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NewsRush 1.0.2 Promo Codes

Promo codes for NewsRush (yet another RSS reader for the iphone). The app is not quite ready to be promoted yet but hey it’s free. Gonna just keep posting promos until they become worth something.


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Promo Codes for NewsRush, Yet Another iPhone Google Reader RSS Client

NewsRush is just another RSS client that syncs with Google Reader. It still has a long way to go in terms of stability, features, and general polish but it’s a start. The good news is you get it for free.


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Leverage iPhone Custom URL Schemes with Remember the Milk

One of the great things about having remember the milk on the iPhone is portability. You have access to your tasks anywhere with the wonderful official iphone app but it doesn’t have tight integration with mobile specific tasks like call or sms or email someone right? Not quite.


The trick is to use custom url schemes. You can add tasks to RTM with the url set as a custom url scheme and it will launch the designated app. With the quick add task syntax, it would be like:


call for appointment tel://5559898


text bob sms://5559898


Those custom urls can be clicked from the task’s url field and will launch the designated application. Unfortunately, mailto: doesn’t work too well (you get “mailto” prepended the address) but for calls and text it works great.

Apple Does Not have an Open Platform and No, He Doesn’t Have it Backwards

There’s been a fresh outbreak of Adobe bashing regarding an announcement by one of their engineers on Adobe’s decision to stop putting resources behind tools to cross-compile Flash into native iphone applications.


He says “open platform” which means, there aren’t any fashion police dictating what can or cannot be made available. I hate Flash as much as the next guy, when it comes to all the pain involved on the mac platform, but taking the side of Apple lobbing hand grenades from their gated community takes some serious double think.


Interesting. Apple has responded publicly to Adobe’s Mike Chambers’s claim that Flash is an open platform:

“Someone has it backwards — it is HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and H.264 (all supported by the iPhone and iPad) that are open and standard, while Adobe’s Flash is closed and proprietary,” said spokeswoman Trudy Miller in a statement.

Spot-on.

[From Daring Fireball Linked List: ‘Someone Has It Backwards’]

There is nothing wrong with protecting standards of taste or setting out rules as long as they are fair and consistently applied. In the case of Apple’s app store approval process, that’s rarely the case. Applications that were once approved can be pulled at a moment’s notice or retroactively pulled (meaning once approved apps may be rejected pending a policy change).


What’s even crazier is that pushing the boundaries of taste isn’t the only taboo for applications targeted for the Apple app store. Interface elements or innovative apps that push the boundaries can also be at risk simply because they fall afoul of some Apple design aesthetic while of course being exempt from such restrictions themselves.


I don’t like towing the line that friends of Apple are enemies of Adobe Flash and vice versa. The fact is after decades of bashing Microsoft for all the liberties they’ve taken with their monopolistic advantages, we are faced with much scarier personal concerns about privacy, ownership and freedom with which companies such as Apple and Facebook seem less concerned about than their own commercial interests.

You Say the Android is an iPhone Killer

Yeah, a variety of android phones have already sold millions. I also heard that Google has a new android phone too. Motorola and Sony are betting on android for their flagging cell phone fortunes too. It’s not going to kill the iPhone though. Or maybe I should say it’s not enough to kill the iPhone. Sure, consumers are going to be faced with a staggering array of choices and competition will be fierce. If you want to look at it as a zero sum game, China is the big winner because that’s where all these phones are manufactured. However, that’s not going to be how it plays out.


I’ve had some hands on experience with android phones and I think they are pretty cool. Certainly a much more enticing offering than a Windows Mobile cell phone. I’d rather use a Nokia from the 90s if that was my only choice. The android is open source and cutting edge (have you used the Google Goggles app?). Less restrictions. Even though it’s from google, the domination of the iPhone gives it that underdog appeal. In the end, there are people who are going to prefer the android over the iPhone just as a matter of preference. There are probably lots of iPhone owners using them despite hating Apple just because it’s the most compelling product out there.


Still, the iPhone has many distinct advantages even with Apple trying to exert an inordinate amount of control on what’s allowed on the platform to their own detriment. Let’s look at some of the advantages starting with the weaker ones.


App Selection


This is probably a short-lived advantage. Sure, Apple might have ten times as much apps than any given android phone but half of those apps are Twitter clients and 90% are junk apps created from source code copied from Apple tutorials. The number of apps is something that will change dramatically when a platform takes off. It also doesn’t take into account the freshness of apps. If updates and new apps aren’t coming as quick as they used to, consumers will feel it sooner than the numbers.


App Quality


This to me is the biggest advantage I see right now. Apple developers are keener to design and user interaction as a rule, especially the veterans with experience developing for the mac platform. Phones might rival PCs of a decade ago but the limited resources and interface quirks make it that much more important that developers can turn weaknesses into strength. I think Apple will continue to maintain a competitive advantage in this arena even as android continues to improve.


Economies of Scale


Apple has decades of experience building the whole package from software to hardware. It’s the reason why they almost went out of business. However, it’s hard to beat a company focused on quality with complete control from screws to pixels under the leadership of Jobs and Ive. While android may have an army of open source programmers, Apple has a wider variety of software spread out over diverse areas of expertise. Not only that, they have formidable retailing might with both stores and e-commerce.


Just looking at the OS, the foundation powering the iPhone is the same one powering macs and will be the same one powering the rumored iTablet. It’s such a rich playground for experimenting with interaction that one platform can’t fulfill. However, whether it be macs, tablets or phones, Apple can pick and choose what architecture to deploy on and that makes a world of difference.


All the handset makers may benefit from the common platform of the Android OS but they still make hardware separately.


Android


The strength of android is strength for Apple whether it’s the raw competition or interface inspiration. Even macs borrow good ideas previously spotted in the Microsoft Windows world. Android phones will continue to get better and keep Apple on its toes.


In short, it’s full of win for everyone as long as you pick the right 2 year contract for you!