Lots of folks aren’t interested in the 11”. The battery life isnt as good as the 13” model, the processor is slower and there isn’t a built in SD-card slot. And I wouldn’t recommend this model as your one and only computer.
But for me this thing is a game changer.
I travel a lot and the size of the 11” MacBook Air is perfect for me. It’s hard to describe how small & light the 11” feels. For me, it’s substantially smaller than the 13” Air. I can take this everywhere. The keyboard is sweet and so is the display. This computer feels significantly faster than my older macbook air too.
I haven’t given the battery a full test drive yet but everything I’ve read online suggests that I should be able to get 4.5 hours on a full charge. That’s fine for my needs.
The only thing I wish apple included was built in 3g like the ipad. That would make this absolutely perfect. I bet it’s in the next version.
Since I moved back to boston, my favorite place for coffee in the back bay is Cafe L’aroma. It has gone through a few ownership changes since then but i still love it.
Like many coffee places they give you a loyalty card like this. Every ten purchases you get an espresso drink for free
Some days I use it and many days I forget it. I don’t goto cafe l’aroma because of this card. I just like it better and the card is a reward or a nice bonus of sorts.
There are other places on the web or the physical world that take the opposite approach. They try to buy your love. I don’t want to pick on any specific company so I’ll share an example from the past.
Years ago there was a search engine that would pay users directly for using their product. The value proposition : most search engines are about the same so use ours and get paid.
What they really meant was : our product isn’t amazing so we are trying to buy you.
That search engine didnt work out. The better search engine did and continues to the leader. Back in web 1.0 there were other startups that tried to buy your love as well.
I think it’s important for startups to consider as well. Reward your users, don’t bribe them.
On the other hand, some startups do this reward thing very well.
In the earliest days of Foursquare, i remember getting an email from the service that informed me that I had reached “superuser” status. That gave me some some special super powers like being able to clean up and edit the venue database. It was absolutely brilliant. Status and value are fantastic rewards. There are many others examples.
So think about product first, rewards second and don’t try the bribes.
It makes perfect sense. Apple has well over a hundred million users with credits card info with iTunes and they have a proven software distribution model for iPhone and iPad.
I was talking to my brother about the Mac App Store last week. He believes that at some point the App Store will be the only way to install native apps on future Macintosh computers.
Since then I’ve heard others express this concern and belief as well.
Call me naive, but I just don’t see it that way. First, the open web is much more compelling than any Mac OS X app for the most part. My latest two Mac’s don’t have any MSFT software and the main native app I use is Chrome and Firefox. I keep Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers as a backup if Google apps barf. I gave up on Entourage and Apple mail many moons ago.
The real issue with the desktop software market is that (unless you’re talking about productivity software) there just isn’t all that much consumers need to buy anymore. The boxed software business didn’t die because of app stores, it died because of an overabundance of great programs that are free, open, or otherwise subsidized that are available through other web or internet services. To put it another way: lately, how often have your parents bought software for their computer (that wasn’t Microsoft Office)
The opposite is true on my iPhone. Even though I’m a preacher for the open web & html5, the reality is right now, I use a ton of iPhone apps and prefer many of them over their web counterparts (regardless the platform). I wish this wasn’t true but it is.
I’m sure it isn’t easy being the President of the United States.
Especially in these times of significant unemployment, debt, and a restless nation that wants improvement in areas like education, infrastructure, healthcare, financial reform, etc.
The demands on this President must be endless and complex.
But I’ve got one more demand. It’s important and it should be easy.
Because its a civil rights issue.
We need to elect leaders that believe all people should be treated equally regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual preference.
And right now in this country, in 2010, we have a President and many leaders that believe that your sexual preference should determine whether you are treated equally or not.
All of these things like debate about marriage, don’t ask/don’t tell court stays, school bullying etc are just symptoms of something much larger. The question is do we believe that all people should be treated with equal rights, respect and protection. And right now many of our leaders don’t feel this way.
