Podcasts are just MP3s. Podcast players are just MP3 players, not platforms to execute arbitrary code from publishers. Publishers can see which IP addresses are downloading the MP3s, which can give them a rough idea of audience size, their approximate locations, and which apps they use. That’s about it.

They can’t know exactly who you are, whether you searched for a new refrigerator yesterday, whether you listened to the ads in their podcasts, or even whether you listened to it at all after downloading it.
Big publishers think this is barbaric. I think it’s beautiful.

Big publishers think this is holding back the medium. I think it protects the medium.

Apple’s actual role in podcasting: be careful what you wish for – Marco.org

Quelli che obiettano che esisterebbe sempre la possibilità di scegliere fonti esterne ad iTunes, sottovalutano (drammaticamente, se in buona fede) il potere della “comodità”.
Quella, per restare in tema, che ti fa usare l’app Podcast preinstallata nonostante la presenza di alternative migliori ed ugualmente gratuite.

Stay Tuned,
Mr.Frost

P.S. Casomai non fosse chiaro, un’ulteriore spiegazione ce la fornisce il buon Viticci…

There’s something special about the iPad.

In some ways it is a science fiction future made real: a computer, as much as possible, without the computer. More so than a whisper quiet Mac Pro, more so than an iMac floating on its aluminum foot, more so than the razor-thin Retina MacBook, the iPad is the least computer-like computer ever made. There is no keyboard, no abstract pointing device — just a screen, just your work.

The new 9.7″ iPad Pro incorporates almost all the features of its larger 12.9″ brother.
And people love it. The thinner and lighter it becomes, the more they love it. The faster it becomes, the more they love it. The more capable it becomes (with better cameras, brighter screens, top-notch security, and more sophisticated software) the more they love it. However, as with any love, criticisms cut more painfully. When the iPad can’t edit a document in place because the developer doesn’t yet support Document Providers, when an app refuses to obey split-screen multitasking for similar reasons, when a mission-critical website won’t render or behave properly, we feel an emotional response. Love is, by definition, emotional. And people love the iPad.

The 9.7" iPad Pro Review — Tools and Toys

Una delle (molte) ottime recensioni in giro. L’iPad si avvicina sempre più – ad ogni incarnazione – all’idea alla base della prima versione.

Stay Tuned,
Mr.Frost

Oggi introduciamo l’applicazione per computer, un nuovo modo per rimanere in contatto sempre e ovunque – sul telefono o sul computer, a casa o al lavoro. Come succede per WhatsApp Web, la nostra applicazione per computer è semplicemente un’estensione del telefono: l’applicazione rispecchia le conversazioni e i messaggi del dispositivo mobile.

Introduzione dell’applicazione WhatsApp per computer – WhatsApp Blog

…e pensare che – ragionando in questa maniera – l’applicazione di WhatsApp per il Mac è disponibile da mesi.

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Mr.Frost

The Watch is flawed, no doubt. Just like the original iPad, the iPhone, the iPod, and the Mac were before it. But there’s no question in my mind, one year into wearing this thing every day, that it’s a device that has a bright future. The vast majority of Apple customers will never witness these growing pains. They will buy version four or five. Don’t let your early adopter frustrations cloud your perspective on how most people view these products in the long run.

Joe’s Blog » Apple Watch: Almost a Year

Stay Tuned,
Mr.Frost