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The Best Tour Guide May Be in Your Pocket

Mon April 12, 2010

Apple has been a bad kid and we’ve scolded it enough for a day. Here’s some luv:

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is handing out iPod Touch devices loaded with a rich mix of pictures, interviews, videos and graphics to visitors. Besides the iPod, the museum is also making its content available on other mobile multimedia devices including the iPhone, BlackBerry and other smartphones.

Read the article at: NYTimes.


Apple Jobs to Adobe: Ummph!

Sun April 11, 2010

In this Mashable post, it seems that Apple’s own developers are walking on egg shells concerning the “Thou shalt code iPhone/iPad apps only in C/C++/Objective-C without the aid of code generators” or something to that effect directive that apparently comes directly from Steve Jobs. Jobs’ response: “We’ve been there before.” So no backing down.

Read the article at: Mashable.

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Adobe Brimelow to Apple Jobs: “Go [blip] Yourself!”

Sat April 10, 2010

Adobe Platform Evangelist Lee Brimelow did not mince his words yesterday on his Flash Blog as he told Steve Jobs, “Go [blip] yourself Apple.”

To understand why this extreme reaction from Adobe, we have to go back to Apple’s announcement that its new iPhone 4.0 SDK will not tolerate the use of non-Apple-approved programming languages. Adobe understands this to mean that if you develop an app for the iPhone but uses Adobe’s software to do so, you will be in violation of terms and your app will not be accepted in the App Store.

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Note that what is at stake here is not whether the app runs properly on the iPhone but what language was used originally to create it. Is that allowed? Can Apple dictate what software you use to create their app? Why would anyone care whether you use Adobe software or Notepad to write your iPhone app? Apparently Apple does!

Read the original article at: Flash Blog.

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iPhone — The New Press Camera?

Sat March 27, 2010

The Camera Phone has not been much of a challenge to dedicated digital cameras, no matter how many pixels phone manufacturers keep adding to the camera on their mobile phones. The general consensus has been that camera phones “are all crap.” Until Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder started taking pictures in the field using his iPhone. Suddenly, the iPhone camera has been elevated to press camera status. And the pictures captured have nothing to do with megapixels, noise, sharpness, focus, etc., all the technical criteria we tend to use to rate a camera, but on the kind of poignant images it is able to capture.

View a slide show at: Associated Press

[ via Rob Galbraith ]


Is this the beginning of the end for Flash?

Thu March 18, 2010

The Apple iPad does not support Adobe Flash which, according to Adobe, runs on 85% of all Web sites and which powers most of the cool animation and videos you encounter on the Internet. Apple claims that Flash is too buggy and drains the power from its devices. To prepare for the arrival of the iPad, major sites have announced Flash-free versions. Sites include The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Virgin America.

[ via Network World ]

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Why Is Apple Banning The Sale Of Protective Screen Film From Its Apple Stores

Wed March 17, 2010

Why is Apple banning the sale of protective screen film from its retail and online stores? Users of the iPod and iPhone have been purchasing screen film as protection for the devices’ plastic and glass display from scratches and damage. There’s been no report of the iPad and iPhone touchscreen being negatively affected by the protective film on top. Wonder if this has anything to do with the iPad’s new touchscreen?

[ via iLounge ]


The coming iBattle between Sony and Apple

Sat March 6, 2010

A battle is brewing with Sony publicly throwing down the gauntlet. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Sony’s CFO Nobuyuki Oneda announced Sony’s intention to take on Apple’s iPad. “We are confident we have the skills to create a [great] product,” said Oneda. The new Sony iPad challenger — as well as a new smartphone to compete with the iPhone– are planned for later this year, which tells us that they are probably already developed and may be currently in testing.

Sony used to be known as the company that was driven by innovation, but has faltered these past few years while Apple has introduced products with wide mass appeal one after another. Other companies have tried to take on Apple but their second rate copycats have not made a dent. Can Sony take on Apple with really innovative products? This should be very interesting.

[ via CNN ]

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iTreatment For Those Withdrawing From the i… [don’t mention the name!]

