Apple released the App Store three years ago to make it ridiculously easy for end-users and nerds alike to find, purchase, and install apps on their mobile devices. Earlier this year, it did the same for the Mac.
How does a staple of PC software—owned by CNET—respond to this fundamental advancement of the industry? By wrapping downloads with consumer-hostile crapware and forcing developers to pay for a “premium subscription” to remove it.
Rich text editing (including editing existing rich text notes instead of being limited to appending text), accessing shared notebooks, locking Evernote (premium-only, which is a lame line to draw), search inside notes, a new slideshow view for viewing multiple photos attached to a note, and a major iPad redesign.
Fair use is of limited benefit if simply asserting it requires millions of dollars in legal fees; with judges like Stadtmueller willing to decide clear cases early on, defendants might not be so quick to settle if they believe they are in the right.
“But the bigger reason I think I’m so into Day One is that tweeting has trained me to live not only performatively, but with a critical, reflective eye. So many of my “Ooh, I should tweet that!” moments I don’t actually tweet, either because I don’t think my audience would be interested, or because they just plain aren’t appropriate for Twitter (or anyplace else outside my own brain, for that matter). But with an outlet for them, those thoughts are captured.”—Tweeting to myself | Noah Liebman
“Consider our heroes. Even a cursory glance at most conference lineups reveals a host of speakers whose actual accomplishments are flimsy at best and whose primary skill seems to be self-promotion. (Should a first-time entrepreneur really be dispensing “knowledge?”) And yet we rarely stop to ask ourselves why we look up to those we’ve chosen. Instead of recognizing the entrepreneurs who have quietly risked it all to build something lasting, we get caught up in social media popularity contests and Twitter “influencers.” We too often ignore the men and women who have built companies that provide livelihoods for their employees while we fawn over self-help gurus offering four-hour short cuts. And although we act the part of intellectuals and world changers, most of us are so reliant on social proof that the first question we ask when considering a conference or event is, “Who else is going?”—Tech community, are we MTV or TED? • Tough words, but spot on. Spot fucking on. (via mauricecherry)
HP just put a foot forward for webOS as a licensable platform
In light of HP’s seemingly knee-jerk decision to stop making its own webOS hardware, who knows how serious it is about pushing and supporting webOS as a licensable platform. For what it’s worth, Richard Kerris, VP of webOS Developer Relations, just emailed developers to put the company’s stake in the ground. In full:
Dear webOS developer:
We have opened the next chapter for webOS, and we understand that you must have many questions. Yesterday we announced that we will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices. While this was a difficult decision, it’s one that will strengthen our ability to focus on further innovating with webOS as we forge our path forward. Throughout this journey, our developers will continue to be a vital part of the future of webOS.
We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog. Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.
As many of you are aware, we are currently scheduled to hold many developer events around the world. We are planning to continue with these events, however, due to the recent announcements; the nature of them will change. These updates will be posted on our events registration site this coming week. We are eager to present to you the updated strategy for webOS and to hear your feedback.
Lastly, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support for webOS and the many teams responsible for it here at HP. This is a particularly dynamic time in the mobile industry and sometimes tough decisions need to be made about not only what to do, but also what not to do. This has been one of those times. Together with our great webOS developer community, we are confident that we will meet the challenges ahead and build momentum for optimal success.
We will be communicating with you frequently over the next few weeks and we look forward to hearing from you throughout this process.
Most interestingly, there’s a unanimous consensus, from fans and detractors alike, both within and outside [Apple], that a single man bears the lion’s share of the credit for the vision, leadership and execution that’s made this achievement possible.
So, who is this man? He’s the anchor baby of an activist Arab muslim who came to the U.S. on a student visa and had a child out of wedlock. He’s a non-Christian, arugula-eating, drug-using follower of unabashedly old-fashioned liberal teachings from the hippies and folk music stars of the 60s. And he believes in science, in things that science can demonstrate like climate change and Pi having a value other than 3, and in extending responsible benefits to his employees while encouraging his company to lead by being environmentally responsible.
