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Signs of the Apocalypse at BOSPDAUG May 14 7pm@MIT...

Signs of the Apocalypse at BOSPDAUG May 14 7pm@MIT 3-133

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…The dead rising from the grave!

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

… George Capalbo is switching to Android, tomorrow night, LIVE at BOSPDAUG …

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Apple have to change our perceptions this year

How many groundbreaking devices and concepts have Apple launched over the year? I won’t bother to count them, but one was the iPhone.

No suprise, but you know what? The iPhone 5 needs to be the last iPhone that traces it’s lineage back to June 2007.

My iPhone 4S looks dated, the iPhone 5 is a great piece of kit, it’s slim, light, fast and runs everything I want it to do, but its a Dodo and I hope Apple know it.

Everyone else has caught up. Interfaces have caught up, hardware has caught up and the relevant App stores are getting there too. Even the new Blackberry phone is good - really good, and RIM have some great technology in the works.

Nokias’ Lumia with Metro (I know it isn’t called that anymore, but really? That’s what everyone calls it) could go on a bit of a diet, but it’s good, new phones from Samsung are good too and guess what? They all have something new to offer. The Galaxy Note is really a Newton with a phone - but some people WANT that, the Lumia has a spectacular camera - and people wnat that too. The interfaces are glossy and slick - just like iOS.

I fear that the iPhone is coasting. I fear that Apple have to release a new phone in the old time slot, June as Septemeber will be a year too late. What does this iPhone need to be? It needs to be a groundbreaking device that changes everything and leave the up and comers getting their great new generation 1 devices working whilst the iPhone hits generation 2.

I hope that we see a device that Steve Jobs saw before he died, I hope that I want one, because right now, I have a raft of great smartphones to choose from and the only one that I might overlook is the iPhone. 

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Steve’s Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices |...

Steve’s Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices | TechCrunch

Wow.

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Hands On: India’s $35 Aakash Android tablet lands in America...

Hands On: India’s $35 Aakash Android tablet lands in America (exclusive) | VentureBeat

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the understatement: Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History...

the understatement: Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support

I knew Android fragmentation was bad, but I didn’t know it was this bad. Yikes.

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Codify - YouTube

This looks great. Looks like something we should demonstrate at a future meeting…

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DRAFT: Bospdaug developers group meeting notes

App Cloud

We didn’t have the App Cloud demo; Vlad and company were no-shows. I may end up doing the demo myself at the November developers meeting.

Upcoming meetings

We’ll be in a different room; someone scheduled 3-133 every Tuesday until December. I’ll follow up with MIT to get a new room; stay tuned.

The next users meeting in November 8; Jim Travis agreed to demonstrate the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and maybe some other Android goodies.

Yes, we’ll have the developers meeting on November 22, just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Anyone who can is welcome to come.

iOS 5 for developers

Kris covered lots of stuff regarding iOS 5 development.

The Bospdaug app

Some decisions were made tonight:

  • we’re going to develop out in the open on GitHub. If you want to participate, get a GitHub account.
  • we’re going to use one of the BSD licenses
  • Al made a repository for the project to kick things off
  • Check out Pro Git to get up to speed on Git and various workflows.

Meeting links

LLVM is now the only compiler in Xcode 4.2—no more GCC.

Xcode 4.2 was released in the slew of Apple updates last week. It’s available for both Lion and Snow Leopard.

You can still get GCC if that’s how you roll or if you want GCC and LLVM without Xcode.

If there are other Unix tools you need, stop reading right now and install Homebrew, the best package manager for Mac OS X.

Marco Arment’s (of Tumblr and Instapaper fame) Cleaning… blog post, where he describes the change in behavior of iOS 5 that affects apps that previously were able to store data that wasn’t backed up (via iTunes or iCloud) but also wasn’t removed from a device unless the app itself was removed.

Under iOS 5, such data could be removed (“cleaning”) once a device reached a certain threshhold of data without the user’s knowledge. Not good.

Marco covered the issue on his Build and Analyze podcast too.

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iPhone 4S Activation: Server Meltdown Deja Vu

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Much like an army making an amphibious landing, hoardes of new 4S devices ordered a week ago seems to be arriving today on american shores. 

How do I know that? 

When my phone arrived early this afternoon via UPS the driver smirked “Wow, here’s your new iPhone!” as I signed, and he further told me that there were more than 1600 out for delivery on his route alone today!

Extrapolating that across the country … there are a lot of phones getting activated today. 

Further evidence:  Note the bipolar error message that appeared when I tried to activate (Warned it could take “as long as 3 minutes!”).

