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GoPro Isn’t Doomed Yet. But they must become a software company, fast.
GoPro needed to spend heavily in “video editing automation.”
GoPro needs software in spades, far beyond just something to make editing easier. The company that created the first mass-market visceral experience broadcasting device ought to have a hand in every dimension of the current live revolution, not just be one of its few cameras. That requires software. [...] Most consumers already have all the hardware they need to create video; what they need is software to make this infinity of images comprehensible. As the defensibility of hardware declines, GoPro has an advantage few other makers of software have: fans, tens or even hundreds of millions of them.
Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Software  Eats  The  World  commoditization  commodity  business  Brand  Canon  Nikon  Kodak  Instagram  Beme  Vine  Snapchat  Entertainment  Selbstdarstellung  streaming  Twitch  Periscope  Meerkat  virtual  reality  VR  Augmented  Android  iPhone  Apple  premium  aspiration  status  anxiety  consumerism  materialism  mass  market  Pop  Culture  Hardware  Unicorn  DJI  Drone  Consumer  App  Consumer  Software  video  editing  Vlog  Vlogging 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
EU Presses Inquiries Into Google Parent Alphabet
Probes into Adsense, Android are advancing European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager says // EU antitrust boss Margrethe Vestager said in an interview that an investigation into Google's Android and AdSense businesses was "continuing," suggesting that formal charges are on the way. In a hearing, Vestager also said that a two-year investigation of Apple's tax strategy in Ireland is also ongoing.
antitrust  Google  Inc.  AdSense  Android  Apple  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Alphabet  Inc. 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Life and death in the App Store | The Verge
[ land grab and winner takes all environment, the long-tail is not what it was supposed to be promised by some ] 'the app store resembles now a lottery' [...] Today, profiting from the App Store most often requires a mix of in-app purchases, subscriptions, and advertising. [...] Meanwhile, a fatigue is setting in among customers. There are now more than 1.5 million apps in the App Store (Android users have 1.6 million to choose from), but by 2014, the majority of Americans were downloading zero apps per month. And it turns out people simply don’t use most of the apps they do download. According to ComScore, the average person spends 80 percent of their time on mobile devices using only three apps.
appstore  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Platform  iOS  Android  business  model  SME  SMB  long-tail  mobile  homescreen  Silicon  Valley  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  e-book  YouTube  filter  bubble  Soundcloud  noise  curation  content  curation  curator  editor  Google  News  Google  Search 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Episode 065 — Competing Against Non-Consumption by ExponentFM
Apple likes to move some of its % of revenues towards services - through Apple stores. Not through 3rd parties! Thus the Error 53 with the newest iOS update. // iPhone peak?! // bit.ly/1UT76RE - Apple says iPhone 'Error 53' is to protect customers' security. Security measure is necessary to prevent use of fraudulent parts, says company, after thousands of users affected. << from article - Apple is not supplying official replacement parts to third party. those replacement parts are ... 3rd party from China, a copy.
Apple  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Android  Google  Inc.  TOS  EULA 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Google Plans to Introduce Android Laptops, Replacing Chrome as OS | Re/code
Scale Google loves scale. It shutters products with user numbers that many companies would kill for (remember Reader?) because they don’t reach the billion-plus of its flagships. Chrome primarily lives on Chromebook devices. Gartner estimates Google will ship 7.9 million devices this year. Android, Google recently announced, crossed 1.4 billion users. Very different scale. Despite some traction, Chromebooks are still a tiny slice of the market, and Google has faced difficulty corralling developers to build apps for it. It hasn’t had the same problem with Android. [...] Google has manically reiterated that it does, in fact, have a cohesive plan for mobile. A chief Android distinction from Chrome is that it is built for mobile behavior. A vote for Android is, in some ways, a tacit admission that Google must devote its attention to the devices on which it lives.
Google  Inc.  ChromeOS  Chrome  Google  Chrome  Android  Sundar  Pichai  mobile  homescreen  AdSense  business  model  AdBlock  ad  blocking  content  blocking  mobile  phone  Smartphone  mobile  first  Chromecast  Chromebook  phablet  Tablet  user  behaviour 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Sees That Apple Has Been Right All Along | Re/code
If you look at Microsoft’s new strategy, you can’t help but see that this is an acknowledgment that Apple’s business model of owning the hardware, software and services is ultimately the best one to assure Microsoft’s control of its own destiny.
Apple  Microsoft  commodity  business  commoditization  Hardware  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Android  Windows  10  iOS  mobile  homescreen 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Seth's Blog: Selling like Steve
Average stuff for average people is getting ever more difficult to sell. If that's all you've got, get something else.
differentiate  differentiation  aspirational  product  zombie  consumer  status  symbol  status  anxiety  Apple  Steve  Jobs  Android  Google  iOS  Hardware  commodity  business  Branding  commoditization  Fashion  Industry  marketing  Positioning  advertisement  advertising 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Spare Me Your Sh*tty Advertising - YouTube
"advertising business model doesn't make sense." for publishers! Business insider makes 50cent per user per year. ARPU. OUCH! It's like worse than brand awareness banner advertising. They recently started long-form reports to buy on vertical/topics like gigaom did. // news is free. analysis isn't (in-depth, maybe personal brand, industry standing (like TechCrunch turned out to be: worked for it many long nights for years. and then it all came crashing down rather quickly because the figure-head overstretched himself and wasn't in it for the long-run to do it as independent business) ... but don't to cottage cheese Wall Street a-like factory). // &! We are on the eve of war of ad blocking/content blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It - youtu.be/KFe3YOlRlRs
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices - Bloomberg Business
"Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said. "It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion." Roku Inc.’s hardware, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox, and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation, which work with Amazon’s video service, aren’t affected, Amazon said. // - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10312938
Amazon  Amazon  Prime  Apple  Netflix  Platform  Google  Inc.  Chrome  Android 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Wins Ruling in Bid to Block Samsung - YouTube
bbc.in/1KVgiEw - Samsung could be forced to stop selling some phones after Apple won an appeal in a US court.
