Astonishing X-Men

Jason pretty much sums up the good and the ‘could be better’ of comiXology, and reading comics on the iPad in general.

Moar Better

comiXology may be the best comics app out there, but there’s always room for improvement. Some of the typical interactions I’m used to in other services leave me wanting with Comixology. It has the potential to be even more awesome than it is now, and these are a few of my humble desires from it in the future:

I must confess that I love reading comics on the iPad, I wasn’t much of a comic reader till recently but since the iPad 3 was released, and since I discovered comiXology, I’ve been obsessed. So far I’ve been loving Astonishing X-Men, Usagi Yojimbo, The Mighty Thor, The Sixth Gun, and American Vampire. There’s so many stories and arcs to follow, you can just go crazy, there’s almost infinite possibilities.

If you have any passing interest in comics, and you have an iPad (or even an Android device), then definitely check out comiXology and go read the rest of Jason’s article. Start your own pull list, and get collecting.

Seeing a lot of articles saying that Google has released Chrome for iOS today… I wonder if it will actually be released today, as I write this it’s still not in the Australian App Store and there’s not that many hours left ‘today’ in the US.

Update: It’s available now in the Australian App Store…but only if you go through iTunes, it doesn’t seem to be available via the App Store on the iPad.

The Facebook iOS app is horribly slow, but apparently that will change in the not too distant future thanks to a reasonably large rewrite, moving away from being mostly a HTML5 browser to a native Objective-C app.

The New York Times agrees, and they’ve gotten a few Facebook engineers to promise, off the record, that the next version of the app will be better. It’s being rebuilt in native Objective-C (the current app mostly uses HTML5), it’ll be faster, and it’ll actually work the way it’s supposed to work, letting you use Facebook as normal from your iPhone.

This can’t come soon enough in my opinion, it pains me to spend any more than a few seconds in the current Facebook iOS app, more often I opt to use my MacBook Air if I need to do anything more than a simple status update.

(via TUAW)

Google Nexus

Overnight Google unveiled their next big brand, Nexus.

Nexus is a phone, a tablet, and a media player (kind of like an Apple TV). Nothing really new with any of these devices, apart from the complete end to end control, and therefore better integration and experience, from Google.

Finally it looks like Google might have learnt a lesson from Apple, in that controlling the entire product experience means that you’ll likely have better adoption as everything just works together properly.

Regular people aren’t geeks, they don’t want to hack things together to make a working whole, they just want things to work. Apple has excelled in recent times with this philosophy all the while Google was preaching ‘open’.

Good work Google, hopefully these devices will help them get back in the market, and by proxy make Apple have to work a little harder.

Bill Gates: tablets in the classroom have a ‘terrible track record’

Just giving people devices, that has a really terrible track record. You really have to change the curriculum and the teacher and those things, and it’s never going to work on a device where you don’t have keyboard-type input.

So can we just get Frasier Speirs to respond to this and totally debunk “Bill’s Law”, because his real life deployment in the real world is somewhat different to this.