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iPhone OS 4

snow whiteThere is always something exciting about Apple, whenever they launch their product everybody just mesmerized by it, gasped and awed in unison to its shines, it reminds me of Willy Wonka when he unveils his Chocolate factory.

iPhone OS4 had just been released today and has introduced some new features such as:

  • Wallpaper on the home screen : Yes! Now we can change our wallpaper.
  • Multitasking/background tasks : Of course with some limitations.
  • Unified e-mail inbox : Browse different accounts in one inbox (that is what I’ve understood anyway).
  • iBooks! : Move over kindle and other product alike.
  • App folders: for all of you that is obsessive compulsive.
  • Open e-mail attachments in other apps.
  • Game Center.
  • Mobile advertising (iAds).

But out of these features, iAds seems to be the most prominent as Steve hinted.

The average user spends over 30 minutes every day using apps on their phone. If we said we wanted to put an ad up every 3 minutes, that’s 10 ads per device per day. That would be 1b ad opportunities per day.

I can almost see the dollar sign lit up in his eyes when he uttered that sentence, its no secret digital Ads worth of billions of dollars and Apple wants to take a massive bite of it.

Steve again had contended that Ads today is attractive (he was showing a flash banner as the bad example when mentioned this and I could have sworn he was smirking in triumph) but lacks the emotional value, although I will guarantee the iAds will be another of “Shoot [something] to win [something]”.

iPhone iAds 1
Steve said that there’s nothing like it, but didn’t I just developed something similar for flash banner a couple of weeks ago?

iPhone iAds 2
That’s so emotional, I had tears of joy in my eyes.

iPhone iAds 3
In conclusion despite of another unprepared PR charade and the implicit statement of “we don’t care about you, just shut up and buy the damn product”, but the matter of fact is Apple had successfully delivered one of the greatest invention of the century, and its glory had captivated the materialistic world ever since and until the charm still lingers, we -the gullible customer of the modern world- will still perceive that what glitters is always Apple.

PS: Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited. which means goodbye Flash CS5 and thanks for the effort (but at least my time learning objective-c didn’t go to waste :) )

Imagination is more important than knowledge

A series of internet memes has again sparked another heated debates, first it was the first javascript website showcased in the FWA and later the YouTube- HTML5 integration.

Since the dawn of the internet-era, infinite debates amongst these developer elitists were always inundated the World Wide Web and one of the revered topic is of course who has the better developing platform.

The advent of HTML5 and the mission and vision which it carries is truly spellbinding for the internet community, but if you remember so had actionscript 3 during its inception.

Every technology has its share of flaws.

The impending problem that HTML5 has had to be adaptations and compatibility issues, the browser war will always be diluted by strategic marketing, business goals, and of course ego -which can be dubbed as the company ideology- and never in the interest of the developer.

The first HTML5 conundrum which has begun is the new video which its support is limited to web browsers that support the H.264 video codec mainly because W3C declined to specify a standard video codec to go along with new video element and you can guess it, IE deviates the notion completely and this just the beginning of other impediments which will come along.

Flash, as I’ve had mentioned its flaws and the prevalent hate memes such as the CPU hogger, the battery drainer, etc which all is true, and of course the choreographed demo of Flash player 10.1 in Nexus, was mainly caused by Adobe complacent and other aspect which mainly had to be the economy, the decrescendo of demand in Flash during this post-recession period has been abysmally loud (a bit of oxymoron there) and based on my experience, building a good Flash site needs a bit of an investment in time and money as oppose as HTML/JS sites, hence unless if it’s a niche market such as social-game company, almost nobody dares to invest such luxury or even has the needs that requires Flash to fulfill their business objective, except for that annoying ad banners which I mostly am doing now :(.

But from the Technology stand point, Flash I think can still accomplish, and I’m not trying to be subjective here, something that is better than what HTML/JS does, a few sites worth mentioning are:

I dare you to build something like that with HTML/JS, but again I’m not trying to devalue HTML/JS here, check out google, digg, etc.

But in conclusion these ridiculous dialogs are unfounded, history has repeatedly shown us that technology is merely a tool, a transient breeze that bound to be superseded by a better and in-your-face contender ergo we shouldn’t be trying to be a platform zealots, I’ve been experimenting with Unity3D, Cocoa, Jquery and of course Flash, I think exploring new Technology is the beauty of this keyboard-cat and Rick’n Roll’d era.

As an epilogue I will depart from this post by paraphrasing some guy with a weird hairdo who invented the theory of relativity:

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

The Google Chrome OS

It’s finally here! but the video is unrelated with launch though. Google Chrome OS has sparks so many controversy but what do you expect it’s Google.

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