Who would have known back in 1984 that Apple would rule the technology roost and have corporations around the planet trying to catch up, keep up or steal the spotlight.
For a company that started the race from the front, it is interesting that Apple is in a lead position they must maintain just to stay in the overcrowded race. At this point Apple has the financial resources, developer talent and the market momentum to remain dominant.
Apple is still trying to deal with the historic times that they made colossal strategic errors by lifting their skirt and enabling and empowering massive competition by inviting Microsoft at first and years later Google into their loop only to give away the long range future and create competitors that would offer Apple’s innovation to the whole computer industry leaving Apple to serve a proprietary marginalized niche. Microsoft’s infamous one year UI deal with Apple back at a time when “DOS was dead” allowed Microsoft to grab up the Mac’s user interface and give birth to windows. The rest is history. One would have hoped that Apple would have learned it’s lesson. Fast forward a few decades, Apple managed to do the impossible by surviving and thriving only to repeat the same mistake with Google both of which I think were the two biggest businesses blunders ever. the rest again is history. Future developments of the iPhone, iPad and MacBook products will finally determine just how this will all play out and shake out. This is an on-going epic story without a clear ending at this point, but my money, as always, is on Apple. If only for their style, design sense and leadership, and definitely not their long-term strategic partnership decisions. If not for those blunders right now Apple should be and would be ruling the digital world.
If you thought iOS and Android were the only mobile OS platforms out there, guess again and make way for the HP TouchPad running WebOS (remember Palm?) I for one am really anxious to get my hands on the new HP TouchPad when it get close to planned availability in Summer 2011. TouchPad doesn’t get anywhere near the amount of pub it either deserves or demands.
When you visit HP’s website you pretty much get boiler plate hype “The TouchPad Works the way you do, so you get more done. There’s nothing like it and it works like no other tablet. Seamlessly move back and forth between apps without losing your place.”
Then they go on to describe the experience. “See your related activities grouped together automatically, so you stay organized. If a call or text message arrives on your HP Pre3 smartphone, you can answer or reply right from TouchPad.2,3,4 Not to mention share websites with other HP webOS devices.5 Plus you experience more of the web, including Adobe® Flash®”
And then they differentiate it from competitive products. “Multitask your way. People work on more than one thing at a time. That’s why we designed webOS to handle all the things you want to do, all at once. No other tablet lets you organize activities by stacking related apps—or automatically stacks them together for you. TouchPad gives you a seamless way to move back and forth between all the things you’re working on.”
Specs and Features
- Operating system: HP webOS
- Display: 9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 1024×768 resolution display
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz
- Dimensions: Width: 190mm (7.48 inches)
- Height: 240mm (9.45 inches)
- Thickness: 13.7mm (0.54 inches)
- Weight: Approximately 740 grams (1.6 pounds)
- Keyboard: Virtual
- Email: Microsoft® Exchange email with Direct Push Technology
- POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)
- Integrated IM and SMS
- A-GPS (3G models only)
- Digital camera: Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for video calling
- Sensors: Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), and gyroscope
- Media formats supported: Audio formats: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
- Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
- Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication;
- Bluetooth® wireless 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth
- Memory: Choose either 16GB or 32GB internal storage
- Battery: Rechargeable 6300 mAh (typical) battery
- Connector: Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
- Headphone port: 3.5mm stereo headset/headphone/microphone
- Speakers: Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio™
- HP Touchstone for TouchPad7: Compatible.
HP has a history of developing and delivering quality tablets with a laptop form factor, I actually have one that I use frequently. Knowing the amazing talent and expertise HP has to put behind the TouchPad I truly expect them to deliver a superior device not only competitive but exceptional and unique in its own right.
Motorola Droid X2
I was among those that thought the iPhone design was IT. Obviously all of the companies that started imitating it thought so to. But my design muse always whisper in my ear that Smartphones could be better. When I saw the Motorola Droid X2 at first I thought it came closer to my tastes even though it looks very similar to the first Motorola Droid. But as with Apple second editions set the pace Motorola has a hit.
- 5.4 oz weight
- It is slim and light
- Speedy 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- Verizon’s First Dual-Core Smartphone
- higher-resolution 4.3-inch 960×540 screen
- 8-megapixel camera
- 720p video recording
- Four buttons across the bottom
- No front-facing camera for videoconferencing
- No Verizon 4G LTE network
- Android 2.2 soon to be 2.3
- Needs Android Honeycomb 3.1.
- Plastic Styling
A piece of very important info for web developers almost got right past me.
After 3 years of development the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML Working Group has elected to move the much anticipated HTML5 draft specification to what they term as “Last Call status”. This means HTML5 is about to become the big noise in the band.
Even though the the HTML5 spec may just now be emerging, savvy Web developers have been using preliminary HTML5 tools for a long time now. And infrastructure, application and equipment manufacturers have been preparing for the change. HTML5 is already in wide use throughout the web. It is showing up innately embedded video and highly experimental movie projects proving that draft status did not stop developers from moving forward in embracing HTML5.
It’ll will still be several years before HTML5 reaches the official Recommendation status. Last Call is the first of a series of important steps. including 10 more weeks of bug reports. At that time the W3C’s HTML Working Group will have until January 2012 to fix those bugs. Once that’s done, barring any substantive changes, HTML5 will move the designation of Candidate Recommendation, then, eventually to official W3C Recommendation.
HTML5 is supposed to maintain backwards compatibility with early versions of HTML
A few believe that until a few outstanding issues are resolved, the HTML5 Working Group should hold off on the move to Last Call. here is also a battle goin on between the backers of Flash and HTML5 folks.