The Gadgetry Inside the 2010 Range Rover Supercharged

Let’s take a look at the 2010 Range Rover Supercharged infotainments systems because after all, shopping for in-vehicle technology is just about as important as feeling out the powertrain and suspension. Often these creature comforts can make or break a vehicle. But not the Range Rover Supercharged. Nope. Even though the infotainment stack is antiquated and the LCD dash cluster is nothing more than a novelty, the rest of the vehicle more than makes up for these letdowns.

The center LCD screen that controls media functions and navigation feels like a carry-over from a 2008-ish vehicle and that’s not good considering this 2010 Range Rover price is far more expensive.

The whole user interface feels a bit off. The system isn’t missing anything, but is just poorly designed. The layouts have strange control schemes, many of the menu’s only have one option, and the navigation looks like something from a department store GPS. Yes, it could be so much better, but I still love this truck. Read more

The Facebookification of Twitter

Twitter is about to become a major multimedia destination, thanks to some new partners and features.

Earlier, I reported that Twitter is bringing multimedia to the stream. If you tweet a link to a video, for example, it will be embedded and play right in the Twitter stream. Twitter has “multiple partners”, including web video, live-streaming video, and video platform partners.

Bringing pictures and videos to the stream is one of the biggest changes Twitter has ever made. Instead of going off-site to watch your favorite YouTube video or livestream, you can stay on Twitter.com and browse multimedia all day long.

In other words, today’s changes will make Twitter feel more like Facebook.

A Convergence of Platforms

Facebook is a destination; people spend hours browsing videos, adding friends, uploading pictures, changing profile information and playing FarmVille. That’s part of the reason why it now has more than 500 million users and those users spend more time on it than any other website. Read more

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We’re downloading more apps than songs

We’ll soon have downloaded more apps than songs from iTunes.

The App Store has reached the same total downloads, more than 6 billion in 2.2 years as the iTunes Music Store reached after five years. And it’s likely that the number of apps will surpass that of songs by the end of the year.

I am not surprised the App Store has caught up so quickly. The music industry has been troubled for a long time because of pirating and file sharing and all those things. There should be a lot more downloads than you would think but a lot of people are getting things for free.

However, that’s not how it works with apps. Apps you can’t pirate easily at all. Some studies have shown that a lot of people … don’t use an app past a week or two. What helps keep apps alive is how useful they are. Read more

Web users now on Facebook longer than Google

We already know that Facebook is the web’s biggest time sink. If you look at the average amount of time (according to blogs) users spend on the social network, Facebook is a clear winner over sites such as Google or Yahoo.

Now, according to comScore, Facebook is also first when it comes to the total amount of time users are spending on the site.

In August, web users spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, which was about 9.9 percent of their entire web-surfing time in that month.

In this same period, people spent 39.8 million minutes on all of Google’s sites, and those include another huge online timesink — YouTube.

comScore puts Yahoo in third place, with web users spending 37.7 million minutes on its sites, which was about 9.1 percent of their web surfing time in August. Read more

Apple to change free iPhone 4 case program on September 30

Apple is going to change their free iPhone 4 case program on September 30, the date originally given for the initial term of the program by Steve Jobs during the iPhone 4 press conference.

We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.

So if you bought or buy your iPhone 4 on or before September 30, and you just want a free case, download the Apple case program app and order it asap.

If you get your iPhone 4 on or after October 1 and have a real death grip or death touch problem, you’ll have to talk to Apple Care for your free case.

Make sense?

Steve Jobs: 230,000 iOS activations a day, not counting upgrades like Google. Google responds.

During his 2010 Apple special music event numbers breakdown, Steve Jobs said that Apple is activating 230,000 iOS devices a day. He made sure to point out those were new activations and said some of their “friends” (read: Google) are counting upgrades in their numbers (200,000 Android activations a day).

“If we counted upgrades in our numbers they’d be way higher than 230,000″

Jobs thinks, using that metric, Apple is ahead of everybody else.

Google, however, told Fortune that Jobs has it wrong:

“The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services.”

What’s interesting is that Apple and Jobs went to the trouble of bringing the numbers up. Why try to play that game with a competitor in the commodity OS business?

Inside BlackBerry 6: Social Feeds

We’ve seen a lot of excitement from the community about BlackBerry 6, and one of the new features I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about is Social Feeds. I thought it would be great to talk about it in more detail with you. Social Feeds is designed to access and interact with your social networks including BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The Messages inbox provides a single point of access for all communications – email, texts, BBM, phone, and so on. One of the goals of the Social Feeds application was to create that same ‘BlackBerry inbox’ experience, but with a focus on social communications. As a result, Social Feeds is one single access point to stay on top of – and in touch with – all of your online social networks. Within the app you’ll see all of your friends’ latest Facebook status updates, tweets, BBMs and more (like your favorite RSS feeds). Read more

iTunes 10 Interface: Where Apple Went Wrong

Almost every year, Apple releases a new version of iTunes with some new feature. Last year it was Home Sharing. This year, it’s Ping. Apple also usually tweaks the UI, many times creating a backlash. This year Apple has outdone itself.

VERTICAL BUTTONS

I’ll start with the most obvious UI tweak: the close/minimize/maximize buttons. I understand why Apple made this change: it saves space. When you hit the maximize button in iTunes, you get the mini-player, which has vertical close/min/max buttons in order to save space. Apple used the same reasoning with the main iTunes window.

MONOCHROME SIDEBAR

This one really irks me: Apple completely did away with color in the icons in the sidebar. To show you why this was such a dumb idea, I’m going to quote from Apple’s own Human Interface Guidelines: Read more