ReadWriteWeb: 1 in 3 Online Consumers Will Use a Tablet by 2014.
That prediction seems slow. But then, I spend most of my day surrounded by fellow news-and-gadget junkies, right?
NY Times: For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper.
Until rugged disposable tablets [sad to say ‘disposable’, but that’s the culture we live in at present] are available, print remains tops with kids.
ThinkUp, ThinkUp, ThinkUp.
Yeah, it’s nice. You know what I want? A desktop version of Momento, with some of ThinkUp’s features (in addition to iPhone and iPad apps). Momento’s totally cool, but it’s tough for my big fingers to type on an iPhone/iPod Touch. It aggregates blog entries, tweets, FB’s, etc. - and you can backup and export. I hope these folks get more attention, they’ve done some really great work. Seriously - take a look at it.
Speaking of iPhone/iPod Touch apps, check out HQ:To Do. They’ve developed this app with a great ethic - fast entry and one-hand thumb-able interface. It’s still early days, a little feature-light, but I really like where they’re going.
[Just FYI - I feel the need to say this every so often - I get no bucks or benefits for pushing anything on this site. What I like, I’ve bought and paid for. YMMV.]
Why does everything suck?: The death and rebirth of useful interface affordances.
Hank’s always thoughtful. Do read this one.
Macworld: Mixel lets you create and share iPad art.
“Mixel is a unique app that’s great for anyone who is even remotely artistically inclined.” And if you really want to pay someone else to relive being four years old. But I’m being a terrible grouch about it. Tired of jumping every time someone says, “This is the latest hot iPad app you MUST HAVE.”
And especially tired of art and photography being passed off as ‘anyone can do’ pursuits. Not everyone can be Rembrandt or Stieglitz. There’s a lot more to it than tracing a strawberry on a tablet.
Waiting for someone to make going to the bathroom ‘social.’ You know it’s overdue.
Pinboard Blog: The Social Graph is Neither.
“At the very least, the fact that I have an exquisitely maintained and categorized contact list telegraphs the fact that I’m the kind of schlub who would spend hours gardening a contact list, instead of going out and being an awesome guy. The social graph wants to turn us back into third graders, laboriously spelling out just who is our fifth-best-friend. But there’s a reason we stopped doing that kind of thing in third grade!” Whether you agree or not, it’s a worthy read. Thanks, Rafe.
Slate: The new payments app that foretells a world without cash and credit cards.
“Wait a second: Why is this supposed to be any better than pulling out a credit card? It’s not faster, it’s not more convenient, and it’s not any safer. Plus, many phones—and most stores’ pay pads—don’t yet have the necessary ‘near-field communication’ chips required for these sorts of transactions, so the whole idea is kind of a fantasy anyway.” I’ll pass on being a beta-tester - with my own cash as the test subject.
SERoundtable: Google To Charge Map API Developers For “Excess” Usage.
“Some say that Google gives away an addictive drug and then once you’re hooked, they start charging you for it. To be honest, developers can always switch to Bing.”
Welcome to Kogeto.
Wow, fun. A harbinger - soon expensive virtual tour folks will be out of biz.
DesignYouTrust: “Framed” – An iPhone 4S Shortfilm.
Beautifully done. Watch a fairytale.
ReadWriteWeb: Who Says the iPad Isn’t For Programming? Meet Codify.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We want Hypercard. On steroids.
LRB: In the Ghost Library.
An opinion that’s certainly not unfamiliar, but rarely so well and creatively expressed: “How many marriages, seemingly held firm by the impossibility of moving several hundredweight of vinyl or CDs out of a family-sized home, have already foundered post the digitisation of music? How many more will break if apparently inseparable and immovable matrimonial libraries become something that anyone can walk out with in their pocket?”
Macworld: Study - Most tablet users won’t pay for news content.
Amazon: Kindle Format 8 Overview.
HTML5, kids. Get in, or be relegated.
NewMexiKen: 4S First Impressions.
Don’t you love it when Ken threatens violence?
Vimeo: iPhone 4S / Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison.
Depending on your desires, a 3x increase in cost may not be a wise investment anymore. Resolution takes just a small hit at monitor-playback-sizes, and the rolling shutter is the major stumbling-block now for phone-video.
Macworld: Amazon’s new Silk redefines browser tech.
“While the split browser architecture is not new, Opera having been a player for a couple of years ...” Yes, between FB and Amazon now ... AOL seems to be both our past *and* future. Blech.
PhoenixRealm: Online Content Most Frequently Read by Mobile Users
Hmmm. But I only post weather on Facebook (boring, repetitive complaints) ... therefore I don’t need to worry about it here (yet).
ComputerWorld: Adobe brings Flash-free-Flash to Apple iPad, iPhone.
“Adobe’s solution repackages content in real-time, changing the protocol to suit the target device, HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HLS, for example. This should mean that iOS devices will get much of the advantages of Flash video support, without the processor degradation and battery life cost of the format in use on other devices. Though we still have to wait a while longer until the ‘full Flash experience’ of embedded ads and so on makes it to the new streamed system.” They’ve taken a hit, certainly ... but HTML5/JS/CSS animation solutions are still in their infancy. A small window of time exists to get Flash completely working on iOS before the ‘point of no return’ is passed.
Edge: The Local-global Flip, Or, “the Lanier Effect”.
“... in this case we have this idea that we put all this stuff out there and what we get back are intangible or abstract benefits of reputation, or ego-boosting. Since we’re used to that bargain, we’re impoverished compared to the world that could have been and should have been when the Internet was initially conceived.” This thought is parallel to something I have begun to ask people - “what do you make?”, as opposed to “what do you do?”. It’s an important distinction, very telling in response.
MacWorld: QuarkXPress App Studio arrives.
Yes, but how full-featured is a print-based app creator? Basic animation? No animation? If it’s any good, I may upgrade my old version of Q.
ReadWriteWeb: IPad Magazine Zite Finds Perfect Home, Acquired By CNN
“Johnson also said that Zite will in no way feature CNN, Turner or Time Warner (which owns CNN) content in any way. The platform will remain content agnostic.” I hope so ... but then why buy it? I love Zite just as it is.
Coders Barn: Responsive Web Design - Stop and Think.
“Do you seriously think that a real world client is going to swallow this extra cost? Real life is all about priorities.” Like I said, RWD will be very popular at the top end, and in pre-created commercial templates. For the small business ... no.
CNN: Young women are ‘power users’ of social media sites.
“About 89% of online women from 18-29 years old are on the sites and 69% of them say they tend to log onto social media every day. Overall, 69% of women on the Web said they use social networking, compared to 60% of all men.” Reminds me of when the media declared most webloggers were young teen girls.