Posts filed under “Technology”
The reviews of the iPad are out, and they are pretty outrageous. If you are afraid of arousing any consumer lust, steer clear of them.
• WSJ Walt Mossberg: Calls it a ‘Game Changer’ that pretty close to a “Laptop Killer.”
• NYT’s David Pogue: Techies will hate it, everyone else will love it. “a new category of gadget; designed and built by a bunch of perfectionists. If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine.” (Pogue’s FAQ is here)
• Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY: “The first iPad is a winner. It stacks up as a formidable electronic-reader rival for Amazon’s Kindle. It gives portable game machines from Nintendo and Sony a run for their money.
• Time, Stephen Fry: “one doesn’t relate to it as a “tool”; the experience is closer to one’s relationship with a person or an animal.”
Even Mrs. BP — who hates technology, can’t stand cellphones, and uses email only grudgingly — wants one.
That’s a frightening indicator of enormous sales potential.
As previously noted, Verizon has been very obnoxiously spraying unwanted services and icons on my Blackberry desktop.
I am sure somewhere in the unreadable fine print we gave permission for this garbage, but that doesn’t make this any less obnoxious, and it doesn’t make Verizon any less of a giant telecom douchebag for doing this.
At the time we last mentioned this, the solution was to hide the icon. A better solution would be to leave Verizon, but for some of us (NYC), the alternatives are not better.
There seems to be a better solution, found by Ned — simply follow these steps:
1. Go to Options (the wrench on my BlackBerry)
2. Advanced options
3. Service Book
4. Select Bing or Slacker Radio, or whatever
5. Left Click (Blackberry button)
At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.
With everyone trying to guess what the new iSlate will look like, let’s take a step back. Expectations are high, and are probably overwrought for what could very likely be a niche product. A few caveats first: I’ve long been an Apple fan boy, since my Mac Classic (and I am usually disgusted with Mister…Read More
Bob Lefsetz is a music industry observer, and publisher of the Lefsetz letter: ~~~ > “According to a source familiar with his thinking, Jobs has recognized that ‘mobile ads suck’ and that improving that situation will make Apple even harder to beat.” -BusinessWeek-”Apple vs. Google“ > Aren’t ads supposed to suck? Google survives, quite nicely,…Read More
Clive Thompson is blogging again. He is a science writer, and publishes frequently about gaming, technology, science, and other fun items for Wired and the NYT. His blog is Collision Detection. If you recognized his name, Clive is the person who turned us on to the idea of Agnotology. He fell off the blogging wagon…Read More