The Apple iPad
I guess it is about time for me to weigh in on the recently announced Apple iPad Tablet. I would not be a blogger if I did not, right?
Previously on Worthless Genius, I talked about my misgivings for the then-upcoming Apple presentation, and the impact–or lack thereof–the announcements would make on my life. I used my oracular powers to divine that my life would not be changed in any significant way by the results of this presentation.
Was I correct in this assumption?
With all the focus today on creating modern and more interactive interfaces with the computing platforms we use on a daily basis, it seems to me that we are focusing mostly on the senses of touch and sight, and neglecting the roll that sound could play in the way we use our computing devices.
I realize that most devices are targeted to work with a large variety of consumers, thus allowing someone to use a PC without needing to be able to experience audio-specific cues, but I have to wonder what sort of new ideas could come out of modern interface design if developers were allowed to use audio in a more functional manner.
There has been a lot in the news lately about the trial going on regarding popular BitTorrent tracking site, The Pirate Bay. Currently, the Swedish court system is determining whether it is illegal to provide a service that merely allows users to point other users to [possibly] copyrighted material without the rights-holder’s consent.
Much is to be said about this broad topic, and whether or not The Pirate Bay is simply providing a service, and not discriminating against nefarious use by its users; or whether they are running a business that continues to profit from the undermining of the MPAA and RIAA profits.
If one thing is clear from this trial, it’s that the industries are wasting their money. Not only has the prosecution had their collective heads up their asses during this whole debacle, they have proven time and again that they not only do not have evidence one way or the other, but also that they refuse to hire legitimate, well-rounded “expert” witnesses who have done their homework. Way to further dwindle your profit margin there, big industry!
This whole trial is diverting the public from the key point in the “illegal” file sharing mindset: If it is easier to pirate your product than to legitimately purchase, you are doing something wrong.
Apple held a press conference today unveiling their new iPod Nano and Touch designs. While the Touch design seems to be a ho-hum upgrade, bringing it closer to an iPhone without the phone, the Nano designs are quite interesting.
I have yet to watch the enigmatic Jobs give his speech, I am waiting to do so on the point that I’m not all that excited about the changes that were made to the lineup.
I have always wanted to get an iPhone since their inception, but the lock-in to AT&Ts network has made the transition a no-go. Naturally then, I would want to get an iPod Touch, as it’s basically an iPhone without the phone.
Why am I bummed then? Well, if the Touch would have had GPS, I would have been sold. Right here, right now, I would want to buy one.
I don’t have a GPS device in my car, and this would be a wonderful addition. I would still have to carry around a cell phone, but at least I could get my email and web browsing fixes on the go.
Perhaps it’s a good thing that I don’t have that kind of money to throw around, or else I would have been an early adopter and gotten shafted in the first generation. It pays to be a bum, I guess.