Archive for December 2013

iOS 7 now installed on 78% of active Apple handheld devices

Apple’s figures cover the 7-day period ending Dec. 29, 2013. With iOS 7 covering the lion’s share of Apple mobile devices, iOS 6 remains installed on 18 percent of users’ handsets, while earlier versions of iOS account for 4 percent.

via iOS 7 now installed on 78% of active Apple handheld devices.

In contrast, though Google has not updated its own official developer statistics since Dec. 2, its most recent data showed that just 1.1 percent of Android devices were running that mobile operating system’s latest version, known as Android 4.4 “KitKat.”

My top albums and singles of 2013

Top Albums

  1. Rhye – Woman
  2. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  3. Feed Me – Calamari Tuesday
  4. Dessa – Parts of Speech
  5. Janelle Monae – Electric Lady
  6. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  7. Disclosure – Settle Track by Track
  8. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  9. M.I.A – Matangi

Top Singles

  1. RAC – Let Go (ft. Kele & MNDR)
  2. Poliça – Chain My Name (Paper Tiger Remix)
  3. Natalia Kills – Outta Time
  4. Klaypex – Sauce Boss (ft. Epic Meal Time)
  5. Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Country
  6. Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind (London Grammar Remix)
  7. Empire of the Sun – Alive (Zedd Remix)


We need to talk about TED

Instead of our designers prototyping the same “change agent for good” projects over and over again, and then wondering why they don’t get implemented at scale, perhaps we should resolve that design is not some magic answer. Design matters a lot, but for very different reasons. It’s easy to get enthusiastic about design because, like talking about the future, it is more polite than referring to white elephants in the room.

Problems are not “puzzles” to be solved. That metaphor assumes that all the necessary pieces are already on the table, they just need to be re-arranged and re-programmed. It’s not true.

via BRATTON.INFO – talks – “we need to talk about ted”.

The Xbox One is like a linebacker in ballet shoes

It seems like every app is another sea of tiles that stretches into off-screen oblivion, so they all blend together.

via The Xbox One is like a linebacker in ballet shoes · The A.V. Club.

this tends to be my problem with the win8 interface as well.

The console dumps a pile of dubious features and half-ideas on you and then expects you to make sense of it all. It does so with such sunny confidence that it’s almost convincing. A confident bullshitter is a bullshitter all the same, though. And at launch, the Xbox One is trying to put one over on you. This is not a finished product.

this seems to be microsoft’s MO as of late

Using The New York Times Archive To Accurately Predict The Future

processes it to extract little-known cause and effect patterns that can be used to predict future events.

For example, she says, “If a storm comes two years after a drought, a few weeks [after the storm] the probability of a cholera outbreak is huge, especially in countries with low GDP and low concentration of clean water.”

via This Scientist Uses The New York Times Archive To Eerily, Accurately Predict The Future | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.

Bots now ‘account for 61% of web traffic’

A study by Incapsula suggests 61.5% of all website traffic is now generated by bots. The security firm said that was a 21% rise on last year’s figure of 51%.

Some of these automated software tools are malicious – stealing data or posting ads for scams in comment sections.

But the firm said the biggest growth in traffic was for “good” bots.

via BBC News – Bots now ‘account for 61% of web traffic’.

Node.js at PayPal

  • Double the requests per second vs. the Java application.

  • 35% decrease in the average response time

All of our consumer facing web applications going forward will be built on node.js.

via Node.js at PayPal | PayPal Engineering Blog.

Native Javascript and Other X-Platform Mobile Dev

Apache Cordova based implementations

Other Cross Platform Mobile Frameworks

Apple “smart dock”.. TV?

According to the patent description, the Smart Dock will have many components, including a housing, connector, microphone, speakers, and a touch screen. The dock will have functions like clock and alarm built-in, but would depend on an iPhone or iPad for the most important function — Siri.

Apple’s Smart Dock will listen to certain user-defined keywords, that would activate its voice recognition mode. Once activated, the dock forwards all commands to the paired device, which finally executes them. During the period it’s activated, the dock would reduce ambient noise so as to make the voice recognition as flawless as possible:

When the voice recognition mode of the portable electronic device is activated, the processor of the portable electronic device is further configured to receive voice input from the dock via the receptacle connector, the voice input including a use request. The processor retrieves the requested information and generates audio output including a response to the user request. The audio output is transmitted by the processor to the dock via the receptacle connector.

In further claims, Apple says that the dock could have add-ons like a detachable hard disk, accelerometer or temperature sensors, a GPS and more. The patent also says that the dock could communicate with devices wirelessly, becoming a wireless AirPlay/Bluetooth speaker as well.

via Apple files patent for “smart dock” with Siri capabilities.

So what if you combined.. Apple Airport/Time Machine, Apple TV, and gave it this “Dock” capability?

A whole new device and market.

Android Support vs iOS Support – Fragmentation, what fragmentation?

About 2 years back, I read this article on Michael Degusta’s personal blog. It was a revelation. Michael ripped the Android ecosystem apart with a simple chart. The chart converted me from an Android user to an iPhone user. I hope this chart helps other folks make an informed decision when their next smartphone upgrade is due.

via Android Support vs iOS Support | Fidlee.

Major reason I am such an iPhone user… I hated this about blackberry, nokia, windows ce, palm.. you cannot let the carriers and 3rd rate manufacturers control this… also why i would never buy a Sony laptop ever again.