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More synthetic bamboo! The greatest preset sounds in pop music | Music | The Guardian
“Whether a pop classic or a royalty-free instrumental from YouTube, collage, rewriting, quotations, sometimes thieving a melody – all that is at the heart of a thousand songs that I love. Debate about the purity of creation is void; we live in a society that spits and digests, and pop music is an impure space. That’s precisely why I love it.”
music  culture  software  creativity  creativecommons  pop  popmusic 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report
The survey also asked about the always hotly debated "mobile apps vs. mobile Web" question and found the community closely split between developing native apps (48%) or developing "both" native apps and for the Web (42%). Only 10% of die-hards said we should build for the mobile Web only. Also of note, the number one reason developers were interested in mobile Web development was the ease of cross-platform development.
android  mobile  research  apple  iOS  software  technology  code 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Hackers Who Keep the Washington Post Running - Simon Owens - Technology - The Atlantic
"You tend to deal with things as they come up," he said. "There are a lot of short-term needs but you find common problems over time and you try to predict the things that you can. From there the one-off stuff isn't going to be relevant every time; you don't want to take this hammer and treat everything like a nail and make the conversation or the story into what you already have, so it's better to try to pull in systems that can back it and do what the right thing is for every project."
technology  newspapers  media  language  journalism  software  development  washington 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
MLB.com CEO Bob Bowman says iOS users are more likely to purchase content than Android owners | Edible Apple
“The Android user typically is less likely to buy,” said Bowman, “and therefore the ROI on developing for Android is different than it is for Apple… The iPhone and iPad user is interested in buying content–that’s one of the reasons they bought the device. The Android buyer is different.”
android  apple  google  ios  iphone  ipad  media  sports  baseball  app  software  mobile  business 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Decline, plateau, decline: New data on The Daily suggests a social media decline and a tough road ahead » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
Its activity on Twitter seems to match my own perceptions of how they’re doing — an early rush of excitement; a decline as people lost interest and the app struggled with technical problems; a plateau once the tech got sorted out; and then another decline once the app started charging users.

In the nearly two months we’re looking at, only 6,026 tweets were generated within The Daily app. But much more discouraging is the trend.
ipad  twitter  social  technology  tablet  mobile  attention  app  software 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
News innovation isn't just about writing code, it is about how we use that code to tell stories
Technical innovation in software is not about writing code from scratch. There is a huge body of prior art available that developers use to get their ideas to function.

And journalism has a huge body of prior art in story-telling techniques, in synthesising complex problems into something our audience can grasp quickly over breakfast, and in engaging our audiences and making them passionate about issues that affect their day-to-day lives. The innovative news organisations today are the ones constantly experimenting with new digital tools as new ways to source stories, address their audience, and engage with the public.
journalism  media  news  story  software  technology  engagement  attention  DFMchat 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Local news is going mobile. | Pew Internet & American Life Project
One-quarter (24%) of mobile local news consumers report having an app that helps them get information or news about their local community. That equates to 13% of all device owners and 11% of the total American adult population. Thus while nearly 5 in 10 get local news on mobile devices, just 1 in 10 use apps to do so. Call it the app gap.

These mobile app users skew young and Hispanic. They are also much more active news consumers than other adults, using more sources regularly and “participating” in local news by doing such things as sharing or posting links to local stories, commenting on or tagging local news content, or contributing their own local content online.

