Analysts Rob Sanderson and Shaw Wu step up to the line for two rounds of bare-knuckle Apple vs. RIM enterprise assessments. Brought to us by the always excellent team at Apple Insider, both analysts start us off with the "tale of the (architecture) tape:
When the iPhone and iPod Touch first shipped, many eager big business users and university students snapped up the "breakthrough internet devices" only to find that, because the iPhone and iPod Touch didn't support the 802.1x protocol, they couldn't connect to some very large Wi-Fi networks.
What does all this SDK talk mean with respect to the popular DataViz products like Documents To Go? Read on, my friends!
Although it's easy to be swallowed up in the sea of information spilling forth from the SDK Roadmap earlier today, and even though I'm still hoping for Stevie J to throw us a bone (like copy/paste ready for download from iTunes? ahem), I'm trying to stay calm. Deep breath. Maybe another piece of good news will help.
One of my favorite apps from my Treo days is DataViz's DocsToGo. I tried to reach DataViz for comment with regard to the SDK release and their plans for bringing their products to the iPhone, but alas, the time-zone gods are against me and all I could come up with was a blurb from their website. Read their statement and glean what you can:
We are currently investigating the opportunity to develop Documents To Go, RoadSync, Passwords Plus and any of our other software titles for the iPhone and would appreciate your feedback.
Here's our feedback: Yes, Please.
After the break, DataViz CEO Dick Fontana talks up the SDK for Fox News. [via] -- "DataViz has a long relationship with Apple which gives Dick reason to be optimistic about the opportunities for DataViz with the iPhone." -- indeed.
Unlimited calling plans seem to be all the rage these days, with every carrier provision subscribers with "all you can speak" plans. Now even iPhone users will soon be able to gab all they want, and not pay dearly for it in the next billing cycle. According to Engadget, AT&T will be soon offer a special iPhone bundled unlimited calling plan for the low price of just $119.99 a month. Not a bad deal I suppose, if you spend ever waking hour of your day with a cell phone symbiotically attached to your face.
Careful observation of one of Apple's presentation slides taken during last week's iPhone SDK event reveals a possible firmware 2.0 feature; SPOTLIGHT!In one slide depicting the Contacts list, a small search icon appears at the very top of the screen. Could this be Spotlight for iPhone? We'll see. It so, I know of many iPhone users who will dance through lawn sprinklers with glee, myself included.
How 'bout some FREE music, compliments of NIN (Nine Inch Nails)?
Following up on Radiohead's release last year, NIN is offering FREE music for download. Titled "Ghosts I - IV", Ghosts I are the first 9 tracks available for free download as high-quality, DRM-free MP3s, including the complete PDF. All you need is a valid email address and presto, you got some free music to carry around with you on your iPhone.
No term strikes more fear and fluster in a coder than the word "Java", and I'm not talking about the scalding hot cup of Starbucks dark roast you spilled in your lap on the way to work this morning. No, I'm talking about Sun Microsystems's long touted (and lamented) portable programming environment designed to run small applications through virtual runtimes. Java is best known for its ever-reaching marketing slogan "Write once, run anywhere", though veteran developers will tell you the only thing Java truly excels at is crashing.
We couldn't wait until our regularly scheduled podcast to talk about the iPhone Software Roadmap. Mike and I were also lucky to be joined by Phone different writers Chad Garrett and Rene Ritchie! Listen in as we chat up all the new announcements about the new Enterprise features and the SDK.
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We've mentioned John Carmack at least a couple of times before. The ID founder and famed developer of Doom and Quake seems to have a special place in his heart for Apple and Apple gaming (even if Sir Steve doesn't return that love).