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RIP: iPhone carrier monopoly

Each time an iPhone launch story appears, one can almost feel thousands of credit cards shudder in collective fear. This week the landscape for the iPhone began to crystallise with confirmation of multiple carriers and a very good indication that the iPhone in Australia would be 3G.

Each time an iPhone launch story appears, one can almost feel thousands of credit cards shudder in collective fear.

This week the landscape for the iPhone began to crystallise with confirmation of multiple carriers and a very good indication that the iPhone in Australia would be 3G.

Will this be the catalyst that takes mobile browsing to the masses in this country? Not at the current data rates — hopefully this is be addressed in the plans, but I'm not holding my breath for the carriers to stop ripping us off.

Just how mobile is the browsing experience with Safari on the device anyway? Technically you will not need to change your Web site at all to get it working on the iPhone — usability though is an entirely different kettle of fish. Some sites will target the iPhone and it will be interesting to see if the energy used is worth the return.

Over in San Francisco, JavaOne '08 kicked off. This year's keynote was about the same thing as last year's keynote — JavaFX — it's a good indicator of how far the technology has progressed in the past twelve months (correct answer is not at all for those playing at home).

Videos from JavaOne came thick and fast all week. From interviews with Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz to looking at improvements to applets (i.e. they may be useful again), and of course demos of JavaFX in action complete with crashes.

From the lighter side of life, the cheapest way to take down Google's Street View would appear to be the humble plastic bag.

Lastly, someone still needs to tell the Redmond emperor that his Vista clothes are imaginary. "No really, Vista is going great guns" is the message — so good that XP still powers on in purchases and installations.

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