25 years ago: Apple's Macintosh says hello

25 years ago today, on Jan. 24, 1984, the first Macintosh computer went on sale. Now better known as the “Mac,” the name came from the Apple employee who created the project, Jef Raskin, who wanted to name it after his favorite kind of apple, McIntosh, but had to tweak the name for legal rights.

Emoji emoticons on any iPhone :)

The iPhone has support for popular Japanese emoticons known as emoji — but only if you’re in Japan. Us Americans (and other iPhone customers across the world) have been stuck with the bland old “:)” — text-based emoticons — until now. A small hack will allow any iPhone owner to use emoji icons without jailbreaking the phone.

It's official, print is dead

Update: As one of the commenters points out, a PDF of today’s Chronicle implies that the ad is just a sticker or overlay on the front page, not the front page itself. That’s not unprecedented, but I’m still boggling at how the ad is virtually the only thing you see through the newsstand window.

Palm will defend its IP too, confirms former Apple spokesperson

When mentioning that it would go after anyone ripping off its IP during its earnings call this week, Apple wouldn’t specifically name a company that warning was directed at. But if you want to know, look no further than the company commenting on that statement. “Apple was not the first to do multi-touch,” Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox told Reuters yesterday.

Let them eat cupcakes! No Android "Cupcake" update for G1 owners?

Google’s Android development team has been working on a new version of its software that it calls “Cupcake.” The update is packed with features that many owners of Android phones like the G1 have been asking for, such as stereo Bluetooth support, an updated web browser, a search feature for web pages, a video recording system that may actually work and of course, an on-screen keyboard.

Guys, he's still alive: Twitterers fall for Steve Jobs hoax

A hoax made the web rounds today, claiming that Steve Jobs suffered a heart attack. Though last week’s announcement that the Apple chief executive would take medical leave from the company is indeed true, what isn’t true is this article, seemingly hacked into Wired.com’s vulnerable image view–serving up the fake headline in a pseudo Wired domain.

Boxee now lets you get "Lost" in ABC content

The new season of ABC’s hit show Lost premiered last night. Some people (me, for example) were busy and missed it. I was all set to buy the season pass on iTunes — but it’s $50 (in HD). I’d rather watch it for free, streaming at ABC.com, but that leaves me chained to my desk. Or it did until today, because media-center startup Boxee just added ABC support.

Just in time for the new administration, the Washington Post launches Who Runs Gov

We all witnessed a transition of power on Tuesday as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, taking over for George W. Bush. Yet, while everyone knows at least general facts about those two men, how much do you know about Obama’s advisors, and the others who will be running our country alongside him? Probably not a lot. That’s where Who Runs Gov, a new site built by the Washington Post Company, comes in.

Visualizing Twitter reactions to Obama's inauguration

The guys over at data-visualizing blog Flowing Data have put together an interesting way of watching how Twitter users felt about President Barack Obama’s inauguration this week. In the video they’ve created (found here), any time the word “inauguration” appeared in a single tweet on Twitter in a positive context — starting on the morning the day before the inauguration and continuing on up until now — a blacked-out world map represented it with a tiny blue dot. As the number of these tweets has increased over the course of this week, the dots have merged in heavily twittering cities to create larger dots. See screenshot above.

Apple on its cash, netbooks, Apple TV, iPhone nano and the Palm Pre

Apple’s quarterly earnings call was full of new information about the company. Below are five areas in particular that caught my ear, based on comments from executives. Chief operating officer Tim Cook (Apple’s acting leader with chief executive Steve Jobs out on medical leave) answered many analyst questions himself, while chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer also fielded some of the questions.

Filing in the GAAP — an Apple earnings primer

Apple is set to announce its first quarter earnings shortly. Expectations are mixed, but there’s something that should probably be brought up once again for those who don’t follow Apple’s financial details closely: the difference between GAAP and Non-GAAP financial measures.

Supposed leaked Android G2 shots reveal no keyboard

After the launch of T-Mobile’s G1, the first phone running Google’s Android mobile platform, I trashed its keyboard, calling it a failed lesson in ergonomics. But the bigger picture is that physical keyboards, as much as some hate to admit it, are going to be a thing of the past in the not too distant future. Don’t believe me? Look at the newly leaked shots of the G2, HTC’s follow-up to the G1, which Gizmodo got a hold of today.

Google's inauguration search queries show a rapidly evolving Internet

In 2001, there were no Google search queries for streaming video of George W. Bush’s inaugural address. In fact, there were very few even for video of the event. By 2005, Bush’s second inaugural address, that had changed as inauguration-related searches rose by a factor of 10. Yesterday, during Barack Obama’s inauguration, that factor grew even more, according to a post on the Google Blog.

Skout brings location-based dating to the iPhone

There are some who view any kind of location-based social networking as creepy. But there are others who see it as the key ingredient to move online social networks into the real world. And one type of network in particular could lead the way: Dating sites. At least, that’s what Skout is hoping for with its new iPhone application.

With Twitter friend imports, FriendFeed again devalues Twitter's actual website

There’s much ado about Twitter’s site traffic today — is it bigger than Digg’s or isn’t it? But the reality remains that Twitter.com’s traffic doesn’t matter that much because there are so many services out there that can (and do) pipe in and use Twitter’s data. FriendFeed, a social data aggregator, continues to be one of the best at doing that. Today, it unveiled a Twitter friend importer — another feature that makes visiting twitter.com less important.

Google bails on print media, like everyone else

As the situation for the industry continues to get more dire, Google has announced today that it is pulling out of the print media advertising business. “While we hoped that Print Ads would create a new revenue stream for newspapers and produce more relevant advertising for consumers, the product has not created the impact that we — or our partners — wanted,” Spencer Spinnell, Google’s director of print ads wrote in a Google blog post today.

Twitter sees massive usage and some delays, but stays up for Obama's inauguration

I stopped looking at Twitter sometime this morning when I realized that every tweet (Twitter message) for several hours seemed to contain the words, “Obama” or “historic.” Don’t get me wrong, I like our new President as much as the next guy, but the repetition was maddening. And the data coming in from Twitter now confirms the massive usage surrounding the inauguration.

Twingly launches microblog search — Twitter search with a sprinkle of Jaiku and a dash of Identi.ca

Blog search tool Twingly’s new microblog search, as a concept, makes a lot of sense. You enter a keyword in one search box and get results from services like Twitter, Jaiku and Identi.ca. But in practice there’s a problem — and it’s not Twingly’s problem — it’s every service besides Twitter’s problem: Twitter overwhelms the results.