Archive for February, 2010

Diary of an iPhone Developer: The iPad

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

It’s finally here! The new iPad is almost exactly what the rumor mill has been churning up for months but somehow seeing the thing officially announced still makes my jaw drop a little. Why? Because it opens up some new opportunities for iPhone developers without making them jump through a lot of hoops.

Google joins the ‘kill-IE6’ campaign

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

Google has announced that Google Docs will drop support for Microsoft’s nearly nine-year-old Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) browser starting on March 1.

Fire Outfoxed: Greasemonkey Creator Builds Native Support Into Chrome

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

When Google launched Extensions for Chrome in December, they had around 300 of them ready to go in their gallery. A day later, that number was already up to 500. By now, there are a few thousand available, and that number just got multiple by several times as Google has announced that the latest official version of Chrome, version 4, now natively supports Greasemoneky user scripts.

Microsoft’s Azure cloud is officially open for business

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

As of February 1, Microsoft officially jumps into the cloud-computing frey and now is charging customers for developing and running apps in its Azure cloud.

(Update: Microsoft’s Azure team said charges actually won’t commence until Tuesday February 2,  in order to sync up billing across time zones. “Microsoft will begin charging for Windows Azure and SQL Azure starting at 12:00 AM February 2, 2010 GMT to ensure that customers and partners are not charged for their free usage in the month of January,” said the team in a February 1 posting annoucing Azure general availability.)

Robots evolve to learn cooperation, hunting

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies
A predator robot, right, faces a prey robot, left.

(Credit: Dario Floreano & Laurent Keller)

If robots are allowed to evolve through natural selection, they will develop adaptive abilities to hunt prey, cooperate, and even help one another, according to Swiss researchers.

Microsoft: iPad’s Closed Platform is “Humorous”

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

It’s an understatement to say that Apple’s iPad generated a lot of chatter when it was announced on Wednesday; the scuttlebutt actually slowed down the Internet. Even Microsoft couldn’t help but weigh in, criticizing the iPad for being a “locked down device.”

“It is a humorous world in how Microsoft is much more open than Apple,” Brandon Watson, the director of product management in the developer platform at Microsoft, told me in an interview yesterday. With Microsoft’s platforms, developers can build whatever they want, and target a broad array of devices using the same skill set, he added.

The Birth of the Virtual Assistant

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

Dag Kittlaus is the Co-Founder and CEO of Siri. He is a serial innovator and consumer wireless Internet veteran of 10 years in both Scandinavia and the US. Siri is Dag’s third consecutive mobile product.

In the near future, anyone who lives a connected lifestyle will be able to delegate their everyday tasks to intelligent virtual assistants that will coordinate, execute and simplify users’ lives.

We will look back on these days and ask ourselves how we ever got by without our trusted assistants, the same way my kids ask in amazement about how we ever got things done before laptops and the Internet.

Prediction: Google to offer ‘click to call’ for PCs

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

Google hauled its “click to call” program out of beta this week, enabling one-click calling of participating AdWords advertisers — but only by smart phone users. Here’s why I think a PC or desktop version is coming soon.

With click-to-call, users of iPhones, Android handsets and other phones can click on a link in an ad that connects them to advertisers. It checks in on Google Maps’ My Location feature to connect to the closest offices, branches or locations. The feature enables Google to get paid for calls to advertisers in the same way that they get paid for users clicking on links. And it lets the advertisers measure the effectiveness of their ads.

iPain: What the iPad Does to its Competition

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

After a bit of thought, I’d thought consider what Apple and Company might be trying to kill with the iPad. I find that the answer to questions like this are often found when you follow the money.

Many people were waiting for the iPad to see what Apple had to say about what tablets, ereaders, and the entire genre was going to be. The world now knows the specs. Some prognosticate that the iPad is going to be a profitable hardware device for Apple in terms of how much it, per unit, the iPad costs versus sells for. Ostensibly, the iPad makes money for its hardware. The software that it’s going to be supplied with is more difficult to calculate in terms of Cost of Goods Sold.

China tablet PC maker may sue Apple over iPad design

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

A Chinese company that sells a tablet PC like Apple’s newly announced iPad may sue the U.S. company over the similar design between the devices, it said Monday.

Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial started selling its P88 tablet last year and is not ruling out a lawsuit against Apple, a company representative surnamed Wu said by phone.

The company is based in a southern Chinese city known for producing knock-off phones, which are called “shanzhai,” or “bandit” phones, and sometimes take the form of counterfeit iPhones or other popular handsets.