What You Can Learn From Panic’s Email Marketing

Great post about the recent email campaign for Panic’s Transmit 3.

Mac OS X Flash Player Hardware Decoding H.264

Adobe has release a preview of its upcoming Flash Player 10.1 with hardware decoding of H.264 video using recently added APIs into OS X 10.6.3.

It seems to work quite well in Safari, although 720p YouTube videos still use a fair chunk of CPU. Hardware decoding doesn’t seem to kick in at all on Chrome.

Android on iPhone

A Canadian guy going under the pseudonym of planetbeing has got Android OS running on his iPhone. The video shows it runs fairly well even on first-generation iPhone hardware.

Gizmodo and the Prototype iPhone

Gruber on the Gizmodo prototype iPhone saga:

Imagine, say, that someone offered to sell you a unique and notable piece of stolen artwork. You pay them and take the item. You are subsequently arrested and charged with buying stolen property. What do you think your chances are of being acquitted on the grounds that you didn’t know for certain whether the item was a forgery at the time you paid for it?

Nokia N97 Promotional Video vs Real Life

Nokia blurring the lines between reality and marketing.

SproutCore Touch

A HTML5 framework for creating touchscreen interfaces.

Engadget Reviews the JooJoo

As expected, the software stinks.

SublimeVideo – HTML5 Video Player

Jilion’s HTML5 plugin-free video player shows us what a video on the web may look like in a few years time.

There Is No Page Fold

Let it scroll.

Tesco Mobile iPhone Tariffs

Tesco Mobile have some interesting new tariffs for the iPhone, including a stingy 12 month contract at £20/month, and an “unlimited” 24 month contract at £60/month.

Flash CS5 to Build Native iPhone Apps

Adobe have announced that their upcoming Flash CS5 software will allow developers to export native Apple iPhone apps. It doesn’t look like it can’t use native iPhone UI widgets, so the vast majority of apps will probably be games.

MonoTouch would still be my choice of alternative iPhone developer platform. C# over ActionScript, .NET Framework over AIR APIs. Version 1.1 of MonoTouch has added support for interacting with SOAP web services, and Microsoft has even ported their XNA Framework for creating games to MonoTouch.

Apple Rejects Healthcare Reform App


iSinglePayer, an iPhone application that advocates for single-payer health care reform was rejected from the App Store by Apple because it is “politically charged.” The application displays charts and bullet points about single-payer health care systems, and it allows users to call members of congress. iSinglePayer even calculates your local congressperson using GPS, and displays the amount of money donated to each congressperson from the health sector.

Fine, but then why does the App Store include apps such as the Drudge Reader and Conservative Talking Points?

Vodafone Confirms iPhone in 2010

Now Vodafone has struck a deal to sell the iPhone:

Vodafone and Apple today confirmed that they have reached agreement to bring iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to the UK and Ireland in early 2010.

Rumours are that the deal was only agreed late last night after the Orange announcement.

Orange to Sell iPhone, Ending O2 Exclusivity

Orange UK:

Orange UK and Apple have reached an agreement to bring iPhone 3G and 3GS to Orange UK customers later this year.

Not surprising given the recent rumours, and it looks like they’ll have the 3GS too. No indication of pricing, but hopefully more competition means we’ll start seeing more discounts on iPhones.

Mac Installation Experience

Alexander Limi has an elegant solution to the problem of installing applications on OS X.

I’m surprised there isn’t a consensus on the best approach, so hopefully this will start one.

Chef Keith Floyd Dies

Keith Floyd has died after a heart attack at the age of 65.

Keith’s one of my favourite celebrity chefs, and his personality will be sadly missed. Ironically, yesterday Channel 4 aired a documentry about Keith Floyd without knowing that he had died. You can watch it on 4oD for the next 30 days.

Fox News: What do Republicans Really Want?

Fox News Blogger Scott Blakeman hits the nail on the head about why the Republicans are against Obama’s health care reform:

As Republicans, we ask ‘Who says our healthcare system doesn’t work?’ The CEO of AETNA made $24 million last year. It certainly works for him. Sure there’s 47 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, but we’re more concerned about making sure those CEO’s don’t get a salary cut.

That’s why we hate the idea of a public option. By increasing competition and lowering costs, the CEO of AETNA might have to settle for only $12 million a year. Who can live on that? And if the insurance companies make less money, that means they’ll contribute less money to our reelection campaigns.

Mac Up-To-Date

UK Apple customers who bought a Mac after June 8th can now buy an upgrade to Snow Leopard for £7.95.

Interestingly, the listing for the upgrade states a shipping date of “by August 28th”.

Pinch Media: iPhone Spyware

iPhone Home reports on Pinch Media enabled iPhone apps collecting and sending sensitive data such your location, your gender, and your birthday.

Once the application has stored the data, it will attempt to send this information back to the pinchmedia servers. In most cases this is done every-time you open & close a pinchmedia enabled application.

Some of the biggest apps such as Camera Zoom and Twitterfon are both Pinch Media enabled. I’m all for in-app advertising, but I wouldn’t expect such agressive spyware to be installed with it.

Quotes from Another Planet

Inverstor’s Business Daily gives a great example of why you should fact check everything you post on the web:

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Stephen Hawking has lived and worked in the UK his entire life.

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