Archive for February 2014

Android is not designed to be safe

We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android …

via Google’s Android Head Sundar Pichai talks Galaxy S6, Tizen, security and Nokia X range | 9to5Google.


Free to Play Games Money Comes From 0.15 Percent of Players | Re/code

Broken out as a percentage of only players who pay anything at all, Swrve’s report still points to whales. As the chart below shows, the top 10 percent of that 1.5 percent of paying players produces a dramatic upswing in revenue from even the 20th percentile group.

via A Long Tail of Whales: Half of Mobile Games Money Comes From 0.15 Percent of Players | Re/code.

Still looks like an industry propped up with the equivalent of gambling addicts.


Perfectly targeted ads are just information.

When they finish the process of better and better targeted advertising, that’s when the whole idea of advertising will go poof, will disappear. If it’s perfectly targeted, it isn’t advertising, it’s information. Information is welcome, advertising is offensive. Who wants to pay to create information that’s discarded? Who wants to pay to be a nuisance? Wouldn’t it be better to pay to get the information to the people who want it? Are you afraid no one wants your information? Then maybe you’d better do some research and make a product that people actually want to know about.

via Scripting News: 8/3/2006.

The internet is a utility

Go ahead, say it out loud. The internet is a utility.

There, you’ve just skipped past a quarter century of regulatory corruption and lawsuits that still rage to this day and arrived directly at the obvious conclusion. Internet access isn’t a luxury or a choice if you live and participate in the modern economy, it’s a requirement. Have you ever been in an office when the internet goes down? It’s like recess.

via The internet is fucked | The Verge.

WhatsApp seeing more shares than Twitter

In fact, BuzzFeed is already seeing more shares to WhatsApp than to Twitter on iOS, “Every time we looked at WhatsApp’s numbers, it blew us away,” said BuzzFeed president Jon Steinberg

And even without an officially supported integrated share button, WhatsApp had become a key way for people to share all sorts of media. As of December, WhatsApp users were sharing 500 million photos per day.

via Before Facebook Deal, WhatsApp Was Helping BuzzFeed and Shazam Go Viral With New Platform Tools | Re/code.

Apple’s failure to pay for favorable media coverage flies in the face of Samsung’s payola

Slanted media reports targeting Apple appear to be directly connected to the company’s failure to pay for more favorable coverage in the model of Samsung. It doesn’t appear to be affecting Apple’s sales or profits, however.

via Apple’s failure to pay for favorable media coverage flies in the face of Samsung’s payola.

you think so?

also the Macalope has a great recent example from Business Insider that serves dual purpose of horrible reporting and not “getting it”

Apple’s iPhone led 2013 US with 45% share

121 million smartphones sold last year in America, the iPhone accounted for 45 percent, making Apple the largest smartphone maker in the U.S. Overall smartphone sales were up 21 percent year over year.

…iPhone sales grew 64 percent among lower income customers who earn under $30,000 last year.

…Most of the mobile industry’s growth seen in the U.S. in 2013 came from prepaid devices, which grew 68 percent last year, NPD said. Prepaid devices also accounted for 29 percent of the smartphone market, up from 14 percent in 2011.

via Apple’s iPhone led 2013 US consumer smartphone sales with 45% share – NPD.

Why are people bored with blogging?

You hear it so much — I never blog anymore. I just post on Facebook. Etc etc.#

It just occurred to me why that is. The blogging tools developers aren’t giving the users anything new and/or interesting to do. #

Maybe that’s why there was so much interest in Ghost. At least it looks different. #

Since when does a software category survive without introducing new stuff every so often?#

Is this as good as it gets?#

Or maybe I’m missing something.#

via Why are people bored with blogging?.

The Evolution of the Developer

“Developers are now the real decision makers in technology. Learning how to best negotiate with these New Kingmakers, therefore, could mean the difference between success and failure.”

via The Evolution of the Developer | Re/code.


not a new thing, just business people finally realizing it

Stop Backing Visionaries

By and large, innovative products aren’t strategically imagined ahead of time – they’re stumbled upon while experimenting on-the-go.

“vision” is a popular industry narrative applied after-the-fact.

via Stop Backing Visionaries — Musings About Text Boxes — Medium.