TechCrunch hosted a hackathon before the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt in SF this weekend. Part one of this post deals with Hackathon logistics and presentations; Part 2 will be some quick thoughts on some of the ideas presented. Here are some of the overall impressions followed by tweet-length reactions to the 60-second presentations. You can see all the demos here and the top winners with videos and pics are available here. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Apps
Not only are people behaving differently on mobiles than desktops, they’re also expecting different responses. eMarketer’s July 2012 Mobile Roundup notes that “the shift toward immediate ‘just in time’ information access means that marketers and content providers must meet demands for mobile-optimized content.” Responsive design has been the answer so far to multimodal users seeking immediately relevant, actionable, utilizable content.
It’s considered by many as a great achievement in website development but if you want my take, responsive design is most often the euphemism for stretching production so that, at best, the website won’t look broken or just ugly on smartphones and other devices. I’d argue that when you don’t develop specifically for mobile, that is, when you try to take web and artifact it into mobile rather than the other way around, you fail to fully leverage the platform. In short, you fail to win. I expect a lot of TL:DR at this point, but stick with me to follow the argument. Continue reading
It was largely the week of the API for us.
This week we caught up with Ken Willner, CEO of Zumobi, at the AppNation conference. Zumobi builds mobile apps for media companies and marketers and also have built an ad network for in-App advertising. Ken’s got a great perspective earned from 15-years agency-side then in the senior marketing role at AT&T before taking up his current role. With millions of uniques a month over a wide variety of apps, we pressed Ken for some thoughts on what they’re seeing in the space. Here’s the interview:
- How important Moms are in Apps category. Huge demand for creating content for that category
- Smart-phone discussion: iPhone/iOS is still winning, but Android coming up fast
- Two platform development simplicity part of what’s driving the market, but it’s been catalyzed by Apple–vertical integration of software, device, vision, etc. to create model that others can then replicate
What are you seeing out there? Either/or or And when it comes to Apps and device preferences?
In today’s Apple event announcing new product news around an entirely revamped iPod product line, re-formed AppleTV and other innovations, Steve Jobs shared some performance numbers across a variety of devices, platforms and markets. More than the features, the numbers interested me. Probably the biggest one is 160 million user accounts with 1-click buying ability. Here’s a run-down of those numbers: