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Which Came First – The Android or the iPhone?


No, the above headline isn’t a joke with a punchline or anything, it’s in response to an interview with Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt.

He’s currently in South Korea and was asked by reporters about a comment Steve Jobs made saying  Android was a rip-off of the iPhone.

The following statement was included in the Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson.

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Sshmidt’s response was “I’ve decided not to comment on what’s been written on a book after his death. Steve is a fantastic human being and someone who I miss very dearly. As a general comment, I think most people would agree that Google is a great innovator and I would also point out that the Android effort started before the iPhone effort.”

Some are saying it’s not the timeline that’s in question here, rather the features of the Android phone.

The Next Web says, “When the HTC Dream was introduced (sans multitouch) in 2008, it had transformed itself into a mirror-world version of the iPhone. By 2010, Android phones had incorporated multitouch technology and other features popularized in the phone market by Apple, sparking Jobs’ ire.”

What are your thoughts – Is it a timing issue or a features issue? Or, do you even care?


Part of the Avengers Movie Shot with an iPhone


For those of you wondering just how amazing the camera on the iPhone is, this might answer your question. It’s good enough to shoot footage with and include it in a movie. A movie as huge as “The Avengers” that is.

Seamus McGarvey, the cinematographer from The Avengers movie, revealed in a recent interview that some of the shots were taken with the iPhone and included in the final film cut.

He said, “The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand. On The Avengers, I did a couple of shots on the iPhone and they are in the movie. In fact, they are in the trailer! I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film.”

Of course, this does bring up the question “Is it the equipment or the person behind the camera that matters most?”. Just ask Nikon this question.

I am very curious to see which shots were taken with the iPhone. Here’s a trailer from the film, which arrives in theaters May 4, 2012.


40 Percent of Mobile Phone Users Own Smartphones


The growth of smartphones continues to be on the rise according to a recent study released by Nielsen. The data shows that 40% of mobile phone users own Smartphones.

As far as the operating system, Android OS comes in first place with 40%, while Apple iOS is in second place, with 28 percent. Be sure to check out this map to see which state you live in – Android or iPhone.

The survey also covers possible future trends with those who say they want to purchase a smartphone in the next year. One-third said they would like an Android device and another one-third said they would like an iPhone. (I personally just went with an Android device and love it.)

Android is in the lead as the “Next Desired Operating System” with those who typically purchase the latest technology first.

As for the “Not Sures”, those are  people who purchase the latest technology gadgets later on and who don’t see its value as much as the “Innovators”.

Why do you think there’s a slight swing (40% as opposed to 32%) to an Android device with the “Innovators”?

Android or iPhone – Which State Do You Live In?


Do you think you live in an Android state or iPhone state? I was guessing Android for my state of Texas and I was right. Jumptap put out a report this morning with a map showing which mobile activity each state in the U.S. has more of.

As you can see from the map above, the Southern and Western states (Texas, Florida, California) are over-index towards Android, while the Midwest and New England states are Apple dominated. (And as this TechCrunch writer pointed out, New York is embarrassingly Blackberry dominated. Why is that?)

Last month, a report was released which showed the Android operating system had the largest share with 39%, followed by Apple with 28%. There are obviously more Android phones out there, but how well are the mobile ads performing? This graph shows that Apple products like the iPod, iPad and iPhone do better with click-through rates.

Despite who is doing better, overall these click through rates are poor. “Forget Android versus Apple for a moment. What that data says is that mobile ads are failing across the board.”

So tell us – do you live in an Android or Apple state…or Blackberry?


Your iPhone is your Remote & Your iPad is your TV?


