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Saturday, July 31, 2010
OpenAppMkt: Webapp Despository
So meet OpenAppMkt. It's a website with depository for webapps. Honestly, why would anyone create this just now?
A new months ago when Steve Jobs and Adobe got into a spat over Flash. Flash no good, cumbersome and a lot of bugs. Also a security risk, Steve Jobs said. So Steve said, HTML 5 is better. Essentially embracing Web.
I've used webapps that are recommended from Apple's webapp site from time to time.
I'll be honest. Most of those apps are subpar. A few are quite good. And more and more, with innovations in HTML and Apple's Web framework, I can really see a lot of improvements over the next year or two. Oh, and Google is probably better at developing webapps than anyone else. So I also expect great things from Google
Anyway, keep Apple's webapp site and OpenAppMkt in your bookmark. I have a feeling a lot of us will be using webapps more and more.
Note: One of the key to webapps will be offline access and storage. iOS 6? I don't see this coming for iOS 5 just yet. Also, many of us are used to mobile versions of some websites but iPad might complicate things some what.
More at Apple and OpenAppMkt.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Ecosystem Argument Against Fossil Fuel - More than About Birds
Politico offered a very good and compelling reason for why we need to quit our addition to oil. The focus of the post is on the environment. However, it's more than just about birds, crabs, and baby turtles.
We do owe it to the future generations to make sure the planet is not in a worse shape than we took reign of the from those who came before us but more importantly, it's the sustainability of the future we need to concerned about as well. After all, the future generation will need to contend with 7 to 8 billion humans on this planet, 1.5 billion more than when we first started with in our current generation.
If we are to discuss oil and the ecosystem, it has to be more than just the environment. It's also about security, the global climate, and the amount of resources we are using up. The issues of conservation and recycling should be part of he discussion and equation of to any solutions we device.
Naturally, efforts are being made, both small and large - public policies such as trading greenhouse gas and promotion of renewable energy to individuals trading in their SUVs for zero-emission vehicles. We also have to face the question of the tipping point and whether we are passed that. But regardless of whether we are or not, mitigating our current impact on the whole ecosystem, which includes political and natural, is paramount.
A lot of dates I'm reading about green efforts are twenty to forty years away (2030-2050) - target dates by NGOs and governments to curve greenhouse gas to levels back to those in the 90s or requiring a certain amount of our energy come from renewable sources. Still, there is much we can do today.
More at Politico.
Bezos on Charlie Rose: Buy Kindle 3
Jeff Bezos appeared on Charlie Rose to pitch the Kindle 3 and appeared to try too hard to say he's not interested in the tablet market other than to use tablets and hope that tablets will bring in business for Amazon.
Is the Kindle a companion to the tablet as he suggests or it's a smoke screen until he can bring out an Amazon branded tablet? I think it's the latter. I've said this in the past, outside of iTunes and the iOS ecosystem, Amazon has the pieces to compete with Apple. Amazon has video, music, books, and the millions of credit cards of shoppers worldwide.
This is getting exciting in the tablet market, despite what Jeff is saying.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Obama Bored With Blackberry, Let's Help Him Appreciate Mobile And Govern At The Same Time
So what’s the point of such a device? Well, here’s an idea for anyone with some skills to make it happen. President Obama or any future President can take advantage of this.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Kindle Sold Out - What Now?
I'm sure the question will be answered in due course. Probably in the next few days or in the next few weeks. It is after all back-to-school season.
I'm sure the natural progression for Amazon is to release Kindle 3. Do you think it's possible that Amazon may pull a surprise and come out with a tablet?
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wireless Carriers Need Not Be Dump Pipes; Needs Innovation
The solution is easy. Get out ahead of the game and innovate. Just as Verizon recently acknowledged that Apple opened up their eyes about the app store, wireless providers can also attempt to create their own mobile ecosystem without trying to create a wall around their wireless services and limit the mobile experience.
For instance, T-Mobile even have half a dozen apps in the Android Market, most notably, Social Buzz, that integrates Facebook, Twitter, and My Space. And it has one of the best reviews I've seen for social apps for Android.
