“Evidence of the incredibly high usage metrics for the QuickBar support this.”—Twitter Blog: So a bar walks into an app… Yeah, I’m sure that the incredibly high usage had nothing to do with the fact that the thing was so damn easy to accidentally tap. Just like the incredibly high click-through rate for popover ads has nothing to do with the fact that they often cover up actual content that users are trying to click on.
“Note that even though the pogo pins in the patent picture are supposed to reduce jack thickness, that’s not really feasible. Just look at the 3rd Gen Shuffle’s headphone jack thickness (3.95 mm)! The thickness is limited by the 3.5 mm headphone plug, not the connection points within the headphone jack. The solution for this problem is to switch to 2.5mm TRS connectors to minimize thickness, but we sincerely hope Apple does not venture down this path. Otherwise they’d force everyone with old iPod/iPhone/aftermarket headphones to purchase a converter to use with their headphones, making the user’s audio setup that much more bulky.”—iPad 2′s Headphone Jack « iFixit Blog. Just like I hope Apple never removes the optical drive from their laptops, nor removes the floppy drive from their desktop computers… oh wait.
“The most telling thing about the NYT’s digital subscription plans is that you can save money on all-access plan (web, phone app, iPad app) by getting a new home delivery subscription for the weekday or Sunday editions. Think about that. If you want to pay the New York Times to read the news using both their iPhone and iPad apps, in theory, you should be their ideal customer — you’re willing to pay, and you’re looking forward, technology-wise. But you’ll save money by getting several pounds of paper that you don’t want delivered to your doorstep every week.”—Daring Fireball Linked List: What Twitter and the NYT Have in Common. Can I sign up for home delivery and ask them not to, you know, actually deliver it?
“We’re supposed to sell AppleCare product support with just about everything, and honestly, those aren’t that hard to sell, since they aren’t a bad deal. But we’re also supposed to push MobileMe, and that’s really hard to sell. Nobody ever sells it.”—Confessions of an Apple Store Employee - Popular Mechanics. Funny, I never buy AppleCare and always buy MobileMe.
“Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit. For some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles.”—A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions - NYTimes.com. Now that’s an interesting piece of the puzzle.
I don’t mind paying to read NYTimes.com, but I’m surprised that the prices are this high. I’d happily pay the $35/mo to make all the ads go away, but I’m guessing that ads will still be forced on paying customers (how can that not be a “FAQ”?).
And they’d better put some of this money towards improving their slow, crash-prone iPad and iPhone apps… which brings up another unanswered FAQ: will these subscriptions be available as App Store (aka “privacy protected”) purchases?
Nicely done! Helps me find those random tracks that I like but don’t know, so I can go buy them. Though to be honest, I find that much of what Girl Talk samples ends up sounding boring when you hear the track by itself, especially once you’ve grown accustomed to hearing it as part of the greater whole.
“When Steve Jobs walked on stage last week to announce the iPad 2, Apple’s stock rose 1%.”—Jobs deserves a dignified exit - Times LIVE. Here’s another way to look at the data: when Steve Jobs showed up on that stage last week, AAPL’s trading volume jumped by a factor of 10 and its market cap suddenly increased by 3 billion dollars.
Girl Talk - All Day. I can’t believe I just found this now, more than three months after it’s release. Better late than never? Download and press play: BOOM, instant dance party! Exactly as you’d expect from Girl Talk.
“Newsstand sales and subscriptions are falling, under pressure from free-of-charge websites and other forms of digital content. The idea with Apple’s 70-30 revenue split is that developers and publishers can make it up in volume — that people aren’t just somewhat more willing to pay for content through iTunes than other online content stores, they are far more willing. The idea is that Apple has cracked a nut no one else has — they’ve created an ecosystem where hundreds of millions of people are willing to pay for digital content”—Daring Fireball: Dirty Percent. And that’s why I’m developing for iOS and not Android, Blackberry, etc.