This Week In Mobile


If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple – stratēchery by Ben Thompson With Ballmer’s departure there are, unsurprisingly, a number of posts critical of him (we certainly were). Ben Thompson raises the caution, however, of being too critical of Ballmer when he was simply doing what the market ostensibly suggests is best: maximizing shareholder value. It is […]


In Chrome Versus Android, Chrome Wins – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

In Chrome Versus Android, Chrome Wins – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson answers John Gruber’s question on why Google would block the API that allowed android to Comcast streaming – a la Apple’s AirPlay. Ben’s main point is spot on that Google cares more about Chrome than android at this point – after all, […]


Not so Fast on that Apple TV SDK – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Not so Fast on that Apple TV SDK – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson walks back his earlier prediction of an AppleTV SDK. Putting together articles from Dan Frommer and Chris Adamson, he thinks that there IS a sort of SDK, but that it’s for building streaming channels (which Apple seems to be adding […]


New Research: Mobile Advertising Driving Purchases at Unprecedented Rate

New Research: Mobile Advertising Driving Purchases at Unprecedented Rate Main findings: Mobile Devices Driving a Substantial Percentage of Overall Conversions Over the past year, the cross-industry conversion rate for mobile grew 28%. The industries with the highest mobile conversion rates were: Telecom at 37% (purchasing of new plans and devices) Retail at 35% (making a […]


Apple’s iPhone Trade-In Program Going Live Across The U.S. Today | TechCrunch

Apple’s iPhone Trade-In Program Going Live Across The U.S. Today | TechCrunch Apple is starting up a big trade in program where customers can exchange an old iPhone for a big discount on a new one. Seems like a great opportunity for iPhone customers and a big win for Apple – repeat iPhone customers, drive […]


iOS game developer to offer IAP permanent unlock option | iMore

iOS game developer to offer IAP permanent unlock option | iMore A new take on In-App Purchase in a freemium game: this game lets you purchase unlimited money. No more nickel and dime-ing customers who enjoy your game. In addition, any other things you buy before buying the unlimited pack reduce the price by that […]


The Most Popular App In The World Is (Envelope, Please)….Google Maps! 08/28/2013

The Most Popular App In The World Is (Envelope, Please)….Google Maps! 08/28/2013 According to London- and Singapore-based research company GlobalWebIndex. Here’s the list of the most popular apps Worldwide: Google Maps Facebook YouTube Google + Weixin / WeChat (Chinese service) Twitter Skype US: Facebook YouTube (not listed in synopsis) Twitter Facebook Messenger


iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in

iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in Camera: Probably the most important feature for the consumer is a better camera. The latest speculation on the camera claims it will get a larger f/2.0 aperture (that would match the HTC One) with dual LED flash. If accurate, that aperture would be significantly larger than the iPhone 5’s. That […]