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November 25, 2008

Android Gets Mini, iPhone Gets Demographics

The Android powered T-Mobile G1 is getting Opera Mini 4.2 beta, says ZDNet’s Matthew Miller, which is good news since Opera offers nice synchronization options. This is something of a rebuke to Apple who stopped Opera Mini for iPhone since it competes with the built-in Safari browser. Or not, since Apple wants to control the iPhone with the Iron Fist of Jobs.

Speaking of the G1 and iPhone, the former will ship in 1 million by the end of 2008 according to HTC (via), and the latter now knows who uses it. A Compete.com survey tells us more or less what we already anticipated about the iPhone users. Check out The Apple Blog for more, and a nifty little illustration as well.

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October 17, 2008

Engadget Scored 14 Million Pageviews on the Apple Notebook Event

The Apple Tuesday notebook event, where new MacBooks were announced, and drove traffic to a lot of gadget focused sites and blogs. One of those are Engadget, which got a mammoth 14 million pageviews on that particluar day, according to a leaked internal mail reposted by TechCrunch. They reported 1.3 million uniques, so that’s almost 11 pageviews per person. That’s a record for the site.

Weblogs Inc. as a whole served 23.9 million pageviews, and 3.4 million uniques, another all-time high according to the internal email.

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October 16, 2008

Aloha Hawaii Geek Week!

Aloha! I’m heading to Hawaii for the official Hawaii Geek Week October 18-25, 2008. Want to join me?

Actually, it all started with the wonderful coincidence of having two packed weekends of web and blog tech conferences, Mactoberfest with the Hawaii Macintosh and Apple Users Society (HMAUS) on Saturday, October 18, 2008, and the week ending with Podcamp and WordCamp Hawaii on October 24-25, 2008. With so much web tech goodness, more workshops and events were thrown into the calendar.

The Hawaii Macintosh and Apple Users Society (HMAUS) and their Secretary and Ambassador Eugene Villaluz decided to approach the governor of Hawaii to declare Hawaii Geek Week. read more

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September 18, 2008

WordPress for iPhone downloaded over one hundred thousand times

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Well over 100,000 iPhone users have downloaded the official WordPress for iPhone application, according to the WordPress for iPhone blog, and based on figures Automattic has received from Apple.

The vast majority (nearly three in every five downloads) come from the US, with one in five downloads from Europe, 8% from the UK, and the rest from Canada, Japan, Australia, and other countries.

What the numbers can’t tell is how many people are actively using the software. That’s a feature which should be available to developers in a future release of the iPhone firmware, according to Steve Jobs’ keynote speech earlier in the year.

It’s also impossible to tell exactly how many times other applications have been downloaded, as Apple doesn’t divulge that information except to individual developers.

As an iPhone user, I haven’t done any serious blogging using the handset, though it’s great for some housekeeping tasks such as moderating and responding to comments, editing typos, and such like. However, 100,000 people obviously thought they’d give it a go, which must be encouraging for Automattic.

According to the blog post, version 1.2 of the WordPress for iPhone application will include landscape mode, comment moderation, enhanced image options, and other tweaks. It should be available in the next few weeks.

100,000 and Counting (via Sitepoint)

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September 16, 2008

iFundVC blog launches: behind the scenes with iPhone-friendly venture capitalists

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Six months ago, a group of venture capitalist companies set up the iFund to promote and fund application development for Apple’s iPhone.

Now, they’ve set up the iFundVC blog, which will be used to keep the public updated on where the $100m is being invested.

There’s only one blog entry at present, and it will be interesting to see how much the site is developed. Particularly as some elements of the funding process are sure to be confidential, I wonder how much is left to talk about.

The design of the blog is certainly basic, but if pushes out interesting information then I don’t really care.

