Biological Invasion Three

February 12, 2007


This has never happened to me before.

Something has mutated.

Clorox your hands.

After burning the computer.

Back whenever…

A Variety Of Writings About The iPhone

February 12, 2007

More Questions than Answers

What does the iPhone mean for AdMob?

The iPhone does, however, beg the question: What does this mean for AdMob and mobile advertising in general? It can’t be good, right? The argument goes like this: The iPhone has a full featured web browser. If people are experiencing the full featured web, they’ll be experiencing full featured web ads. Therefore specialized mobile ad networks will no longer be relevant. Even if Apple only achieves their stated goal of 1% market share, other handset manufacturers will quickly begin to include similar functionality on their devices and soon enough the need for mobile ad networks will disappear.

Finally, the iPhone

The internet functionality looks pretty slick, as do the widgets. But my concern in this area is how open the device will be to third-party development. That struck me as odd, since Apple and Jobs usually go to great pains to play up to developers. Pretty much all he said along these lines was that the iPhone runs OSX — what what’s that mean, particularly for external applications? I’m also concerned that the iPhone won’t fit in to the existing ecosystem, and will be essentially closed off to mobile developers.

Can Apple revolutionize the mobile industry? Part I

Both the carriers and OEMs are trying to figure out how to create a device that generates the level of allegiance, enthusiasm and evangelism that Apple seems to create with every product release. When was the last time someone loved their phone so much that they insisted you hold it, try it, then get one for yourself?

Can Apple revolutionize the mobile industry? Part II

Apple has the hardware, software and content down to a science. They have a proven track record for combining great hardware and software engineering, plus the critical user insight needed to get it right.

The Apple iPhone: a revolution for mobile user experience? Part I of III

At the end of his keynote this morning, Steve Jobs summed up Apple’s mobile strategy saying, “There’s an old Wayne Gretsky quote I love — ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it’s been.’” Which felt apropos given the product they had just announced. But, is the Apple iPhone announcement truly a “revolution of the first order?”

The Apple iPhone: a revolution for mobile user experience? Part II of III

There are a few elements of the announcement that fell short in my mind. First, I was surprised that Steve did not mention third party development, especially while referencing OS X’s power to create a world-class application environment, and showing off Widgets. With over 2,500 Dashboard Widgets available on the OS X desktop, that’s a lot of eager developers to leave out in the cold.

The Apple iPhone: Music phone or smartphone? Part III

Apple’s foray into mobile reminds me of Apple’s iPod launch. In 2001 they were not the first music player on the scene by any means. But when they released it they blew away the competition — the click wheel, the price point for massive 4GB storage compared to the 48MB competitors reset the pricing across the category and they nailed PC syncing.

The Business of the iPhone

Whether the iPhone is revolutionary, expected or somewhere in between, the discussion has focused primarily on the device’s features and interface. Much less has been said about the implications of Apple’s iPhone business strategy. Since the iPhone was announced on January 9, my thoughts have turned to the decisions that Apple has had to make in order to enter the wireless market and what may come in the wake of the iPhone’s June 2007 launch.

Music phones finally overtake iPods?

iPods sold at a brisk pace over the 2006 holiday season, which would seem to end the recent iPod sales slump. However, Tomi Ahonen aims to blow away any speculation that the iPod is still holding on to the music player throne. The barrage of evidence from Asian, European and UK studies he presents is pretty compelling. In a nutshell, he says that while iPod sales grew 45% that music phone growth has boomed to 243%, which means that though iPod sales are growing, the iPod market share has been long overtaken by music phones and is shrinking by comparison. (SonyEricsson alone shipped 60 million musicphones compared to Apple’s 46 million iPods).

iPod iPhone iGetSuedForTrademarkInfringement

They’d better make it splashproof and wipe-clean else there will be some disappointed fanboys in July after their initial surge of excitement when their preorder pops through the door. The case looks fairly sexy (before the fingerprints arrive). The UI looks very sexy.


Just hope it’s not Nokia 770 underpowered.

God Almighty, me too!!

Compaq Had An Accelerometer Before Both Apple And Palm!

February 12, 2007

A reader — update: David Akers — with a better memory than mine (I did see this at the time it was posted, then forgot about it!), pointed me to Compaq’s Itsy project and videos showing Doom being played via a 2-axis accelerometer!

Also look at the Multimedia E-mail and Rock ‘n’ Scroll videos.

This is very exciting stuff!

And it’s from 1999!

Have Rickey Make You Laugh

February 12, 2007

Go read his Link-Tastic post.

And maybe contribute to his fundraiser too. So I don’t have to.

Go See The Best Ever TV You’ve Never Seen!

February 12, 2007

Brilliant But Cancelled Video

You absolutely must see EZ Streets. [wikipedia, video home page]

The best TV show ever ever ever on American TV.

So of course that Executive Eejit at CBS, Les Moonves, not only mishandled it egregiously, but then cancelled it.

The joke’s on him.

The show’s creator and main writer, Paul Haggis, went on to win Academy Awards for the movie Crash. Every writer who’s ever been screwed should have such glorious revenge!

While you’re there, also check out Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Johnny Staccato.

Additional: Online Comeback for a Short-Lived TV Channel [NY Times]
Paul Haggis bio [blogroll!]

LifeDrive Notes: tejpWriter

February 12, 2007

tejpWriter 3.0 review
The tejpWriter tutorial

640 x 640 On A Palm? Er, Yep.

February 12, 2007

Dmitry Grinberg interview

netfront looks amazing in 640×640 resolution (not a typo…more on that later)


HrAssist(640×640 on a 320×320 screen)

Microsoft Windows Vegta

February 12, 2007

A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Gutmann Reloaded and My Vista HD Fiasco