So many Apple devices now! What’s an app maker to do?


In the old days, developers only had to make apps for the iPhone and the Mac. The situation is trickier these days with multiple versions of software and devices, including the new iPad Pro.

by@sharatibken / November 12, 2015

Apple, known for keeping its products simple and elegant, may be getting away from the simple part, at least when it comes to developers.

It wasn’t so long ago that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs liked to point out Google’s Android “fragmentation” problem, with developers forced to make multiple versions of their apps to support the varying Android devices. It turns out Apple may have a fragmentation problem of its own, thanks to a product lineup that’s a lot more complicated these days.

Along with three iPhone screen sizes and features specific to each generation of its iconic smartphone, Apple now offers different size tablets, a smartwatch with its own software, a streaming-media player that supports apps, and nearly a dozen Macintosh computer models. Starting this week, the Cupertino, California-based company adds a third tablet size with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which offers an optional stylus and a detachable keyboard. The lineup is a big change from the days of Jobs when Apple offered a much more streamlined group of devices and stuck with a standard iPhone screen size for the first five generations of the smartphone.

The new multitude of products — as well as the four different software systems running them: iOS for iPhones and iPads, Mac OS X for desktop and laptop computers, tvOS for Apple TV and watchOS for the Apple Watch — forces developers to pick and choose which apps to create first. The iPhone, which makes up about two-thirds of Apple’s sales, captures the most developer attention. But the increasing fragmentation of products and platforms means you may not find your favorite app on the new iPad Pro or the Apple Watch, or at least not a version of the app that can fully take advantage of the gadget’s unique capabilities.

If it sounds familiar, it’s a problem Google has dealt with since the early days of Android. Device makers released phones and tablets in myriad screen sizes, and developers weren’t sure which version of the operating system to build apps for. That led to early growing pains for products such as Android-powered tablets. Fragmentation continues to be an issue. Only a quarter of Android devices run the year-old release of the software called Lollipop. But Google has worked to mitigate the issue by pushing for apps that work well across the various versions of Android.

Self-Taught Teen Prodigy From Sierra Leone Wows MIT Engineers [VIDEO]

November 19, 2012


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The latest installment of the THNKR’s Prodigies YouTube series highlights Sierra Leone teen Kelvin Doe, who is visiting the U.S. as a guest of MIT.

The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class. Combining scrap metal, baking soda and acid, he created a battery to power his family’s home. He also broadcasts news and music as DJ Focus on the radio, using an RF transmitter he created.

Kelvin is the youngest invitee ever to MIT’s Visiting Practitioner’s Program for international development– and watching THNKR’s look into his trip you’ll understand why. The teen scours trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters.

MIT doctoral student and fellow Sierra Leone-native David Senegh recognized Kelvin’s talents when the two met through Senegh’s non-profit Innovate Salone, which supports high school students looking to solve the country’s toughest challenges. You can support Kelvin and Innovate Salone by donating to its Crowdrise campaign.

This 28-Year-Old’s Startup Is Moving $350 Million And Wants To Completely Kill Credit Cards

Alyson Shontell

Nov. 11, 2011

There’s a tiny 12-person startup churning out of Des Moines, Iowa.

Dwolla was founded by 28-year-old Ben Milne; it’s an innovative online payment system that sidesteps credit cards completely.

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Milne has no finance background, yet his little operation is moving between $30 and $50 million per month; it’s on track to move more than $350 million in the next year.

Unlike PayPal, Dwolla doesn’t take a percentage of the transaction. It only asks for $0.25  whether it’s moving $1 or $1,000.

We interviewed Milne about how he is building a credit card killer and Square rival from the middle of the nation where VCs and press are scarce.

BI: We hear you’re making credit card companies angry. How are you doing that? (more…)

European Engagement on Entertainment Sites Grows 10 Percent in the Past Year

comScore, Inc.

comScore Releases Overview of European Internet Usage for August 2011

LONDON, UK, 11 October 2011 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an overview of internet usage in Europe, showing 372.1 million unique visitors went online in August 2011 for an average of 25.4 hours per person. This release highlights internet usage in 49 European markets aggregated under the European region and provides individual reporting on 18 markets. Among the reportable markets, the United Kingdom showed the highest engagement with users spending an average of nearly 35 hours online in the past month, up 1.5 hours from the previous month.

