Did Twitter just deliver third party apps a death... →
Third-party Twitter apps like Tweetbot provide a much better experience than the native Twitter app. What don’t they provide? Ads. Eventually Twitter needs to sell out and cash in.
Don't annoy users →
In commenting on our earlier piece regarding default third-party apps in iOS, John Gruber made a good point: No, Apple’s worst nightmare is someone buying an Android phone instead of an iPhone. If you buy an iPhone, Apple wins, that’s all there is to it. It may not be Apple’s worst nightmare if a user replaces all of the core apps with Google apps, however, it is indicative that the user...
Apple granted a preliminary injunction against... →
Koh granted the injunction because “Apple has articulated a plausible theory of irreparable harm” due to a “long-term loss of market share” and “losses of downstream sales.” Samsung had a bad week.
The Nexus 7 looks fantastic
Google really hit a homerun this week with the announcement of the Nexus 7, a 7” tablet starting at $199. The Nexus 7 is clearly the best non-iPad tablet on the market. Any questions about performance, build quality or display quality have been answered by my favorite gadget reviewers: Joshua Topolsky writing for The Verge: Google’s Nexus 7 isn’t just an excellent tablet for $200. It’s...
Apple demands iPad3.com domain name →
Oh, and Apple still doesn’t own iPad.com. But the owner of that domain isn’t cybersquatting, so it would have to pay a pretty penny if it wants the domain. It’s surprising that Apple doesn’t own iPad.com or many of the iPad#.com domains.
RIM chiefs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie's best... →
You can’t make this stuff up: “The most exciting mobile trend is full Qwerty keyboards. I’m sorry, it really is. I’m not making this up.” Lazaridis, May 2008
RIM's sad reality →
Nice piece by Dan Frommer on RIM’s demise. However, I disagree with this bit: When I first argued in early 2009 that Microsoft should buy RIM and make its big mobile bet, I wrote that it would have probably cost $35 billion to get a deal done. Today, RIM is worth less than $5 billion; it shouldn’t take much more than that to bid. (Meanwhile, Microsoft has since realized that it...
iPhone turns 5: Here are the naysayers →
Everyone is writing about the iPhone’s birthday today and how much it changed the industry. That’s all true, but I thought I’d take a different approach and look at some of the iPhone naysayers so we could make fun of them together.
Google is slowly cracking "open" iOS
With yesterday’s launch of Chrome for iOS, Google has again highlighted an increasingly-relevant limitation in iOS. You see, unlike Google’s Android, iOS does not allow users to select a default app for particular tasks. For example, the stock iOS Mail app is the only default email client. Likewise, Safari is the only default browser. Apple’s refusal to allow default third-party apps has...