It’s always interesting to me how objective reality can become diluted or sidetracked by sufficient rationalization. For example, we know that it’s dangerous to operate a smartphone without safeguards and to haphazardly download any old app that looks good on the surface. Some claim to like living like that, but the reality is that it’s a dangerous world out there. This article at the Wall Street Journal, appropriately enough because it’s a bastion of hard-nosed advice, confirms what some just won’t admit: “The Dark Side Arises for Phone Apps.” [That’s Phone, not iPhone.] It reminds me of the memorable IBM commercial from a few years back. “You’re in denial! No I’m not!” Think hard the next time a $1.99 banking app for your Android asks for your bank’s logon credentials.
If you missed the full interview with Steve Jobs at the All Things Digital Conference by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, here it is in its entirety. Note Mr. Jobs’ comments about the Macintosh.
Keynote demo snafus are nothing new. For those who haven’t watched the full keynote at Apple.com, here’s a summary of what happened by CNET as well as Macworld’s analysis of how Mr. Jobs smartly deals with the demo gods.
On Tuesday, the rumors say, DIRECTV was in a big hurry to download an update to their HD DVRs that would allow 3D viewing of the World Cup. The problem is that DIRECTV has millions of customers but perhaps a smattering of customers with 3D systems. It didn’t matter. The update, during evening viewing hours (for me anyway) hosed up many DVRs and DIRECTV was flooded with customer calls. Late Tuesday night, DIRECTV sent an e-mail apologizing, but didn’t admit to what happened. In my case, the DVR halted, reset, and came back up with the remote control not working. Turning the DVR off/on solved that and I was good to go.
In one of the worst gaffes of modern technical writing, Daniel Lyons at Newsweek took it upon himself to declare that the Mac is dead after what he saw at WWDC. Here’s the link in case you lost it. Over at Macsimum News, Dennis Sellers, a more experienced observer of the Mac scene, simply dropped an e-mail to Mr. Jobs with the question. Mr. Jobs’ response: “Completely wrong. Just wait.” So much for Mr. Lyons’ knee-jerk reaction to a conference designed to cater to the business interests of what’s hot right now: iPhone and iPad development. (Meanwhile, Time Magazine is working to improve its iPad app and Newsweek is up for sale. Hmmmm.)
A Morgan Stanley research report shows that despite the iPad being the new kid on the block, it already has captured more global browsing share than Android and BlackBerry. Here’s the chart, courtesy of Silicon Alley Insider.
What features of the iPhone 4 do you think are still missing? Apple tends to keep things simple, but powerful, but for the geek at heart, here’s a list of 20 more features CNET would like to see added at some point and an estimate of the probability. A few are pretty good.
Have you been intrigued by Apple’s new developer terms, namely section 3.3.9 that AdMob is so furious about? For your reading pleasure, here’s some background on all the data that’s collected about you and the fight over control of that data. David Barnard explains: “But this goes way deeper than just screwing Ad Mob/Google and having a competitive advantage for iAds, it’s about Apple taking back control of how user and device information is accessed on their platform.” If you’re hunting for insights into the murky and scary new world of targeting advertising, read this one.
Finally, here’s an article that demonstrates how a new product, if properly designed, can capture the imagination of people who put it to use in unexpected ways. It turns out that the problems the iPad solves for consumers solves some specific business problems as well. This article, “Apple’s iPad muscles into corporate Asia after retail buzz” says a lot about how design and functionality play an important role in how people perceive the potential of a new consumer electronics product. Warms the cockles of my heart.
TWoW: “I could care less.” Have you ever said that? Watch this video, and you’ll never say it again.