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The conversation has lost context at this point. The claim is that Kindle Fire only implements duo-touch rather than multitouch. In the short term it allows Amazon to field a device for the 2011 holiday season but it might be a kludge that inhibits smooth development of more capable devices in the future. This sort of issue was at the heart of what held back the tablet market for over a decade. Merely porting the mouse pointing device to a single touch was a greatly...
It is a computer......deal with it. (see how illuminating that is?) The iPad does not have a mouse driven UI. Until vast amounts of software is redesigned to work with a multitouch UI there will be a false impression that only mouse capable machines can be "real computers". The same phenomenon accompanied the introduction of the Mac back in 1984 when the mouse driven UI was dismissed as a toy. Ironically, even as we go through the disruption of a new interaction model...
Today's Macs ARE NeXT computers. The Mac ended with OS9. OS X is NextStep. When Apple "acquired" NeXT it came with more than just Steve Jobs. The engineering head of software, Avie Tevanian, and the head of hardware, Jon Rubenstein (yes, that Jon Rubenstein), were brought over from NeXT to Apple to manage software and hardware development at Apple. NeXT really was far better than the entrenched products but it was too late in the game to gain real traction. That was only...
Here, I'll give you a clue since you obviously can't buy one. Under the hood the iPad (iPhone and iPod touch) is running BSD Unix. Is that enough of a "real" OS for you? It is a device designed for people who are not interested in launching a bash shell and running vi in order to debug some shell scripts so those aspects are not exposed. But if you "jailbreak" your iOS device you certainly can. There were many aspects of the iPhone and iPad that were huge factors in their...
You just don't have a clue. Of course the initial iPad can and does multitask. If you knew how to look under the hood you would see that dozens of tasks are running at the "same" time. What it didn't and still doesn't do is allow more than one third party app to run. There are hooks that allow audio to run in the background but that was true from the beginning as Apple's "iTunes player" ran in the background since the original launch. That hook was exposed to third parties...
Have you considered reasons why a Kindle device might be a better choice for a person's 61 year old mom? If books were the overwhelming primary use then there really is a case to be made for a Kindle over a more complicated, heavier tablet device. I have an iPad and for reading pdf files it is clearly the better device, but for literary works a 'better' Kindle might be good choice. Weight, size, battery life, 'always' available and free connection to the bookstore are...
It is well worth remembering that similar things were said about Apple's dominance with the iPod. The position would crumble under the onslaught and Apple would be no more than a niche player. Last I read the iPod was about 70% of the market. Phones are mainly sold through carrier stores (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and similarly in foreign markets with their carriers). That is easily a huge factor in why so many Android phones have been sold. The point of this digression is...
If an iPod touch contains 3G and cellular radios it IS an iPhone. It is no longer an iPod touch because you now would have to pay about $100 a month for the privilege of owning it. Apple already sells iPhones, the iPod touch is another product and Apple sells vast numbers of them. Android cannot compete in that segment of the market because its target hardware is so focused on cellphones. Why would it make sense for Apple to walk away from a market segment it completely...
Having any iPhone "replace" the Pod touch is a horrible idea! One of the reasons, maybe the most important reason, the iPod touch is such a fantastic product is that you only have to pay what the product costs, not the never ending subscription fee that dwarfs the initial price. Seriously, not everyone feels a moral obligation to prop up the near monopoly, legacy cellphone carrier industry. The iPad 3G solution is very appealing compromise (turn on 3G service from your...
Utter nonsense! Claiming something is merely a schoolyard dispute doesn't make it one. Standards organizations are crucial parts of a working technical infrastructure. If companies and organizations agree to F/RAND and change their tune when the industry standard is adopted it undermines the whole process. Why agree to standards if you have good reason to believe agreements will be ignored routinely at future dates? If we are going to continue being saddled with this often...
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