Seems like a pretty good deal but I’d rather them offer a plan similar to Comcast’s HBO plus internet plan. I’m not really interested in having cable television.
Glenn Wolsey writing about his plans:
The plan is to use my iPad mini for all computing needs over the next 100 days, documenting my thoughts and findings along the way. I’ll still be using my iPhone 5S on a daily basis, and a horrible PC running Windows 2000 at work, however I’ll be closing the lid on my MacBook Pro and not opening it for a shade over three months.
I’m very curious to see the results.
Jawbone is now offering a water-resistant option on their original and Mini Jambox. When ordering a Jambox from Jawbone’s website you’ll be given the option to add Liquipel 2.0 water-resistant coating to your Jambox for an additional $50.
I’ve been using the original Jambox since I received it as a gift for my birthday in June. It’s probably my third most used gadget in the house (behind my iPhone and MacBook Air). It has great battery life and is plenty loud enough for my use. I love bringing it with me when I visit family so we can listen to music while playing board and card games around the dining room table.
Netflix is a boon for parents, giving them access to a huge library of children’s programming. And, on Christmas Eve Netflix will be premiering their first original animated series, Turbo FAST.
The series looks pretty good. I imagine children aren’t going to be the only fans of the series.
Maureen Farrell has compiled a list companies that are publicly known to have been acquired by Apple this year.
Granted, we’re comparing a three-month-old OS to a one-month-old OS. But if I was developing mobile apps, I know which OS I’d be targeting.
Shawn Blanc on the iPad Air and mini keyboards:
I don’t do much typing, but when I do it’s usually via the landscape keyboard on the Air or else the portrait keyboard on the mini. Those are the two more comfortable options for each device. Long-form writing with the on-screen keyboard of the mini would stink. But, since I almost always use a bluetooth keyboard when doing long-form typing, it’s virtually a non-issue for me as to which device’s onscreen keyboard is better.
It’s a little odd that someone who writes for a living would start a sentence with “I don’t do much typing,” but I assume he means typing on the iPad. That aside, the keyboard issue is what has left me hesitant to switch to the iPad mini. I enjoy typing on my first-generation iPad — slow as it may be — and can’t imagine being able to comfortably do so on the smaller screened mini.
If I knew that I could easily write on the iPad mini it would be at the top of my Christmas list, but unfortunately I’m still unconvinced. This leaves me wanting the iPad Air because it’s much more suitable for my needs but it’s a little out of the price range that we set when building our Christmas budget this year.
I really enjoyed this bit from Shawn’s comparison of the two iPads:
So far, the iPad mini seems to be becoming my preferred iPad, but the iPad Air feels like my “real” iPad. Let me try to explain. For my needs, there’s nothing about the iPad mini that makes it less capable in any significant way — I can read and write just fine from the mini. However, the iPad mini has a “feeling” of being less capable simply because of its size.
The underlying theme of the article seems to be that writing on the iPad Air is much better than writing on the iPad mini. If that’s important to you than the iPad Air might be the better bet. However, Shawn explains the decision nicely with “Pick the one you think you want and you will acclimate to it just fine.”
Chris Morran writing for Consumerist:
You can’t even launch a flashlight app without your privacy being violated. Android.
So, for you marketing enthusiasts, here’s my JCP story. It’s loaded with the things we love about this business: drama, crushed dreams, out-of-control egos and unintentional comedy.
I truly believe Ron Johnson was on course to fix JCPenney. He was ousted too soon and the company has gone back to their old, destructive ways. Ken’s recounting of the timeline between 2011 and now is the most informative writing I’ve seen on the subject.
We designed iPad to be the best tool for all the things you do. But we never imagined where you’d end up taking it. Here are just a few stories.
The ridiculous sideshow continues.
I’ve never been a fan of tablets that use a stylus but Pencil is the type of stylus that I can get excited about. Especially after watching the promo video. If only it worked with the original iPad (which I’m still holding on to).
It’s hard to believe this is even real.
A nifty little card that acts as a proxy for all of your credit, debit, and rewards cards. Available at the discounted price of $50 for the next 20 days.
And, you know it’s going to be a good product when Adam does the promotional video.
The books look nice and putting them together seems simple enough. However, Shawn Blanc pointed out on Twitter that Apple’s photo book service is actually cheaper for books with 56 pages or less.
I noticed the new video services when I woke up this morning. I haven’t spent a lot of time with Yahoo Screen but PBS is fantastic (albeit a bit slow and gave me some errors while using it today). There’s a ton of great content from PBS and now it’s super easy to watch on the Apple TV.
Shawn Blanc’s new app recommendation website. It’s like Wirecutter for apps — putting the focus on what is best not what is newest. I hope the site does well because it’s a fantastic idea and I can see myself checking it regularly whenever I’m looking for the best app in a specific category.
The new icon is fantastic and the list of upcoming events appears so much brighter on the new darker background. A great update to an already great application.
