So in terms of returns, Android is sustainable. However, in relative terms the value created leaves much to be desired. Whereas Android generates $1.70/device/year and thus an Android device with a two year life generates about $3.5 to Google over its life, Apple obtained $576.3 for each iOS device it sold in 2011. The economics of Android are nothing like the economics of iOS.
As pointed out above, these are two entirely different business models (and economics). To put the $1.70 in perspective, it’s important to note that Google targets $10 per Android device per year (as opposed to hundreds of dollars).
Need to find data on Windows Phone and Blackberry but a hunch says the numbers are closer to Google than iOS. How long can Apple keep this kind of margin going?
The Royal Canadian Mint will end production of the penny this fall thanks to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s austerity budget, and he told reporters Friday that the coins are a “nuisance.” “The penny is a currency without…
Nice to see some sanity up north. Hopefully this can trickle south and we can ditch both the penny and the paper single dollar bill.
Paul Steckler and David Raskino recently spoke at Sup’Internet, a web design and engineering school in Paris, about So.cl and Fuse Labs. The school put together a video with some highlights and an interview, enjoy!
Tooting my own horn a bit, but I like this video. Thanks Yannick for making it.
Om Malik says Google is planning to launch Google Drive next month (maybe as soon as next week). Yes, finally.
He touches upon some of the illustrious history of the Google Drive rumors throughout the years, but they haven’t actually been rumors. Google had a project several years ago that they were widely using internally, but they killed it. The project started up again last year and again, Google started widely testing it internally, which they’ve been doing for months now to make sure it’s just right.
This time they will launch it.
There was a time a few years back when I would have looked forward to Google Drive. But in all the intervening years other people stepped into the void. Dropbox serves very nicely and is integrated with most of my devices. SkyDrive is really coming along, getting almost all of the things I need and with 25GB of storage it really is pretty nice as a backup solution for documents. Box.net with 50GB storage is solid even if the UI is a touch odd. And all my music is backed up to Amazon for the price of buying an album last year.
So Google Drive…. better be something great, something game-changing. And I don’t know what that is but once upon a time Gmail made us all stand up and reassess email. I just suspect this will be a “meh” moment. Let’s see if I eat my words and by how much.
This is a clever idea and to my knowledge novel. Complaining about the weather is a Northwest specialty, why not show that yes in fact yesterday was better/worse.
To assist here is the forecast I snapped from yesterday; this is an easy app in these parts:-) http://flpbd.it/oWKoi
Interesting read from a guy who left Google (disclaimer: I don’t know him,
no idea what he is doing at Microsoft). The interesting quote is a
paragraph towards the end (italics and highlighting are mine):
*As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and
dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and
seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I
couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social
isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social
is people and the people are on Facebook.” Google was the rich kid who,
after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party
in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the
elephant in the room.*
I use that same line in speeches I give. My analogy is that social is like
the internet was 20 years ago. We had the same discussions, we had the same
people adding “the Internet” to their product packaging and features. But
it was deeper than that, the net was going to be the fabric intertwined
with just about everything we do. And social is heading that direction too,
it’s just early days.
It’s unclear whether Rush Limbaugh’s apology will be enough to keep his advertisers. The conservative radio host has now lost seven advertisers, with flower company ProFlowers being the latest. Two mattress companies, …
Still no real apology from Rush Limbaugh. A real apology in a case like this would be actually doing something different such as testifying before Congress or using his considerable audience to discuss this issue fairly and openly.
Hi Sharper, of course I noticed the difference between the wp and wm curves. The post is about the fact that wp phones hardware are lagging behind. I just think it's sad that there aren't any wp vendors out there that push the spec limits a little more. I think it's important for them in order to reach the next step in the graph. Which is the hockey stick part that both android and iOS have managed to trail. But I think its a little lazy to just assume I was lazy. All the best // Johan
Fair enough in some senses, the text of the post calls out the lack of broad-spectrum hardware. My point though is really that the headline could just as easily have been “WP is on pace with Android” or even “Big inflection point for WP needed”.
Calling this lazy reporting is a concern I have when an article omits calling out a key piece of information that would otherwise balance this, ie *why* this is a time of possible inflection.
I certainly don’t mean disrespect or calling you lazy; your publication rate alone suggests energy and I enjoy your feed.
It would be nice to see more CEOs act this way. Yes, Limbaugh apologized. But does anyone, anyone at all, think he means it? He is surely sorry the money is being pulled, but Limbaugh has a history of awful misogynistic comments, this is a pattern, not an incident.
