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Showing posts from September 14, 2008

More App Store Success Stories

Its seems like for all the negative noises that Apple's application publishing policy brings there's a success story that proves its worth jumping over some hurdles. Latest is the story of Trism, a Bejeweled clone written by Steve Detemer, who has announced profits of $250,000 since the app launched, with the app store on July 11th, just over two months ago.

That's going on for a thousand sales a day.

And an annual profit of $1.5m if sales continue at that level for the rest of the year.

Given the potential for iPhone apps I wonder how many people are still developing for other platforms? Well given that the UK App Store has grown to nearly four thousand applications since launch (a near 800% growth) I'm guessing not many.

Me? I'm off to learn Cocoa programming and grab myself a piece of that action!!!

iMac, Ten Years On

Back in 1998 Apple was a company on the point of falling apart, with confusing products and an often accurate market perception as making strange, expensive computers and even stranger, more expensive peripherals. One day in August changed all that, when Steve Jobs (in suit and tie, as opposed to his later polo neck and jeans incarnation) unveiled the iMac, the computer which changed the world (in much the same way that the iPod and iPhone would later do).

Technically the Motorola G3 based iMac was a tour de force compared to its peers. The complete abandonment of all legacy peripheral connections and wholesale adoption of Intel's struggling USB standard was the beginning of an explosion of USB adoption from peripheral manufacturers. And Apple got USB right too, Mac OS 8's support for the standard reaching a level that Microsoft wouldn't achieve in Windows for another five years with the launch of XP. The iMac did the unthinkable and ditched the floppy drive too. Instead t…

iPhone 3G And EeePC Take Stuff Magazine Awards

Stuff Magazine's annual awards ceremony has seen the iPhone 3G and EeePC triumph in the Gadget of the Year category. The iPhone won the reader's choice award, whilst the Asus was the choice of the magazine's staff.

Not very surprising as both completely redefined their market segments and its hard to decide which has stirred up more reaction amongst competitors. The EeePC is now overwhelmed with mini-notebook rivals by everyone from HP and Dell through to MSI and Acer. The iPhone continues to stand head and shoulders above its competition, at least until next generation devices from Sony, HTC and Google start arriving.

Details of the awards can be found here.

Creationism And The Downfall Of Michael Reiss

Michael Reiss, erstwhile director of education at the Royal Society, was pushed onto his own sword last week after making headlines asking for teachers to engage in discussion on creationism. Now I'm fairly sure that next to no-one really believes in intelligent design, creationism or the 100,000 year old planet here. Its not like we live in the Jesusland belt of middle America, after all. Even so, Professor Reiss's arguments that children from strong religious backgrounds who are indoctrinated with this belief should be able to be included in science lessons on evolution and their beliefs treated sympathetically don't strike me as the sort of religious extremism that it has been painted in the 'popular' press, nor for that matter amount to a resigning issue.

Skewering people who hold contradictory views is something that scientists should leave to the various churches - they're so much better at it. We certainly don't need scientists to start holding their …


OQO's CEO Dennis Moore is CEO no longer, having left to form his own company. This is a real blow to the little PC company (that's the company who makes little PCs not... never mind I'm sure you get the idea).

Dennis was one of the companies best assets, a regular contributor to the OQOtalk forums and brought a refreshing blend of honesty and passion for the product. He wasn't afraid to admit when things had gone wrong and went to some personal effort to ensure that things were put right.

What this means for the company remains to be seen, but I'll be watching to see what Dennis' new venture turns out to be.

Can HD Save Windows Mobile?

HTC is on a roll with new devices, the Touch Diamond and Pro; The new Dream and now adevice they've managed to keep quiet about all the way through it's development: the Touch HD.

It's exactly the sort of device I've been calling for on this blog and looks every inch an iPhone competitor in specifications at least.

The HD is about the same size as the iPhone and packs a slightly larger 3.8" 800 x 480 WVGA screen. That sort of screen size and resolution is getting close to the Nokia Internet Tablet area and will make WM6 a much more usable proposition.

However WM devices with this screen resolution are somewhat jinxed, the first, the Toshiba G900 was so badly flawed that most people who bought one are unlikely to ever buy another Toshiba product ever again. The Sony-Ericsson X1 is now six months late and still hasn't made it into the shops.

Somehow I suspect that the HD will avoid these pitfalls on the way to market, probably early next year.

Android Arriving Next Week

T-Mobile and Google have all but confirmed a 23rd September arrival for the HTC Dream - likely to be badged the MDA G1 when it arrives in the shops in the US and UK in October.

I'm not expecting this to have as big an impact as the iPhone, not least because it will be seen as the geeks geek-phone. Whether it's good enough to carry the fight to Apple remains to be seen. What won't be up for debate will be how it reflects on Windows Mobile devices. After all HTC's WM phones have had more than. Few flaws historically, if the switch to Android cures them it looks bad for Microsoft, otherwise it suggests HTC just arent good at designing phones from scratch. We'll have to see which in the coming months...