Year of the copycats!

Several month ago, Steve Jobs make a visionary forecast for the year of 2011

And made his promise with Lion and iOS5

Notifications mostly from Andriod

Newsstand borrows idea from Zinio

Twitter intergration kills most 3rd party twitter apps.

Mobile Safari copies too many ……. such as instapaper / read it later

Reminders is a much much weaker version GTD (Remember the milk, etc)

When camera+ use the volume button as shutter, Apple take it off the shelf…… so

Compare to the mail client in Android, the new mail client is still a toy…..

and Android is PC free from the beginning…….

The game center would be a major failure, not sure how it works when copy from OpenFeint.

iMessenger should be the most stupid one (看到企鹅没?颤抖吧jobs….)


And here is the true story behinds this year WWDC

In my opinion, the key idea here is taking advantage of the success of iOS, and broadcast to other fields. (e.g. from multi-touch form iOS to MacOS, and iCloud migrate iOS and MacOS, also iMessenger….) Which was good for Apple, hopefully end users (apple fans) could also benifits from it.



Google live preview

Google is always bring us amazing stuffs. If the instant search isn’t astonishing enough, this one is really beyond my imagination.


When in the SERP page, just hover your mouse, you can see a perfect rendered page preview of that result. And even more, the snippet paragraph are also highlighted to show where the searched key comes form the result page.

It is really beyond my imagination on how Google did this. I haven’t dig into the code yet, but apparently, the  preview image is rendered at the server side, and sent to the client. The preview is available for almost every site (not just pre-computed for important sites).

Actually, I’ve seriously though about this idea, but think about the computation / storage cost, it is really hard to put such a idea into a real production system. But Google did it, and it works perfect. Google again, proves us the unbelievable computation power and the great potential of cloud computing.

Anyway, Google is really binging us something amazing…..