I've been watching this whole Apple "Mapgate" discussion from the sidelines with some bemusement.
If you'd have told me a few weeks ago the emerging chatter about the iPhone 5 would come down to a map app's dysfunction, I would have laughed, but such is the state of our technology polity.
On the one hand, the debate may seem filled with frivolity. On the other hand, it speaks to the seriousness with which users take their smartphones and their apps, particularly when it involves one that could be the very thing that comes between them and their next cup of java at Starbucks... assuming they can still find one!
Whether or not Apple will relent and offer a Google Maps app in the Apple App Store, says a story by Reuters citing Google chairman Eric Schmidt, will be a decision made by Apple.
Me, I'm still trudging along just fine with my LG "dumb phone," although I am keeping an open eye towards the looming iPad Mini.
I love my original iPad, but I think it needs one of those "Clean My PC" solutions reoriented for original iPads. It's become more and more lethargic in terms of performance, and sometimes when I'm in an application the thing will just reset and take me back to the home screen. Not quite the equivalent of a Microsoft Windows "General Protection Fault" or blue screen of death, but coming close.
Speaking of finding my way, I wanted to remind folks that the IBM InterConnect event is only a short couple of weeks away in Singapore, October 9-11 at the Royal Sentosa Resort.
My airplane tickets have been bought, my hotel booked -- now if I could just figure out a way to place myself in a state of somnolence as I board the plane for the longggg journey eastward.
If you'd like to learn more about the InterConnect event, IBM is hosting a Twitter Chat this Thursday, September 27, from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. ET.
If you've never attended a Twitter Chat, now's your chance. Our own social business guru, Sandy Carter, will be moderating the chat, fielding questions and relating details of the coming InterConnect event.
The hashtag for the chat is #IBMInterConnect, so simply log in to your TweetDeck or other Twitter app of choice, enter that hashtag, and be prepared for the discussion this Thursday evening.
A little background: IBM InterConnect 2012 is a new and unique event to provide you with opportunities to meet and collaborate with business and IT leaders in your region.
The IBM InterConnect conference will explore topics and key business imperatives, including unleashing innovations, managing the velocity of change, reinventing relationships, and uncovering new markets.
IBM's Scott Hebner and John Dunderdale provide some background on InterConnect in the video below:
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