In last year’s review I wrote “Android up, Apple down, Microsoft so near, so far”. Same again? The headline still rings true, though I would not write “Apple down” today. Android ended Apple’s chance of world domination in mobile, but the company continues to thrive. In some markets Apple is almost the only company that
…continue reading Reflecting on 2013: the year of not the PC, no privacy, and the Internet of Things
There may yet be an ITWriting review of the year; but in the meantime, the trend that has struck me most this year has been the steady march of permission-based, fee-charged technology during the course of the year, even though it has continued trends that were already established.
The decline of Windows and rise of
…continue reading 2013: the web gets more proprietary. So do operating systems, mobile, everything
Salesforce has announced Salesforce 1, but what it is? Something new, or the same old stuff repackaged?
Even if it is something new, the ingredients are familiar. Salesforce 1, I have been told, is a new brand over the Salesforce platform, though it does not replace individual components like Force.com or Heroku.
…continue reading Salesforce 1 and the cloud platform wars
Back in January I asked IntelliJ IDEA: the best IDE for programming Android? Google says yes. At the IO conference today, the company announced the official Android Studio – and it a version of IntelliJ IDEA.
Android Studio is currently in preview.
…continue reading Official Google Android Studio is based on JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA
Today at its Software Conference in Paris Intel presented its HTML5 development tools.
There is an intriguing comment here:
…continue reading Intel fights back against iOS with free tools for HTML5 cross-platform mobile development
Cloud telephony company Twilio has announced a partnership with Google to integrate its API with App Engine, Google’s platform for cloud applications. Google has a clear explanation of what this enables here. You can have your application respond to incoming SMS texts or voice calls, and send an SMS back, or for voice, play messages,
…continue reading Twilio integrates with Google App Engine for cloud telephony applications
Mobile World Congress, now under way in Barcelona, is a big event. Exact numbers are not available, but I have heard talk of 70,000 trade attendees; it is not something you can safely ignore if you have a presence in the mobile industry.
Nevertheless Apple chooses to ignore it, preferring its own exclusive events.
…continue reading Power shifts at Mobile World Congress: Samsung rises, Apple absent, Google hidden, Microsoft missing
Via Martin Belam’s blog I came across this account of how the well-known flower vendor Interflora has, it is claimed, been penalised by Google for violation of its webmaster guidelines on paid links:
Searching for the terms [Flowers], [florist], [flower delivery], [flowers online] and hundreds of other related search terms yielded the interflora.co.uk domain in
…continue reading Reflecting on Google’s power: a case for regulation?
The most remarkable statement in the report from the US Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Google is this one:
The FTC concluded that the introduction of Universal Search, as well as additional changes made to Google’s search algorithms – even those that may have had the effect of harming individual competitors – could be plausibly
…continue reading Extraordinary: the FTC says it is OK for Google to bias search results in its own favour