Apple’s iPhone OS: It’s No Flash in the Pan

Anyone still out there that doesn’t yet realize that Apple has become quite savvy about design, development, marketing and business strategy, is clearly brain-dead. Apple’s new developer agreement stipulates that “applications that link to documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited.” That pretty much means that Flash is prohibited as a development tool for the iPhone/iPod/iPad. This takes much of the wind out of Adobe’s CS5 announcement and the Packager for iPhone tool. It’s clear that Apple will no longer tether itself to any technology that may impede (or potentially impede) it’s innovation and […]

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iPad: The Case

Industrial design can be interpreted in many ways. Seems Apple threw a bone to itself by creating another very well designed, simple product. The iPad Case. But let’s be honest here. The iPad needed the case from the beginning. Is Apple beginning the policy of selling components? My gripe: • Apple, you just missed on the design or cut of the case-top. Another few millimeters around the edges and you would have nailed it. Otherwise, an excellent answer to the bare iPad’s predicament.

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The iPad: A 24-Hour Review

After 24 hours with Apple’s new iPad, I’m convinced of two things. First, the iPad is a game-changer. It will change our relationship to information and education technology. It will change game playing. And, it may possibly bring gaming and educational technologies closer together. Second, it has some significant evolution ahead. After a relatively short period of time experimenting and playing with the iPad, it’s clear that in positioning the iPad in the seemingly narrow niche between the laptop computer and the mobile phone device, Apple may have hit the sweet spot of where most folks use personal computer technology. That […]

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Apple iPad

The iPad? Really, Steve? That is one epically bad choice of names. I over-heard one female colleague suggest that it may be the first pad that most males won’t feel ashamed to purchase. I’m not sure that I’m convinced… Apple is making a bold statement about the viability of micro-niches with the iPad. Wedging open the position between the iPhone and the MacBook, Apple seems to want to take on the NetBook and Kindle markets in one fell swoop. One elegant and well-thought-out swoop. The iPad hits most of the major sweet spots for such a device. It has the […]

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Speaking Words With Dictate

I’ve been playing with a new piece of software for the last few days. I’m quite excited about it. The software is called Dictate, by the folks at MacSpeech. Dictate is voice recognition software for the Mac. I must admit, I’ve played with voice recognition software in the past and have never been very impressed with the performance. I had been reading fairly good reviews of dictate over the last several months, but I still came to it with the expectation that I would be disappointed. The installation of Dictate was a snap. Once installed, the software takes you through […]

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How Magic is Apple’s New Mouse?

Maybe it’s not magic. But it’s well-designed and cool. First, I have to say that it took me awhile to get over thinking I was pushing around a very hard and high tech Madeleine (as in the pastry). I suppose that had something to do with me drinking coffee at the time of my first magic mouse experience. But once I had the short-cake metaphor out of my head, I found Apple’s new mouse to be quite efficient and easy to use. The top of this mouse is basically one shiny touch-pad that responds quite well to all finger movements […]

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