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11Aug/111

Weakening Apple’s iron grip: fighting stranglehold with standards

It seems that Apple just can’t help itself, and always comes back to its preferred model it started with - total control over its platform.  The smart design and brilliant insights of Steve Jobs kept company’s fortunes up but this lucky streak is about  to end - and for the same reason it had lost its hardware fight.

With its hugely popular iPod/iPad running iOS operating system Apple had market cornered for awhile by being a gatekeeper for what can and cannot run of its devices, and 30% cut Apple makes on every sale made from its App Store or through in-app purchasing system  has definitely helped the bottom line.

The decision not to support Adobe Flash - while having some engineering justification - was in line with Apple anal business model… It took an open standard to bust Apple’s monopoly - HTML5 standard that is.. The most recent high profile jail-breaker is Amazon.com - with the release of its Kindle Cloud Reader app, it is bypassing Apple's tollbooth!

 

17Mar/110

HTML5 resource

Here's a really nice introduction to HTML5 from Mark Pilgrim of Google -

Dive Into HTML5

 

Just say no to Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight in your web applications!

(or at least understand the ramifications of using them)

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