I think this article nails it:
it’s interesting that at the root of Arrington’s curiously blind allegiance to Google are his own admissions of having close Google contacts and being afforded opportunities not yet available to the general public, which include private demos of the service… Continue reading
Posterous recently released an iPhone app called PicPosterous, and I had a chance to play with it while on vacation, which is a great time to use an app such as this.
You can see my review on Posterous. (Sorry about linking to my other site, but the way the app works you need to see the gallery there, it wouldn’t be the same on WordPress.)
There are times when it’s simply not possible to avoid making fun of Microsoft. They bring it on themselves with stuff like this.
With the opening of Windows Marketplace for Mobile (Microsoft’s version of Apple’s App Store), Microsoft is having a contest in order to garner interest from developers. Normally, the best way to interest developers is with a consistent hardware platform and a modern OS with a mature API. But Microsoft doesn’t have that in the mobile space, so they’re having a contest instead.
That’s fine, but look at what Microsoft is giving away (emphasis mine):
The Race to Market Challenge will reward the developer whose paid application earns the most revenue… and the developer whose free application is downloaded the most… a prize package including a Microsoft Surface table
Stop right there. Think about it. Other companies might have given a mobile-centric prize for a mobile-centric contest, but not Microsoft. I can see the conversation now:
Microsoft: Congratulations on your winning mobile app. To show our gratitude, here’s a completely unrelated computer the size of a nightstand.
Microsoft: Here, we’ll help you put it on.
Developer: It’s kinda heavy. (*groan*)
Microsoft: Come on now. Race! Race to market!
Developer: Ugh. (falls down)
Microsoft: Get up! We need apps for both platforms, dammit! We’re losing in every space we enter. Turn those machines back on! Turn those machines back on!…
Is it just me?.
In my posts, whenever I link to an iPhone app it goes to the developer’s web site, usually the specific page for that app. Lots of people, however, use the link that takes you to the product page in iTunes. I find that incredibly annoying.
For example, if you knew nothing about the app Juxtaposer, and someone was raving about it, would you rather be linked here (web) or here (iTunes)? I’ve got a few reasons for preferring the web to iTunes:
- If I’m reading your post I’m obviously already in my browser, can’t I just stay there? I mean, what makes you think I want to switch apps?
- I only need iTunes if I’m gonna download the thing, which more often than not I don’t do. So why wouldn’t I just review the app’s information in my browser first?
- I may not have iTunes running! This one bugs me the most because iTunes isn’t exactly a speed demon at launching. I’ve specifically avoided clicking links for this reason.
- Aside from the app, on the web I can also look into what else the developer offers in terms of products, support, etc. Sure, the iTunes page has the developer link, but it’s where I should have gone first.
The bottom line is, to say the least, it’s distracting to get switched from the browser just to get information on an iPhone app. To say the most it’s a pain in the rectum.
It’s the web. I use the browser to review pretty much anything before I buy or download it, and I see no reason for this process to be different for an iPhone app. If I like what I see, the app’s web page will obviously have the iTunes link, so I’m not going to have a problem getting there if I decide I want the app.
Does this annoy anyone else?