iPhone NDA Dead (Mostly), Rejections still confusing

As has been reported all over today, the iPhone NDA has been dropped for released software and features. However, I’m pretty sure it will still cover rejected apps (specifically, rejection letters). Even so, it is great that developers now have the opportunity to share their code and techniques with one another.

Now, not to rain on the parade here, but now can they fix the issue with app rejections? IBM’s Lotus Notes has been approved for sale in the App Store, despite apple rejecting a third party G-Mail app earlier for “duplicating funcionality and potential user confusion.” Granted, Lotus Notes is a bit more complex than MailWrangler, but they both seem to provide “sufficient differentiation” than the built in Mail app.

Still, the NDA shows progress in the right direction.

DNC/RNC Speeches through Wordle

picture-5Wired blog Threat Level ran the speeches of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions through the website Wordle and posted the results. Developed by IBM, Wordle takes whatever text it is fed and creates “word clouds.” The more frequently a word occurs, the larger it appears in the cloud. McCain, for example, spoke frequently of “country” while Obama spoke of “promise.”