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    Friday, May 7, 2010

    Link Share - Tablet Wars, and some other stuff..

    I took a long dive during the Riyadh Floods and all the hype it caused.. And the "To Check" bookmarks are a bit over flooded.. So, based on public demand (by all three of you), let's recap what just happened during the past couple of days..

    Today, There's HUGE updates on the Tablet front (spoiler: Apple's taking the lead) and the MAYBE conclusive state of the Adobe vs. Apple case (the inevitable happened)..

    This is going to be a long one, so i suggest you make some tea..

    The Tablet market is surely becoming the center of attention during the past month or so, putting in mind the market and how it existed before, and how the spot light shined with Apple's iPad.. Many contemplated theories on how Apple won't last through the USB-Enabled machines out there.. However, despite the long heated debated on forums and message boards all over the web, explaining how the Apple latest addition won't make it through, Numbers and press-releases seem to have a different say..

    More like 1 million things to say..
    "One million iPads in 28 days - that's less than half the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with the iPhone" -Steve Jobs
     And the growth is going too rapid in a sense it's actually hurting the competition, including iPod touches (that was surely unexpected)..

    The question now is, how long will this momentum last?

    My thoughts are really simple about this.. There was enough hype to make the iPad penetrate the market in a rate (i expected) even higher than this.. Yet again, despite the 5000+ iPad apps, the market isn't clear on what the iPad is all about.. There isn't a killer app out there, and comparing the growth period, am not so eager to see it coming any time soon..

    The users, on the other hand, are really discovering different aspects of the iPad, beyond being a very amazing eBook reader or a next-gen magazine platform..

    and if there's any reason for you to Jailbreak your iPad 3G+WiFi.. I think THIS is more than enough..

    And this is just the first month of release.. KEEP THE MOMENTUM!

    If there's anything Apple knows best, they know how to sell.. After the iPhone 4G bonanza, the next WWDC sold out all the tickets in just 8 DAYS..

    With the iPhone 4.0 release, Speculation on what Apple may have next is putting developers on the edge.. Now, as much as this is good public rep for Apple, they tend to over blow things out of proportion with the whole "Reality Distortion Field" they're mastering.. And like the iPad's announcement, people may get bummed out.. We don't want a consumer backlash, do we?

    Well, anyways.. Many were actually waiting for what the competition will offer, now that the iPad is out and everything..

    Waiting for the HP Slate? Sorry..
    HP's cancellation of the Slate may have much to do with the Windows 7 operating system it was running. Windows 7 may have been too cumbersome as a touchscreen OS for tablets, and and early report on Slate development indicated that responses to the Slate's interface weren't positive -Y!News
    Waiting for the Courier, maybe? Sorry, again..

    And it's one of two, actually.. It's either these guys noticed something, and decided to go back to square one, OR, they thought the something else is better to pursue for now..

    But the war is not over yet.. Just when you think the market is almost clear for Apple to dominate, someone decided to rise up tot he Silicon Valley Bully..

    Google's gPad (yup!), running on the viral-spreading Android OS, with an interface similar to Chrome OS, and everything the iPad isn't, or so they say..

    Am actually excited about this.. So far, Google has proven to be the only tech-warrior who has enough HP and Gills to compete with Apple's spread of tech+UI.. And it's going to be a decade long war, and it sure pays to be an End User on this one.. This is NO time to be in the tech industry X'D..

    Ok, now we got that big chunk out of the way, let's just skim through the latest on the Apple Adobe war.. If you haven't been paying attention lately, here's your chance..

    So far, Apple shared their thoughts on Flash, and Adobe's CEO completely dismissed it.. Microsoft sided with Apple, and Adobe still stands behind their statements.. And now, guess who decided to tag along?

    Today's internet content is dependant on Flash. If you remove Flash you do not have today's internet. But at Opera we say that the future of the web is open web standards and Flash is not an open web standards technology...
    But flash as a video container makes very little sense for CPU, WiFi battery usage etcetera – you can cook an egg on [devices] once you start running Flash on them and there's a reason for that...
    For some reason it's not part of the fabric of the web currently and Flash either needs to include itself in the future of the web and open web standards or its technology is going to be consistently under attack from all sides as the open web standard movement grows further and further - Opera's, Phillip Grønvold
    With all this data coming from multiple sources, it's all pointing at three things mainly:

    1. The WebKit standard was a massive step towards the future..
    2. Adobe is in denial of what they are ought to be, and what their next step is..
    3. HTML5, FTW!!!1!

    Wow.. That should cover the past week ALONE, and this is me being very picky about what am sharing..

    If you have any tips you'd like to post, feel free to email me with them (thanks Abdullah)..


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