ENN.ie describes itself as “Irelands IT Newswire” which is why I subscribe to their feed. But like all modern technology journalism, it’s a load of bollocks.. Their contributor, Ciara O’Brien, just made some stuff up and posted it to ENN.ie as news. In her article she describes the iPhone as a ‘slow burn’ yet in the same month ENN.ie has Emmet Ryan claiming “So far sales have been phenomenal. We receive updates every 30 minutes and each half hour the sales are greater than the previous half hour,” Stephen Mackarel, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse told ENN.”
Ciara O’Brien writes:
When it was first launched, the iPhone was locked down tight. Apple, and only Apple, could produce software for the music player/phone hybrid. Hackers soon circumvented the iPhone’s controls, creating their own applications for instant messaging, voice over IP and anything else they felt Apple had overlooked.
Apple has rethought its position, and a software developer kit (SDK) for the iPhone is now available. This will allow third party developers to produce applications for the iPhone without taking advantage of flaws in the operating system and risking their iPhone being “bricked” — rendered useless — as happened to some users who had hacked their iPhones when they installed a software update pushed out by Apple.
Apple didn’t rethink anything. It’s evident from using the SDK that they were spending the months building an SDK and writing documentation so they could hand something to developers that they could attempt to stand behind.
Honest to god, is a journalism degree nothing more than half a dozen creative writing classes? What happened to proper journalism? Investigative reporting. At the moment all I see is people being paid to quote off other people’s blogs.