This Week In Mobile


Apple hires Burberry CEO as SVP of Retail – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Apple hires Burberry CEO as SVP of Retail – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson on Apple’s hire of Burberry CEO. He is absolutely right that these luxury/fashion hirings of late (Apple also hired Yves Saint Laurent’s former CEO) point to the fact that Apple was doubling down on its luxury status in its lack …

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When will the European Union Five reach smartphone saturation?

When will the European Union Five reach smartphone saturation? Horace Dediu looks at the convergence of the US and EU5 smartphone markets and predicts we will reach saturation in about 2 years. Saturation here means that nearly (but not 100%) of adults who purchase their phone (eg not kids, and not employer-provided phones) will have …

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Getting Apps Ready for Cyber Monday

Getting Apps Ready for Cyber Monday Many big brands don’t understand the most fundamental change that mobile apps have brought about. When it comes to mobile, state-of-the-art is not about reliably delivering cloud services. State-of-the-art is all about connecting with human emotions. If you don’t keep your eyes on that prize, you’ll miss both your …

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Cisco, Facebook to work with businesses to expand free Wi-Fi use

Cisco, Facebook to work with businesses to expand free Wi-Fi use Facebook makes a big land grab for local data: they will be partnering with local businesses to gate wifi with a check in. So when you go to a coffee shop, instead of having some cryptic password of the day written on a whiteboard, …

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Unleashing Genetic Algorithms on the iOS 7 Icon

Unleashing Genetic Algorithms on the iOS 7 Icon Mike Swanson uses genetic algorithms to approximate the curve on iOS 7 icons. Design oriented? Check. Geeky? Check. Mobile? Check. All systems are go. This is an article we like. 


Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet iOS 7 includes multipath TCP: a new improvement that allows using the internet over multiple connections (eg wifi and cellular) at the same time. As more and more of the internet becomes mobile, multipath will become more essential in making …

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How Google Taught Itself Good Design

How Google Taught Itself Good Design When Matias Duarte was brought in to lead Android design, there was a lot of positive and hopeful reaction. Now that he’s settled in, it’s safe to say that Android has grown into its own design sense. This article from FastCoDesign looks into not only Android, but also Google’s …

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Apple Will Hold Fall iPad Event on October 22

Apple Will Hold Fall iPad Event on October 22 As Gruber said (who also deserves a hat tip for the link), the date was almost easy to guess, but the real scoop here is the iPad MIni getting the retina screen AND the A7. If those turn out to be accurate in a few weeks, …

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