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Wednesday
Apr202011

Amazon Kindle to Partner With OverDrive for Public Libraries

 

(via CrunchGear)  The deal seems to be that patrons will be able to borrow books free of charge for a limited period of time using the hardware Kindle device or their Kindle apps on other devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, etc.

What I’m wondering and even Matt Burns, of CrunchGear wasn’t sure is if there will be an artificial scarcity placed on books?

I do like this bit though:

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”


I’m okay with this idea, as long as Amazon doesn’t expect a huge fee to paid by my public library for offering the service. Library budgets in the best of times are slim, in today’s topsy turvy world they are practically non-existent.

No, I’d prefer that Amazon give the service for free to libraries. They’ve already announced an ad supported hardware Kindle device, so why not extend that idea out to these library loan books? Everytime you open one of these library loan books you might see a display ad on the home screen, but not within the book itself. Amazon wins because it will drive the hardware Kindle sales, and the use of their Kindle apps on other devices, which ultimately results in more book sales from Library patrons who decide that they’d rather own a particular book rather than having to check it out multiple times.of course, I would expect that all ads would disappear once I owned the book in my own Kindle library.

The ads may not be able to support the entire cost to Amazon, but it could certainly help defray te costs. The question might whether there are not enough suitable and complying advertisers to support this model.

If so, I think this model would be particularly helpful with notoriously expensive books such as textbooks.

CrunchBase has this bit about OverDrive and how they might be involved in this prcoess.

Saturday
Feb122011

Microsoft and Nokia: So Happy Together.

Ever since Nokia’s appointment of former Microsoft excecutive Stephen Elop as their new CEO back in September of 2010, there has been alot of talk in the tech industry about what this might mean about the change in tactic and strategy for Nokia and smartphones, particularly where Microsoft is concerned.

A joint statement released on February 11th, by Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop eliminate any mystery. Nokia and Microsoft are going to join together with a focused effort of creating a mobile ecosystem that can compete with the Android and Apple ecosystems. This was reinforced by a Nokia memo written by CEO Stephen Elop that was leaked to, and published by Engadget.

Microsoft is a software only company for the most part. Nokia is a hardware only company for the most part. Both have frankly sucked in the smartphone market. The smartphone market, along with tablets, are the fastest growing segments of the consumer electronics industry right now. Neither company is positioned well. It seems clear that to me that they are waaaay behind, and are unlikely to catch up anytime soon! To them I say, good luck! This is akin to beginning a  marathon while your fellow runners are already entering their 20th mile. The race is close to over, and unless there are more serious misteps by Apple and Google Android, I’m not sure that there is enough time for Nokia-Soft to catch up!

I agree with Matt Drance at Apple Outsider, this sounds more like “Microsoft bought Nokia for $0B”.

**EDIT**

A report today indicates that Stephen Elop, speaking at the Mobile World Congress, said that Microsoft won a bidding war that will mean billions of dollars for Nokia, so I guess I was wrong about the whole “Microsoft bought Nokia for $0B” that Matt Drance argued.

The report also notes that Nokia stock continues to drop this morning, and employees of Nokia have been staging walkouts over their displeasure with the decision.

Wednesday
Dec012010

iPhone and Android led Black Friday Surge

In no large surprise, TheStreet reports that the best selling items this past Black Friday were smartphones. Flurry reports data that new devices detected (does that mean only those that were activated or sold I wonder?) were 57% over the previous week. 

The big winners were iOS devices from Apple, and the assorted devices from various manufacturers that use some form of the Android operating system. 

 

In a related note (via AppleInsider), Nielsen research seems to indicate that a survey of a little over 9,000 smartphone owners indicates that Women prefer the iPhone, while men prefer Android devices. 

So, I guess this means I am woman? j/k.

Of course you have to keep in mind that when respondents said they wanted an Android phone, they could have been referring to any of a bunch of models. So on a one to one basis the iPhone was crushing the competition in both genders. I’m also not sure that such a small sample size indicates much of anything.

 

In both of the articles, Research in Motion seemed to take a distant third. It seems that the Blackberry ecosystem really is doomed.

 

Thursday
Apr292010

Steve Jobs explains in detail why Flash is not on Apple mobile devices.

Holy cow! Doing something that he rarely does, Steve Jobs posted a letter to the Apple community on the Apple website that explains in minute detail every reason that Apple does not, and will not put Flash on Apple mobile devices including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

 

The war between Apple and Adobe just elevated to another level, if that were even possible.

