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iPad on Ulitzer I’m proud to consider myself an upper middle class American . Why am I so proud about it? Because I haven’t been born in an upper middle class American family. I came to the USA 18 years ago with $200 in my pocket on a visitor’s visa. Don’t rush reporting on me to the Immigration authorities. I was legal in this country each and every day since. Then came the work visa (H1B), after that the green card, and back in 2001, I became an American citizen. Our family consists of me (silver 15” MacBook Pro), two sons (black 13” MacBook and a silver 13” MacBook) and my wife (post World War II Windows PC own by her employer, a filthy rich international bank). I also have an iPhone. To complete the picture, I need to mention, that occasionally I’m getting separated with my MacBook Pro. For example, last week I’ve been skiing in French Alps and didn’t get it wi... (more)

Brightcove Experience for HTML5 Unveiled

Brightcove, an online video platform, on Monday announced the Brightcove Experience for HTML5, a framework for publishing and delivering high quality, interactive and advertising-supported Web video experiences for HTML5-compatible devices. The new platform solution, available free of charge to more than 1,000 Brightcove customers in 42 countries, will enable media companies and marketers around the world to easily expand the reach of their online video initiatives to popular consumer devices including the Apple iPad, iPhone® and iPod® touch. "Our customers want to be able to deliver their video content to every screen without sacrificing the quality, interactivity and monetization capabilities they have come to expect from the Brightcove platform," said Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove chairman and chief executive officer. "The Brightcove Experience for HTML5 fills the ... (more)

They Say iPhone’s Next Feature Will Be a Cry ‘Help, I’ve Been Kidnapped’

So Gizmodo has lawyered up. And blogger Jason Chen has lawyered up. And the seller of Apple's errant billion-dollar iPhone prototype - identified by Wired as 21-year-old college dropout Brian Hogan - has lawyered up while Apple has been hoist on Jon Stewart's "Comedy Central" petard as a bunch of heavy-handed "appholes" because of the whole affair. The first thing the lawyer for Gizmodo did was to put it about that Gizmodo could sue the police for melodramatically breaking down Chen's front door last Friday night and carting away all his computer equipment and other electronic paraphernalia - which is apparently still sitting untouched at a forensic lab somewhere waiting for somebody to decide if a crime has been committed like Apple alleges. Gizmodo's fancy new counsel, a First Amendment specialist, has taken the position that the raid constituted illegal search a... (more)

A Cloudy Subject? Here's Some Clarity

The cloud hype machine is well and truly in full swing these days; it seems every tech company out there is telling you they are in the cloud and their products are cloud-based. A lot of that is marketing spin - cloud is the buzzword that people want to be associated with at the moment. Apple's announcement of iCloud probably attracted the most attention of any of the recent cloud developments (the marketing clout of that 'i' is truly remarkable). Steve Jobs has now put Apple firmly into the cloud game and we thought it would be interesting to see how the world's three largest technology companies are approaching the cloud and what their vision is for this rapidly growing platform. Google A company that was born and has grown in the Cloud, Google envision a complete shift from the traditional workstation with installed software to a thin client model - everything is... (more)

HyperOffice Is an iCloud Alternative for Team Collaboration

iCloud is great news iCloud is great news for the cloud industry as a whole. As everyone knows, the genius of Steve Jobs is to show everyone the importance of “sexy” in technology (for lack of a better word) – take an existing technology, and make it so compelling, so beautiful, that people can’t wait to lay their hands on that sleek shiny new thing.  He did that with iPhone, and repeated it with iPad. The same could well happen with iCloud. The cloud has been around in the consumer market for more than a decade, and the business world has finally embraced it in the last couple of years. But Steve Jobs’ visibility and marketing genius could make the “cloud” meme so commonplace, that no cloud vendor ever has to lose hair again trying to explain to a prospect what the cloud is. However, iCloud is not a team tool, nor is it intended to be. iCloud is not for collabora... (more)

Opinion: A Critique of the “New iPad”

Let’s get started, I’m not in love w/ the new naming system for the iPad. “New” should never be in any products name, let alone a real piece of technology (will the next one be New New? or New and Improved iPad?). Ridiculous. That said, Apple has certainly upped their internal standards (as the iPad 2 was showing its age and limitations in a few aspects). Apple’s Upgrades The first huge upgrade is the screen. While I still disagree with the 4:3 aspect ratio, Apple has quadrupled the pixels to a ridiculous 2048×1536. At 1536p it certainly is beyond 720p or 1080p (hd resolutions) but will this be a positive in the long run? The second upgrade is the CPU/GPU pairing. Apple has implemented a dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU, claiming better speed and performance than the current king on the block – NVIDIA‘s Tegra 3 architecture. I do not buy these blanket statements ... (more)