“I’m sorry” should only work if you one is in fact sorry. And is going to change. When we see Limbaugh testifying before Congress about the need for responsible healthcare legislation, including birth control, we’ll talk.
Swallowing a line almost wholesale. If G+ were simply an exercise in
getting biographical data they would add that to Gmail or any other
service sign up. Easy. No huge cost.
But the writer here swallows that line. No critical question like”hey,
can’t you infer that data anyway?” or “isn’t the location data more
important?” Sure, Google can target better with more biographical data
but it’s a drop in the bucket.
At the very end is a blurb noting that bio data is already too little,
fighting the last battle.
IF YOU have ever flown with young children, you may well have wished for an extra set of hands to help with feeding, entertaining and generally managing the little tykes. This is the gap in the market that Nanny in the Clouds is trying…
The way to make this service scale is to make it about other classes who need help. Elderly care or injured people traveling need the same service. Disabled folks often need assistance with baggage and such.
Riff n. A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.
Often we see a post in So.cl that grabs our attention and we want to add to it. More than just comment we want to give the concept our own spin or take the conversation to a new place. We want to add to the…
I feel pretty good about this feature and not just because I did some of the work on it… it’s fun. The same behavior happens at times on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr where someone posts and others create a fun meme out of it. On So.cl though we’re making this behavior explicit. The results are already interesting, the community is having fun.
Of course the first hurdle was explaining to non-English speakers what the word “riff” means. New lessons in this experiment all the time.
But the point is right, we’re all blending things in avery interesting way and “social” is threading through it all.
When I give talks I stress the analogy to how the Internet was in the early 1990’s; we are only starting this experiment and in five years we’ll look back and marvel at how. Aiv we were, how wrong we were.
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Users of social networks are getting tired of sharing — but that doesn’t mean sharing is on the decline. A new study analyzes sharing behaviors on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and makes predictions for the future of sharing.
Seems like a few obvious observations from a small sample.
Frictionless sharing will go up? Well yes, more apps are adding to opengraph and few understand that ramification.
After launching So.cl we were pleasantly surprised to see how well it resonated with non-English native speakers. In the short time since, the site has received attention from users all over the world, adding to the richness and diversity of the So.cl content stream.
To support our…
I’m a little proud of this one as I had a hand in the specification and design. One of the most fun things about So.cl right now is the international community.
Under a new deal between the two companies, Netflix users won’t just have to wait 56 days to rent Warner Bros. movies on DVD. They’ll have to wait 28 days to add the movies to their queues.
Creating a 28-day window between DVD release and rental period was ridiculous. When that didn’t work, doubling the window to 56 days was bullshit. But now creating a 28-day window before you can even add a movie to your Netflix queue is the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever heard.
I’ve vastly underestimated just how fucktarded Hollywood is.
If I’m adding a movie to my Netflix queue, I’ve already decided not to buy the DVD. I’m adding it because it looks mildly interesting and I’d like to watch it sometime. If I can’t add it to Netflix, I’ll just forget about it and probably never see it.
I hope we all realize where this eventually leads: the banning of movie rentals entirely.
Um yes… making me wait for a movie I really don’t want to see anyway and will live without seems just fine. Hollywood markets the film and then stops me from consuming it. Nice work guys, hope that works out for you.
Recently some colleagues and I talked about using Facebook messaging
vs. Twitter vs. text vs. email. My opinion was that for communicating
widely email still was better. Why? Simply put it’s ubiquitous. Even
my mom has email and can manage to use it.
But I am willing to learn. And nothing lasts forever, there was a time
when many people didn’t use email. So I tried using FB messaging and
chat over the lat day or so. The results so far are spotty. I was
using the iPad Facebook app and chatted with two people. Neither were
in fact on Facebook at the time although the app assured me they were.
Neither received a notification either so basically I through a
message into the ether and was hopeful. Email would have done the same
thing except I could have sent photos and such too.
I was prepared to get a and result with FB messaging, but I see that
my mom received her FB message as email and she replied back.
Basically FB has taken the trouble to make this seamless as email for
her which is nice but also begs the question; why was this any better
than just sending an email in the first place?
The odds of me converting enough people to Twitter is zero, that will
be an experiment for another time. I am experimenting with NoEmail
(hey, if the NoSQL guys can do it…) simply to see what else works as
well and is there anything that avoids some of the pitfalls and issues
p.s. ironically this Tumblr post is being written as email. Tumblr has
no iPad experience and the browser experience is quirky at best, awful