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'flinging' (or whatever it's called) 4:3 1024x768 iPad apps to display on an HDTV screen via AirPlay/AppleTV would be good, but not great. i suppose horizontal anamorphic compression could be used to expand its aspect to 16:9 (like some DVD's do). whereas a native AppleTV app would almost certainly be 16:9 1280x720, and displaying that on an iPad screen somehow would require downscaling the image to 1024x576. none of these options is top notch, and i just can't see Jobs...
For Chrome browser (and Chrome OS too) it won't really matter. presumably some plugin will be available for them to play H264 media, as there is now for Firefox. so techies will be ok, altho this will slow its overall consumer growth. ironically, Google won't be able to claim they offer "the whole web" without native H264 support. that could really hurt Chrome OS.and because WebM is just not ready for mobile devices yet, there is no chance Android will drop H264 support...
dropping H264 support from the Chrome browser weakens Chrome competitively, as it already has done to FireFox (as DED notes). because there are other good browsers available. but it strengthens Flash as the media player of last resort, especially for mobile devices that simply can't play WebM well at all (assuming Adobe improves Flash soon as promised again and again). which is probably what Google intends. Flash is about the only difference with iOS in Android's favor...
i've always liked widgets. ever since Apple introduced the concept on the desktop with -?- OS X Tiger. which MS finally copied in Vista. now that app folders let you save plenty of screen real estate, the next iOS update should certainly enable them for iPhone and iPad. Android has in fact shown their potential, and Windows Phone 7 really is built around them - the "tiles." don't be stubborn, Steve.
except of course the NWS website forecast and apps that use it have about 100x more useful information about your upcoming weather. and GPS can always tell you your altitude as well (it's all been mapped). the barometer is total fluff. really, a joke. for total suckers. embarrassing ...
yes, it has a local workaround. but workarounds are not as good. real problem tho is, how is chrome any better or more useful than Android tab with a Chrome browser? Chrome was a great idea 3 years ago. but then things changed.
strictly speaking, you are right. but the iPad and its imitators are in-between concepts. yes they can do "light" computing independently. but they can also serve as a thin client running apps almost totally dependent on cloud/web services - including private networks running custom apps.it is exactly this flexibility that makes the iPod so potent a new category of device. i think that was the point the writer was trying to make.btw: this is also the flexibility Chrome OS...
RIM will have to say something about its plans at CES. then we'll know ....
don't really get this debate. both iOS and Android obviously have a solid market future as Apple and Google keep pushing them forward, however they do. Apple in the profitable high end and Android in the generic OEM/telco commodity market. the real questions are whether RIM can hang on to its profitable enterprise niche, whether Nokia will find a way out of its current tailspin, whether Windows Phone can get any significant market share back (by making a deal with Nokia...
gosh, you mean the mashup of QNX and Adobe whatever is trickier than RIM thought? i thought with two genius CEO's RIM was twice as smart as everyone else (four times as smart as MS).
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