There is a lot of noise about Apple's mythical tablet being some kind
of idealized electronic reader (the Kindle killer). But right now, some print
publishers (apart from Amazon) are getting in on the ground floor.
While none of the offerings are currently the newest material in their
catalog, Marvel Comics is partnering with some app developers for the
iPhone to bring comics to the small screen. If the sampling is any
indication of how well comics can be done on a 3.5-inch screen, I can
hardly wait for Apple to bust out the 10.7-inch tablet.
While many of us are familiar with the teeny little cube informing us
that we've ended up at a Flash-based site on our iPhones, it appears
that Apple's intransigence on the software plug-in has irked Adobe.
Today Google announced a new application for it's Android Mobile OS, Google Maps Navigation. This application will be a turn-by-turn application, comparable to a navigation unit that you would buy separately.
Remember when Ralph De La Vega, AT&T's Wireless CEO, suggested that the carrier might have to figure out some way to effectively better manage the bandwidth of their 3G network?
Well, he's not the only one singing the "iPhone's hogging up the airwaves" blues. Turns out the Chairman of the FCC has that same song stuck in his head, and between the two of these men, iPhone users could be running into some stiff opposition to their unlimited access plans.
While Apple retains the right to deny apps that they claim duplicate
core features (the supposed excuse for the Google Voice blanket
rejection), there are any number of apps that do just that. Try
searching browsers in the app store for proof.
So with an announcement from Mozilla's CEO John Lilly that the open
source giant plans to "release an app to the iPhone App Store in the
next few weeks," that he claims will "surprise people," speculation
began. Theories centered around two strong contenders.