No Java, no Flash, no .NET/Silverlight for iPhone?

Apple today announced third-party apps for the iPhone. Sounds a LOT like Adobe’s new AIR. Delivers HTML and JavaScript apps down to the phone via Safari. What’s interesting is what Steve Jobs left out.

No Java. So, can’t run Kyte.tv’s application. Can’t run the Google Maps application I’m using on my Nokia. Can’t run something cool coming soon from eBay that I’m testing out. Can’t run Radar.net. Etc. Etc.

No .NET apps. Er, no Silverlight apps. So, your favorite app from the Windows Mobile Smartphone you were hoping to give away won’t work.

Will it allow Flash to load? Walt Mossberg just got an iPhone. I wonder what happens when he goes to Google’s Finance site? Does the chart show up? I doubt it.

By the way the folks who sent me the Nokia N95, Pure Mobile, say they’ll have unlocked iPhones for sale via the Internet (that’s counter to what we were told before). They doubt they’ll be able to meet the demand. They say they’ve seen demand for this phone that’s off the scale for any other mobile product launch they’ve been involved in.

UPDATE: here’s a video of Steve Jobs on stage today talking about iPhone and what developers can do for it. He keeps pointing out that it has the full Safari engine. That gives us hope that Flash will run fine on it, but probably not “native, non-browser” technologies like Java and Silverlight. It’d be nice to have someone who actually has an iPhone to verify this, though.

Welcome to the blurry, but fast, browser…

People don’t believe me when I say Microsoft’s font rendering technology is better than Apple’s. At least they didn’t until now:

Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror, shows the difference between IE and Safari running on Windows. Guess what, those fonts are the same on Macs too. I don’t like reading on the Mac as much as I like reading on Windows because of this.

Safari is fast, though, and has a UI that fits in with iTunes.

Oh, I’m in the Westin pool. Reading feeds in the pool is SSSOOO tough! Heheh.

Of course the blogosphere and professional journalist are going nuts about the new Safari over on TechMeme. Since they are going nuts about the pros and cons I’ll just sit back and enjoy sitting in the pool and let the pros argue it out.

Google (and other sites) sucks for travelers

OK, if Google knows so much about me, why is it giving me all result pages in Spanish this morning and taking me to Google Mexico? After all, the cookie on my machine hasn’t been erased. They have all my history. Have I ever done a search in Spanish? No. Have I ever translated something from English to Spanish? No. Have I ever visited Google’s Mexico site at http://www.google.com.mx ? No.

So, why, when I want to go to google.com, does it redirect to google.com.mx and give me everything in Spanish?

Hey, Matt Cutts, can you tell the various teams around the world to PLEASE pry into my privacy details somehow and figure out that I speak English, that I want to go to the real Google site (search results are different on the Mexican site than on the English one)?

Oh, and Google isn’t alone. Yesterday I attended a workshop where they were using MySpace. It switched to Spanish too, even though the computers were all setup in America and had English operating systems loaded.

Same thing happened when we were in Germany and Switzerland too.