iPhone on Ulitzer
As a diversion from its high-profile “who-knows-where-it-will-end”
dogfight with Gizmodo over an errant iPhone prototype, Apple has posted a
longish open letter on its web site over the signature of its CEO Steve Jobs
reiterating all the reasons why Apple has no use for Adobe’s Flash
Steve – or his ghost writer – says Adobe mischaracterizes the Apple ban
when it says it’s business-driven and only meant to protect the Apple App
Store. He claims it’s technology-driven.
“Flash,” he says, “was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice.
Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want
to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low-power devices, touch
interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.”
Flash, he ticks off, is closed and 100% proprietary; highly insecure; crashes
"We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the
nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America,
innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living."
With this one sentence, spoken Tuesday during his State of the Union address,
President Barack Obama ushered in once and for all the Age of
Sociotechnology, the age that recognizes the importance of the interaction
between people and technology in both workplaces and society.
Obama recognizes perhaps better than anyone in America the extent to which
Apple has agreed to pay $60 million to make the Proview Technology (Shenzhen)
Company's claims that it owns the iPad trademark in China go away.
Apple bought Proview's iPad trademarks in 10 countries through a UK lawyer
and a specially organized company for about $55,000 (£35,000) in 2009 before
the iPad came out and sued when Proview claimed the Taiwan affiliate it dealt
with wasn't authorized to sell the Chinese rights. Apple lost the suit and
The appeals court, which announced the settlement on its web site, reportedly
mediated the deal, which, it said, was struck o... (more)
In Gartner's recently published list of Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends
for 2013, Mobile Applications and HTML5 was listed at #2. Four out of the
top 10 strategic technology trends were related to mobility. The author of
this report, Gartner Fellow David Cearley, shares that he expects HTML5 to be
increasingly important for a wide variety of needs.
Now for the news...
Google's YouTube HTML5 site now features a better version for all mobile
devices. Symbian’s Steve Litchfield provides screenshots and describes
how the new version for Symbian is “now identical to that for Windo... (more)
iPad on Ulitzer
To borrow a line from Scrooge, "I'm as giddy as a drunken man." With today's
Apple iPad intro, it feels like Christmas.
I was glued to Engadget's live blogfeed of the announcement. Apple is
leveraging its iPhone technology in a new tablet format, adding bells and
whistles like unlocked, no contract, and cheap 3G data plans, a keyboard dock
and the iBookstore.
But once again, as we've seen in the past with Apple, the whole is larger
than the sum of the parts. In the tech industry we pay homage to "innovation"
as the ultimate springboard for leadership positioning ... (more)
iPad on Ulitzer
I’m proud to consider myself an upper middle class American .
Why am I so proud about it?
Because I haven’t been born in an upper middle class American family. I
came to the USA 18 years ago with $200 in my pocket on a visitor’s visa.
Don’t rush reporting on me to the Immigration authorities. I was legal in
this country each and every day since. Then came the work visa (H1B), after
that the green card, and back in 2001, I became an American citizen.
Our family consists of me (silver 15” MacBook Pro), two sons (black 13”
MacBook and a silver 13” MacBook) and my wife... (more)