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“bringing big smiles to iPhone shutterbugs”

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an iPhone camera
  • this article makes the argument that the best camera is the one that’s always there when you need it (i.e. your iPhone’s) and also praises its one-click simplicity.
  • this is professional photographer chase jarvis’s claim to fame, whose web site, www.thebestcamera.com, encourages people to upload photos to his site directly from their cell phones.
  • the article introduces 15 of the best iPhone camera apps of the roughly 2,000 out there (all similarly simple), most of which range from free to $2.99.
  • some of the better apps described:
  • “snap the shot”
  • these apps are quick and simple ways to take pictures and share them. they include jarvis’s app, “best camera,” which costs $2.99 and allows you to snap the shot using an antishake feature and shutter timer, then edit the photo using filters and effects and finally uploading the pic to facebook, twitter, your email or his web site.
  • “edit and add filters”
  • these apps allow you to tweak your photo after taking it but before sharing it. apps like “crop for free” let you crop your photos for free. other apps like “shakeitphoto” let you make your pictures look like polaroids for just 99 cents.
  • “get creative”
  • these apps let you manipulate your photos even more, like “colorsplash,” which turns a photo to black and white and then allows you to go back and add color to certain areas of the photo. there’s also “tiltshift generator” app, which allows you to pick a focal point of the photo and blur out the background.
  • “sharing the results”
  • finally, these apps let you share your finished product. “your photo-sharing app” is free and lets you share your photos on whatever online photo sharing site you use (ex. flickr). there’s also “pixelpipe,” which lets you upload photos to all of your photo-sharing sites at the same time (up to 95 destinations).

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/26/technology/personaltech/26basics.html?pagewanted=2&ref=technology

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November 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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“is palm’s comeback losing steam?”

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jon rubinstein, former head of apple’s iPod unit, now palm chief
  • palm, the godfather of “web surfing pocket computer phones” is now in the shadow of a slew of smartphone companies — apple, research in motion, samsung, microsoft, google and nokia.
  • palm “invented” this category of phone in 2002 w/ its trio line of phones
  • to combat this drop off in sales and downward trend toward irrelevancy, palm created a new management team (full of ex-apple employees); they released the palm pre in june for sprint and just came out w/ the pixi on sunday.
  • although both of palm’s new phones have received favorable reviews, no one’s paying that much attention, thanks to verizon’s aggressive ad campaign of its new motorola droid phone (plus sprint’s similar “hero” phone, which also uses droid technology).
  • b/c of this lack of sales, developers haven’t approached palm to write new applications like they have for iPhone and android phones
  • as the SMALLEST company in the market, palm is dangerously close to being considered “also-ran” (old news).
  • jon rubinstein, former top apple engineer and the original head of the iPod division, doesn’t think palm needs to be as big as its competitors to succeed, citing apple’s succes as a niche company in the computer business
  • palm should however sell verizon and at&t the pre phone in the next year or so.
  • when the pre first came out, tech bloggers thought it was the best thing since the iPhone. then android buzz started and they flip flopped their predictions.
  • apple has 100,000 apps, android has 10,00o apps, palm has just 300 — “you develop for the iPhone first and for android second, then for palm or not,” says one analyst.
  • rubinstein thinks quality over quantity will prevail, whose palm app catalog will run on the same webOS system used to make web sites.
  • rubinstein also admits the pre is “general product,” compared to android, designed for the “techie audience.”
  • the release of the pixi will cost less than most android phones and will also compete w/ the blackberry curve (palm is trying to have similar success to what it had w/ its centro phone).
  • still, assuming palm adds carriers in the US, it would then still only own 5% of the smartphone market.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/technology/companies/16palm.html?ref=technology

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November 17, 2009 at 4:32 am

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“apple will soon overtake RIM in consumer smartphone market”

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an RIM blackberry next to an apple iPhone

  • as of last week, reported statistics showed that smartphones are now more popular than feature phones for consumers (vs. business use).
  • within that market, the iPhone is closing the gap between it and the blackberry.
  • analysts are now predicting apple will overtake RIM (blackberry’s manufacturer) in this new smartphone market — this is especially significant given the shift of the web from PC to phones.
  • RIM owns 40% of this market share, while apple owns 30% (apple has gained 5% since the iPhone 3GS release in june).
  • while RIM remains the market leader in terms of # of devices, the iPhone alone accounts for 48% of all smartphone (web) traffic.
  • according to the same report, 74% of iPhone users are “very satisfied” with their smartphone; less than half of RIM device owners felt the same.
  • 2010 marks the first year smart phones are poised to hit the mainstream market.
  • of the top 10 mobile phones in the US, 1/2 are touch screen, 6 can do wi-fi and 6 have app stores (w/ apple leading the way on all of those).
  • essentially, the RIM devices still maintain popularity in the workplace, w/ apple has total control over the consumer market.

http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2009/11/02/02readwriteweb-apple-will-soon-overtake-rim-in-consumer-sm-98992.html

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November 3, 2009 at 5:41 am

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