The transparency is nice and the travel app looks thorough, but what I really want to know is whether we can skin up iTunes and tap into the machine’s graphics card ;o)
When something sounds sinister it usually is sinister.
Everyone’s favourite search engine has come up with a way of picking up the ambient sound in the location where you’re surfing the net and return contextual advertising. Essentially, this is shazam but on a much bigger scale.
If you’re not familiar, shazam offers a service whereby you call a number and place the phone next to some music you’re listening to. It then sends you a text message, normally within seconds, detailing the artist and song title of the track you played it.
Google has come up with a way to do this for ambient sound, stuff like the TV playing in the background etc. Imagine you’re watching TwentyFour whilst your other half is surfing on the net. More than likely she’ll see ads offering her a special price on the DVD Box set of the previous season.
I’m not going to bother getting into the privacy implications becasue they’re just too damn obvious, but contextual advertising that’s that quick is frightening and shows how much of a threat that cutesy, cuddly search engine will be in the future – persoanlly it gives me the creeps.
Continous Integration in Flex 2
This ain’t something I’m going to try until Flex launches properly – I’ve already gone to hell and back with all the class path ‘tweaks’ Adobe keep implementing into their builds. Having said that, for the project I’m currently working on the ability to cut daily builds would have been a lifesaver and I’m caught in fire fight as a result of not being able to implement something like this in Flash using ARP.
For the first time I understand why you’d bother investing time in ANT. Until now the whole thing just seemed like overkill on so many different levels. Fitting Flash into a large scale production flow has become a necessity and this solution goes a long way to providing a means for Flex to fit into the production flow most Technologists are used to. It also highlights the key differences between Flex and Flash…sure you can build anything in Flash that you can in Flex – until it comes to enterprise level applications, then it’s just pain….unadulterated pain.