Apple  patent  troll  patents  IP  intellectual  property  Google  Inc.  Android  Microsoft 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Vanity Fair
Lost decade under Ballmer, the sales guy. Sales guy is not the right guy 2 make a dent into the universe. //&! JULY 2012 Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant - vnty.fr/1OU6xUN //&! NOVEMBER 2014 The Empire Reboots - vnty.fr/1FZ4mJd //&! bit.ly/1isyHfL //&! Bill & Ballmer not on speaking terms - on.mash.to/1isyFED cnet.co/1KcO02M //&! Steve Ballmer talks LA Clippers, Satya Nadella & Microsoft. Just dont ask him abt Gates - ind.pn/10mLbMH //&! read.bi/1Lw4zXs // &! Start-up advice/lesson is that you have to have a true north to be long-term relevant, big enough to be seemingly inexhaustible! Yahoo! NO. AOL. NO. Twitter. Still Debating it internally, reflective of nobody being the true leader with true leadership capabilities, everyone cooking & suggesting spices. Facebook. YES. LinkedIn. YES (economic graph). Amazon. YES. Zappos. YES. RocketInternet. NO. Google. YES. Foursquare. YES. Tumblr. NO. Reddit. YES. HBO. YES.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
What I Learned This Week About Tim Cook’s Apple | Re/code
[ always along the motto: extension of you, part of you. The new Apple under Jobs was NOT an overnight success! It build on its differentiation, strong base, a cult, a Tribe, 1000 True Fans, and build on it stride by stride. Most capitalistic company out of SV, no counter-culture out of largest corp on world. & can pull of iAd coup because it has monopsony! & Duopoly w Android. ] Many people love Apple, others despise it. But, even without Jobs, it cannot be ignored. There simply is no other company that combines such a high-quality hardware line with such well-regarded software platforms. A faltering Samsung has the former, but not the latter. A strong and admirable Google has the latter, but not the former. If you didn’t believe that before, this week’s event made it crystal clear, with once-bitter rivals like Microsoft and Adobe showing up onstage to boast about how well their products worked with new Apple hardware and software. [ sw & hw iteration = leverage comp advantage ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
CEO Ambarish Mitra: independent Blippar may IPO - Business Insider
youtu.be/epMs3X8U9Ko?t=13m55s 'want's to take it all the way ... to IPO.' - Q: Is Virtual Search and Augmented Reality a feature on an existing (Search) Platform (with existing data and personal context - ie your past search history and relations (FB)) in the next 5 years or a public company? Could the extra friction of an app to launch, with the name ?blippar? be a friction point for traction!? - VS - native on iOS, Android camera app that gets into augmented reality mode when it sees a specific QR code. Time will tell. What past has show, to gain mass adoption it is about being immersive (whoa), creates emotional - chemical (dopamine) intangible value, and being sort of 'invisible' "Don't show me." and thus habit forming, // &! bit.ly/1N4a5oj
VR  virtual  reality  Blippar  vertical  category  visual  search  Google  iOS  Android  Microsoft  Bing  Apple  Spotlight  Cortana  Google  Now  on  Tap  Google  Now  Amazon  context  contextual  content  Augmented  AR  Facebook  Apple  Google  Inc.  search  engine  IoT  Windows  10  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  QR  code  mass  market  mass  culture  UI  UX  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  experience 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Dog Days | TechCrunch
the personal assistant is the new smartphone! can't live without it once you (technology; augmented intelligence and artificial intelligence) mastered it. // GoButtler in Germany. And Operator in SV - http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/22/the-request-network/ - << both take a cut/commission fee. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook could have it as features. Just as Facebook can have Meerkat as feature, for the celebrities. And the personal assistant - will be JUST A FEATURE - on your phone. iOS, Android ... & Facebook's 'empire' Platform to keep you inside Facebook continuing scrolling that god damn newsfeed. // // noise is lower on FB newsfeed (learning algorithm - your personal filter bubble) vs Twitter and vs RSS. ... Google News is a different thing. // // &! and there is a business in manual (editor, personal brand, leader) content curation/editing as well as in algo (Newsfeed)
Facebook  M  Facebook  Messenger  personal  assistant  technological  progress  AI  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  Google  Now  on  Tap  Siri  Apple  Spotlight  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Apple  Microsoft  Cortana  Amazon  Google  Now  convenience  frictionless  friction  GoButtler  Amazon  Echo  feature  Platform  Silo  iOS  Android  Windows  10  Newsfeed  on-demand  noise  filter  bubble  Twitter  RSS  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  digital  economy  The  Content  Wars  attention  span  attention  graph  digital  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  contextual  discovery  Programmatic  Content  user  generated  curation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything You Need To Know About iOS 9’s New Content Blockers | TechCrunch
Ben Thompson: Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - http://exponent.fm/episode-048-an-exhausting-week/ --- is apple nudging content providers to point people to the native app?! as mobile web gets better!? and bandwidth and coverage better!? --- under the cover of Privacy and user experience! --- with the exception of its own ad-network iAD, sure. // what a move. // &! The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google - bit.ly/1UfXjsT &! bit.ly/1MxoHge // &! Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble. [...] [PAGEVIEWS as business model] Too many sites are just echo chambers, they rewrite news releases, add strong adjectives and adverbs, and a bit of spin. [news is free, analysis and perspective not] - bit.ly/1Fe6u0D //&! tcrn.ch/1UCagrA - Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have [...] increasing bloatware of online advertising. &! tcrn.ch/1O0VcoI << ad business model not working!!!
AdBlock  iOS  Safari  Apple  iAd  Platform  user  experience  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  perma-cookie  cookies  tracking  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  Apple  App  Store  mobile  web  HTML5  corporate  strategy  corporate  media  PR  public  relations  spin  doctor  Silo  TOS  EULA  corporate  culture  corporate  values  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  ecosystem  Facebook  content  blocker  business  model  pageviews  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  BuzzFeed  Huffington  Post  AOL  Yahoo!  Page  Rank  Google  News  Google  Search  publishing  2.0  newspaper  newspapers  paywalls  paywall  subscription  model  freemium  Print  is  Dead  jeffjarvis  Vox  Washington  Post  Insider  Linkbait  linkbaiting  click  bait  Clickbait  NYT  NYTimes  New  York  Times  Pando.com  PandoDaily  Facebook  Instant  Articles  The  Economist  Financial  Times  The  Guardian  Android  Google  Chrome  Google  Inc.  AdSense  AdWords  pre-roll  Programmatic  Programmatic  Advertising  Outbrain  mobile  ads  native  content  marketing  MoPub  Flurry  Zero  Rating  Wireless  Carrier  ISP  Net  Neutrality  Adobe  Flash  customer  experience  friction  frictionless  commodity  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Built a ‘Personal Assistant’ Inside Messenger | Re/code
Facebook has a new, A.I.-powered Siri-like assistant tool in Messenger. It's called "M," and it's the company's latest effort in a battle with Google, Uber and others to be the artificial intelligence leader in Silicon Valley. // FB got AI lab in France, got money to invest, to diversify from other Messaging platforms - tcrn.ch/1N1rTSF &! tcrn.ch/1JCfs8Q --- can productise it! your personal assistant, for shopping - convenience - no clicking, not tapping, - M takes care of buying that item you saw in your stream. --- also keeps people inside Facebook! instead of leading them out to the shopping site/product site/... --- also expanding the category/vertical of the messenger you use. --- // // &! http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/28/8677147/google-now-on-tap-announced // &! tcrn.ch/1idSz5R
Google  Now  Siri  Apple  Spotlight  Google  Search  Google  Now  on  Tap  Android  iOS  Facebook  Messenger  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  personal  assistant  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  AI  automation  Big  Data  Google  Inc.  Apple  Facebook  Platform  Silo  Cortana  Microsoft  Line  Kakao  Talk  Viber  Google+  WhatsApp  SMS  WeChat  Newsfeed  Facebook  Instant  Articles  on-demand  convenience  differentiate  differentiation  vertical  category  friction  frictionless  Kik 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Staff Exodus, Pressure From Microsoft, Apple Hit Google Now | Re/code
According to multiple sources, their initial vision of Now — as a mobile assistant tailored to particular users — works best living on the mobile operating system, not within search. Also, Google is a political place and search is Congress. Big, necessary, stodgy. [...] “‘Look, I’ve got a lot on my plate. Chrome and Android are my top priorities. Google Now is not on that. I can’t fight that battle for you.’” [...] Apple, for its part, looks prepared to launch a competitor to Now on Tap. With its proactive assistant and spotlight search, the Apple entry could elbow Google out. // // Amazon released a (SW/HW)PA for the living room, Apple got Siri & just recently launched its own integrated search engine called "Spotlight" & Google released Google Now (voice activated search in response to Siri) and at last Google I/O, Now on Tap [ Now on Tap will solve app developers’ nagging issue with discovery. ] And FB just came out w an assistant product for Messenger. // &! bit.ly/1JYeNCT
Google  Inc.  Google  Google  Search  Android  Google  Now  augmented  intelligence  Siri  Apple  iOS  Sundar  Pichai  personal  assistant  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Big  Data  user  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Facebook  Messenger  Platform  convenience  on-demand  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless  voice  recognition  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  Smartphone  Facebook  Appification  Silo  content  discovery  discovery  distribution  model  App  discovery  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Four Questions for Xiaomi — The Information
Outside of China, Xiaomi will have a harder time differentiating itself from other smartphone makers. // Xiaomi seen as Chinas homegrown/made Apple. Outside China/Asia at large its just Xiaomi and competes with other high-end Android hw manufacturers.