This is potentially good news: Skitch is going free for all users now and will remain a separate app. Evernote says it’s committed to keeping Skitch a separate tool for users who just need to make quick edits, while Evernote and Skitch will get tighter integration.
I’ve used Skitch to crop and annotate virtually every single article screenshot since I got my hands on the first beta at what was my first Macworld Expo in 2007—yeah that’s right: my first Macworld Expo was the announcement of the original iPhone. Boom.
“Buddy [a retired security cop] listened to the objections and before the cosplayers or I could argue a counterpoint, the older man just shook his head and intoned in that beautiful Southern accent of his, “Son, let the Wookies win.”—
The fact that Engadget printed “streamlining” without even using ironic quotes is an insult to its audience and the entire blogging industry.
I’m dropping the family unlimited SMS plan that Jessi and I have to the two $10 plans right now. I was already close to dropping SMS for my phone and telling everyone to DM, Facebook message, or iMessage me, but Jessi still has a lot of friends on old feature phones. This sealed the deal on my end. This way I can keep the $10 plan on my line to experiment with this for a month or two, save some money in the meantime, then drop my plan if folks get on board.
“I think Motorola knew they had Google by the balls. Google needed Motorola’s patent library to defend Android as a whole, Motorola knew it, and they made Google pay and pay handsomely. I don’t think it’s curious at all why Google didn’t simply license Motorola’s patents. Motorola held out for a full acquisition at a premium far above the company’s actual value, and threatened to go after its sibling Android partners if Google didn’t acquiesce. Thus the public threats from Jha and Icahn. Thus the high price. Thus the lack of a simpler, cheaper licensing agreement. Thus the unusual $2.5 billion reverse breakup fee.”—
Which makes more sense: Lyon’s argument that Google’s goofy “huh huh, we used a funny number” bids on the Nortel patents gave Apple and Microsoft reason to lose sleep? Or that Google’s created a technological and legislative cacophony among its Android partners, as exhibited by actual events and statements like patent lawsuits and OEMs paying licensing fees to Microsoft in order to use Android?
For a follow-up, which makes more sense: that Lyons purposely chose to write hogwash like this at his personal site, which still grinds on his dwindled fame as Fake Steve Jobs with the fervor of a sophomore at a coed party? Or that even Newsweek is getting tired of his Glenn Beck of Tech™ schtick?
Google has stopped dabbling at the potential to make a great phone with the Nexus series and seized the opportunity to make an entire, pure Android line in its vision, top to bottom
Google has most likely pissed off, in a very fundamental way, every single partner that has ever built or even considered building an Android device. There are good reasons for why Microsoft doesn’t make its own PCs
I can’t wait to read Google’s next post on the Google Mobile Blog about big bad competitors catching it on the way to school, stealing its lunch money, and beating it up with big bad patents
Google said it pulled out of the Nortel patent bid because anything north of $4 billion for a bunch of patents was too rich for its blood. Now Google spent three times that for one of the market’s legendary OEMs and its deep vault of patents
Google’s move to make a mobile OS never made sense to me. It’s not just a software company, it’s a web app company, and the majority of the market was already using its web apps for search, Gmail, and documents. Since Android’s debut, one hand of Google has been managing a native app store (poorly) and hardware partnerships (and now its own entire hardware OEM), while the other kept reiterating Google’s core directive that the web is the future.
Vic Gundotra didn’t do much to convince me when he took competitive hyperbole to the next level at Google I/O 2010 by saying Google felt compelled to save us from “a draconian future where one man, one phone, one carrier were our choice”, instead of feeling compelled to, for example, “make really awesome stuff”. But my doubt of the need for Google to make an entire mobile OS probably stems back all the way to the major pivot that Android’s post-Danger/Sidekick interface made after the iPhone debuted.
At this stage of events, the only reason why Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility makes at least logical sense to me is that I subscribe to Apple’s philosophy of controlling as much of a device’s experience as possible, from the core of the software all the way up to the amount of glossy finish and the out-of-box smell. Now Google seems to have subscribed to that philosophy of control too. But in doing so, it’s clearly had to abandon the “innovation from everyone” and “open” mantras that put the wind in Android’s sails.