Many news organizations are looking to mobile platforms to provide new ways to generate revenue in local markets. [...] Currently, only 10% of adults who use mobile apps to connect to local news and information pay for those apps. This amounts to just 1% of all adults.
mobile  local  news  journalism  games  information  location  technology  software  latino 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Software Rants & Other Miscellany: Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion
The Passion Gap is evident when you see a founder or product manager so deeply engaged in their product that they can’t help but think about it all the time, and, as a result, they see all the fine details that are required to make a product that exactly matches what the market needs. This is true even when the market hasn’t yet realized the need.
business  beauty  social  foursquare  attention  identity  software  technology  location 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Case Against Drop-down Identities | Smarterware
Social software should let you explain. But as the drop-down option says, it's complicated.
identity  gender  power  social  software  technology  reputation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Things overheard on the WiFi from my Android smartphone | Freedom to Tinker
Today in my undergraduate security class, we set up a sniffer so we could run Wireshark and Mallory to listen in on my Android smartphone. This blog piece summarizes what we found.
android  mobile  technology  security  software 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How and Why Every Song Can Be an App | Epicenter | Wired.com
For reviewers with permission from a band, label or publicist to build an app around a song, things get potentially even more interesting. I’ve been wondering whether app integration might be able to save music journalism by allowing people to listen to music as they read its latest reviews on their mobile devices, and from the looks of things, Songpier (or something else like it) will make that happen as well, rendering the act of writing about music far more accurate than dancing about architecture, as the saying goes.
music  songwriting  technology  mobile  html  creativity  software  business  mp3 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Doc Searls Weblog · What if Flickr fails?
So I think we need to do two things here.

First is to pay more for what’s now free stuff. This is the public radio model, but with much less friction (and therefore higher contribution percentages) on the customers’ side. In ProjectVRM (at the Berkman Center) we’re working on that with EmanciPay. Here’s a way EmanciPay will help newspapers. And here’s our Knight News Challenge application for doing the same with all media sources. You can help by voting for it.

Second is to develop self-hosted versions of Flickr, or the equivalent. Self-hosting is the future we’ll have after commercial hosting services like Flickr start to fail. Fortunately, self-hosting is what the Web was meant to support in the first place, and the architecture is still there. We’ll have our own Flickrs and Zoomrs and Picassas, either on servers at home (ISP restrictions permitting) or in a server rack at the likes of RackSpace. But somebody needs to develop the software.
newspapers  media  journalism  business  technology  radio  flickr  photography  online  software 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Poptimist: Poptimist #35
The provisional quality of choices is a hot topic in a world where design and services are highly iterative. Facebook has become something close to a global constant by continually changing and tweaking its service based on the real-time user data it receives-- a giant ongoing experiment in the kind of cybernetics which so fascinated Eno in the 70s. The simultaneous rise of the app as a software delivery system pushes this idea further out into consumer culture. People get used to the software they buy as iterative-- subject to continuous tinkering, upgrades, and improvements. And as that becomes the norm in one area of culture, it changes expectations everywhere else. Again, it's not unfinished-- you expect Facebook, or an app-- to work. But it's unfixed-- you don't expect it to stay the same for long.
technology  music  attention  facebook  social  business  software  design 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How would you change Nokia's N8? -- Engadget
If someone (read: UPS) accidentally delivered the keys to the Finnish kingdom to you, how would you go about tweaking and / or reshaping the N8? Would you have selected a different operating system? Added a few more hardware buttons? Thrown in a different processor? Made it available on your carrier of choice?
nokia  mobile  android  windows  technology  design  symbian  software 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Android Data Stealing Vulnerability | thomascannon.net
Responsible disclosure would normally prevent me from publishing the advisory while there is a chance the users will get a fix in a reasonable time frame. However, despite the speed at which Google has worked to develop a patch I don’t believe this can happen. The reason is that Android OS updates usually rely on OEMs and carriers to provide an update for their devices. Not all OEMs are providing Android OS updates to all of their devices, and the ones that are we have seen are not always doing it in a timely fashion. There may be legitimate reasons for this but the bottom line is there will still be a great deal of devices exposed for quite some time or perhaps forever, including my own.

Better that we know now and have the chance to protect ourselves, or at least understand the risk. I don’t expect to see the exploitation of this issue become widespread, but if you are really worried about it there are a few things you can do to identify it or prevent it [...]
android  mobile  security  technology  google  software  data  crime  javascript 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Q&A: The Makers of Islamic iPhone Apps - The Bay Citizen
Q: Do you think technologies like Islamic iPhone apps are modernizing Islam?

