Tag: iPhone

Ralf HallerRalf Haller January 6, 2009

Apple “steals” ideas from Google and others and makes money with them…

Today’s keynote at the Macworld event was filled with new announcements and following it on CrunchGear in near real-time my mouth started watering and a decision that has developed over the last year came finally through: my next laptop will be a Macbook for sure. They are now light years ahead of Microsoft that I think not using a Macbook and its OS would mean a severe competitive disadvantage.

Now back to my heading. It is pretty obvious that Apple has stolen quite a few ideas from Google. The funny thing, though, is that while Google seems good at coming up with good new stuff only Apple is able to make money with it.  Google still today has “only” managed to commercialize its search and I do not think that they will ever be able to do anything else really – commercially speaking.

Here the list of things that I have seen Apple borrowing from its friends in Mountain View and others:

  • face detection in iPhoto (Picasa started that a few months ago)
  • GPS geotagging in iPhoto (a clear Google maps domain)
  • iMovie UI seems to be taken from Blackberry
  • iWork.com is clearly using ideas from Google’s iDocs
  • remote Keynote application app over Wifi on the iPhone is a copy of an existing app, i-Clickr, thanks guys!
  • over 75 million accounts linked to credit cards, aha, I can smell what is coming here soon, Amazon’s of the world fasten your seat belts

One nice thing that maybe has not been noticed as much as it should have due to its possible impact on the telecom industry: iTunes music store now works over 3G and offers the same pricing model. At last the mobile operators have a smile too on their 3G investments. Thanks, Apple.

Ralf HallerRalf Haller January 1, 2009

Best iPhone apps I came across so far…

Below a list of my currently favorite iPhone apps. There are so many iPhone apps out now that I have a hard time keeping up with all of them. In fact I am not keeping up with it. -) If you want a review of these apps check out AppVee. It seems the currently best review place that I have found at least. Some of their reviews I do not share though at all, so it is still worth checking out the apps by yourself and look for other reviews and opinions elsewhere. The lists below are in random order btw.

Worth noting is that practically all my cloud applications also have a mobile version now which I can add as bookmarks to the iPhone and they look like any other iPhone app; they have just to be launched through the bowser which happens automatically.

For Work For Fun
  • Instapaper
  • Evernote
  • fring
  • Stitcher
  • Tube (London, Paris, …)
  • Newsstand
  • Taxi Guide (Shanghai, Beijing…)
  • DianHua
  • WiFinder
  • Holidays
  • Flight Status
  • AirportStatus
  • Record
  • SBB Timetable
  • Google
  • Google Earth
  • LinkedIn
  • iCurrency
  • Easy Pasta
  • Recipes
  • Shazam
  • Wine Card
  • TV Guide
  • Word Bank (MyWords-Chinese)
  • Flashcards (Chinese characters)
  • Hanoi
  • Cocktails
  • Clubs
  • Aero Weather
  • WeatherEye
  • Stanza
  • iChillout
  • FourFree
  • Blanks
  • 20 Minuten
  • WeatherPro