Linked by snydeq on Fri 9th Jul 2010 17:33 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses 10 ways locked-down app store delivery models limit choice for developers -- and ultimately hurts users. The model, best known in the form of Apple's notoriously finicky iPhone App Store, has established an entirely new relationship between software vendors and consumers, one some are calling 'curated computing,' a mode in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. This model, deemed essential to the success of tablets, provides questionable value to developers, undermining their interests in a variety of ways. From disproportionate profit cuts, to curator veto powers, to poor security, fragmentation, and hostility to free software, developers must sacrifice a lot to 'curated computing' to get their wares into the hands of end-users.
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RE: I'm fine with it...
by ebasconp on Fri 9th Jul 2010 23:37 UTC in reply to "I'm fine with it..."
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Why everyone feels this device and others like it have to be made to act and work (both tech wise and business wise) like a computer baffles me!

They'll never replace computers, but they sure are getting more people using something more like a computer than ever before!

Why do you think they are not computers?

A computer is a machine that executes instructions stored in a program (that can be replaced, modified or extended) and that consists of input, processing and output units... as all current mobile phones do.

Actually I see these devices as computers with additional support for doing phone calls, because they have an operating system, file systems, memory management, software stacks and everything that a computer has.

Doing some distinction between mobile phones and computers just because its usage is kind of artificial, because computers are designed to be general purpose.

Edited 2010-07-09 23:40 UTC

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