Posts Tagged ‘os x’

TweetDeck Acquisition

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Ah, yes, another blog post about TweetDeck.

As of yesterday, Twitter’s rumored to go through with a $40-50 million acquisition of TweetDeck.

While this makes sense considering Twitter’s position on having more control over their third-party ecosystem, it’ll be interesting to see how they’ll handle the extreme split in user experience between TweetDeck and Twitter for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As an idealistic user, I hope they’ll split the two clients into “Twitter for Mac” and “Twitter Pro for Mac”, although it’ll still be pretty disjointed – Twitter for Mac is only for one platform, and TweetDeck runs on both Windows and OS X. Not to mention how Twitter’ll feel about the dependency of Adobe AIR.

The rumor‘s also been thrown around that Twitter made the acquisition simply to shut down TweetDeck. If that ended up going through, that’d show a complete disregard for users, not to mention all the brands that have TweetDeck firmly integrated into their marketing processes. And that’s a pretty hefty purchase for the sole purpose of exercising dictator-like control. Is strict control of the platform really worth upwards of $50M?

Nonetheless, I wouldn’t take a crack at developing the next big Twitter client right now.

Twitter Made a Mistake

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

In a recent announcement and in an update to their terms of service, Twitter is now saying that they should be the sole developer of clients, justifying the decision with a claim that everyone should access Twitter with the same experience.

Say what?

I’ve been a huge fan and compulsive user of third-party access points for years. Different people have vastly different needs, and trying to enforce a “one size fits all” policy just won’t work. Now that these clients have huge loyalties and userbases, choosing this time to bring down the iron fist makes little to no sense. If the strategy from the beginning was to only offer one way to access the platform, fine. That makes sense. Users would adopt Twitter with that mentality, grow with that mentality, no problem. But don’t tease us with the sweet, sweet water of clients and then threaten to take them away. Granted, existing clients will likely remain, but I’m worried Twitter won’t hit its potential without new developers contributing to the ecosystem.

Because some of Twitter’s best features (retweets, hashtags, etc.) have come from crowdsourced adoption and development. It was only after third-party implementations that Twitter built these features into their site. Why stifle innovation by bringing things down to one point of access? Clients should be praised as a way to bring even more eyes onto Twitter, not condemned for “confusing users”.

There’s also a strange bit of irony in the sense that Twitter’s official iOS and OS X app originated from and was acquired from an individual developer.

Give me TweetDeck or give me death! Okay, maybe that was a slight stretch.

Tech Trends: Week of 2/21/11

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

This last week has been nothing short of a huge moshpit of technology news. OS X, Android, and everything in between. Check it.

New MBPs

New MacBook Pros finally went live in combination with Intel’s launch of Light Peak, which was rechristened “Thunderbolt”. I’m blown away by the specs on these suckers; the cheapest configuration has 4 GB of RAM with a 2.3 GHz i5. At the high end, you can grab 8 GB of RAM on a quad-core i7 with a 1 GB graphics card. Especially given the comparable pricing, the rationale behind the purchase of desktop machines is fading fast. Hook a monitor up to one of these guys, and you’re no longer sacrificing performance for portability. The laptop is the new desktop and the tablet is the new laptop.

I’m not Lion, this is pretty awesome

The distribution of 10.7′s developer preview is arguably a bigger deal than the new MBPs, as it’s more of a noticeable experience and will affect the entire Mac line. Lion is no doubt a phat pile of hotness, but unlike Snow Leopard, the UI changes will take a little getting used to. Interestingly enough, server capabilities are now included with all shipments; coupled with the discontinuation of the Xserve line, I see this as a shift of Apple’s server strategy to be more consumer-centric. And +1 to them for avoiding fragmentation.

Xoom drops (without Flash)

Why don't you Xoom in on this image?

The Motorola Xoom, one of the better contenders in the tablet space, has also been released – fresh with some sweet Honeycomb. Although I’ve never personally handled the device, it seems to be the man’s man of tablets with a heavy design, rough edges, and a lot of the Droid mentality surrounding it. And in a cruel twist of irony, it’s currently not shipping with Flash.

Consumer Reports still hates the iPhone

Months after bashing the AT&T iPhone over the Antennagate scandal, Consumer Reports is yet again showing no mercy for Verizon’s iPhone over the same problem. Although I have a hard time believing that Apple wouldn’t reevaluate the design and fix this *gripping* issue, I can also understand not expending too many resources on a phone that’s nearing the end of its lifecycle. And sales don’t seem to be hurting too badly.

Assange extradited to Sweden

On the political side of technology, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange was extradited to Sweden over something totally unrelated to the site.

Are you lucky enough to be ordering a new MacBook Pro? Are you adventurous enough to install Lion? Are you Xooming to Best Buy to get a tablet? Are you irritated by my parallel structure and puns?

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