Archive for October, 2011

SplatF Employee of the Month: Steve Jobs, Apple

Oct. 31, ‘11: The last day of every month, I honor an industry leader with the SplatF Employee of the Month award. This month it’s Apple co-founder and long-time CEO Steve Jobs, who died on Oct. 5. How could it not be? The more you … Continue reading →

Reality check: DVD and Blu-ray are still clobbering iTunes and Netflix

Oct. 31, ‘11: While we breathlessly debate Apple’s potential to reshape the TV landscape or Netflix’s communication gaffes, it’s a little jarring to be reminded that digital is still barely one-fifth of the U.S. home entertainment market, while physical media still represents the vast … Continue reading →

Creators: Peter Rojas

Oct. 30, ‘11: Sponsored by Best Buy. Start Creating Now. Peter Rojas is a tech and gadget media legend. He is currently co-founder of Gdgt. Previously, he helped create Engadget and Gizmodo, and a music site called Rcrd Lbl. Follow him on Twitter … Continue reading →

Google updates Google TV but punts on the real question

Oct. 28, ‘11: Google announced a new interface and new features for Google TV today, including the ability to run Android apps from Android Market. That’s fine and good, and early Google TV adopters may appreciate these changes. But the real question — … Continue reading →

EA’s smartphone gaming business growing fast, but still pretty small

Oct. 28, ‘11: Electronic Arts has been one of the top game makers for Apple’s iOS platform, and as a result, it said smartphone revenue (non-GAAP) grew 87% year-over-year last quarter (PDF). But overall mobile gaming revenue grew just 12% year-over-year, as smartphone … Continue reading →

Here’s why Apple’s TV needs to be an actual television, and not just a cheap add-on box

Oct. 27, ‘11: One of the most frequently asked (and smartest) questions about the supposedly forthcoming Apple television is: Why does it need to be an actual TV set? Why can’t it just be an accessory like today’s $99 Apple TV thing? That … Continue reading →

Sony’s smartphone problem: Software!

Oct. 27, ‘11: Sony just bought its partner Ericsson out of their struggling mobile phone venture, Sony Ericsson. Now Sony is apparently going to try to become a big player in the smartphone business. Ignoring how late this move is, here’s the bigger … Continue reading →

Nokia’s first Windows phone looks good: Now for the hard part

Oct. 26, ‘11: It’s called the Lumia 800 — wasn’t that an early-90s minivan? — and it looks good, as far as these things go. Now Nokia and Microsoft need to figure out how to sell it to people who already have plenty … Continue reading →

Netflix: 10 years in 3 charts

Oct. 25, ‘11: Netflix’s subscriber loss last quarter was so rare that it had only happened once before during its span as a public company. Netflix IPO’d in May 2002, steadily gaining subscribers every quarter until Q2 2007, when it lost 55,000, finishing … Continue reading →

The Apple-fication of everything

Oct. 25, ‘11: One of the best things about Steve Jobs’ return to Apple — which will live on and benefit society long after Jobs’ death — is how he basically spent the last 14 years teaching thousands of Apple employees to have … Continue reading →