This is a tragic shame, embarrassing and something that we will look back on and wonder how we put up with it for so long.
We need to fix this.
Most of us know that a change is inevitable but I see no reason to just sit by and wait for things to improve.
Let’s make it clear to each other, our children, our colleagues, our friends and families, our candidates for the mid-term and our President that we need everyone to be treated with complete and total equality.
“A flock of birds flying around an object in flight has no leader yet this beautiful, seemingly choreographed movement is the very embodiment of change. Rudimentary communication among individuals in real time allows many to move together as one—suddenly uniting everyone in a common goal. Lowering the barrier to activism doesn’t weaken humanity, it brings us together and it makes us stronger”—Exclusive: Biz Stone on Twitter and Activism - Biz Stone - Technology - The Atlantic
I agree with much of the post and I’m bullish on Android as well. Right now I carry two phones - an iPhone and a HTC Incredible. I mostly carry the HTC when I need reliable coverage (it’s on Verizon) and I also want to keep on top of the Android platform. I like Android a lot - I just don’t like the hardware on any android phones to date.
But I still find that best apps are coming out for iPhone first and Android second. Although, there are some exceptions. I personally like the Twitter Android app better than the iphone version.
In his post, Fred also brings up a comparison between the two app stores:
I am encouraging every company we work with to invest as heavily in Android as they invest in iPhone/iPad. I actually think they should invest more because Android is still wide open and the iPhone/iPad marketplaces are leaderboard driven and the leaders have been established and it’s hard to crack into the top ten anywhere.
I heard an interesting thing the other day from an extremely successful app developer for iPhone (he doesn’t develop for Android). I asked him what he thought of the refund policy on the Android marketplace. For those of you unfamiliar, Google allows you to easily get a refund on paid apps within 24 hours. Apple doesn’t provide this feature.
The developer I spoke to believes that most people buy mobile apps as a spontaneous thing and a refund program would significantly hurt his business.
I was a bit surprised by this. I figured the thing that Zappos and Amazon have taught us is good customer service is just good business. I’m curious if there are other developers out there that share this point of view.
The other thing I’m seeing is a huge increase in 3rd parties that are offering developers new types of distribution within the Apple app store ecosystem. They provide developers a set of tools, technologies and services to reach the user better - think of it as SEM for an app store world. I haven’t seen this to date for Android Marketplace.
My last observation about the two app stores is that it feels like iPhone users download more apps. I have almost 60 apps on my iPhone. I have about 10 apps on my Android. Do others have that experience as well?
I remember back in the day, Apple would highlight that Mac users use more desktop apps than Windows users. It was a big thing they would tell developers. I wonder if the same will be true in the mobile world or will the open html5 web change get rid of these things all together.
Often times, I discover things online that I want to deal with at a later time.
It could be planning a trip, reading an article, watching a video, listening to a song, even an ad, etc.
There are a number of wonderful apps that allow me to consume content later and on my preferred device. Here are a few examples:
-Instapaper. A simple and brilliant app. When you see stuff you want to read later, you use the Instapaper bookmarklet and save it for later. I started out using Instapaper on the iPhone but I’m addicted to it on the iPad. It’s fantastic on the airplane or train. Some people compare it to Flipboard but I think that isn’t accurate. The beauty of Instapaper is that it provides offline access on multiple devices.
-Boxee. Boxee is my favorite way to watch web content on the big screen. Right now, I use Boxee on a Mac Mini connected to our HDTV but pretty soon I’ll use the Boxee Box instead. Boxee has an awesome “consume later” mode. Any videos that show up in your Twitter timeline or your Facebook feed show up in your queue on Boxee. I love that feature.
-Google Chrome to Phone. This is a simple but awesome app. It’s a Chrome extension that allows you to push links, maps, and selected text & phone numbers to your Android phone. I use it all the time. I wish it worked for iPhone. Pushing maps from Chrome to the phone is dreamy.
It’s extremely useful to time and place shift the web. I’d love to see more apps do this.