From Personal Computers to Personal InformationEnvironments: Apple's "MobileMe"?

9 Jun 2008 - 7:18pm
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Evan K. Stone
2008

> Actually, it's iPhone 3G. But wow, what an idea - iPhone 3D!

...according to the WWDC Keynote presentation, it does have OpenGL ES
for 3D graphics in their "Media" API layer. Not sure what applications
already use this, but it wouldn't surprise me if Cover Flow was one
instance of its use.

It does bring up some interesting possibilities.

evan k. stone | ux | dragnet solutions, inc.

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10 Jun 2008 - 12:53pm
Dave Malouf
2005

What I find interesting is something that has come up for me recently
when comparing Acrobat.com to GoogleApps.

I LOVE (can't understate this) Acrobat.com, especially buzzword for
document editing (text/Word processing). But I still live in Google
Apps. Why? b/c 'everyone' already has a google account and it is
soooo much easier to keep people there than to transition them to a
new service. It is sorta like the problem I'm having getting people
to transition to Plurk from Twitter. ;-)

The reason I bring this up is that there are FEW services listed in
all these applications that in some way shape or form do not gain
value when people are sharing the same service. Of course it doesn't
matter if people use Picasa or Flickr individually, but the fact that
I can track friends in one place makes a HUGE difference, no? So
"MobileMe" means very little to me so far no matter how "cool" it
is. I'll still do photos on Flickr and I'll still do docs on Google
Docs/Apps. And both orgs will do a ton of custom apps to make their
APIs work well on an iPhone in very little time, no?

-- dave

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10 Jun 2008 - 1:12pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

>
> So "MobileMe" means very little to me so far no matter how "cool" it
> is. I'll still do photos on Flickr and I'll still do docs on Google
> Docs/Apps.

For many people, it won't be about how "cool" it is, Dave. There is a
genuinely useful business case here.

Let's say I'm a Mail, iCal, and iPhoto user running a small business. And
let's say my laptop dies. What then? Unless I've backed everything up every
day, I'm at risk for losing a huge amount of ... stuff. Personal photos,
email to clients, extensive email archives, my entire schedule, etc.

If it's all online, there's no problem.

Currently, I use Google Apps for my business. Gmail, Gcal, etc — and it all
gets synced up to my iPhone and I can wander the streets of NYC for 3 days
and conduct all sorts of business without ever touching my laptop.
MobileMail offers the same things (plus photos, minus docs), and it offers
all this with Apple interfaces, which are way simpler than Google Apps.

It's all the stuff I love about Apple's desktop apps, but online, where I
need it.

-r-

10 Jun 2008 - 1:20pm
Dave Malouf
2005

All I was trying to say is that sometimes the "personal" is not enough.
Critical mass around social/community is a determining factor for some, no?

(Sorry, I'm also stuck on a PC, so many of the factors you mention are
not there for me, but I thought the social factors are there
regardless of platform AND I suspect that Google will not be too far
behind with iPhone apps that do their own version of things, no?)

-- dave

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 2:12 PM, Robert Hoekman Jr <robert at rhjr.net> wrote:
>> So "MobileMe" means very little to me so far no matter how "cool" it
>> is. I'll still do photos on Flickr and I'll still do docs on Google
>> Docs/Apps.
>
> For many people, it won't be about how "cool" it is, Dave. There is a
> genuinely useful business case here.
> Let's say I'm a Mail, iCal, and iPhoto user running a small business. And
> let's say my laptop dies. What then? Unless I've backed everything up every
> day, I'm at risk for losing a huge amount of ... stuff. Personal photos,
> email to clients, extensive email archives, my entire schedule, etc.
> If it's all online, there's no problem.
> Currently, I use Google Apps for my business. Gmail, Gcal, etc — and it all
> gets synced up to my iPhone and I can wander the streets of NYC for 3 days
> and conduct all sorts of business without ever touching my laptop.
> MobileMail offers the same things (plus photos, minus docs), and it offers
> all this with Apple interfaces, which are way simpler than Google Apps.
> It's all the stuff I love about Apple's desktop apps, but online, where I
> need it.
> -r-

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10 Jun 2008 - 1:31pm
ambroselittle
2008

Regarding MobileMe, it sounds like it is basically the same stuff as
Microsoft's Live Mesh announced a while ago? What is Apple doing that is
better? Or is it just that most folks here use Macs primarily?

I'm genuinely curious--not interested in a general MS vs Apple debate (or
commercial/spoofs). :)

--Ambrose

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