Spotted on this Wired article on how iOS7’s new visual style will open up app development by making it easier for new apps to be accepted on the platform.
Yeah, I can see that having to know “how to bounce fake light off of a lickable button” would be a barrier to entry.
Apple and Amazon have settled their two-year legal dispute over the term “app store.”
It’s about time common sense prevailed. Even though Apple had the gall to deny it, “app store” is as obviously descriptive of a store selling apps as “book store” is of a store selling books, or “grocery store” of a store selling groceries. Insisting on trademark protection was ridiculous.
Actually, that reminds me of the time way back when that Barnes & Noble (I think it was B&N, anyway) tried to bring a false advertising claim against Amazon for saying that they were the world’s largest book store. The idea was that since Amazon didn’t have a physical storefront, they weren’t a book store, but a book seller. I seem to recall that didn’t stick either, but took a similarly ridiculous time to settle out.
The other night I had to take the MacBook into the Apple store to get it checked out after a toddler-related spill. I got there for my appointment and waited…and waited…and waited….
Killing time with my Android phone felt a bit weird. If I hadn’t needed to stay close to the Genius Bar I could have at least browsed the gadgets and played with an iPad or a newer laptop with a Retina display, or something. There’s only so long you can spend looking at boxes of headphones and cases for devices you don’t own. I briefly considered reading the new Flash comic book I’d picked up earlier in the day, but thought to myself, “Nah, I bet this isn’t supported here.”
Then I saw this on the wall:
Well then, I guess it’s supported after all!
From yesterday’s Google Analytics Benchmarking Newsletter, here’s a report on changes in global web traffic patterns:
Browsers and Operation Systems (OS) are identified by the “referrer” string sent by users’ browsers.
|% Visits from OS
||11/1/09 – 2/1/10
||11/1/10 – 2/1/11
That’s a huge drop in Windows, almost entirely matched by the rise in “Other.” Want to bet that “Other” has an awful lot of Android and iOS in it?