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Ian Thain

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I was asking myself a question the other day...Are 99c apps on the iTunes Appstore more popular? Lets face it everyone likes something for free and you can imagine that the free apps on the Appstore get a lot of downloads. So I started to check out around the web and came across a great article from the guys at Mobile Orchard My analysis after reading through it is, sure the Free apps get a LOT of downloads but surprisingly the 99c apps get roughly the same amount of downloads as the higher priced apps. I think that shows that iPhone users know the benefit of well thought out and written software... that in turn bodes well for the iPhone developers out there. ... (more)

More Workers to Give Up Desk Phones at the Office

I wanted to flag a recent article from Rachael King, that appeared on BusinessWeek.com discussing a study by Gartner that shows office land lines decreasing as corporate users rely more on their mobile devices. This is interesting and following on from my previous post where I state that 'Mobility is an exciting place' , and the posting on Apple's Enterprise iPhone usage etc including an impressive customer video. Back to Rachael's story, you can see she also quotes Phillip Redman, research vice president at Gartner...“The mobile device is starting to become more valuable than a... (more)

iPhone into Business Does Go

The New York Times has posted an article with the headline, “Apple iPhone Owners Don’t Use It For Work” – quite a bold statement, though now has been clarified and re-written as "Apple iPhone Owners Favor Personal Uses, Not Business". The writer, Jenna Wortham, sites findings from a Compete study who surveyed smartphone users and seems to be taking a perspective that the iPhone is being used for personal productivity whereas users of BlackBerry, Nokia, HTC and such use it for business/work needs. You can find the New York Times article here. In response to the New York Times art... (more)

What Hardware Changes Will iPhone OS 3.0 Bring?

On June 22 I will be Chairing the SYS-CON iPhone Developer Summit in NYC. Along with me will be some great industry presenters and colleagues from Sybase/iAnywhere showing off  the Enterprise capabilities they have for iPhone. In preparation for this event I have been searching around for what the industry thinks Apple will announce, when the new OS and  hopefully hardware becomes available, and I found a great article by Brian Chen of the Gadget Lab in Wired.com. Brian summarizes the rumors and puts a percentage probability next to each, that the feature will be announced with... (more)

iPhone vs. SatNav: Another Device Bites the Dust for iPhone Users?

iPhone Developer's Journal on Ulitzer What is a SatNav? I would define it as a small pocket sized computer, with a built-in GPS receiver, running navigational software on a lightweight but efficient Operating System. Indispensable in today's age, but adding to the number of small technological marvels that need to be carried on your person. Unless you have a utility belt or do not worry about carrying a rucksack, then it won't be an issue. Just to renew my call... one thing I would mind carrying around as a separate device would be a small mobile printer... check out I have got th... (more)