Today in “More Apple News? Okay.”
Apple presentations are excellent theater. They are announced with short notice, require an invitation to attend and are not streamed to the world, meaning that fans anxious to learn about the latest iOS products have to rely on the breathless live blogs and tweets of tech journalists to learn what’s happening. Half of Apple’s success comes from them being great showmen who know how to wow an audience. With the presentation in the rear view mirror and all eyes on the actual release date of the iPhone 5 (September 21st!), Apple have put video of the the entire thing online.
Today in “Debunking Facebook Rumors”:
It’s long been a popular internet rumor, but Mark Zuckerberg has officially put an end to it: there is no Facebook phone on the way, mainly because Facebook has no interest in entering the hardware business. At all. To quote the Facebook mastermind: “Let’s say we build a phone. We’re not, but if we did, we could maybe get 10 to 20 million people to use it. It doesn’t move the needle for us.” He went on to say that the company’s priorities lie strictly in software and admitted that the company’s focus on HTML5 instead of native code has held them back a bit in delivering satisfactory apps…but that’s going to change. So that’s Facebook’s plan: why compete with Apple when you can fill their devices with quality products?
Today in “Stats”:
Some numbers for you on this Thursday afternoon: while Apple has the world’s attention, Android still holds the sheer numbers, with 500 million phones activated (with an average of 1.3 million more being activated every day). But that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what lurks around the corner. Some industry specialists are predicting one billion smartphones in circulation by 2016. Wow.
Today in “Apps That Will Stalk You”:
If you’ve ever wanted a mobile app that will spy on you and monitor your every movement and keep a log of where you’ve been and for how long, you’re in luck: Chronos is on the way! Making use of just about every possible feature your smartphone has to offer, Chronos will measure keep track of where you go every day and how long you spend there and who you meet up with and how long you stay with them. You can also set goals for yourself and track them through the app.