O'Reilly Radar 11/29/11: iPhone 4S hardware, ubiquitous computing, HTML5, EPUB3 and the Kindle Fire

Information related to the 11/29/11 episode of O'Reilly Radar.

Below you’ll find the script and associated links from the November 29, 2011 edition of O’Reilly Radar. An archive of past shows is available through O’Reilly Media’s YouTube channel and you can subscribe to episodes of O’Reilly Radar via iTunes.


In this this episode:

I interview author Alasdair Allan about ubiquitous computing.

We take a look at top stories published across O’Reilly’s platforms.

And author Peter Meyers discusses EPUB 3, HTML5 and the Kindle Fire.

Radar news & analysis

It’s been a long time since digital music was the hot topic, but the release of two new services have pushed music back into the spotlight.

First up is Google Music, which is now publicly available.

With Google Music, users can store 20,000 songs for free.

New tracks and albums can also be purchased through the Android Market.

Most notable, Google Music makes a user’s collection available across various devices.

In a related — and earlier — move, Apple pushed out its iTunes Match service.

ITunes Match scans a user’s iTunes collection and matches it up with Apple’s archive in the cloud. That means a user does not have to spend hours — or days — uploading a massive music collection.

Like Google Music, iTunes Match makes a subscriber’s music collection available across devices.

Unlike Google, there’s a fee: iTunes Match goes for $24.99 per year.

Now, each system is interesting on its own, but there’s a broader aspect to these services that we’re tracking closely on Radar.

Specifically, as consumer cloud services roll out and catch on, we’re charting a shift from digital content ownership to digital content access.

The question is, which model will emerge as the default?

Is the middle ground approach we’re seeing now — where you store your content but you still seem to own it — merely an interim step?

Long-term, will we continue to gravitate toward ownership because we’re hardwired to horde things?

Or, is access simply the better option in a cloud-based world?

There’s lot of big questions, and we’ll be monitoring the evolution of access vs. ownership in the months ahead.

Please weigh in with your own thoughts through radar.oreilly.com or on through Radar’s Google+ Page.

The Radar interview: Alasdair Allan

This week I chatted with author Alasdair Allan about the hardware in the iPhone 4S and the future of augmented reality and ubiquitous computing.

Radar posts of note

In Tim O’Reilly’s “Thoughts on ebooks” post he discusses O’Reilly’s history with digital books. Tim notes: “Our original ebook vision was of a world in which ebooks would be published in standard formats and could be read on any device, and where dominance of a particular piece of software or a particular e-reading device would not lock people in.” Read the post.

In her piece “Confessions of a not-so-public speaker,” Suzanne Axtell says that stepping out of our comfort zones and into the spotlight at events can address the perception that the tech community is solely populated by young white guys. Read the post.

Doug Hill takes a provocative and thought-provoking look at America’s technological schizophrenia in his piece, “Steve Jobs, the Unabomber, and America’s love/hate relationship with technology.” Read the post.

Radar video spotlight

One of the great things about O’Reilly’s events is that it gives us an opportunity to sit down, in-person, with some fascinating folks. At youtube.com/oreillymedia you’ll find a large archive of interviews, presentations and keynotes.

This week we have a chat with Peter Meyers author of “Best iPad Apps” and the upcoming title, “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience.”

In this interview Pete discusses the role EPUB 3 and HTML5 will play in future content, and he also offers some early thoughts on the Amazon Kindle Fire.


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