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.
Macworld: AT&T;texting “streamlining” points to SMS’s slow decline.
Globe and Mail.CA: Elocution solution - App helps you sound like Ian McKellen.
Oh, I simply *must* buy this.
Zenoss: Amazon Outages Equals “Down Goes the Internet”? Are you Kidding Me?
Hmmm. Weren’t Cloud services supposed to function like a RAID? “Never go down”? Or was that a mistaken assumption on my part?
Macworld: Hands on with Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader.
A longer review than my terse sentence yesterday.
Kindle Cloud Reader ...
is perfectly lovely. Seems a bit more snappy than the app, even. Apple, slapped.
Denver Post: E-Books turn the page: As apps leap into interactivity, can humans keep up?
I called it convergence.
Gawker: Starbucks Wants You Laptop Hobos Out!
“A Starbucks tipster tells him that some NYC Starbucks locations are now covering up their electrical outlets to discourage laptop hobos, because ‘some people just cannot be reasoned with.’” Oh, I love that. “Laptop hobos.” I’m going to use that. Thanks, Roger!
Gizmodo: The Epidemic of Digital Distraction.
“My daughter is too young to email us a note that she’s about to jump on the couch, tweet a message from midair, and then provide a link to a YouTube clip of her flight as she heads towards her couch landing. But that’s what it takes to get undivided attention. Little what’s-her-name didn’t stand a chance.” The first genuinely entertaining link I’ve ever read on Giz.
Rob Galbraith DPI: Tether Tools Wallee Connect module broadens iPad mounting options.
Could’ve used this over the weekend ... except the iPad needs a shield from bright sunlight. Perhaps a back-to-the-future drape, as with the old 8x10’s.
TwelveSouth: BookBook for iPhone.
I love this. Probably too bulky for my taste, but I’d sure give it a good try when/if I purchase an iPhone.
ThinkProgress: Bookstore Bonding.
“Social media means we all spend a lot of time signaling potential compatibility through the lists of the things that we like or don’t like. And it’s probably a more efficient process of figuring out who we’ll make a real initial connection with. But I kind of miss the days when we had less perfect information, and when it could feel really exciting to see someone buying or reading or browsing something you knew was just going to rock their world, and to risk a conversation with them on the basis of that.” Yes indeed. And the joy of physical browsing will never be replaced by virtual.
CNet: Apple forces Amazon to alter Kindle app.
Macworld: Hands on with Adobe InDesign CS5.5.
If you’re doing any sort of ebook authoring, you simply *must* upgrade.
Globe and Mail.CA: Book apps - A reading revolution, or the end of reading?
I called ‘convergence!’ back a while ago, I hope you remember.
HolyCool.net: NeoStitch DIY iPhone Case.
Another iPhone case, you say? Sew what.
Vimeo: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App.
Teaser/trailer. If you’ve not seen/heard about it yet ... I think I’m a bit late on this bandwagon. Very fun.
Mashable: More U.S. Adults Own a Smartphone Than Have a Degree.
Now there’s a fascinating comparison. Far as I can tell, state college tuitions run about 4-5x (~9-10,000) the cost of a year’s smartphone plan (~2500) ... though two year college tuitions can be approximately the same. Knowledge lasts a long time. Smartphones? Not so much. We’ll be on to shoe-phones and wrist-tablets to go with our flying cars.