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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Apple Web Site Most Satisfying When Mobile Shopping

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:23 AM

"Research firm ForeSee on Thursday announced the results of a new study in which it found that the mobile shopping experience on Apple's web site was the most satisfying among 3,000 consumers who were asked about 16 e-retailers."

Just edging out by one point, doesn't get much closer than that in these polls does it? Interesting to note the mobile site scored two points higher than the regular site. You can see the press release about the results here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

In New Survey Developers Pick Android Over iPhone

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"A new survey from Vision Mobile and Bluevia finds that Android is the most popular mobile platform amongst developers, with 67 percent of mobile developers indicating they're developing for Android in 2011-that's an 8 percent improvement over 2010."

We have a winner, folks! A new survey just released from Vision Mobile and Bluevia found that Android is the most popular platform for developers! But not far behind is development for iPhone. Does this mean that Android is slated to be the market leader in years to come?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Facebook Consolidates Their Mobile Websites

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:40 PM

"Facebook is releasing a major upgrade to its mobile interface, unifying its mobile websites into one interface."

I'm hoping this will be an improvement. I've used the iPhone app and it functions differently than just going to the mobile site on Safari, so I usually end up using mobile Safari for all my Facebook stuff. As it is, they have the and the, and will be unifying both into the site. They also stated that over 250 million people use the mobile sites on a monthly basis, about one half of their user base. Pretty impressive.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mobile iTunes Now Has Genius Recommendations

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:50 AM

"Apple's mobile version of the iTunes Store has recently received Genius recommendations. Both the iPhone and iPad versions of the iTunes Store now allow users to view recommendations."

I seldom use Genius recommendations, although I have found some gems in the past by using it. It just isn't something I really think about doing when I go to iTunes, so perhaps I'm not using it to it's potential. Now that it is on the mobile versions maybe I'll use it more. How about you, does the Genius enhance your usage or is it something that you don't even bother using?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Apple's Problem?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 12:00 PM

"Dario D. wrote a good post about Apple's current problem: selling Macs. In it he makes a good case for why iMac pricing needs to be reduced and theorizes that most of the world is convinced to try a Mac, but that few people can actually justify one - when significantly cheaper PC options exist."

That has always been the problem hasn't it? The cost of the Mac is one that does prohibit many people from jumping into the Apple world with both feet. I do think however, that educating people about the benefits (quality of workmanship, the design aesthetics, flexibility of the operating system, default software and compatibility with the mobile products) can mitigate some of this hesitation and lead them to invest in a Mac. That being said, price will always deter most people. I think the author nails it when he says he isn't convinced that Apple truly does want to dominate the desktop. Mobile seems to be the focus at Apple and they are doing quite well with it. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

He is Sticking With Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 AM

"Three years ago, I had never even held a touchscreen computer. Today I carry one everywhere I go. Apple changed the mobile phone industry with the launch of the iPhone, and appears to be creating a similar sensation with the iPad. Now it's doing everything it can to keep that momentum going, showering us with ads on television and elsewhere, singing the praises of their latest handheld, touch-driven devices."

This is interesting perspective on the "Mac is Dead" opinion, from the founder of Red Sweater Software (think MarsEdit). I like the direction Apple is going, adding things to make your life more mobile, but I certainly don't think the Mac is dead. I enjoy being able to be portable, but I certainly enjoy being able to "compute" in front of a 30+ inch screen using my Mac Mini and wireless keyboard. Advantages to both so I don't think the desktop will ever be completely gone. iOS won't replace my need for OS X (or any of the future versions). What are your thoughts?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So Steve Jobs Was Right on Flash?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:30 AM

"I'm the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that 'Flash has had its day.' I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that 'Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn't support touch based devices.'"

But it turns out that he has to agree with Jobs on Flash, after spending some time using, or rather trying to use, mobile Flash Player 10.1 on the Android 2.2. The author tried several sites, and came to the conclusion that it isn't ready, and really what is the point of making websites compatible? If they have to recode them for Flash, why not just do it so it is compatible with HTLM5?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Rupert Murdoch to Launch National Digital Newspaper

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"'News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is embarking on an ambitious plan for a new national digital newspaper to be distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as Apple Inc.'s iPad and mobile phones,' Dawn C. Chmielewski reports for The Los Angeles Times."