With the growing popularity of the iPhone and iPad – it seems everyone is in a rush to get them interactive and working with your television. Here are just some of the latest ways to use your devices to watch movies, television, and interact with fans of the same shows:

  • Teevox is a free iPhone app that gives users the ability to use their phone as a remote control for web content on Hulu (Hulu) or Netflix. You just select a show or movie from the app and Teevox will instantly start playing your selection in your computer’s browser. You can then use the app to pause, fast forward, change volume, and even interact with other viewers in live show-based chats.
  • Verizon released news that soon you’ll have the ability to watch television on your iPad if you are a Verizon FiOS subscriber! Slated for delivery next year, subscribers with an iPad will be able to watch linear programming within their own home while someone else watches another on the TV. Being at home allows Verizon to authenticate users and make sure they are only accessing the content for which they have paid. The iPad app, with a working title of What’s Hot, takes advantage of Verizon’s architecture, which [is] characterized as “cloud TV.” Over the past few months, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable have also demonstrated iPad app prototypes–though most of them involve remote control and DVR options, not live streaming.
  • HBO’s Eric Kessler tells Bloomberg that HBO Go will be available on the iPod and other mobile devices to the channel’s paying subscribers at no additional cost.
  • The Netflix app lets you stream movies directly to your iPad without waiting for them to arrive in your mailbox (subscription necessary!)
  • The ABC player gives you the ability to watch full episodes of your fave ABC shows again: Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives and more.

What apps are you using to watch TV and what are you watching?

Blogging From My iPhone – My First Attempt at Mobile Blogging


I don’t know why, but I’ve never tried to mobile blog before. Actually there are probably a variety of reasons … I’m not a texter by nature, I mispell way too many words when I type in my phone (thank goodness for auto-correct), and I type much faster on the computer.

But there are other reasons too. In my past life as a blogger, I covered entertainment topics. This required me to upload celebrity images from other websites, embed videos, etc. Not easily done from a mobile device! Of course there are times, like when I was doing a red carpet event, that it would have been handy to whip out my phone, snag a picture, and upload it with an interview clip to my site. (Like when Peter Facinelli tweeted from my phone at the MTV Movie Awards last year. The picture below is from my camera – so I can test the photo upload aspect of mobile blogging!)

I see THAT as the biggest perk to mobile blogging … Immediacy. I can imagine mobile blogging when it is a topic that is important to my readers and/or timely and I want to beat my competition. The only other time I can see myself doing this is if I’m away from my desk and want to get a post started.

And so perhaps that is how I will use it in the future – but I can’t imagine using it frequently, because the drawback of mobile blogging is that I cannot format my post how I want! Where are all my HTML tags to bold and italicizes and add lists? And hotlinking? And aligning my pictures? It is going to kill me to see this post, all barren and bland. But I could see using mobile blogging if I already set up a post ahead of time (with formatting at the top) for a live blogging session, or if I wanted to start a draft and then post/edit it later.

Now that my fingers are killing me, I’m going to find out how to Publish this. In the meantime, how and why do you use mobile blogging?

Should I Post My Personal Opinions On The BlogWorld Twitter Account?


Where to start with this one? How about the inspiration for this post? First, I sent out two apparently controversial tweets this morning:

surprise, all those iPad buyers are Mac Fanboys and girls http://bit.ly/bZt9y5 gotta give it to Apple they have a loyal community


LOL and a great follow up story, the ipad doesn’t work http://tcrn.ch/aGmSWy LOL suckers /ipad rant off

That set off a storm of comments from what I would like to think are supporters of our event. One of them actually unfollowed us/me because of it. I’m going to try and provide the time line in reverse chronological order here but please forgive me if I mess it up somehow:


@blogworld I see. Maybe you should Mac hate under your own name. Many new media peopley use Macs, and we would (cont) http://tl.gd/oim80


@blogworld I’m sure the majority of us Mac users don’t know the back story but I’m with @victorcajiao on this one.


@victorcajiao @blogworld i would have to agree with victor. Pretty strange reading that from the official blogworld Twitter account


@blogworld so that’s Blogworlds official position on us being loyal to Macs ? If so the count me out of supporting @blogworld.

BlogWorld (AKA me)

@victorcajiao no thats my official opinion and im surprised at your reaction i’m not free to share my opinion?


@blogworld no you can share it. I don’t have to participate. Goodbye @blogworld


@blogworld yeah, but wonder what would happen if all mac users stay away from blogworld


@blogworld @victorcajiao Probably best to separate personal opinion from official BlogWorld communication, which is what I though this was.


