Blackberry PlayBook to support almost everything

by Calvin Chong. 0 Comments

RIM is going to support as many different application frameworks as it can in order to maximize software availability. Of course, the problem with that strategy is that applications from other platforms won’t integrate well with the PlayBook environment. RIM also runs the risk of undermining incentives for developers to create dedicated PlayBook applications by making it so easy for them to port their existing software from other platforms.

Ryan Paul

Their strategy is clear: throw everything out there and see what sticks—let the user decide on the best experience for themselves on an app-by-app basis. ‘Cause you know, more choice is always better.


Jon Bon Jovi’s misguided state of the music industry

by Sam Barillaro. 1 Comment

Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it… What happened? Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.

MSN Music

Maybe kids today would prefer to purchase music based on it’s quality rather than packaging. Steve Jobs has done nothing but make it easier for people to buy music instead of download it illegally. Jovi should be thanking him.


Yes, they still make Zunes

by Calvin Chong. 0 Comments

Bloomberg is reporting that due to poor demand, Microsoft will stop making new versions of its Zune player:

Zune, introduced in 2006, never managed to break the iPod’s grip on the music-player industry and became the brunt of late- night talk-show jokes. Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPod led the market with 77 percent of unit sales last year, while the Zune failed to crack the top five, according to NPD Group Inc. By adding the Zune features to the Windows Phone software, Microsoft aims to gain ground in another challenging area — mobile phones — where it’s lost market share to Google Inc. (GOOG) and Apple.

It’ll be interesting if this turns out to be true. Shouldn’t Microsoft should keep the Zune player going if only to keep Apple from completely owning the “pre-phone” demographic? Apple, with its iPod touch, has an almost unchallenged monopoly on the does-everything-but-make-calls device market. Two words: platform lock-in. What happens when iPod touch owners decide to “graduate” to smartphones? Which phone would allow them to keep all their apps and easily migrate all their media? Hmm…


RSS = Pandora’s Box?

by Calvin Chong. 1 Comment

Frédéric Filloux has written a very interesting post about apps that repurpose RSS content from various sources to give users their own daily publication. Apps such as Zite and Flipboard offer great personalised reading experiences through cleaner layouts, consistent typography and, let’s not kid ourselves, by stripping ads.

So where do publishers go from here?

To a varying extent, these organizations line up writers and editors in order to produce their content. For them, this is the perfect lose-lose situation since their news material leaks into Zite, resulting into content they won’t be able to monetize. In return, they get nothing: no fee, no revenue share, zip.

Something’s gotta give.


Twitter to developers: no more third-party clients

by Calvin Chong. 0 Comments

Twitter will provide the primary mainstream consumer client experience on phones, computers, and other devices by which millions of people access Twitter content (tweets, trends, profiles, etc.), and send tweets.  If there are too many ways to use Twitter that are inconsistent with one another, we risk diffusing the user experience.

It’s clear from Twitter’s original acquisition of Tweetie and subsequent official apps for various platforms that they’re seeking to be the definitive Twitter experience. Now they’re advising developers to stop building third-party Twitter clients and instead focus on other (more innovative) ways to use their data and APIs. Will they start denying API access to new apps they deem unworthy? I think it’s a good move for Twitter to start thinking about the user experience of their platform on third-party clients. It’ll be interesting to see how they go about doing it.