My daily readings 06/09/2010

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    • Pulse has been an app-store hit thanks to its slick design, which pulls news from various sources and aggregates them in an easy-to-read manner, perfectly suited to the flick-and-scroll interface of the iPad. The design was good enough to impress even Steve Jobs, who mentioned it in his WWDC keynote speech Monday. The application, which costs $4, has been downloaded 35,000 times. It was the top paid app for a while.
    • Pulse takes the plain text from the NYT RSS feed and displays it. If you choose to read further, it opens the actual NYT page in a new browser window which, like every other in-app browser, uses Safari’s webkit engine to display it. The person reading it is therefore getting the exact same content as they would if reading in Safari.
    • The developers of Pulse, Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, are bemused, and are planning to contact Apple to fix the problem. They’ll do this by removing the NYT’s feed from the app, thus depriving the newspaper of future ad revenue from new customers. Is the NYT planning to comb through every app in the App store that links to its site and whine to Apple about it? Based on these petty actions, the answer could be yes.

      The biggest irony, though, smiles at us from a week ago. On June 1st, the New York Times‘ Brad Stone ran a review of Pulse, and loved it. It seems that at least one person at the paper understands the internet. Stone:

      The app allows users to see text-only versions of articles, which are basically cleaned-up versions of a news site’s RSS feeds, or to see the full articles as they are presented on the Web

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    • It’s irrelevant. Saying the iPhone has been losing marketshare to Android due to any hardware specs is like saying Coca Cola was losing marketshare to Pepsi in the 80’s due to Pepsi tasting better. It seems logical, but it’s just not the problem. That’s why New Coke was a disaster, and it’s why Android will outsell iOS soon (if it’s not already).

      Android is gaining because of carriers. What Apple really needed to announce (and why their share price dropped when they did not) was launching on Verizon.

    • Apple appears to have really focused on hardware innovation for iPhone 4:

      steel alloy antenna acting as frame

      custom A4 chip

      gyroscope

      camera backslide illumination sensor

      engineered glass and retina display

      This seems like the biggest hardware upgrade to the iPhone to date. I think people will respond by making it a record-selling iPhone.

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    • I mentioned this in the other thread, but hardware (and industrial design) is where Apple has greater expertise (and competitive advantage) over the competition. They are widening their moat.

      Most of these hardware innovations translate directly to new/enhanced user experiences. And competitors like Google don’t build phones – they build software. They are limited to what phone manufacturers (experts in phones – not software) can develop technologically.

      This is not to say Android won’t have greater market share – I just believe Apple realizes Google as a threat, and now heading in a direction that will be tricky for them to follow.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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