New Apple Store app launches Thursday; here’s how it will change Apple’s retail operations >> BJR
Intrigued to see take-up of this.
Samsung: show us the source code, Apple >> Smart Office
And now in Australia: “In Federal court today Samsung counsel Cynthia Cochrane said her client would need the source code for the iPhone 4S and agreements Apple had with major carriers Vodafone, Telstra and Optus in order to make a legal case for a ban before the court.” We aren’t lawyers, but aren’t court cases meant to start with the evidence and then move to the claim, rather than vice-versa?
Hacktivist “The Jester” draws crowd at Hacker Halted >> Infosec Island
Turns up – sort of – at hacker conference and explains his motivations, his opinion of Anonymous, and more.
Apple’s App Store shame >> Adi Kingsley-Hughes
“Take a trip over to the iTunes App Store and take a look at the top grossing games. Notice something odd?” Not immediately until the point is made that they’re free to download. So how are they high-grossing? Because of the in-app purchases. So what’s the problem? It’s that many are aimed at children – who will buy a 99c or a £9.99 or a £99 (really) extra without worrying. You can disable this in the device settings, but it’s one to watch for.
Apple wins two new high profile multi-touch related patents >> Patently Apple
Relate back to the 2007 iPhone, but the fact that they relate to multi-touch is probably significant for what happens in any patent battles with Android. Hunker down. It’s thermonuclear war out there.
Windows 7 continues to roll as XP fades away >> ZDNet
Ed Bott: “These trend lines illustrate how spectacularly Windows Vista failed in the marketplace. Vista hits its peak of usage, not surprisingly, in October 2009, the same month that Windows 7 was introduced. After three years on the market, it had not cracked the 20% mark–Windows 7 hit that number after only a year. As of October 2011, Vista’s share has declined to 8.8%, and it will probably be below the 5% mark next year at this time. “By contrast, Windows 7 has reached roughly 35% share in just two years and shows no signs of slowing. I’ve drawn trend lines on this chart to estimate when the shares for Windows XP and Windows 7 will cross. That should be in about six months, although recent numbers suggest that Windows 7 is picking up steam.” Vista is receding so quickly that it will be below Mac OSX some time in spring next year.
The inside story of how Microsoft killed its Courier tablet | Microsoft >> CNET News
Jay Greene has been writing about Microsoft for what seems like forever. It’s notable that J Allard still isn’t willing – or able – to talk publicly about his time at Microsoft. This is the first of a two-part piece on how a product never saw the light of day. (Charles Arthur adds: it gels with what I’ve found out about the same project in the research I’ve been doing for my forthcoming book on Microsoft/Apple/Google. Same key players, same rationale. Greene has done a fantastic job here.)
Android browser User-Agent issues >> Android Developers blog
From December 2010, and also relevant to the discussion about Android previously on this site: “Currently, Android devices provide the following (in addition to standard info) in the User-Agent: ‘Android’, a version number, a device name, a specific build, Webkit version info, and ‘Mobile’. For example, Froyo on a Nexus One has the following User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; en-us; Nexus One Build/FRG83) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1 “The ‘Mobile’ string in the User Agent indicates that this device would prefer a version of the website optimized for Mobile (small form factor devices), if available.” No mention of spoofing iOS or the iPhone there at all.
Extrapolating >> xkcd
And of course read the alt text too. (Thanks @rquick for the link.)
Mobile/tablet operating system market share >> Netmarketshare
Worldwide data about smartphone usage, as measured by hits on HTML sites (WAP pages aren’t included; see the methodology at http://marketshare.hitslink.com/mobile-methodology.aspx .) iOS seems to rise in October, post-iPhone 4S. What’s noticeable is that Windows Phone/Mobile isn’t noticeable. Nokia has a lot of ground to make up. (Thanks @johnclifton for the link.)
Android UI video demo shows off multitouch, Google Maps, Quake >> Gizmodo
From November 2007, and linked from our article about how Android has eaten up the UK smartphone market. Note that the headline is wrong: it doesn’t show multi-touch, but it does show gestures (swipe; double-tap to zoom). Both models control the screen via buttons on the phone; Steve Horowitz says he’s been “living with them for about six months”. Wonder if Mike Lazaridis at RIM saw this and shouted “they’re totally copying us!” Also: we suspect Sergey Brin isn’t going to get that film part as the sauve guy who wears a grey cotton top. Sure, he can wear a cotton top. But…