Once you’ve finally finished the lengthy, labor-intensive process of designing and building a web application, you are faced with one final, vital decision: how much is this thing going to cost? There are a lot of important factors to consider when you make this decision. Do you want to offer a free “lite” version with the ability to upgrade to a better paid version? Do you want your app to be completely free and powered by (hopefully unobtrusive) advertisements? Plenty of apps are earning dough by being free to purchase, but offering purchases in-app. The ultimate conclusion is that there is no black and white way of deciding what you should charge for your glorious app: you have to know your audience and know what they want. If you know this, you will make the right decision.
Do you have any interest in seeing how eight start-up companies are changing the world for the better? Of course you do and Mashable has a list for your reading pleasure. It’s an excellent piece, even though the noticeable lack of Rocksauce Studios is troubling and damaging to our usually tough ego. Maybe next year?
Hopefully, you’re not too bored and upset by the recent onslaught of posts and pieces about patents and how terrible they are for this entire industry, because here you go. The potentially good news is that Congress will soon vote on new patent legislation that won’t end patent trolling, but will better help the small folks fight back against them. The sooner the better — nothing is crippling creativity and innovation more than all of this stupid patent legislation.
Do want $2,000 and think you can hack a now-discontinued HP TouchPad so it’ll smoothly operate Android? This is your chance to shine.
Although Apple still hasn’t confirmed an early October release date for the iPhone 5, Sprint has announced that it will support the iPhone 5 this, er, October. Also, it’s rumored that the iPhone 4 will soon see a price drop, namely to snag new adopters in the Asian markets (perhaps it has something to do with those talks to finally bring the iPhone to China?).
You: “Wherefore art thou my Hulu app for my Android tablet?” Hulu App: “I’m right here. On your Vizio tablet.”
British Airways is testing iPads with in-flight crew members in an attempt to boost customer service. It sure sounds like a great idea: the tablet can contain seating charts, flight information, the plane’s current location and how much time until arrival, information on individual passengers and Angry Birds, just in case a flight attendant finds a few spare minutes and wants to get some gaming in. The testing will last until September, when the iPads will be swapped out for Xooms, to see what everyone prefers. C’mon….we all know it’s going to be the iPad. Everyone wants an iPad.
There are several reasons why app developers prefer the Apple app store to the Android market. A few of them are frivolous (iOS devices are hipper and flashier, etc), but there is a legitimate concern: Android users don’t “explore” different apps nearly as much as iOS users, tending to cluster around the top 50 apps and ignoring anything else. Even though the market has 200,000 less apps than the app store, a new app developer will have better luck being discovered by Apple users than Android users. Hopefully, the recent Android market renovation will fix this (browsing really is so much easier now, isn’t it?), but it could be the simple fact that people who throw down the cash for an iPhone do it because they enjoy being more adventurous with their app use.
We love the concept of NFC technology (AKA, being able to tap your phone against something and learning more about it, absorbing its information or even purchasing it) and start-ups like Tagstand, which offers reasonably priced NFC stickers, is a company that looks capable of moving us into a cash-free society at a much faster pace.
Merriam-Webster has added 150 new words to the dictionary. The new batch includes “tweet,” “social media,” “crowdsourcing” and “m-commerce.”
Soundhound and Spotify teaming up really is a match made in heaven, isn’t it?
In news that could qualify as “Whoa!”, Facebook will soon be introducing photo filters…photo filters bare a suspicious resemblance to the filters used in the enormously popular Instagram photo sharing app…which Facebook apparently tried and failed to buy over the summer. Now, I’m not one to point fingers and make accusations and make wild guesses about things I have no stake in, but could Facebook have Instagram in its crosshairs, singling it out for destruction? Or do they just see a cool thing and want to blatantly rip it off?
Steve Jobs may have just resigned yesterday as CEO of Apple, but Apple COO Time Cook has officially stepped in to try to fill his daunting shoes. Here’s letter to the Apple staff:
I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.
Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.
I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.
I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.