A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Android and the next billion >> Tech.pinions
Developers make more money with iOS than Android (even though the installed base is larger). A large percentage of the current Android installed base is not on the absolute cheapest device in the world.
To put it succinctly,
It is extremely important
Certainly Xiaomi has the most promising business model of any emergent vendor.
Amir Efrati also profiled
One such meeting occurred in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in
In other words,
"He wasn't going to be a patsy to Samsung," this person says of
Perhaps the price of allowing Samsung to continue using Google Mobile Services was that it contribute its secure Knox service to Android L. If so, Pichai is an incredible negotiator - and Samsung's weakness has been exposed. (Subscription required to read full article.)
"You would interact with it like you would a human assistant," said
Parking spot auction startup defies
MonkeyParking's app lets users auction off their public parking spaces. The
In a statement sent to Ars, MonkeyParking claimed that it was, in fact, not auctioning off public parking spaces. Rather, the company says it auctions off information about the parking spaces.
"The real issue here is that a local ordinance is being misapplied to wrongfully target our service," the company said. "This is happening with our company and other companies operating in the social sharing space. This is yet another example of a local ordinance that was drafted in a world pre-shared economy which local authorities are improperly applying to a shared economy service."
Add "shared economy" to the buzzometer for this decade. Also: it's ludicrous. You can't auction the space without also auctioning the knowledge of the space; and the knowledge of the location of a publicly-owned good is itself a publicly-owned good, because no one person or group can own that knowledge.
No doubt Monkeyparking, if (when) it loses that case, will continue on a reductio ad absurdum where it claims it's auctioning information about how to contact people who have information about parking spaces. Which will remain public goods.
Thoughts on the Amazon Fire Phone – Bubba VC
in the long-term, the dominant platform owner's interests diverge from customers and application developers. Unfortunately, there is oftentimes little that customers can do directly when things get to this state, so government regulation or market-driven disruption have to solve the problem. Large developers, like Amazon, fund both approaches via lobbying and projects like Fire Phone.
However, at some point, the interests of head and long tail of app developers result in open standards and source to commoditize the dominant platforms (web browsers vs. windows, linux vs. *nix). Then, the disruptive platforms, and frankly the platforms that lost, implement the new open standards first to put pressure on the winning platforms to also adopt them. If you think this is too much of a stretch, I'd suggest looking at many of iOS8's features and imagine if they'd been built if Android didn't exist. Cue, "the circle of life".
Taking it all together, I'd argue Amazon has customer problems firmly in mind with the launch of Fire Phone. It is just over a much longer timeframe than most companies can conceive.
Here's why two protesters disrupted
"You need to develop a conscience,
Technorati — the world's largest blog directory — is gone >> Business2Community
What's more interesting is that they performed this action rather stealthily, without an announcement of any kind. Technorati's motive behind this sudden decision is presumably related to their increased interest to focus on developing their advertising network.
As someone with design, programming and statistical skills, I frequently wrote scripts that scraped information from Technorati in an effort to analyze and visualize trends in content. Last week I visited my favorite directory to find that it was a very different site from the one I had come to know and respect. It was a downright surreal sensation. Like visiting
Even more curious was the fact that no major web publications have covered Technorati's abrupt transformation. I rummaged the Internet for signs that I wasn't the only one seeing this sudden disappearance of millions of pages and hardly found any reputable sources covering it. Perhaps no one noticed?
Just trying to remember the last time we looked at Technorati. Umm..
Introducing the new Gmail API >> Google Apps Developer Blog
For a while now, many of you have been asking for a better way to access data to build apps that integrate with Gmail.
It's the only thing people talk about in the pubs around here. "If only there were a RESTful API for Gmail that wasn't as good as IMAP but did some of the same things!"
Ringly: fashionable wearable tech >> Elle
Ringly.com offers 18-carat rings that connect to iOS or Android and light up or vibrate for notifications:
Q: When considering the current, basically grassroots state of wearable tech, how did that inform how you built Ringly as something that people would actually want to wear?
"It was never, 'How can we make technology beautiful?' I wanted to make beautiful things and put technology into them. And I think that's very different from the way a lot of technology companies work, because they start with the technology first and then design around it. We're using a very different approach by starting with the style and design.
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