One of the cool new features in iTunes 10 is the ability to create Smart Playlists based on the existence of artwork. So if you’re fussy about blank artwork in Cover Flow, you can filter them out. TJ Luoma at TUAW explained how to do it.
CNET wonders if Apple killed a Newsday TV ad for their iPad app. The problem was that an iPad display got smashed in the ad, and I can see how Apple would get upset. First of all, any special effects that accentuated the glass smashing could well be different than what would happen in the real world — and that would lead to dangerous misperceptions about the product. Worse, it sets a bad example, though Apple hasn’t had a gripe with “Will it Blend?” Watch the commercial and see if you would object if you were an Apple attorney. Keep in mind that the commercial could be misrepresenting how an iPad would really break under those circumstances.
Oh, those clever people at Hewlett Packard. Buy an HP eStation printer, and you’ll get a detachable print console, um, a tablet computer that runs Android. It has some limitations, but it’s connected to the Barnes & Noble eBook store and has a browser. Gulp. And the printer is only $399 which means that the ink you buy subsidizes the tablet price, estimated at $150. ZDNet thinks this is very clever and so do I. Only one question: why isn’t it running PalmOS? Anyway, here’s the scoop on how “HP just blew up Android tablet pricing (with a printer).”
This article didn’t get much press perhaps because it wasn’t what one would call classic geek news. But Particle Debris is a very good home for it. Read about how an iPhone changed the life of a blind person in Austin Seraphin’s “My First Week with the iPhone.”
Jonny Evans is back in form at Computerworld. In his blog this week, he plays connect the dots and comes up with six future Apple technologies by combining the tea leaves from patent filings, corporate purchases, and news leaks. Mr. Evans weaves a credible tale in “Join the dots on six future Apple technologies.” Good tech journalism comes from sitting, pondering, investigating, and putting two and two together. I like it.
One of the persistent rumors in the Apple world, promoted a lot by gene Munster at Piper Jaffray, is that Apple will eventually get into the retail HDTV set market. In order to do that, Apple has to wrestle with the “3D situation” as I call it. Namely, manufacturers, buzzed by Avatar, have been pushing 3D TVs all through 2010. The problem is that many customers just recently purchased a new (2D) HDTV and aren’t in the mood spend more money right now. Worse, many customers are reporting headaches when watching these 3D sets. So it wasn’t surprising to me to see “TV Buyers to TV Makers: No 3D!” If Apple is indeed planning to get into this market, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle 3D technology — if at all.
I love charts that tell a story. The best ones are sand charts over time like this one that shows who’s earning the profits in the mobile phone industry. It shows you who’s making progress and making money — independent of just market share. Check out this chart and telling story: “Can Android change the distribution of profit among phone vendors?”
A companion story to the above goes into much more detail about how Apple has structured its products to create an “iProduct” universe that acts like a Death Star, assimilating whatever comes into its orbit. “Apple clobbers the competition” is a long and detailed article by two authors, Ashley Allen and Douglas McIntyre, that provides a boatload of insight into the products and players in Apple’s sphere of influence and how they’re faring. If you click on one link today, click on this one.
Is the Apple TV delayed? No one knows for sure yet that I know of. Jay Yarow at Silicon Alley Insider says his Apple TV is delayed and drew the conclusion that Apple’s having production issues. Have you ordered one? If so, tell us your estimated delivery date. [UPDATE: Macworld disagrees.]
Finally, we’ve mentioned Mike Abramsky at RBC Capital many times in our news here. This week, Mr. Abramsky asks an interesting question: “What if Verizon never gets an iPhone?” He makes the assumption that all the rumored CDMA iPhones are headed to China, Japan and Mexico and then looks at the implications for Verizon. Given that Apple really wants to expand carriers beyond AT&T, the prospects for T-Mobile and Sprint look promising. If I were, say, a T-Mobile exec, I’d jump all over this opportunity created by the difference in philosophies (putting it politely) between Mr. Jobs and Mr. Seidenberg.