Fraser Speirs – Beyond Consumption vs Creation
As I’ve written before, the question what you want to do with your computer has never had more impact on exactly the device you should buy. Therefore, it’s still relevant and worthwhile to ask the question of the iPad: what are you capable of, and what are you best at? Further, as the iOS ecosystem has developed, another question: if I add these accessories to you, what can you do now?
Still, I feel that the consumption/creation split is far too simplistic a curve to grade these devices on. It recognises almost nothing about the user’s task beyond whether it’s an input task or an output task. There’s far more subtlety that we can reach for.
When Apple took on touch, it created a new OS (though, yes, based on OS X) with entirely new UI conventions. It threw out everything end users knew about getting around in software and started building anew with the finger … Read more →
Engadget: Ubuntu for tablets revealed with split screen multi-tasking, preview for Nexus slates coming this week
Typical users don’t multitask on their traditional Macs and PCs, which have been obsessively built and tuned for multitasking for the last three decades. Go people watching in any coffee shop or board room and tell me I’m wrong.
I can’t imagine they care about multitasking on their tablet.
The “tablets are only for consuming content” arguments generally dissolved after their purveyors submitted to the influence of reason. After all, plenty of traditional PCs aren’t used for anything more, but why is that use even a problem? I find … Read more →
Having to touch your coworker’s avatar on a mobile, remotely controlled iPad takes the discussion of workplace sexual harassment to a whole new level.
“I see no benefit to the PC versus the iPad. The PC is over. It’s just not relationship friendly. It’s a wall sitting between you and the customer.” — New Jersey Ford dealer Rich Savino Savino is replacing all 20 … Read more →
Microsoft simply refuses to get both feet on board with thematically moving beyond the “PC” era, exhibited by COO Kevin Turner’s comments at his company’s Worldwide Partner Conference. Since the iPad’s introduction, Apple has claimed we’re in a “post-PC” era. … Read more →
Dave Caolo takes you on a journey of rediscovery, looking at how the concept of a tablet evolved through our culture, starting all the way back with the telegraph.
Rumors of a 7.85-inch iPad on the way have started snowballing to the point where smart folks have spent time on the science of why it could work. Richard Gaywood, another smart folk of TUAW fame, has tossed his hat … Read more →
If you’re the reader who scrolls to the end of reviews, I’m going to experiment here and try saving you some time: I really, really like Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. It’s a thin, solid, and supremely portable keyboard for the … Read more →