Overview of European Internet Usage by Country Ranked by Total Unique Visitors (000)
August 2011
Total Europe Audience, Age 15+, Home and Work Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Location Total Unique Visitors (000) Average Hours per Visitor Average Pages per Visitor
World-Wide 1,411,178 23.6 2,211
Europe 372,066 25.4 2,659
Germany 50,410 24.5 2,710
Russian Federation 49,991 21.7 2,332
France 42,441 24.7 2,484
United Kingdom 37,254 34.7 3,205
Italy 23,613 15.8 1,647
Turkey 23,100 32.7 3,706
Spain 20,930 23.9 2,029
Poland 18,193 24.1 2,794
Netherlands 11,977 32.8 3,181
Sweden 6,196 24.0 2,406
Belgium 6,006 19.9 2,116
Switzerland 4,712 18.3 1,882
Austria 4,710 13.8 1,513
Portugal 4,216 20.4 2,021
Denmark 3,665 21.2 2,172
Finland 3,368 24.1 2,312
Norway 3,249 26.1 2,327
Ireland 2,337 21.0 2,035

Engagement with Facebook in Europe Increases in August 2011
Google Sites continued to rank as the top European web property in August with 337.7 million unique visitors (maintaining a 6-percent increase from a year ago), reaching 90.8 percent of the total European internet audience. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 255.9 million visitors (68.8 percent reach), followed closely by in third place with 245.3 million visitors (65.9 percent reach). (more…)

Exclusive Q&A: Bono on Steve Jobs’ Rock and Roll Spirit Music

October 7, 2011 6:10 PM ET

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Bono and Steve Jobs announce the release of the U2 Special Edition iPod.
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Steve Jobs came out of a Sixties rock and roll ethos, which is fascinating.
That’s the big story. If you asked in the Eighties, “Who is going to invent the 21st century,” you’d probably have thought the Japanese or maybe the British or the Germans. No, it was sandal-wearing, anarchic music-lovers from California. And that is fucking great.

In the Sixties, bands from the Bay Area felt they were going to change the world, but they didn’t. They changed my world, they changed your world, but they didn’t change the world. Before that happened, they disappeared, like so many of us do, up their own rectum – drugs and the vicissitudes took their toll.

However, the next generation really did change the world. The people who invented the 21st century had their consciousness shaped by music and by powerful rock and roll music, and it’s not just Steve Jobs, it was Paul Allen, it was lots of people. I once put this to Bill Gates, I said, “I know you probably didn’t listen to Jimi Hendrix,” and Bill protested, “Are you kidding me, in all my time with Paul Allen, how could I have not been shaped by Jimi Hendrix? That’s all we heard 10 hours a day.” (more…)

West Africa’s Tech Revolution for Women and Girls

Headshot of U.S. Department Of State Women’s Technology Delegation

The Daily Beast
August 2011

A Women’s Technology Delegation, sent to Sierra Leone and Liberia by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to analyze technology’s role in empowering women and girls, finds that women are leading the way in West Africa. Plus, more on Women in the World.

Inside the Annie Walsh Memorial School for Girls in Freetown, Sierra Leone, we visited a small computer lab established with private donations. On the wall was written simply, “Technology is growing higher.”

Such was the theme of our journey through Liberia and Sierra Leone last week. We were brought together on a Women’s Technology Delegation, or “Tech Del,” to explore how technology can empower women and girls as part of Secretary Clinton’s 21st-Century Statecraft efforts, designed to reach out to a broad audience to help solve global problems. Technology Delegations are one of the first demonstrations of 21st-Century Statecraft and have taken place in nine countries to date, convening executives from technology corporations, foundations, and NGOs to travel to a specific country and meet with government officials, business leaders, entrepreneurs, civil society groups, and other social actors to work together on technological solutions to foreign-policy challenges.


