Sven Fechner brings an interesting approach to using Apple’s Reminders App as a GTD-style app…
Reminders seems simple on the surface, but it’s packed with location-based notices, repeating tasks, list sharing and device syncing. Fechner recommends setting up the six standard GTD lists: inbox, projects/desired outcomes, next action, waiting for, someday/maybe and tickler. Once those are setup inside Reminders, you can create separate sublists with locations and everything else.
We don’t usually think of Reminders as an app that’s made to work with the GTD systems, but Fechner proves that it’s perfectly capable once it’s set up properly.
By soft releasing the iPad Mini Retina, Apple achieved three crucial things.
- Apple’s biggest fans got theirs first. Who knew about this first? The people who follow the Apple blogs and digerati. Judging by Twitter, this worked perfectly.
- The grey market queueing for the iPad Mini Retina was going to be immense. By going online the incredibly poor optics (the front of Apple lines, which attracts a lot of media, was full of people who were not fans but paid to be there) are mitigated.
- The last thing Apple wants is hundreds of customers turning up everyday to be dissappointed in a store which is meant to be a happy place — Apple does not want their stores to be associated with disappointment and frustration!
Nailed it! Having the new retina iPad Mini so severely supply-constrained sucks, but given that it is constrained, the best way to put it on sale is quietly.
Apple is going to sell them as fast as they can make them for the foreseeable future, no use having people line up for disappointment.
In the seven years since the introduction of the PlayStation 3, we’ve seen our gaming consoles transform into living-room hubs through constant evolution and software updates. Those updates weren’t always smooth – though on PS3, they were always happening – but it’s easy to see just how far the platform has come.
Meanwhile, the designers of the PlayStation 4 were taking notes and designing a console that, feature by feature, sought to address the failings of its predecessor. The PS3 was notoriously difficult to program for, thanks to its proprietary silicon. So the PS4 was built to be developer-friendly, with a familiar, PC-like architecture. The PS3 was announced with a bizarre, boomerang-shaped controller, and launched with the rumble-free Sixaxis controller before settling into the never-great DualShock 3 controller. So the PS4 comes with the DualShock 4, inarguably the best controller Sony’s ever made. And the PS3 launched at an abnormally high price point, costing $200 more than its competition. So the PS4 carries a far more aggressive price, asking $100 less than the competition this time around.
While Sony in 2006 was focused on driving adoption of the Blu-ray standard, envisioning another home media boom that never quite materialized, Sony in 2013 has no such distractions. The PS4 isn’t built to sell 3D TVs, or Blu-ray discs or any other corporate mandate. It’s a gaming console, a clear message that Sony has been quick to repeat.
That focus has resulted in a console that’s better positioned than the PlayStation 3 was in 2006 to compete in an expanding turf war for the living room. But that same focus has also kept Sony from taking the kinds of chances that make generational leaps so exciting.
Nice concise review of the new PlayStation 4 which releases at midnight today….
I’m more of an Xbox guy myself, but the PS4 looks pretty tempting, and this review nearly seals it for me.
The HP Chromebook 11 has been pulled from Best Buy store shelves, and sales halted on Amazon and HP and Google’s online stores, following customer complaints of chargers overheating. Sources at Best Buy first revealed to The Verge earlier today that urgent instructions had been sent to store managers to remove existing stock of the devices. “Stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately,” reads an internal memo to Best Buy managers. “Partner with Sales Support to pull the product off the sales floor to a secure location in the warehouse.”
On Wednesday afternoon, HP responded to the reports, confirming to The Verge that the company and Google initiated the halt in sales for the following reason: complaints from some Chromebook 11 owners that the chargers included with the notebooks were overheating. HP also advised current Chromebook 11 owners not to continue using their chargers, instead asking them to rely on third-party chargers. As an HP spokesperson told The Verge:
Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to over-heating during use. We are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the appropriate corrective action, and will provide additional information and instructions as soon as we can.
In the meantime, customers who have purchased an HP Chromebook 11 should not use the original charger provided with the product. In the interim they may continue using their HP Chromebook 11 with any other Underwriters Laboratories-listed micro-USB charger, for example one provided with a tablet or smartphone. We apologize for the inconvenience.
At 6:57PM on Saturday, November 8, 2008 my first app was approved by Apple. It was called PerDiem FY09. If I’m honest, I had no idea what I was getting in to.
My experience with iOS (then iPhone OS) had begun the preceding March when Apple had released the first SDK for the nascent iPhone platform. At the time I didn’t have an iPhone. I had no experience with developing for Apple platforms. I was a Ruby-on-Rails/Flash developer for the Rosetta Stone. I don’t recall exactly where I heard about the SDK, but I do remember immediately having the feeling that this would be something big.
Interesting look back on the last five years by David Smith as he has shipped nearly 80 unique app concepts to the App Store over the past five years.
This morning, Apple has begun accepting orders for the iPad Mini with Retina Display, with shipping beginning in 1-3 business days.
No word on when retailers will begin selling the tablet but chances are good that it will be this week.