Another potential example could be the the location based services. There is no need to create their own services but the wireless companies can partner with the likes of MyTown or Foursquare and try to tailor experiences specific to their network.
I know that it's in the DNA of these wireless providers to be evil but I haven't lost hope that these guys will see the light and really embrace the wireless experiences that its customers want and facilitate and enhance the overall market.
But innovation will need to restart right away and old ways of thinking supplemented new ideas. Because they are competing with some of the more entrenched consumer companies like Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google.
-- Post From My iPad
Library of Congress Makes Jailbreaking And Unlocking Okay
So all those hacking and unlocking that voids warranties, right? Those days could be numbered.
So this still developing and we’ll find out more about this. There are a lot of questions. For instance, if the FTC didn’t have the power to make this happen, how the heck does the Library of Congress have this much power?
Also, did the wireless providers and platforms anticipate this at all?
But wait. More than that, circumventing DMCA efforts to curtail consumer freedom seems to be the key here. There are six classes of works specified. I’m going to paraphrase because it’s the government and they’ve got a lot of lawyers. And through law school, they lost the ability to speak like normal human beings.
- Lawfully acquired movies like those on DVD
- Mobile apps
- Software on computers
- Specifically mentioned computer games
- Computer programs protected by dongles – like what?
- eBooks – literary works
More at Boy Genius Report.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Aerogenerator: MegaWind Turbine Capable of 10MW & Counting
Amazon Generated $1 Billion Through Mobile
How is this being done? One word: convenience.
As more smartphones and mobile devices get into the hands of shoppers, apps such as Amazon's can take advantage of putting into hands of users large catalogs of products. Users don't have to ever wait until they get home to conduct price comparisons, and purchases.
Just over this past Christmas holidays, I was at Target shopping for my nephews. Bumblebee, check. Latest evolution of Elmo, cheaper on Amazon, so check. Puzzles and books, free shipping and no taxes, definitely, check. I think I walked out of Target with some Christmas lights and decorations. I also saved some DVDs to Amazon for purchase later.
I can imagine an acceleration of mobile purchases in the coming years. Honestly, this really goes without saying. What will drive this acceleration is more than simply more folks turning to mobile computing.
Tablet adoption is taking off and no need to mention which particular device is driving this market. Amazon is very excited as increased adoption of tablets with bigger screens to drive sales.
In Amazon's report that was not mentioned is social networks. I think this will also play a big part in online sales. Beyond Facebook, location-based services like Booyah and Foursquare can be potential drivers as well. Just recently, Booyah has added another particular type of check-in: product check-in. I think that speaks wholly for itself. Use your imagination. If you're a retailer or etailer, you can't wait until more mobile services and products provide added convenience and social components to the mobile experience.
Also, ask eBay. It hopes to generate $1.5 billion in sales through mobile avenues. Wanna bet they're going to beat that?
More at Amazon,
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Batteries: Shake Them To Charge
Now, Brother Industries from Japan has developed a battery that charges when you shake it. Called the "Vibrant Energy Cell" and they'll be showing it off at Techno-Frontier 2010 in Tokyo.
It comes in AA and AAA sizes so I suppose it works with just about anything that times these batteries. Even other chargers that use them to charge other devices.
Personally, I'm more of the solar and other renewable energy source kind of guy but if I had to buy an AA or AAA battery, and the VEC batteries work as advertised, why get anything else?
It's not going to power your laptop but it just might be enough to power an MP3 player. Image working out and you run out of juice. Shake it a bit and you get an extra 30 minutes or so, might be enough to complete the work out.
More at CNET.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Mobile Payment - Starbucks Today, the Mall Tomorrow
A couple of days ago, I misplaced my wallet at a supermarket and, luckily, it was found with my two dollars still in side. I was coming back from the gym and my shorts didn’t have pockets. I had in my hands the keys to my car, wallet, and my G1. I suppose losing my wallet meant my G1 was more important of the two.
It would have been a great hassle had I not gotten it back. DMV, credit card companies, and the bank would have all heard from me.
So you see why I can’t wait for a digital replacement for my wallet.