Xiaomi  Apple  Android  Samsung  HTC  Branding  brand  awareness 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Marissa Mayer - The future of technology - YouTube
how you gonna make money, on mobile. Facebook is able to do it, enabled by data it has (targeting) and has a unrivaled competitive advantage (eats more than 70% of social media adversing budget). It's about execution now and new products - for Yahoo! Focus on Mobile, reorientate (right the ship in other direction, while still keeping tab on yahoo.com which is still sizeable business for yahoo) the company, management, team, employees. And acquisitions that help it make Yahoo! a mobile app company, relevant in the ecosystem (see Flurry acquisition, Brightroll, ... ad network/platform). Yahoos one disadvantage is that it doesn't have as much context to serve relevant - re-targeted ads to customers compared to FB, Twitter, Google. Same with Yahoo.com, its a bland/blunt page. No contextual, personal content nor advertising apart from cookies data derived. [...] "User data belongs to the end user." [...] "Portable" [...] "Standardized." [...] "Companies live and die by people/talent."
Marissa  Mayer  Yahoo!  Y!  Yahoo  context  Programmatic  Content  Programmatic  Advertising  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  Big  Data  user  contextual  interest  graph  Facebook  Twitter  cookies  perma-cookie  Meta  Data  metadata  Google  Search  Amazon  Google  Inc.  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Microsoft  Bing  utility  The  Content  Wars  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  EULA  TOS  transparency  user  engagement  mobile  phone  Smartphone  iOS  Apple  Social  Media  distribution  model  discovery  Android 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Don’t Be Apple | TechCrunch
[ pendulums swing ] Put another way, Apple may be more benevolent than Amazon, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft — but it is also more dictatorial than any of those. Benevolent dictators are wonderful until suddenly they aren’t. You may trust Apple not to abuse the power it wields (and if you think that power is trivial or meaningless, consider just how much of our lives are orchestrated by and through our pocket supercomputers nowadays, and how they could be used against us.) Heck, despite my criticisms, I trust today’s Apple not to abuse that power. But I would vastly prefer that they didn’t have it at all — or that they at least gave users the option to sever the tether to Cupertino. “Trust, but verify,” as Ronald Reagan once said. [...] It may seem silly to criticize a fantastic company that makes superb products and delights its users on the basis of an abstract philosophical dispute. ...
Apple  Platform  TOS  EULA  trust  trustagent  distrust  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Trend  iOS  Android  Apple  App  Store  App  Store  proprietary  software  Open  Source  Google  Positioning  aspirational  product  marketing  ecosystem 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Attacked the Beast who created Netscape, Mozilla Firefox & invested Skype - YouTube
Browser Wars back then. Smartphone wars are settles. iOS and Android. Everyone else is just niche or trying to be principles. // Start-up lesson/advice: When the big player can give out your "product" for free. They would. Don't play on other peoples turf and productise a feature ... for them. Sure they can't be everything to everyone and you can serve a niche, you are going to have to play by their rules their TOS. This thing where bright minds (educated) with small ideas (because they are easy) get burned over and over and over again. Human nature like irrational exuberance, hysterias and depressions. If you are dependable on a platform, on one kind of distribution model that is owned by another corporate (profit motive) and you are disruptive, pain in the ass, easily copyable,u are attackable on too many vectors. lots of risk. There was Microsoft. There was Facebook and Twitter. There was e-mail (gmail tab filters now & spam). // SWAT analysis vs high level situational awareness
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why podcasts are suddenly “back” – Marco.org
>> listening to podcast eats time away from the existing pie pieces of other forms of entertainment, escapism, and snacking. But it shares similarities with Music, TV, Movie, ... you can let it run in the background and do something different and listening in.
Podcast  podcasting  Multimedia  Entertainment  Escapeism  snacking  user  behaviour  commuting  TV  Television  Radio  Social  Media  Music  Movie  content  discovery  content  distribution  vertical  category  community  Personal  Brand  Branding  YouTube  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  iPod  Apple  Android  distribution  model  iTunes  Soundcloud 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
While my iPhone was away, I fell for an android| Catherine Shoard | Comment is free | The Guardian
Any relationship that’s just about one person ceding to the other’s bidding is, surely, dysfunctional
iOS  Android  Open  Platform  Silo  TOS  EULA  Windows  10  Apple  Open  Source 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Samsung and Apple battle over the smartphone ‘floating voter’ | Technology | The Guardian
In the past two years 20% of iOS users switched to Android, and 16% of Android users switched to iOS. [...] Phablets here to stay Phablets also command some of the highest prices in the smartphone market, providing the biggest margins for smartphone manufacturers, explaining why both Apple and Samsung are pushing the supersized smartphone category so hard. [...] One thing is clear, phablets aren’t going anywhere in the near term, with Griffiths admitting that phone screen size is increasing because “almost one of the last things you do on a smartphone is make a call”. [ its a small computer connected to a super computer. ]
phablet  Smartphone  Android  iOS  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  user  behaviour 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
All Android operating systems infringe Java API packages, Oracle says | Ars Technica UK
The ongoing legal saga known as the Oracle-Google copyright battle took a huge leap Wednesday when Oracle claimed the last six Android operating systems are "infringing Oracle's copyrights in the Java platform." That's according to the latest paperwork Oracle filed in the five-year-old closely watched case that so far has resulted in the determination that Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are, indeed, copyrightable. [...] The latest legal brouhaha comes two months after the Supreme Court declined to review Google's contentions that assigning copyright to APIs, sets a dangerous precedent and allows "copyright monopolies over the basic building blocks of computer design and programming." [...] [&] fair use right [came up][.] Complicating matters more, however, is the fact that there's no clear answer as to what constitutes fair use. [...] [I]t's decided on a case-by-case basis. According to the US Copyright Office.
