The sameness of iOS 7 apps reinforces the false idea that Apple makes all iOS apps

Many reasonably naïve consumers don't know that third-party developers are responsible for all but Apple's roughly 20 apps in the App Store. Uniformity in iOS design will only increase that perception.

November 4, 2013

Exceptions to the Android-First Myth

Steve Cheney's "Why Android First is a Myth" encapsulates many of the macro-level, rational reasons why startups still go iOS-first. The picture might look a little different at the micro-level.

October 30, 2013

Unfollowing myself

On vanity in social media, how not to share one's excitement about their football team, and what to eat while traveling in a Hyperloop

October 28, 2013

How do you capitalize "iPhone" or "iPad"?

When “iPhone” appears at the beginning of a sentence or headline, both “iPhone" and “IPhone” are seemingly acceptable. When it's all caps, “IPHONE” seems to be the rule.

October 23, 2013

The most patronizing way to announce an acquihire

Shutting down a product after an acqui-hire is not something you celebrate with users.

October 12, 2013

Apple: "It's what you buy"

John Gruber and Ben Thompson's recent posts about Apple's station in the high end are strong cases for Apple, even if you take the most cynical interpretation. Matt Drance's post on the unoriginal Samsung Galaxy Gear ad is astute, but ends on an unfortunately cynical note.

October 10, 2013

My interviews with Horace Dediu (Asymco), Benedict Evans, and Ben Thompson

It was an honor and a pleasure — a blast, really — to have the opportunity to talk to these guys for a guest post I did for GigaOm. The topic: How these analysts are reaching a historically atypical audience, tech professionals, through blogging, podcasting and Twitter.

My initial draft was three times the length of GigaOm's word limit, and indeed I could have gone on to write 10,000 words w...

October 5, 2013

The Cognitive Drain theory of why mid-tier paid apps don't sell

Parallels between the App Store and the cinema help to explain why up-front-paid apps are becoming obsolete

September 29, 2013

All the snobbish reasons I won't go Android

How a Seinfeld-ian meltdown over what phone my wife will buy helped me to discover who I truly am: An unapologetic member of the bourgeoisie with real, first-world problems

September 12, 2013