Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

iPad Links: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Three of three kittens still alive. They will be a week old tonight. I should be able to get photos next week, if they don’t look malformed or on the edge of the abyss. It’s hard to tell still as they look like furry sandworms.

This is a compilation of links I fell across from yesterday and today. No big sweep done today.

Twitter Is About News, Not Social Media
Hoodwinked by the emperor’s new tweets

Maybe Debbie’s idea of a dialogue is sending 140 characters to complete strangers who never reply.

Why Intel Will Be a Mobile Loser
Smartbooks have been delayed by Flash issues, says ARM
Kay + Hillis
Jef Raskin: Holes in the Histories
Google is way bigger than you realize
A carefully designed madness: Ars reviews Alan Wake
Do Free Services Have an Obligation to Users? Should We Regulate Them?

Academia isn’t Broken. We Are.
Thirteen Types of Money

iPad:
The iPad Web Design & Development Toolbox
3 iPad Alternative Browsers to Safari for a Richer Internet Experience
Macintouch: iPad: iWork Apps
Coolest way to Read Comics and Manga: On an iPad
ABC Player Streams Over 1.5 Million Episodes On Ipad

Apple:
Think similar
Apple vs. the Web: The Case for Staying Out of Steve Jobs’s Walled Garden
A Good Problem to Have

iPhone:
To Be Read: There’s an App for That
What’s new in iPhone OS 4.0

The ability to embed metadata into PDF files using the CGPDFContextAddDocumentMetadata function

Macintosh:
1: Papers · your personal library of research
2: Minireview: Papers for OS X
Devonthink

UI/Web Design:
the turning point that is HTML5; are you ready?
HTML5 and the Web
The [REAL] Current State of Web Design
GUIMark 2: The rise of HTML5
CSS3 Transition – a simple slider demo
CSS vendor prefixes – Can we all get along

Metadata:
Managing Joy
Common Tag: Using Freebase Topics as Tags

Publishing:
First-Sale Copyright Cases Headed for 9th Circuit
An Agent Takes a Bookstore Field Trip
Avatar Blu-ray Owners Get Screwed
University suspending SMU Press operations
1: Buh-bye, htmlcomics.com: Illegal site shut down

And comics are still the most expensive entertainment out there.

2: HTMLComics Shut Down By FBI – And It’s My Fault, Apparently
Scribd CTO: “We Are Scrapping Flash And Betting The Company On HTML5″
Apple Raises E-book Prices For Everyone
Indie music mogul: The net’s great for us
1: God bless all copyeditors! “Welcome to the Hollywood Walk of… oops!”
2: Except this one: Danny Dyer advises Zoo reader to ‘cut his ex’s face’
Library Book Censorship Infographic

Writers/Writing:
Things Publishers Fear: #5 ~ Authors
Canada, not U.S.: Writers Guild proposes broad creator levy collected at all digital distribution and storage points
Macmillan Mystery Books Email Newsletter
HP Offers Barnes & Noble eReader Software
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The iPad: The Happy Happy Joy Joy Machine

Let me set the stage here. The post I’m linking to is written by Chuck Hollis, who is the VP Global Marketing CTO for EMC Corporation. He is not a newbie, nor is his family.

This is the best iPad reaction post I have read so far!

What iPads Did To My Family

Within four hours, my wife was playing with the photo app, and sending pictures to people — she’d be meaning to do so for a while. Tap, tap, tap. She was doing that from the back porch with a frosty adult beverage to complement the activity.

She was smiling.

Go read. Now!

Steve Jobs: Ordering Us To The Future

And now Cringely is Me-Too Media …

Book ‘em, Steve-O

Forget all the BS spewing right now from the Apple camp. What’s really at the basis of this fight is the future of electronic books.

Well, duh!

December 12th, 2009: The Ugliest Fight Ever: Apple Versus Google

The dividing line between Apple and Google will come down to books.

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Archos 7 Home Tablet: Updated Information

SECOND UPDATE: See past crossed-out text!

UPDATE: Archos expert Charbax is insisting in a Comment at the below linked post that the Archos 7 Home Tablet can indeed handle the same codecs as the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. After doing this post, I looked at this a bit more closely and Archos is using the same icon for Video on both the 7 and the 5, which makes me wonder if it’s the same video player in both. I have emailed Archos US PR, but have not heard back.

Archos 7 Home Tablet hands-on

… the Archos 7 Home Tablet is the first Android-based tablet on the market with a 7-inch screen. It’s also the first time Archos has released a media tablet like this that runs 100 percent Android (version 1.5) with no intervening software for handling multimedia playback or to assist with e-mail.

Let me cut to the chase here.

That means it will not have the Archos video software available on the current Archos 5 Internet Tablet.

This means the 7HT will not be able to play DiVX/XViD AVI video.

One-hundred percent Android restricts video to 3GP and MP4.

This is a major, massive FAIL by Archos.

I was going to buy one of these for all the AVI video I have. The screen would seem like IMAX to me, compared to my current LifeDrive screen.

And US$199.00 was a great price for that.

But without that AVI capability, this tablet is now worth US$0.00 to me.

It’s incredible, that CNet got this so very wrong!

Joanna Stern volunteered to play an XViD AVI clip I grabbed off the Net and emailed to her. It worked!

Photo proof:

Joanna cautions that we should all wait for her review before ordering it, however! Once that review is up, I will link to it both here and in a new post.

For the time being, getting such critical information wrong is simply inexcusable. I don’t know if CNet was sloppy or if Archos failed to communicate the full video capabilities of this tablet. It’s significant that it can do the same video formats as the Archos 5 Internet Tablet — because that playback software is exclusive to Archos.

For more upcoming information, see Best Tablet Review and an upcoming review by Joanna Stern at Engadget.

Previously here:

New Archos Mini-Tablet Challenges iPad, Kills eInk

Scribd Creator Terms Of Service

In If You Don’t Own It, You Will Lose It, I said:

All of you writers placing things on Scribd, the Kindle Store, Smashwords, and the like — did you check the contracts/Terms of Service you were signing/agreed to? If one of you hit it big, what exploitation rights did you wind up giving away that would let a third party cash in on your new popularity when you’d rather not have them do so?

Today I happened to go to Scribd — which is supposed to pull the switch on a big change sometime today — and looked at the Terms of Service.

Oh yeah, there’s a Gotcha! in it.

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