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July 04 2011


How far should loyalty go?

To say I am a rabid Apple freak would be an understatement. My first computer (1981) was an Apple IIe…followed by a Performa, then an iMac (tear-drop), another iMac (monopod), and Macbook. And while I’m a Mac freak, I generally run my computers until the times force me to move on to a faster, sleeker, more current machine.

My love of Macs has only been rivaled by my love of Apple’s software. The OS has generally be easy to work with (one painful period during the forced switch from Classic to OS X). The video editing software – my personal weakness – is what kept me a firm supporter of the company. iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro. The latter always a bit out of my reach as a high school teacher (with teeth – also a three decade survivor of TV news).

You know where this is going.

My dream of a post-retirement gig has always included a good solid camera with professional controls AND a computer that could go anywhere with me with all of the features and software necessary to field produce anything from a youtube video to full production of a movie.

Until this week, that would have been a Macbook Pro and Final Cut Studio with the latest, best version of Final Cut Pro.

Last week’s unveiling of Final Cut X didn’t faze me…initially. I figured I could do as Apple recommended and run both the old FCP and new version on my screaming new Macbook Pro. But two things happened. Apple PULLED all on-shelf copies of FCS 3…effectively eliminating any possible purchase of a new copy. Then the bidding on auction sites went from three or four hundred to double that and more for used versions…even academic versions.

That’s when I began to reconsider my loyalties.

And that is why I found myself an hour ago researching Windows based laptops and appealing to friends for recommendations for a new (non-Apple) laptop that would allow me to take advantage of some pretty good discounts being offered by AVID and Adobe.

I’m not sure where this is heading…perhaps my heart will rule and I’ll remain an Apple supporter…or my head and pocketbook will turn me to what I’ve always jokingly called “the dark side.”

I do know, having used FCP, that it IS the software I want. But I don’t necessarily want to support an orphan. I want to know where Apple is going with Final Cut X – so I can make my decision easily. In lieu of that…perhaps a late life shake-up is in order.

May 26 2011


Web apps: Aside - will publishers choose the open web over Apple's iTunes store?

Poynter :: A pair of Berlin-based designers has released a prototype of what they call the world’s first HTML5 magazine for tablets. The project, called Aside Magazine, a web app, is an impressive demonstration of the design, interactivity and app-like experience that can be created using new advances in the language that powers the Web: HTML. These advances of HTML5 are important for news publishers seeking independence and a universal development strategy. Publishers now can avoid to develop different apps for iOS, Android, Windows or RIM.

[Nico Engelhardt, Aside:] Don’t get us wrong, we love the App Store. But in our world, magazines are press content, not softwarel. And we don’t want a big company to decide whether our content is allowed to be published or not.

Continue to read Jeff Sonderman, www.poynter.org

Visit the site Aside Magazine, www.asidemag.com

February 28 2010


Windows Phone 7 Vs Nexus Vs Iphone. Phone’s Dog Fight

The battle begins between 3 dogs, the Google-Nexus, the Apple iPhone and Windows 7 phone.

Windows will earn 7 Phone / Beat Apple’s iPhone and Google Nexus? It is understood that Microsoft has the look, feel, touch and your phone software in Windows 7-Series, the name of a comic Microsoft changed selected. Let me discuss a few points here. Comment below if u agree or not, or even if you’re neutral.

Which is better? Who will win the battle? What is the future?

My research and reflections on 3 phones so far. I speak of the best phones we also have the windows will soon be released Telefon 7

1. Apple has found the greatest iPhone App Store where users want and what they can. Google gives applications and it does very well. Do not forget to mention the browser on Google Android 2. Viewed 0 and a range of never surprising, as Google Apps “glasses” and many more. And by the way, is Google Maps on the GPS and Google Maps iPhone production actually own. The only thing that is missing is Google Nexus is the games. And we hope that Google knows how. We, cons, I do not know much about Windows 7 by phone. Naturally, they call it, and built-in hubs. We do not want that Microsoft is against us, for each application they have to pay. For several years, Microsoft will certainly loose in application development.

So, now Apple’s gains so far in the case of applications and games available.

Get Windows 7 Phone Games and Apps http://www. WindowsMobile7. Info

2. 3GS Apple does not have Flash Player. Stupid Apple does not know how they do it, if she really knows how the iPhone will be better for surfing the web. And he is still surfing the Internet, without a flash, a loser. Google is doing very well. Telephone Windows 7 will certainly have. And if you flash you do not even have a long list of games, because you can easily play Flash games on major sites like clip flash game mini. Com, “and so on…

It is clear that integration and internet browsing is better in the Nexus Google. Google has the engine more useful and powerful search and knows how to improve the experience of surfing.

Nexus, Google wins in this case.

3. Okay, now see for individualization. We do not want a fake phone that shows the same screen, each time we open our phone. I think Steve Jobs and Apple work. Go to Steve and to think. Google Nexus interface and adaptive function is so perfect. Personalization is free. The Nexus is, I have a big clock on the home screen or a major weather or even my face-book widget. I can go into many small icons, widgets, or can I use 7 screens, where I put my most used widgets. Google makes it so perfect. Apple iPhone provides a model. No adjustment. And he looks so pale.

Windows 7 Phone Screen Shots impressive. Probably the Phone screen, 7, have to choose the best and personalization. We must wait until it is published.

Nexus, Google wins again.

Get Windows 7 Phone Games and Apps http://www. WindowsMobile7. Info

4. About what multi-tasking? And if Apple comes with the new iPhone with the built-in Flash Player and adaptation in the next version? Do I need to show an hour in the queue outside the room price Apple buy? How much should I pay again? I have to pay several hundred dollars every six months, when Apple introduced a new function, then calls it 4GS and 5GS and so on?

Well, Google does not know consumers can afford a new phone features for each additional purchase. We update the latest OS and Android, or by telephone. So if I have a hero HTC with Google 1st 5, so I can update it with Android 2nd 0 if it is published. As (I updated and it’s free), I am a new phone. I can covert my old HTC Hero Nexus. Telephone Windows 7 is also flexible in that case, as we have in the past with Windows Mobile versions seen.

So once again Google wins.

Thus, a total of Future Nexus Google now. It is already flash, 5 MP camera, multitasking, adaptation, and all maps and full navigation. Google Android also an important market for applications and they have less aps Apple but they were amazing and useful applications, and is still every hour.

Apple iPhone will soon be dead. If you do not believe me, see sales fall. Windows Mobile 7 safely compete, but ended up losing anyway. Microsoft has no DNA, and consumers do not know what people really want. So my final thought:

“Google is in the article in the market for mobile telephony.” Google is the WINNER!

Please comment or add your thoughts.



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