The iPhone provides a nice browsing experience from the UI perspective. However, normal browser architecture is very badly suited for use with a device with relatively slow connection speeds — reloading every page every time is slow and aggravating.
iPod aficionados have been frothing in the mouth over Apple’s new iPod/iTunes product launch.
Based on the live feeds from the event, it was rather ho-hum:
- A gaunt Steve Jobs joking that the rumors about his death are exaggerated
- New iTunes 8 with improved playlist creation and HD
- A larger capacity (120 GB) iPod Classic — most likely the last of its kind
- A redesigned iPod Nano with curvier lines
- A beefed-up iPod Touch with software version 2.1 (which will be available for the iPhone, too)
- Some accessories
Nokia is the indisputed leader in mobile phones.
The Fall 08 edition of the Demo Conference is commencing in San Diego as we write this blog. While Demo may have lost some of its cachet, its track record is mind-boggling: Java 1.0, Palm Pilot, TiVo, and SalesForce.com (among other products) were first introduced at Demo.
Not all products featured at Demo become hits, but being accepted to Demo certainly does not hurt. Demo-worthiness is often considered either a sign of a great product or a great PR machine — ideally both. For tech watchers, Demo is a great showcase of what is hot; while an individual company may not make it, the Demo’d companies are a good indicator of what the zeitgeist is about.
This fall’s interesting Demo debuts include:
MixMatchMusic — a component trading place for musicians
Infovell — a “deep web” search tool that goes where Google has not gone before
Giftag — a social shopping tool
Accordia — a CRM tool that visualizes client relationships
Plastic Logic — flexible, plastic-based thin displays
You can find the rest of this fall’s demo crop at www.demo.com.
Mashups (web apps combining data from several sources into a single context) have long been one of the catch phrases of the Web 2.0 phenomenon. Now they may be coming into a desktop near you, courtesy of Adobe — and, no doubt, other companies soon thereafter.
Enterprise mashup companies have been heavily funded and hyped, but the key players have mainly been new, small companies such as Serena Software, JackBe or Denodo — not exactly household names.
However, the upcoming beta release of Adobe Genesis is about to change this. Not only is a big, established player entering the fray, but Adobe is changing the mashup game by moving it from the web to the desktop. Genesis centers around the concept of a client-based workspace that unifies several data sources and/or applications into a single environment. To get an idea of what Genesis can do, think of a portal that you put together on your desktop using web data, web apps, desktop data, and desktop apps.
The skeptic can say that Genesis is simply the old idea of containers (anyone remember Apple’s ill-fated OpenDoc?) repackaged and reheated. That statement may not be altogether incorrect — but technology has developed far enough to make the idea feasible.
It is still too early to say whether Genesis will be a success or yet another unsuccessful technology demonstrator, but it is certainly intriguing and certainly gives a glimpse of the future of client-side computing..
While Chrome is pretty exciting in itself, it is only the tip of the iceberg of things to come.
Yup, it seems the Gearshifting crew called it right — Google has admitted that they made a mistake with the Chrome EULA and it has now been changed to what it should be. They even admitted it was pretty much a cut-and-paste job as we speculated.
By now (all of 23 hours after the release of Chrome), everyone has probably heard of the weird/evil/stupid/nefarious/power-hungry (take your pick) end-user licence agreement (EULA) of Chrome.
I’ve now had Google Chrome on my computer for little less than 24 hours, and unlike with any other new browser in many many moons, I am impressed.
Today is the day Chrome beta is coming…
But all the coolness of the Chrome browser notwithstanding (and there is a lot of it), one of the greatest things about the beta launch is the insanely great white paper slash intro slash brochure Google has published in COMIC BOOK FORMAT!!!
As Chrome is a fairly radical piece of software, you’d expect a lot of big words, small print, and technical jargon — a lot of stuff that would only be understood by the initiated few. Instead, Google has the engineers of the Chrome team tell the story of the new browser in 38 pages of pictures and speech bubbles.
Yes, there still is a lot of technical stuff. Yes, it still is also partially marketing fluff. But, importantly, it is approachable for just about anyone and illustrates they key points behind the Chrome initiative admirably clearly. In short, it is technology marketing at its best.
Well done, Google guys!
Check it out here…
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