I couldn’t get to sleep last night, so instead I did a quick pass through the new apps on the AppStore to see what exciting applications (or tip calculators) were now available. I noticed that “Pull My Finger” is now available, which, errr, makes noises. Whoopee, I thought! Just what I’ve been waiting for. Funny, though, I’m sure that was rejected by Apple not so long ago. Wonder if they’re having a change of fart, I mean heart?

Sure enough, a bit of digging showed that there are now several flatulent applications on the AppStore, all uploaded around 12-14th December. Seems like Apple may be loosening up

I just found another interesting article out there in the World Wild Web, over at Daring Fireball. Apparently, Google started publicizing the voice search feature some time before it actually reached the AppStore. The critical phrase in the NYTimes article is

“…Users of the free application, which Apple is expected to make available as soon as Friday through its iTunes store…”

which suggests, in Daring Fireball’s analysis, that Google may have have pressured Apple to accept their application even though it violated the SDK agreement. Continue reading

Google recently admitted to breaking the AppStore rules in their iPhone application, which fuelled a growing wave of resentment, prompted by the belief that Google were abusing their position as industry leaders to gain a competitive advantage in the market. The critics claim that a similar application submitted by anyone else would be rejected by Apple and never make it to the AppStore. Why should there be one law for Google, and another for the plebian masses? Shouldn’t the Google application be pulled from the AppStore until they abide by the rules, as others have been? Continue reading

Donald Knuth, famously, does not have an email account. Instead, he replies to correspondence (by snail mail) about once every three months. I’m starting to appreciate his motivation. Now obviously, Donald isn’t in the business of selling, and his needs are slightly different to mine. But do I need to check my email so often?

One of the first things I do when I get a new phone is to get it hooked up to my IMAP account. On my iPhone, this is a trivial process – and checking my email is even easier. The result is that I end up compulsively checking it whenever I’m walking along. This morning, I suddenly realised that I didn’t need to check it, that any email I had received was highly unlikely be so urgent that it required reading Right Now yet not urgent enough to warrant phoning me. So I left my phone in my pocket, carried on walking, and enjoyed the view, with my right hand twitching towards my phone every so often.

Replying to email on an iPhone is a pain anyway. I rarely use it to send or reply – if I get an interesting message, I’ll almost certainly read it again later on my desktop, and reply from there. The device, unlike the aptly named Crackberry, is simply not optimised for it. If you never get a chance to sit down at your desk and process your email queue, then sure, you need a good mobile email client – i.e. a Blackberry. The iPhone is a great all-purpose device which meets my needs; that is getting information on the move, and demonstrating smart applications to clients. I don’t need to check my email every five seconds when I’m on the move – and from now on I won’t.

Seth Godin wrote a similarly minded article today called “The High Cost of Now” – worth a look.