My Thoughts on the Apple iPad

iPhone Apps on Ulitzer iPhone Apps on Ulitzer - The Apple iTablet or iSlate is due to be shown off to the world January 27th, and unleashed on us sometime in March. The blogosphere has been buzzing about the topic. Joe Wilcox of BetaNews.com said “The world doesn’t need an Apple Tablet, or any other” (full post here). MG of TechCrunch followed up with “The World Doesn’t Need Someone Telling Us What We Don’t Need In Tech” (full post here).  I think both writers make some good points, but I wanted to give my thoughts, and ask the readers of CTOvision theirs. The Apple Tablet is rumored to cost $1000. So the first word that comes to my mind is “overpriced.”  When you can purchase a decent netbook for under $300, a solid ultra-portable 12-14″ (laptop) for $500, and a good business laptop for under $700…why would you ever pay $1000 for a simple tablet?  Quite frankly, I... (more)

iPad - What It Means For Developers

iPad on Ulitzer Today was a historic day in computing history. While the techno-geeks will argue for the next several months what this really means and what the Apple iPad is missing or why it’s only a large screen iPod Touch, I’m going to be focused on what I think this really means to some key industries and how Appcelerator can help. From my perspective, web developers are talking up and overwhelmingly are planning new application experiences for the new iPad. We surveyed just a small sample of our community of developers and found that over 90% of them plan on building an iPad application in the next 12 months. But what’s probably more interesting, and certainly makes sense seeing the iPad today, is that this new device offers new innovations that could be much different (and quite possibly, better) than the existing iPhone/iPod. We are seeing huge opportunitie... (more)

The iPad Is the Ultimate Thin Client

In my earlier post, when I railed against the iPad, it was mostly personal disappointment and letdown.  I was disappointed by the technical specs, most notably the aspect ratio, and the exclusion of USB, HDMI, and webcams.  Those items can all be added on in later iterations (which I firmly believe they will – perhaps the iPad HD?).  And when they are released, people (Nerds/Geeks – maybe even I) will pay the upcharge for them.  A lot of blogs have been posted that talk about the iPad as the optimal stepping stone (gateway?) for the technologically challenged.  They are right (but might not know why). When Matt (commenter MGD) posted that if he were to buy a computing device for his 9-year old daughter, it’d be an iPad, it got me thinking.  It would be hard to pick a better device for kids.  Parental Controls are becoming a very key discriminator for operating syst... (more)

Ulitzer - iPad for Business?

iPad For Business In case you did not hear, Apple announced the iTouch on steroids aka iPad last week. Apple iPad via www.apple.com Is it a phone? No, its not an iPhone Is it a PC? Well, not in the context of the traditional PC or Mac book What is the iPad or more importantly, what is the possible business angle? First as to what is it, it might be easier to describe what it is not. As mentioned above, it is not an iPhone, granted you can get an iPad with 3G or WiFi for data access (similar to how iTouch has WiFi). Likewise, the iPad is not a PC in the context of running applications traditionally found on Windows PCs or Mac devices. What is it? As far as what is the iPad, here is a link to its specifications, some of which have resulted in confusion. For example, I have seen many comments about how the iPad does not have a camera. Well, not built in however there i... (more)

Bridgehead Software Raises Bar for Healthcare Storage Virtualization

Bridgehead Software, the healthcare data management software specialist, will next week unveil interim research results from the storage virtualization portion of its Data Management Healthcheck 2010. BridgeHead spokespeople at booth 831 at World of Health IT in Barcelona will be on hand to: • discuss the urgent and growing need for integrated use and management of electronic patient records (EPR) • share interim results from the Data Management Healthcheck 2010 research on cloud technologies and storage virtualization • demonstrate BridgeHead Software's line of vendor-agnostic data management software solutions for hospitals and healthcare organisations of all sizes • describe the benefits of vendor-agnostic (i.e., not linked to a particular imaging vendor) solutions for streamlining storage and management of electronic patient records (EPR) and improving healthcare del... (more)