Things Crossing the Minds of People : Leadership at Apple & Google

Apple and Google are two of world’s greatest and the most innovative organizations. They have set a benchmark for others to emulate. Their leaders are icons and demigods of the world today. They inspire other organizations and also individuals who would like to shape their destiny on the lines of these role models.

However, success brings appreciation and a host of critics too. We have a pulse on what people are thinking and we would like to allow you a peep into the minds of those who applaud and critique as well. The reflections for the leaders of both the organizations are as follows:-

Steve Jobs of Apple

  • Steve is a founder and will have to struggle with his emotions in taking the right decisions.

  • For the launch of all its products, Steve Jobs hogs the limelight and projects a larger than life figure by making the presentation himself.

  • Steve is now at a two forked crossing of humility and arrogance. By allowing Walter Issacson to write a biography on him, he seems to be using yet making one more route of projecting himself, which is perhaps indicative of his taking a path which will lead him away from humility.

  • Steve is an innovator and a great designer and Apple has benefitted from his capabilities. However, he needs to allow the diversity of ideas to flow to see if Apple needs to move into different areas of its core competence.

  • Apple has affected a huge payout to Tim Cook for doing a job which he in any case was supposed to do.

  • Steve is the founder himself and all that he has to do is to keep the Board happy.

  • All said and done, Steve has shown resilience to regain his organization which had ousted him out earlier and now has taken it to the position of glory by creating unparalleled world class products.

Eric Schmidt of Google

  • Eric is a professional and he is required to take decisions on professional grounds.

  • When Nexus One was released, it was his employees who made the presentation at the Android Press Event. By doing so, the CEO is allowing the credit to flow where it is due.

  • Eric has maintained a low profile, putting his company before himself.

  • Eric runs his organization and has challenged Apple in its core area of strength by launching the Nexus One. It has moved beyond search to telephony.

  • The founders of Google and Eric have relinquished their salaries in making their organization stronger and have accepted only $1 as their payment at a particular point of time. Investors would repose a higher level of confidence in them.

  • Eric has a difficult job of not only maintaining good relations with the Board but also in keeping the founders of Google happy. He may thus loose the focus.

On an overall basis, the world is in awe with Steve Jobs and for reasons so well known to all. The world’s best marketers would give him a standing ovation, scientists would applaud his quest for new ideas converted into products and entrepreneurs bow down in respect. For the man who could do so much in such a short time, words will fall short to appreciate his contributions at any point of time. The chorus that all would hear is “Good Job done, Steve”.

For Eric too, the world is at his feet. With 3/4th of the world being followers of Google, Eric is just like another name to God.

Just imagine what could happen if Steve and Schmidt came in together and joined hands!

Shouldn’t the iPad have a USB Slot?

USB slots these days are used for just about everything whether you want to connect your iPod with your laptop or transfer pictures from your camera or even for transfering important data from your external hard drive to your computer.

With the USB speeds getting better with each passing day, they have become a necessity and even netbooks do have atleast two slots. Well, according to Apple, the iPad is a netbook and a link between the MacBook and iPhone. How could you even imagine a netbook without a USB slot – not even a single one?

When the iPhone was launched everyone was astonished by the power of the device and even more surprised by the functionality of apps. The success of the iPad will surely be apps but this time accessories seem to be dominating it. Apple does offer you a camera connection kit by which you could transfer pictures from your camera to the iPad but what about data and syncing your iPod? The OS is not even compatible for these things.

You could transfer data by BlueTooth but due to the restrictions imposed by Apple you cannot use it to transfer files via other phones such as those operating on Windows Mobile. Transfer of data is only possible with other iPhones and iPod Touches. A lot of devices don’t even have inbuilt Bluetooth. USB slots are even used to connect High Speed Data Cards ( Mobile Broadband) . This could have been another means of connecting to the internet . So then you could have WiFi + 3G + High Speed Intenet via those data cards.

USB 3.0 is being implemented on almost all new devices. I truly understand that the iPad is a content consumption and a content creation device and not a replacement for a laptop but a USB would have spiced things up a bit. There are quite a few apps which allow file exploration on the iPhone and iPod Touch. They could be used for transfers using an external drive. Or even if Apple could come up with an accessory which could be connected to the dock connector port and would have a USB port on another end (just as the camera connector).

