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The role of the designer at Apple and Microsoft has been a hot topic in the news recently. First came a long interview with former Apple CEO John Sculley, who discussed the role of the designer at Apple and contrasted it favorably with Microsoft's approach. Then came news that Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was resigning, apparently because his role as designer-in-chief was marginalized in Redmond. Add to that the telling detail that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he will not replace Ray Ozzie. Certainly Apple has been riding an incredible wave of growth and profitability in recent years, and certainly many people have been trying to hammer nails in a coffin custom-fitted for Microsoft in recent years as well. The Players Play On In this context, I re-watched a fascinating interview with Messrs. Ballmer and Ozzie held last fall and conducted by Wal... (more)

Mobile Expert Interview Series: Sybase's Bryan Whitmarsh

This morning I was able to catch up with SAP Mentor Bryan Whitmarsh for an interview.  I conducted a video interview with Bryan last year at Sapphire which you can watch here.  Bryan works for Sybase's product management team and reports to Tony Kueh, who I interviewed last week.  Bryan lives in Boise, Idaho (also my fair city), which he has called home since 1992, when he moved here from the Seattle area. Note: These are not Bryan's exact words, rather my notes from our interview. Kevin:  What is your role and area of responsibility at Sybase? Bryan: My title is Mobility Product Management.  Last year I was focused on mobile email, but this year I am working with the platform team on SUP (Sybase Unwired Platform).  It is my job to interpret the market, meet with customers, communicate the road map, both internally and externally, define product requirements and help ma... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

What Should Be Baked into the New Apple iPad and Why

Macintosh on Ulitzer Apple users are nothing if not dedicated. The landmark form factor and user interface innovations the company has ushered in over the last 25 years have created a fiercely dedicated customer base. There are Mac clubs, iPhone fan sites, and even online photo collections of Apple logo tattoos! All eyes will be on San Fran January 27 for Apple’s virtually-confirmed and much-anticipated launch of their new tablet computer. A tablet is a touch screen minicomputer with a digital keyboard integrated into the touch interface (no mechanical keys). Imagine a larger, thinner iPhone. The Apple tablet will likely rely on rich media and apps delivered over the web from some sort of Apple hub. Ever notice how half the yuppie homes you visit these days have a web-connected “kitchen laptop” set up? Now you see the market for the tablet. Google has nailed the ... (more)

iPad New Media Topic Launched on Ulitzer

iPad on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new media" platform in the world, announced today that a new  Ulitzer topic site, iPad (http://ipad.ulitzer.com), was launched today to provide the most comprehensive breaking news and blog coverage of iPad. iPad could potentially be the miracle which the newspaper industry is waiting for. Launch time authors and contributors to the new Ulitzer topic include: Maureen O'Gara, Bob Gourley, Salvatore Genovese, Wilson Kerr, Brandon Watson, Aditya Banerjee, Scott McKain, Bryan O'Rourke, Charles Jolley, Jeremy Geelan, Yeshim Deniz, and Elizabeth White. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in ... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - The New Browser Wars: Flash vs. Swipe

iPad on Ulitzer Pardon me for adding yet another iPad analysis (certainly, when a computer product launch makes it into Doonesbury, we have crossed a new threshold of hype), but one thing actually missing from the copious words and videos on yesterday's event at Moscone was the simple fact that we have a new browser war on our hands, and it isn't a pretty sight. The browser wars of yesteryear between Microsoft and Netscape seem so quaint. (And look what happened to Netsacpe, too.) Today it is all about Adobe Flash versus the multi-touch swipe technology that is part of Apple's product lines. Why is this a war? Apple's iPod, iTouch, and now iPad all share a lack of support for Adobe's Flash technology, the animation glue that binds Web pages to in-line video playback. When you bring up your Safari browser in these devices, you see a big blank nothing on the pages th... (more)

Journey to the iPad Launch: Day #3 - T minus 3

iPad on Ulitzer iPad - T minus 3 days... A Built-in Hold Begins... I'm guessing that the devices, have made the majority of their journey now and are being held in locations near to the final delivery point by UPS. This is something that Apple have achieved before, but will some sneak through?.. we will have to wait & see. What is the key to success of the iPhone & soon the iPad? I would define it as 'The Mobile Trinity' of... Hardware Operating System Software Distribution ...only Apple hold all three and they are masters of this. We have seen in the last 6-12 months others trying to emulate one or two of these, but not all three & that is why they never will be able to match the success! ... (more)

Adobe Should Cut Its iPhone Losses and Switch Focus

Adobe should cut its losses with Apple and target its flagship Flash Player at telecoms carriers, independent analyst Ovum has claimed in a new report*. With the spat over Apple's refusal to support the Adobe Flash technology on its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices continuing to generate column inches, Ovum believes it is time for Adobe to turn the tables by courting new sponsors of its technology in the shape of telecoms operators. The report states that Adobe and telecoms carriers are faced with similar threats and share similar goals in relation to value-added applications and content, and that carriers should therefore seek an industry-wide partnership with Adobe to use Flash as the basis of their own multi-screen device, development, delivery, and distribution systems. Ovum believes both sides could work together to create a developer ecosystem around connect... (more)

RDBMS as a Service? In the Cloud? Yes!

There are many amazing things emerging out of Dreamforce 2010 (I really regret that I couldn't make it) and thus far, one of the biggest may be Salesforce's new RDBMS as a Service offering. I don't suppose Salesforce could have purchased a better domain name, Database.com, but the prospect of having an RDBMS in the cloud is very appealing to a broad range of developers. So what is all the hoopla about with Database.com? Well, Database.com is essentially an enterprise grade database that is offered as a service in a utility billing context. That means that you only pay for what you use. What does this mean for developers and organizations in terms of real world benefits? To start off, the need to pay the egregious licensing fees that Oracle charges are gone. Imagine if Oracle were to come to you as an enterprise and say "well since you only have X amount of records an... (more)

E-Sign Hackathon: $25,000 to Innovative Apps Using the DocuSign API

First-Ever eSignature Hackathon Awards $25,000 in Cash Prizes to Innovative Apps with Integrations on the DocuSign Application Programming Interface (API) We’re excited to announce the winners of the first-ever ESIGN Hackathon! Following 35 non-stop hours of heated competition, DocuSign congratulated grand-prize winner Philippe Furlan who took home $10,000 for developing the Most Innovative App leveraging the DocuSign API, Sign My Tablet. Furlan’s app allows electronic signing of petitions, providing increased, easier and more convenient access for citizens to take part in the legislative process. Additionally, the added feature of photo capture from the mobile device during the signing process adds a deeper layer of credibility and validity to the petition being signed. Peter Ma and Kash Vaidya were presented with a check for $5,000 and the Best Mobile App honors... (more)

The Right Tool for the Job: The Kindle Touch

On the day the iPad 3 was released, I decided to pick up a new mobile device of my own – not an iPad, not an Android, but a Kindle, and not even a Kindle Fire. No, I haven’t shunned disruptive technology and become a Luddite. I got a device already half a year old, less expensive than some of its case covers, incapable of streaming video or playing Angry Birds, and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Kindle (n): A litter of kittens or rabbits. The Kindle Touch serves only one function, but it does so masterfully. It’s an e-reader, and reading is all that its good for along with a few supporting functions, trading flexibility for perfection. Rather than a bright screen, it uses E Ink on electronic paper, which reads like old-fashioned print, is visible in direct sunlight, won’t wear out your eyes, and is great before bed. With WiFi you can connect to Amazon’s Kin... (more)