So, should I wait to receive an email, or put another spin on the bottle? 

Your guess is as good as mine!

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iOS 5 Upgrade problems? ... A solution

It’s nice to be popular.  

The downside of this is when you are Apple, and millions of iOS and OS X users try to simultaneously download upgrades of iOS 5 for their iPhone/iPad/iPod touch devices. 

There are multiple reports this evening of disgruntled upgraders receiving errors, and unable to complete their upgrades. 

Apple’s data center seems to be in full meltdown mode— not quite to the level of the current Blackberry outage, and a better problem to have of the two as a business—  but for those of us out online looking for new software … it’s not good (I expect the spirit of Steve Jobs to be roaming the halls of Apple IT tonight very unhappy.) 

It fails this way— you connect your ‘i’ device to iTunes, and recieve a notification that there is a new version of iOS available ‘5.0’.

You are taken through a lenghty download/backup process, and when that is complete (after thirty minutes to an hour) you get a message that ‘an internal error occurred’ and to ‘try again’. 

This seems to be repeating (at least it did for me!) multiple times. 

What is happening is at the key moment when your iOS device has completed its backup to your local machine, it fails to reach the Apple update server somewhere out in the cloud— because they’re currently swamped!

At this point, you have two choices: 

  • PLAN A: Stand down for now, pour yourself a lovely adult, or non-alcholic beverage of your choice, marvel in the wonders of iOS 4.x, and wait for the masses to clear (probably within a few days)
  • PLAN B: OK— If you really, REALLY, REALLY have to have it tonight … here’s what worked for me: 

   (Follow these instructions very carefully, you have been warned)

   Note, this is going to take a while … so don’t expect to skate out the door with iOS 5 in a few minutes. 

   If you’re the least bit scared by the immensity of all the stuff listed below…. PLAN A is still there waiting for you… but if you are moderately brave soul.. go for it. 

  1. CRITICAL:  Step 1: Back up your iOS device running 4.x to iTunes and verify it’s there (in iTunes preferences under ‘Devices’) and the backup has today’s date.  (This will take a while). 
  2. Step 2: Erase your iOS device!    Make sure first you’ve completed step 1, you have a backup standing by … and then YES, you’re going to erase your device by going to Settings->General->Reset, and ‘Erase all contents and settings’
  3. Your iOS device will now be in a primordial state, and ask to be connected to iTunes.  Do so. 
  4. You’ll be offered the chance to restore.  Do so. 
  5. THIS MIGHT FAIL. This is OK.  You’ll see the iOS software get uncompressed, and then there’s a fairly good chance you’ll get an error. The beautiful thing is that you’ll know this in a few moments, not waiting nearly an hour for a backup to get copied again.  You’re fighting for a slot in the Apple data center— and tonight it’s a roll of the dice that you’ll get through… but before too long, you will. 
  6. Just keep trying until you get through …. it won’t take too long. 
  7. Once this starts, sit back, and relax, and let the restore happen (this will take a while)
  8. Your iOS device will now restart, and show up in iTunes with a bland name like ‘iPhone’ or ‘iPad’
  9. You’ll be offered a chance to ‘Set up your (iPad/iPhone/iPod touch) … restore it from a backup of (Your iOS device) … which will be on the list. 
  10. THIS MIGHT FAIL.  This is still OK.  Just keep trying— you are once again needing to talk to Apple’s very busy network infrastructure… and you will get through. 
  11. Once this is rolling, you’ll get back all your settings, all stuff from the backup (yes, this might take a while)
  12. You’ll see a message: “The settings for your (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) have been restored. Please leave your (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)  connected. It will appear in the iTunes window after it restarts:”
  13. YOU MIGHT GET AN ERROR HERE TOO.  This seems to be OK. The restore of the backup seemed to be fine.
  14. Go through the new iCloud setup (if you choose to use iCloud)
  15. Depending on how you set up your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, you might need to manually copy over all your music, apps, etc. manually (this is what I needed to do)

Once this is done.  You’ll have a brand spanking new, upgraded iOS 5 device to show off to all your friends. 

That was easy (wasn’t it?)

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RIP

Steve was responsible for the best … and the worst nights at Bospdaug … RIP

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Adam Weiss AppDemoVideos.com Tonight 9/27@MIT 3-133

On Tuesday September 27th at 7pm, MIT room 3-133, the BOSPDAUG Developer’s Group presents a discussion of general and unexpected PDA topics. The meeting is free, and open to all users of handheld and PDA technology.

