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Great Feed: Beautiful Pixels

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Preshit Deorukhkar’s Beautiful Pixels blog features apps that look and feel great.  Most of the articles are about iOS apps, but Android pops up every now and then.  Today marked the first installment of his new weekly feature, The Platter.  The Platter points to apps, news, video, etc that he thinks will resonate with the BP audience. Go check it out!

Great Feed: Bendis!

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Brian Michael Bendis runs a terrific blog featuring comic book art – covers, panels and sometimes pre-production stuff.  Check it out!

iPad Enthusiasm

Yes, I’m looking forward to the iPad release. I set my alarm early on Pre-Order day and raced through the process, just in case.

I’ve been tagged as an Apple fanboy, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I’m a mobile technology fanboy. I’ve tried the gamut of mobile device models and brands, yet I come back to the Apple product lines time and again. I spent months with the Palm Pre (great SDK!) and weeks with Android (the Droid) and Windows Mobile devices, but the iPhone (despite its limitations) is #1 for me. Similarly, I’ve spent a lot of time with the Archos 5 Android, UMPCs, Nokia Internet Tablets and the Kindle. Knowing what I know about the software and hardware that makes up the iPad, it’s clear that Apple has another winner.

I spend a lot of time on the computer. I read and write email, read and write documents, read news (twitter, articles), listen to audiobooks and podcasts, write code, watch video. At home and at work, I’ve been spending less time at my desk – so, for many of these tasks, I rely on my iPhone (especially reading email, listening to audiobooks/podcasts and watching video). Going forward, at home I expect that the iPad will be my go-to device for reading and viewing email, news, and video.

Meanwhile, there are a ton of new experiences that the iPad will enable. It’s not clear which of these will ‘catch on’ with me or with you, but quite a few new possibilities will be opened up on April 3rd at the intersection of the iPad and the terrifically innovative development community that has sprung up around the iPhone OS.

Beyond the obvious use cases mentioned above, I’m looking forward to:

  • The competition for the best iPad Twitter app – who can use the large, multitouch screen the best? I expect that it will be a more compelling experience than desktop/notebook alternatives.
  • Similarly, but probably with a longer horizon, the competition for the best RSS newsreader on the platform will be intense. I version of Reeder 2 or MobileRSS reorganized for the iPad form factor will be a lot of fun to use.
  • I’m still hoping that Netflix and Hulu will work something out with Apple to get their streaming solutions available on the iPad. Apple has an obvious financial incentive to block these apps, but subscription or ad based video streaming is going to win over $2.00 TV episodes some day. I’m surprised ANYONE is paying for TV that way on a regular basis.
  • An iPad optimized Flickr browsing app would be interesting.
  • Remote Desktop. It’s usable on an iPhone, but would be more so on the iPad.
  • Games. Just as we saw completely new kinds of games with the iPhone (and the Wii and the DS), we’ll see some new things on the iPad.
  • Comic books and graphic novels continue to be an exciting narrative model. It will be interesting to see the mix of mainstream and independent content that ends up on the iPad. Lots of people are excited about how magazines will make the leap to this device, but I think the leap that comics make will be just as interesting.
  • Interactive charts and data visualizations via touch. This technique could bring new life to informative textbook and magazine content.

New Google Reader Feature – See Friends’ Shared Items

On logging into Google Reader just now, I noticed that it now shows me a group of feeds that correspond to my friends’ shared items. This is terrific! Note: Friends are defined as your Google Talk buddies.

There is a Facebook app that works similarly, but I’m glad this functionality is now built in and is opt out, not opt in.

Note: I don’t consider this a privacy violation. You are ALREADY sharing these items with the public – Google is just making it easier to find your friends’ feeds.

I’ll look into adding this functionality to ReaderMini.

It looks like they announced a couple of days ago, but I don’t remember seeing it before today.

ReaderMini Video

Jonathan Greene recently made a video of ReaderMini running on an N800. It’s cool to see how another user interacts with it!

ReaderMini.com .9.3 – New Feature: Flag for Followup

This was a very easy change to make, but one I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.

Changes in Release .9.3 – 1/19/07

  • New Feature! Items can now be flagged for followup. To view items flagged this way, click the View Items for Followup button in the feed list. In Google Reader, scroll to the bottom of your feed list and click on the ‘followup’ label.