July 2012


Three word response from Steve Ballmer to my recommendation to stop being nice to notebook/tablet partners

I’m no Microsoft cheerleader or fanboi (though I am a former Microsoft MVP). But, after reading reports like this one in All Things D about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seemingly trying to placate notebook and tablet hardware partners, I had to vent. And, since Ballmer often gives out his email address and tells people he reads his own email, I figured, why not send it to the man himself.

Ballmer: “Surface Is Just a Design Point”

I’m not convinced that the Surface RT (Windows 8 ARM based hybrid tablet-notebook) will be a success. But, it does look interesting and generated more buzz than Microsoft has seen in a long time. We still don’t know key information like availability date, price, performance, and battery life. However, none of Microsoft hardware partners seem to be producing anything half as interesting. So, I told him that it was the wrong message to send partners who had designed failures in the Tablet PC, UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC – aka “Origami”), and netbook categories for the past decade. I suggested these four points should be the message sent to these underwhelming hardware partners.
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Apps updated for my iPhone or iPad in the past week: 34



Thirty-four (34) apps for my iPhone and iPad were updated in the past week. Here’s a summary of the updates that I found interesting.

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Podcast 58: Sencha Touch 2




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In MobileViews podcast 58 Todd Ogasawara speaks with the Senior Director of Product Management at Sencha, Aditya Bansod, about Sencha Touch 2 which launched on March 6, 2012.

From March 2012

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Podcast 57: Spring Partners CEO Jeff Janer Talks About Springpad on Mobile Devices




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Todd Ogasawara speaks with Spring Partners CEO Jeff Janer about the firms Springpad note taking product available for the web, Android and iOS.

From December 2011

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Podcast 56: Unity 3D CEO David Helgason – Mobile Game Building Tools




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Todd Ogasawara speaks with Untiy 3D CEO David Helgason about the firm’s 3D graphics application development tools for desktops and mobile devices in this podcast.

From December 2011

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Podcast 55: Smule CTO Ge Wang talks about Khush acquisition & creative music apps




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Todd Ogasawara speaks with Smule CTO and co-founder Ge Wang about the firm’s recent acquisition of Khush. Both companies create creative music apps for iOS.

From December 2011

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