"4phun" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> Slow iPhone "news" day, 4phun?
> Well Todd at first I am inclined to give you an A for effort in your
> But since you got it wrong I am now more inclined to issue a written
> reprimand for incompetence.
> Since this is USENET I have decided to write it off as you may be a
> distant relative to Larry.
Now them's fightin' words... ;-)
> There has been 11,078 blog posts found related to AP Building An Ad-
> Subsidized Mobile in the last 24 hours ...source -> onpost.com. Most
> of them are not Apple centric ie. spinning the news.
Agreed... I just posted my apology and half-retraction- the original AP PR
did mention the iPhone (as an example- "iPhone and other smartphones...")
> Going back to the original disclosure it was an announcement that was
> made by CEO Tom Curley at the AP's annual meeting Monday in
> Washington, D.C.
> "The formation of the Mobile News Network positions members to capture
> opportunities on high-growth mobile platforms," Curley said in his
> The iPhone was selected as the first such 'high-growth' platform by
> AP's Digital Cooperative, which was formed to identify digital
> opportunities for AP content.
> Now I agree Curley mentioned that they were working with other
> manufacturers to tailor AP content and video but face it - the Apple
> iiPhone had their hearts and imagination as they set up this new
> venture for their news providing partners.
Yes, but it's still a leap to present this as an iPhone exclusive.
> Not to mention it is simple
> to reformat pages like Fox and ABC did just for the iPhone browser.
> The advantage to those with iPhones is this stuff looks even better on
> the iPhone when browsing content then some of those poorly designed
> web sites not meant for a four inch screen.
I agree completely. Still, it's ironic, that pages need to be refomatted
for a "real browser." I've said many times however, that mobile formatted
web pages are just as much for the small screen real estate than for any
deficiencies in a mobile browser. The basic WAP/XHTM-style single column
web-page with inline graphics works much better on a small screen than a
page designed for a large screen, regardless if the mobile device can render
it or not.
> Most of the many poorly
> designed sites are so full of frames and crappy clutter they don't
> really look all that good even on a PC with a 24 inch screen!
No argument there either. As I've often said, I have a lot of mobile/PDA
formatted sites bookmarked on my PC- when I want a five-day Accuweather
forcast, the mobile site pops rights up vs. the cluttered "full site"
replete with video commercials for dog food!
> BTW the above mentioned sites have figured out how to pass video to
> the iPhone so you can see what they are running currently on TV as
> they rerun key snippets of breaking news. It is like turning to cable
> news live while a story is breaking and seeing the video they just ran
> a few minutes ago being run again because of its shock value. But you
> can see it any where anytime on the iPhone.
As well as a myriad of other phones.
> Now Todd who was AP after? It was "to capture opportunities on high-
> growth mobile platforms," Curley said".
> They want to be among the first to capture iPhone owners!
Agreed, but as popular as the iPhone is, it's still only a slice of the
"smartphone" market. I'm equally sure they want to catch the eyeballs of
RIM, Symbian, WinMo and (future) "Googleoids" as well. Smartphones are
permeating non-business users as well in record numbers, buoyed, I'm sure,
at least in part, by the "tide raises all boats" effect of the iPhone's
> When you have the best demographics and an exploding user base you
> always get special treatment. Is it fair, certainly not; but that is
> the way life works.
I've yet to see any "special treatment" that wasn't "sponsored" by Apple or
AT&T (i.e. YouTube's willingness to re-encode their entire library from .flv
to QT to support the iPhone's mobile YouTube app.) Virtually every iPhone
specific webservice you've every enlightened all of us about was to overcome
an iPhone deficiency and allow it to access the same content or
functionality other smartphones could already access or perform. (I.e. the
streaming music Fly-whatever service, NYPL's digital content on iTunes,
Talkety's "almost-kinda-sorta-VoIP," etc.) While these services are
certainly important to iPhone owners, they are pretty yawn-inducing to
people whose phones have already had access to such features for a very long
The coming iPhone 2.0 upgrade, along with the iTunes software store should
really be the turning point to see if the iPhone actually becomes a true
"smartphone" rather than what it is now- the absolute best media
player/webtablet phone on the market.