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Thursday
Sep152011

Kindle "Enhanced eBook" FAIL

I just purchased a "Kindle eBook with Audio & Video" for the iPad and every frame of the introductory video looks like this:

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Wired for iPad Now Available Free to Print Subscribers

Thus keeping print media valuable (to advertisers), yet not, since I'll subscribe to the print edition just to get the iPad edition and never read the print version. I'll probably donate the printed copies to my local library.

Monday
Jun062011

Why did Twitter partner with PhotoBucket? iOS 5.

Twitter has gotten into the photo sharing game, but not on their own - they've partnered with PhotoBucket.

Apple's WWDC Keynote (which is happening as I write this) tells us why: Twitter is going to be heavily integrated with Apple's iOS 5, the operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Having worked with for a company that was (and still is) an Apple partner, I can tell you that it probably went down like this:

"Hi, Twitter? Yeah, this is Apple calling. We want to integrate Twitter pretty deeply into iOS 5. You cool with that? Oh yeah, and we're going to announce it next month."

In the interest of secrecy, Apple likely waited as long as they could before contacting Twitter. Once the company understood the time horizon for getting into the photo sharing game, they most likely decided to partner in order to meet the WWDC deadline.

The details of how it really happened will surely surface over the coming months but I'll bet that's how it happened.

Wednesday
Sep292010

When Passions Collide: Peavey Ampkit Link for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

I used to play bass and guitar in New York Area rock bands during the eighties and early nineties. While that's not much of a shock, the clothes we used to wear would be. You know the era: lots of hair, spandex, and ripped t-shirts. There are pictures somewhere, which my wife threatens to reveal if I ever get her really mad at me...

I LOVED playing music. It was one of the great passions in my life before my wife and I began sharing an apartment. That was over 16 years ago and I haven't picked up an instrument since. Not because my wife wasn't appreciative - in fact, she's encouraged me to continue to play over the years.

It's difficult to practice, however, when you're surrounded by neighbors in an apartment building. Even after we moved into our house in 1999, it just wasn't appropriate. Practicing an instrument can be a wholly singular experience, separating you from your family for hours at a time, and the noise can be distracting to other people in the house - especially to a sleeping baby.

This week, I went to our local Guitar Center and bought myself a new electric guitar. What was my inspiration?

My iPhone. 

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Wednesday
Jul212010

Meet Flipboard

Thursday
Feb112010

Today's Tweets

 

12:35am, Feb 11 
Hulu. On the iPad. Without Flash. [iPad Video] http://ow.ly/16btf

 
12:24am, Feb 11 
Coasts Getting T-Mobile's Super Speedy HSPA+ First [Tmobile] http://ow.ly/16bnI

 
12:05am, Feb 11 
Warner Music Doesn't Much Care For This "Free Internet Music" [Music] http://ow.ly/16b0s

 
11:50pm, Feb 10 
Now Taking Your Dog For a Walk Helps You Save on Flashlight Batteries [Pets] http://ow.ly/16aZH

 
11:40pm, Feb 10 
Waterfield Designs Introduces iPad Cases [Apple iPad] http://ow.ly/16aLf

 
11:25pm, Feb 10 
Opera Mini for iPhone to be revealed next week, available never http://ow.ly/16avh

 
11:20pm, Feb 10 
Solar flares set to wreak havoc on GPS signals http://ow.ly/16av8

 
11:07pm, Feb 10 
Hello Rewind transforms old shirts into swank laptop sleeves, helps humanity http://ow.ly/16auo

 
10:00pm, Feb 10 
iPad Text Correction Features (via @chrispirillo) [iPhone SDK] http://ow.ly/169qJ

 
8:10pm, Feb 10 from Tweetie
@jchybinski Thanks! But it doesn't load automatically based on the iPhone user agent.

 
7:17pm, Feb 10 from Tweetie
The snow cover is higher than my dog is tall. Now what? #snowmageddon

 
7:11pm, Feb 10 from FriendFeed
News: Opera to show Mini browser for iPhone http://ff.im/-fJHbQ

 
7:11pm, Feb 10 from Tweetie
I'm surprised that iLounge doesn't have an iPhone-optimized version of their site.

 
7:02pm, Feb 10 
Google Plans to Build Ultra High-Speed Broadband Networks http://ow.ly/166JU

 
7:01pm, Feb 10 
WSJ: Iran Says It Will Permanently Shut Down Google Email Services in the Country http://ow.ly/166Iw

 
5:43pm, Feb 10 
RT @loic: Eating cooked tomatoes 2x a week reduces men prostate cancer 50% #ted

 
11:13am, Feb 10 
@Brian_McGough Thanks, Brian. Seems like Google Apps always get new features last...

 
10:57am, Feb 10 from Tweetie
Looks like Google Apps Mail doesn't have Buzz support? #googlebuzz

 

Monday
Feb082010

Today's Tweets

11:36pm, Feb 08 
Amazon Job Posting Hints At Full-Color Multi-Touch Kindle With WiFi http://ow.ly/15jRq
 
11:30pm, Feb 08 
@eduardoortiz Have you had hands-on a Nook yet? Thoughts?
 
