Looks like a nice improvement, but I’m disappointed that Microsoft is sticking with the hardware Back button paradigm. (No upgrades for existing Windows Phone 7 devices, but there will be a Windows Phone “7.8” update that adds some of the UI features from 8.)?
That’s a man who knows what to do with a fortune.?
The iPad, for all its glory, suffers from one very distinct flaw:It?s very difficult to use for creation. The keyboard on thescreen, although pretty to look at, is abysmal for typing anythingover 140 characters. There isn?t a built-in pen for note-taking,either. Of course all of this is intentional by Apple. Althoughthere are hundreds of third party products available, Appledoesn?t seem to want the iPad to be a creator, but more of aconsumer.
Bilton is smarter than this. I really thought we’d retired the whole “iPad is only for consumption” thing.
The idea that a dedicated hardware keyboard or a stylus is necessary for creation is ludicrous. Me, personally? Most of my creation is writing, and I type better on a hardware keyboard. That’s why my go-to mobile work machine is a MacBook Air, not an iPad. But I’ve seen people who type faster on an iPad than I type on a hardware keyboard. Watch a teenager type on an iPad.
Arguing that the iPad is only for consumption today is like arguing that the Macintosh was a toy back in the ’80s.?
Playtinum announces the release of The Secret of Arcanesium 3.0.1 for iOS, a classic point and click puzzle adventure designed for mobile devices. The Secret of Arcanesium is mystery solving experience with various locations to explore and a variety of brain teasers. In the first episode of this adventure game, the player, as the missing professor's apprentice will explore various locations in the professor's house. The objective is to discover the professor's lab and ultimately find Arcanesium.
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If you thought the numbers showing Android tablet use pulling even with iPad in the U.S. from the Online Publishers Association that made the rounds earlier this week sounded a bit surprising, you’re not alone. The folks at Chitika Insights delved into their own mobile ad network for web usage data of iPads and Android tablets in the U.S. and found results that painted a different picture than the roughly 50/50 ownership market share does. The report will be published Thursday, but we got an early peek.
The OPA found in its report that in the U.S. iPad ownership had reached 52 percent market share, and various tablets running Android software had reached 51 percent. The numbers imply overlap in ownership since they don’t add up to 100 percent. But beyond merely owning one, which devices are the owners engaged with the most?
What Chitika found was that iPad users generate almost nine times more web traffic than Android tablet users. This is not a totally new insight — it’s been reported previously that iPad users interact with their mobile web browsers much more often than their Android tablet-owning counterparts — but Chitika checked very recent data, “hundreds of millions of impressions” between June 4 and June 10 on its mobile ad network, and found a still-wide gap between how iPads are used versus its competition.
Using a tablet’s browser isn’t the only way to evaluate whether said device is being used. It doesn’t, for example, account very well for devices like the Kindle Fire or the Nook, which are primarily e-readers. But it is one way. And for folks in the ad business, that does matter, as they try to figure out how to reach users on mobile devices.
According to Chitika: “This asymmetric Web traffic means that tablet ad optimization for the iPad should provide the greatest benefit, and take a priority over Android tablets.”
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Cheryl Jensen, writing for the NYT Wheels weblog:
The J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Study released onWednesday shows that automakers continue to make gains in vehiclequality, but the black art of telematics design poses a growingliability, especially for Ford.
Problems with its MyFord and MyLincoln Touch infotainment systemscontinued to bedevil the company, with other automakers hurt to alesser degree. Ford dropped from fifth place in 2010 to 23rd in2011, largely on complaints from owners who found the telematicsto be unintuitive and complex. This year, Ford fell to 27th.
The name “Microsoft” appears nowhere in Jensen’s article, but should.?
Couple of interesting points in Mat Honan’s piece for Gizmodo:
There was a security guard at the Microsoft event who pointed atmy Macbook Air and asked me “is is true that once you go Mac younever go back?” Like most every other journalist at the Surfacelaunch, I was on a MacBook Air.
The idea that a majority of journalists at a Microsoft press event would be using MacBooks would have been laughable just a few years ago. Surface is more than a response to the iPad — it’s a response to the MacBook Air too. Hence the dual ARM/Intel models.
At the Surface release, I saw an impressive demo, but didn’t get agood hands-on. My guess is that my total in-my-mitts time with thevarious tablets was somewhere between one-to-two minutes (which,in fairness to Microsoft was more than I got with the first iPhoneor iPad when announced) and got no time at all using the keyboard— its killer feature.
That’s not true. There was no hands-on area after the iPhone introduction at Macworld Expo in January 2007. A very small handful of journalists (not including yours truly) got one-on-one briefings where they got to play with a prototype. See, for example, David Pogue’s report, where he says he “basically played with the iPhone the entire hour”. Very few people got time with the iPhone at its introduction, but nobody got an hour with the Surface this week.
And, with the original iPad, there’s simply no comparison. There was a hands-on area where all invited journalists were allowed to play with and examine the iPad — and its keyboard dock — for around an hour. I had 20 minutes of uninterrupted time with one.
The Surfaces that we got to examine that were turned on didn’thave SmartCovers attached, and the Surfaces with SmartCoversweren’t booted up. Microsoft was covering something, alright.
Surface may be good, may be bad, may be mediocre. Same goes for its intriguing keyboard covers. But at this point there’s simply no use passing judgment. We just don’t know. It isn’t ready yet.?
Worth watching if you have any interest in Surface — not so much because there’s any specific information that hasn’t been reported by those who attended the event, but because the event itself is telling. Watch and judge for yourself.?
Some people have been weighing in with disappointment about whatthey perceive as minor updates in iOS 6, but it addresses somevery common pain points for customers. This is a refinementrelease, which as far as I can tell is a big part of Apple?sstrategy for development. Somewhat a reflection of Intel?s?tick-tock? strategy, Apple makes a new release with big bets andnew features, following it up with a release more notable for itstweaks and subtle refinements. We?ve seen Apple display thismaneuver before: Leopard and Lion made bold steps forward for OS Xand gave way to more attenuated updates in Snow Leopard andMountain Lion. iPhone 3G and 4 were radical redesigns, whileiPhone 3GS and 4S simply brought those same designs a new level ofpolish and elegance.