iOS 4.3 GM Home Sharing

Way cool, the picture shows my iPad playing "Drive" and the iPhone playing Batman: Gotham Knights animated movie.

Imagine the following use case:
- WiFi in your car (using a MiFi for instance)
- Your kids in the back seat, each their own iPod Touch or iPad.
- In the passenger seat a macbookpro with iTunes

All devices have Home Sharing enabled.

Verdict: awesome!

Beautiful story about the iPhone from a blind user's perspective

Last Wednesday, my life changed forever. I got an iPhone. I consider it the greatest thing to happen to the blind for a very long time, possibly ever. It offers unparalleled access to properly made applications, and changed my life in twenty-four hours. The iPhone only has one thing holding it back: iTunes. Nevertheless, I have fallen in love.

via behindthecurtain.us

Blind users are often forgotten, usability for them is an even harder challenge for device manufacturers.

Follow up story:
http://behindthecurtain.us/2010/09/11/rejoining-the-apple-family/

(found via http://daringfireball.net)

iPhone 4 troubles - or are they?

Oh my, the iPhone 4 hasn't been out for a day and first reports of troubles are showing up already. Biggest complaint is loss of signal when holding it the "wrong way". 
okay, I'm not saying this is not an issue, but it seems to be a trend that whenever there is a new iPhone or Apple device, immediately reports of problems show up:

  • 2008 - launch of iPhone 3G - problems with reception and white iPhone case
  • 2009 - launch of iPhone 3Gs - problems with overheating
  • 2010 - launch of iPhone 4 - problems with antenna (especially for lefties) and discoloration of screen
These may or may not be real issues, what strikes me is that these occur in the first weeks after a launch and then quickly fade away. 
In my opinion this is mostly due to the fact that really everyone is looking at these devices with a magnifying glass. Any small issue will be blown up to gigantic proportions. And the Apple attitude of not really being open to communicate with doesn't help with that.

To put things in proportion: millions of iPhones have been sold, and usually a very small, but very vocal group will get all the attention, while most people are perfectly happy with theirs.
Or maybe Apple is using this as a very weird but clever marketing ploy, just hype it up even more and say "we told you there's nothing wrong" in the end....

Sigh - the iPhone with iOS4 is still not MobileMe Family Pack compatible

Everyone jumped for joy iOS4 is released! But why didn’t Apple add support for multiple MobileMe accounts, next to the new update to allow multiple Exchange accounts? Now the iPhone is still incompatible for Family pack usage, and Apple forces me to keep using Google Calendar for a shared calendar in our family.

My wife and I both have our own MobileMe account. The kids each have one as well. And I created one general account which is for all of us (mostly my wife and I).

The current situation is that for our shared calendar I setup a CalDAV Google Calendar account. Since MobileMe does not allow shared calendars which can be both read and written to. This has not changed in the new MobileMe update. I already sent a new request to Apple support for this, again, I’d recommend everyone who want this to do the same!

But even if this could be done, the iOS does not support adding multiple MobileMe accounts, so I would never be able to use our shared account on the iPhone.

To make MobileMe really work, Apple should really work on this. I love the service, and I am generally very pleased with the support, but this lack of flexibility is a major issue, especially if free services are providing this a long time already. It’s way overdue.

[NL] Wegwerp (Android) telefoons?

De nieuwe HTC EVO 4G is uit in Amerika. Een heel mooi toestel met super specificaties. Gratis uitgedeeld aan een select groepje mensen op Google I/O. 

Direct gaan mensen vergelijken met de Apple iPhone. Ook met de iPhone die nog niet eens op de markt is. Puur op specificaties die niet bevestigd zijn. Leuk en aardig, maar is het relevant? De zoveelste iPhone killer.

Maar mensen zijn appels en peren aan het vergelijken, en daar zit hem de crux. Ten eerste is Android geen telefoon maar een OS. Niets meer, niets minder. Je zou een vergelijk moeten maken met iPhone OS, niet zozeer tussen Android en iPhone. Maar goed, als we ons focussen op de Android EVO 4G HTC in vergelijk met de iPhone 3GS heb je inderdaad wel een redelijk vergelijk. Uiteraard vergelijk je (bijna) 2 jaar oude techniek met techniek die een week oud is, maar ok. 

Alleen, neem eens een stapje terug van de techniek en kijk naar het proces als geheel. Apple heeft in principe 1 handset: de iPhone. Zelf ontworpen, zelf gemaakt (niet letterlijk natuurlijk, Apple laat ook liever mensen in China bouwen om de kosten te drukken).

Google heeft de Nexus One. Niet zelf gemaakt, puur een HTC zonder badge. Google heeft wel Android. Ook niet echt meer zelf gemaakt, maar Open Source en gebruikt door een consortium van fabrikanten. HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, en meer.

Seoul District - a new type of comic on the iPhone by @avecomicstweet

Seoul District chapter 1 is available in the iTunes Store. It's a production by Avé Comics. The artist is Chul Ho Park, a korean living in France. The style is typical manwha (korean manga), fast and dynamic scenes with attention to detail.

What makes Seoul District special is the way it combines comic book with movie clips, animation and audio. Between regular comic scenes there are movie cut scenes or animation scenes. While reading, audio is played that adds to the atmosphere. If it rains in the comic, you hear the rain. If a helicopter is flying above, you will heare the helicopter.

You can choose to have the comic in french or english. Unfortunately, when you change to english, the cut-scenes are still french. It looks great on my iPhone, I wonder if an iPad optimized version is in the works, that would make the experience even better.

Seoul District costs €2,39, for that you get chapter 1. I expect future chapters to be an in-app purchase. For non iPhone owners, at the Avé Comics site, you can get alternative versions.

Some screenshots in the gallery