I expected the Internet Explorer Team to fight back on certain statcounter data that shows Chrome as having more share than IE. Data that got a big problem. It is not geoweighted. Subject that the IE Team goes on to explain in detail. And then shows on how that affects the actual result on that data significantly.
Understanding Browser Share Data via Windows Team Blog
Which is why NetApplications even with all its faults is still a better source of data than statcounter. And if you look at the coverage for this story, it also shows how some blogs love to report data as fact even if it is wrong and there is no second source to back up the result or without at least averaging out two sources into one data result.
The Browser You Loved To Hate is a IE9 Image Makeover Campaign using self-deprecating humor and at the same time mocking those users that hate IE with an irrational passion. The campaign consist of a tumblelog using some hipster motifs and a set of videos. With the main video being the one embedded in this post.
The obvious motive behind this campaign is to create awareness about IE9 from those have not tried it out of past spites. Spites that usually go all the way back to IE6 or IE7 and since then they have not tried out IE9
It is an interest campaign and regardless of how effective it can be. It makes for good PR fodder and it is also funny.
On March 15 of 2012, PayPal officially announced PayPal Here as way to be able to easily receive PayPal payments by cards from a Smartphone.
It took what? Two years or so? But here it is at last. A one-to-one answer to Jack Dorsey's Square. And it comes from the only company that can beat it. PayPal.
Up until now i have not had a horror PayPal experience. And i have been using it since well before it was supported here in Mexico. Meaning, since it was introduced. Completely changing the way to buy and pay stuff online for me and 100 million people that have got to use it.
With this entry of PayPal Here. I already have read lots of negative and spiteful remarks about it. Because there is this vocal group of users that have had bad PayPal experiences. Things like "The Software is not going to be as good as the one of Square", “Their dongle looks like crap” or "The experience will be crap compared to Square" and similar remarks in-between those.
How wrong is to see it that way. That is a small picture way of seeing it. When the big picture is that PayPal can win over Square simply because they are able to do something that Square has proven it cannot or don't want to do right now. PayPal can take PayPal Here to be a Worldwide solution. As they have already said so and started to do so. PayPal Here will be launching in 4 countries right away. And from what someone working at PayPal told me. They plan to support 12 to 16 countries within the first 12 months. And that is the reason why PayPal Here can and probably will win over Square. I mean, two years plus and Square is not even available in Canada and Mexico? C'mon. What a joke.
Cannot wait for PayPal Here to be available in Mexico. I hope it is one of the countries to get it in the first year. I also think the name is pretty Clever, annoyingly clever perhaps.
Finally, I also think this chart from their unveiling event speaks out better why the look of the PayPal Here dongle or the software is not as important in the scheme of things as features and availability. Certainly not when it comes to Money making or spending.
This is one Windows 8 rumor that started as a sole whisper a week ago and that now has gone into whispering. But since it totally makes sense, why not start the day that way.
So, just like Microsoft proposed themselves to launch with a minimum of listed apps in the Windows Phone 7 launch. And at the time i remember having heard months before they were going for at least 1k and at the end they launched with 1500+, it looks like they are raising the bar considerably for Windows 8. And they want a minimum of 8000 apps listed at launch.
Some may consider this to be impossible or too much of a tall order. But not really considering this is Windows we are talking about. And simply because while only Metro UIX Apps will be hosted by Microsoft. Desktop apps can still get listed on the Windows 8 App Marketplace with the download hosted and managed by the developer.
With that in mind. I think it is a perfectly fine goal and they could easily yet again be surpassing it if they want to and go with lets say 10,0000 instead of just 8,000.
The pressure is not that much in the launch but in the first year as it would then be fully expected that they get to reach 100,000 list apps within the first year of availability.
Anyway, like always, have in mind it is a rumor and that is why i marked it as such. This post was also published first at my Google Plus Page
I finally watched the iPad 3 keynote video and after thinking about the wording that Apple used and what they did not said apart from what they said. these are my impressions about it.
iPad 3 now being just iPad
It is all about two principles
1.-Managing future perceptions and expectations about the iPad. Because there is really no way in hell that there will be huge spec jumps from one generation of iPad to the another. hops are now only to be expected.
2.-Apple positioning and accepting in full they are all about the iPad and the iPhone. The next iPhone could very well be just The New iPhone too. This means treating the iDevices in the same way they previously treated the Mac lines, same that just 2 years ago were their main income and what they still were mostly about.
