Tag Archives: Apple


cd-roms and ipads – analysis of publishing as a workflow and why iPad will not save glossy magazines.

“For those of you blessed with senile amnesia or youth, CD-ROMs were the first wave of “interactive media” in the mid-eighties, and the great hope for publishing houses struggling to understand what they might be doing in the 21st century. Companies from Dorling-Kindersley to News Corp threw millions into CD-ROM publishing, with very little ultimate return.”


Ian Betteridge: notes for a talk on designing for the iPad Technovia

Frederic Filloux on design, newspapers, iPad

“The fundamental fracture between print and digital media lies exactly here: paper is a fantastic vector for a reading experience driven by curiosity; the web is a cold medium utterly efficient for a search-based, focus-driven reading.
How to reconcile the two? There is no single (nor simple) answer. Such solution will arise from a combination of User Interface evolution with a real ability to deal with new devices, and with better search implementation.”

Monday Note

iPad DJ video YouTube

Rebirth by Propellerheads is out for the iPhone http://rebirthapp.com iPad next?


March #1

Digital Economy Bill
Guardian: Lords angered over three strikes rule for filesharers

Y combinator looking for iPad startups

Free manual for investigative journalists Story-based Inquiry

Open Access
JISC: How to build a business case for an Open Access policy

The new report shows how universities can work out how much they could save on their profit and loss accounts as well as increasing their contribution to UK plc when they share their research papers through Open Access.
The ‘modelling scholarly communication options: costs and benefits for universities’ report, written by Alma Swan, is based on different types of university. It shows how universities might reduce costs, and how they can calculate these saving and their greater contribution to society by following an Open Access route.

European Research Funders Throw Weight Behind UK Open Access Repository, UK PubMed Central
Welcome Trust via Resourceshelf

Tim Bray: giving up on patents

Birmingham Totalplace final report now available on the BeBirmingham website

Twitter geo tagging
Twitter Changes To Geo-API – Tag Your Tweets With A Location

Links to 6th May

US Senate

Sunlight Foundation: Senate posts votes in XML  http://bit.ly/Il7hF

Europe Telecoms Package #telecomspackage #EU

OUT-LAW: European Parliament vetoes telecoms reform, demands court order for ISP disconnection http://tinyurl.com/dd82gb

LaQuadrature: Amendment 138/46 adopted again. Internet is a fundamental right in Europe. http://tr.im/kDjJ

EU vote: Trautman Citizens Rights amendments adopted! EU parliament live http://tr.im/kDg6 

Malcolm Harbour account of EU telecoms packagehttp://tr.im/kCGV Detailed rebuttal http://www.blackouteurope.eu/

Last Chance to Save the European Internet –http://bit.ly/1Y9fT there’s a vote tomorrow which may kill net neutrality.

Why you should lobby your MEP to vote for the Citizens Rights Amendment to Telecoms Package vote on May 6th http://tr.im/kw28 #EU#telecoms

URGENT: Ask MEPs to adopt Citizens’ Rights Amendments on May the 6th Telecoms Package vote http://tr.im/kvXT

Political memory: MEP voting Rapport Lambrinidis on strengthening security and fundamental freedoms on the Internet http://tr.im/kvJm


Unofficial translation into plain English of Home Office consultation on changes to internet privacy & ISP record keeping by Simply Understood  http://tr.im/kvFQ


UK: Report: Copyright – what is the future for education and research? http://tinyurl.com/d2uv3g

NYTimes: “E.U. to Hear Proposal for Cross-Border Net Copyright” http://tinyurl.com/c92saz


Future of Journalism congressional hearing streaming live now http://bit.ly/ovjSH

Local news, with context: Matt Thompson unveils his innovative, “context-rich” news site in Columbia, Mo.http://tr.im/knM8


Apple product speculation: How the Apple iPad Could Kill the Kindle. PCmag http://tr.im/kGk5

iPhone Newspapers app, Sun removed by Apple because of  page 3 http://tr.im/kA56 50 newspapers for £0.59

Clean Up Your Twitter Account With Nest Unclutterer http://tinyurl.com/cp5rjn farewell, spambabes

How to Watch Hulu Around the World http://tinyurl.com/dfy6jp End of geoblocking.

The new, big-screen Kindle, Plastic Logic reader and newspaper subscriptions http://tr.im/kpKj<tethered devices, too late?>

E-Books: Amazon Plans Academic Push With New Kindle http://tinyurl.com/canj96 reports Wall Street Journal

Apple Submits New Spec for Live Streaming to IETF http://bit.ly/wiMKa

Digital Britain

Lord Carter hints that mobile networks could deliver the Digital Britain plan –http://tinyurl.com/c33bd5

Birmingham Digital Britain Unconference http://tr.im/kwRefind yours here http://tr.im/kwRz report http://tr.im/kwT5#dbuc09#digitalbritain

The main themes from the first digitalbritainunconference meeting from Cameron Neylon http://tr.im/kr1o

Notes from the RAL Digital Britain Unconference http://digitalbritainunconf… #dbuc09 #digitalbritain

Digital Britain unconference at RAL Oxford. Thanks Cameron Neylon for organising. Find yours at http://tr.im/khMu


Newspapers: Seattle Post-Intelligencer ends printing. Staff cuts, continues as web-only publication http://bit.ly/L1OnJ

iPod headphones aren´t DRMed, just controlled by a proprietary chip that you have to license  http://bit.ly/YdnM4

Guardian Tech OFCOM sets out challenge of broadband Britain http://bit.ly/SsqGL

More James Boyle and ‘How extending copyright term in sound recordings actually works’ with link to PDF http://bit.ly/YdnM4

Guardian Tech Richard Smith. Good summary of James Boyle’s case for The Public Domain. http://bit.ly/qEM2

UK IPO office: since July ISPs issuing 1,000 notifications a week on behalf of copyright holders to P2P users http://bit.ly/8baGq

App Store sales: $30m in first month

Interview with Steve Jobs in the Wall Street Journal

Sales of apps for the iPhone at $1m a day produced $21m for developers.

“If sales stay at the current pace, Apple stands to reap at least $360 million a year in new revenue from the App Store, Mr. Jobs said. “This thing’s going to crest a half a billion, soon,” he added. “Who knows, maybe it will be a $1 billion marketplace at some point in time.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career for software,” he said.

Apple isn’t likely to derive much in the way of direct profit from the business, Mr. Jobs acknowledged. It is keeping only 30% of the proceeds from application sales — about enough to cover expenses from credit-card transactions and other costs of running the online store — while the programs’ creators keep 70%.

Instead, Mr. Jobs is betting applications will sell more iPhones and wireless-enabled iPod touch devices, enhancing the appeal of the products in the same way music sold through Apple’s iTunes has made iPods more desirable.”

“Phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that,” Mr. Jobs said. “We think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software.”


WSJ link

Mobile Blues

Tim Bray works for Sun Microsystems. He is an influential blogger, takes photographs, writes essay length pieces.

Now, you know about iPhone, a bit about Google’s Android, which is an SDK without hardware and we’ve mentioned open source contender Open Moko. You know Apple’s environment is closed source. Actually, let’s say Apple’s culture is closed source. So much so that developers for the iPhone are under Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). Apple will control which apps can run on the iPhone absolutely, because it is intrinsic to their business model. And those apps will only be available via the store which Apple provide.

For consumers the question is simply ‘which is the coolest phone with the most apps’. Currently there is only one contender. For developers it’s more complicated. Continue reading Mobile Blues