AT: No, I wouldn’t say that. Muslims believe that Islam, as a sacred revealed knowledge, is already in a state of perfection and it is the Muslims that need to adapt to the modern world. So what we are doing is taking modern tools and giving people access to sacred knowledge. And I think a lot of Muslims in America have easy access to technology, and these things are, in some sense, adding more value to people’s day. I wouldn’t call it modernizing Islam, but I would say it’s using modern technology to connect people to Islam.
islam  iphone  technology  software  culture 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How Facebook is Pulling an Android… and Why | Android Phone Fans
The interesting thing is that mobile is inherently social; afterall, before all these apps it was used to talk to people with your voice. And social is inherently mobile too: you don’t only want to be connected to people while you’re at your desk at work, you want to talk to them when you’re out in the world, doing the things you love, and have something to say or something to share.

Facebook’s commitment to mobile is what will solidify their social dominance.
facebook  mobile  social  android  technology  software  identity  business  development 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Android Market Is Attracting More App Developers - NYTimes.com
"The promise of Android goes beyond one device. We're going to see products running Android that no one has ever envisioned possible."
android  google  mobile  development  software  apple  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia Revises Symbian Strategy as Smartphone Sales Improve: Tech News «
The cost of creating a mobile app can easily surpass six figures, so developers are keen to watch which devices and platforms consumers are attracted to, and therefore, which of those smartphones are a potentially good target for their apps. A greater number of high-end device sales also raises the average selling price and profit margins for handsets. Nokia doesn’t enjoy the roughly $600 ASP that Apple does, but Nokia’s ASP did increase in the quarter to €65 (US $91) as compared to €61 in the prior quarter and €64 from the year ago period. You don’t need an accounting degree to understand that selling more devices at a higher price brings increases in revenue.
nokia  symbian  apple  android  google  mobile  technology  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Apple's new Mac App store gives me the willies | ZDNet
Now, we all know there are a lot of apps, so why complain, right? The reason is freedom. As long as Apple restricts what apps can be run, the device isn’t free. It’s not a computer, it’s an appliance.

Some of you might argue that the iPad isn’t meant to be a computer and it is, in fact, an appliance, and you’re good with that. I’m not thrilled with that view, but I can accept it.
apple  opensource  technology  ipad  iphone  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What App Makers Say About Nokia’s Store - Digits - WSJ
“I had no idea of their scale and size…As a U.S. developer, we don’t get the visibility that Nokia can give us on a daily basis."
nokia  software  mobile  development  technology  apple  google  android 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns
If malware steals your credit card details or online banking passwords, you can easily change them and this limits the damage.

But if a malicious attacker steals your behavioral patterns, there's almost nothing you can do. You can't change your network of friends or family, for example.

What's more, once this information is released, it is more or less impossible to contain--how would you ensure that every copy had been deleted?
identity  information  crime  online  technology  behavior  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How will the App Store’s “new newsstand” be censored? We’ll know it when we see it — Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard
Now Apple is saying, explicitly, that it intends to draw lines, and those lines won’t be drawn beforehand — but hey, don’t worry, because we’ll just know it when we cross them!

Apple loves to maintain tight control of things. That’s been a hugely successful approach for its hardware business. It’s even a defensible position applied to software. But it’s a lousy model for a newsstand.
apple  mobile  software  technology  journalism  ethics  censorship  media  news 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
An iPhone app developer’s diary, and some thoughts on Android » Nieman Journalism Lab
If someone out there is interested in volunteering to help build an Android (or WebOS, or BlackBerry, or Windows Phone, or Symbian) version, I’d love to hear from you. We’ve got no animus against other platforms; we just don’t yet see an audience big enough to justify our scant resources.
android  technology  iphone  apple  news  journalism  media  software  blackberry  symbian 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
UPDATED: All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple: The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Though more than 100,000 app developers have clicked "I agree," public copies of the agreement are scarce, perhaps thanks to the prohibition on making any "public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple's express prior written approval." But when we saw the NASA App for iPhone, we used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ask NASA for a copy, so that the general public could see what rules controlled the technology they could use with their phones. NASA responded with the Rev. 3-17-09 version of the agreement.
ipod  iphone  apple  software  business  mobile  copyright  law  development  eff 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Dan Grover » Toward a Grand Unified Theory of n00bs
So there are a lot of ways regular people are different from programmers, and in ways much more nuanced than simple "computer literacy." How do we solve the problems caused by these differences?
social  technology  education  humor  design  computers  software  attention 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Both Sides Of The Table: App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)
am betting that the future is “the mobile web” not the “the mobile app.” There will always be some apps that have reasons to be native on devices but I am betting that serious innovation will happen on mobile browsers and that the future will so most apps folded into the cloud. We’ve already seen it once in the PC era. It’s the best thing for our health. We can build for one primary browser (like we do for Firefox on the desktop today) and then figure out how to get the rest working with whatever Microsoft builds.