API  Android  Google  Java  Oracle  Programming  Programming  Language  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Platform  TOS  EULA  Supreme  Court  USA  fair  use  patent  trolls  patent  troll  patents  Google  Inc. 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - Episode 048 — An Exhausting Week | Exponent
26:10 - Apple Enables Ad Blocking in iPhone browser Safari, native option, no add-on needed. Nudge publishers/content providers to implement iAd (Apple's AdSense Product) on their sites (mobile sites) as alternative 2 all what is out there. Or 2 nudge mobile site owners 2 make native Apps!? Apple: 'its about the user experience' & respects users privacy (anti-Google and co jab) because it only uses the data available from the user on his phone/apple id. // bit.ly/1hB7VRC - People are seriously talking abt whether the iPhone's new ad blocking technology will destroy the web [...] "In a worst case scenario, this is Apple against the entire mobile publisher and advertiser ecosystem." [...] people are very concerned abt what Apple is trying 2 do. [...] Google is already losing 10% of its revenue 2 adblockers // &! bit.ly/1Lan20N // &! Monetizing your iOS apps with iAd (pdf) apple.co/1NeVPtf &! iAd is Apples on ad network service, even for native apps - bit.ly/1DFFpHg &! bit.ly/1PbkSfq
Apple  Google  Inc.  Google  Search  AdSense  Programmatic  Content  Programmatic  Advertising  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  AdBlock  Plus  AdBlock  Apple  App  Store  App  Store  Google  Play  Platform  Open  Platform  TOS  EULA  iOS  Android  Big  Data  Meta  Data  metadata  tracking  perma-cookie  cookies  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Ad  Network  Advertising  Network 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The smartphone is the new sun — Benedict Evans
In this light, incidentally, Satya Nadella's suggestion that Xbox is no longer core was as interesting as the end of 'Windows Everywhere' (which I discussed here). Microsoft has been working on adding computing to TV since before phones even had screens. But it turns out that it's the smartphone, not the TV, that's  the centre of the experience, and the TV is dumb glass just as the mobile network is a dumb pipe.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Samsung’s Latest Galaxy Note 5 Could Be the End of the High-Priced Phablet | Re/code
“The data is showing that unless there is a brand pull (and only Apple is in this category), the device game has become a price game,” said wireless industry consultant Chetan Sharma. “This is especially true on the high end. Given that some good devices are available at half the price makes it hard for Samsung, LG, Sony and similar players to be successful with a device on the high end.” One need only look at recent financials from Samsung, HTC and Sony to see the impact that this is already having on both sales and profits. There is another big trend hurting Samsung and others trying to sell premium devices. Until very recently, consumers have been able to snap up even the priciest phones for as little as $200 with a two-year contract. But in a trend started by T-Mobile and increasingly true across the U.S. wireless industry, carriers are no longer subsidizing these devices.
HTC  Samsung  Android  Lenovo  Motorola  Sony  LG  Wireless  Carrier  Xiaomi  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  category 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Has Apple Been Poaching Fashion Execs? | Fashion-Tech | BoF
Apple does not fight on Windows nor Google (Android) turf. It created (fact) a new category. Redefined the category of the Gadget, of the Phone. Of the Laptop. Of the Workstation. This (newest phone/better technology) is not just for the Geeks or Nerds. This is a status symbol you are seen with every day (Apple Watch, iPhone, MacBook (2015 version) at the Coffee shop and elsewhere). That person made a deliberate concious or not decision to buy the Apple product at that price. -vs- GNU/Linux or Windows or Android whatever for the same basic utility at a much affordable price. Who ever came up with that should be highlighted in the next Apple Book about Apples chapter post-Jobs.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Taiwan’s HTC to Cut Jobs, Smartphone Models to Revive Sales | Re/code
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC said it would cut jobs and discontinue models as part of its strategy to focus on high-end devices to better compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. “The cuts will be across the board,” Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang told reporters after HTC reported a second-quarter loss and forecast another for the third-quarter. “They will be significant.” Chang said the cost reductions would extend to the first quarter of next year, but declined to give further details. // &! on.recode.net/1hA4sm8/ // &! Lenovo cuts jobs too bc of phone business - Chief executive Yuanqing Yang said Lenovo would also restructure its lagging smartphone business at a one-time cost of $600 million, and was facing its “toughest market environment in recent years.” - on.recode.net/1DNHimy &! Lenovo bought Motorola to solidify its position in the market, but their numbers did disappoint as well.
HTC  Android  Samsung  Lenovo  LG  Motorola 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Addressing Concerns Over Apple’s iPhone Growth | Re/code
Analysis: Android manufacturers (mostly Asia based) can't compete eye to eye with iPhone quality because they don't have the money for R&D and talent in design/UI/UX. &! Just to make the R&D/talent aspect for the hard things that are hard: hardware. Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing ( tcrn.ch/1TjN6uS ) vs. Xiaomi buying patents for "Patent War Chest to Launch in U.S." ( bloom.bg/1CG3s9S ) And even Microsoft and Apple make money off Android device sales because of patents (patents for technology, inside Android devices, that Microsoft or Apple own). // Apple's aspirational product - status anxiety - vs - Free. Downside with Free Of Android being a Privacy Sinkhole. & underfunded Android HW manufacturers vs only, marginally LG, Samsung, Lenovo who have other businesses. But hardware itself was turned into commodity business! // HTC trade below book value (12/08/15) - bit.ly/1JULi5t &! wrd.cm/1MkhnUw // &! Fragmentation - bit.ly/1q4iXyk
Android  Patent  patents  Apple  iOS  differentiate  differentiation  Google  R&D  Microsoft  Windows  10  iPhone  consumer  product  consumer  choice  consumer  aspirational  product  commodity  business  commoditization  Branding  Samsung  HTC  LG  Motorola 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Do You Trust Larry Page? - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Given the fact that Alphabet née Google is the second most valuable enterprise in the world, it’s striking to consider Larry Page’s 2014 assessment of the company he co-founded with Sergey Brin: I think we’ve not succeeded as much as we’d like. [...] Even Google’s famously far-reaching mission statement, to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, is not big enough for what he now has in mind. The aim: to use the money that is spouting from its search advertising business to stake out positions in boom industries of the future, from biotech to robotics. [...] Googles non-social approach to advertising vs Facebook and everyone else ] [ ad world begins finally to shift away from TV & other legacy forms & FB/Google are main beneficiaries coming years of changing ad spend ] [ Page/Brin want 2 lead the org 2 a new frontier. A new Google Search. &they think they a near it, ie self-driving car, that they think the timing is right NOW ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple is launching search engine to destroy Google — and you’re already using it | Calacanis.com
“Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. You can see this on your desktop by doing a search for “used iPhone.” The majority of the screen real estate is now ads! In the example above 11 of the 12 links are advertisements! [...] I could see Apple knocking 10 points off Google’s search business here in the USA in the next couple of years by simply making search an advertising-free piece of Apple’s OPERATING SYSTEM! [...] Apple is leapfrogging Google by making search something that is built into the core of your mobile phone and desktop. [ user experience, frictionless ] [...] Tim Cook is painting Google, accurately, as the evil successor to Microsoft, and Google’s management team is reinforcing this by closing ranks and destroying their partners. [ If its free to use, ... you are paying with your usage, with your data, your identity, ... ]
