On Apple’s Insurmountable Platform Advantage

Since the iPhone 6s was released last month anyone who has used the device says it feels like magic. Apple – as a platform company – is so far above the competition it’s hard to fully grasp. There are reasons why pushing down on 3D Touch feels better than any device people have ever touched, […]

Read Now

First Brain Computing and the Mouse Cursor for the Physical World

We are quickly approaching an era where smartphones, watches and computers are extensions of us as human beings. They predict what we want to buy, when we should be hungry, what type of music we want to listen to, at what time. They even help cars navigate to where we stand, the driver simply a […]

Read Now

Estimote

In June of this year, I had one of those incredible experiences working in technology where you see or hear something and know that the world has changed. It happened while I was sitting in bed at home, watching Apple’s WWDC conference, having just finished the developer session on a new framework called iBeacon. Later […]

Read Now

Why Android First is a Myth

In mobile, particularly in consumer markets, there has been an ongoing debate about when or if Android will become the first platform that sophisticated startups develop for. Often times, this argument is wrongly centered around vanity metrics for Android such as worldwide shipments or installed base of each platform. The reality is that platform constraints […]

Read Now

How Apple iBeacon Will Transform Local Commerce

One fascinating benefit of today’s converged hardware / software platforms is how a new technology can be “turned on” via OS upgrades, allowing instant network effects at the platform and ecosystem level. Apple’s iBeacon is a model case for this and below are some thoughts on how new capabilities brought forth in iOS7 have the […]

Read Now

On Apple’s Vertical Silicon Strategy

An alternative title for this piece could be ‘Why Vertically Converged Mobile Platforms Have Won Over Modular’. Over the weekend Ben Thompson wrote an eloquent essay relating the iPhone’s success to disruption theory in mobile / consumer markets. Mobile has always been evolving differently, and 3.5 years ago I wrote a post called The Genius […]

Read Now

On the Apple M7 Motion Processor

When Apple announced the iPhone 5s last week the biggest mystery was the M7 motion processor—it may have been the only unknown, as other key internals like the fingerprint sensor and possibility of a 64-bit A7 had leaked. This is interesting, showcasing that the component layer is Apple’s last stronghold of total secrecy. The M7 […]

Read Now

On The Future of iOS and Android

We’ve entered the age of iOS and Android penetrating beyond mobile, and there’s a lot happening with respect to how the entire ecosystem is developing. Mobile advancements / investments are now driving the progression of all converged hardware / software. Hardware innovation is also accelerating because of this tailwind. Here are some thoughts on what’s […]

Read Now

Mobile App Store Rankings and User Growth

Vine is turning out to be one of the fastest growing networks ever. From launch in late January through June 12th Vine hauled in 13 million registered users. App store analytics platform AppAnnie provides historical rankings, which is the chart at the top of this post, but not daily downloads, so I interpolated Vine’s published […]

Read Now

Why Videos on Instagram and Vine Will Fail to Monetize

This post was originally published on Medium. Yesterday there was a lot of idle speculation that a 15 second video format will somehow transform Instagram into a massive moneymaker for Facebook. And that because advertisers may re-purpose ads generated for other mediums on Instagram and Vine, FB and Twitter will start printing money. This couldn’t […]

Read Now