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Which gadgets, software and stuff can us geeks look forward to in 2011? I’ve made list of 4 things I am excited about:
Nintendo 3DS (e3.nintendo.com/3ds)
You’ve probably already heard about it, Nintendo 3DS is the next portable console from Nintendo. It has two screens just like the previous DSi but this time one of them can show 3D without the user needs to wear special glasses or anything.
There are lots of upcoming games for this console too, including Mario Kart and Animal Crossing.
New iPhone, iPods, iPad and Macs (apple.com)
Like every year there’ll of course be new Apple products too. A new iPad, new iPods, new MacBooks and so on. The next iPad will probably be the first product to be introduced in just a few weeks.
They’ll also release their new OS X Lion operating system next year.
Mac App Store (apple.com/mac/app-store)
Also something from Apple. The online store for applications, we know from the iPhone, is coming to the Mac.
This is something I am very excited about! It’s going to be released for everyone with the newest OS X Snow Leopard operating system. It’s coming Janary 6th.
Chrome OS notebooks (google.com/chromeos)
Last year Google announced their new operating system based on their Chrome-browser. It’s mostly for people using the surfing the web since it’s bascially… a web browser.
2011 will be the year when we’ll get to see lots of new shiny notebooks running this operating system.
There is probably more cool stuff to be relased next year. What are YOU excited about?
Yesterday Google held a live webcast about their browser Chrome. They talked about how Chrome will envolve in the future, and they also showed of a couple of new features, including PDF viewer and their awesome web store, which is now open for users to use here.
They also talked about their new operating system, Chrome OS, which is based on the browser. When it ships, according to Google, it will be the most secure operating system that has ever been shipped. The computers that are going to run it it, will only run Chrome OS and not other operating systems, so they are targeted at people who use most of their time on the web.
The webcast is now on YouTube in 4 parts, here’s part 1:
If you’re using Chrome yourself you should definitely watch this, and if you’re not I think you should atleast try Chrome. Personally I think it’s a great browser and it has been my default browser for more than a year now.
Apple has just held a conference call to talk about financial results. This time Steve Jobs decided to talk a bit about Apple’s competition and ‘open’ vs ‘closed’.
First of all, he mentions RIM, and that Apple has known passed them. Steve doesn’t see RIM catching up with Apple in the future, mainly because of the App Store.
Then he mentions Android. Steve thinks it’s fragmented because of all the different phones, compared to the iPhone where all phones are the same.
“Google love to characterize Android as open, and iOS and iPhone as closed. We find this a bit disingenous and clouding the real difference between are two approaches. The first thing most of us think about, when we hear the word “open”, is Windows, which is available on a variety of devices. Unlike Windows, hovever, where most PCs have the same interfaces and run the same apps, Android is very fragmented.
Many Android OEMs, including the two largest HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The users are left to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone where all handsets work the same.
I think he’s totally right. The reason I think the iPhone is the best phone right now, is because there’s only one. I don’t like the fact, that I’ll have to choose between hundreds of Androids phones, just to get one that’s already old tommorrow. I wrote a post about this half a year ago. You can find it here.
Open vs closed
After some more iPhone vs Android talk, he goes into a open vs closed talk:
“You know, even if Google were right, and the real issue is closed versus open, it is worthwhile to remember that open systems don’t always win. … (Some Microsoft and Google talk) … In reality, we think the open vs closed argument is just a smoke screen trying to hide the real issue, which is what’s best for the customer – fragmented vs integrated. We think Android is very, very fragmented, and becoming more fragmented by the day. And as you know, Apple strives for the integrated model, so that the user isn’t forced to be the systems integrator. We see tremendous value at having Apple, rather than our users, be the systems integrator. We think this is a huge strength of our approach compared to Google’s, when selling the users, who want their devices to just work, we believe integrated will trump fragmented every time.
And we also think our developers can be more innovative if they can target a singular platform, rather than a hundred variants. They can put their time into innovative new features, rather than testing on hundreds of handsets. So we are very committed to the integrated approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterize it as ‘closed’. And we are confident that it will trump over Google’s fragmented approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterize it as ‘open’”.
It’s hard for me to comment on that, I think. I don’t like when something is too closed, but I don’t like something either that just doesn’t work, so both ‘open’ and ‘closed’ has their own advantages. And I think the same thing about ‘fragmented’ vs ‘integrated’.
He also talks about why the iPad is better than 7-inch tablets because, according to him, a 7-inch screen just isn’t big enough. He says:
“It’s meaningless unless your tablet also include sand paper, so that your user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”
I think he might be right about that. I don’t like all the new huge phones myself, because they’re just to big to carry around. I remember people thought the iPhone was big, when it came out, but now phones are getting way bigger.
I’ve been wondering about something for some time now… Why do companies sell so many phones?
You know, HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson. They have SO many phones, it’s actually pretty hard to find the right one, sometimes.
- HTC Legend
- HTC Desire
- HTC Tattoo
- HTC Hero
- HTC Smart
- HTC Magic
- and more…
Pretty many, huh? Why don’t they, or maybe a new company, create just one ultimate phone? Just like Apple. They keep updating the same phone for a year, before selling a new. I think other companies should try to do the same thing with one of the other mobile systems like Android or Windows Phone 7.
Is it just me, or do you think it would be nice too? Of course it’s also good to sell many phones, it gives the users more choices. But one awesome phone that doesn’t get old the day after the purchase, that’s nice! Again, I was just wondering about this…
Almost since I started blogging here, I’ve been getting an awful lot of spam comments, which of course really annoys me. So, for not long time ago, I decided that I had to do something about it, and I found two great solutions. Both exist as plugins for WordPress, which is what I’m currently using here.
The first one was Google’s reCAPTCHA, which I’m sure you know or have seen before. It basically asks you to type in some letters on a picture, before you can continue with something, in my case, submitting a comment.
The second I found was Akismet, which is a spam filtering service. Whenever someone comments a post here, Akismet will check to see if it’s a spam comment or not. It’s actually included in WordPress from the start, but you’ll need a key on their website to activate it. I think WordPress.com users get one automatically.
So, what did I choose? I decided to go with Akismet because I think reCAPTCHA annoys the user a bit too much, when they just want to say something. Until now, it’s been working great. It has protected me from 73 spam comments, and all of them actually were spam! So of course I will continue to use this from now, and keep an eye on all comments to see if it actually makes an error in the future.
Just a quick update. Google Chrome has only been in beta for Mac and Linux for quite some time, but from today there will also be a stable version.
Google has just made a blog post about it: A new Chrome stable release: Welcome, Mac and Linux!
I just downloaded for Ubuntu and I haven’t really noticed anything new, but according to Google there are new features, including new HTML5 features.
Google Chrome has been my default browser for quite some time now. It’s a lot faster than other browsers, so you should really try it! Especially if you’re still using Internet Explorer.