Apple pushing the whole "Post-PC" term forcibly hard
It struck me as odd just how hard they were boasting and rubbing it in to the world. But it didn't surprised me, because as Apple admitted in the keynote. They are no longer a Computer company. Something that their Company name reflected first than they actually admitting it out loud. They are now an iOS and iDevice company. But it is obvious they were not going to say it like that.
"We are now an iDevice company" would had been too much of a miss for they being able to be total douches without regret. And even be applauded by being so by -- dare i say -- the iFaithful now.
Also helpful to push the term and rubbing it in now and not after Windows 8 and what it will start bringing comes.
Apple bitch-slapping Android publicly
Surprising how Apple went on such attack of Android by calling it out directly and even doing show and tells about how much Apps on Android Slates suck.
Apple starts distancing from google services and pushes to boost Google competitors
Like in OS X Mountain Lion, in iLife for iOS you share video to Vimeo and not YouTube, post messages to Twitter and Facebook. Google Maps are not all the maps being offered.
A5X having quad core graphics omitting reiterating it is still a double core CPU
Not an accident. Just forcing an association of quad-core with the A5X. Never mind that a Tegra 3 Quad-Core CPU got a Dozen GPU cores for example.
A5X offering four times better graphics than the Tegra 3
Note the wording. That is a perfect example of slanting. It gives you the notion that the A5X is 4 times more powerful than the Tegra 3. Something reinforced when you add charts that appears showing just that.
Even if that is not true at all. Anandtech got a check on the Tegra 3 versus the A5 and it didn't was twice as powerful or efficient or better than the Tegra 3 in anyway.
If you averaged out the finding from Anandtech, you would end with the A5 being 30% better than the Tegra 3. If you do the same with several reviews. you could possibly average out a 50% if you want to make the A5 look the best possible.
That sure is not twice as good. And even without a proper benchmarking existing for the A5X vs Tegra 3. You can already calculate that if the A5X got 4 times the graphical power of the A5. That would mean the A5X is only really twice as powerful as the Tegra 3. But even if it managed to be even better than that. I don't see how it could get to be 4 times as powerful overall.
And that is when the evil douchey genius from Apple wording comes. Apple can easily say or not say anything because they know that they didn't actually lied. just that they made the media believe so. As Apple never said how exactly THEY considered A5X having 4 times better graphics.
Nvidia correctly said that Apple only had a Generic Statement without offering proof. That is because that was the only thing they needed if it gets a blogosphere parroting it.
Post Keynote tirades about the iPad 3 not being that impressive
Well, i was very impressed only because they managed to sustain the same price and battery life. I actually think this is the iPad that had me the most impressed and the only single case where Apple pushed lots of specs into it that cannot be found anywhere in an slate model.
And that is where the point relies on why the iPad 3 is very impressive. This coming from someone that don't owns anything Apple and hopefully never will. Out of my own choice of course.
Tim Cook ending remarks about Apple having the golden touch and proclaiming that they are the way. While assuring that this year will follow with the same kind of innovation they showed in this iPad keynote
How odd was that? Have not seen many articles analyzing it that are not from the iFaithful.
The way i heard and interpret it is that it was something Tim Cook wanted to do as a homage to jobs and as his way of saying that he will keep the course of what jobs did. It almost was an inauguration speech for the Post Steve Jobs Apple.
Maybe Tim Cook is subconsciously nervous about the long term future of Apple and how well he will transition the company into an iDevice Only company.
iLife, iWork and iCloud
iOS software and services fully matured is my impression. They are now very well as good as their OS X counterparts, just meant to be used and approached with a different mindset.
The new version of the software are the most impressive iOS software Apple has delivered yet. And it also helps explain why Microsoft would want to deliver Office to the iPad.
They are also the sign that Apple does want to start selling more software and services themselves for iOS to underline the experiences even more. And also because they know that the iPad 3 and more than likely the next iPhone will not have the same margins than before. Not if they plan to maintain them at the same price structure and not because we are only a months from Foxconn being forced to raise the costs for Apple. As China Workers start demanding more and organizing for they getting it. Or as component maker suppliers start raising the prices too. Or as international regulators, governments and so on start to be more vigilant of Apple. Etc. etc. Which brings me to the next point.
Apple super good profit margins are about to become just very good
The competition is heating. Costs are raising. Making it a real surprise to see that the iPad 3 stood at the same price structure. Making my first thought about it:
"No way in hell is going to give out the same profit margins for Apple. Are they at last been forced to lower them?"
Electronista seems to agree already
So more reason for Apple to make their iOS software more attractive and push it more. More reason to push iCloud (Brought to you partly by Microsoft and Amazon). and more reason to push out more content.