Starbuck’s move is a small one in that direction. I’m sure all the major credit card companies as well as dozens of other firms are trying to find a way to capitalize on the coming revolutionary change in how we pay for products and services that is made possible by advances in mobile tech.
For now, I’m be contend to order my drinks and pay for it through my iPhone app at Starbucks. Let’s hope soon, I’ll be able to walk into a supermarket, mall, or anywhere else that takes all the major credit cards will also take payment from my iPhone.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Death Of Unlimited Wireless Internet - Hope Not
How will this play out?
Monday, July 19, 2010
Musings: Green, Mobile, & Hot Weather
I suppose these are codes that I try to live by or imagine living by. Mobile tech powered by the sun. Or everything that I can conceive of that uses electricity is powered by renewable energy. Mobile tech that is build to be green and recyclable. Mobile tech that is long lasting, in terms of functions and the batteries that power it.
Is this possible? I think so. I spent some time this weekend researching solar tech for my home as well as rechargeable solar devices to power my gadgets. Unfortunately, there is a lot more research involved because of a lot of misconceptions I have about electricity and battery technology.
Plus, I've also taken a serious look at the Nissan Leaf that I had previous complained doesn't give me the range that I needed it. For instance, a round trip to see my brother would take more than 120 miles (193 kilometers) but the Leaf battery offers only 100 miles per charge. And while I previously thought you need a special charger for the Leaf, it appars you can plug the Leaf into a regular household outlet (trickle charge).
So as you can see, it isn't as simple as taking off the shelf hardware from different industries and putting it together. Furthermore, I also look for being able to be self-sustained. And most solar solutions require being a part of the grid because battery solutions are still very expensive.
Again, the incredible hot weather in my area got me thinking once again about this. I think it's global warming but you can call it "climate change" or disagree with me entirely but you cannot deny efficiency and conservation are not good principles that all mobile users ought to swear by.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Summer Heat And Mobile Devices
There are some apps that can help you prepare for them. Obviously, weather apps can tell you to the forecast. These apps can tell you the current conditions so that you know what to wear for the day.
But more than that, how about the manufacturing of our precious mobile devices and their relationship to climate change, or global warming to some. Personally, I am in the global warming camp because I like to error on the side of things.
By picking and being conscience of which mobile device makers are more green, environmentally friendly, or climate friendly, we can potentially make some differences.
In LA for much of my life, I can't help but feel that each of the last summer has been warmer than the one before. And so far, 2010 has been warmest year so far. And summers in LA can be warm, and down right hot for a few days but never this muggy and humid as it has been the last three summers.
So collectively, if we are also conscious of buying green and planet-friendly devices, just maybe we can make a difference going forward.
-- Post From My iPad
Friday, July 16, 2010
Apple: Jobs Praised Google. Why?
Huh? This is the same Steve Jobs who berated Google about stabbing Apple in the back. This is the same Steve Jobs who laughed at Google' motto of doing no evil.
So when I heard about this part of the press conference, I was some what wary. Here's what I tweeted through out. Yeah, twitter is great for pushing out quick and somewhat spontaneous thoughts.
Apple: jobs said some nice things about Google today even if only in passing. hmmm... (part 1)
Apple: what is jobs up to? They’re competitors and in the past, Jobs didn’t have good things to say about Google. (part 2)
Apple: specifically, Apple said Google went into mobile phones and Apple didn’t go into search (part 3)
Apple: after hearing that, I got the feeling Apple isn’t going to Google’s biz outside of ads (part 4)
Apple: Is Steve Jobs putting Google into a false sense of security? Eric needs to watch out. (part 5)
So, if I'm the CEO of Google, I wouldn't be calling Jobs tonight to thank for for saying nice things about Google. I'd be watching my back big time.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Without Internet Access, Work Must Go On
For instance, there is no Wi-Fi access here at the Crawford Family Center and by the time I am done with this post, I will have to wait until I find a hotspot and push it out that way. There are a few Starbucks within a few blocks as well as a Borders bookstore on the way home.
I do have my G1 here with me and if I wanted to, I can activate the Wi-Fi Tethering app. But if I do go through with my experiment when my T-Mobile contract has been fulfilled, I will not have this option.