Apple doesn’t typically outline future feature additions. iWork users must be very upset.
Panasonic’s latest/last plasma offerings represented the pinnacle of display design and imagery, the pinnacle of eye candy, and its exit from this space saddens me even as we look forward to amazing new things.
A lot of what I know about HDTV’s and home theater I learned from watching Robert Heron and Patrick Norton on DL.TV. I have a great deal of respect for Heron’s opinions on the subject. But, I did enjoy reading reactions from all of the industry experts that David Katzmaier spoke with on the matter.
From Apple’s report on government information requests:
Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge an order if served on us.
Cory Doctorow points out that if Apple releases an updated version of this report and the above text is removed we’ll know that Apple has been served with a Section 215 warrant.
We all should have seen it coming when Pioneer announced that they were leaving the television business in 2009. Pioneer was the manufacturer of the Kuro line of plasma televisions, widely regarded as the best TVs available. The end of plasma was near. That beautiful picture quality that few appreciated would soon be impossible to find. Panasonic carried the crown of “best TV” (from what I can tell) once Pioneer left, but that won’t be the case for long. Panasonic has announced that it will cease production of Plasma televisions in December.
This announcement leaves Samsung and LG as the last of a dying breed of plasma television manufacturers. But I don’t expect them to last for too much longer, the writing is on the wall for plasma and eventually Samsung and LG will leave the business too.
It’s funny that plasma has been touted by television reviewers as the best display technology for so long and yet consumers just haven’t bought into it. When I bought my first HDTV in 2006 the two models I was debating between were Vizio’s 42-inch LCD for roughly $1400 and Vizio’s 50-inch plasma for $1999. I ultimately ended up with the smaller LCD but that was because of price concerns. However, just a year or two after my purchase the pricing climate switched and plasma TVs became cheaper than LCDs at the same display size. This is why the death of plasma has been so curious to me.
The theory I’ve held for years now (and continue believing) is that it’s the retailers fault. The truth is, televisions are sold in brightly-lit showrooms and plasmas can’t compete with LCDs in brightness. But, in the real world they shouldn’t have to. TVs aren’t typically watched in brightly-lit rooms, they’re viewed in dim living rooms before bed-time with one (maybe two) lights on. But, when you go to a store to purchase a television you’re standing in a room with hundreds of fluorescent light bulbs above your head, certainly not ideal conditions for showing your customers what the TV will look like when they get it home. In those conditions plasma televisions look dull compared to LCDs, but when you get home that “dull” TV will have incredible black levels and superb picture quality that LCD TVs couldn’t hold a candle to.
The other major problem is poorly informed sales associates. These employees selling you televisions usually don’t have any idea what makes for a good TV. They parrot selling points that they’ve been given in employee training material and marketing speak written on the side of the TV’s box. But, they don’t really have any idea what TV is best for the customer. They find out how much you want to spend and point you in the direction of the TVs that cost that much, and that’s if your lucky. If you even suggest the idea of a plasma television many of them will start telling you about burn-in and how plasmas “leak plasma” that will have to be refilled every few years. Both of which couldn’t be further from the truth. Older plasma TVs had problems with burn-in but that was 15+ years ago and only after watching video with static images on it for prolonged periods of time. And no, if you buy a plasma television you will never have to “refill” it. The gases inside plasma cells are sealed during manufacturing and will never have to be refilled, ever.
It’s sad that plasma manufacturers can’t seem to make enough money from the displays to make it worth staying in the business. Plasma televisions truly offer much better picture quality for the majority of consumers, but between poorly designed retail stores and ignorant sales associates it’s difficult to find your footing and actually make enough money selling a superior product. If you’re one of the few that appreciates plasma televisions you still have a little bit of time before Panasonic plasmas will be impossible to find. And (at least for the next year or two) you’ll be able to purchase Samsung and LG plasma televisions but they currently aren’t as well reviewed as Panasonic’s. So, if you want the best TV I’d suggest browsing Amazon for Panasonic plasmas.
Announced at Apple’s September event and available today. I’ve installed the app but I’m still not sure if I’m going to stick with it or move back to Pedometer++.
I’m with Shawn Blanc on the GoDaddy acquisition. Sure, I could uproot my server situation and switch hosting providers. But, I’d rather do that when (and if) Media Temple gives me a reason to. As it stands right now, I’ve been extremely happy with all of the services that Media Temple provides and haven’t seen another company doing things quite like Media Temple does. If I’m given a reason to, I’ll switch in a heart beat, but I’m not convinced that’ll even happen.
Juli Clover points to John Siracusa’s review of OS X Mavericks in which John was able to get over 15 hours of battery life on a 13-inch MacBook Air running a light web browsing script. I installed Mavericks on my 2011 11-inch MacBook Air earlier today and the battery life does feel quite a bit better than it did with Mountain Lion. I love when Apple releases new software and all of my old hardware feels new again.