Google  Inc.  Google  Google  Search  Google  Shopping  Apple  Android  Appification  vertical  Marketplace  iOS  Don't  be  evil  ericschmidt  Eric  Schmidt  Steve  jobs  TOS  Microsoft  Bing  EULA  Windows  10  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  cookies  perma-cookie  Big  Data  metadata  Meta  Data 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on Alphabet: it will take more than Google to translate the restructuring | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
Business mostly thinks the new look is smart. But regulators and privacy campaigners are not so sure [...] some of the world’s regulators and many consumers are looking sceptically at the impact that it might have on data protection, privacy, tax liabilities and the impact of the reorganisation on the megalith’s power to monetise the data of its billions of users. // &! bit.ly/1MmLVH2 - Google is scattering Alphabet blocks to mute its own success. A bit like the phenomenon of stealth Starbucks branches, Google has become so ubiquitous it is choosing to fade into the background
Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  antitrust  Europe  oligopoly  monopoly  Google  Search  monopsony  Android  oligopol  USA  FTC 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google CFO Ruth Porat Brings Fiscal Discipline - Bloomberg Business
- hire of Porat makes doubly sense in light of restructuring for the future to Alphabet Inc. holdings // w competition left and right, change in landscape, Europe antitrust, failed Google X project, and other failed acquisitions and internal (new) product launches ... making people able to move in a new landscape. Google is now and has been now for some time, the target for everyone.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Creates New Company Called Alphabet, Restructures Stock - Bloomberg Business
[ Cracking under Wall Streets pressure ] The new structure [ holding company ] will give greater clarity into how Google invests in various ventures, including driverless cars, high-speed Internet service and health-related technologies. It also makes it easier to make any future acquisitions or potential divestments. [...] Sundar Pichai, Page’s deputy, will be promoted to become CEO of Google Inc., which generates the bulk of the company’s $60 billion in annual revenue. Omid Kordestani will transition from his role as chief business officer to become an adviser to Alphabet and Google. “Sergey and Larry will be able to allocate their time differently between the core and non-core businesses,” “You have Sundar focusing on the core business, and you will have Larry and Sergey kind of looking at the future growth businesses.” [...] [Larry Page] “Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.” [ Google Inc. = Search worlds information. ]
Google  conglomerate  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  capitalism  Don't  be  evil  Google  X  Google  Capital  Google  Ventures  Android  Sundar  Pichai  self-driving  cars  autonomous  car  Google  Fiber  Project  Loon  Makani  Nest  Labs  YouTube  Calico  business  management  R&D  competitive  competition  competitiveness  Agile  Google  Glass  Google  Wallet  Google  Play  Google  News 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure) | TechCrunch
bloom.bg/1WbUffA // Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless. In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the company’s factories, stock and brand are worth nothing, at least on Wall Street. [...] However, the modern phone marketers like Samsung and HTC only want to sell flagships – big, tentpole phones that lend themselves to big marketing budgets and fancy commercials. [...] When your only competitor is also ostensibly the most expensive phone on the market, there is little value in highlighting your cheapest models. [...] Now it’s iPhone and everyone else. The cell phone buyer’s market is saturated. Even the upgrade cycles have grown longer. In short, people are holding onto their expensive phones longer or buying wildly cheap ones. There is no middle ground. // PS Biggs is Apple Fan Boy
HTC  Android  iOS  Apple  Google  Samsung  LG  Blackberry  Motorola  Microsoft  Windows  10  Nokia  commodity  business  commoditization  technological  progress  differentiate  differentiation  business  model  Fire  Phone  Cyanogen  consumer  product  product  strategy  marketing  strategy  Xiaomi 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google’s $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU - Bloomberg Business
via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10021018 // Google declined to make its executives available for on-the-record interviews, but several concede that the company was caught off guard by the intensity of European criticism, in large part because of its broad popularity with users. Google is so relied upon that many people casually assert that the most prevalent search term on rival Bing is, in fact, “Google.” (Microsoft declines to confirm this.) [...] The more Europeans rely on Google, however, the more they’ve come to fear it, making it an easy target for politicians. Last November members of the European Parliament voted 384 to 174 for a symbolic proposal to break up the search giant into two separate pieces—its monolithic search engine and everything else. [ + agressive tax evasion schemes came under public & political pressure; Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Co ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Android: Künftig monatliche Updates wegen Stagefright - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Grund für den Unterschied: Apple kann Software-Updates direkt an die Nutzer seiner Geräte verteilen, Google ist auf die Handyhersteller angewiesen. Diese müssen Updates an das jeweilige Gerät anpassen und testen, was meist länger dauert. Das Resultat: Obwohl Zimperium die Sicherheitslücke schon im April an Google gemeldet, Google ein Update entwickelt und an die Hersteller geschickt hat, hatte laut der Wirtschaftszeitung "Forbes" bis Ende Juli hat noch kein einziger Hardware-Hersteller die Sicherheitslücke geschlossen.
iOS  ecosystem  Android  fragmentation  Google  IT  Security  exploit  Apple  philosophy  architecture  Open  Source 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Windows 10: Microsoft under attack over privacy | Technology | The Guardian
>> It is not Free. Period! Stupid. << // &! Get Tracked with Windows 10 | Tech Talk Today 198 - youtu.be/Gh0y5drKwAE &! http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/85697/get-tracked-with-windows-10-ttt-198/ &! Microsoft’s new small print – how your personal data is (ab)used - https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/ &! &! bit.ly/1eNKQJm - Mit Windows 10 wird alles besser - sagt Microsoft. Viele Neuerungen funktionieren aber nur, weil der Konzern auf Nutzerdaten zugreift. Wir zeigen, wie Sie die Datensammelei sinnvoll einschränken. [ einschraenken, nicht abschaltbar - selling you out ] &! bit.ly/1g2TLHN - Like all proprietary software, Windows 10 puts those that use it under the thumb of its owner. [...] Windows is an open window onto you &! bit.ly/1SFoXhT &! Linux: The OS of the Future - youtu.be/cTpujBq1Zi0 // &! bit.ly/1MUDxeB &! youtu.be/ULq1ajA1Jek
TOS  Microsoft  Platform  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Big  Data  advertisement  advertisement  targeting  user  Facebook  Windows  10  business  model  Free  perma-cookie  ISP  Google  Wireless  Carrier  Android  Apple  human  rights  Linux  Open  Source  Twitter  backdoors  backdoor  Cryptopocalypse  encryption  NSA  FISA  Court  FISAAA  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  cyber  espionage  national  interest  Nationalism  Five  Eyes  GCHQ  Secret  Courts  cryptography  FOSS  GNU  GNU/Linux  GPL 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Android-Smartphones: 950 Millionen Geräte durch Sicherheitslücke bedroht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bit.ly/1S80wJW "Built on tens of gigabytes of source code from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the leading smartphone operating system carries a scary code in its heart. Named Stagefright, it is a media library that processes several popular media formats. Since media processing is often time-sensitive, the library is implemented in native code (C++) that is more prone to memory corruption than memory-safe languages like Java. [...] Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual – with a trojaned phone. // Opportunism, publishing exploit/vulnerability to public without giving Google & Co enough time to fix it. Just to make money ... "[we can protect protect] enterprise customers from Stagefright vulnerability."
