DataViz will likely be making versions of their popular desktop software for the iPhone as soon as Apple releases the SDK in February. This means that iPhone owners will be able to create and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations and the like. DataViz seems excited to get RoadSync and Passwords Plus on the iPhone as well, but it looks like they want to gauge demand before they commit to anything. There's a page they've set up so you can pledge your intent -- they want you to seal the deal. [via]
While I was gone at CTIA, there's been a bunch of things that have happened that I didn't get time to properly write about. So today, we'll have a bit of an iPhone news smörgåsbord. There's been a fair amount of news, a fair amount of not-news, and some of the things that I've been reading are just plain wrong.
Apple Dealing with Film-Makers Directly for iTunes Apple has sidestepped some of the major studios for some films, opting instead to
deal directly with film-makers. This could be a sign of things to come -- it would be great to not have to report every major film-studio or TV channel contract tiff.
Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me some wallpaper for my iPhone or I'll Toilet Paper your house.
As a peace offering for being absent for nearly a week due to illness, I'm giving you boys and girls a truckload of Halloween themed wallpaper. Tripling the usual dose of eight. It's my way of saying I'm sorry, and deterring any of you from leaving burning bags of doo doo on my virtual doorstep. So here you go. Enjoy them, but do be sure to wash your sticky candy-stained fingers before touching my wallpapers. I won't have it.
You wouldn't think of Paul Otellini as someone who uses "hip" consumer products, given his stodgy corporate background and boardroom persona. But beneath his mild professional demeanor lies a Mac fanboy and iPhone lover. Yes, his secret is out: Intel's number one man uses a MacBook Pro, and both he and his spouse carry iPhones.
In a recent interview with BusinessWeek, Otellini admits to using Apple products for personal use, though he does preface his confession by saying that he still carries a ThinkPad for work, in the event Steve Ballmer should happen to stop by and catch him with a MacBook sitting in his lap.
Well, I thought I sit down this morning with my cup of tea and tell you about the Speck ToughSkin (store link, $29.95). Due to errands and just plain procrastination, the tea is cold. Anyhow, that’s enough about the start to my day and on to the review because things are certainly looking up. The Spec ToughSkin is a two part solution. The first is a ‘ruggedized’ silicon layer that fits snuggly around your iPhone. Then there is a plastic holster attached to a belt clip. The entire iPhone case can be plunked into the holster clip on your belt. This is, in theory, a best of both worlds scenario, or as Speck puts it ‘best case’ scenario. So I’ll start with the silicon case itself.
Well, the bad news is that I just got a letter from Sprint. Suffice to say that I’m still going to be out three hundred bucks to cancel my contract. A wrong decision a year ago is going to cost me an additional couple hundred that I didn’t need to lose. I thought about calling them to try to sort it all out, but I realized I’d waste a couple hours on the phone with their customer service when instead I could be writing this fine review and getting paid a little something for it. Then I could call it all a wash. Just a bit of warning: Sprint offered me an additional 10% discount to up my contract for two years more a while back (this was before the iPhone was on the horizon). Unfortunately, it knocked out a 5% discount I already had. Net gain 5%. I may dash off a quick letter, but I think even that may be a waste of time.
So instead of wasting my time with Sprint, let’s move on to Apple and AT&T’s wonderful iPhone and Mobi Products Protector Case (store link, $19.95). Important things first: this comes in Smoke, Clear, Red and Pink, though studying all of the pictures, all of the cases are translucent. I received the Smoke version, which to my taste is neither here nor there. That said, it does seem to be the best of the options.
Google has been enabling IMAP access for everyone that has been using GMail. IMAP, like POP, is a method of downloading mail from a mail service. POP works really well if you just use one computer, but it's a nightmare if you use more than one. And you know, the iPhone is a lot like a computer, enough that using POP on it has kind of been a nightmare in terms of checking my work email. The option for IMAP hasn't showed up on my account yet, but it's showed up for Dieter, and he has a good account of how it works up at WMExperts. If you prefer, there's also an official Google video available at YouTube, catered specifically for iPhone users.
I'll dig a bit deeper into his talk later today, but the highlight for me is that Moskovitz knows that as computers get smaller, they'll eat into mobiles. Mobiles will have to become open like computers, or people will start using computers instead of mobiles. As computers miniaturize, that's just going to be a fact of life.
<img src='/sites/imore.com/files/images/old/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/excedrin.jpg' alt=''kill me now" align='right' />By now you're all wondering why I haven't been posting this week. Well I can dispel the myth of my tragic death in a storm of Judgment day proportions. No, much to my misfortune I was incapacitated by the smallest of all things... a virus. Since Sunday evening I have suffered one of the worst bouts with flu in my young life. This virus comes equipped with all the latest features and options. When not doubled over with excruciating abdominal pains, I'm sitting on a porcelain throne experiencing all the joys of uncontrollable diarrhea. In the few brief moments respite from pain and purging, I suffer delirium as a result of high fever and insatiable fatigue. Needless to say, the past three days have not been fun for this lad.
figure 1: various logos of CTIA. It's probably supposed to show multi-facetedness and diversity, but it's a lot more like untreated schizophrenia.
There is something seriously wrong with the wireless industry. The CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment is emblematic of the issues that plague the wireless industry. It's seriously like a microcosm of what's broken in the wireless world.
Well, we've been walking the floor for about an hour, and... nothing. For an entertainment conference, there isn't much entertainment to be had. There will be more on that in a bit; I'm typing on my iPhone and I'm not about to tap out some gigantic Tolstoy-esque missive. The biggest news for iPhone users is probably weatherbug for the iPhone and iPod Touch. That news is almost a week old; that should give you an idea of the bleak nature of this conference.
There's a big article in the New York Times that includes an interview with Steve Jobs about the excellent shape that Apple's in nowadays. Apple is 3rd in computer shipments overall. They might slip to 4th when Acer buys Gateway after Gateway buys Packard Bell, but Apple will still have more growth than the resulting top three. The Times did an interview with Jobs, and he of course has some choice things to say about everything -- Leopard vs. Vista, Ultimate Editions, the iPhone's multitouch interface, the delays of Leopard, and the Newton.