I heard this on the TWiT network as well, and while I'm not a huge fan of Rupert Murdoch, I'm glad he's trying out new business models. This is the way that we find out what works and what doesn't, and while I don't think putting his content behind a paywall will really work for him, I do give him credit for at least trying. This new idea, which is to make a national digital newspaper that is only available for mobile platforms and tablet devices, is interesting, and if done well might be a model for other content providers to follow. I'll be watching this eagerly to see how it develops.

Tags: software, mobile

Friday, March 5, 2010

Virgin America Dumps Flash

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"As the battle between HTML5 and Adobe Flash continues to heat up, Virgin America has chosen a side: its brand new web site design ditches Flash in favor of HTML."

I read in a story not long ago that the iPhone might be a driving force in this, and now it appears that is coming to pass. Virgin wants to make their site as compatible as possible with the mobile user, specifically the iPhone, so customers can access their site as well as do mobile check-ins. How many other companies are going to make this switch? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Want to Work in Cupertino?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple's Cupertino headquarters is now hiring for a new position, that of an iPhone advertising SDK manager."

If you are hired, expect to "manage a team working on the frameworks included in the iPhone SDK." Just what does this mean? Well it is in the realm of advertising so it is probably associated with the purchase of Quattro, the mobile advertiser, earlier this year. You will need to have experience not only in advertising but also Mac OS X, Cocoa, Unix and/or variants of C. Apple has posted the job here, so if interested check it out, oh, and good luck!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Photoshop For iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"For those who like to edit and show off their photos on the go, Adobe has released its Mobile for the iPhone."

Don't let the name throw you, this is an app available now in the iTunes Store. Even though it is a standalone app, it is tied in with your account so it adds that functionality, giving you access to all your photos stored at that site. It is just a basic photo editor so don't expect it to do everything that the regular photoshop program does, but it is a free app available now via iTunes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

iPhone Snatches Away Yahoo!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 01:00 PM

"Score another one for the iPhone. Yahoo is abandoning its mobile app for the Blackberry and other smartphones in order to focus more on its recently relaunched iPhone app. For every other phone, it is concentrating development efforts around the mobile browser experience. People applying for the smartphone app, which is still in beta, are receiving a notice (reproduced below) stating that "Yahoo has decided to cease development" of the app on May 20th."

Awesome sauce! You have to wonder how disparate the numbers are that a company would stop making an application for one platform to focus on another in its entirety (image via TechCrunch)...

Labels on G-Mail Mobile

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Call it cosmic balance - earlier today I was griping about Google Tasks on mobile devices, and now I'm happy to see labels come to Gmail Mobile. The new function is only supported on Apple's iPhone and Google's own Android handsets. The recent addition of the new drop-down menu system to the Google web-based mobile client has clearly set the stage for desktop-like functionality, something mobile device owners will appreciate."

Great catch by Kevin at JK On The Run (the image above is theirs, also). I have to say the mobile G-Mail app for the iPhone is quite usable. I still prefer the integrated mail client over the mobile web version, but with each new feature addition, that becomes harder and harder to justify.

How do you access your G-Mail on the iPhone?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gizmodo Rounds Up Mobile Browsers

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Before 2007, using the internet on your phone would make you want to kill yourself, if you were dumb enough to believe the crap splattered across that tiny screen even was the "internet." But the combination of increased bandwidth and better mobile software means that more phones really are promising to deliver the real internet, in living color. We tested eight different browsers, and while some put smiles on our faces, others proved that rendering HTML correctly is a far cry from actually giving you an awesome web experience. And what about 3G vs. Wi-Fi? Everything the carriers have told you is a lie. This is the true state of mobile web."

The two winners, and it's absolutely no surprise, are the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1. Both run variants of WebKit. Both have excellent speed, great usability, and a rendering engine that gets pages right consistently, and that's why they won. Having used a lot of the browsers listed in the test, I can say that Gizmodo nailed this one. In many ways, the mobile web has a long way to go, but it's getting way better. Honestly, the only part that surprised me was that the BlackBerry browser, as awful and horrible as it is, did as well as it did.

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