Android  IT  Security  Google  exploit  memory  corruption  phishing  ethical  machine  Mozilla  Mozilla  Foundation 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Will Never Give Up On Mobile | TechCrunch
It has other bullets left [shooting at mobile] in the chamber including Windows 10 and the cross-platform mobile apps too. Whatever happens, Microsoft can ultimately never walk away from mobile because giving up would essentially be ceding a massive portion of the future of computing, and it simply can’t afford to do that. [...] Microsoft wanted to go after phone market share in the long term, and selling Windows at its old price points would limit broader Windows 10 adoption, eroding at the company’s larger value proposition of having one platform across all your devices. Put another way, the company is foregoing some identifiable revenue to prop up Windows mobile. [ diminishing price of Software! is one big mover in tech for the next years coming, see SAAS & PAAS + consulting and on-site with OpenSource and Subscription Plan Model using SW through browser. ] &! wrd.cm/1eNXKr4 The Death of the PC Has Not Been Greatly Exaggerated
Microsoft  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Android  iOS  Windows  10  user  behaviour  Google  Apple  mobile  computing  phablet  Tablet  mobile  strategy  corporate  strategy  technological  progress  Windows  Phone  business  model  Open  Source  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Free  Software  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  Branding  public  perception  GNU  Platform  Open  Platform  business  strategy  economics  of  abundance  marginal  cost  cloud  paradgimshift 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Writes Down $7.6B Of Its Nokia Acquisition, Announces 7,800 Layoffs | TechCrunch
Microsoft [...] erasing $7.6 billion from its books. [...] Microsoft’s phone business has suffered from lower revenue and unit volume than the company originally expected. [...] The staff cuts come on the heels of Microsoft selling part of its Bing team to Uber, and the transfer of 1,200 staffers to AOL as the firm exits the ad business. [...] “We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem including our first-party device family. In the near-term, we’ll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility,” &! Swing of tech pendulum: Nokia 2000's to Apple (hw focus (as platform) & UX/UI consistency of iOS 1st) & Google (free Android platform 2nd) in ~10 years - tcrn.ch/1RkOkVF &! bit.ly/1NP3FHQ &! afterthought tcrn.ch/1CwtbRx
Microsoft  Nokia  Windows  Phone  Windows  10  Satya  Nadella  mobile  first  user  behaviour  phablet  feature  Smartphone  Platform  differentiate  differentiation  selling  point  Fire  Phone  Amazon  Apple  Google  iOS  TOS  Android  Silicon  Valley 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple aims for bigger bite of music market - BBC News
Spotify can be a "very comfortable number two" after Apple. Some investors appear to agree. Despite the imminent arrival of Apple Music, Spotify said in June that it had raised $526m (£334m) in new funding and was now valued at $8.5bn (£5.4bn). That's more than household names such as Sainsbury and Royal Mail are worth. Unsurprisingly, Spotify also thinks it can survive the Apple onslaught. Mark Williamson, its head of artist services, says the company has only just "scratched the surface" after getting people to pay for music again. (To be fair, Apple probably deserves some of that credit for its iTunes store.) [...] The big challenge for Spotify is continuing to grow if it has any hope of becoming profitable. The company reported a net loss of €162m (£117m) last year - largely because its agreement with record companies and publishers requires it to pay 70% of revenues to performers and writers. [...] Live music is worth more than sales of recorded music in the UK.
Apple  Music  Spotify  Music  Industry  freemium  subscription  model  business  model  Android  iOS  Platform  TOS  iTunes  Indie  Music  360-music-contract  offline  experience  shared  experience 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
How the Sharing Economy Is Impacting Travel - YouTube
w great app - word of mouth and net promoter score and marketing and advertisement you can, in an age of appification and single-use apps, create a deep trench away from Google Search (customers using desktop search from booking travel, hotel, flight, leisure experience). Lastminute.com can only react to Hotel Tonight and Hipmunk being first on the homescreen of phones with a great product/market fit. // min 6:30 - post-Search world (desktop) with limited screen size etc on homescreen we have come back to the portal. Yahoo! was a portal. No we have a new one in our hands in form of Apple iOS iPhone and Google's Android
Google  Search  Appification  single-use  app  Brand  Branding  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Expedia  lastminute.com  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  UI  UX  user  experience  Hotel  Tonight  vertical  niche  Portal  Yahoo!  Yahoo  Y!  Android  iOS  Apple  Google 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Integrates Food Ordering Into Search Results For Restaurants | TechCrunch
[ wait till Google Search is native in Food Ordering or Ordering your ride native on your android phone by speech recognition! The isn't a thing Google will not do to add value to Google Search and eat others lunches. Google Search is a Platform with its TOS and ecosystem. Its not just a website or search engine. Stupid. ] Google now lets users in the U.S. order food from six companies—Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu, and MyPizza.com—directly from search results. If someone searches for a restaurant that offers delivery through one of those providers, an option for “place an order” will show up in its Google information. Users are then shown links to delivery services and complete the order directly on their sites. &! http://pando.com/2015/05/08/google-partners-with-delivery-companies-to-make-it-even-harder-for-consumers-to-live-without-it/ "Google’s tentacles reaching into apps in the name of more cohesive user experience are certainly looking Apple-esque."
Google  Search  Google  Apple  iOS  Android  Platform  TOS 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple reportedly plays dirty to kill Spotify’s free tier — and I hope it gets away with it | PandoDaily
[ Apple's Might. History Rhymes. ] There’s a report out that Apple is pushing music labels to “force” Spotify to abandon its free, ad-supported tier. As Apple prepares to gather the ashes of Beats Music and relaunch its own streaming music service — which sources say will likely to be paid-only — this gambit would decimate Spotify’s user base from 60 million total users to only 15 million paid users. Moreover, sources told the outlet that if Universal Music Group removed its catalog from YouTube, Apple would pay the licensing fee the label conglomerate receives from that platform. (YouTube also has a streaming service in the offing). Considering Apple’s ability to preload apps onto new versions of iOS — not to the mention the fact that it already has 800 million credit cards on file and so only needs to convince a tiny portion of them to sign up in order to beat Spotify — the move would be an effective knockout punch for Apple in America’s streaming music fight.
