AMITIAE - Wednesday 18 January 2012
Cassandra - Wednesday Review: The Week in Full Swing
By Graham K. Rogers
Opening Gambit:Anticipation about Apple's Thursday Education event, and the rumours. Long knives at Apple? Comments by Woz and others on Android. Waterproofing for phones: Liquipel being courted by Apple and Samsung. Samsung not guarding, but building a hen house for Apple. Nissan self-repairing iPhone cases. Facebook IPO for May: announcement today perhaps. I have eased into the new condo, but as yet have no internet line: coming soon. My new iPhone speaker (courtesy of Geek Sugar) giving a cereal improvement. Jerry Yang resigns from Yahoo!
As Tuesday progressed, so more and more sites picked up on this (including another unoriginal rehash by The Next Web: with such suspect grammar, is his wife writing these?). However, Leanna Lofte on iMore added the rumour that iPad optimized textbooks would also be part of Apple's event package which is late Thursday evening Thai time.
Whatever: Apple is selling these things by the truckload and they seem to be cutting into PC sales all over the world (as does the MacBook Air), which means less income for the PC assemblers or Microsoft (no PC, no Windows) and more income for Cupertino. I just mentioned the truckloads of iPads, and Electronista sort of confirms that for me with a note that 8 million iPad 2 devices are expect to ship in the first quarter of the year, with 25 million for the year (2012), but we can add another 35% to that with the release of the iPad 3. That would be some 65 million for the year.
As a note, a lot of sources like Josh Ong on AppleInsider are reporting on that camera-less iPhone we mentioned last week, having seen it in the Straits Times in an item by Defence Correspondent Jermyn Chow. Most had missed that (and me) and cite CNET, and The Verge who got it from the Jakarta Globe, who mention The Straits Times and cite them properly. Got that? . . . Original sources are the best. CNET cite themselves and M1.
Sort of related was the waterproofing we mentioned in a comment on CES. Some of those 200+ Apple employees sneaking round CES also thought this was a good idea. And guess what, so does Samsung. What a coincidence. Steven Sande on TUAW reminds us of the original article and (as well as a description of how the technology works) reports that Liquipel have been talking to both of the companies and that they are "in the process of signing up a major smartphone partner." One part I did like, was the idea of headphones "manufactured with the process would be impervious to sweat or rain damage, and could be used while swimming or taking a shower." Or walking in floodwater I shouldn't be surprised.
With moving into a new condo, I am, after some speakers for the iPhone, but there is little I see here that has a reasonable design or price. Those Harmon Kardon Soundsticks look nice but every time I go to buy these, I back off. Nothing else appeals to me. However, I was interested to see a hint by Kirsty Korz on GeekSugar -- a site that comments on fashion and looking good -- about using a bowl as a speaker. Not bad. I tried three: a fruit bowl, a small bowl and the bowl I use for my breakfast. Not much difference, not brilliant quality, but increased volume with any of them.
Half and HalfThere are some comments on words about Android by Microsoft's "former point man" Charlie Kindel, reported by Chris Ziegler on The Verge and there are a couple of interesting points, concerning the lack of control: indeed, "Out of control" was the message. You would not be reading that about Apple and iOS of course.
However, Steven Musil writes about Steve Wozniak's comments on Android. These are sure to get a wider airing, as Woz makes good ammunition for those who like to dent Apple's image. We would of course concede that iOS is not perfect and has limitations, but perhaps (as Woz suggests) it could do more. It could also be out of control; and it does (like the jail-broken versions of iOS) allow malware in. Of course -- and this is bound to be forgotten by the negatives ones -- Woz is keeping his primary phone despite his moans about Siri (beta software we note): his iPhone. He also describes Android as complex.
And right on cue, one of the writers for the Register comes up with the headline, "Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations". Find it yourself if you want a look.
Of course, the patent disputes are still ongoing and Apple upped the ante again on Tuesday evening (Thai time) with another bunch of lawsuits in Germany against Samsung we read in an item by Sam Oliver on AppleInsider.
The site I want to read doesn't churn out the same news and rumours that thousands of other sites have, the site I want to read doesn't post fanatical rumours from idiotic sources. To make matters worse this churn effect often comes with a form of chinese whispers, led mainly by eccentric, traffic seeking asshole bloggers who are unable to distinguish fact and fiction, unable to pick up the phone to a public relations team to check a detail or more unbelievably spend the time to produce something thoughtful.
I thought of several who that might apply to, including one local producer of content that is mainly rehashed from other sources. I will not live up to all of Alex Brooks' ideas, but with eXtensions I have always tried to write what I enjoy thinking about, although the occasional press release information is there for information and of course to drive some more traffic to the site.
And a note on that "learning from a younger man" comment, which might sound patronising, but I am not like some people and enjoy new experiences and information, especially if I am able to learn something from young people like my own students.
Other MattersWith Apple's Education-flavoured event tomorrow, we are told that Facebook is to have some special party (later) today. Initially people were not sure about this, but rumours have been cropping up about a Facebook IPO, perhaps some time in May. Steven Musil is one of many who looks at this and explains why it has to be soon if the IPO is to be one of the darling buds of May.
There may well be more when the time comes round.
Veghte joined HP in 2010. In the most recent fiscal year, he grew HP's software business by 18 percent. Prior to HP, he spent two decades at Microsoft in a variety of senior leadership positions. Most recently, he managed the company's $15 billion global Windows business and was instrumental in the delivery and launch of Windows 7.
Local ItemsI have been using both the 3G Spin device that comes from local carrier True and the tethering (Personal Hotspot) via the iPhone to get online in my new apartment. The apartment wifi is hopeless and expensive to boot. We also had a power cut on Tuesday morning. Of course, if I had a connection, the power cut would stop the router too.
While the Spin is fast enough, if I stop using it for a brief period, for example if I start to take notes or comment on an online article, the signal drops and I have to start again. With the iPhone connection, which is also quite fast, the moment I turn that on, the Mac recognises the device and we are back up and working. The iPhone is not perfect and that has had problems sustaining the link once or twice. A restart with either device usually does the trick.
I managed to find my way to one of True's offices on Tuesday and the pleasant but so-busy staff had me signed up for an ADSL link that should be live at the weekend. Owing to the nature of the condo, this is internet only and no telephone. If I want that I have to go through the condominium management: no thanks, Skype, the iPhone and a cheapo Samsung as spare will work for me. They gave me a Zyxel modem router as I left, but I am not sure if I will use that, or my own setup from the house that includes an Airport router too.
Late NewsWe read Wednesday morning in an item on the BBC site that Jerry Yang who co-founded Yahoo!has resigned from the board. Larry Dignan adds to this with an item: "Why Jerry Yang's resignation is a great, if belated move."
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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