Why The Movie Industry Can’t Innovate and the Result is SOPA

From: steveblank

This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S.) from box-office revenue.

But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion. Where did the other $57 billion come from?

From sources that the studios at one time claimed would put them out of business: Pay-per view TV, cable and satellite channels, video rentals, DVD sales, online subscriptions and digital downloads…

The music and movie business has been consistently wrong in its claims that new platforms and channels would be the end of its businesses. In each case, the new technology produced a new market far larger than the impact it had on the existing market.”

This is one of the best commentaries I’ve read concerning SOPA and Hollywood.

Full article here.

Android Review Recipe – PWN

My favorite PWN of the week.

From Stephen M. Hackett @ 512 Pixels:
“Unlike Apple’s once-a-year release cycle with the iPhone, Android OEMs and carriers have gone crazy, releasing as many new phones as possible, as quickly as possible.

As a result, there are a ton of Android phone reviews written. I want to make it easier for tech writers, so I’ve created a list — a recipe, if you will — to help make this easier.”

He lists 9 points here are my favorite two:

•”This may be the best Android phone yet, but if not, just wait a week or two.”

•”The current version of Android lacks some polish, but the next version of Android will be the one to have, we promise. It’s going to rival iOS. Granted, this phone probably won’t ever get to run it.”

Read the remaining 7 here.

“These aren’t “beta” tablets” – Gruber calls it

In case you missed it, the next great “iPad killer” the BlackBerry PlayBook was released this week to a collective thud. Many reviews have been soft by excusing this device and others (like the Motorola Xoom) as “beta” or “rushed to production”.

In response to those excuses John Gruber @ Daring Fireball lets em’ have it:

“I don’t understand why so many reviewers bend over backwards to grade these things on a curve. If the iPad 2 had the problems and deficiencies the Xoom and PlayBook have, these same reviewers would (rightly) trash it, and declare (again, rightly) that Apple had finally lost its Midas touch.

These aren’t “beta” tablets. They’re bad tablets. It’s that simple. It’s true that their hardware seems closer to iPad-caliber than their software, but improving software is the hardest part of making products like these. By the time RIM releases “a serious software update or three” the entire market will have changed. The truth is, Motorola, Samsung, and now RIM have released would-be iPad competitors that pale compared to the iPad. Just say it.

The mass market doesn’t buy, and doesn’t want to buy, products based on what they might become months from now if these companies somehow dramatically improve the software. They buy products for what they are today, out of the box. Motorola and RIM and Samsung are Apple’s industry peers. These are the big leagues, this is The Show. They’re charging customers real money to buy these things. They should be judged by the same standards.”

Thanks for calling it like it is Gruber.

Here’s my thoughts about the current onslaught of wannabe iPad rivals:

I believe one of the biggest reasons for the success of the iPad was its very long design gestation. Jobs has said in interviews that Apple came up with the concept of the iPad before the iPhone and not the other way around.

Because of that progression by time the iPad was released it was really more of a 3rd generation product than a 1st generation. Apple prepared the market perfectly by educating millions of users about iOS (getting them hooked) with the iPhone as well as with the not often mentioned iPod Touch (which it still a great product in it’s own right, and to this day does not have a single equivalent competitor in the US).

Sure, no one knew exactly what the iPad’s release would do to the tablet market but all these companies that are now rushing inferior products to catch up, really should have been paying more attention and or taking Apple much more serious. It was long rumored that the iPad was in the works but apparently no one really believed it was a threat.

So now we have all these competing devices that aren’t quite ready for release being sold because their makers are scrambling to catch up (because Apple’s making a killing). Instead they should take a strategy from Apple’s playbook (sorry, couldn’t resist) and be thinking about what’s next and design for future instead of the past.

I guarantee you that’s what Apple is already doing.

Still thinking there is no Adobe Flash on iOS just because Steve Jobs is a Jerk?

From: ‘BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Lacks All the Right Moves’ @ Wired.com

“Any tablet debuting more than a year after the Apple’s market-dominating iPad needs an edge. For the PlayBook, that edge is support for Adobe Flash, a feature that the iPad is famously lacking. RIM says it took over two years of working with Adobe to bring Flash to its tablet.

Two years may not have been enough. During a round of Plants vs. Zombies, gameplay bogged down whenever the animation got intense. Every time I tried to access a Flash game on Facebook, the browser crashed. Yes, every single time. Say goodbye to your well-tended crops, Farmvillians.”

From: ‘Flash on Android: Look but don’t touch’ @ InfoWorld

“As it stands, Flash support offers no reason for buying a Xoom instead of an iPad. If you were hoping the Flash player would enable a whole new world of content, you will be disappointed. Flash sites on Android devices are utterly hit or miss. And if you’re deploying Flex applications for your business to be accessed on mobile devices, my advice is to switch to HTML immediately. On the other hand, if you’re enthralled by animated Web advertising, the Flash Player will be right up your alley.”

Steve Jobs may be a jerk. I really didn’t know because I’ve never met him. But at least he’s a jerk that is willing to give you the best user experience possible on iOS. As these negative reviews continue to roll out concerning Flash on Android I think it’s apparent Flash as it exists is not worth the headache.

[via - Daring Fireball]

Need A New Wireless Router? Have You Considered The Airport Extreme?

Great article over at TUAW summing up Apple’s Airport Extreme wireless router. I agree with every point the author has to make. Personally I’ve been using an Airport Extreme and an Airport Express (for wifi extending) for at least 3 years and I’ve found it to be very reliable and Apple’s setup software is extremely easy to use.