Wall Street Journal: What Weeks of Real Usage Reveals About the iPhone 4.
Mixed bag, but overall positive. More hits to AT&T, than anything else.
ars technica: Apple looking into slow iOS 4 performance on iPhone 3G.
They shouldn’t have offered the upgrade on older phones. Sometimes progress needs a clean break. Makes me think of Canon’s lens mount redesign for AF, which paid off for them.
Macworld: Five great iPad apps for iPhone photographers.
Derek Powazek: Thoughts on Designing for iPad.
CNet: Most iPhone users happy with AT&T.
”CNN reported that The Yankee Group’s questioning elicited positive responses from 73 percent of iPhone users. As a whole, 69 percent of smartphone users say they’re happy with their service provider. So this might suggest that AT&T is performing above the average as far as iPhone users are concerned.”
FOSSIL®: Mens Tablet Cover - Becket ML9433.
Guys, if yer gonna do an iPad, ya gotta carry it in this.
CNet: Agent publishes 20 ‘modern classics’ on Kindle, cutting out publishers.
“The Wylie Agency, which represents authors such as Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and John Updike, is publishing 20 books through its new Odyssey Editions imprint and making them available for sale exclusively in Amazon.com’s Kindle Store for $9.99.”
Flipboard for iPad.
Looks rather cool. I suspect the level of cool I feel is affected by the music they chose for the intro video, however. My friends on Facebook and Twitter tend to read and link less highbrow stuff than is displayed here.
Ars reviews the Motorola Droid X.
Looks a little big for my taste. YMMV. I purposely chose the smallest cellphone I could find; my choice of a smartphone will be more difficult. Especially since I have a habit of dropping cellphones.
PDN Objects of Desire: ShutterSnitch.
“ShutterSnitch works with wireless Eye-Fi memory cards, or Canon, Nikon and other file transmitters to zap images from the camera directly to the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen.” It won’t do RAW files, unfortunately. Pretty cool, though.
Gizmodo: iPhone May Be Coming to T-Mobile USA This Fall.
I’ve had no unusual problems with T-Mobile, after years of use. Might work out in my favor, then.
CR4: iPhone Users, Beware!
“iPhone forensics is a new field of study for law enforcement officials who are learning how to retrieve information from the phones in criminal cases. This new discipline is made possible by the wealth of information iPhones store unbeknownst to their users. Even when it appears that users have deleted the information, it’s still easily assessable by those who know where to look.” Not to feed paranoia ... just another information point to be aware of.
Bill Atkinson Photography: PhotoCard.
The MacPaint link mentioned Bill Atkinson, took a peek at his site, and that led me to his PhotoCard app. It could be a valuable marketing tool for a photographer, in addition to being just plain fun.
ars technica: Hardcovers fall behind Kindle sales at Amazon.
If so, I wonder where they are. I’m not seeing them at coffeeshops here yet. Anyone else?
Mashable: Adobe to Roll Out New Publishing Software for Tablets.
“This new software, which will soon take its place in the Creative Suite pantheon, will be downloadable from Adobe Labs and will include tools that bridge the gap between print-oriented InDesign and software for interactive formats.” Right on time.
CNet: Handset world: Don’t speak for us, Steve.
”It may be true that no cell phone is perfect, but the handset world isn’t taking too kindly to Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ public assertion that other smartphones suffer from the same antenna and signal problems that have been widely reported regarding the iPhone 4.” When I first looked at the Apple site, the iPhone 4 video allowed it to go down to one bar, and then they released the phone and allowed the bars to climb back. The other phones on the site - last week anyway - were allowed to go to zero bars. I can *swear* that’s what I saw, and I thought it was a bit much. Did anyone else notice that? They’ve changed the videos now, so all just go down to one bar.
Later: iPhone fix ... Antenn-aid.
Even later: vowe.net, How Apple lied to you about the Blackberry.
vowe dot net: Apple: there is no problem, and we are going to fix it with a free case.
Clear. What I’d like to know is, who came up with “Grip of Death”? I’d never heard the term before this brouhaha. To me, it’s “normal phone holding”, not a negative thing. Given the price and fragility of these smartphones, can anyone really blame you for a ‘grip of death’?
Guardian.UK: The art of slow reading.
Picked up a new client ...
who is heavily into iPad. Some may think it ironic, given my pro/con viewpoints of late ... but it looks like I’ll have to invest in one sooner than later. Apple fans are officially allowed to laugh in my face now.
Bloomberg: Apple Engineer Told Jobs IPhone Antenna Might Cut Calls.
“Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple’s management the device’s design may hurt reception, said the person, who is not authorized to speak on Apple’s behalf and asked not to be identified. A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release, according to another person familiar with the situation.” Another information point to consider.
Web Design Interviews: Apple vs. Adobe: What Flash Developers Have to Say.
NY Times: iPod Oblivion.
“It is a near trance-like state people can apparently enter while using mobile phones, MP3 players or electronic personal organisers.” A fellow gym member poked me in the arm the other week, and asked me to stop slamming weights ... something I never normally do. The iPod just zones me the hell out. I stay attentive to form and propriety, now that I’ve been called out as ‘one of those weight smashers.’
Mashable: Consumer Reports: We Can’t Recommend iPhone 4.
NPR: Lately On Our Flickr Feed: Faux Vintage.
NPR loves ‘Fauxlaroids.’ Purists will scream, but faux is here to stay, now that it’s ubiquitous on iOS and Android.
louisgray.com: Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android.
Another information point over mobile OS choice.