Archive for July, 2012

Facebook passes 500 million active mobile users

Jul. 26, ‘12: 543 million at the end of June, to be exact, up 67% from a year ago. Kind of amazing, given how crappy its apps are. Still, a rare and incredible amount of potential. Don’t blow it!

AOL Dialup Just Had Its ‘Best’ Quarter In A Decade, And Still Has 3 Million Subscribers

Jul. 26, ‘12: The headline from AOL’s earnings report this week is that its turnaround as a digital media and advertising company is slowly starting to show progress. But did you know that AOL still has 3 million dialup “access” subscribers — generating … Continue reading →

LeBron’s Gmail

Jul. 25, ‘12: Just a great spoof from Grantland. Really hard to do these right, and this one’s hilarious.

Gruber’s Mountain Lion review

Jul. 25, ‘12: I’ve got this on my reading list for today, as well as Siracusa’s. Let’s see how many thousands of words I can handle before blindly upgrading.

OS X Mountain Lion is here

Jul. 25, ‘12: Buy through this link and support SplatF. Thanks!

Apple’s Reality-Check Quarter In Charts

Jul. 24, ‘12: Apple’s June quarter results, released this afternoon, set a few records but fell short of many expectations, including mine. iPhone and Mac shipments were particularly soft, while iPad sales — 17 million — set an all-time high. Apple sold more “computers” … Continue reading →

And the most popular Twitter app is…

Jul. 24, ‘12: Discussing the Twitter-app-developer-fiasco a couple of weeks ago on John Gruber’s “Talk Show”, I mentioned how we were missing a key set of data: What apps do people use to tweet most often? Benjamin Mayo did the legwork, analyzing 1 million … Continue reading →


Jul. 19, ‘12: Cool new free iPhone app that takes video you record and edits it together with video shot simultaneously by people nearby — even strangers. The result is a neat clip that switches between multiple camera angles, all in sync. Could … Continue reading →

What Apple Propaganda Looked Like 15 Years Ago: The 1997 MacAdvocate CD-ROM

Jul. 19, ‘12: Apple has long been fortunate to have an excited fan base promoting its products and helping lure first-time buyers. But did you know that Apple used to distribute free collateral to help its biggest fans spread the message? That’s what … Continue reading →

Frommer goes to Iceland

Jul. 18, ‘12: Here’s the big reason SplatF has been so quiet lately: I was in Iceland the last week of June researching its newish datacenter industry, and spent a big part of last week writing this ReadWriteWeb article about it. Iceland. A … Continue reading →