Apr 182013

The Perfect Thing coverSteven Levy’s The Perfect Thing is yet another digital history book from the prolific author. The Perfect Thing chronicles the history of iPod (and leaves off with a short segue to the iPhone).

While the subject is far more common knowledge than that of his earlier “Hackers”, it’s nonetheless an interesting and enlightening book.

Desite its pedigree, The Perfect Thing is less about technology, and more about the people behind the device and its impact on society and habits.

But it’s not all about changes in music consumption – the first steps of the iPod’s history do contain interesting anecdotes about the technologies evaluated and especially about the comparison to competition.

The book has quite a personal perspective, the author talks about his own devices and music collection a lot, and a lot of the comments by industry players have not been gleaned from media, but from the interviews he conducted with them. The author regularly sounds more like a fanboy than an objective observer.

At least from my perspective (skewed very hard to pro-Apple camp) that’s but a minor fault.

The Perfect Thing is entertaining, I was sure of that. But it’s also rather shallow, and I kept expecting more.

Mar 052012

With the impending arrival of iPad 3 on Wednesday, it will be interesting to see whether the quadrupled resolution of the screen generate a third branch of iOS software.

After all, the current iPad crop no longer is the highest density in the land.

Then again, going retina didn’t fragment the iPhone offering – the applications just adapted the two resolutions within to serve both the new and the old devices.

My bet is on the same happening again.

But the attraction of graphics 2048 pixel wide cannot be underestimated, hence the prospect of a “Full HD” qualifier. Which would, indeed, be appropriate, since the device can play Bluray content at full resolution.

Feb 152012

I published Platform Version a couple of weeks ago.

It is the first piece of application software I’ve published professionally.

It is an excessively simple piece of software. It does one thing, and one thing only: it displays the version of the Harmattan platform running on a Nokia N9 (or an N950).

The information is obviously available for users via the settings of the device, this application just provides as easy a way to view it as possible.

Aug 152011
  • Returned to work, and survived the first day. N9 is still looking really really good (as well as N950 also).
  • Google bought Motorola’s mobile phone unit to significantly increase the stakes in the game.
  • After semi-interesting viral marketing, TabCo’s new product turns out to be a follow-up to Joojoo (with a bonus phone thrown in for good measure).
  • The weather turned nastily chilly and wet, the first glimpses of autumn to come.
  • Bought In Waves, the new album by Trivium to offset the angst from returning to work.
  • Barcelona re-acquired Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.
  • Swansea beat Manchester United City in their premier league debut (well, hopefully).
Jul 122011

Fruit Ninja logoHalfbrick’s Fruit Ninja works as an admirable touch-screen demo on devices. It showcases the device’s input and output capabilities by rendering fruits, whole and halved, on screen based on where the player’s finger has swept.

The game is proudly nothing more than an one-trick-pony, but it does provide an enjoyable ride, and the couple of modes are different enough to prolong its lifetime a little.

The easy accessibility, cheap price, lusciously depicted fruits and the short length of a game make Fruit Ninja an optimal casual game.

A casual game that has earned the developers plenty of money on most modern mobile phone platforms (though MeeGo is sadly absent) – the next challenges are the non-touch environments of a Kinect-equipped Xbox 360 and facebook. The former is pretty easy to figure out, but the latter is likely a mousefest, since the touchscreen to hosted application input pipeline is not exactly commonplace.

And the less said about the disturbing LARP version, the better.

Jun 212011

N9 x 3Nokia N9 (and its QWERTY-equipped sister, the N950) were launched today to a very positive reaction (Engadget is just representative, not the sole exemplar).

This, or actually the application development tools for MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, is what I’ve been working on for the last two years and change.

So this long-awaited release is the proof that the Nokia’s MeeGo crew is able to deliver.