And finally it is the main reason why when they introduced the iPhone 4S, they kept around the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS. And they are now doing the same with the iPad 2 by keeping it around. There is really no other better way to keep Android Slates and Smartphones at bay than that.
About the last part of Tim Cook ending remarks
Mostly trolling. Just Tim messing with the heads and hearts of the tech industry. Without Jobs, i doubt Apple will get to have another iPhone One or iPad One level of unveilings ahead. An iTV would certainly not have such a wow factor. but that is just me.
Pocket-Lint got a post, where they report that Nokia is saying that a even cheaper Windows Phone Device than the just announced Lumia 610 is needed, in order to compete one to one with Android at all budget levels
To what i say: No problem for Nokia, really.
If Nokia is saying that publicly is because they are already looking hard into it. With How? being the important question left. As they want to go rock bottom for a 100 Euros or 125-149 USD Windows Phone Device. I happen to have a pretty good idea on how based on what is already known about the Lumia 610 , some current Nokia knowledge and based on the way Nokia has been executing the delivery of the Lumia line so far.
1.- 4gb nand flash instead of 8gb.
2.- 3mp camera instead of 5mp camera
3.- 3.2 or 3.5 inches lcd screen. Instead of 3.7
4- Releasing in black only or one color only at first.
5.- Reusing yet another mobile chassis design they have got out with Symbian right now. As in regardless of what Nokia says, the only truly designed for Windows Phone chassis they have made, is the one for the Lumia 900.
Other 2 things to make that happen is more about the production economics about such device.
One is waiting 4-5 months to release it to take advantage of the logistics and scaled economics from the 610.
Two is making it so it is the first 100% Produced In China Nokia WP Device. Something that Nokia said they were indeed planning to do for the all budget devices.
= There you have your 100 euros / 125-149 USD Nokia Lumia 510.
Like i said, not that hard for Nokia. Making it very plausible that we get to see a Lumia 510 for early Q3 2012.
No doubt the biggest tech and gaming news of today was The Verge scoop on Valve's planning of a Steam Gaming Console. And i personally think that thanks their gaming ecosystem, tech, billing and economics experience and overall platform. Valve is the best positioned to offer up an independent Gaming Console. One that easily beats all of the independent console tryouts of the last 10 years. Including OnLive.
Why would Valve be wanting to launch a Steambox now?
There are many reasons on why now it is the perfect time to do it. From the ones that came to my head are:
1.-The current consoles are now too old. Making console gamers willing enough to try something different.
2.- State of Nintendo in consoles. Nintendo is a bit weak in the living room now as the Wii has waned and continues to have a very weak full-length game attach rate. It continues to be a joke in terms of online gaming. And the Wii U is also being seen as a potential Epic Fail for Nintendo by several parts of the Gaming Industry.
3.-Xbox Live is a potential future threat to Steam in the PC. Because it will be bundled to Windows 8 and there are many rumors about what Microsoft is planning to do to boost what previously was a weak offering as Games For Windows. Effectively bringing the first real competition to Steam.
4.-Apple Game Center in the Mac.
5.-The clear possibility of full iOS gaming on the next Apple TV. Making Game Center in the Mac even a more pervasive idea.
6.- Canonical is also planning to have their own improved Ubuntu Games Center thing. Even less motivation for Steam to invest there.
7.- There is no real space for Steam on Smartphones because the top 3 Smartphone OSes got full control Gaming Ecosystems.
So, i think these 7 points do make it clear why Steam wouhd be interested in releasing thair own Gaming Console.
There is just one miss about the idea of a SteamBox right now
However, i do see that it got a serious lack they would need to solve: Non-Gaming content as in Media, Media Apps and Media Management. At hindsight, it don't looks much of a deal, but considering the entertainment hub gaming consoles are suppose to be now. It is a glaring problem.
One that it is easily fixable if Valve is really ready to bet on that market in a big way. With the solution being they acquiring that missing part. How or What they could acquire in order to do that? Boxee.
If Valve is indeed serious about this move. Boxee would be the perfect acquisition for them to add to their SteamBox. Seriously, If they did that. I could see it as a potential big winner. If they start with the just Steam as a Console only and on their. They will not get anywhere beyond being a niche game console.
A Steambox should be able to be successful and good no matter what, simply thanks to Steam very well established ecosystem and experience. What kind of success they are going to have depends on how big is Valve willing to bet on the idea right away and accept that just Steam in a Box is not going to be enough but for a start..
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