I really really enjoy the looks and feel of this new weather app. WTHR is just £0.69 (I think that translates to ¢99 in the US and 0,79€ in Europe) and absolutely gorgeous.

There’s a bug in the current version that keeps checking for your location all the time and therefore running the locating service non stop, drowning your battery. But the developer has already submitted an update and is just waiting for Apple’s approval. Until then, my workaround is to disable the app’s access to the location API in the location settings within the Settings.app. After that, the app remembers your location for 24 hours until you have to permit access to your location again for it to work. A bit silly and kind of a hassle, but that’s hopefully gone soon.

Google’s next step towards being good competition

Google just announced, besides lots of other things, their own Andriod tablet, the Nexus 7.

Stephen Hackett wrote that he doesn’t think that the Nexus 7 will be in direct competition to the iPad but rather the Amazon kindle Fire.

"Both Amazon and Google are pitching these devices not as computer-replacements, but content hubs. Apple, on the other hand, wants users to think of the iPad in both ways. In short, the Nexus 7 isn’t competing with the iPad directly. While the low price point may lure some customers, I think Amazon has more to be nervous about than Apple."

With that price point ($199 for the 8GB model) and the tight integration of Google’s ecosystem (Play, Google+, Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Cloud Storage), it is much more competetive to the iPad and Apple’s equivalents of those services than to the Fire and than the Fire is to the iPad. I assume that once you’ve set up your Google Account on your Nexus 7, all your stuff will be synched between your devices using that account, i.e. your Andriod phone(s) and your Chromebook and -box, and maybe eventually your Google Glasses. Much like iCloud does now. As far as I know, you don’t get anything like that experience with Amazon. At least not yet.

The new additions to the Andriod OS, Play, and Google+ make the Nexus 7 look very attractive to people who are already fond of Andriond and use/prefer it over iOS/Apple, or people who simply can’t afford an iPad and iPhone.

So to me, what Google presented at today’s keynote, not as individual news or products, but as a whole next step in the evolution of the Google ecosystem, is quite good and warmly welcomed comeptetion for Apple. Except the glasses thing maybe. I have no idea what that is all about.

Neil Hughes for appleinsider.com:

Developers were asked to indicate, on a scale of one to 10, how difficult it might be for them to change their applications for the new screen sizes. On average, developers at WWDC said the difficulty would be just a 3.4 out of 10, suggesting they don’t see it as a major issue.

And as Jim Dalrymple puts it:

I’m not a developer, so I don’t know how difficult this would be, but if they’re not worried, neither am I.


Instagram and Hipstamatic announce photo sharing partnership

This is quite a big move. I’m a huge fan of Instagram and don’t really like Hipstamatic (for reasons I don’t want to write down right here and now). But this is great news.

Instagram opeing up its API towards Hipstamatic means that they will probably do the same for other apps in the future. Kevin Systrom says so himself in this very interesting interview about the future of Instagram.

Instagram becoming more of a social network is also exciting because this could eventually lead to website. I stopped using Flickr a while ago (also for reasons that don’t belong here), and having Instagram as a new website to send all my friends and family to to see photos I’ve taken would be pretty great.

Yes, I see that it would probably be a bit annyoing or even defetign the point of Instagram if people started using all kinds of apps and ways to upload photos to the service, but as Kevin says in the above linked interview: “We’ve been very careful about making sure that Instagram photos are about what’s happening right now in your life, and we want to allow for more of those photos to end up on Instagram regardless of where they’re taken.”

Instagram chaning from an iPhone only app to an open photo sharing network doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I am, actually, conviced that it will be a good one.

(via DF.net)

Seems like I wasn’t the only one who lost interest after two weeks of playing with it.

That’s obviously not the official reason for the shut down. As Sarah Perez writes:

"Oink, the first app from Kevin Rose’s new startup lab Milk, is shutting down. The announcement posted to the company’s homepage today claims the app was a “test” and the decision was made so that the company could focus on its next project, yet to be named."