Flurry said Android developer share is dwindling, attributing Apple’s iPad 2 and the Verizon iPhone 4 launch. It could also be that Honeycomb tablets aren’t rocking.
Methinks: Interesting, but I bet it is more of developers doing both rather than switching.
"In-app purchase buttons have been disappearing from Apple iOS in recent days as some high-profile players—Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Wall Street Journal—end direct sales from their respective apps. But the in-app purchase jousting is just beginning."
“So is this over? Not quite. I suspect that more companies are going the way of the Financial Times and develop HTML5 apps and skip Apple’s App Store entirely.”
The burden of having people’s livelihood in your hands never fully goes away, but knowing where your revenue to cover your expenses will be coming from does reduce the heavy feeling of being the boss.
If you’d like to reduce the stress of covering your nut each month, there are lots of recurring revenue business models to emulate:
Alarm companies will often install your security system free to get you hooked on paying a monthly “monitoring” fee. The company that installs enough alarms can look forward to a mountain of recurring revenue.
Insurance providers work hard to win a client and then watch the annuity stream roll in for decades.
Wine clubs use a membership model whereby customers typically pay a year’s worth of dues up front.
Software like Salesforce.com or eFax are sold on a subscription model, so customers pay monthly until they leave.
Smart swimming pool, carpet cleaning, lawn care and snow removal companies use annual service contracts so they know where they stand before the beginning of each month.
This article will introduce you to the concept of exposing parts of your application logic as lambda properties. By making these properties read/write, you can plug in specific functionality with more control than subclassing.
Data center construction is growing ever more complex and expensive as data center facilities expand to meet enterprises’ seemingly limitless computing needs.
Methinks: A great piece of data is that Yahoo achieves 1.08 Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) which is HALF of most world class data center operations. Operators like Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and Google are totally dedicated to pushing costs down. This is why MOST server centers in the future will be hosted and/or cloud based. You cannot compete is data centers are not the core competency of your business.
"Smartphones and tablets are increasing mobility and ease-of-access to newspaper websites, and these latest figures reflect the innovative and successful steps that newspaper publishers are taking to optimize their content across platforms," said NAA President and CEO John Sturm. "The credibility associated with newspapers and strong newspaper brands clearly carries over to the online environment - distinguishing newspaper sites from other sources. When dramatic global events unfold, such as the death of Osama bin Laden, readers look to newspapers first, online and in print, for the high-quality journalism that they provide."
Methinks: More evidence of what has been an obvious trend for some time.
Realization #1: Google+ isn’t replacing Facebook
Realization #2: I haven’t replaced an inbox, I’ve added one.
Realization #3: Every Google+ key feature is a Facebook “update” away
Final Realization: Too big to fail
This paper analyzes how organizations can create a roadmap for moving some or all of their IT infrastructure to the cloud with the least risk possible. It reviews the IT services that make the most sense to migrate to the cloud in order to evaluate your cloud vendor’s key attributes
With any luck, you’ll be able to get out of the office this summer and enjoy some leisure time either lying by a beach, hiking through the mountains or just lazing about a resort somewhere. In this day and age, though, no matter how much we like to get away from it all, it seems technology follows us everywhere. In fact, it’s become so pervasive we can’t seem to even relax on vacation unless we’re somehow connected to the outside world. Well, that seems to be the way it is, so why fight it? Embrace it instead in a positive way that can enhance your vacation. Instead of loading down your suitcase with books, why not take along a snazzy e-reader instead? Take along a waterproof digital camera so that you can surf the waves and snap away at the same time, or swim with the fish and rock out to your favorite tunes with a waterproof MP3 player. And don’t forget to bring along a solar-powered charger to power up all your devices. Here’s a list of summer travel gadgets meant to enhance, not to detract from, your well-deserved vacation.
Methinks: Okay, maybe it is just me… but if you developing HTML/CSS/JS for whatever delivery channel, are you not doing Web Development? If not content specifically for a web page, are not virtually ALL electronic channel delivered by the Internet (Web)? I know, I’m being picky.
AMAZON’S Mechanical Turk, a service which permits breaking up a task into many tiny bits for workers to complete them for a relative pittance, is ingenious. But it has its share of problems. As Babbage discussed last month, it is sometimes abused by spammers who have workers unwittingly commit online acts of questionable virtue.
Methinks: Ingenious indeed. I am wondering how this is any different then capturing and measure typing speed and many other ways managers have measure workers. Thoughts?
Methinks: 2016!!! The world will be significantly different by then! Remember the iPad has only been a ‘thing’ for 1 1/2 years, and Android phones only 2 1/2 years. This is a useless prediction. I’d be surprised of this isn’t true by 2014. Then again what will the new ‘think’ be by then?
"Change Management involves understanding and controlling the exposure to hazards such that overall risk to the business is handled in an efficient and effective manner. For example, if an organization were deploying a new desktop operating system across the enterprise, an effective Change Management process would understand the risks involved, assess the impact, and coordinate the change so impact to the business was minimized. Therefore, the intent of Change Management is to act as an enabler that provides a mechanism by which the business can quickly adapt and respond to changing conditions, without the negative consequences that are often associated with hasty action."
Methinks: A good overview of ITILv3 and the ROI of Change Management