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What’s the Password? Only Your iPhone Knows

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VeriSign has developed a native iPhone application.  Looks like a good start on an interesting idea, considering that most people probably have multiple passwords or more complicated ones for places like a bank or e-commerce on sites like Amazon.  If I was more integrated into services like PayPal and the others that use the app, I’d probably give it a try.

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March 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

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Developer Notebooks

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Even though it was annoying at the time, I’ll never forget my web design classes where our professor insisted we draw thumbnails for our interfaces and create a site map on paper before doing any work in Photoshop or writing a line of code.  When I ran into problems or couldn’t track down some error, those notes and diagrams were invaluable.

(Via Daring Fireball)

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March 31, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Microsoft Discontinues Encarta

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Kind of sad to see it go, even in the age of Wikipedia.  When I was in middle school and high school, this was almost THE definitive, comprehensive resource for any report or project.

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March 31, 2009 at 7:14 pm

8 Hours a Day Spent on Screens, Study Finds

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Another reason radio is dead.

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March 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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What Today’s Smartphone Needs

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PCMag’s Dvorak: 

The Android phone and the iPhone should be the two final winners in the game. While I’ve never been a strong believer in the notion that most of the Internet action is going to be done on mobile devices like this, it is obvious that a lot of Internet activity will be done on these things.

After reading this I am convinced of 3 things:

  1. Microsoft doesn’t give a crap about phones
  2. Not even the Prē can save Palm
  3. If RIM still has a majority of the business market, why does it seem like their latest devices (Storm, I’m looking at you) have failed to really compete with the iPhone or the G1 as a legitimate choice for these customers?

That said, being able to use a keyboard with my iPhone (without some jailbreak or hack) would be awesome.

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March 25, 2009 at 3:50 am

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Web Developers: help rid the world of IE6 with a simple script

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Another reason to drop support for IE6.

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March 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm

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iPhone OS 3.0 – The Scorecard

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Now that Apple has officially announced the feature set for iPhone OS 3.0, here’s how my predictions held up: 

 

Cut/Copy/Paste (If Kevin Rose is right about how this will be done, I’ll be happy)

 

Result: True.  As predicted, Rose was pretty much spot on with this feature.  While I’m not sure how much “re-training” will be needed to easily use the gestures, it’s good that this feature has finally been worked out.  

 

Flash (I’m doing web design – Until HTML 5 is rock solid, I need this.)

 

Result: False. Saying they had nothing to announce with regard to Flash makes me believe that like Cut/Copy/Paste and the Push Notification Server in previous versions, this is still a work in progress.  For it to really work, Apple will probably have to allow Adobe to access Private APIs that still are closed to most developers (a la Google’s involvement with Maps)

 

Background functionality (Whether this is through notifications, processes or whatever, I want it.)

 

Result: True. The Notification Service looks like it’s ready to go, and this probably allows them to test it further before Snow Leopard Server gives it to corporate users or people who work with large deployments. Forstall mentioned ESPN’s plans for its iPhone app as a reason that the service didn’t go live in September.  On a personal level, I’m really excited that Meebo is launching a native app to fill the void of not having iChat for iPhone, with notifications, this finally makes sense.  After the initial delay for this and the less than stellar MobileMe/iPhone 3G launch, I guess Apple learned just how hard it is to support a large install base with a limited number of resources at your disposal.  

 

Shared “sandbox” (I like this idea – The fact that ALL apps can’t share data is crazy, if this is in the SDK somewhere, it should be a public API)

 

Result: False.  My guess is that this level of integration (similar to what the built-in apps can do now) is still hard to do, without a quick way to see which apps are active – either “open” or “listening” for notifications, this probably doesn’t make much sense yet.

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March 18, 2009 at 7:46 pm

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