What good is an iPhone if it can’t take you to Paris?! Or an iPad that can’t take you on a stroll through Montmartre? I love having you vicariously tag along with me in Paris and I’m beginning to feel like you might really have a thing for this city. So I have a hunch you might like this brand new iPhone and iPad application I’ve come across. From the talented team behind the beautiful coffee table book Paris in Color, comes a new digital book combining fine art photography and minimalist video into visual stories of Paris neighborhoods. With every new volume, the Paris Journal will take you on a tour of a different neighbourhood in Paris, down hidden passages, through private gates and into boulangeries that look so good you can almost smell the buttery croissants.
This is funny, a web page devoted to quotes from people who predicted the original iPad would be a disastrous flop and that Apple was no longer an innovative company. All of these experts still have jobs predicting the future of technology. John Dvorak, who claimed the iPad would be a disaster also famously wrote that Apple should cancel the iPhone after it was announced, because they would never make any money on phones. He still has a job. In the world of punditry — political, technical, or sports-related — you can’t be fired for being wrong.
All I can say is, the last time I used the Maps app before upgrading to iOS 6, I was sent to a wrong address for a meeting in NYC. It’s never good to live here and have to call people who are in from out of town to ask them where they are, and explain why you’re still 15 minutes away. Saying, ‘because the Google map on my phone says that building is 4 blocks south and another avenue west,’ doesn’t help anybody. The out-of-towners just think you’re drunk or that you get easily lost in a city laid out in a grid.
And, for the record, my search criteria were right and I did read the map and directions correctly. They were just wrong. The guy at the security desk said people are always late because the phone maps are always wrong. Good riddance, Google maps.
Not a plug, I’m not involved with it in any way, but I love the iPhone app, Dark Sky. It zeroes in on your location (more accurate on wi-fi, but still close on 3G/4G), and it tells you just the weather for the next hour. Sounds not-useful, but if you want to know if you need an umbrella to run to the coffee shop and back, or if you should leave the bar now or have one more drink, this app will tell you, “it’s going to start raining in 7 minutes”. And while it can never be 100% accurate, it’s something I rely on a lot. I just used it to get down to 9th Street Espresso and back before the downpour. And since the clouds, oddly, moved in from the east and not from the west, I could easily have looked outside and thought it was clearing up, not getting ready to rain. It’s not a free app, but I’ve never once regretted buying it. Developers need to eat, too, and thank god the app has no ads.
But so far Tumblr has focused most of its attention on the desktop, leaving its mobile apps to languish with slow performance and fairly basic functionality. With some newer mobile apps, Tumblr would make posting much easier for its existing users, and it could tap into an entirely new audience. There’s also a huge opportunity for Tumblr on the iPad — though it’s unclear if this new app will offer a radically different iPad experience.
Vimeo for iPad is out. The iPhone app hit 2.0 today, so it is now universal. I’ve never played with its shooting and editing features, but I’ve come to really love Vimeo for the fantastic art and motion graphics community there. It’s a nice reprieve from the… other stuff that is common on YouTube.
Funny, I’ve been wondering why they didn’t have an iPad app. But now they do, and it’s good news. Vimeo is typically home to more interesting videos than YouTube. This is a nice app.
Apple is going to do everything they need to do in order to discontinue using Google search or mapping tools in any of their devices or software. A year from now, it’s entirely possible that no pre-installed or default Google functionality will be found on an iPhone or iPad or OS X.
Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.’s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.
The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple’s Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default.
Google disabled its code after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal.
Despicable. Remind me again how Facebook is evil and Google (and Google+) is our savior.
Jesus Christ. How dumb are these people? Can’t wait for MG Siegler to tell us it was all a misunderstanding, and how everyone is doing it, and how it’s journalism’s fault.
Oh really? I’m not sure why anyone would defend Path in this. They still have a lot of explaining to do on the specific question of whether and why they were harvesting address book data from their users. Feigned apologies and regret should not be congratulated. I’m deleting Path from my iPhone and won’t be back, because they are untrustworthy. Patting them on the back is inappropriate. Kudos to Dave Winer, and to Ryan Tate at Gawker, for digging deeper into what Path was up to.
As an iOS lover and Path champion, a number of folks have asked for my take on the Path address book situation of yesterday and today. I’ve avoided weighing in for two reasons: first, I wanted to talk to some other actual developers about the situation. Second, the fact that CrunchFund is…