Fri February 26, 2010

Apple iPad

Apple iPad

Everyone is upset with Apple and its new i… [don’t mention the name, we’re in withdrawal!]. Geeks are mad because it does not compute, it does not run Flash, there’s no camera, it does not call home; Intel is upset because Apple dumped its chips; and on and on. There’s also a short, but hilarious, Wall Street Journal spoof on suffering withdrawal symptoms…

Read the article and view the WSJ video at: MarketWatch

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Apple Unveils the $499 – $829 iPad

Wed January 27, 2010

Steve Jobs unveils the iPad

Steve Jobs unveils the iPad

Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad [“last time there was this much excitement about a tablet, it had some commandments written on it [referring to the 10 Commandments written on 2 tablets of stone]” today at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

Apple iPad

Apple iPad

First, he puts down the Netbook [with an obvious jab at Microsoft Windows which powers most Netbooks] as “aren’t better than anything!” Then he presents the iPad, which is very thin (0.5 in.), light compared to a laptop (1.5 lbs), has a large screen (9.7 in.) that displays a whole newspaper page, and is powered by Apple’s own 1GHz Apple A4 chip.

Apple iPad 3G

Apple iPad 3G

It can browse the Web, does email, watch movies, watch TV, display albums, photos, Calendar, YouTube, iTunes, watch embedded videos inside articles, and, of course, plays games… a “huge mobile Safari” with an “interface [that] really does look like an exploded iPhone” with flicks, gestures, and a very responsive virtual QWERTY keyboard. Eveything works fast with no hiccup, no hesitation.

Apple iPad

Apple iPad

The New York Times, EA, NOVA, MLB all trod up onstage to showcase apps on the iPad — but no educational slant? Has Apple forgotten that schools were the first to welcome the Apple II into the classrooms and help popularized it to a whole generation of kids? I’m tired of my kid carrying 20 lbs of school text books on his back every day. Come on, Apple, there must be an app (or more) for that.

Apple iPad 3G with iTunes

Apple iPad with iTunes

As though he heard me, Steve shows the new iBooks app that makes the iPad an eBook reader… but we still need apps that make the whole process of reading, annotating, receiving homework, returning homework… seamless… a child’s play.

Apple iPad

This is probably all the technology that Apple has invented squeezed into a tablet-sized mobile device [“We’re the largest mobile device company in the world. Larger than Sony, bigger than Samsung….“].

Here are the main specs:

  • Dimensions: 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4 mm (9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 in.)
  • Weight: WiFi – 0.68 kg (1.5 lbs); WiFi + 3G – 0.73 kg (1.6 lbs)
  • Display: 9.7 in., 1024 x 768 pixels, 132 ppi, with fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • 16 – 64GB of internal flash drive
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Built-in speakers and microphone; 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • 10 hours battery life
  • starts at $499 with 16GB and WiFi; $829 with 64GB and WiFi + 3G
  • Accessories include a dock, a keyboard and a case
  • No camera, no phone
  • No Flash support — Bad idea!
  • No Real OS X

Hey, where is the phone? None!?? No video phone? No multitasking? Looks like for now, Apple is positioning the iPad between the iPod Touch and the MacBook. The name is wrong, though: iPad is just too close to iPod and will subconsciously get labelled as iPod’s big brother, nothing more. I still believe Apple should have added camera and phone.

Apple iPad

Will the Apple iPad be the product that will send Apple into the stratosphere as the preeminent computer company of the new century. With the iPhone interface, using applications will never be the same again. In contrast, PC applications will look like dinosaurs. But I read some hesitation here on Apple’s part of not cannibilizing sales from the iPhone and MacBook. Very un-Apple-like — and a missed opportunity for a really “magical” device.

The only serious app is iWork, with a brand new interface. Can the iPad replace the laptop? It all depends on the apps developed for it. If we get more games and stupid apps, there will not be enough traction to get the iPad going. As in, replace PCs running Windows (or Mac). iWork by itself will not be enough. The killer app is missing here.

Why do I still have to pay for a data plan? On top of the plan I pay for my iPhone? And for my cable? The iPad, in this first version, does not replace the iPhone, Kindle and laptop, so the incentive to switch may just not be there. Also the lack of Flash support may be deliberate so people get used to pay for content online (“you’ll need an app to read or view that [used to be free] content”).

But the iPad is still quite a feat, nonetheless. Others have tried and failed. Steve Jobs says it best, “It just all works.

Most buyers will also get the iPad case which not only protects the device but can also serve as a stand for hands-free display and lap pillow for typing and reading.

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Apple iPad Case

Apple iPad Case

[ via Engadget ]

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Apple Tablet Set For February 2010 Launch

Wed December 9, 2009

What: Apple Tablet

When: February 2010

Price: $1,000 [!???]

[ Read the article at: CNN ]

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