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Android Is Winning: Google’s Latest Voice Searches Coming to iOS First

“Now here’s the thing. See those screenshots above? They’re very elegant, very nice, and they’ll be iOS exclusive in a few days. Even Android 4.1 users won’t have this exact implementation.”

Over 90% of Android phones won’t have this when it’s released on iOS soon (even 4.1 won’t have the updated visual layout). Android: the cutting edge of last year.

[Source: Danny Sullivan]

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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Uncategorized


Jeff Bezos Spends Free Time Finding Apollo 11 Boosters at Bottom of Ocean

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


Why Android Tablets Have Failed and May Continue to Fail

Android tablets have so far been a failure in the market – even by Google’s own admission. I think there are 3 primary reasons this has happened:

1. Honeycomb

2. Consumer freedom

3. Apps (and not just the quantity)

First, Honeycomb was the initial tablet-ized version of Android and it has a pretty awful interface. It’s buggy, laggy and user-unfriendly. That will be fixed later this year when the majority of Android tablets are running Ice Cream Sandwich (ICE). But by then it may be too late.

Secondly, It can be argued that Verizon’s lack of an iPhone for the first five years of its existence was the primary reason Android was able to gain a foothold in the market. Verizon was the largest carrier in the US and Americans were asking for iPhones. Instead of sitting still and apologizing, Verizon and Google went on the offensive. They poured money into advertising that drove awareness in the public that there was an alternative to the iPhone. Verizon’s sales people were given training on exactly how to answer their customer’s questions about wanting an iPhone. So instead of walking into a Verizon store, asking for an iPhone and walking out empty-handed and disappointed, customers were shown a similar-looking device that seemed every bit as good as an iPhone. This went on for years, in fact some Verizon sales people still push Android phones over the iPhone, even since the carrier started selling it. So if you were a Verizon (or Sprint, or T-mobile) customer, and you didn’t want to switch to at&t for a smartphone, you got an Android phone.

The same is not true of iPads. Anyone can get an iPad because you aren’t required to sign a two year contract to buy one. Because of this, iPads may dominate the market just like iPods did previously. It was mostly carrier lock-in that opened up an opportunity for a competitor to emerge. And Verizon really capitalized on that chance, even calling Android phones on their network ‘Droids.’ I still know people who look at you funny when you ask how they like their ‘Android’ phone and then they respond with “Oh, you mean my Droid?”

Lastly, there are very few tablet-dedicated apps. Android market has something like 200 tablet-specific apps. Apple’s iPad has over 140,000. This is a gaping hole in a chasm that’s essential for any mobile platform to cross. And apparently Google’s not focused much on changing it, at least not in the way that you might think. In a recent interview with, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin said this about the dearth of tablet-specific apps on Android:

“Android’s unique in that it’s a single platform that spans device types,” including tablets and TVs, Rubin told me. “Fundamentally you shouldn’t have to have a third-party developer build his app twice.”

As soon as I heard this I immediately recalled Microsoft’s previous failure to popularize Windows 7 on tablets. Redmond’s initial attempt to compete with the iPad was to simply have all the manufacturers install regular Windows 7 on all of them. The outcome should have been obvious: the Windows 7 interface is not a good fit for a tablet’s screen size and usage. They’ve now abandoned this strategy and are now focusing on Windows 8, due this Fall, which has an entirely new interface designed with touchscreens in mind. If it’s as good as Microsoft’s recent work on smartphones (called Metro), then they may very well have a winner on their hands. And that’d be good because Microsoft is sorely in need of a win in mobile right now.

So Google’s approach to tablets in 2012 is the same one-version-that-runs-everywhere tact that failed MS just a couple of years ago. Tablets are their own unique form factor and require apps that are specifically developed for them. Anyone who bought the first iPad on launch day could tell you: phone-sized apps just ‘zoomed up’ on a larger screen don’t work well. Facebook for iPhone looked really stupid on an iPad until Facebook finally got around to releasing their iPad-specific version.

Obviously no one knows for sure what will happen with Android tablets but we’ve seen an eerily similar story before and it put Microsoft a few years behind in the tablet market. Maybe next year Google will be pulling a Microsoft and paying developers to port their most famous apps to tablet-specific versions. But if the next two versions of the iPad sell as well as the first two, it might be too late, just like Microsoft’s Zune was way, way too late to make a dent in Apple’s share of the portable music market.

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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


>The trailer for X-Men: First Class: Charles And Erik’s Cold War Adventure


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Posted by on February 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


>An Engineer’s Guide to Cats


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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized


>The Rise of the Anti Apple People


On tech blogs like Engadget and Gizmodo and even David Pogue’s Times column there has been this surging growth of really angry anti-Apple sentiment. The comments on any posts having even the littlest bit to do with Apple are out of control. Here’s just one example, I spotted on Gizmodo:
Wow. If I didn’t think that Gizmodo editor’s were Apple fanboys, I sure do think it now.

Why in the hell should anybody adopt Apples Facetime? Is it somehow better than other videochat services? Why doesn’t everybody just get Skype? Why don’t Apple just make an integrated Skype videochat app?

The world doesn’t revolve around fucking Apple, and no one should adopt Apple’s videochat, especially when that feature has been around for years on vanilla dumb phones that can do videochat to any other phone on the planet that has a front facing camera.

Seriously Giz, get your heads out of Steve Jobs’ ass.”

Holy crap, so much vitriol.  And there’s tons more just like it, meaner and/or more ignorant.   

You die-hard anti-Apple guys are like the Tea Party of tech: So vehemently against one organization no matter what or how ridiculous the reason. Don’t you realize being categorically anti-Apple is no better than being categorically pro Apple?  Sheesh, calm down already.
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Posted by on June 15, 2010 in Uncategorized


>Super Trippy IHOP commercial – 1969


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Posted by on March 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


>At the Red House, Where Black People and White People Can Buy Furniture


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Posted by on March 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


>Hitler responds to the iPad


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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Uncategorized


>Google Will No Longer Censor Chinese Search Results


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Posted by on January 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

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