Think about it. Post in your views in the comments!

Digg iPhone App Review

Digg launched its official app for the iPhone yesterday. The app is not bloated and is simple, has a good interface and is easy to use. The app displays all top dugg articles from all categories on its first page . There are three sub menus to choose from including Top, Recent and Upcoming. Then you could browse through articles by categories/topics . Choosing a topic would result in the articles from that topic.

You could tap on an article to read it and then digg it if you like it. There is a thumbs up, digg, thumbs down icon below the article. you could tap on Digg to digg the article. After tapping on Digg you would be redirected to the Login screen which is similar to that of the desktop log in screen. The log in screen is quite slow and buggy. After logging in you digg that article.

Digging and Commenting an article is not a pain. Click on the comment icon to view all comments and to comment . If you run of time you could save the article and read it later. Saved articles can be viewed by tapping the Saved Results icon on the below bar. You could search for related articles or type in a query and digg would put up some articles related to your query.

The app has an inbuilt browser which redirects you to the source of the articles. It does not have the option of “Show Text Only” which makes it difficult to read an article . Apart from digging an article you could share it on Facebook, Twitter or by Mail.

The app is FREE( of-course ) and is compatible with iPhone OS 3.1 . These were some of the good things, now let us turn to the bad part.The app is not complete and lacks in many features. If you are a blogger, you cannot submit articles on Digg using this app. You could just Digg already submitted articles. The app even crashes a lot.Sometimes the page simply fails to road. If you are on iPhone OS 3.1.2, then the app could be a nightmare. It is quite slow and buggy.

Do post in your reviews about the app in the comments and speaking of Digg don’t forget to Digg our articles!

Top 5 iPad Themes for iPhone

As soon as the iPad was released the jailbreaking community started to emulate it. A lot of users have released themes of the iPad for jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch.

As almost all have the same name, I am going to pull out 5 of them along with the authors name which would make it easier for you to choose and download the particular one. Many of them were also buggy and were not iPad themes, so do make the right choice. To download them you need to go to Cydia and then type iPad in the Search Bar.

1. Simple iPad Theme – Developed by rorypiper. This iPad theme completely replicates the iPad and even shrinks the icons. It has the iPad Dock, Lock background and the Wallpaper. After installing it add beyouriphone.com as a source and then download Shrink from Cydia to shrink your icons.

2. dmmendels iPad Theme – Developed by Mendel Suissa. This also does the same thing but it is developed by a different author.

3. iPad Complete – Developed by Mani. A winterboard theme for the iPhone and iPod Touch .It fails to shrink the icons but that could be done via Shrink. It even does not display the percentage of battery remaining beside the battery icon on the status bar. You even have to activate Black Navigation Bar from Winterboard to get the complete experience of the theme.

4. iPad Dock Theme -Developed by joavst. If you are fascinated by the iPad dock itself and don’t want to change everything else then you could have this. It also sets the iPad default wallpaper as your lock screen background.Just gives you the feel of the dock. This dock theme fails to represent the proper iPad Dock so you must go for a complete theme.

5. iPad – Developed by Powertoola. This theme is for SpringBoard.

Apple signs two more publishers

The iBookstore just got larger. During the launch of the iPad that is in the month of January Apple had signed up with five of the biggest publishers for the iBookstore .Apple has added two more to their list.

Perseus Books Group, a large independent publisher, based in New York, USA.

Workman Publishing Company , publisher of primarily non-fiction print based in New York USA. Known for it’s famous publication “1000 places to see before you die”.

Reportedly, Amazon is asking publishers to sign up with Apple.

Amazon previews Kindle app for iPad

Amazon has a special preview page where it displays information about the Kindle app for Tablets including the iPad. The looks are pretty much similar to iBooks which is on the iPad.

This obviously means that Amazon would lose Kindle sales and is driving more and more people towards the iPad. iPad already has the iBooks Store which includes books from the major five publishers in the world and along with the Amazon Store which nearly has all books, it would take a lot of innovation to beat the iPad.

