As you can probably imagine, we're very excited about the possibilities that the new iPhone Software Development Kit opens up for mobile application development. Last week we announced that we'll be developing a native iPhone application, as a complement to our existing TypePad for iPhone web app. (If you're a TypePad user with an iPhone or iPod Touch, visit i.typepad.com to check it out.) Today there's plenty of coverage about Apple's SDK topping 100,000 downloads, and our very own Chris Alden is quoted in Apple's press release announcing that milestone:
"Six Apart pioneered the mobile blogging experience with an iPhone-optimized blog service," said Chris Alden, CEO, Six Apart. "We're taking it to the next level with our native iPhone application for TypePad that's already in development."
What's gratifying for everyone on the TypePad team is that our iPhone web app started as a "hackathon" project for Walt Dickinson, one of our rock star designers and front-end engineers at Six Apart. (Walt's a long time Mac user and Apple fan, so to see his work show up in an Apple press release was pretty cool.)
March 2008 Archives
March 30, 2008
reaffirms that we're as passionate about blogging as the day we started. Our community is too fierce to rest on its laurels -- contrary to what pundits claim, blogging is far from "finished" and every improvement just whets our appetite for more. And more is coming.It's important for the community to know that while we do compete, the steps each of us take on our own platforms also move blogging itself forward, and that's healthy for the medium. Blogging is in a fantastic growth phase. Six Apart is growing tremendously well, as are all of our products and services, and so are Automattic and WordPress. Blogs and blog based businesses are becoming stronger and stronger and blogging is moving from an experiment to a strategy among large media and the corporate world. It continues to expand globally and new forms of blogging, such as Twitter, and blog ad networks, such as Federated Media, are also growing tremendously well. We all have a passion for this, perhaps matched only by the passion of the millions and millions of people who use our tools and services every day, and there is more innovation ahead of us than behind us.
March 13, 2008
This is one of the reasons that we are so jazzed by our relationship with Apple and have enthusiastically embraced bringing TypePad to the iPhone. Since the iPhone didn't have an SDK the first form of integration was web-based. And one of those awesome people I was referring to above, Walt Dickinson, who banged out the interface in a Six Apart hackathon, made it happen. Passion, talent, and creativity.
When Apple announced its SDK we got in line immediately to be a developer (with 100,000 other folks apparently!). Next up: a native app. Brought to you by more of those passionate, talented, and creative people (I'll blog about them when they ship it ;) ).
Here's some of the Everything TypePad post. I get the quote, but Walt and the team should get the credit:
March 12, 2008
So I was really excited last week to see the launch of Yahoo!'s Fire Eagle service, which is simple, privacy-aware, and most importantly, is now hooked in to Movable Type, using the new Fire Eagle plugin for MT. This makes my MT profile location-aware: I can add a map of my current location; changes to my location are added to my Action Stream; and other MT plugins can build off of the location to provide additional location-sensitive features. You can see it in action -- combined with the Action Stream plugin -- on David's site.
March 6, 2008
Lessig will concentrate on building a new Web site: www.change-congress.org. The site will include a tool that will allow Congressional candidates to select their level of commitment to the Change Congress reforms, an application that will enable people to make donations to candidates who have committed to reform and a Web page that will encourage people to run against candidates who do not support reforms.I don't know what the reforms will be, but this piece suggests that anti-ear marks will be one of them. My vote for what a Change Congress commitment should include: redistricting reform. It would be nice for the people to choose their representatives, rather than the other way around. With competitive congressional elections, something we simply don't have in the US Congress, many problems of corruption will be addressed. Elections are meant to hold politicians accountable, but with a 98% reelection rate, it's no wonder politicians don't feel accountable to anyone. I'm not saying that will fix all problems, but competitiveness in politics is where I'd start.
March 5, 2008
Probably the perfect example of things evening out happened to me just last month. I was walking to the post office to mail a death threat. It was a beautiful day. I was happily singing away in my super-loud singing voice. I didn't step on any chewing gum, like I usually do, and when I threw my gum down it didn't stick to my fingertips. As I rounded the corner, there was a bum begging for change. I was feeling pretty good, so I gave him a five-dollar bill. At first I tried to make him do a little dance for the five dollars, but he wouldn't do it, so I gave him the five dollars anyway.
Not long after that, I was reading the paper, and there was a picture of the bum. He had won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry! He had a little bigger nose and straighter teeth, but I'm pretty sure it was him. So, my five dollars had made him change his ways and become a chemistry guy.
March 4, 2008
Following up from our Movable Type Design Assistant announcement, we have brought the same to TypePad. If this was awesome for MT, it's awesome *plus* for TypePad. Here some excerpts from the Six Apart post:
As we have been saying for some time, we take design incredibly seriously at Six Apart. In that post, we were talking about empowering bloggers to have complete control over their blog designs. Today we take that next step in educating bloggers about design by combining the most powerful set of design tools available with the largest set of blog themes on any hosted blogging platform and making them all available as a free upgrade to all of our TypePad members. And you don't even have to be a TypePad member to get a look at some of the amazing new design capabilities.
The new themes on the TypePad service follow up on a commitment made by all of us at Six Apart from our CEO down, to making 2008 TypePad's best year ever. That commitment was met with an immediate response from hundreds of you in the community, and you echoed back a clear desire for more and better designs for your TypePad blog.
The world is not running out of oil anytime soon. A gradual transitioning on the global scale away from a fossil-based energy system may in fact happen during the 21st century. The root causes, however, will most likely have less to do with lack of supplies and far more with superior alternatives. The overused observation that "the Stone Age did not end due to a lack of stones" may in fact find its match.
The solutions to global energy needs require an intelligent integration of environmental, geopolitical and technical perspectives each with its own subsets of complexity. On one of these -- the oil supply component -- the news is positive. Sufficient liquid crude supplies do exist to sustain production rates at or near 100 million barrels per day almost to the end of this century.
Technology matters. The benefits of scientific advancement observable in the production of better mobile phones, TVs and life-extending pharmaceuticals will not, somehow, bypass the extraction of usable oil resources. To argue otherwise distracts from a focused debate on what the correct energy-policy priorities should be, both for the United States and the world community at large.