Editor's desk: iMore 2.0, Google redux and more!
Third week in a row I'm keeping this spectacularly short, but this time not because it's yet another long weekend here's in Montreal, but because I had the choice of writing this column or going to see the new Spider-Man flick. And as any red-and-radioactive blooded boy would, I opted for the good old web head.
How are you liking iMore 2.0?
We flipped the big red switch on the huge iMore backend architecture update a couple of days ago and have been working feverishly on squashing bugs and figuring out new features ever since. We've got almost all the reader facing issues resolved, and hope to have all the rest done absolutely as soon as possible -- including comments in the iMore for iPhone app.
Have you tried out our new comment system here on the blog yet? Have you switched between feature view and headline view on the Home page? Have you switched between article view and latest discussion view? If not, go try it out and let us know what you think. We have a ton more amazing features coming your way, and can't wait to show them to you.
Flash in the can
When the new iPad came out, USA Today technology reviewer Ed Baig took a piece out of its aluminum and glass hide for still not supporting Adobe Flash (which Adobe had cancelled). Fast forward to this week and Baig's Nexus 7 review, and the lack of Flash in Google's new flagship tablet passes completely without comment.
Combine it with David Pogue's recent limbo of a Galaxy Player review in the New York Times and it makes me wonder what's going on in traditional media tech coverage.
I read the blogs, so I'm fine. But my mom reads the paper, and she deserves to be better informed. With great power comes great responsibility. Serve the reader, not the product. The job isn't to be fair, it's to be right.
Speaking of responsibility
My article on Google last week -- the one where I kindly asked them to become the platform champion Android needs and deserves -- received incredibly mixed feedback. Some of you thought Google was rightly being taken to task for failing to put the wellbeing of manufacturers, retailed, partners, and users first, while others thought I was just being a jerk to Google.
Frankly I was doing the latter to highlight the former. Phil Nickinson very kindly let me discuss my point of view on the Android Central podcast this week, and Jerry Hildenbrand eloquently and intelligently expressed an opposing and counter point of view. I have a huge amount of respect for both of them, and these types of discussions, between adults, with passion and civility, and simply the best stuff ever. I hope we get to have more of them.
Phil and I also chatted about it briefly with Kevin Michaluk and Daniel Rubino on the Mobile Nations podcast, along with whether or not Microsoft screwed Windows Phones 7 users by not providing an update path to Windows Phone 8, or better preparing them for the lack of an update path. If you haven't watched or listened to it already, grab it now.
And while you're at it, get the latest episode of the iMore show before we run out of copies. (It could happen!)
- How to edit portraits with iPhoto for iPhone and iPad. Leanna Lofte takes you step by step through the process of making yourself, and others, look great.
- The computing platform in phone's clothing. A look at how Apple never mistakes their products for their core business, and what that means in the market.
- Reeder vs. The Early Edition 2 vs. NewsRack: iPad RSS app shootout!. Ally Kazmucha takes news readers for a run around the best-in-class track.
- Why Apple would release a 7-inch iPad. Part 1 of a 2 part look into the whys and hows of a smaller form factor iPad.
- Solving for 7: How Apple could implement the iPad mini interface. Part 2 of 2, focusing on the hows.
- On Mountain Lion's System Requirements and consumer confusion. Stephen Hackett throws the spotlight on Apple's most complicated compatibility formula to date. I'll add that even some machines, like my original wedge-shaped MacBook Air, don't support all features, like AirPlay mirroring.
- Twitter is a Corporate API. Dave Winer on the dangers of standing your business on someone else's rug -- especially when they seem twitchy about yanking it out from under you.
- Five years after the iPhone, carriers are the biggest threat to innovation. Nilay Patel, fresh from his honeymoon, highlights just how precarious Apple's "freedom" from carrier influence really is.
- Apple Cracking Down On Sites Selling Access To iOS Betas. Federico Viticci follows up on what's happening to those who break Apple's NDA for profit.
- The Elusive iPad ‘mini’. Benjamin Brooks chimes in on the 7-inch iPad.
- Stop Not Linking. Matthew Panzarino vs the non-attributive bloggers in an inside baseball tour-de-force. I'd argue burying or obfuscating source links is just as wrong-headed, as is copying an entire article even with attribution. The bottom line is linking to great stuff helps ensure there'll be more great stuff to link to. Virtuous circle.
- Red Letter Media Talks About Prometheus. Massive spoilers, but if you've already seen Prometheus, this will ensure you don't feel alone in wondering how they turned an interesting sci-fi movie into a dumb space chaser two-thirds of the way through.
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