The updated iPad Mini comes with retina display and an A7 processor, putting it on par with it’s bigger brother the iPad Air, which was released a little over a week ago.
The major story about the iPad Air is not the reduction in size and weight but the increase in performance. It is, to put it simply, an utter delight to use.
I agree with this post, and I’d also like to throw in that the two dynamics of the iPad Air, speed and size, go hand in hand to increasing both usability and delight of use. The lighter form factor makes the iPad easier to use more frequently, and the better processor makes the iPad more enjoyable to use when you are using it.
In 2011, Amazon surprised us with the Kindle Fire, an Android-based 7-inch tablet that made it easier than ever to watch video, read books, and of course buy stuff from Amazon. It came at a time when smaller tablets were not very common or popular, and it provided a way to access Amazon’s content stores when there wasn’t really one before — all at an aggressive price. Two years on, the company has expanded its tablet line to two devices and launched a suite of mobile apps on both iOS and Android.
The new HDX 7 is faster, sleeker, and better than ever. It’s also the best way to access Amazon’s wealth of content on the go, but it doesn’t quite give the iPad mini or the Nexus 7 a run for their money.
Now Amazon is releasing the 7-inch HDX’s bigger brother: an 8.9-inch model with an incredibly high-resolution display and the same signature design features seen on the smaller version. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 also costs more, starting at $379 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model with Special Offers — but other than that and its physical size, it’s not terribly different.
The smaller HDX has clear competition: it’s priced the same as the Nexus 7, and even can compete with the iPad mini if you’re an Amazon devotee. But the 8.9-inch model is curiously located in the market: it’s smaller than an iPad or 10-inch Android tablet but just large enough that it doesn’t fit in a jacket pocket. It’s also priced in between the typical $500 10-inch tablets and the sub-$250 7-inch models. And even though it’s been just a month since we reviewed the HDX 7, Apple’s already announced the new iPad Air and forthcoming iPad mini with Retina display, the latter of which is priced awfully close to the HDX 8.9.
The original Kindle Fire had an important place in the tablet market of 2011. But with Amazon’s apps available on other platforms and the price divide between great tablets rapidly diminishing, where does the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 fit? With so many choices on the market now, is Amazon’s flagship the best option or even the best Kindle Fire?
Interesting review on the new Amazon Fire.. I’m still not sold on the Fire, I love the actual Kindles but their tablets have been hit or miss so far…
For as long as the Xbox has existed, it has been called a Trojan horse.
It’s easy to understand why: the tech industry has been trying and failing to displace the cable box as the primary entertainment device in the living room for years with little success, just as the Greeks fought and died for a decade attempting to breach the walls of Troy. Products like Microsoft’s WebTV were unceremoniously cut off at the knees by vengeful cable companies intent on protecting their interests, and platforms like Windows Media Center have been soundly rejected by consumers for being too costly and demanding. Meanwhile the petty gods of content have capriciously meddled with strategy and planning, but none have been powerful enough to shape the final outcome.
But the Xbox has long since made it past the walls, rolled into TV racks and living rooms around the world not as another weapon of war, but as a mysterious container of delights. The original Xbox and the pioneering Xbox Live service ushered in the era of connected entertainment, while the Xbox 360 has mutated from high-definition game console to multimedia powerhouse over the past eight years. The focus of the 360 stayed firmly on games, though. Video services like Netflix were a secondary attraction.
Now Microsoft is launching the Xbox One, a new console designed from the ground up to not only play games, but to run apps, control your television, and literally watch and listen to the people in your living room all the time. With the Xbox One, there’s no more laying in wait, no more secret plan in the offing. The Trojan horse has split wide open and the soldiers are pouring out.
Microsoft is laying siege to the city.
When Apple released the iPad Mini a year ago, I wrote that the Mini wasn’t just a secondary option to the main iPad, but it is the iPad. What I meant is that the Mini fulfilled much of the original iPad’s vision better than it or any of its full-sized successors did. Because the Mini was so much lighter and so much easier to hold, the Mini was not only more enjoyable to use while sitting down on the couch or in bed, but opened up contexts that the full-sized iPad’s size and weight didn’t allow. The iPad’s promise was powerful computing available to you in something you could comfortably hold in your hands, and the Mini fully delivered on it.
With this year’s full-sized iPad, though, the line between the two devices blurred. It’s still discernible, but it’s murkier. The iPad Mini is still superior for reading since it’s lighter, but the difference has narrowed considerably. Forget how many grams each device is; the iPad Air is quite comfortable to hold one-handed. Not as nice as the Mini, but nice.
The Mini narrowed the performance and capability gap as well. The Mini now runs the ridiculously fast A7 processor, same as the iPad Air and iPhone 5S. For many people, the Mini is big enough to write on as well, or make presentations in Keynote. The full-sized iPad is still superior for those tasks, and is especially superior for tasks like sketching which benefit from a larger screen, but the difference really isn’t that large. They are both quite capable devices for whatever task people want to use them for. The comparison is much more akin to a 13-inch Macbook versus a 15-inch than it is to an iPhone versus an iPad.
Which begs the question: where is the iPad going? More specifically, where are iPad applications going?