Tonight’s guest speaker will be Adam Weiss of AppDemoVideos.com, a service that offers ultra-high-quality videos for iPad application demos. These videos use a new technique that displays an app on a CG-rendered iPad while retaining the realism of a real human hand interacting with the device.

We’ll also continue to discuss our upcoming group developed app.

On top of all of this— of course, as always, there is also a lot happening in the mobile development space— mergers and acquisitions, patent trolling, new hardware, and many other items of interest to developers of all platforms, and we encourage you to join us.

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BOSPDAUG MEETING TONIGHT!!! GTM info

BOSPDAUG Online meeting starting NOW ! (7:07PM 9/13/2011)

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/731354926

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (516) 453-0012

Access Code: 731-354-926

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 731-354-926

 

 

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The Critical Path #4: Acquisitions - 5by5 via 5by5.tv ...

The Critical Path #4: Acquisitions - 5by5

An excellent podcast on what lead to the acquisition of Motorola by Google.

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HP Kills WebOS hardware

Manny Pacquiao is still standing, but the TouchPad is down for the count!

The latest shoe to fall — HP Kills all WebOS Hardware which meant the TouchPad and WebOS phones are dead (but the software organization seems to remain). They’re also spinning off their PC/Hardware business. 

I guess this also means we won’t be seeing those TouchPad MLB In-Game tie in ads anymore either!

It has been quite a week in the portable space!

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Google’s Motorola Mobility acquisition will make it more...

Google’s Motorola Mobility acquisition will make it more like Apple. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

Android isn’t free? Get the heck out of here!

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Google-rola

Breaking news:  Google buys Motorola Mobility for 12.5 Billion $

We’ll be analyzing this in more detail at the next Bospdaug meeting!

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Calendar Apps at BOSPDAUG August 9th, 7pm@MIT 3-133

On Tuesday August 9th at 7pm, MIT room 3-133, the Boston PDA User’s Group presents a discussion of general and unexpected PDA topics. The meeting is free, and open to all users of handheld and PDA technology.

As the summer winds down, and the busy fall season approaches, getting your schedule together will be critical as the world returns from vacation. At the August meeting we’ll be looking at calendar apps that not only work on mobile devices, but work cross platform in the traditional calendar world. 

The Boston PDA User’s Group is an organization made up of those who choose to walk freely among us with handheld, palmtop and wireless computers. Formed in 1992, its goal is to connect with the newest and coolest mobile computer technology.  BOSPDAUG meets on the second Tuesday evening of each month at MIT in Cambridge MA in MIT room 3-133 at 7pm, and welcomes users of all PDA platforms for lively discussions of handheld and PDA technologies.

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IF Apple Ran the US Government

You may have heard the news that due to the popularity of iOS devices Apple actually had more cash on hand than the US Treasury during the recent debt ceiling kerfuffle!

 Apple, as you may know has over $75 Billion in cash on hand, compared to about $50B for the US Treasury (at the beginning of August) Many people have wondered what Apple is going to do with all that cash— 

…so what would actually happen if Apple acquired the US Government at a fire sale price? 

Top Ten Things Apple would do if it ran the US Government

10. US Post Offices converted to Genius bars

  9. NASA rewrites all space probe software in Cocoa

  8.  All laws published in Federal Register released as free ‘iBooks’

  7. Social Security and other government payments credited as iTunes gift cards

  6. State of the Union presentation— now done in Keynote

  5. Pentagon rebranded ‘iWar’

  4. Pay your taxes using your Apple ID with the free ‘iRS’ app!

  3. TSA searches replaced with mandatory Apple Customer Service appointment

  2. US Treasury bonds can be bought with optional Applecare in case of default

  1. Entrance to White House replaced with giant glowing red, white, and blue glass cube!

 

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BOSPDAUG MEETING TONIGHT! (July 12) 7PM@MIT 3-133

On Tuesday July 12th at 7pm, MIT room 3-133, the Boston PDA User’s Group presents a discussion of general and unexpected PDA topics. The meeting is free, and open to all users of handheld and PDA technology.

The Boston PDA User’s Group is an organization made up of those who choose to walk freely among us with handheld, palmtop and wireless computers. Formed in 1992, its goal is to connect with the newest and coolest mobile computer technology.  BOSPDAUG meets on the second Tuesday evening of each month at MIT in Cambridge MA in MIT room 3-133 at 7pm, and welcomes users of all PDA platforms for lively discussions of handheld and PDA technologies.

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Nokia denies $19B purchase by Microsoft

Nokia stock drops 4% upon denying that its phone division had been purchased by Microsoft for a rumored $19B. micosoft-nokia

Reuters story

More detail here

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