@blogworld @victorcajiao you are free to share personal opinions from your personal twitter account, be careful with branded / company acc


@johnfbraun @blogworld @victorcajiao i agree with my us colleagues. Create / use a personal Twitter acct.


Wow @blogworld, I’m not an Apple fanboy, but way to go and damage your brand by shamelessly disrespecting your customers. Fail… “sucker”!


@GeekCred @victorcajiao agreed, keep your personal opinion off your “official” conference feed, wrong fight to pick…@blogworld fail


@blogworld Before this blows out of proportion. I would not expect someones personal opinion on an event branded Twitter feed.


@blogworld esp calling a good portion of attendees and speakers losers ( albeit indirectly by association)

BlogWorld (AKA me)

@DonMcAllister wow no I didnt, putting up a blog post, this is far more than a twitter conversation


@blogworld Sorry, you didn’t say “losers” it was “LOL suckers” yes, that was it!


@blogworld That kind of personal opinion does’nt belong on an event branded Twitter account; totally unpnrofessional, undermines credibility

@GeekCred sorry I disagree. our event is all about personal credibility


@blogworld let me know when it’s online.

BlogWorld (AKA me)

@StefaanLesage will do typing as fast as I can


@donmcallister @blogworld I had the same feeling about this. Made me think it’s an official blogworld statement

BlogWorld (AKA me)

@StefaanLesage a statement about what? Did you read the posts I linked to? They were both interesting and informative

BlogWorld (AKA me)

@victorcajiao Did you actually unfollow me just now Victor? I wish you would reconsider after reading the post


@blogworld Rick, for the record, completely respect your opinion and personal credibility, just needs to be voiced via your personal twitter


@donmcallister @blogworld I’m with you, Don. Considering many laptops I saw at Blogworld featured glowing Apple logos, this is in poor form.


@DonMcAllister @victorcajiao Some of the Rick Calvert begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting (i.e. @blogworld) Mac-back-story on MGG 220. http://tmo.to/ecUo


@johnfbraun @blogworld @victorcajiao Agree with John 100% on this one: separate Twitter accounts for personal vs. corporate tweets.

and it is continuing.

There are so many points here. First off, did anyone responding to my tweets read any of the posts I linked to?

Like the one about Apple’s draconian PR tactics?

Or the TechCrunch story about all the complaints about the Ipads not geting WiFi reception?

Or the story showing how many ipad buyers were also iPhone and Mac owners?

But the largest point is: can I, Rick Calvert, share my personal opinions or jokes as my tweets clearly were on the BlogWorld twitter account?

Here is my @blogworld Twitter bio:

Tweets from Blogworld & New Media Expo, and its founder Rick Calvert

For the record, I have put up tons of personal opinions and thoughts in that twitter feed since I started the account Oct 31 2007.  Never, ever, have I received a reaction like today.  I did have one person complain about posting stuff other than directly related show information. I informed that person that its my account and my bio explained they were my tweets as well as company stuff.

Just two weeks ago Chris Brogan, me and several others had an interesting discussion about Twitter avatars. Chris told me I should change the @blogworld avatar to a picture of me because “you are blogworld”. I disagreed because I do see a distinction between a completely personal twitter account and a brand. But based on that discussion I just asked Dave(my partner) to create a new avatar for me/ @blogworld showing my face and the logo.

Today several people suggested I start my own personal twitter account to share my personal opinions. I am not going to do that.  First off because I started this event for me and content creators like me. I think offering a view of my thoughts and opinions is relevant to what our show is about. I do try to keep a balance between the personal and the official event stuff. I am very careful not to spam out “buy now” type messages. I try very hard to provide useful and relevant information to our community and my friends. I try to introduce and expose different friends and members of the community to each other who might not otherwise have met except for through our event.

That is what I think my / the @blogworld twitter account is for. Obviously some of you disagree. I do see the arguments for it but I am not convinced its the right thing to do particularly for BlogWorld and the type of event it is. I may change my mind and I hope others can make those arguments why I am wrong in the comments below or on their own blogs and podcasts.

