Archive for January, 2012

The iPhone’s comeback and the power of carrier distribution

Jan. 18, ‘12: Survey data from Nielsen suggests that Apple’s iPhone almost closed the gap with Google Android in December, as far as new smartphone purchases go. Assuming it’s accurate, this says as much about the value of carrier distribution as it says about … Continue reading →

Remembering the last time the web went dark

Jan. 18, ‘12: If you’ve spent time on the Internet today, you’ve probably noticed a pretty widespread protest against SOPA and PIPA, evil government attempts to meddle with the web. Fewer of you may remember the first big web blackout in 1996, but … Continue reading →

HuffPost CTO Paul Berry on hybrid HTML5-native mobile apps

Jan. 13, ‘12: From my Q&A with Berry — who’s leaving AOL to work on some new ventures — at ReadWriteWeb: Personally, I think people are making a lot of mistakes in developing everything as native apps completely, when you can have a … Continue reading →

Hulu Plus passes 1.5 million paying subscribers

Jan. 12, ‘12: An update from Hulu CEO Jason Kilar: We grew the business 60% from 2010 to approximately $420 million in revenue. That’s actually a disappointment, as Peter Kafka notes. Hulu Plus has reached 1.5 million paid subscribers faster than any video … Continue reading →

Google’s Android design guidelines

Jan. 12, ‘12: Solid (if obvious) advice for Android app developers, like “Make important things fast”, and a pretty broad resource. It’s good to see Google doing anything to make the Android Market a better platform for app makers and a better, more … Continue reading →

Tech’s doomsday plots: How Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook could stumble

Jan. 12, ‘12: At ReadWriteWeb, I lay out the biggest risks for tech’s most important companies. Not necessarily the ones that get the most attention, but the ones that actually matter. (Although, coincidentally, Google’s potentially monopolistic activities have been getting a lot of … Continue reading →

CES: This is Bat Country

Jan. 12, ‘12: Perhaps the best thing to come out of CES this year is some of the writing. I don’t mean the breathless descriptions of boring gadgets or the usual CES-still-matters-no-it-doesn’t debate. I’m talking about the articles where the act of attending … Continue reading →

Vizio’s Google TV remote control

Jan. 11, ‘12: Not as hilarious as the first Sony one, but still — all those buttons? This is still an obvious area for improvement.

Microsoft hits pause on web TV service because shows cost too much

Jan. 11, ‘12: Yinka Adegoke, reporting for Reuters: “They built Microsoft TV, they demoed it for us, they asked for rate cards but then said ‘ooh ah, that’s expensive,’” said one senior media executive who had been involved in the talks. That’s one … Continue reading →

Kickstarter of the week: Hidden Radio and Bluetooth speaker

Jan. 11, ‘12: I’m still on the fence about whether I should pick one these up as my kitchen speaker, buy a Jambox, or save up for something more ambitious. But it looks cool, and has far surpassed its funding goal. With $737,000+ … Continue reading →