It will be 3-5 years before this transition takes place. Much money will be gained and lost in this period. And somebody will win in the transition. Wise companies will plan for this “great porting” to take place. Unfortunately it won’t be in the next 3 years so we have to live through this temporary era.
media  social  business  technology  web  mobile  apple  google  future  software  iphone  android 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Hate reading text online? There IS a better way... | csmonitor.com
Programmers and publishers of online text: Please deliver us a long-overdue future in which we read – and write – in columns that move progressively sideways. After all, that's exactly the effect we create when we read an old-fashioned book and turn the page.
reading  technology  software  writing  words  language  computers  mobile 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Apple: Finding Even More Uses for iTunes - BusinessWeek
Rather than products that are downloaded on a one-way basis to a specific device, couldn't iTunes become the back end for a new generation of cloud-based services? Already there are scores of applications on the iPhone that tap Web data. Why not make iTunes part of that cloud?

Give app developers a set of unique services found only on iTunes they can put to work to make their applications smarter. Call it the iTunes Cloud.
apple  technology  software  itunes  osx  marketing 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Programmable Web: The Twitpocalypse is Near: Will Your Twitter Client Survive?
Every tweet in Twitter’s system is uniquely identified by an integer value. For example, the system’s very first public tweet, “just setting up my twttr,” by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is tweet number 20 (presumably tweets 0 through 19 were used for testing). The maximum signed 32-bit integer value for most database applications is 2,147,483,648. This is a huge value, but the accelerating popularity of Twitter means has the amount of tweets is rapidly approaching this limit. If third party application developers haven’t designed their Twitter clients to store tweet IDs using something like the less restrictive unsigned 64-bit integer data structure, users might start seeing strange errors, such as tweets listed in the wrong order - or worse, applications not working at all.
twitter  data  information  social  software  technology 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online: E-Media Tidbits: Instapaper: Because the Device Shouldn't Matter
This is a crucial step beyond offering printer- or mobile-friendly versions of your content. It gives users more control over how they experience your content. And as the rapid growth of online and mobile media shows, people like to be in control of their own media experience.
reading  books  writing  media  journalism  technology  software 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ubuntu and Its Leader Set Sights on the Mainstream - NYTimes.com
“I want to find out what it’s like to have a gigabit connection to the home,” he said. “It is not because I need to watch porn in high-definition but because I want to see what you do differently.”
linux  code  business  news  technology  nytimes  google  innovation  opensource  software  microsoft  computers  programming 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Tech guru Tim O'Reilly challenges next generation to get serious - Los Angeles Times
"The real Web 2.0, the web of collective intelligence applications, is going to be stronger as a result of any downturn. Heck, figuring out more transparent financial markets alone will be a hotbed of opportunity."
web  technology  software  finance  internet 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Coding Horror: Programmers Don't Read Books -- But You Should
"If you feel compelled to clean house on your bookshelf every five years, trust me on this, you're buying the wrong programming books."
computers  learning  library  programming  reading  software  toread  books  blogs  code 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ben Brown, Internet Rockstar: if all your friends jumped off of a bridge...
"If we’re going to be spending a significant slice of our days, every day, using this software, we should be choosing software because we enjoy it and because it adds real value to our lives."
facebook  business  blogging  software  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
microSynth
I dusted off my license to this after GarageBand conked out last night, and it played perfectly well with my M-Audio keyboard.
music  software  creativity 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Software for Tea-Making Duties
"Making a cup of tea is a way of saying 'Hey, I may be your boss, but I can deal with you as an equal human being.' It's obviously motivating and creates strong relationships."
tea  work  social  software 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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