(Via TUAW)

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August 27, 2008

Adium releases version 1.3 of its unified instant messaging tool, adds social media tools

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Adium, a highly popular unified messaging tool for Mac OS X, has released version 1.3 – a major upgrade:

I’m happy to announce Adium 1.3, a major release seven months in the making. This release improves almost every aspect of Adium, ranging from performance and memory to Facebook chat support, and from user interface polish to much improved MSN support with personal messages (finally!). A brand new, gorgeous Contact Inspector brings together all a contact’s information in one place – coalescing combined contacts’ information and accessing your Apple Address Book to give you at-a-glance information, and intuitive live searching in the Standard Contact List makes it a snap to find your friends.

As a long time Adium user, the upgrade is a welcome addition full of bug fixes and new features that have been requested for some time… read more

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August 15, 2008

Lifestreaming from your iPhone

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Over at ReadWriteWeb, Sarah Perez takes a look at lifestreaming applications for the iPhone:

For iPhone users, one of the major benefits to owning the device is the application platform it provides. With apps, you can begin a “real” lifestream – that is, one that acknowledges that more life is spent away from the computer than at it. You would think that iPhone would be a great platform for lifestreaming apps, but there were surprisingly few to be found (so far). We hope to see this list improved in time, if not with apps, then at least with iPhone-ready mobile web sites.

Sarah’s article goes on to accurately review several lifestreaming applications and accurately bemoans the lack of videostreaming applications (or video applications in general) on the iPhone. And I agree strongly with her view of the current market.

There are several lifestreaming web applications that have been built for the iPhone, such as Friendfeed’s iPhone interface for the web.. but none of them really allow you to broadcast your lifestream from your iPhone.

The iPhone is one of the most integrated handheld devices ever created – it’s the best example of a converged device that I can use to describe such technology approaches to my clients – but it still has a way to go in terms of its ability to meet the needs of those of us that try to lifestream their lives.

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July 28, 2008

Apple Launches Non-Blog Blog

Apple have had a lot of issues with the follow-up to .Mac, called MobileMe. The worst would be that 1% of its users didn’t have functional mail, something I’d say is quite an issue, given the fact that e-mail is the key to the whole thing. This has, of course sparked a lot of questions and such for users, without anywhere to turn.

Until now. A bloggish news page called MobileMe Status is keeping track of what is going on with the service.

Steve Jobs has asked me to write a posting every other day or so to let everyone know what’s happening with MobileMe, and I’m working directly with the MobileMe group to ensure that we keep you really up to date. In the 14 days since we launched, it’s been a rocky road and we know the pain some people have been suffering. Be assured people here are working 24-7 to improve matters, and we’re going to favor getting you new info hot off the presses even if we have to post corrections or further updates later.

No comments section or anything, but still! I hope this is a step towards the new information age for Apple, because they suck at keeping in touch with their users. Why isn’t there an official Apple blog? Why would there be? Well, this is a good explanation:

For example, when I was waiting to download the iPhone 2.0 software upgrade legitimately, I really wanted to know why it was not available in the iTunes Store even though the website and iTunes said that it was available. A quick note on a blog like this would have calmed me down. That was not nearly as big a deal as the rest of the problems that day, but I think Apple could have saved some of its good name by communicating earlier.

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June 9, 2008

Sunday Night Twitter Update

The Twitter Status blog tells us that they’re doing a Sunday night update right now, which means that you won’t be able to delete your account. Like you’d want to do that. The IM features have been offline for some time, and that remains, as is the 30 requests per hour API limit, which is too bad.

On Saturday, the team did some database fail tests. Hopefully that means that Twitter will be able to withstand the amount of tweets on today’s WWDC event

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April 14, 2008

FreelanceSwitch celebrates first anniversary

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My favorite recent blog on freelancing, FreelanceSwitch, is celebrating its first anniversary.

Having never worked “for the man” in my life – I’ve always been out on my own in my own company – I’m naturally drawn to blogs and websites that have a high quality view about Freelancing. FreelanceSwitch is one of my favorite ones out there right now.

With recent hits like 35 Absolutely Essential Mac Apps and a new series on Social Media Essentials by former Blog Herald blogger Muhammad Saleem you can’t go wrong… particularly if you’re looking to move into freelancing.

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