10:42pm, Feb 08 
Nook Available In Time For Valentine’s Day, New ‘More In Store’ Content http://ow.ly/15j50
 
9:59pm, Feb 08 
ZoomIt Lets You Read SD Cards On Your iPhone. Will It Work With iPad?http://ow.ly/15iq9
 
9:40pm, Feb 08 
Get a Free iPad (or Nine) Here http://ow.ly/15hRI
 
9:35pm, Feb 08 
How Digital Marketing Helped 'Avatar' Break the Box Office http://ow.ly/15hQK
 
9:30pm, Feb 08 
The Majority of You Aren't Interested in Paying More than $10 for an E-Book [What You Said] http://ow.ly/15hPO
 
9:12pm, Feb 08 
Rumor: MacBook Pro refresh imminent, SKUs dropped from Best Buy systems http://ow.ly/15hM0
 
5:45pm, Feb 08 
Battle of the Deathburgers: Heart Attack Grill sues Heart Stoppers Sports Grill [This is Why You're Fat] http://ow.ly/15dug
 
5:40pm, Feb 08 
Netflix Streaming Getting a 1080p Upgrade [NetFlix] http://ow.ly/15dqz
 
5:35pm, Feb 08 
Minute Suites: Rest and Recharge, Airport Style http://ow.ly/15dq5
 
5:30pm, Feb 08 
Report: EMI Plans 'Radical' Cost Cuts, More Layoffs http://ow.ly/15doo
 
5:25pm, Feb 08 
Degrees of Personalization http://ow.ly/15dn8
 
5:20pm, Feb 08 
(Pic) Cargoshell’s Flat-Folding Shipping Containers http://ow.ly/15dmw
 
5:15pm, Feb 08 
Mobclix and Nielsen Ink Mobile Ad Targeting Data Deal http://ow.ly/15dlg
 
5:15pm, Feb 08 
Stat Shot: How the iPhone Changed the Handset Market http://ow.ly/15djZ
 
5:10pm, Feb 08 
Win A Mentoring Session With Founders Of Digg, Flickr, Mint, Ning, Slide Or Zynga http://ow.ly/15dhL
 
5:05pm, Feb 08 
Sketchpad: Simple web-based painting/drawing app. No Flash. http://ow.ly/15dfL
 
5:00pm, Feb 08 
‘The Gadget Disappears’ http://ow.ly/15dek
 
4:55pm, Feb 08 
Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies http://ow.ly/15dgA
 
4:55pm, Feb 08 
Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies http://ow.ly/15dbh
 
4:50pm, Feb 08 
100,000 Fans Send Target's February E-Card http://ow.ly/15cY0
 
4:50pm, Feb 08 
@ Local Online: The Hyperlocal Rev Model: Sell Services, Not Just Ads http://ow.ly/15cWy
 
4:45pm, Feb 08 
New Tweetdeck Puts Twitter On Crack – Adds YouTube and Flickr http://ow.ly/15cSP
 
4:40pm, Feb 08 
Vitamin D Webcam Monitor Hits 1.0, Still Has a Free Option [Updates] http://ow.ly/15cPF
 
4:35pm, Feb 08 
How Nerdy Is Your City, In Dollars? [Data] http://ow.ly/15cG5
 
4:30pm, Feb 08 
Linus Torvalds is now a happy Nexus One owner, pinch to zoom put him over the edge http://ow.ly/15cCl
 
4:19pm, Feb 08 
Wisair-based wireless display adapters head to Macs http://ow.ly/15cBo
 
10:15am, Feb 08 
The E-Book Marketplace: Does Anybody Really Know What Price It Is? http://ow.ly/152Kx
 
10:10am, Feb 08 
Canon Rebel T2i: 18MP and Legit 1080p Video for $899 [Digital Cameras] http://ow.ly/152Ec
 
10:05am, Feb 08 
Social Media Engagement Trends http://ow.ly/152BA
 
9:50am, Feb 08 
Loopt Partners With Mobile Spinach To Offer Location-Based Deals http://ow.ly/15281
 
9:45am, Feb 08 
Online TV Shows May Get More Ad-Heavy http://ow.ly/1526o
 
9:34am, Feb 08 
iPad in the family: What it'll take http://ow.ly/1524n
 
9:26am, Feb 08 
My own private... hydrogen power station? http://ow.ly/151IK
 
9:23am, Feb 08 
Using Calibre to convert an RTF ebook to MOBI so I can read it on my Kindle.
Tuesday
Feb022010

Adobe is Running Scared from Evolving Standards

Buy this from SpreadshirtLike the iPhone and iPod Touch that came before it, the iPad runs the same slimmed-down version of Mac OS X complete with it's multi-touch controls, icons and menu bar.

The iPad also shares with its forebears a lack of support for Adobe's Flash. Flash is an application runtime environment (a nerdy way of saying "software that lets other software work") that competes with the native applications on the iPhone, so it would make business sense that Apple might exclude it from the native capabilities of the "iPlatform".

More likely however, is the fact that Flash is buggy, crashes often and can suck up CPU cycles like crazy.

Case in point: now that I'm running Google Chrome on my MacBook, I can see how often Flash crashes as the browser will remain functioning but indicate that the plug-in has crashed. These are crashes I used to blame on my browser - Safari, Firefox, Opera, Camino - all of them. Shame on me.

Given how maniacal Apple is about the user experience and stability of the iPlatform, it's a no-brainer for them to exclude Flash - competitive issues aside.

And now, with the triumvirate of the iPhone, iPod Touch and soon iPad, Adobe is getting a little uncomfortable. If there's one company that can utilize its momentum and marketing prowess to shift an industry from de facto standards to web standards, it's Apple - and in this case, that web standard is HTML5.

Apple did this for the Webkit rendering engine that now powers Safari and Mobile Safari, but also Google Chrome, Android and soon a variety of other Webkit-based browsers for mobile devices like BlackBerry. They did it for video with H.264 and soon, they'll do it for HTML5.

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