple has until Feb. 28 to say whether it will oppose Fujitsu’s claims to the iPad name.

While the dispute between Fujitsu and Apple centers on the United States, there are other iPads around the world. The German conglomerate Siemens uses the name for engines and motors, while a Canadian lingerie company, Coconut Grove Pads, has the right to market iPad padded bras.

Apple faced a similar spat three years ago with Cisco Systems over the iPhone name. The two companies eventually negotiated a settlement.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Education, Entertainment, Law, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Apple has company with it's iPad name……

Apparently a whole lot of companies have used the same name on it products……

Don’t worry about…let the lawyers hash it out….besides …with the money they are going to make….the settlements will be generous….

From a NY Times piece……

“It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu’s public relations division, said Thursday. He said Fujitsu was aware of Apple’s plans to sell the iPad tablet and that the company was consulting lawyers over next steps.

Fujitsu’s iPad, which runs on Microsoft’s CE.NET operating system, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, an Intel processor and Wi-fi and Bluetooth connections; it also supports VoIP telephone calls over the Internet, a technology also used by Skype.

“Mobile is a keyword for Fujitsu’s iPad, too,” Mr. Yamane said. “With the iPad, workers don’t have to keep running back to a computer. They have everything right at their fingertips.”

Apple may have an edge on pricing, however: the iPads from Fujitsu can sell for more than $2,000, compared with $499 for an entry-model iPad from Apple.

Fujitsu’s application to trademark the iPad name stalled because of an earlier filing by Mag-Tech, an information technology security company based Seal Beach, California, for a handheld number-encrypting device.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office listed Fujitsu’s application as abandoned in early 2009, but the company revived its application in June.

The following month, Apple used a proxy to apply for an international trademark for the iPad. It has since filed a string of requests with the U.S. Patent Office for more time to oppose Fujitsu’s application. Apple has until Feb. 28 to say whether it will oppose Fujitsu’s claims to the iPad name.

While the dispute between Fujitsu and Apple centers on the United States, there are other iPads around the world. The German conglomerate Siemens uses the name for engines and motors, while a Canadian lingerie company, Coconut Grove Pads, has the right to market iPad padded bras.

Apple faced a similar spat three years ago with Cisco Systems over the iPhone name. The two companies eventually negotiated a settlement.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Education, Entertainment, Law, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Apple introduces the iPad tablet computer……

Leading up to the long-speculated launch of Apple’s iPad tablet computer, the publishing industry — newspapers, magazines and books — seemed to be the target. At least, those execs were at the forefront of the leaks (thanks, McGraw-Hill!).

Could the iPad instantly succeed — like the iPod did for digital music before it — where Amazon’s Kindle had been slowly gaining steam?

It should come as no surprise that a publisher — the New York Times — was the first partner that was shown during the Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco today. The app is well-designed and looks to be a mix between NYTimes.com and its already-existent iPhone app.

“Why did we come out three weeks ago to develop an app for the iPad?” said Martin Nisenholtz, the N.Y. Times senior vice president for digital operations, during the announcement. “We think that we’ve captured the essence of reading a newspaper… all in a native app.”

We’ve been down this road before with like type computer hardware…let’s see what happens……

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls | , | Leave a comment