- Earth Turns 6015 — my plan to celebrate on Saturday the amazing thing that is our universe. Scientists know humility, curiosity, and awe. All the scientists I know speak of their awe at the natural world. I’d like to see data scientists take a moment to soak in the complexity of a problem, appreciating it in all its tangled majesty, separate from attempts to unravel it.
- Data Jujitsu — Luke Wroblewski took notes at DJ Patil’s Web 2.0 Expo talk, and this caught my eye: Unstructured data is harder to work with. Open text fields in forms are can cause issues. There are between 4 and 8 thousand variations of IBM and “Software Engineer” in LinkedIn’s database.
- Secret iOS Business — the dirty innards of iOS apps: phoning home, crap security, and bloated lazy design. My horror grew with every example.
- Culinary Reactions: Everyday Chemistry of Cooking — Simon Quellen Field’s new book on the chemistry of cooking. Simon’s the man behind scitoys and his passion for understanding is a force of nature.
ENTRIES TAGGED "ios"
Getting serious about Siri, Open Office on the rocks, and Google embraces SQL.
This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.
Earth's Birthday, Messy Data, Evil iOS Apps, and Cooking Chemistry
The iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and Apple Store have all shaped commerce.
Reflections on Steve Jobs' commercial legacy. Also, Robert Scoble interviews eBay's CEO John Donahoe, who promises not to compete with their customers. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)
Joe Bowser on using PhoneGap to develop across mobile platforms.
Joe Bowser, the developer of the Android version of PhoneGap, on the pros and cons of developing with the PhoneGap cross-platform application framework.
Square asks, who needs NFC? Fire's threat to iPad, and UK mobile broadband use.
Square’s COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon’s Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use.
Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.
While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.
Waiting for iPhone 5, patent madness continues, and the geeks will soon descend on New York.
We've been waiting for months, but the iPhone 5 is still getting ready. Elsewhere, Google lends HTC some ammo for the patent wars, and the Makers will soon gather in New York.
Financial Times goes all-in on its web app, Flickr puts up fences, and daily deal fatigue sets in.
The Financial Times says subscriber data trumps Apple's reach, Flickr introduces geofencing to keep things private, and the cracks in the daily deal world start to show.
In the great Second Coming, when Jobs returned to Apple 1996, he drove the adoption of the open source BSD as Apple's new operating system. This enabled some of the Mac's most popular features.
Very local deals, iPhone users ready to spend, and Androids attract crapware
Placecast offers merchants a geofence to corral customers. Also, UK researcher YouGov says iPhone users are more willing to buy with their phones, and telecoms bury Androids with crapware.