Beatles, iTunes, iOS 4.2, Google Voice and Mobile Versions of Sites

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Things have been happening very fast in the past week or 2, and wanted to review them.

Hopefully, I’ll be covering the following:

  • Beatles on iTunes
  • iTunes 10.1
  • iOS 4.2 coming soon
  • Google Voice
  • Mobile versions of Sites

There’s a lot on my mind, and I haven’t written in a while.  Today I get to catch up.

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Adobe Releases their own HTMl5 Video Player, a Flowplayer competitor?

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

At webmonkey.com, Adobe Releases Its Own HTML5 Video Player, covers the new Adobe player announcement.

Flowplayer just released version 3.2.3 which includes an HTML5 fall back mode for iPad and iPhone.

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iPhone coming to Verizon by Q1 2011!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

I’ve said it before, and this time I have the Wall Street Journal behind me:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703735804575536191649347572.html

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Help: Google Chrome says, “Your profile could not be opened correctly”

Monday, September 20th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

My computer just had a disk problem, I know this because I had to run chkdsk, and there were many errors (time for a new hard drive).  Google Chrome had crashed on me while using it to fill out airline information.

After rebooting whenever Google Chrome started up, it would say:

Your profile could not be opened correctly.
Some features may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have permission to read and write its contents.

The fix (that worked for me) is easy.

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Notes on IE9 for Web Developers

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

I’m reading through the Interoperable HTML Parsing in IE9 blog post on MSDN and there are some nice, and some not so nice things.

The following are some subjects talked about, and what it means for us web developers.

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How to Disable Auto-Correct on your iPhone

Monday, September 13th, 2010 | Business | 12 Comments

People complain that they don’t like the iPhone autocorrect functionality, and sometimes it is annoying.  Most of the time I believe it’s worth having enabled.


If it really bothers you, here’s how you can disable it.

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Bloglines Shutting Down

Sunday, September 12th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

To my sparse readers using Bloglines, it is being shut down in a few weeks by it’s owner, Ask.com.

Here’s the update:

Today, Ask.com let our users know that we will shut down Bloglines on October 1. Not an easy decision, especially considering our loyal and supportive (not to mention patient) user base, but, ultimately, the right one given business reasons simply too hard to ignore.

It is true, RSS really isn’t an “end” anymore … it is just a way for content to be syndicated over the net.

Feel free to follow on Twitter, or read directly from the site (there’s also a bunch of other ways to follow me, but I’m too tired to write them).

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Google Translate’s Toolbar: How to disable the banner

Sunday, September 12th, 2010 | Business | 14 Comments

Working with multiple languages is tough, one of the great tools is Google Translate Tools.

It lets you specify which languages and make them available on your site.

Unfortunately once you are viewing a page written NOT in your browser’s native language, it pops up automatically.  The banner that pops up pushes your site content down independent of your background graphic, and that can cause problems for certain layout / design approaches.

There’s a quick and easy fix.

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Apple’s next iPad to include FaceTime?

Saturday, September 11th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

According to AppleInsider, it may be a reality.

I’ve been saying since before the iPad came out, that it needs to have an inward facing camera.  It would be the perfect video calling solution.  Video phones have been selling for decades (albeit not selling well) at prices around or above the current iPad price points.

Add to that all the existing FaceTime compatible devices, and you have a perfect storm of video calling.

Based on the data in the AppleInsider article, the new iPads should be released no later than Q1 of 2011.  I have a feeling it’s going to be January.  The article says it may be before the holiday season, but I have a feeling Apple will want to benefit from the new iPod’s FaceTime for the holiday season, and not introduce a product that competes.  The perfect time for Apple to launch a product would be right after those on the fence, buy the last one.

This year it’s my parents, who finally got an iPod touch 2 weeks before the new iPod Touch came out.  I warned them…

If the iPad comes out with the inward facing camera, I’m finally in!

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iOS 4.1: Released for iPhone and iPod Touch

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

For those of you who didn’t know, it’s been released.

Changes include:

  • Game Center
  • HDR photos from iPhone 4
  • TV show rentals on iTunes
  • Upload HD videos to YouTube via WiFi on iPhone 4
  • iTunes Ping support
  • Facetime calling directly form Favorites

Bug fixes are:

  • iPhone 4 proximity sensor performance
  • iPhone 3G performance
  • Nike+iPod fixes
  • Bluetooth improvements

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