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Old Skool meets new School

This is seriously one of the coolest and silliest things I have ever seen on an iPhone.

“Welcome to the MacOS iPhone Project! We are Dedicated to putting MacOS on the iPhone”

iphone 7.1

Remember this, ‘Safe to Turn off Your Macintosh – ah the simple days.

Boy I hope these guys succeed, this is pure genius for the sake of the insanity of it, I don’t know why but it makes me so happy to see so much endenvor into something this silly.

Upside, my hold HyperCard stacks will live – like Frankenstein’s Monster.

All power to these guys, I just love this.


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iPhone App organiser?

Great post about how important/cool it would be to have an app organiser for the iPhone. Anyone like me with way too many apps on their phone know how slow it can be organising apps by different criteria (news, sport, games etc), and how frustrating it is to add a new app then to have BBC News 4 pages away from the rest of the news apps.

Bored one day, I was even as frivolous as organising by colour and taking screen shots. Icons too big for any ideas of ASCI styled art, my Las Vegas Elvis was barely recognisable even to me. Still there has to be a project out there for me one day.

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iPhone The Missing Manual

Why Are iPhone Users Willing to Pay for Content?

“It may be no surprise that the best-selling computer book so far this year is “iPhone: The Missing Manual,” by my colleague David Pogue (O’Reilly, 2007).

But here is something that did surprise me: The most popular edition of this book isn’t on paper or the PDF file that O’Reilly Media also sells. It is the downloadable application for the iPhone, according to Tim O’Reilly, the chief executive of O’Reilly Media.”

Excellent article on NY Times on the sensitivity of price point marketing on the AppStore.

“The book, which sells for $24.99, was initially offered as an iPhone app for $4.99. When the publisher raised the price to $9.99, sales fell 75 percent. O’Reilly quickly dropped the price back down to the lower level.”

I have this book and I can vouch for it, excellent.

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Next iPhone killer? again…

The always fantastic Apple2.0 blog by Philip Elmer-DeWitt has a great piece on a Taxonomy of iPhone competitors.

Well worth the look, but in the end, if you want one fine, but it’s still not an iPhone (and that’s fine if you don’t get it).

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Yet another iPhone killer app

Supposedly the day iTunes died (yeah how many times have we heard that one).

Interesting though, seems Spotify are getting serious about iPhone app development.

But alas like all things it’s not available in New Zealand, yet. As the song goes, ‘one day we’ll know’…

Nice web site thought.

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iPhone Killer?

Not being any friend or student of the sciences, I have devised a couple of nice inventions, which I really should have put my name to. The first, rather whimsically was coloured swimming pool water, way back in 1985. Quite possibly around before that, but what kid couldn’t resist jumping into a slime or lime coloured swimming pool. I soon gave up on that one, more a case of apathy than anything else.

The other leads us nicely into the next iPhone ‘killer’. As I said, knowing next to nothing about science, more specifically physics and chemistry, but having a pet loath of power cords, I always (from about 1997) thought it would rather wonderful if the device which had just run out on you could be charged by just being in the vicinity of a power source. Most people I mentioned this too came up with the line similar to “this is why you’ll never win the Nobel Prize for Physics, you need power cords”. This idea has rattled around in my brain for years. Sure devices which wern’t solid state had some form of motion charging or powering, but for devices such as a walkman (originally) and iPod or iPhone latterly, this seemed like science fiction, I mean apart from static electricity and lightning, power doesn’t jump (does it?), and not wanting to have mini lightning bolts flying about my living room for the sake of not wanting power cords about the place, I soon laid this idea to rest.

Well long story short, this is how I introduce the next iPhone killer, my long lost invention, wireless charging!!! Bloody brilliant, why didn’t I think about that, hang on I did….

Since day one of the introduction of the iPhone people have been looking for the ‘killer’ replacement, the phone that the more traditional cell phone manufactures will come up with that will conquer the iPhone.

Since the debut of the iPhone, I’ve maintained that it’s not the iPhone itself which is so revolutionary (although hard to argue it isn’t), rather the responses to the iPhone’s revolution in cellular technology, which will revolutionise the portable media/cellular device market.

Not being of Stephen Fry’s ilk or wealth, I don’t and can’t afford to own dozens of iPhones and other cellular devices, so I’m not really in the market at looking what the traditional cell phone manufacturers are producing. That is until I read the specs of the latest offering of possibly the most punished of all ‘smart phone’ companies, Palm. The Palm Pre, is a nice looking device, somewhat more of a chubby cousin to the iPhone. Similar GUI and size for that matter, seems some people are impressed with the demonstration or hands on playing with the Palm Pre.

However for me, to see that the good folk at Palm had trawled through my thoughts in the middle of the night (either that or my revolutionary invention was to one day be discovered. The Palm Pre has, well what do you know he’s getting to the point, wireless charging. Sure you still need to lay the phone down on it’s charging station, and like the cooking pots, the induction process charges the phone. Not quite charging from a long distance, and still not setting ourselves free from the shackles of charging devices, this is a start, and a nice response to the iPhone.

I like the design, but what is the software running it like? And I still don’t get the need for a pull out qwerty keyboard, the touchscreen version is just awesome on the iPhone.

So glad to see someone has finally taken my ideas and run with it. Now if I could only get someone to listen to my word association football (see Monty Python) MP3 player….

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MacWorld 2009

OK, Mac junkie (not geek or evangelist, can’t afford to have that title), I’ll get that off my chest from the start. I love mac gear, I LOVE Apple gear, but then there are people who don’t and at any chance they can they put their collective boot in.

The latest is over at Newsweek, in a piece titles MacWorld, MacBoring, Is Apples Golden Era Over? by

I agree that MacWorld 2009 (the last one Apple will be attending at this stage) will go down as a huge snooze fest, apart from the new 17 Macbook Pro, which I must have, iWork 09 and iLife 09 which are just plain sexy, the removal of DRM from the largest collection of digital music in the world (how utterly tedious).

The reviewer states “This is a company that has run out of gas” is about as perceptive as when that complete idiot and famous Apple bagger Steve Baumer laughed at the iPhone.

He’s the guy that bought you the Zume, you know the MP3 player that didn’t even need to wait till the next millennium to stop working on New Years eve.

For a more balanced (and no not biased) review of the keynote speech at MacWorld 09 delivered by Phil Schiller not Steve Jobs, try reading the more intelligent Apple2.0 Blog over at CNN/Fortune. As market analyst Gene Munster puts it “If Phil Schiller had made a significant announcement, we would have seen that as a sign of a changing-of-the-guard, but that was not the case. In other words”, Steve Jobs is still in charge.

Which to you and me, means Steve Jobs + Jonathan Ives = Insanely great products.

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