It seems like everyone wants to develop apps for the iPhone these days. It's not hard to see why.
Get-rich-quick stories and a plethora of unemployed techies have made the iPhone an appealing target for developers.
Mobile users are quick to discard iPhone apps, with just 30% of buyers using them the day after buying and downloading them from Apple's App Store, according to a new survey.
The drop-off rate is even higher for free apps, with just around 20% using them the day after download, and less then 5% 30 days later, with games apps the most durable category.
There's something almost portentous about the news coming out on Friday the 13th, not to mention the day before Valentine's Day. Microsoft, following Apple's lead, will open its own line of branded retail outlets.
Microsoft briefly had a San Francisco store during the dot-com boom, which quickly folded. Apple Stores, meanwhile, are prospering and flourishing. Openings in new cities are eagerly anticipated events on the scale of major rock stars coming to town: people stake spots in line a day in advance, often spending the night on the sidewalk in anticipation of the doors opening. If Apple introduces a hot new product like the iPhone, the whole process repeats.
Here in New York, our three Apple stores are must-see tourist attractions. And they're bound to be bustling on Valentine's Day tomorrow - I keep seeing articles in mainstream media citing Apple stores as one of the top places to meet members of the opposite sex.
I purchased two things last year that have improved my world considerably.
The first purchase was the Roland Juno, a synthesiser that is pound for pound the best value for money of anything I’ve ever bought. It is tremendous fun and all manner of synthy noises and weird Devo-esque sounds. It even has a cowbell. I can’t really play it, but I have a lot of fun trying.
The second thing was the delightful Apple iPhone. As you probably know, it is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. For anybody who runs websites for a living it is a must-have. I’ve been sleeping more soundly since I bought it...
However, as with most things, there is scope for improvement.
The news yesterday that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be taking a leave of absence to deal with medical issues that are more serious than previously admitted was a surprise to Apple customers, observers and shareholders.
While a company's CEO is just one part of the 'success' equation, Jobs is no ordinary CEO.
Most of us tend to root for the underdog. There's something powerful in
the thought that the most disadvantaged can muster up the strength to
overcome a significant challenge or a more potent competitor.
Few, however, seemed to be rooting for Palm, the company that created the market for the smart phone.
For Mac users who didn't feel a lot of love from Google when it released its browser, Chrome, and only included PC users in the fun, things are about to change.
A version of Chrome for the Mac is reportedly on the way and Google has released an experimental Quick Search Box for the Mac.
CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, started yesterday.
Despite the economy and speculation about the economy's impact on CES
this year, CES seems to be doing alright this year and is still one of
the most important technology trade shows in the world; the place where
hot new consumer gadgets are launched and big announcements made.
There has been a lot of talk about the decline of the traditional entertainment industry the past several years.
As a growing and maturing Internet has become a much more powerful
medium for the distribution of media, traditional entertainment
enterprises, from television networks to record labels, have
increasingly faced new challenges that many argued threaten their
Apple has reached a deal with the three
largest music labels - Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music - to offer
their music DRM-free on iTunes, according to reports.
As part of the deal, Apple will give the labels something that they
have wanted for some time - flexibility on pricing.