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Archive for April, 2011
I will be posting further on a similar matter, but you owe it to yourself to watch this exquisitely-shot short film.
An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to all of neighbouring Armenia
I’ve posted before about the New York Times’ new paywall, but today, I’ve found a way to support them for up to 65% off. If you subscribe right now to their home delivery service, you’ll get the all-digital-access pass for free (web, plus smartphone and tablet apps). It actually works out to significantly cheaper than purchasing the pass on its own, especially if you select the weekday subscription option (it’s $3.10 per week, versus $8.75 per week for the digital version).
As far as I can tell, this is only available in the US, and the pricing will vary by ZIP code; if you live in Anchorage, you can only get the Sunday edition for $3.75 per week including digital access, and that’s still less-expensive than a digital-only subscription.
RIM’s market share over the same period collapsed, dropping almost 5 points. Apple’s share increased slightly, but is dead in the water and has now fallen way behind Android. Android now has a third of the US market (33%). RIM’s share has plummeted to 29%. Apple is holding at 25%.
Apple’s share slightly increased in the last few months prior to the point when people think they’re going to bring out a new model. Android gained users who jumped ship from BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm, but not the iPhone.
Also, as Gruber points out, these figures don’t reflect other iOS device marketshare, meaning the development opportunity (which this article argues about) is much broader on Apple’s devices.
I read in the paper today that Conan O’Brien’s documentary is out this weekend. The one that chronicles the purportedly healing journey/concert tour he went on after his messy divorce from NBC. I also read that Charlie Sheen is suing Warner Brothers for $100 million and the two of these things reminded me of one of the more character-building experiences that I had in my career, many years ago.
Alec Baldwin’s open letter to Charlie Sheen, to which I append two sidenotes:
- I would normally not link to a publication as trashy as the HuffPo. My apologies.
- The internet, as I understand it, is already an open letter. Designating one part of it as such is redundant, but I digress.
[W]hen technology gets out of the way, everything becomes more delightful.
Tech specs don’t show the whole package, nor tell the whole story.
The new Foo Fighters album is available for streaming in its entirety (requires Flash). Sounds great.
As usual, the NYPL integrates the new with the old perfectly.
I, personally, dislike faster frame rates. I find 24 frames per second to be more immersive than the falsely smooth motion of 30 fps. That said, I’d be interested in seeing the results of something even higher.