Apple 2.0 – unlocked iPhone and iPod Touch

17 10 2007

In an apparent about-face, Apple Inc. will allow third-party applications to work directly on the iPhone, Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a posting on the company’s Web site Wednesday.

A software development kit will let coders create applications to work directly on the iPhone.

Apple infuriated developers and some iPhone users when it issued a software update September 27 that disabled unofficial programs installed on the handsets.

Until Wednesday, Apple had tried to control which applications consumers had on their iPhones.

Now, Jobs said the company intends to release a software development kit in February that will let coders create applications to work directly on the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The Touch is the new iPod portable player that resembles the iPhone but lacks the function of a cell phone.

“We are excited about creating a vibrant third-party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users,” Jobs said in the posting.

Finally the right choice. Well done, Steve.


IPod Touch and iJailbreak

15 10 2007

It’s a few minutes that a breaking news is spreading over the internet.

A 13-year-old hacker claims to have developed code that would let you put third-party applications on an iPod Touch without having to take a computer science class.

AriX ha developed iJailbreak, an automated program that allows third-party applications to run on the iPod Touch.

Ever since Apple released the 1.1.1 software update for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch in late September that broke older third-party application installers, hackers have been hard at work searching for a new way to bypass the restrictions. A preliminary jailbreaking application was released last week, but it required a great deal of expertise to get up and running. Erica Sadun, a writer for The Unofficial Apple Weblog, installed that iPod Touch jailbreak Friday evening but warned, “This is not ready for prime time, kids. Don’t do this at home.”

Apple gives the possibility to install web apps developed for the iPhone and the iPod Touch according to guidelines and specific user interface. Well I guess we will have news on these side and in the future software updates for these devices. At leastI hope. Probably exists a market strategy with new devices with more features and more “open” to third-party application. But what about the early owners? Another “price reduction” case? And do the iPod Touch and iPhone users really want to run third-party application? Well, yes I guess. So why don’t buy a pda? Because Steve has not produced one recently.

In the mean time some webapps 2.0 has been already developed.

2.0 Upcoming events

12 10 2007

Upcoming events:

Next week in San Francisco for the Web 2.0 Summit.

Mobile 2.0 Conference on Monday 15 October.

Widget Summit event being held by Niall Kennedy on the same day.

Here is the Mobile launchpad list:

Read the rest of this entry »

Venture Capital seedcamp Europe

24 09 2007

The winners of the first ever Seedcamp have been announced.The six winning teams come from all over Europe and represent innovative ideas that have the potential to grow into big businesses. They are Buildersite (UK), RentMineOnline (The Netherlands), TableFinder (Sweden), Zemanta (Slovenia), Kublax (UK), and Project Playfair (Scotland) .

No mobile, no video, no communities (almost). Good or bad?

Read the rest of this entry »

Monetization 2.0

31 08 2007

Technorati teaches:

A four year old startup is pressured to answer how investors will make money. Is it going to be an acquisition or maybe even an IPO? And if neither is the case, then is there reasonable revenue to hope for in the future? It is very likely that these questions caused Technorati to start making changes that ultimately got the company to its current state.

So how does a site like Technorati make money? A simple and fashionable answer is: advertising. But maybe it’s not so simple. Firstly, Technorati could not use straight Google ads. That would not look good and would not fit with the spirit of the company. Banner ads are an alternative, but it is harder to make them relevant. When you are showing people popularity rankings and news stories, banners may be out of place. Technorati ended up using generic banner ads , but how effective these are is unclear.

What Technorati also tried to do, it seems, is refocus on things like books, music and movies. This refocus could allow the company to monetize popular content via affiliate programs. This a straightforward play, but the problem is that people do not come to Technorati for that. The users are there for popular stories, hot blogs and trends. You do not exactly think of Technorati when you are thinking about buying a book. For that you go straight to Amazon.

Monetization is a big issue that cannot be ignored. After all, just having a cool service that makes no money is impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

Web 2.0 Italy

30 07 2007

It’s a while I’m looking at the italian development of web 2.0 and I’m pleased to read the raise of blognation Italy.

Lots of posting regarding italians start-ups and the difficult situation of venture capital. Finding seed investors for internet companies in Italy is a real problem but there are numerous initiativies to look at.
Read the lauch post , have fun and read the rest.

I think Italy at the moment misses the numbers (few people and companies around web 2.0) but it’s  grewing fast.

iPhone 2.0

2 07 2007

iPhone is finally released (500000 sold over the weekend). Web apps seems to be one of the main scope of the ipone a a lot of companies are hurring to develop a mobile version of their web (2.0?) application.

Interesting is, a service that lets you download “optimized video clips” from the Internet to a mobile device (a process it calls ‘sideloading’). Clippz has announced it is offering more than 500 MySpace, Metacafe and YouTube collections encoded in Apple iPhone’s H.264 file format.

Check out last100 for more on that interview, plus some early examples of iPhone apps.

WebOS vendor Morfik has created a platform for developers to build applications for Apple’s iPhone, which is being released Friday night. Morfik claims this is the first development tool for the iPhone.

Up till this point, no one had announced a development tool for the iPhone – although there have been suggestions by bloggers that Adobe AIR and Google GWT might become iPhone development platforms. However, it seems Morfik is the first to do it.

My personal opinion is that mobile 2.0 is more than using web application while moving. The major advantage should be interact with the place you actually are. But for this the iPhone is missing some more hardware like hi-speed connection and gps at least. Isn’t it?