Category Archives: Mobile

Link: The Alternative →

John Gruber: My advice to Microsoft would be to go after Android, hard. Make Windows Phone the carriers’ best friend. Target your advertising on BlackBerry holdouts and dissatisfied Android users. Position Windows Phone as the alternative to the iPhone.

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Link: Lumia 900 Strong in US →

I saw a brick and mortar Nokia store today in a high end mall in Singapore. The store had 2-3 onlookers, but nothing to sway customers to make a purchase on the spot. They don’t have the 900 on sale … Continue reading

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Link: The Crowded Mobile Payments Space →

I love Dieter Bohn’s articles. They are great bits of reporting. This one outlines the increasingly crowded mobile payment space — one where there is no dominating figure. When I read this, I can’t help but wondering why Paypal, the … Continue reading

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Link: The (Potential) End of An Era →

This morning RIM had its keynote at the annual BlackBerry World and unveiled a touch screen keyboard. For years now the company has sworn off touch, especially when it comes to the keyboard.

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From iOS to Windows Phone: Act 3 (The Verdict)

Tarun wraps up his Windows Phone Review by giving his ultimate verdict. He also tells us the next steps to make the Windows Phone a serious competitor. Continue reading

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Link: The F-Word →

A comment by Ed Oswald on the Windows Phone OS and increased fragmentation: Microsoft has chosen Android’s fragmented path against any good sense. While I understand this likely has to do with the drastic code changes under the hood, it … Continue reading

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Weekly Download #36: Nokia’s Abysmal Quarter, More on Instagram, Sony, Nest, Apple & Gaming, Patents

In this episode, Chris and Tarun discuss Nokia and what “restructuring” means, more on the Instagram+FB deal; Sony’s downfall story and how it relates to similar Apple competitors; Nest vs. Honeywell; Apple and a potential partnership with Valve; our favorite … Continue reading

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Link: WP7 Can’t Beat iOS & Android in Europe →

The flagship Nokia phone isn’t doing so hot in Europe. Sean Ludwig reports for VentureBeat: “No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone,” an anonymous European mobile executive told Reuters. “Nokia have given themselves a double … Continue reading

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Link: Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T Website →

Could it be possible that AT&T is only listing it as sold out to generate buzz?

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Link: Could Instagram Have Become a Successful, Independent Business? →

Martin Bryant provides a few ways Instagram could have grown, but most of them sound pretty boring: in-app purchases, subscriptions, advertising, brand partnerships and data mining. I look at 500px and why it is so popular, and wonder if Instagram … Continue reading

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Weekly Download #35: RIM, IE, iPad, Lumia and Windows Phone 7.5

Tarun and Chris cover some news from last week on RIM’s continued failures, IE’s rise in marketshare, and (what else) the iPad doing amazing. Then, Tarun discusses his thoughts on Windows Phone and provides an overview of the Mango experience. … Continue reading

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Link: AT&T Lumia Launch a “Plop” →

Raimo Lenschow, a Barclays analyst quoted in this AllThingsD piece by John Paczkowski: Our admittedly anecdotal check of 10-15 stores did not find a single one that was open — a significant barrier to sales. We found promotional materials for … Continue reading

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From iOS to Windows Phone: Act 2 (The Experience)

Tarun dives into the experience of the Windows Phone with the Lumia 800. Continue reading

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Link: Facebook to Acquire Instagram →

Kevin, CEO: Every day that passes, we see more experiences being shared through Instagram in ways that we never thought possible. It’s because of our dedicated and talented team that we’ve gotten this far, and with the support and cross-pollination … Continue reading

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From iOS to Windows Phone: Act 1 (The Motive)

Tarun takes an in-depth look at the history of the Windows Phone and Nokia, while also setting the stage for his own opinions about the device itself. Continue reading

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Link: Lumia 900 Target Market →

According to Sebastian Anthony: The Lumia 900 isn’t targeting iPhone or Galaxy users; it’s targeting the 41% of the US public who still own a feature phone. If you’re already firmly set on getting an iPhone, the Lumia won’t stop … Continue reading

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Link: Topolsky on the Lumia 900 →

He’s a fan of the design and build quality, but thinks the OS falls short still. John Gruber agrees with him, and notes that if he were in the market for a Windows Phone, it would be for the 800 … Continue reading

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Link: Freemium Will Rule Gaming Industry →

Matthew Handrahan, talk about Ben Cousins’ (ngmoco) opinion on the freemium model: As soon as one competitor in a specific field drops the price to zero, he argues, it becomes very difficult for others to continue charging. It happened to … Continue reading

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Link: iPad As A POS Disruption →

Square has already started to implement the iPad as a POS system for local merchants. Fast Comapny’s Kit Eaton looks at how Revel Systems is taking this to the next level. The firm is partnering with Best Buy’s Geek Squad … Continue reading

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Weekly Download #34: Windows Phone, Google, RIM

In this episode, Chris and I talk about the upcoming Lumia 900 launch in the US; the “Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge”; Google’s loss of who they are; and RIMs continued falterings. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: … Continue reading

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Link: The Windows Phone Challenge →

This is a great ad campaign, more so than a contest that can actually be beaten. Sean Hollister has a good analogy: In some ways, Microsoft’s challenge is like a carnival attraction, complete with an outlandish prize, a smooth operator, … Continue reading

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Link: The Lumia Push →

The first comment from user “Top Gear” seems to hit the sentiment I had on the nose: Bad news for Android. Not so for Apple. People don’t buy iPhones because their carrier rep recommends them. They buy the iPhone because … Continue reading

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Link: Ads Based on Environment →

Creepy and annoying. (via Jim Dalrymple)

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Link: iPhone Outsells BlackBerry in Canada →

John Paczkowski, AllThingsD: A humiliating reversal for RIM’s BlackBerry, which just four years ago was outselling the iPhone in Canada by a nearly five-to-one margin. While losing traction like this among the hometown crowd isn’t a massive strategic defeat, it’s … Continue reading

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Weekly Download #33: the New iPad, Apple TV, Draw Something, Mike Daisey

This was some amazing, top-notch reporting by Chris and myself. Chris griped about the new iPad (and we discussed why there is no “number”); the Apple TV as a hobby; Zynga acquiring OMGPOP; the entire nonsense of Mike Daisey and … Continue reading

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