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We were the first technology delegation of all women, the first group specifically exploring how technology can empower women and girls. The Women’s Tech Del was conceived to contribute to Secretary Clinton’s strong commitment to women and girls issues and to further her support for mWomen, a public-private partnership to close the mobile phone gender gap. Providing women and girls with the choices and chances for education, economic opportunity, and access to health care, we know she will better her family, her community, and her society. Focusing on the well-being of women and girls promotes democracy, promotes stability, and creates more opportunity in societies. Technology and tech-based tools can provide access to some of these opportunities. (more…)

Android to permeate living room

Mobile Entertainment

by Tim Green
Re-Post August 2011

It’s not just about tablets and smartphones, says IMS.

There will be an installed base of 140m Android devices by the end of 2011, the research firm forecasts.

But the release of Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) for tablets, it argues, will extend the OS into all manner of connected devices including TV sets.

This should create new opportunities, especially for ‘triple play’ providers.

“Pay-TV operators, which have traditionally been tethered to the living room, can expand the reach of their brands to multiple portable platforms with apps development,” said Anna Hunt, principal analyst at IMS.

“Android was present in nearly 125 million connected devices shipped in 2010 and this is only expected to increase in 2011.

“Such reach into consumers’ hands means more operators will be developing apps that enable subscribers to purchase and consume content on new portable platforms and explore new convergence applications, such as controlling your on-demand service on the TV set via the smartphone.”

Is Metadata Music’s Next Financial Frontier? SXSW Panel Suggests It Might Be
Re post July 2011

By Sandira Calviac, Austin, TX

The “Information is Key, Data is King” saying seems to have finally found its roots at a number of SxSW’s panels and events. Strong usage of metadata has proven not only to directly impact consumers’ discovery, increase sales and nurture fan relationships, but also help with copyright and royalty redistribution.

Industries such as finance or publishing have long understood the importance of gathering and aggregating data sources in order to mine through and monetize them. The music industry is now obsessing over it, with lawyers, academics and industry players attempting to address the topic at this year’s SxSW. (more…)

Billionaire vs. Billionaire in Mexico Feud

MEXICO CITY—Three of Mexico’s most prominent billionaires—who were once a cozy group of amigos protecting each other’s backs—are now battling over how to divvy up the country’s $35-billion-a-year telecommunication and TV-broadcast market.

The fight pits Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man and principal owner of Mexico’s biggest land-line and cellular-phone companies, against the country’s top two media tycoons, Emilio Azcárraga, principal owner of No. 1 broadcaster Grupo Televisa SAB, and Ricardo Salinas, principal owner of TV Azteca SAB as well as the cellphone company Iusacell.

Where They Stand


Mexico’s economy is dominated by large companies that control their industries, and they rarely threaten each other by moving into other markets. But technological convergence has blurred the lines between the phone and TV industries, allowing both sides to invade each other’s turf. (more…)

Spotify valued at $1bn by Russian Facebook backer Yuri Milner

The Telegraph
Thursday 28 July 2011

Spotify, the online jukebox, is raising $100m (£61.7m) of fresh investment that would value the two-year-old company at $1bn.

Macro screenshot of Spotify - the peer to peer music streaming website

It is believed Spotify is planning to use the fresh financing to help it crack the north American market

Rupert Neate

Posted:  21 Feb 2011

Yuri Milner, the Russian technology investor who has already bought stakes in Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, is reportedly leading the $100m financing via his Digital Sky Technologies (DST) investment fund.

Michael Arrington first reported the talks on his technology blog TechCrunch. DST and Spotify refused to comment. DST has invested more than $1bn buying stakes in well established internet companies, with a particular interest in the “social internet space”.

The company initially bought a $200m stake in Facebook in 2009, and is believed to have subsequently increased its stake to almost 10pc. DST was also an investor in a $180m fund-raising for Zynga, the maker of popular Facebook games such as FarmVille.

In an interview with The Telegraph last year, Mr Milner said: “There are a few dozen companies globally we are following. When you do late-stage investment focused on the internet your universe shrinks dramatically.”

DST, which has built up a war chest of more than $1bn to fund the second stage of its investment strategy, counts Alisher Usmanov, the oligarch with a major shareholding in Arsenal Football Club, among its investors. Goldman Sachs, fund manager Tiger Global and Tencent, China’s biggest internet company, are also investors.