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Why the Mac App Store is a brilliant idea

October 20, 2010

Apple announced this afternoon that the App Store is coming to Macs - a brilliant move on their part. When the iPad was announced, I speculated that it would imitate the Dashboard of Mac OS. Instead, it pursued a "single serving app" model, with great success. So great, in fact, that now the tables have […]

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Why can't I rent an ebook?

June 10, 2010

I know the NYPL will let me check out ebooks, but the result is wrapped in layers of DRM that tie it to my computer (or, with some work, a Sony Reader or B&N Nook). One thing I'm sure of: e-reading will succeed if and only if the text is truly portable across many devices. […]

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Thoughts on e-reading

May 31, 2010

As it happens, my primary use for my iPad is as an e-reader (eReader? iReader?). I've read more  books in the last few weeks than I had in recent months, mostly because of the convenience factor: I always have them (all of them!) available and I never have to hunt for my place. Just a […]

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"You already know how to use it"

May 13, 2010

A new iPad ad breaks the mold and tells us exactly what the iPad is: a screen capable of showing any kind of data at any time. I think that's quite incredible. We take for granted that computers can do anything: now you can take that with you. When was the last time you saw […]

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iPad: magical indeed

May 3, 2010

CrunchGear has a post up called Apple: Can we stop with the "magical" already? - aimed at Apple's iPad marketing, which refers to the device as "magical and revolutionary." The author feels "that Apple’s dedication to the “magical” party line is a bit disingenuous" because the iPad, yes, is not actually a magical device. For […]

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More iPad Dashboard speculation

February 4, 2010

Kevin Fox is on board the Dashboard train that I wrote about a short while ago. Having seen the sparsity of the iPad screen, and how strange iPhone-scale apps look when zoomed, I'm liking the idea more and more. Plus it would enable some form of multitasking... (Via John Gruber)

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