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Google adsense decline a blip or trend?

August 4, 2014
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Google adsense decline a blip or trend?

For the first three quarters of 2013 growth of revenue from partner sites through the Google AdSense program completely stagnated and revenues actually shrunk. Things looked a little better for the last quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, but industry pundits and analysts see it as a disturbing downward trend.   The Incredible Shrinking Inventory Of PC…

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WWDC, iOS 8, reading between the lines

June 6, 2014
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WWDC, iOS 8, reading between the lines

When Apple introduced iOS 7 at last years’s WWDC, I posted some quick takes, including criticisms about the lack of customization and integration options. Obviously, Apple was listening While iOS 8 may not give us everything in this regard, it certainly is taking steps in that direction. The new App Extensions in iOS 8 open the door…

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This one article accidentally explains the biggest practical difference between iOS and Android in a nutshell

April 9, 2014
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For all the improvements to the Android end-user experience, and there have been big strides, there’s still a lot of practical differences in usability between the two platforms for everyday average-Joe users and this recent GottaBeMOBILE article inadvertently highlights one of the biggest real-world problems facing users of Android devices: Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note…

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Another perspective on “Why mobile web apps are slow”

July 12, 2013
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The recent post from Drew Crawford “Why mobile web apps are slow” has received a lot of attention and provides a rather powerful argument for the topic. I’m not here to dispute anything in that post; it’s good information, go read it if you are interested in the topic. The point at the end of the day is…

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iOS 7 Quick Takes and What’s (Still) Missing in iOS 7

June 14, 2013
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iOS 7 Quick Takes and What’s (Still) Missing in iOS 7

By now you have probably seen the screen shots of iOS 7. It is extremely white, wow, and yes, it’s “flat” too. I have not taken the deep dive into all the features and changes yet, but already I can see that it’s a much bigger shift than I first thought. There have been some…

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Here we go again, Google is nice, Apple is mean

March 18, 2013
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Here we go again, Google is nice, Apple is mean

In a piece titled “How Apple Gets All the Good Apps,” Walt Mossberg points out that Apple’s direct competitors — Google, Microsoft and Amazon — all have official versions of their apps for Apple devices. He asks: So, why do Apple’s rivals help make iPhones and iPads more versatile when Apple doesn’t return the favor? The article portrays…

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First “Bring Your Own Cloud Storage” demo app available on the Apple app store

February 22, 2013
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First “Bring Your Own Cloud Storage” demo app available on the Apple app store

Today a proof-of-concept app I’ve been working on was approved onto the Apple App Store: The app is called reInsta. I know, I know. I can hear you now “here we go again, another social photo sharing app.” I get it. The goal with this app is not to “win” the social networking landscape or be…

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It’s BI. And it’s Henry Blodget. But I tend to agree: Where Are The Android Users?

November 26, 2012
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It’s BI. And it’s Henry Blodget. But I tend to agree: Where Are The Android Users?

Henry Blodget has a post up over at BusinessInsider that considers a question I’ve also asked before, and which I have been following for some time now. In a nutshell, with device sales reportedly so heavily favoring Android, why does so little mobile traffic seem to come from Android users? Blodget reports that when it…

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iPhone 5 surpasses Samsung GS III web usage in first three weeks

October 12, 2012
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iPhone 5 surpasses Samsung GS III web usage in first three weeks

Sites all over the net have picked up the latest Chitika report indicating that after only three-weeks on the market, the iPhone 5 accounts for significantly more web traffic than the Samsung Galaxy S III, a phone that has been out for several months. The mobile advertiser found the iPhone 5 accounts for 56% of the web traffic volume…

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Another sanity check on the “Android is killing Apple” meme

October 1, 2012
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Another sanity check on the “Android is killing Apple” meme

I realize that news sites and tech blogs are in the business of link baiting and stimulating comments, with Business Insider being among the worst offenders. And haters on all sides seem to provide a never ending source of thoughtless re-posts and comments. Apple isn’t always right and their products are certainly not perfect. But hating…

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