I am sure there are bloggers out there or subject-oriented enthusiasts like myself who do not have the luxury of 3G access. And without it, it is obvious what must happen in my case.
Since I do have access through 3G at this time, I will be posting this via my G1 when I'm done with this post. And sure, it can wait until I am sure to find Internet access through another mean and that may be how things for me in the foreseeable future.
So with or without Internet, work must go on.
-- Post From My iPad
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Barnes And Noble To Power Textbooks?
Maybe Barnes And Noble's upcoming Nookstudy can do something about that. It'll be released in August and though I'm not longer a professional student, I intent to download it as I am a curious creature, interested in all things.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Comment on iPhone 4 Antenna Issues
Now, the best phone part isn’t my conclusion. It’s Consumer Report’s conclusion. The issue they have is the alleged design flaw of the antenna. Again, it’s their word that the iPhone 4 is the best phone on the market.
I only want to say that personally, I haven’t been able to duplicate what CR and other blogs are talking about. One, it’s probably because ATT is so crappy in my area but I have gone to other places where ATT’s coverage is pretty good and even there I had no issue with the “grip of death” phenomenon.
However, Apple did issue an confusing statement of how they calculate signals and I’ll leave the details to those who know more what they are talking about. Personally, I am waiting to see just how Apple plan to patch up the signal issue.
There is obviously a hardware issue that Apple may or may not make go away with a software patch.
I think this is why Apple hasn’t said anything about giving out free bumpers that to those who have experienced the “grip of death” when they hold the iPhone with their left hands. Perhaps, Apple has found a software solution to their hardware problem.
Only time will tell. I do know this though. The iPhone 4 is pretty much sold out everywhere. I’m still trying to get another for my family and I’m simply having to wait through the crazy demands.
So for now, I’ll hold judgment until we get something official from Apple. However, I do agree with Consumer Report on this. The iPhone 4 is a pretty damn good phone.
And yes, this will blow over in a few weeks. So moving along, people, nothing to see here.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
iPhone 4: Why Glass For the Back? How About Multi-Touch From The Back One Day?
I think there's more to it than just aesthetic. While hold the iPhone 4 this week during typing and gaming sessions, my fingers were absently gliding over the smooth glass back. My first thought was that the iPhone 4 was sturdy and the industrial look was a good change from the previous physical forms.
Then my second thought. Hey, multi-touch on the glass back? More at On Apple.
Is Palm Even Bothering Anymore?
And you'd think that if Palm does try to follow Apple's example, Palm should by at Palm 2 by now. And yes, all we got was the Pixi. Seriously, I've been worried for a long time but the raging war between Apple's iPhone and Google's Android army has really sucked the air out of the room for a lot of people. Yes, Palm, RIM and Microsoft feels your pain (though Microsoft had the unfortunate distinction of making the news by killing off its two month old Kin line).
So where is Palm going from here and will HP allow the creative energy that created WebOS and Pre to flourish within the HP empire? Palm Infocenter managed to get this clip of HP's Phil McKinney, VP of HP's Personal Systems Group, talk about HP's mobile device plans and affirm its interests in the mobile market.
Is it too late?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Flip or Phone Cam Better For Video?
So, which is better? Well, here goes. It depends.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Simple Simulation Games For Mobile Isn't Half Bad
In my attempts to cheat, I found out that you need a live 3G or Wi-Fi connection to the game servers to fully load. Heck, I even thought I could just tweak the time on my iPhone and it’ll speed up the growth and gathering of my farms. No go.
Still, there are two elements these these games. One, you need to stay connected and two, the games almost require constant supervision depending on what’s going on in the game.
But the fun thing about these games is that it doesn’t require so much thinking that it consumes your time while at the same time, it offers a bit of depth in that you can choose what to do with your credits and what to grow or buy. And unlike some of the more brain-dead games like Mob War on Facebook, well-designed games like We Rule, Farmville, or Pocket Empires doesn’t get too old.
These games basically reminds me of the first Sim City on the Mac.
Missing Element. There is a third element that I find generally lacking in these games, including Farmville and that is the social element that is all the rage at the moment. Right now, We Rule has virtually no social features beyond buddying up with your friends. You can’t leave them messages or anything like that.
