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Apple: Apps on a Desktop

Posted by Jeremy Paris on October 28, 2010

meowOk, what’s going on here.  One week ago I watched the “Back to Mac” keynote and was so excited I almost needed to breathe into a paper bag.  Yesterday I took back my Apple TV, decided that iLife ’11 wasn’t a “need” for me right now, and denounced the new MacBook Air.  Crazy.
Why is iLife ’11 not a “need”?  Well, I don’t have time to use Garage Band, don’t have time or ambition to mess with my 5000+ pictures, and still think that making the trailers in iMovie will be really really cool…the first few times I do it and that’s it.  So I figure I can wait awhile before upgrading.
The MacBook Air, while looking just as sturdy as the MacBook Pro, is not what I thought it would be.  It looks like a netbook, and there’s a reason for that.  It is meant to be a “better” netbook (as the apple chick at the store told me).  It doesn’t even have a CD drive, and although it uses flash memory which is faster, she said “don’t even thinking about using this thing for something like Final Cut Pro”.  It’s basically meant for the average Joe who will spend 95% of his time surfing, checking email, or creating documents and stuff.
I did have one positive thing that I thought about Apple this morning though.  Apps on the desktop.  What makes an app on a desktop different from an application?  The answer is Touch.  If you took the same apps from your phone and put them on the desktop but then had to use a standard mouse to use them, they would absolutely suck.  So in order for apps on a desktop to work, Apple would have to change the way people used a desktop….and they freaking did that.  First they started implementing the trackpad in their laptops that made use of multi-touch.  Then they came out with the magic mouse.  Then they came out with the stand-alone multi-touch track pad.  Those were all baby steps that were needed before they ever could announce apps on a desktop.  Otherwise, everyone would have said “Apps on a desktop is stupid…it’s no different than an application”.

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Will Google TV be a blessing or a curse?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on October 22, 2010

As most of you know Apple came out with their new version of Apple TV a few weeks ago and at first I wanted it. Then after a few weeks of reading articles about it I found that the networks weren’t jumping aboard the Apple ship like a lot of people (myself included) thought they would. For people like me that only watch about three shows on TV it would be perfect. I could rent the new episodes on my schedule for only $0.99 each and get rid of my Direct TV. But now that it is looking like the shows that I want won’t be available Apple TV doesn’t look as hot anymore.

Enter Google TV. What?!? What the hell is Google TV. Yeah, I only found out about it yesterday myself. Basically, you connect some hardware to your TV (just like Apple TV) and now you are mixing internet with your TV experience. But on top of that you will soon be able to use Android Apps (which I never really loved on my Droid), and be able to use Google’s search technology to find what you want to watch even if that might be a YouTube video. But I’m not sold yet.

A year from now will GoogleTV and/or Apple TV be threatening to take over cable? And if so, what is Google’s model going to be? Free cable but maybe you will be blasted with targeted ads while you watch? And for those opting not to get the ads they can go the Apple TV route and pay to rent?

Or…the most likely possibility…the networks will come together to kill both Apple and Google TV by not dealing with them at all.

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