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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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Android vs. iPhone development experience

March 26, 2013
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There are a steady stream of posts about which platform makes more sense to develop for, in terms of market size, chances for success etc. This post isn’t about that. This post is about the development experience itself, what it’s like building apps for the two platforms. A few years ago I would have said,…

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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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Landlines revisited

March 5, 2013
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Way back in 2007, telecom consultant Tom Evslin said: “There Won’t Be Any Landlines in 2013” and I said “I’ll take that bet.” As I said then, I like bold predictions like this. Tom said: “By 2012 no more reason to use our landlines – so we won’t.” And I’d say that is becoming more and…

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KiraDb lightweight open-source noSQL-style database Java API

March 4, 2013
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KiraDb lightweight open-source noSQL-style database Java API

My good friend Mark Petrovic and I are releasing KiraDB on gitub as an open-source project. KiraDB is a Java API implementing a persistent datastore for stand-alone applications. The design goal of KiraDB is to be lightweight and easy to use, while still providing a reasonably powerful set of core features. The basic features include put/get…

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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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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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