iCloud – As Simple As It Could Possibly Get..

Apple has released iCloud for Mac OS X Lion as well as iCloud in iOS5. I’m not exactly going to write an article here. I’m going to lay it out as simply as it can be laid out. Screenshots and lists are all you people want to see anyway, so here we go.

iCloud in iOS5 & OS X Lion

iCloud is fully integrated into anything you do on your iDevice that has to do with your Contacts, Calendars, Mail Accounts, Bookmarks and other information. Apple did this right and gave us all of this functionality for the good price of, FREE.

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Spotify: The Best-Worst Startup; Facebook Needs to Run Things [In Depth Review]

Occupying most of the time I spend on my computer / the internet has been Spotify. It has been a huge pleasure using it, and I’m actually proud to say that it mostly, for me, replaces iTunes. Especially, iTunes Ping. Spotify flourishes where iTunes falters.

For those who aren’t familiar, I will quickly touch on what Spotify has been doing lately. Facebook. At f8 this year, (Facebook’s annual dev conference) they announced they would be taking music to a whole new level on Facebook. They’ve incorporated services like iheartradio, MOG, and most profoundly Spotify, directly into Facebook.

Spotify is surely the better pick of the bunch newly associated with Facebook. So I went with it, and surely I was more than satisfied. Going hand-in-hand with a webapp and a desktop application, it did what iTunes couldn’t, and flourished with it.

There are things I love about Spotify’s new move, and some things I’m not a fan of within the apps.

Read tons more + SCREENSHOTS after the break.

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GetGlue’s New iPhone App Is Nice; Their Website, Not So Much..

GetGlue, the “activity-check-in website” similar to but more popular than, Miso—has come out with a new iPhone app. They have polished the interface just a little. Quickly I came to thinking, they need to do the same to their webpage. Their iOS GUI makes their web-app look like it was run over by Web 2.0.

New graphical features include:

  • Polished main page
  • New conversation view with iChat-like bubbles
  • New “checked-in” page with more content; more options
  • Smaller fonts on the check-in history page
  • Within conversation, a pop-up for “Agree-Cool-Funny-Reply”
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HTC Wants WebOS to compete with iOS: Why That’s A Weak Move

Word is going around quickly that HTC is considering the purchase of HP’s WebOS — so they have a stronger base OS to compete against Apple with. This is quite the weak move on HTC’s part if you ask me. I had to throw my 2 cents into the mix and explain why that idea has failed before it’s even been set in motion.

1. HTC can’t just create their own OS?

I might not go that far, but they should at least be putting in some hard work if they are planning on going up against Apple & iOS. Right now Apple controls the Tablet world, the Smartphone world, and is either close to or already is, controlling the Personal Computer climate. We will get back to that later, not to mention Digital Music or anything in their sub-production / software lines..

I just feel that instead of going out and purchasing an already functioning, already complete and sold a ton of units type of OS — They should actually be putting some hours in. It’s okay when a company buys a suffering project — even one that is doing quite well in the creation process, but not one that has been finished and around for.. ever.

This leaves HTC — which has grown to be one of the biggest phone manufacturers in the world — exposed and dependent on two mobile operating systems who’s owners’ priorities lie elsewhere. -Stan Schroeder, Mashable

2. Apple has a fairly long lease on the climate

I’m sure the mainstream is quite aware of the Tablet Market at the moment. They can’t quite put their fingers on it, but they do know one thing, or maybe, don’t know one thing. “What exactly is a tablet?” Unless it has tablet in the product name, most mainstreamers think of that old crappy gadget from HP or Motorola with a ‘stylus’ — or that huge, bulky, terribly designed, Palm looking thing. Even something that looks like a small Toughbook.

Apple controls the mainstream with iOS, and even at this point, Mac OS. No mainstreamer is going to go out and purchase an Samsung Tablet unless it’s suggested by a friend, and they’re not into the iPad. And let me tell you, not many people aren’t into the iPad. Grown men turn into little mindless children when an iPad is in their grasp.

If you say tablet, we say, “Oh the iPad?”

3. Everything else is just a copy

Besides the fact that they just plain and simple won’t even be competition for iOS.. They know it too. To an Apple iPad, most of the tablets out right now look like Kindles. Disregarding the ones that have the same damn design Apple pioneered in the beginning with the touch screen.

We all know who started what we now call the standard in touch displays and gestures. We all know who designed a device that contained practically nothing but a giant screen. We all also know who started the current standard style for a tablet on the market.

All these tablets wouldn’t exist without their father, the iPhone originally, and now the iPad. It takes a long time for a kid to become strong enough to finally kick his fathers ass. It hasn’t been that long since the first launch of these game-changing products.

Overall: None of the tablets created by anyone (maybe just about 2 exceptions) will be / are GAME-CHANGERS. There was ONE game-changer. The game has been changed. It’s not due for another for a long, long time. This is just my 2 cents guys.. I’m not going crazy over all of this, but It’s just something for you to keep in mind as you see this unfold.

Readers: Do you own a non-iOS tablet? If so list it here. Also, readers — tell me if you think this is going to help HTC at all.

(Sources: AppleInsider, Engadget, Mashable)