Farmville is worse because it relies on Facebook.
I play Chess With Friends and Words with Friends on the iOS platform and you can be in constant contact with the people you play games with.
So, for mobile warriors looking to expand beyond traditional gaming or puzzle games, I encourage giving one of these “build your own empire/farm” (simulation) games a try. I wasn’t for these types of games in the beginning and I might tire of them eventually. Nevertheless, they offer a window into the mobile life that many kids play when they should be doing homework or office drones who want something more than pushing papers or answering e-mails.
I think it’s better than those fish tank games.
I’m going to provide updates on my blogs regarding my builds as well as provide a more story telling element. I think that’s what these games are capable of providing us. Now, I’ve been informed I need to harvest my strawberries so I can build my villagers a new bench.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
A Generation Will Grow Up Without the iPod But It's Not A Bad Thing
At the same time, game consoles like the DS will also be discontinued or it will evolve into something more like the iPod Touch. This isn't a pro-Apple post but rather what I see as a reflection of how consumer electronic devices are changing to adapt to the mobile needs of the users.
When I go out, I still see kids holding tightly in their hands their DS or iPod but I also see a lot more now with an iPod Touch. I also see older kids with mobile devices than just a MP3 player that they are constantly texting with.
In a case, I envy this generation and the next ones going forward given the amount of mobile technologies that is available to them, provided these devices are used constructively.
Growing up, I was greatly influenced by anime. And not just anime. Remember Inspector Gadget's niece, Penny, with her "Computer Book" and her high-tech watch. And any sci-fi books and shows also featured devices that I could only dream up growing up.
Now, today's kids have it all. Not quite the level of Penny's Computer Book but still very impressive. With my G1, iPhone, and iPad, I've been able to accomplish tasks that I ordinarily need to be tethered to a laptop but no more.
And these kids are likely to be able to do more in the coming years with their mobile devices other than to play games, listen to music, or play games.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Pulling For Tesla Helps Improve Mobile Life
A lot of the power we use in the US comes from non-renewable emery sources. Hence, driving around electric cars isn't going to help with our energy and petro problems. But if you power these Telsa-made vehicles with renewable energy sources like solar, we can be free of many of our geopolitical and climate problems.
But that not all I want to talk about. I am a worrier. And as a child, upon learning that our energy sources were limited, I have always worried about the day when our lights would not turn on. Today, as an adult, not too worried in that sense but I am still concerned about what a drain we still are on the planet.
And I think keeping green and conservative about energy use goes hand-in-hand with the mobile life that we at Onxo share with our readers. So imagine driving and powering your Telsa or other EV with your own green and efficient solar panels five years from now. In one year, you will be able to displays barrels of oil and eliminate tons of carbon emission into the atmosphere.
Just yesterday, President Obama announced an additional $2 billion to build solar power plants. While I can't say how much of that is due to the subpar jobs report from Friday, I applaud the merits of the plan. My only gripe is that this is 100 times less that what I would have liked to hear from the President.
I know that my green vision isn't going to happen overnight or even within a couple of decades. Rather, it's going to be a one-roof-at-a-time kind of progress. And a comprehensive energy policy is going to involve a lot of moving parts and special interests.
But a large part of this in the US is going to be driven by companies like Telsa dare to breakthrough convention and bring us a step closer to help us become less dependent on oil. So I am pulling big time for Tesla.
Also, keep in mind that Nissan will be releasing its plugin vehicle Leaf capable of 100 miles per charge and General Motors' plugin hybrid, the Volt at the end of the year.
So we are getting there. How does this impact iPhone and Blackberry carrying mobile warriors? Aside from the benefits we are likely to gain from research into battery technology, I believe that our vehicles will also serve as a center for data and media. I will go more into how our cars will serve our wireless needs but for now, I am going to be pulling big time for Tesla.
And maybe July 4th in the United States will having an additional meaning as well.
-- Post From My iPad
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Is Wireless Internet Now Essential?
Apple Should Prepare to Leave China (There Is Still Time To Execute Such A Plan)
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