Would Apple really buy electric car startup Tesla Motors? “They do have a lot of cash,” noted Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Some suggest that Tesla would seem a logical vehicle to make the late Steve Jobs’s vision of an Apple iCar become a reality.
There are other cloud storage and synching services: Apple’s own iCloud, Box, iDolly, Google Cloud, Microsoft SkyDrive, and more. However, while they all have their virtues, none of them matches Dropbox for no hassle, transparent, “just works” functionality in the context of keeping work in progress—along with recently archived files—on several work platform laptops and my iPad harmoniously synchronized.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Are you looking for some new games to play? If you like Angry Birds, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Bombcats. It’s a physics puzzler with explosive cats. It’s no weirder than Angry Birds. If you’re looking for something else, then you’ll be happy to see all of the limited time freebie games available this week. Also, UPS released an official iPad app and Google released Hangouts for iOS. It’s a good week.
Newt Gingrich is puzzled about what to call the device in his hand. Personally, I’d call it an iPhone in a Mophie case. But what starts out as a video of a politician and author apparently confused by modern technology turns into a cogent and thoughtful call to a conversation about how technology can change our lives.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Let’s say you’re going on vacation and you take your iPhone. It’s likely you’re going to take a bunch of pictures and maybe a few videos. Chances are good you’ll want to share those with your friends and family. Disney’s Story app will do just that for you. It’s super-easy and customizable. If you’re itching for some new games, you’re going to be quite happy with this week’s selection of limited time freebies, because there are a lot.
Microsoft’s Clint Patterson frames the recent software subscription model only as either “progressive,” or “premature,” asking consumers to weigh in with their opinions on the matter. For what it’s worth, my personal answer is “neither,” and I propose a third response: “Bad idea for consumers whose time will never come,” at least in my estimation.
Mr. Gates is right that an awful lot of production and content creation oriented iPad users are frustrated with the iPad’s limitations and angularities—the lameness of its select/cut/paste/copy editing functions, the lack of a user accessible file system and multitasking worthy of the name (ie: with side-by-side page views), no partial screen screenshots, no standard USB port and so forth. However…
Adobe Creative Cloud membership will be US$49.99 per month. Sorry, but I won’t be signing up. I don’t rent software, at least not if I can help it. Pixelmator sells on the App Store for 20 bucks. If you need more power than that, the GIMP is free, and you can put up with a lot of learning curve climbing to save fifty bucks a month in rental fees. Forever. Or, at least I can.
With so little news from Apple since the launch of the iPad Mini, everybody from fanboys to Wall Street are a bit nervous that Cupertino’s mojo has evaporated. I think we’re in a transitional period, and if you look at Apple’s long term future there’s little cause for alarm. In that future, the continued evolution of the iPad is what will drive growth, meaning the slowdown in iPhone growth and feature expansion is nothing to worry about.
Apple should enter the car space, buy Tesla, and make Elon Musk the CEO. People love cars, and an Apple iCar would be beautiful, connected, and intelligent, and it would do all the little things that delight you and make you fall in love with your car.