Mashable: Publishers Begin Pulling Advertising From Flipboard.
Do you rely on someone else’s app, or do you prioritize your own? And how do you sell ad space? Oh, the wonderful complexities of these early mobile app days …
naked capitalism: China Punches Back in Rare Earths Row.
WebMonkey: It’s Official, CSS Media Queries Are a Web Standard.
Mashable: Nook Simple Touch Sales Damage Barnes & Noble’s Fourth Quarter.
If the software running Nook Simple Touch is as buggy as what is running on my Nook Tablet, then it’s completely understandable. It can’t compete unless it actually works, kids.
Macworld: New Mexico State Police rolling out smartphone project.
“The entire concept appears to put the State of New Mexico in the vanguard of secure smartphone use for law-enforcement purposes. Graham says the agency is fortunate to have been in the middle of a systems database upgrade and application-development project that lent itself to trying something new in this area.” Color me impressed. I hope this helps nail more DWI offenders.
Mashable Tech: Requiem for an iPad 1
Agreed. My iPad 1 has been serving me well. Unfair that the iPod Touch 4G (which only released short months after iPad) gets the iOS6 upgrade, and the iPad 1 doesn’t. I suspect it’s the camera issue, and Apple’s just arbitrarily choosing to not support original iPads to save money on iOS development. It would be nice if they made a pay-for version of iOS6 that functions on iPad 1. I’d shell out.
CraigMod: Hack the [Book] Cover.
“If digital covers as we know them are so ‘dead,’ why do we hold them so gingerly? Treat them like print covers? We can’t hurt them. They’re dead. So let’s start hacking. Pull them apart, cut them into bits and see what we come up with.”
10,000 Words: Study - Number of Daily Twitter Users Have Doubled.
More existing users are Tweeting. Chalked up to smartphone saturation.
The Atlantic: This Graph Is Disastrous for Print and Great for Facebook—or the Opposite!
“According to this chart — adapted from a Mary Meeker slideshow excerpted by Bill Gross — we spend more time engaging with mobile devices than reading print. But print publications still get 25-times more ad money than mobile. Either the eyeballs are moving faster than the advertisers, who will eventually stop paying for print ... or the ad teams don’t think a minute spent around mobile ads is worth a minute spend around print ads. Those aren’t mutually exclusive.” My emphasis.
CNet: Google Voice now lets you screen specific types of calls.
Finally. A stream of bogus callers/texters was making me question my use of GV.
FastCoDesign: Cargo-Bot, An Addictive iPad Game That Teaches Programming Concepts.
Interactive iBook: Cleaning Mona Lisa.
ArtDaily: “Wendy Richmond: Navigating the Personal Bubble” opens at the RISD Museum of Art.
“Richmond documents and exposes how portable digital technology creates mobile zones of privacy—what the artist calls “personal bubbles”—that change the social experience of being in public. ‘A primary aspect of public privacy is how we use personal technology to create a cocoon when we’re in public spaces,’ Richmond explains.” Like to see this one.
Guardian.UK: Stop the press - half of self-published authors earn less than $500.
“Despite the splash caused by self-publishing superstars such as Amanda Hocking and EL James, the average amount earned by DIY authors last year was just $10,000 (£6,375) – and half made less than $500.” Ouch. I wonder how the latest tripe of ‘monetize your blog with ebooks’ influenced these numbers.
NY Times: The Atavist Matures as a Publisher and a Platform.
Their rollout to full capacity has been terribly slow. They debuted what, a year or so ago? I suspect the market may pass them by, if they don’t put the pedal to the metal. Everyone who is anyone loves what they do, but there’s not enough of it. Better to license the system, focus on improvements, and let other Atavists bloom … except there are so many competitors in the works! Small, small window. Look at Readlists, just today. Ebook and magazine creation systems are on a roll.
RWW: Hop Aboard as Sidecar Reinvents the Phone Call.
Ugh. More people walking off the edge of the Grand Canyon, I expect.
A List Apart: Publication Standards Part 1 and Part Two.
ArtDaily: “The Noble Art of the Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe”.
“The dramatic increase in the carrying of swords, and specifically the appearance of the long, thrusting rapier, helped make the Renaissance world an increasingly dangerous place, one in which duelling (though technically illegal) became commonplace and a whole training community developed to service this new fashion. The sword was as much a daily accessory then as a mobile phone is today, but its use left people dead in the street.” If only mobile phones … well, you get the idea.
vowe dot net: Ask Siri “what is the best smartphone ever.”
CNet: Evernote acquires handwriting app Penultimate.
Interesting. I used Penultimate for a while, went back to a paper notebook. A nice, cheap 0.9mm mechanical pencil, too. I also used Evernote for a while, went back to Yojimbo on Mac, because it saves entire webpages with their formatting intact. May not be cloud-available, but I store anything I need for transport separately on an encrypted thumb drive. Clients don’t need to see the entirety of my eclectic link-storing tastes.
Macworld: Logitech announces Solar Keyboard Folio for iPad.
Solar keyboard for iPad. Wish we’d see more of these, more innovation in this sector. Tired of plugging in my gadgets daily.
PandoDaily: Apple Is Rejecting Applications that Use the Dropbox SDK.
Get with it. It’s a handy feature that I’d like to use. Tech companies, play nice for me, please?
Dealbook, NY Times: Microsoft’s Nook Deal, Aiming at Amazon, Sets Up Battle in E-Books.
“The deal, which gives Microsoft a 17.6 percent stake, values the Nook unit at $1.7 billion — roughly double Barnes & Noble’s entire market value as of last Friday — and bolsters the bookseller’s efforts to make its digital business the linchpin of its future growth.” Perhaps a new name is required. No longer small as a ‘nook’, might it have grown to an ‘alcove’?
Guardian/Observer.UK: Has the internet run out of ideas already?
“We’re now at the stage where we should be getting the next wave of disruptive surprises. But – guess what? – they’re nowhere to be seen. Instead, we’re getting an endless stream of incremental changes and me-tooism. If I see one more proposal for a photo-sharing or location-based web service, anything with ‘app’ in it, or anything that invites me to ‘rate’ something, I’ll scream.” I know the sentiment well. I love that the author terms trading our privacy for ‘free’ services is a ‘swindle.’
Mother Jones: “Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem.
“Some developers insist that it’s all just a big joke and doesn’t represent any actual streak in tech culture. But apparently it’s real enough for social-media analytics company Klout: The high-flying Silicon Valley startup came under fire last month for displaying a recruitment poster at a Stanford career fair that asked: ‘Want to bro down and crush code? Klout is hiring.’” Read the comments. Makes me want to delete Path on my phone.