Digital Media

Best of Steve Ballmer has a comprehensive collection of quotes from the late-to-be CEO of Microsoft. Below are my favorites;

On the iPhone: “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item.” (April 2007)

On Apple: “In every category Apple competes, it’s the low-volume player, except in tablets.” (October 2012)


Digital Media

Apple now doesn’t depend on Google Maps

It is well spread in the news that Apple is ditching Google’s services for an in-house solution, which offers a more realistic approach to the mobile world of cartography. (See the original news at it’s source at 9to5Mac.)

Having an almost native application removed from the 6th iteration of their mobile operating system shows how dedicated Apple is to remain independent in providing such a core mobile service. It took them 4 acquisitions to offer that same service (see purchases of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9).

What will they do about the search? Nothing! they don’t have to do anything, consumer level information gathering is done & spread around dedicated apps. Search will stay as an additional option browser for extra’s information that can’t be delivered by these dedicated sources.

I am hoping Google will start thinking about delivering value on top the core services they are providing, or else…


Speaking of search… have you heard of Microsoft’s new social approach to search (news article here)? It aims to connect you with relevant though leaders related to your search term. (definitely deserves it’s own post).


Digital Media

Connectedness of E-books

Who decides what gets sold in the bookstore? Is a blogpost by Seth Godin sharing a problem he is having with Apple Store as they are not distributing his book through their store since reasoning with the external links to the Amazon bookstore (one of Apple’s competitor in this market)

I just found out that Apple is rejecting my new manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams and won’t carry it in their store because inside the manifesto are links to buy the books I mention in the bibliography.

Quoting here from their note to me, rejecting the book: “Multiple links to Amazon store. IE page 35, David Weinberger link.”

And there’s the conflict. We’re heading to a world where there are just a handful of influential bookstores (Amazon, Apple, Nook…) and one by one, the principles of open access are disappearing. Apple, apparently, won’t carry an ebook that contains a link to buy a hardcover book from Amazon.
I came across to this piece of news on Apple evengelist John Gruber’s news feed with the following comment;
Would Amazon carry a book that linked each book in the bibliography to the iBookstore? I don’t know, maybe they would. But would Barnes & Noble carry a book that contained coupons to buy additional books at Borders? (Pretend Borders is still in business.) Why not link to iBookstore versions of the books from the iBooks edition?
What I am afraid of Gruber might not be noticing is the opportunity-missed in favor of the closed network of bookstores.

Our experience of web is consisted of pieces of text/ image/ video being linked to each which is allowing user to navigate through a sea of information. Such a structure derives it’s strength from well connectedness. It is only fair to accommodate the idea each bookstore to keep a guarded garden to maintain profits/ competitive advantage but all this insecure precautions prevent the e-book as a media type to become part of the web experience.

I very much agree with John Maeda, in the following tweet;

Books and movies have endings. The Web doesn’t. Thus taking breaks on the Web feels so unnatural.
— johnmaeda (@johnmaeda) December 13, 2010

Digital bookstores are likely to be the only way out for e-books from being the media type that’s destined to have endings. And bookstores which can facilitate & celebrate the potential in the connectedness of e-books, we will be able to experience a more fluid content experience. This natural content consumption experience for the users will also mean additional traffic & demand for all the parties that’s selling books online.