I've been resisting Twitter since I first heard about it, maybe 18 months ago. Whenever I've seen example tweets posted on someone blog that I follow… umm, let's just say that it seems well named. But I also keep reading that after two weeks or so, the business value becomes apparent.
I've been on Twitter for about a week. I was only following 15 folk to start, and five were following me in return. Three folk began following me whom I never met, even in the blogosphere. I'll follow more folk, essentially trying to follow everyone whose blogs I read or who I know, one way or another. I'll be looking for folk in the BI/MDM/SOA/PA, clean/green tech, rocket science, SaaS/PaaS, collaboration/enterprise2, project/program/portfolio management, Agile and distributed workgroup spaces. The areas that interest me, and in which I work. Maybe I'll even look for folk talking about cooking, Italian traditions and culture and food, and SciFi/Fantasy: the stuff in which I'm interested but don't work.
So, far, the closest thing to business value I've encountered is in my post in Open Source Solutions on "SOAP vs REST and OSBI News". Umm, not really that much business value.
I will say that I enjoy using Twitter much more on my iPhone through the web app Hahlo3. The actual web interface from Twitter.com is not enjoyable to use at all. Hahlo3 is a web app formatted for the iPhone, and combines Twitter, the micro-blogging/group-chat platform with Summize conversational search. The "hash tag" feature that finds comments tagged about an event is particularly useful, even when the tweets about the event aren't.
We'll see. I'm keeping an open mind, and trying to be positive.
It looks as though the rumor mills were right on and I was dead wrong. The 3G iPhone is coming to 22 countries on July 11, with 8GB model being $199 worldwide, and the 16GB model going for $299. Some conflicting guesses, but no apparent mention of a 32GB iPhone 3G. The 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3G are on the store for preorder.
Dot-Mac is being replaced in July by mobileME and me.com. Current dot-Mac users will be migrated to mobileMe and can choose to retain their mac.com address or get a me.com address. The big news is real-time push synchronization from/to/among all MS Windows, Apple MacOSX, iPhone (and iTouch I assume) NATIVE APPLICATIONS and browsers including Firefox2+, IE7 and Safari (Camino, Opera, OmniWeb, others???). The mobileMe news is on the store, but the link to upgrading for dot-Mac users is broken.
The WWDC is a developers' conference, and the news and the majority of the keynote was about developers and their applications: how to build, how to distribute, how to charge or not. For iPhone developers, the background ping/notification service looks to be the big news.
I'm actually more interested in how the iPhone2 applications will work on current iPhones than I am in the 3G iPhone, but it looks good. And if the apps work fine on my current iPhone, I'll be content to wait to upgrade the hardware until the inevitable mid-year corrections take place (32GB, 64GB, more The iPhone software update page talks about things like GPS - so will my guess that first generation iPhones will be able to turn GPS on as well prove to be correct? If not, then the software update page is confusing. Will v2 apps work with 2G phones?
There was no mention of handwriting recognition on the iPhone, but there are full
enterprise applications email attachment reading for both iWorks08 and MS Office, but no direct mention of OpenOffice.org/NeoOffice nor of ODF support. The eReader site still says that they're investigating iPhone support. /sigh No mention of copy/paste/drag/drop support in iPhone2 software either. /SIGH
But there will be search for contacts - it's on the web site picture anyway. GPS and more inclusive VPN support are welcome features too.
And yes, 10.6 is coming soon, with emphasis on security, stability & reliability, and its name is indeed Snow Leopard.
: There's a important message to dot-Mac users in my inbox ;-)
Dear .Mac member:
Today Apple announced a new Internet service called MobileMe - taking the best of .Mac and adding a host of new features. As a current .Mac member, your account will be automatically upgraded to MobileMe in July. For a closer look, watch the MobileMe Guided Tour and read below for an overview of your new service.
Mac integration you know and love. With MobileMe, you'll continue to enjoy features that take advantage of seamless integration with Mac OS X and iLife - Back to My Mac; access to your iDisk in the Finder; Mac-to-Mac syncing of Dock items, preferences, and more; iWeb site publishing; and photo and movie sharing directly from iPhoto '08 and iMovie '08.
New web applications for when you're away from your Mac. MobileMe features a suite of web applications at www.me.com that have the familiar look and feel of the applications on your Mac. Because these web applications stay in sync with your Mac and other devices, you'll have the same information wherever you go. Here's what you'll find at me.com:
Mail, the anchor of the new suite, is even better with a refined interface.
Contacts has a new three-pane interface, contact groups, maps integration, search, and photo support.
Calendar is a brand-new web application that feels just like iCal, featuring multiple calendars, click-and-drag event creation, and more.
Gallery lets you manage your collection of shared photos and movies from anywhere. You can now upload photos, rearrange their order, and set sharing preferences, all from a browser.
iDisk now has the familiar look of the Mac OS X Finder. It features drag-and-drop filing and an easy new way to share large documents, by sending an email with a link for downloading the file.
Account lets you manage settings such as storage allocation.
To use the new web applications, make sure you have one of these browsers: Safari 3, Internet Explorer 7, or Firefox 2 or later.