It uses WhisperSync to automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights with Kindle and Kindle-compatible devices PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry. It almost has all the features of the iBooks app including adjustable screen brightness and Page turn animation replicates the look of turning a page in a book. If you already own a Kindle, then you could plan to donate it.

Amazon has finally accepted its defeat and now wants to capitalize on the hype surrounding the iPad. By being available on the iPad, it could generate revenue by selling books.

Click here to navigate your browser to the Kindle for Tablets Page.

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Steve Jobs : iPad won’t support Picasa

Steve Jobs has replied to an email sent in by an Apple fanboy. The sender asks Jobs whether the iPad would support Picasa or not and here’s what he said-

Jobs feels that iPhoto is much better than Picasa . It would have been great if the iPad could support Picasa. Then you could transfer pictures to the iPad using the camera connector and upload it to your Picasa web albums.

Steve Jobs sent this email from his iPhone. Hey Steve, what about the iPad?

YouTube’s New Look


YouTube just got a makeover. Now it a lot more cleaner and simpler. The subscribe button which was on the right corner earlier is now on top and the forward icon is a bit changed too.Clicking on the forward icon will play the next video posted by the author.

This version of YouTube was earlier observed in Internet Explorer version 8.0 and now it is even in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The name of the person who has uploaded the video along with the number of videos he/she has uploaded is beside the Subscribe button on the top and all menu bars have got a drop down sub-menu. If you click on to check other videos from the same author, the videos are displayed in a cover flow style(kind of).

Comments bar is also new, you’ve got the highest rated comments on top and then the rest. If you want to rate a comment or report abuse it or reply to it you need to move your mouse over it and you’ll get a whole new set of options to choose from.

Great Job done, Google!

Update : Earlier this view was only available to BETA testers but now it is available to all.

How to – Copy files from iPod to PC/Mac


Consider a situation where your Windows PC has crashed. You had not created a backup of your data which included your iTunes Library and are now worried about losing all your favorites. You later fix your PC and want all your songs back.Now all yours songs were on your iPod and you need to transfer it from your iPod back to the PC. iTunes does not allow such transfers.

Let us explore another problem which is similar to the one above. Say, your friend has a movie on his iPod which you too want but his iPod is synced with another computer. You just can’t copy and paste the movie due to the restrictions imposed by iTunes.

Well, now you have the solution.

In such cases Xilisoft iPod Rip comes in handy. There are tons of videos on YouTube and millions of How To on this niche and none of them seem to work but this one does. This allows you to transfer files, songs, videos from your PC to your iPod and the other way round without using iTunes. You could even backup your iPod files and restore them if an incident like the ones described above have been encountered. The software supports all kinds of iPods, from nanos to touches. It even works with your iPhone and is compatible with both PC and Mac. It is compatible with iTunes 9.0.3 (latest) and works like a charm. Xilisoft is a trustworthy company which makes loads of other software and freeware including iPod Rip which is magical. With this your iPhone or iPod could work as a hard drive and it even has an inbuilt player to play your songs on the go.

As soon as you plug in your iPod , Xilisoft detects it, it displays all the details about the iPod just like the way iTunes does.Next,you’ve got three options on the bottom to choose from- Copy files to iPod, Transfer files from iPod to PC/Mac or transfer files from iPod and iPhone to iTunes for backup. The UI isn’t that complicated and is comfortable even for beginners. The file is 5.80 MB and if you like it you could have it for $25.95 .

Go ahead, and give it a try!

Website – http://www.xilisoft.com/ipod-rip.html
Features – 9/10
Performance – 9/10
Value for Money – 7/10.

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Apple Safari updated to 4.0.5

Apple on 11th March released a patch for Safari. Sixteen fixes were present in total out of which six affected only Windows whereas the rest affected both Mac as well as Windows . Apple cites this update as “highly recommended” . The fixes improve performance, increase stability and enhance security.All security updates are basically remote code execution or application termination.

The following were fixed/updated :-

  • Performance improvements for Top Sites

  • Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins Stability improvements for websites with online forms and

  • Scalable Vector Graphics

  • Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from changing settings on some Linksys routers

For detailed information about the security patches click here.