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    The AppStore Business Model is Dead

    Back in January, I argued that AppStores are not necessary as mobile economics mature and start to mimic web economics. Why do I need to download Skype from the AppStore when I can just go to Skype.com and do the same? Apple changed the rules and suddenly the AppStore looks like it may die a toddler. Back in February, new rules for advertising revenue and media content were implemented by Apple. If your app is in the app store and you generate revenue from a new customer, you have to give Apple 30% of the revenue of everything you sell.  As per Steve Jobs: "Our philosophy is simple -- when...
    September 06, 2011
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    RadControls for Windows Phone Updates

    For those who have missed the news, our RadControls for Windows Phone Mango build is available for download here. We have made sure that our customers can be among the first to update their existing WP7 apps and submit them to the Mango marketplace. If you haven’t tried RadControls for Windows Phone yet, you are most probably wondering why you should use it at all given the free toolbox available. This two minutes video answers this...
    September 01, 2011
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    Cloud Computing Dodged a Legal Bullet

    If you and I were at a local Starbucks drinking coffee and plotted a criminal act (say robbing a bank), would Starbucks be liable? Is Starbucks a co-conspirator since they provided a platform for us to plan our illegal act? In short, no. If you and I email back and fourth about that same criminal activity, is GMail/your ISP liable? In short, no. If we do rob the bank and FexEx someone the contraband, is FedEx liable? In short, no. If I illegally download MP3 music and upload it to Amazon Cloud Storage, Microsoft Skydrive, Dropbox, or some other similar service, are they liable? A judge last week...
    September 01, 2011
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    Making the world a better place. One task at a time.

    Yesterday I read an excellent blog post by Chris Dixon: http://cdixon.org/2011/08/28/do-you-want-to-sell-sugar-water-or-do-you-want-to-change-the-world/   It reminded me of something I am seeing too often when I talk to people, especially younger guys who want to be entrepreneurs. I get the feeling that they put a value only on big ideas, big discoveries, big success stories. Everyone wants to change the world and if they can’t, it is seen as a massive failure. People want to be like Steve Jobs – wake up, imagine something, make it a smashing success and change the lives of billions of people. I might be wrong, but I don’t think...
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    A New Era in Application Development, Part II: Kendo UI

    A few days ago in Part I of this blog post, I described how we are moving into a new era in application development, the Device+Cloud (D+C) era. I mentioned how just like 15 years ago we had the “Windows or Web” debate, we are now having the “Native or HTML5+JS” debate. Just like 15 years ago, the answer is that we should take a hybrid approach. Some projects will require the reach of HTML5 and others will require the tight OS integration and custom experience of a native app. Some companies will build a HTML+JS version of their app for broad distribution and then choose to build some...
    August 19, 2011