On Monday, Apple announced a whole bunch of exciting and innovative new
products. Two of the more anticipated were the iPhone 3GS and version 3.0
of the iPhone software. Both of these introduce interesting new features
for iPhone users everywhere. You can watch the entire keynote here.
Apple’s keynote presentation went very well, but there were a couple of
snags while demoing some of the new iPhone apps. Two different apps had
problems with their demos. One app had an issue with some on-stage props,
but the other simply stopped working in the middle of its presentation.
The presenters for both apps recovered and continued to highlight other
features of their products. However, I can’t exactly fault them for
having trouble. In fact, what actually surprised me was that so many of the
apps worked given how difficult Apple makes testing iPhone apps.
Here’s rough... (more)
On Friday, Apple released version 10.6 of their Macintosh OS X operating
system. “Snow Leopard,” as this new version is called, is an unusual
release for Apple. Whereas previous updates of OS X often brought big
usability changes, Snow Leopard is all about under the hood improvements.
It’s faster and better, but not different.
So it came as a huge surprise last week when John Nack, senior product
manager for Adobe Photoshop, announced that Adobe wasn’t supporting the two
and half year old CS3 version of their products on Snow Leopard and would
instead encourage their customer... (more)
In recent months, we’ve ‘tested the limits’ with QA notables like
James Whittaker, Rosie Sherry and Andrew Muns. This month, we’re jumping
over to the dev side of the aisle by sitting down with Jack Margo, SVP of
Internet Operations at Developer Shed .
Developer Shed is owned by Ziff-Davis and manages a bunch of tech sites —
many devoted to open source technologies and communities. They serve
millions of visitors per month, for every breed of developer. Topics range
from troubleshooting an Apache web server to programming a complicated Java
application to successfully marketi... (more)
Having grilled some of the top minds in the software business, this
installment of Testing the Limits will deviate slightly from the norm. With
us this month is John Winsor – author, entrepreneur and crowdsourcing
After a successful career as a journalist and magazine publisher, John
founded Radar Communications in 1998, where he implemented a variety of
academic-based market intelligence tools to help some of the country’s most
progressive companies learn from key voices in their communities. Today, he
offers that same advice as the VP/Executive Director of Strategy and... (more)
Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)? Then please
accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve
experienced over the past few days.
The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008. As
one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first
and most popular consumer smartphones. Featuring a real keyboard, it
offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were
still figuring out SMS. For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone
One of the Sidekick’s key ... (more)