Apple  Spotify  Deezer  Pandora  Rdio  antitrust  iOS  Android  Microsoft  abuse  of  power  corruption  bribery  YouTube  Google  RIAA  Indie  Music  content  discovery  content  distribution  Music  Industry  business  model 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Xiaomi Sees $1 Billion in Mobile Services Revenue This Year - WSJ
@Xiaomi expects rev from mobile services like payments app & games to increase 3x this yr to ~$1B, 6% of its total rev; previously stated it expects to generate total rev of ~$16B in '15; made below $300M in rev from services in '14
Xiaomi  Platform  Android  Cyanogen 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Google’s Mobile Search Results On Android Now Prompt Users To Install Apps With Relevant Content | TechCrunch
context is god, when content is king. Google was late to add contextual result - searching on phone - say a relevant app to said search query. Next would be to monetize via bid/paid placement (first shown) to query X like in Desktop search. PS Google also rolled out an update to its pagerank that includes if ur page is mobile friendly (responsive) and will be higher ranked to a comparable site that is not.
Google  Search  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  context  Google  Android  Appification  Phablet  Tablet  single-use  app 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Revenue Gap Between iOS And Android Apps Grows, Thanks To China | TechCrunch
Due to Android’s sizable market share, Google Play apps have historically led iOS apps in terms of the number of downloads, while iOS apps have consistently beat out Google Play apps in revenue. But according to new data out this morning from app store analytics firm App Annie, that gap is still widening – in a large part due to iOS’s growth in China. As of Q1 2015, iOS App Store worldwide revenue was about 70% higher than on Google Play, up from 60% in Q3 2014, the report notes. China’s importance to the app industry cannot be understated. China has, for the first time since App Annie has been measuring iOS downloads by country (July 2010), surpassed the U.S. in quarterly iOS downloads in the first quarter of 2015.
iOS  Android  China  USA  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings | TechCrunch
- via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9218191 // is Web 3.0 a move out of native apps to actually usable >HTML5 applications? ... some time in the future? // see Web 2.0 Origin - http://pmarchive.com/no_such_thing_as_web_20.html - it was a conference. // thus Web 3.0 could be the follow-up of 2.0 because of the fallout dev community and companies have had with Apple and Google?! // Isn't it a thing that you shouldn't build your empire on other peoples lawn?! >> ie Uber, WhatsApp, etc. &! on the other side, Apple and Google don't want to upset the cart full of Apples. Wondering what they would come up with to maximise profit ... in the future. They will too, be made obsolete eventually (Google Play and Apple App Store), with technology. Period. Making true mobile apps for the web. &! !& http://pando.com/2015/03/17/google-will-now-screen-android-apps-before-theyre-released-to-the-play-store/
Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Platform  TOS  Google  Apple  Appification  single-use  oligopoly  oligopol  Windows  10  Microsoft  Blackberry  Android  iOS  HTML5  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  Deep  Linking  Silo  CSS3  user  experience  UI  UX  Native  App  Web  3.0  Silicon  Valley  frictionless  friction  Tim  Berners-Lee  Open  Platform  Open  Source 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Why mobile apps are a step backward | InfoWorld
It isn't only native apps that foreclose these possibilities. JavaScript frameworks seldom map application state to URLs. Either way, the URLs still exist because, under the covers, native or not, these are still Internet applications. Open up an HTTP debugger and you'll see those URLs fly by. But they are increasingly unlikely to map cleanly to application states or to be accessible to users who want to save or exchange those states.
iOS  Apple  Apple  App  Store  Android  Platform  Open  Platform  Silo  Tim  Berners-Lee  Deep  Linking  Appification  single-use  html5  JavaScript  Framework  Web  2.0  Web  3.0 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Chief Product Officer: The Full Code/Media Interview | Video | Re/code
Facebook Is Talking to Publishers About Hosting Their Content "Cox says one of the challenges for publishers — including Facebook — is that reading on mobile is still a crummy experience. He believes Facebook can make it better. [...] min7-8ish >> people become singular individuals living in their own bubble ... because of Newsfeed ... it doesn't challenge people on their worldview nor world nor thinking." - on.recode.net/1LaHMlT // &! Big Players (FB, Twitter, Google - and their sister companies) are swallowing the attention on the home screen of the phone of the world, now they push for even more control and data over content; to host their works. There is no free lunch. Although FB says it is. In the end, the user pays for it through intrusive targeted advertising. &! on.recode.net/1BL6GI5 Nick Denton 'FB swallows the web and the homescreen.'
Facebook  Newsfeed  Platform  TOS  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  experience  user  behaviour  Phablet  filter  bubble  algorithm  Signal  vs.  Noise  democracy  journalism  journalismus  Google  News  Google  Search  publishing  2.0  BuzzFeed  Presentism  WWW  Android  Apple  iOS  Google  Play  Apple  App  Store  AppStarr  Philosophy  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  PR  YouTube 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: HoloCraft - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV
first topic: Apple devices and sw is/was a step change from - beige pc and can code and open the hood and do stuff after learning stuff - to - solving day to day problems/use cases elegantly without able to look under the hood. << change over last 15 years of "IT" to mass-market consumer products and in parts, in case of Apple a aspirational product. "it just works." *Steve Jobs / aka Don't make me think. &! http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2015/2/7/in-search-of-objects &! Smartphone supply chain dwarfs now the old PC supply chain >> http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2015/1/11/home-and-the-mobile-supply-chain >> making server clusters from small mobile phone components like passively cooled CPU's PLUS is it the end of the web browser (vs native apps)? &! http://a16z.com/2015/01/30/a16z-podcast-mobile-is-eating-the-world-and-apple-is-gobbling-fastest/ &! just look at size of Asia Pacific that is dwarfing rest of the world combined - bit.ly/1zKN2dm - extrapolate to
Apple  iPhone  Android  Google  Linux  iOS  Mac  OS  productivity  Windows  user  experience  Apple  Watch  escapeism  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  Appification  single-use  app  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  globalization  globalisation  borderless  competitive 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: The Whole Truth - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV
Apples record Christmas quarter, analysis ( tcrn.ch/1yPb9l2 ): lots of people switching to apple form android for the phablet (iPhone6 plus) // plus MSFT going finally mobile on other peoples system + cyanogen investment + buying some apps that compliment office suit on desktop &! gmail filters, folders, spam system 1000x better than msft exchange when you have high volume mail account. // 26:30 - iOS leads in App dev/testing. "nobody buys stuff on Android, can't build business on Android first." *Robert Scoble. // __>> min 40 - fragmentation of apps (splitting of apps for single use purpose) and notifications. the new interface for apps is the notification. notifications are the new apps. // min 47 - Silicon Valley and Women/Sexism - and continued lack of diversity; pattern matching, confirmation bias, other biases and culture and (seen that will do that too) in leadership, management, mentoring and HR // 1:12:45 talks again about importance of notifications.
