Loc: Near an iPad
The fact that Apple live-streamed it at all was outstanding …and even with the "limited" audience there were times where the video was flaking out. I think it would have outright died if anyone/everyone could have logged on.
PS. Screw Firefox …and I would have posted the link GaryW did above if he hadn't. Flash is a joke on mobile.
Loc: Hampstead, MD, USA
Carp, did you check AT&T? The Captivate is $199 there. The $49 you link to is a special being run by that website.
It has a GHz processor and 16GB of internal memory just like the iPhone (but you can add more if you want). It has 6 axis motion sensors and camera sensor of the iPhone. It has a better GPU than the iPhone, a gorgeous AMOLED screen and does 5.1 surround sound. It's hardly an entry level smart phone.
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Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
/* Yeah, not exactly fitting with the mesmerizing full web showtune unified user experience bla bla bla. /sarcasm */
I liked Tiger, great OS, but BTW I scooped up a bunch of $28 Snow Leopard discs at Fryes - I'm not sure what the deal was with that, and didn't care, either, just jumped all over that stuff. IIRC, though, the iPhoto-iMovie-iDVD-iwhatever stuff is no longer bundled, just iTunes ( of course, it's the cloud crown jewels, as the public is discovering ), and so had to grab the iwhatever stuff from the last OS that bundled that, Leopard or Tiger whatever it was, forget. I don't like the later iPhoto versions as well as the older versions, anyway, so it was no big deal. Well, I guess if you don't reformat your disks, you won't have to screw with that stuff.
So, you might want to grab Snow Leopard, as it's pretty cheap, well, at Fryes at any rate. It's hella quicker than previous OSes, hella quicker, and it's got a few new functionally cool bells and whistles.
Yeah, I think the deal is that they eventually stumbled blindly into an awareness of iTunes as the cloud vehicle, and they've got this enormous built-in user base they can instantly transform into one of the largest social networks, one of the largest online gaming networks, and with the incremental rollout of Facetime to all their devices and computers, they'll also have something as big or bigger than Skype. Plus, the little incidental stuff like Flash breakage across other platforms and devices, the fracturing of Flash into a lot of devices that can't play and few that can - What a frickin mess ( well, a lot of that is the OEMs' fault, though, particularly with Android, with a stupid proliferation of disparate OS versions, thus a moving target for developers, so this plays well for the iOS platform ). And I'm sure Apple will do a streaming thing, and again with that huge built-in user base, then again they've got this instant thing like Hulu or whatever video, and of course they'll have a huge streaming music thing.
Basically they'll rule the whole enchilada, the full meal deal, whatever, the whole thing, man. Every frickin thing.
Yeah, Apple can obviously do a big land grab, and most people don't seem to have a problem with buying into the program and admission price, so it shouldn't be that surprising if all that fine ol' unified user experience cool stuff is just for the latest and greatest.
That's the Apple way these days - Not your Father's Apple
Yeah, I think Think Different, the Crazy Ones, and all that other old riff raff got put on some coast train junquet to Nowhereville expatriot joint in Baja or something.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Well, I think Mobile will drive web development, as it's so huge, and the thing with Flash on Mobile is that it's pretty much dead already since if it works at all, it's only on the most recent OS versions, but, for example, with Android, OEMs are shipping the most current phones with four different versions of the OS.
But I guess at the end of the day that it's Adobe's fault, for if Flash wasn't such a POS and so broken, they wouldn't have these development problems with it. And Flash will just go from worse to worse instead of worse to better - It has cancer and can't keep pace anymore. It's dying. It's over with.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Basically they'll rule the whole enchilada, the full meal deal, whatever, the whole thing, man. Every frickin thing: Ping=Facebook ( basically ), the gaming network, music-video buys-rentals, Facetime=Skype ( basically ), web apps, streaming music and video, advertising, and a full range of devices and computers that play in and manifest this Apple universe, the unified user experience field. Magic land, where all your basic machine dreams are fulfilled brilliantly. Yeah, I'm sure I've left some stuff out, but basically they're the 800 pound gorilla.
Loc: Finland, on the Arctic Circle
Yep. Flash (video) on mobile sucking isn't new news. Most mobile devices haven't really even had Flash on board until lately.
Flash's popularity with video platform might've been mainly about the player interfaces that can be build easily and quickly with Flash and they have still been cross-platform. And there's plenty of Flash video player UIs out there to pick from, too. Windows Media, Quick Time, RealMedia etc. have been kinda more sucky then Flash, a little platform-specific, and horribly unstable in the case of RM.
I have a few friends currently working as Flash developers, and while they have put up a link every few moons to an actually impressive campaign, their bread is probably the ad banners, which on the more savvy users' computers already get buried by ad block. And the ad agencies here in Finland still seem to be looking for Flash experience. OTOH, Flash may not go away completely thanks to richness it can provide, and the interactivity.
Got grilled by a dork AD once on solutions I used that were done with no Flash and he was claiming they suck, and well, the dork AD actually had similar solutions all over his designs, just on Flash. Complete dick. Needless to say I stay away from that agency now, and kind of stole one prospective client from them.
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