Aug 31

Autodesk has announced that AutoCAD will be coming to the Mac this fall, along with a companion iOS app for iPhone and iPad.

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[From Etc: Autodesk has announced that AutoCAD will be coming to the Mac this fall, along with a companion iOS app for iPhone and iPad.]

Pricey. The CAD market on OS X will get a bit of a shakeup.

Aug 30


My favourite album of the year so far. The iTunes version has two extra demo tracks.

Aug 29

Not as good a movie as the first one but for those familiar with the books it made a decent effort at the middle volume of the trilogy.

Aug 27

From a Freedom of Information request in the UK:

In July 2010 6,400 programmes were streamed from the BBC iPlayer to Android devices. […]

In July 2010 there were 5,272,464 programmes requested via the BBC iPlayer from Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.

Why so striking a difference? Because Android users can only access iPlayer using Flash, Flash is only available on Android 2.2, and the overwhelming majority of Android handsets — even brand-new ones — are still running older versions of the OS.

But, of course, there are no iOS users with Flash installed. That’s what I see as the main problem with Android’s official support for Flash: it gives providers like the BBC an easy way out. Would there exist a dedicated iPlayer app for the iPhone if iOS had supported Flash all along? Does Android’s support for Flash make it less likely that the BBC will develop a native iPlayer app for Android?

(And wouldn’t you like to see a battery life comparison between iPlayer on an iPhone 4 and a few Android phones running the Flash version?)

[From BBC iPlayer Usage, iOS vs. Android 2.2 Devices]

So much for Flash 🙂

Aug 22

Aug 22

The very insightful Stuart Dredge over at Mobile Entertainment has compiled an amazing primer on all of the numbers behind the app market (which you can also see by clicking the “Read More” link, although it’s not viewable on an iPad or iPhone). If you want to know anything about how many apps are rolling out of the store, how many apps are installed on the average device, or what kinds of apps those are, Dredge’s presentation will tell you. It’s a really excellent compilation of everything we know about the App Store and the app market at large thus far.

I don’t think anything here is new or really that surprising. We already know that Apple is, by far, leading the race on number of apps (both created and sold), and we’ve heard before that games tend to do very well on the marketplace in a number of demographics. The end of the report has some great numbers, too, on standout applications like Angry Birds and the eBay app.

Otherwise, it’s basically a big round-up of a lot of the stats that we’ve heard so far. But having them all in one place gives a nice overview of just how big this little software ecosystem has become.TUAWThe app market, by the numbers originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments [From The app market, by the numbers]

Aug 16

One year old today.


Aug 09

Sherlock, the modern update of the Conan Doyle character, ended its short first season (three feature-length eps) on a cliffhanger last night. I’ll be watching when it returns.

Aug 06

Bad, getting worse – for Windows At least one seasoned analyst agrees with Steve Ballmer’s admission Microsoft has “lost a generation” of users — but from this number-cruncher’s point of view, the situation is worse than Microsoft’s CEO concedes.… [From Ballmer’s ‘lost generation’ note finds resonance]

I have doubts about some of the numbers in this story but I did predict a couple of decades ago that UNIX would eventually win the platform wars and Mac OS X and Linux are both *NIX OSs. And modern Windows is a sort-of descendant of VMS 🙂

Aug 02

Once I got the D-Link 323 NAS set up I didn’t need to reboot it anymore to change configurations so it’s just been sitting there under the TV serving away.

System Up Time: 26 days 11 hours 2 minutes
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