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We’re Selling Ourselves Out and Developers Short with Free Apps

We’re Selling Ourselves Out and Developers Short with Free Apps

I buy a lot of apps. Yeah I have a lot of apps in general (almost 920 last check of iTunes), and a lot of them are free. Some were just free and a smaller portion were from review codes by app developers, but a lot, I bought. And while we all like free apps, when an app is free to download and use, there is always a cost. Nothing is ever completely free, someone has to get paid. However app developers are under two conflicting pressures: people wanting free apps and developers wanting to earn a living.

Opinion: Apple Takes The Hacked and Makes It Available to All

Opinion: Apple Takes The Hacked and Makes It Available to All

Earlier this week I posted about an ingenious person getting Rhapsody OS to run on a jailbroken Microsoft Surface Tablet (Surface RT, it should be noted). I also mentioned how Microsoft appeared to be generally okay with the hack (only for the time being it turns out), commenter Kraken followed up on this idea and I thought I’d dig into the topic a little more.

Does CES still matter?

Does CES still matter?

Today, like most of this week, is going to be spent picking through all the CES product announcements to find a few gems to summarize for you later. “Real” news is going to be hard to come by this week. Why bother announcing something when most of the tech world is focused on the goings on in Vegas? Buzzfeed has a contrarian view that CES, and all trade shows in fact, is only marginally important. So maybe we’re not missing out after all?

What is your iDeal Work Setup?

What is your iDeal Work Setup?

Sundays are good days for reflection. Tomorrow starts the first full week of the new year—and hopefully Do Not Disturb working again—sending a lot folks back to work for the first time in a while. I think it’s also safe to guess a lot of new iPads, iPhones, and other devices are going to be heading to work as well. All this makes me wonder about what the perfect device, OS, and machine set up is.

A Mom’s iPhone Contract with Her Teenaged Son

A Mom’s iPhone Contract with Her Teenaged Son

You’ve made leap, taken the plunge, done the unthinkable. You’ve given your teenager an iPhone (or any smartphone) with a phone contract. Interestingly enough, I just did this very thing over the holidays when my wife and I gave my ten year old son and fifteen year old daughter our old iPhone 4s. My son’s is essentially an iPod touch, but my daughter’s is a real phone. So when I read Janelle Burley Hofman’s rules for her son’s iPhone, I thought I’d ask my daughter what she thought about it.

Glance Back at 2012 and Look Ahead to 2013

Glance Back at 2012 and Look Ahead to 2013

Lots of sites are looking back at 2012 to review the year gone by, but while there is no doubt it’s been a pretty exciting year, I thought I’d start with a look at the year to come and make a few arm waving predictions about what we might see. Well, a few arm waving predictions and a good number of pretty sure bets as well.

Woz Says 2013 Will Be The Year of BYOD and Data Centers

Woz Says 2013 Will Be The Year of BYOD and Data Centers

Next year, according to Steve Wozinak, will be the year of BYOD, the data center, and collaboration tools. If there is a truism in tech, it’s when Woz speaks, you listen. You might not agree. You might think he’s bat crap crazy. Regardless of anything else, you listen (or in this case read). Woz has a guest post in Forbes today that every person running a business with more than a handful of people should read.

Joy of Tech on Instagram

Joy of Tech on Instagram

This week’s Joy of Tech cartoon from Nitrozac and Snaggy:

If this is what they think about Instagram I’d hate to think what they think of Hipstamatic.

Guy Kawasaki Leaves iOS for Android, But Is This a Problem?

Guy Kawasaki Leaves iOS for Android, But Is This a Problem?

Guy Kawasaki is the progenitor of all Apple fan boys and girls. He was Apple’s Chief Evangelist in the early Mac days and has been a huge Apple fan—until now. Today Guy uses all Android mobile devices (nothing said about his choice of desktop or laptop), why? Because Apple missed the innovation boat for him.

Highlights of Tim Cook’s Interview with Businessweek

Highlights of Tim Cook’s Interview with Businessweek

It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed already—Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA Soon and Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”—the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.