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…The Fail Whale has a story to tell?

Fail Whale

How did Yiying Lu’s “Fail Whale” go from an unfortunate placeholder to an entire social media brand?

As with most things on the Internet, it was a little bit of skill mixed with a whole lot of luck, and some randomness thrown in for good measure.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Fail Whale phenomenon, or if you’d like to know a little more about the behemoth beast, then check out ReadWriteWeb’s “The Story of the Fail Whale” and see what you’ve been missing.


[ReadWriteWeb – The Story Of The Fail Whale]

[Yiying Lu]

…Apple is the leader of next gen computing?

iPhone SDK

The minds over at ReadWriteWeb seem to think that with the announcement of Exchange support and the iPhone SDK, Apple has set themselves up to become the dominating force in next gen computing, and I must say that I agree.

Here’s why:

  • The demand for small yet functional computers has already been demonstrated with the Asus Eee PC. If you can fit an entire computer into your pocket, you open up a world of possibilities.
  • The demand for pocket sized gaming devices has already been demonstrated with the DS (as well as all other pocket sized Nintendo consoles) and the PSP. Throw in Wii-esque motion controls and you’ve got yourself a winner.
  • Windows Mobile is terrible.
  • Exchange support means the iPhone can do what the BlackBerry does, only it looks good doing it, and can play games, movies, music, and more while you’re waiting.
  • It takes an iPod and a phone (two things many people carry around with them anyways) and combines them into one device. Why carry two when just one will suffice?
  • It’s an Apple product, so the UI is both beautiful and functional.
  • Combine a full SDK with a huge desire to develop for the latest and greatest mobile platform, and you’ll have throngs of developers jumping on board to develop amazing apps out of the gate. Microsoft Office anyone?

The list goes on and on.

Basically, as long as Apple can ride its current wave of iPhone success to conclusion, it will set the bar far beyond what anyone else is even striving towards at this point. The iPhone has created a whole new game, and currently, Apple is the only player.

Does this mean Apple will surely dominate next gen computing?

Time will tell, but all signs currently point to yes.

[Apple iPhone]

[Via: ReadWriteWeb]

…Lifestreaming is the next big thing?

App Icons

Twitter introduced the world to the idea, but lifestreaming hasn’t quite taken off yet; though if SXSW has anything to do with it, that’s all about to change.

Lifestreaming is “an online record of a person’s daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person’s online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.”

Basically, lifestreaming sites take everything you do online during the day and compacts it onto one page so that your friends can quickly and easily keep up with what you’re doing.

It’s also one of the hottest areas for development right now, with plenty of companies trying to be the next big thing. For a rundown of some of the top ones, check out ReadWriteWeb’s list of 35 Ways to Stream Your Life, and see if this lifestreaming thing is right for you.

[ReadWriteWeb – 35 Ways To Stream Your Life]