Disingenuous Apple

From December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. The most common form […]

iOS icons

iOS 7 has some really delightful visual flourishes to it.  But, the one aspect that seems to be particularly troublesome for people is the icon design. The Next Web has a bit of a scoop on where these designs came from: First of all, many of the new icons were primarily designed by members of […]

The biggest gaming announcement this week

For the first time since Apple opened the App Store in 2008, it’s explicitly opening up iOS to hardware game controllers, enabling console-like gaming experiences to be powered by its mobile devices. The implications are big: game developers will be able to target all controllers that conform to Apple’s standard, removing a lot of the […]

Samsung has lost it

It’s been an interesting week for Samsung. First, we learn that Apple is growing marketshare significantly faster than Samsung: Apple and Samsung both continue to increase their share of the United States’ smartphone market, but according to new data, Apple is growing at a faster clip and extended its lead over rival Samsung as iPhone […]

Skirting the issue

Dan Rowinski at RearWriteWeb reporting on some data released by analytics firm Flurry on the current state of the mobile market: Flurry positions the battle as App Share versus Device Share. Apple leads in App Share while Android leads in Device Share. Ok.  The article goes on to look at app share vs device share […]

Is Android the bread maker of smartphones?

A few years ago it seemed like everyone was getting a bread maker.  Most were given as gifts, some were bought.  Few were used more than a handful of times. Looking at the recent article by Time Magazine that collates multiple data points for the smartphone market, I can’t shake the feeling that Android is […]

People in glass houses…

Microsoft’s top executive for mobile phones took shots at both iOS and Android today, calling Apple’s operating system “boring” and claiming Google’s is “a mess.” via Microsoft exec talks mobile smack, trashes iOS as ‘boring,’ Android as ‘a mess’ – Computerworld. Perhaps Microsoft, and specifically Terry Myerson, should focus more on getting their own house […]

“Market Standard”

Simon Dawlat, the CEO of AppGratis the app “discovery” platform that was banned from iOS last week: Then for advertisers, we offer sponsored slots that are being displayed within our regular stream of editorial picks. These advertising campaigns are clearly label “Sponsored”. They are sold on a “CPI” Cost-per-install basis, which is the market standard […]

Microsoft is staring in to the abyss

It’s difficult to overstate the challenges facing Microsoft at the moment. A Gartner report out this week: Traditional PC Market Predicted to Decline 7.6 Percent as Change in Consumers’ Behavior Drives Transition to Tablets and Ultramobiles (Am I the only person who finds Gartner referring to themselves in the third person highly amusing?  Like that […]

Facebook Home

Facebook has officially announced Facebook Home.  From The Verge: Home is a family of Facebook apps that overhauls your entire device, turning it into a Facebook phone. An app called Coverfeed overhauls the homescreen and the lockscreen, giving you updates on what your friends are doing without you having to launch an app, or even […]