Archive for the ‘apple’ Category

The Zynga Hate Has Gone Too Far. Maybe They Should Go Private.

TweetI have been working in free-to-play games for the past 5 years and I have been reading a lot of articles describing Zynga’s recent announcement about a soft Q3 2012 on the back of a less than stellar Q2 2012. The public markets clearly don’t like Zynga’s stock – it’s down substantially since its IPO […]

How Amazon Can Become a Force in Freemium Android Games

There is a strong case to be made for why Amazon will become a force in the wold of freemium games. Amazon has the three key ingredients – a database of customers who have credit cards, a hardware strategy that will promote customer adoption, and skills as a merchandiser.

The iPad as a Laptop Replacement – My 1 Week Experiment

TweetEvery day I seem to love my iPad more and more. I read a few reviews of people declaring that they could easily go iPad-only during their workday and not a miss a beat. I was a bit skeptical of that claim, so I decided that I would try to go iPad-only during my workday […]

The HTC Incredible Has Shown Me that Android is Now “Good Enough” to Compete

TweetI’m now on my second Android phone and I have to say that Android has come a long way. When I first got my Nexus One, it wasn’t an iPhone killer by any means (some of my early thoughts on the Nexus One can be found here). In reading a few posts, this one by […]

Three Reminders about Platform Businesses (Apple, Twitter, and Facebook)

TweetThis has been a really interesting week in the world of platforms. Between Fred Wilson’s blog post on filling holes and the subsequent Tweetie acquisition announcement and Apple’s announcements about some of the social gaming features that will be part of the next iPhone OS release, it reminded me of some things I’ve thought about […]

Buying a Google Nexus One Unlocked is a Terrible Experience – Fixing It is Easy

TweetI have had my Google Nexus One for about a day. And I’m getting ready to box it up and send it back to them. It’s not because I don’t like the device – it’s kind of wonky in terms of UI, especially if you’re an iPhone user, but it’s still a very good device […]

I’m Finally Giving Up on MobileMe

TweetWhen I read Walt Mossberg’s revised review of MobileMe, I was really excited – it sounded like they had fixed many of the issues that had prevented me from using the product in the past. Alas, after two weeks of playing with MobileMe, I’m throwing in the towel. It’s not a bad product, it’s just […]

Making the iPhone More Social and Viral – We Need a Social Graph

TweetI’ve been playing with a lot of really interesting iPhone apps lately (mostly games) and one thing I’m finally beginning to see is a more concerted effort by iPhone application developers to start to think about viral distribution. As far as I can tell, the best two ways to get distribution for your app are […]

The iPod, the RAZR, and the Treo – One Icon and Two Also-Rans

TweetI have to admit that I was actually pretty impressed with all of the new iPods that Apple released yesterday. Aside from the snafu around the dramatic price decrease in the iPhone, I’d have to say that it was a pretty successful announcement (even if the stock price did not seem to react favorably to […]

What I’d Need to See to Buy the iPhone

TweetAs a self-described gadget junkie, I continue to be perplexed about why I’m not clamoring for the iPhone. About 3 weeks ago I went into Cingular and picked up the new Blackberry Curve to replace my Pearl and didn’t even think twice about waiting for the iPhone to release. Aside from the fact that I […]