The war between Google and Apple could have new collateral damage – that is anyone who likes to watch YouTube videos on their iPhone. What a strange turn this is, but Apple has essentially locked Google out of the iOS iAds, so many expect that Google will in turn pull the plug on YouTube for the iPhone.
What makes this especially note worthy is that YouTube was praised by Apple CEO Steve Jobs back when the iPhone launched in the summer of 2007. At the time Jobs said, “iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far,” obviously praising his own handset, but many YouTube mobile users felt the same way.
Now the once friendly companies are anything but, and caught in the crossfire will be anyone who wants to kill a few minutes (or an hour) at work watching videos on the iPhone. Of course, there could be seen as a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. Google’ engineering VP Vic Gundortra has been widely quoted online as saying:
“If Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future in which one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice. That’s a future we don’t want.”
But doesn’t pulling the YouTube plug sort of force iPhone users to get their video fix from iTunes?
Working in the Clouds
Summer is here but there could be clouds on the future. And it could be the type of cloudy day that could change the way you work. Elon University researchers recently conducted a survey of 900 Internet and tech experts, along with social analysts and found that within a decade we’ll all be living in the cloud.
This won’t be that buildings will get taller or there will be a floating city, ala Flash Gordon or Star Wars, but rather that web-based and mobile apps will be the way business is conducted. This could man that the desktop for business could actually become less powerful, breaking the long-established concept of Moore’s Law, which stated that technology advancement in computing power would double every 18 months.
But consider that other than for upgrades to Windows Vista – if you even bothered – or the more recent Windows 7, was a PC upgrade even necessary? A decade ago computers needed to be upgraded every couple of years because the software required it. Now this isn’t the case. Computers are lasting longer, yet ironically costing far less.
The price could continue to fall even more, especially as the computers would likely be smarter terminals, a hybrid of the old terminals with today’s computing power. This sort of goes back to the way things were in the 1960s when terminals phoned in to mainframe computers. The difference this time around is that the computer on the desk won’t just be a terminal. The problem with that method is that if one mainframe goes down, hundreds – even thousands of users – are without a computer. A dummy terminal is just dumb without the mainframe.