iOS  Android  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  shareship  wardrobemalfunction  Appification  Notification  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  Millennials  generationy  attention  span 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen - Digits - WSJ
Alternative Android OS maker @CyanogenInc raises $70M at valuation in high hundreds of millions, WSJ reports; Microsoft reportedly participated as minority investor; other undiscl strategic investors support Cyanogen's initiative to establish a version of Android w/ no ties to Google; plans own app store, system-level access for AI, etc; prev raised $30M
Android  Google  Cyanogen  Microsoft  Apple  iOS 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
WebView-Sicherheitslücken: Experte rät zum Neukauf von Android-Geräten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Google will Sicherheitslücken in manchen älteren Android-Versionen nicht mehr schließen. Betroffen davon sind alle Nutzer, auf deren Smartphone oder Tablet höchstens Android 4.3, Codename Jelly Bean, läuft. Nach offiziellen Google-Zahlen von Anfang Januar sind das 61 Prozent der aktuellen Android-Geräte. Eine Schwachstelle auf den betroffenen Geräten ist die Komponente WebView, die zum Beispiel den alten internen Android-Browser antreibt. Sicherheitslücken darin ermöglichen es beispielsweise Angreifern, an die Daten zu gelangen, die ein Nutzer auf anderen Webseiten gespeichert hat. Google rät Nutzern daher, statt des internen Browsers ein aktuelleres Programm zu verwenden.
Android  Google  internet  security 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead of Apple Watch debut | 9to5Mac
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead of Apple Watch debut — We've already seen how Apple is presenting the upcoming Apple Watch, which it calls its most personal device yet, as not just another technology device but also a piece of jewelry that the fashion world will be proud to embrace. // Apple really positioning itself into the upper market segment with watch. ... as hardware prices & manufacturing becomes something you can't compete on/with. it's a no-win-margin game, to compete nowadays with just-hardware. Apple marketing it's devices and brand (as well itself) as aspirational products. Starts from the physical stores, to the apple store (screening of apps for quality standards) to communication/pr/marketing, ... ends at internals, things you don't really see as average consumer, like the hw design where compromise is a word they don't use. et al. etc etc.
Apple  Apple  Watch  strategy  business  strategy  iOS  Android  Google  Microsoft  HTC  product  strategy  aspirational  product  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  product  experience  Design 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Google releases Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its IDE | VentureBeat | Dev | by Emil Protalinski
after how many years of Android Phones on the market? > https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8718776 &! https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ Python IDE and WebDev IDE // Android Studio based on jetbrains and also Google made it opensource
Android  Google 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Ambitious Windows 10 Is an Attack Disguised as a Retreat | WIRED
At its core, Windows 10 is an attempt to realize the dream of “write once, run anywhere” for Windows development. It promises the ability to write software that will magically morph to fit any phone, tablet, desktop, or other device. You won’t have to pick a way to interact with software, which was one of Windows 8’s fatal flaws. Instead, Windows 10 will pick the best software experience for your device.
Windows  10  Microsoft  Platform  Android  iOS  Windows 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
This Thursday: Mobile is Dragging You Global (Whether You Like It Or Not) — A Pando Webinar | PandoDaily
Being a founder-CEO can be a thankless job, particularly if you’re doing it for the first time. Famed VC Ben Horowitz has pegged it at a whopping 22% success rate. But there’s one task that often makes even the most seasoned leader look like an idiot: Going international. You can go too slow. (eBay) You can move too fast. (Groupon, via acquisitions) You can move too fast, without buying any copycats. (Fab.) Or worse: You might only succeed internationally, ala Friendster or more recently, Path. In the last decade-plus, the business of going international has gotten both easier and harder. Easier because platforms like Facebook and the App store drag you there before you can even say “joint venture.” But harder because companies are getting dragged international way sooner than they’d planned. Meanwhile, going global has become more important than ever [...] mobile first companies are getting dragged global faster than ever before and how to benefit from it without getting c
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  mobile  first  Platform  iOS  Android  mobile  homescreen 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Your iOS 8 Data is Not Beyond Law Enforcement’s Reach… Yet. | Jonathan Zdziarski's Domain
Forensics expert @JZdziarski says as long as Apple allows iOS users to share data between computers & locked devices, some user data is not safe; camera reel photos, videos & recordings are accessible along w/ iTunes media & 3rd-party app data [...] "This means that if your’e arrested, the police will seize both your iPhone and all desktop / laptop machines you own, and use files on the desktop to dump and access all of the above data on your iPhone. This can also be done at an airport, if you are detained. [...] There are a number of forensics tools capable of dumping the memory (and therefore, encryption keys) of your encrypted disk if you’ve left your computer asleep or in hibernate mode. Shut it down."
Apple  Android  backdoor  backdoors  NSA  CIA  surveillance  cyber  security  cyber  attack  cyber  crime  cyber  espionage  FISA  Court  Patriot  Act  War  on  Terror  War  on  Drugs  encryption  sensitive  data  USA 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Apple - Privacy
In a letter on Apple's privacy page, @Tim_Cook addresses numerous security concerns; Cook assures that iCloud & Apple Pay are safe & encourages 2-factor authentication; he says Apple does not use private data to learn how to better advertise & will never monetize user data; Cook also says Apple has never worked with any gov agency to create a back door in any product & that Apple will never grant gov access to servers
Android  backdoor  backdoors  iOS  Apple  NSA  surveillance  state  Orwellian  Google  FISA  FISA  Court  surveillance 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Android Kills Apple In Key European Markets - Business Insider
Apple controls 1/3 of the U.S. smartphone market, but @Android dominates in Europe; Apple doesn't break the 30% mark in Germany (Android 81%, iOS 11%), the U.K. (Android 61%, iOS 29%, Windows Phone 10%), France (Android 71%, iOS 15%, Windows Phone 11%), Italy (Android 76%, iOS 12%, Windows Phone 10%), or Spain (Android 84%, Windows Phone 8%, iOS 7%) >> +++ Reason - Apple is targeting the aspirational product segment with price and marketing; 84.6% of Apple's mobile devices are 'high end' & cost more than $400; 15.4% are considered 'mid range' & cost $200-$400; there are no 'low end' Apple devices that cost less than $200; 58.66% of @Android phones are less than $200, & 61.4% of @windowsphone devices are less than $200 - http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-how-apples-smartphone-strategy-is-different-than-everyone-elses-2014-8
Apple  Google  Android  iOS  aspirational  product  materialism  USA  Europe  status  anxiety  status  symbol  Consumerism  consumerist  zombie  consumer  consumer 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
What 'one Windows' really means (and doesn't) | ZDNet
>> can MSFT pull off the feat to win space (+10%-20% or even more) in the Mobile Platform competition? +++ http://www.wired.com/2014/07/unified-windows/
Windows  Platform  Microsoft  Android  iOS  Apple  Google  market  plurality  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  technological  progress 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
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