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Parallels between iPhone 4/Gizmodo scandal and Secrets by OneRepublic

I first heard Secrets by OneRepublic on last Thursday’s episode of 30 Rock. But for some reason it sounds so familiar, well the songs sans the lyrics. Then it hit me: The song (sans lyrics) was used in the iPhone 4 Product Video (above). That got me thinking the similarities between the song and the iPhone 4/Gizmodo scandal.

Well the message of the song in my opinion is somebody facing problems.

So I’m gonna give all my secrets away.

If you think about that lyric from the song you will remember that the iPhone 4 was basically ripped apart by Gizmodo, with the majority of specs being revealed.

Don’t care if critics never jump in line.

That line can be foreseen as Consumer Reports not recommending the iPhone 4 due to Antennagate.

And everyday I see the news. All the problems that we could solve.

That can be seen as Android’s flaws and how the iPhone could fix them all (this one is rather far fetched).

Got no family I can blame.

Since this was a redesign, it would of been close to impossible to see the antenna flaw.

I do remember reading a while back that Steve Jobs himself, selects the music for Ads.

What can I say… I’m a fanboy and had nothing better to do.

 

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Kindle iOS app receives major updates

Kindle for iPhone

Amazon posted a major update to its free Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The 2.5 update adds the ability to take advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking abilities and a few minor improvements.

You can now drag compatible files to the Kindle app via iTunes, when your iOS device is connected to a Mac or PC.

One of the less-known features of iOS 4’s multitasking is the ability for apps to continue downloading even after they’ve been closed. According to Amazon, Kindle 2.5 will finish downloading your books even if you switch to a different app.

Other minor changes to the app include support for better image zooming and a new book indicator. The app’s icon has also been changed to emphasize the word Kindle and remove the word Amazon.

The Kindle app lets iOS users read Kindle books and shop at the Kindle Store, which contains over 775,000 titles. The app also includes a built-in dictionary, search features, and customizable background color and font size. Kindle requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Editorial: Single-purpose devices are not dead

After dissecting Amazon press release from yesterday I noticed the following quote below:

“We’re seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet,” Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, said without citing a specific survey. “Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions.”

Does this mean a single-purpose device can still exist? I’m assuming that LCD tablet is an iPad. As you might already know iPads have a free app called iBooks which allows you to read eBooks purchased from the Apple Bookstore. But you can also read books by downloading the Amazon Kindle app.

I’m in the personal opinion that everything should be in one device and devices like the Kindle, Nook, iPod nano and shuffle, would be in compassed by a tablet or smart phone. But apparently the not. Why would somebody one a single-purpose device when one device can take care of that? Mr. Bezos answered that himself below:

“They report preferring Kindle for reading because it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eye-strain, doesn’t interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading.”

For a single-purpose device to stay alive it has to be fantastic in what it does. It has to excel in a certain area and not be clouted by other features. With the Kindle, it excels in reading and is not hampered by apps or confusing interfaces. It is absolutely simple to start reading and the battery life is absolutely fantastic. There is no need to worry when you forget to charge the device since the battery will last up to one month?

Another reason iPad owners also have the Kindle, is the Kindle is extremely affordable at $139 and it will only get cheaper. In my opinion, $139 is at an impulse purchase territory.

So manufacturers, if you didn’t get anything else out of this editorial remember this: If you want a successful single-purpose device, keep it simple do not add unnecessary features and keep improving the main purpose of the device with each revision.

Novermber 19, 2010

Apple:

iPads Wi-Fi 16 GB for $399. Not Jobs approved.

Engadget reviews iPod nano as watch. Review score 3/10. “The Good: extreme nerd factor. The Bad: extreme nerd factor.”

Beatles on iTunes. (7 years too late) I.E.: #21 on iTunes Top 100.

Safari 5.0.3 released. Much improved “Smart Bar.”

Following Daring Fireball’s lead I decided to unistall Flash. And honestly not missing it one bit. (For the record: I’m using Chrome to watch Hulu.

Kindle:

Amazon introduces Kindle book gifting in time for the holidays. SWEET. Since, I now have a Kindle Wi-Fi.

Mysterious ‘iProd2’ in iOS is new Apple TV

iProd

References to an unreleased product dubbed “iProd2,1” that were discovered in Apple’s iOS software earlier this year have turned out to be the new Apple TV.

A developer looking through the USB device configuration list in the first iOS 4.2 beta discovered that the device is the new Apple TV, now referred to as “AppleTV2,1,” according to TUAW.

The information also serves as yet another piece of evidence that the new Apple TV interface is based on the iOS mobile operating system found on the iPhone and iPad. While Apple has revealed that its new set top box runs the same A4 processor as the iPhone 4, iPad and fourth-generation iPod touch, it has not revealed any connections to the new Apple TV software.

Apple decreasing Nokia’s European dominance

Nokia remains the dominant smartphone provider in Europe but competitors are whittling away at its European market share.

Its MobiLens survey for July 2010 shows that 51.2% of smartphone-owning respondents in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy have Nokias. Symbian marketshare has declined, down 14.4% since July 2009. Meanwhile Apple’s iOS and Android grew by 5.3% and 5.6% respectively.

In the United States, Apple holds 23.8% smartphone OS usage, just behind BlackBerry with 39.3 percent. Similar in the UK, where iOS holds 29.6%; that climbs to 31.6% in France. In both territories, Symbian OS smartphones dominate with just over a third of the market.

Survey reveals over 40 million iOS gamers in the US

Over half of the 77 million Americans who play mobile games in the United States do so on an iOS device.

The International Gamers Survey from NewZoo reported Friday that Apple “has entered the major league of the portable gaming market” and is poised to overtake Nintendo in the United States.

American Nintendo DS and DSi gamers total 41 million, compared to Apple’s 40.1 million iOS gamers. The data was collected from over 10,000 respondents in June 2010.

Apple now has more than twice the mobile gamer base as Sony, which had just 19 million U.S. gamers. Nintendo and Apple share significant overlap, with 14 million United States mobile gamers playing games on both the iPod touch and the Nintendo DS.

The survey also found that Apple’s iOS has outstripped the Sony Playstation Portable, but remains far behind the Nintendo DS, in key European markets.

A higher percentage of Nintendo and Sony users spend money to play: 67% of Nintendo’s, 66% of Sony’s, 45% of iPod touch and iPhone users, and just 32% of iPad users. Over half of Nintendo DS and PSP users spend more than $10 a month compared to 38 percent for the iPhone and iPod touch. 72% of iPad users spend over $10 a month.


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