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Media Loves Apple and Its Army of Fans 356

cgriffin21 writes "Apple is getting more media attention right now than any other technology company, including Google. Microsoft, meanwhile, is languishing in the shadows like Cinderella on the night of the ball. That's the upshot of a study released Monday (PDF) by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, which found that Apple was the focus of 15.1 percent of media coverage between June 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Google received 11.4 percent of media coverage during the period, while Microsoft garnered just 3 percent."
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Media Loves Apple and Its Army of Fans

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  • by airfoobar ( 1853132 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @10:19AM (#33721746)
    All people can be fanbois.
    Journalists are people.

    Journalists can be fanbois.
  • More Bias Please (Score:5, Informative)

    by whisper_jeff ( 680366 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @10:22AM (#33721800)
    Could we please have a bit more bias in our summaries please. I mean, things like "Apple and Its Army of Fans" and "Microsoft, meanwhile, is languishing in the shadows like Cinderella on the night of the ball." don't quite make it obvious that the story is trying to make a point. Feel free to throw in references to Nazis, if necessary, to make the story bias more obvious.

    sigh... I know it's a pipe dream, but I really do enjoy story submissions that just cover the details and let me make up my own mind on how I view the information...
  • Re:MS is hurting (Score:4, Informative)

    by Eraesr ( 1629799 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @10:44AM (#33722188) Homepage
    Why is parent rated as troll? Even though he's chosen rather unsubtle wording, he does make a valid point IMO.
    There's a reason why I'm closely watching the development of upcoming Win7 powered tablets while the iPad leaves me cold. It's the tyrannical grip Steve has on his hardware and the software that runs on it (or rather, keeping specific types of software from running on it).
  • by Abcd1234 ( 188840 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @10:47AM (#33722258) Homepage

    I just want some of Apple's innovations without the drawbacks.

    Yeah, you just admitted Apple innovates. That immediately disqualifies you as an Apple hater. You then followed it up with a reasonable, coherent statement. That disqualifies you from Slashdot.

  • by AltairDusk ( 1757788 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @10:55AM (#33722418)

    People love apple and it's fabuously high quality ineffebly well designed products.

    Having owned a few of their products I would hesitate to call them high quality, especially in the reliability department. The iPod Classic has been trouble free but both the original iPhone and the 3gs gave me quite a few issues, as a matter of fact the original is still sitting in a desk drawer, only useful as a paperweight now.

  • Snow White (Score:3, Informative)

    by xzvf ( 924443 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @11:40AM (#33723118)
    Snow White was layed out by the poison apple, Sleeping Beauty was done in by the needle of a spinning wheel.
  • Re:MS is hurting (Score:5, Informative)

    by Missing.Matter ( 1845576 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @12:17PM (#33723706)
    1. Access numeric keyboard
    2. Access character keyboard
    3. <
    4. Access alpha keyboard
    5. p
    6. Access numeric keyboard
    7. Access character keyboard
    8. >

    On a normal keyboard shift , is more like one keystroke, in my opinion.

    I mean, I understand that most people won't type something like this, but it's just an example of how the iPad is great to use as long as you use it as Apple prescribes. This example obviously applies to a small subset but the calendar example I gave applies to virtually every student, who has a class on MWF or TR. Apple didn't approve their schedules, so they have to do things the long way.

  • Re:MS is hurting (Score:3, Informative)

    by CharlyFoxtrot ( 1607527 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @01:01PM (#33724508)

    Take copy/paste. Apple allegedly omitted it because for some reason with all their resources they couldn't figure out a way to implement it. I own an iPad, and the implementation they came up with isn't anything special, to be sure. Try selecting a line of text near the top of the screen; the magnifying glass goes over the edge and you can't see what you're doing.

    It's so easy to implement that the first version of Windows Phone 7 also ships without copy&paste. Apple was inventing a new kind of touch device here, using fingers and gestures instead of stylus and menu's, building the API from scratch. You should be glad they took the time to take it step by step instead of half-assing it. Incremental improvement.

    And yes there are plenty of problems with ALL of Apple's products but that's beside the point, no product is perfect. The point is they're better than everything else out there for the stuff I do on a daily basis. If that's not the case for you just buy something else already.

  • by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @01:15PM (#33724728) Homepage Journal

    Apple produces plenty of free upgrades. There's one waiting to install on my machine right now. It contains a new web browser, a new iTunes, and updates for my Logic Pro and Aperture software. That's the Apple equivalent of a service pack.

    All you're doing is getting confused by the different naming schemes between Apple and Microsoft. Apple releases 10.X, there will generally be a lot of new features, capabilities, etc. And they'll charge you for them. Microsoft, on the other hand, releases something with a new name, and they'll charge you for that. And it will have new features, capabilities. Apple releases 10.X.X, there will generally be bugfixes, driver support, etc. And its free. Microsoft, on the other hand, releases something called a service pack, and it'll be free. And it will generally provide bugfixes, driver support, etc.

    Both companies follow very similar paths. The differences that have your panties in a bunch are simply semantics.

  • Re:MS is hurting (Score:2, Informative)

    by RightSaidFred99 ( 874576 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @01:58PM (#33725452)

    I love when some guy on SlashDot claims Microsoft is "irrelevant" or is rapidly becoming so. Reminds me of some fat ugly guy talking about how gross Megan Fox is because she has some weird clubbed thumb.

    The problem is you have no idea what the real world is like outside of your cloistered technical existence. And I don't mean your existence is cloistered because it's technical, I mean you have a limited technical view of the world.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.