App.net branches into Cloud storage and social networking framework API

February 13, 2013
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App.net wants to be “Twitter that you pay for” and, so far, that has been a bit of an uphill battle. Now they have introduced a File API and have started talking about the idea of an “unbundled” future where your data is separate from the social networking service. Dalton Caldwell writes: The promise of “unbundling”…

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Apple “just another company?”

January 8, 2013
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In Stop Talking About Apple, And 7 Other Brand Resolutions Adam Hanft has suggestions for marketers. Number one is: “Stop bringing up Apple in every meeting” in which he says: Let’s vow to make 2013 the year that we stop benchmarking every decision against “What would Jesus…uh…I mean Steve Jobs do.” First of all, you can’t compare…

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Google == AOL 2001?

December 31, 2012
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Google == AOL 2001?

Brian S. Hall and I share some views about Google’s situation. Earlier this year, I said: Google has to be worried even more about the decline in the desktop pie, given that according to their own SEC filings, 96% of their revenue comes from web browser clicks – and people aren’t clicking those ads on…

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Is Apple’s iOS UI an Albatross?

November 30, 2012
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Is Apple’s iOS UI an Albatross?

The iPhone User Interface (UI) is looking dated. There, I said it. I think apps like Flipboard are indicators of it. Users love the Flipboard UI but, in fact, to achieve it, Flipboard has to “work-around” the native iOS APIs. Many of the interface mechanics and design elements are, in a way, fighting against, or…

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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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Surface Analysis

October 28, 2012
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Surface Analysis

You may have heard me already poking fun at Microsoft Surface as the “Zune 2.” I’m not the only one of course to make that comparison. ZDNet goes so far as to suggest “Microsoft’s greatest hardware fiasco ever?” I still feel that Surface may be turn out to be just that. Everyone knows I’ve never loved…

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