Now lets talk about what personal opinions and what type of jokes are and are not allowed in a business context. Religion; I think everyone agrees that’s a no no in a business setting. Politics; I was a political blogger, that’s what inspired me to launch BlogWorld & New Media Expo in the first place. I killed off my political blog when we launched the event specifically to not offend people who might disagree with my politics. Are there any other third rails of polite business discussion?

Are Macs, the iPad, Iphone, and all Apple products untouchable for conversation and in particular dissent and mockery?

I didn’t think so but I guess I was wrong. Microsoft now that’s a fair target. Everybody hates them right?

Apple can base their entire ad campaign on mocking PC users (most computer users in the world) and that’s ok but bash a Mac and the world comes crashing down?

I’m sorry guys, I find that weird. I like the PC guy in those commercials. I was just having fun at the expense of some of my friends who maybe love their macs a little too much. I never meant to offend you and certainly didn’t mean to hurt your feelings so if I did I sincerely apologize for that but come on people make fun of me for my PC all the time.

As @victorjaio pointed out lots of new media content creators are Mac users. I know that, I get that. I know many Mac products are new media friendly, many of my friends are mac users, but seriously Apple is not a new media friendly company, guys. They are not all that supportive of their community and they know there is a certain percentage of their community that will buy anything they sell even if its phone that doesn’t work, or its on the worst mobile carrier in the country.

That’s my problem with Mac’s and Apple. Can we be friends again or have I crossed the Rubicon on this one?

***update 4.8.10****

I just found out that I am a “Hipster New Media Douchebag”

At least according to John C. Welsh. And all this time I thought I was just a fat guy in a Harley shirt.


Is Foursquare The New Twitter?


I have recently been using Foursquare on my Blackberry Storm smartphone.  I believe it is only in the beta version at this point for Blackberry users but anyone and nearly everyone with an iPhone are using it in our world, The application is still working a little clunky and not the best of user experience but I like the idea behind it. What is foursquare?  This gives you a brief look:

People use foursquare to “check-in”, which is a way of telling us your whereabouts. When you check-in someplace, we’ll tell your friends where they can find you and recommend places to go & things to do nearby. People check-in at all kind of places – cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices. You’ll find that as your friends use foursquare to check-in, you’ll start learning more about the places they frequent. Not only is it a great way to meet up with nearby friends, but you’ll also start to learn about their favorite spots and the new places they discover.

I unlocked my badge for my first check in spot yesterday. I was not a monumental moment but it did go out on my Twitter stream to all my followers and friends.  Speaking of Twitter, I was just thinking of what it was like the first time I tried it.  I remember hearing of the Twitter application in early 2007 from Robert Scoble  just before I went down to SXSW in Austin, Texas. It was there that Twitter went ballistic and is where it is today.  My first experience with Twitter came with it the thought of “meh”, and frankly my experience of Foursquare was the same.  It is in the overall experience that we will someday perhaps call Foursquare the new Twitter.

When I signed up for Foursquare I was able to click a few of my friends and invite them as friends as well.  Most of those were from Twitter and Facebook.  Since that time I have been getting email after email asking for me to join communities of others and it is becoming much like Twitter.  I wonder if we will get the Foursquare suggested user list and the best mayors across the country, and the top 100 Foursquare players and so on until it becomes the popular rising star Twitter became.  I think Foursquare and its sister service Gowalla may need to be watched in 2010.  These services may become the next thing Oprah has to use.  I’ll be your friend on Foursquare but the only thing I think I am the Mayor of at this point is my couch.

Its a Phone!


Robert Scoble Sums up all of the insanity of this ridiculous iPhone fever in this one paragraph:

After playing with it today I’ve got to agree. This is the company that can give you a crappy camera. No video. Charge you more than other devices. Make you wait hours in line. Take hours to get your credit card approved, your iPhones activated. And, at the end of it all, make you feel good.


Talk about drinking the Kool aid. I have to wonder if Steve jobs wrapped a turd in a shiny box with the apple logo on it how many fan boys would stand in line to buy one.

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