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@ 12:14 PM
The iPad is actually opening up technology to more people. None of this crap about it being closed is accurate. By giving people freedom to explore the app store without having to worry about anything (except their wallets), Apple has possibly made the best move they could make by locking down the iPad’s installation sources. That’s the one that’s the most helpful for the general state of technology. Apple is encouraging people to explore and play around. The iPad only does less than a regular computer to us geeks.
A well-articulated argument that truly shows how the average consumer, not the hardcore geek, sees the iPad.
@ 15:27 PM
Coupled with Samsung’s recent admission in their earnings call that the number of Galaxy Tabs “sold” wasn’t how many ended up in consumer’s hands—which is what matters—but rather how many were sold to retailers, it makes sense why I haven’t seen someone with one in the wild, even in a city as large as Los Angeles.
@ 15:48 PM
Been so busy with the Mac App Store making sure I’ve not missed a single great app that it’s distracted me from actually writing about it. Go figure.
Majic Jungle’s Chopper 2 and Big Bucket’s The Incident are my favorite games so far. Without a doubt. Chopper 2 is just so gorgeous and “immersive,” and the iPhone-as-controller works so well for the game.
The Incident works great with keyboard controls. I feel that it probably makes it a bit more approachable for first-timers. The tilt controls on an iDevice work great, but it can be a bit frustrating in the beginning.
Also, there’s Osmos. If you haven’t picked that up by now, why not now? I think it is currently $2.99 USD.
There are some games from 10tons ltd. that I’m waiting on; Heroes of Kalevala and Akzend. Touchgrind is upcoming and also should be interesting.
On the app side of things, I would heartily recommend Pixelmator at its price, as well as CoverSutra. Courier is also great for the person that uploads frequently to various web services.
I’m really happy with the launch titles. There’s a lot that I’m waiting to see, but I really feel there’s a great starting point for some solid maturation.
Look what has happened to the iOS App Store since July 10, 2008. And now there’s a great developer base from there porting to Mac, coupled with the already established developers for Mac choosing to sell via the App Store.
I anticipate exciting things.
Many were wondering when (and if) we would see Tweetie 2.0.
This should make lots of people happy.
Count me in.
This Thursday is going to be lots of fun:
Add The Incident to the list of things I’ll be grabbing from the Mac App Store at launch.
I’m going to take a chance here and guess what the control scheme will consist of. Our iPhones.
With the Mac App Store launch confirmed for January 6, 2011, it’s right around the corner. I’m really excited about it.
Judging from a quick search of twitter, there are certainly other Mac enthusiasts pretty jazzed about it too.
It may just be me, but I was expecting my RSS reader (Reeder, of course, for both iOS and desktop) to be chock full of posts regarding apps to expect at launch and speculation in general. That hasn’t been the case.
It’s been pretty quiet.
I was hoping to have a huge list of cool launch apps to check out jotted down in Simplenote, collected over time as the date approached. Oh well, maybe I’ve just missed the big announcements.
Some things I do recall that will be available at launch:
That’s just what I can remember, and it’s more than enough to satisfy me for launch. I’m also not assuming that those few things will be all that is of interest to me in the store. I’m managing my expectations.
I think I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
@ 12:59 PM
Shaun Inman’s new game, Horror Vacui 2, is a wonderful little card/board puzzler with the same sort of 8-bit aesthetic we’re shooting for in The Incident. That Shaun does this (and a heck of a lot of other projects) by himself is humbling. iPhone + iPad, Grab it!
Looks like a great game. Already garnering some high praise in the iTunes reviews.
So, today was the day.
And lots of techies are pretty unhappy.
What baffles me is how out-of-hand the speculation got. It always gets intense when it’s about Apple these days, but it seems like people tried to convince themselves of what’s coming next because it’s what they want.
Damned if it doesn’t make any sense.
Announcing a Dropbox-killer, or iTunes cloud-streaming service, that deserves a keynote. And, come on, we all know those are at 10AM PST.
The stars were not aligned for this to be a huge (in the eyes of geeks) announcement.
As the day went on it was pretty clear that it was The Beatles.
Why try to convince yourselves otherwise? Disappointed much?
It got to 113°F in Los Angeles today.
It’s rough, but the MTA trains and busses are nicely air conditioned.
Lots of bus stops aren’t so friendly. Many have no awnings for shade, or even benches for that matter.
It would be very nice to see that change.
“Why does Twitter work better for news than Google Reader? Simple, Twitter gives you what’s new now. You don’t have to hunt around to find the newest stuff. And it doesn’t waste your time by telling you how many unread items you have. Who cares. (It’s like asking how many NYT articles you haven’t read. It would be gargantuan. I don’t bother you with the number of Scripting News posts you haven’t read, so why does Google?)”
— Dave Winer: How to reboot RSS
I feel a lot of it comes down to how one uses their Google Reader.
I use the Google Reader site, but mostly digest my RSS feeds on the go via iPhone/Reeder, and Instapaper or star the stuff I don’t have time for at the moment. Reeder also has the ability to sort a tag/folder of feeds by source or chronology, so if I have 715 news items I’ve neglected from a couple of days, I can tap the little clock in the bottom-right corner to get the fresh stuff.
Relaxing in the evenings with my netbook however, I find the Google Reader site quite nice, using the f keyboard shortcut to focus on the reading at hand, then space bar for the next article.
I haven’t run into a desktop client for RSS feeds I like more than Google Reader’s site, and I’m a total Reeder die-hard. Between the two, I’m covered.
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