Daily Apple: Better Picture, Better Position, Better Reading, and Better MP3 Player

Fix for NVIDIA Graphics Issues Released – Users experiencing trouble with their Dual-DVI connected monitors can breathe a sigh of relief now that a fix has been officially released by Apple. The fix addresses cursor problems on DisplayPort enabled Macs, and HD playback quality on machines using newer NVIDIA cards.

Apple Nets Multi-Touch, iPhone Patents, Better Position From Which to Threaten Palm – A lot has been made of the threatening words spoken by Tim Cook during the Q1 2009 Apple conference call, in which he hinted that Palm’s Pre could be grounds for a suit(s?). Today Apple can further back that up, since they acquired the patent for multi-touch and the iPhone.

Apple Adds New Ad – A new iPhone 3G ad was posted today by Apple on their website, this one again featuring third party apps available in the App Store. The apps featured are Yelp, Osirix, and Classics, and the theme is reading. Because all of those apps require you to read something, see.

Zune Revenue Plummets 50% in 2Q – Microsoft should really just put the thing out of its misery at this point. It’s no good, and it’s doing terrible. For a frame of reference, consider that Apple’s iPod sales rose 3 percent in their own first fiscal quarter. Just kill the thing, for all our sakes.

One Analyst Thinks New iMac Soon, Also It Will Rain Someday In Future – At this point I think the odds are in your favor if you claim a new iMac is on the horizon. Especially when you suggest a whole bunch of logical reasons why they may be waiting, as this particular analyst does.

Yahoo Should Buy Hulu

Excerpted from GigaOM:

New Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is a solid, proven manager who will bring some much-needed stability to the beleaguered Internet giant, but she has a big hole in the No. 2 spot. Bartz needs a president who is young and energetic, has engineering chops, clear vision, and — most importantly — expertise building great products that provide a compelling Internet user experience for a diverse group of consumers.

My candidate to be her consigliere: Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu. I’ve spoke to quite a few people who know Kilar well, and most of them described him as that rare content guy with technical chops. A good team builder, he is said to inspire. Others waxed eloquent about his sense of design and his passion for media. Remember, he ran the DVD store for Amazon. His defining quality is hyper-competitiveness — something that would be important to fire up the troops.

With his service growing by leaps and bounds, and advertisers lining up to get on board, Kilar’s only problem is that he doesn’t have enough traffic –- like, say, YouTube. This is where Yahoo can help. Or rather, where the two can help each other. Clearly search and search advertising isn’t quite working out for Yahoo; what Yahoo knows best is media and content. Which is why buying Hulu would be a strategically relevant acquisition for the company — it would play to Yahoo’s media strengths.

You’re probably thinking, why would Fox (s nws) and GE (s ge) sell their pet project to Yahoo? Well, why not? After all, they took a $100 million investment from Providence Equity Partners, which means they have an interest in making some sort of a return on this company. By selling to Yahoo for stock -– say, $2 billion worth — Rupert Murdoch would get a nice big chunk of Yahoo shares, which could come in handy if he wants to offload MySpace to Yahoo sometime in the future. NBC would get a significant Internet presence with Yahoo, which could only help its other digital efforts. And the Providence guys –- well, they’d get to make some money.


Read the full post on GigaOM.

Web Goes Retro With Firef.ly

For some of us old fogies who grew up using bulletin boards and forums on closed online services, online chat has always held a special allure. Remember, it was chatting that proved to be the killer application for AOL. Yet somehow the chat phenomenon didn’t quite translate as well on the open web, mostly because the implementations were kludgy and the software was too slow.

Still, instant messaging and lately Twitter-styled short messages have only become more popular. At the other extreme, we have Google trying to build immersive communication environments with the launch of Lively. Between those two new communication methodologies, however, there lies a third way.

For the past couple of days I have been playing around with a new web service called Firef.ly, which adds chat and avatars to any site on the web. It’s instantaneous like Twitter, yet is localized to a web page and allows for customization through the use of avatars. Read More about Web Goes Retro With Firef.ly