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iPad Episode II: Revenge of the Slick?

Although Apple hasn’t officially confirmed or denied it, the ipad 2 is set to hit the shelves in a few weeks, and though the hype is much less than for its predecessor, the reviews & upgrades are no less important.

To wit:

  • A more powerful processor. Experts are predicting that the new processor will be modeled around the ARM Cortex A9 unit — which will double the effort of the popular 1Ghz edition.
  • A top-of-the-line front-facing camera. The gTalk has been a successful staple in the Android tablets, and Apple will be keen to use the iPad 2 as a launching pad for their new video calling capabilities.
  • A rear-facing camera. A rear-facing camera will make Apple on par with some of their rivals, bringing HDR photo skills to the iPad. The potential for the iPad to include Hipstamatic and Camera+ functions is very tempting.

In addition to these notable upgrades, sources are saying that the Apple iPad 2 will include bigger speakers and a 3 axis gyroscope for superior gaming capabilities. A more powerful processor will also be provided, while USB connectivity is also said to be included after Apple conceded to an onslaught of complaints from consumers that transferring data to the slate needed an extra adapter.

While Apple have done their best to keep the iPad 2’s features a secret, many reliable internet sources have come forward boasting of having glimpses what the new tablet has to offer.


The Future of Advertising

As our web browsing evolves, so do the ways that advertisers create ads.  In the beginning, advertisement was solely word of mouth.  Then the print aspect was introduced.  Now that the internet is a presence that has made itself a staple in the lives of so many people throughout the planet, advertisers are working on the next frontier.

During the early years of the internet, pop-up ads were a nuisance or welcome feature, depending on your view of things.  However, they may not have had the ability to specifically target consumers.  Now, with the advent of social networking and Facebook, advertisers have been hard at work regarding how advertising can evolve with the times.  So, it would not be hard to believe that in the future, advertisers may send ads directly to users who are simply chatting via an instant messaging program.

In fact, Google has made a prediction that ads may be done in real time in the future.  In other words, advertisers are counting on the dominance of the internet over television ads.  There have been several studies done that point to the possibility of television being less watched than the internet.  If the researchers’ findings are correct though, then people who spend time on the internet will spend more time clicking away the advertising that they may think interrupts them.  However, for every person that rejects an ad, there may be another who accepts it, so the possibilities for profit is real.  The only question that remains then, would be:  How much money can be gained from advertising?

H.264 Loses A Battle

In the battle for supreme winner of the computer universe, there are some bound to be some losers.  Unfortunately for H.264, they have been thrown to the proverbial lions, so they are the losers in this war.  So if you are a user of the Chrome browser, which is a Google creation, you will no longer be able to get support for the video codec H.264.  In a nutshell, the reason for the H.264 video codec feature getting the boot, so to speak, has open source to blame.  It wasn’t because the H.264 was clunky, or was causing computers to crash.  In fact, Youtube worked quite well with the H.264 video codec that HTML5 enabled.

So, if the H.264 worked so well with Youtube, what would motivate Google to discontinue the feature?  One reason H.264 may have been sacrificed may be because it worked too well.  Not to mention the fact that one day, the license to run the H.264 codex will run out, making it not technically “free”.  So, in order to avoid problems that could arise in the future, due to Chrome possibly not complying to the license it carried, Google decided to cut the feature loose.  In the future, a crafty HTML5 programmer may very well create something that is comparable to the greatness that H.264 was, but for now, those who loved using it in Chrome have very good reason to not feel so super.  However, HTML5 is still a program in its growing stages, so this could be interpreted as a growing pain.  Either way, let’s toast to the future of HTML5.

Make Room For Another App Retailer

Mobile phone app producers are getting wise to the app game.  That’s why they are investing heavily into the powers of HTML5, and the investing has come to fruition.  If you have a smartphone, whether an iPhone, Android OS, or BlackBerry, if your mobile device can understand HTML5, then you can browse the apps in the Zeewe App store.

The Zeewe store is based outside of the United States, in Latin America specifically.  The sheer fact that smartphone owners the world over are downloading apps from the new player in the app game shows the universality of apps.  Throughout the world, there are mobile device owners who are searching for something to download.  Whether they are looking for something that will make their life easier, such as a utility that helps the user translate languages, or something to entertain, there is something for everyone.  And if you are a developer, you could submit your app to them also.  Which means that throughout the world, there is a need for superior HTML5 programmers who can contribute to the mobile industry.  That doesn’t mean that HTML5 programmers who aren’t well-versed in mobile devices are inferior though.  It just means that the growth potential for mobile device consumers may be higher.  All of which is very encouraging news indeed.  The more apps that are created using HTML5 means that the program is growing in popularity.  If HTML5 continues to increase in popularity, it quite possible will be a standard program that mobile apps will be accessible through.  So brush up on your HTML5 skills by browsing the tutorials at htmlatoms.com.

HTML5? Is That You

If you have been wondering what program is running on your browser, there is a way to find out.  Just go to the Modernizr library and you will be able to see some of the features that aren’t readily interpreted as HTML5.  And if you have questions about features that you didn’t think HTML5 actually was capable of, the library is quite extensive, so you will be able to find the answer to whatever question you have.

For example, there is a page dedicated to HTML5 features that aren’t widely known, they call that page “The Undetectables“.  So if you just aren’t sure if the feature in question is actually caused by HTML5 programming, you will know soon enough.  Another great thing about the library is that you will be able to figure out cause and effect quite effectively.  Since the library points out just about all of the capabilities that HTML5 can do, you can work backwards if you choose.  You can test your programming skills by recreating some of the commands that you think that you have a problem with, then verify it against the library.  If there is a known problem, then you can solve it that easily.  Basically it’s a tool that you should have whether you believe you are a seasoned programmer or a beginning one.  Speaking of tools, don’t forget to visit htmlatoms.com to view well written tutorials.  Whether you want to simply review, or teach yourself something new, there is bound to be something of value for you there.