The heat generated by Consumer Reports' thermal test is likely to dissipate quickly
Mike Daisey owes Consumer Reports' Donna Tapellini a thank-you note for diverting attention -- at least briefly -- from his malfeasances with her preliminary report on the new iPad.
CR engineers discovered -- and on Tuesday Tapellini reported -- that playing Infinity Blade II for 45 uninterrupted minutes made the new device up to to 13 degrees F "hotter" (her word) than a similarly stressed iPad 2.
The memory of Antennagate -- the flap that CR created and perpetuated with its several reviews of the iPhone 4 -- was too strong. Legions of Apple (AAPL) loyalists spent much of Tuesday with their knickers in a Tapellini twist.
Hot, of course, is a relative term. Where, we ask, were CR's thermal imaging devices when its engineers tested the latest crop of MacBook Pros, computers whose CPUs during ordinary operation have been known to top 185 degrees F?
The word "hot" doesn't appear in any of CR's current MacBook reviews. I checked.
As someone who spends most of his working days with a scalding 15-inch MacBook Pro on his lap, I think the proper term for what the new iPad gets is "warm."
We note that temperature doesn't come up in either the glowing first-look review that Talellini co-authored last Friday ("The new iPad is shaping up as the best tablet yet") or the complimentary video that electronics editor Paul Reynolds posted on the Consumer Reports website. That's as it should be.
The Japanese automaker was a perennial also-ran, behind Honda and Toyota. Until now. Nissan is making deft moves just as its rivals stall.
By Doron Levin, contributor
FORTUNE -- Japan's auto industry has been battered by disasters natural and unnatural unlike this year. A tragic earthquake and a steroidal yen have wreaked havoc on the bottom lines of major firms Honda and Toyota. The exception? Nissan. The perennial third place finisher has MOREAug 23, 2011 8:56 AM ET
Apple's notebooks sweep every category in the latest report, despite middling reliability scores
Consumer Reports doesn't always love Apple's (AAPL) products. It still doesn't recommend the iPhone 4 because of problems its testing lab had with the external antenna. But in its survey of the current crop of notebook computers released Tuesday, the magazine gave the MacBook line its highest ratings in every category in which Apple competes, from the 11-inch MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 25, 2011 7:03 AM ET
With a pair of high-quality calipers, Consumer Reports resolves a silly dispute
A good carpenter knows to measure twice and cut once, which is why you probably shouldn't ask your average Apple blogger to build anything out of wood.
Case in point: The story that hit the blogosphere like a bad Donald Trump soundbite last week when someone notified MacRumors that their new white iPhone 4 didn't fit into their old black MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 3, 2011 7:03 AM ET
The new MyFord touch system's best function may be as a warning to other car manufacturers of how not to go about innovating when it comes to high-tech dashboards.
Earlier this week, Consumer Reports panned the MyFord Touch system, an optional touch-based user interface featured in revamped models like the Ford Edge and standard in the company's higher-end Limited models. In "Ford's frustrating high-tech controls," the publication takes the carmaker to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 5, 2011 2:39 PM ET
A sampling of opinions -- the good, the bad and the ugly
Given how much attention Apple (AAPL) was getting before Steve Jobs' "Antennagate" press conference Friday -- CNBC greeted it with a countdown clock and eight simultaneous talking heads -- it's not surprising that his performance got widely reviewed. We counted 131 headlines on Techmeme Saturday morning, not including the 52 links to live blogs of the event.
Reactions were predictably MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 17, 2010 6:52 AM ET
Several scenarios have been proposed. This is the one that sounds best to us.
Apple (AAPL) has finally acknowledged that its new iPhone has a serious public relations problem, and the company has responded by scheduling -- with extraordinarily short notice -- a Friday press conference on its campus in Cupertino, Calif.
The plan is to get what it considers the key media outlets and opinion makers in technology in the same MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 15, 2010 6:59 AM ET
Not that big a deal, is their consensus. The market, naturally, ignores them.
On Monday, Consumer Reports decided it couldn't recommend the iPhone 4. On Tuesday and Wednesday, analysts who track Apple (AAPL) offered clients their take on what it means for the company.
Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty saw it as a "PR problem that Apple needs to address to preserve the brand and loyal customer base." Kaufman Bros.' Shaw Wu MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 14, 2010 7:03 AM ET
The staff loved the phone. They hated the phone. They gave it their highest rating
It's been a wild ride for Apple (AAPL) and Consumer Reports, and nobody came out of it looking good.
It started Monday morning, when the magazine's staff -- catching up to a two-week old story -- announced on its website that it couldn't recommend the iPhone 4 unless Apple did something about the phone's reception issues.
The report, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 13, 2010 7:56 AM ET
Consumer Reports is not the first to offer a workaround to the signal-weakening Death Grip
After minimizing the iPhone 4's antenna issues on its Electronics Blog 10 days ago, Consumers Reports made news Monday by announcing that it could not recommend Apple's (AAPL) newest smartphone phone after all. It had reexamined the signal attenuation problem and determined that it was real.
Then it did something unusual: It offered a funky, "affordable" workaround.
"Cover MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 12, 2010 12:33 PM ET
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