Obama: iPods, iPads, Xboxes Y PSs Convierten Información En Distracción (EN)


President Obama, no stranger to critical commentary on the Xbox 360 and video games, has turned his sights on iPods and iPads, arguing in a Hampton University commencement address that the devices turn information into a «distraction.»

The full quote and commentary from over at Huffington Post:

«You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter,» he told the students. «And with iPods and iPads, and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.»

Gizmodo.

Como siempre muchas personas se han ido por el lado extremista, ya que han asumido que la palabra “distracción” a la que se refería Obama tenía una connotación negativa. Hace un tiempo ya que Obama se declaro adicto a su Blackberry, por lo que entiendo que se refería a que a veces nos dejamos envolver entre tanta información que no tomamos el tiempo para desconectarnos. Como estudiantes, usualmente donde más se pierde tiempo es utilizando todos estos gadgets.

Quizás ese es su mensaje, que aprendamos a desconectarnos y concentrarnos en las cosas que realmente importan.

Adobe: Nunca Ha Sido HTML Vs. Flash


Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch says Flash works just fine on the Apple iPhone, thank you very much — and he thinks that’s exactly why Apple keeps on denying it access. Speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, he explained his belief that by eliminating Flash, Cupertino is forcing developers to build apps natively for iPhone OS rather than one of Adobe’s cross-platform solutions, and thus creating a «walled garden» of applications that users must flock to an iDevice to be able to use. Lynch compared Apple’s control over development formats to 19th century railroad lines that competed for customers by using differently sized rails, and pledged that Adobe would not be part of such a competition. «It’s not HTML vs. Flash — they’ve been co-existing for over a decade,» he said, adding, «We’re going to try and make the best tools in the world for HTML5.» So, what do you think about that, Steve?

-Sean Hollister. Engadget.