Push email. Push contacts. Push calendar. In addition to Mac-to-Mac syncing, MobileMe now keeps your iPhone, your iPod touch, and even a PC in sync. MobileMe pushes new contacts, calendar items, and bookmarks to your Mac or PC, and over the air to your iPhone or iPod touch. For example, if you add a calendar event on the web, the change will automatically be pushed to your Mac and iPhone. New email will be pushed to your iPhone in seconds, eliminating the need to check for messages manually.
As a MobileMe subscriber, you can continue to use your mac.com address for email. You will also be issued a me.com address with the same user name that you can use if you prefer. The choice is yours.
Double the online storage. To give you plenty of space for your email, photos, and other files, MobileMe doubles your storage from 10GB to 20GB for an individual subscription.
We'll be sure to update you when the new service goes live. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the upcoming transition from .Mac to MobileMe, please visit the MobileMe FAQ.
The MobileMe Team
-- from email, 2008 June 9 12:48:26 PDT
According to the Wall Street Journal, Cisco and Apple have come to an aggreement over the use of the iPhone trademark.
Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. agreed to resolve a trademark dispute over the term iPhone, which had threatened to put a damper on the introduction of Apple's most eagerly anticipated new electronics products in years.
Under their agreement, Cisco and Apple said both companies are free to use the iPhone trademark on their respective products throughout the world. Cisco will drop a lawsuit it filed in January against Apple in federal court in San Francisco, accusing Apple of infringing a Cisco trademark with a forthcoming cellphone called the iPhone, due out in June.
In a joint statement issued by the companies, Apple and Cisco said they will explore opportunities for making their products work better together "n the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications."
The companies said other terms of the settlement are confidential, and declined further comment.
-- Cisco, Apple Settle iPhone Dispute By NICK WINGFIELD, February 21, 2007 10:01 p.m.
MacWorld SF 2007 is now over, and my take away is that Apple is betting its future on iTunes becoming the center of your entertainment universe.
- The Apple iPhone is an iPod with a far better UI and screen than previous generation iPods. Oh, and by the way, it has a GSM phone as well as EDGE and WiFi networks so you can enhance your entertainment experience by communicating with your friends and researching what's entertaining you.
- The Apple TV is an iPod that gets your iTunes content to your home theater; especially video to your TV. And that is all it does.
- Like Dell before it, Apple has dropped the word "computer" from its corporate identity. Apple, Inc. is now a consumer electronics firm.
What will this mean for MacOSX, and the computers that run it? Well, TiVo's product is software and a web service running on Linux. They've been proving for a decade that there is room for a computer in your home theater system. They haven't provided other computing experiences that might enhance your enjoyment of the show you're watching, as I still need another computer to give me Firefox in a PiP window on my TV.
It took Roxio, in Toast 8 Titanium to bring TiVo to Go to Mac. Apple TV goes the other direction and brings iTunes video to your TV. I can get TiVo to Go on my Palm Lifedrive, and TiVo to Go is available for iPods [though TiVo desktop for Windows or MacOSX and/or Roxio Toast for the Mac is required]. Perhaps one of the blank spaces on the iPhone home screen will be some version of TiVo to Go, but likely you'll just get it through a playlist like any other iPod.
Even with its great new xServe though, it would seem that Apple, Inc. isn't very interested in the business market, except perhaps as servers for video-on-demand, iTunes music stores, and becoming the TelCo backend infrastructure Apple might need to sew this all up very neatly.
The consumer converged entertainment/communication market is Apple's direction, and with its great sense of style and design, innovative interface, and market panache, I think Apple, Inc. will be a booming [pun intended] success in that space.
To bring a point to my thoughts, imagine an Apple home with entertainment, communication and computing converged through various Apple devices: an Apple grid of Mac Minis [maybe a laptop or two, maybe not] and iMacs, Apple TVs, iPods and iPhones; TiVo to Go or similar Apple branded service, and VoIP to supplement your current video and phone carriers. At the center of it all is iTunes - your entertainment source, and maybe, to a lesser extent, some version of .Mac [dot-mac] separately or integrated into iTunes, as the hub for all your other online needs.
This could truly help to bring the converged experience to the non-geek.
Looked at in this light, the iPhone isn't as bad as I originally had thought. It still won't replace my Lifedrive. Where would I read my eBooks? The scenario imagined above doesn't help me live the TeleInterActive Lifestyle. It doesn't help free work from geography, nor integrate access to and management of both business and personal data. It won't let me renew a prescription from anywhere, any time, nor access a productivity dashboard or customer history whenever, wherever. Though it might, to an extent, through Safari. I'm not the target market.
If my analysis is correct, Apple is more completely focused on the consumer than ever, and has completed its withdraw from the business battlefront.
According to the Wall Street Journal, from the Associated Press
Cisco sued Apple for trademark infringement over the "iPhone" name Apple chose for its new cellphone, unveiled yesterday. Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000, and had been in talks with Apple over rights to the name.
"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, Cisco's general counsel. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."
-- Wall Street Journal, "Cisco Files Suit Against Apple Over iPhone Trademark"