Of particular interest was the last paragraph :

“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”


Friday
Apr232010

David Letterman's Top 10 Excuses From the Guy Who Lost the iPhone Prototype:

Monday
Aug102009

The Case Against The Case Against Apple

Over here I refute the claims of Jason Calacanis’ recent arguments about Apple.

Friday
Aug242007

iPhone review

Well, now that I have an iPhone I’ve been receiving a ton of questions about what I think of the phone. After playing with it for four days, I feel pretty confident I can answer most of the inquiries that have been posed to me.

For those who don’t want the novel length explanations, I’m really digging it. The EDGE network  issue isn’t one for me because my service area doesn’t have 3G access anyway. Plus the wireless more than makes up for it. I’m in a Google town, so there are wireless access points all over the place to cater to their employees.

I’ve received questions concerning Safari and why there have been so many sites optimized for the iPhone in particular. The question goes, “Does this mean that the Safari browser included doesn’t follow current Web Standards?” The iPhone optimized sites are sites where they are taking advantage of your ability to touch the screen, so they are generally optimized for the 320 x 356 screen. This often means larger buttons and links, because you can actually click them, as opposed to tabbing over to one on a non-touch screen phone. They also tend to include all of the bells and whistles of todays modern internet, like pretty AJAX goodness, and because some the sites don’t meet normal web standards themselves the iPhone became one more incentive for them to get off their asses and bring their site up to current standards.

In my experience I have not experienced any website incompatibility issues. There is the Flash issue, but I understand why they are going with H.264 Quicktime over the currently more prevalent Flash. It is a superior compression technology that takes up less space with less loss of quality, which of course will mean a better media experience and faster download for us EDGEsters.  Also, now that Adobe has announced that they will include H.264 compatibility with their Flash it should render the whole situation moot in a short while.

The keyboard has worked nicely for me. I can even see myself doing some two thumb typing in the near future. I don’t GPS because I am quite capable of knowing where I am on a map, so Google Maps works fine.

The iPod rocks. I am a tad annoyed with having to get the headphone adapter. I expect that eventually third parties will start making plenty of quality headphones with adapters for iPhone included as part their package. I’ve never been a big fan of earbuds going back to the Walkman day. I must confess though, that phone operation button on the earbuds, is pretty darn cool.

The SMS is great. I love how they included the iChat comic word bubble and colors that they chose for monitoring conversations. I like that you can quickly scroll up the screen through an ongoing conversation. My Gmail works nicely with the phone. I look forward to using their Calendar app in the future with Google Calendar. I also suspect they ran out of time for Notes. It works fine, but I can see where they might want to polish it with added features.  I also like that email deletions on my iPhone are not destructive to the same messages in my Gmail server account. So if there is a problem, I can always go back to my Gmail server archive.

It has also been a great conversation piece. I received a text message while at the bank and I got quite a few inquiries and more than a couple “may I see it for a second” types of communication once they saw that it was an iPhone.

I can also freely agree that it will not be THE phone for everyone. Then again, no phone on the market is. It really comes down to how the phone vibes with your lifestyle.  I find that it suits mine perfectly. I love that with your two year commitment, they’ve pledged that you will be receiving constant improvements in features and bug fixes, which is not something they always do so frequently at the other mobile OS companies like Microsoft and Palm.

Friday
May042007

Microsoft potential buyout of Yahoo

Marketwatch reports that rumors are flying this morning about a potential takeover of Yahoo by Microsoft. Talks have become more formalized as Microsoft intends to be more competitive in their mergers & acquisitions after they failed to nab the Internet Advertisting giant Doubleclick before Google purchased the company for 3.1 billion dollars recently.

If Microsoft were to takeover Yahoo, a more interesting possibility might play out…. a union between Microsoft and Apple.  What, you say?   The two rivals working together? Did we not already see this dramatic story played out during their partnership of 1997? Not this way we didn’t. 

This past January, when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone he also announced partnerships with Yahoo and Cingular in the development of the new Apple mobile communications product. 

Yahoo’s IMAP mail pushing protocol was going to be the base of the email service component on the new phone. A great deal of Apple’s future is at stake with the iPhone. It is the device whose speculation has driven their stock price past $100 for the first time in company history, and it begs the question, how would a Microsoft ran Yahoo with Steve Ballmer at CEO helm feel about the partnership on the iPhone, a device that he once told a USA Today reporter had,      “…no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item.”