Fandango has launched an iPhone app. You could definitely see this coming. The part that I’m the most excited about is that you can by movie tickets right from your phone. The bummer is that they don’t integrate with your existing Fandango account. You have to enter your credit card number right into the phone.
So… Where’s the innovation?
This morning I was thinking about how recently I’ve been having trouble finding things to write about, in my blog. I’m glad I’m not a professional writer because I can imagine sometimes you’re forced to write about the stupidest stuff just so you have something to write about.
I read just about every popular technology blog that I can get my hands on. I have to say that in the last 3-4 months I don’t feel like I’ve seen anything that’s been that innovative. There hasn’t been that much which has just blown me away.
When is the last time we had a new game changing technology?
Who’s going to be the next company which is going to come up with something that’s going to light a new spark in people? You saw that spark when the Apple iPhone and Facebook Platform opened for development by third parties.
But what’s next? Single sign on with Facebook Connect, the latest Twitter app, and the thirty sixth texas hold-em game or location based social network for the iPhone can only be so interesting.
Find me on Tumblr and Yelp
So, there are now two more social networks that you can find me on. I’ve been playing around with Yelp and Tumblr (both links to my profiles).
I’ve really been impressed with Yelp and the extent that they’ve been able to create an ecosystem where they can influence which restaurants and services that patrons go to. That’s pretty awesome. It puts the power in the hands of the consumer and forces the establishment to step up their game.
Tumblr also fascinates me. I know a lot of folks that use it as their full on blog. For me, its just a place to dump the random/interesting things that I find on the Web. Sometimes these are articles that I may want to blog about later and sometimes not. Tumblr just put out a iPhone app so I want to have some fun with that and document more of the randomness that is my life.
So yeah… do you guys use Yelp or Tumblr? Any new cool social networky type Web apps that I should be paying attention to?
Is that a book in your pocket? No, it’s my iPhone.
So… in addition to reading the NY Times on my iPhone, I recently downloaded the Amazon Kindle app for the iPhone, bought a book, and have begun reading on that.
Much to my surprise, it was quite enjoyable. It was like any other reading type experience that I had had. The book was good so I just flipped right through it.
It felt nice that I could have so many books in the palm of my hand. I didn’t have to worry about lugging them around with me in my bag.
After 20 minutes of reading, my eyes didn’t feel strained. They felt fine.
Battery consumption concerns me. It feels like because, when you’re reading, you always have the screen going that I’m going to kill the battery. I haven’t gotten a feeling for that yet so I’ll check back in.
Have you tried it out at all? What do you think?
NY Times iPhone App Offline Support is Awesome!! Works Perfectly.
I take the subway to work everyday. During that time period, I’m completely without mobile reception. I have an iPhone and AT&T and that doesn’t work in the subway tunnels.
So I was kind of excited when the NY Times announced that they were adding offline support for their iPhone app. I tried it on the subway today and it worked perfectly.
Now, I wish that Apple would add offline capability to the iPhone version of Safari so that I could do this with just a normal mobile Web site.
The Apple iPhone is the Next E-Book Reader Not the Amazon.com Kindle
So it seems like everyone and their brother is talking about the Amazon Kindle E-Book reader. Well, I’m not a fan yet.
- It’s something else that I have to carry. Do I wanna carry one more device?
- It’s expensive. It’s $400 (well $399). Is carrying paper books with you that much of a problem? A big enough problem that it’d be worth $400.
- If I lose a hardback book, I’ve lost $25. If I lose the Kindle, I’ve lost $400. (This is speaking from someone who was mugged and got his iPhone stolen.)
I think the future of e-books is the Apple iPhone. It’s something more people already have. It’s the most popular device with the biggest screen. It has a good battery.
The Apple iPhone is also launching it’s SDK in February. Who’s going to write the e-book reader app come February?