The general idea is to ensure that graphics-related problems don't hinder developers from building complex mobile apps, which will ideally end up in Amazon's AppStore.
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There are some surprising numbers available that tell a dark story about mobile apps and what they can be doing on your device.
Graphics processing good fit with data analytics but enterprise uptake will take time to peak due to lack of optimized software and expertise to build such apps, industry insiders say.
The lack of quality apps for Android tablets is simply a numbers game, and it's not changing any time soon.
Intel's Graphics Performance Analyzers suite for developers includes tools for optimizing the performance of mobile apps and how they consume battery life on mobile devices.
The new version of Adobe's Flash Player comes with a new architecture for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics, while AIR 3 will make it possible to install AIR apps without pre-installing the runtime
Apple has released versions of its iWork productivity apps that work on the iPhone and iPod Touch, after already revamping the suite for the iPad last year.The Keynote, Pages and Numbers apps each cost £5.
The latest numbers from Gartner show how big a business apps have become, with $5.2 billion generated in 2010. The revenue generated by apps, both direct sales and ad revenue, is expected to almost triple in 2011 to over $15 billion.
Facebook has temporarily disabled a developer option that could have resulted in the disclosure of personal information.The social networking site said in blog on Tuesday that it was rethinking an option that would have allowed developers of Facebook apps to gather contact information, including home addresses and mobile phone numbers.
The apps numbers game isn't much of a differentiating factor for iOS and Android. What we really need is to advance the state of the mobile browser (which is pretty darned advanced already).
Word processing and spreadsheets, tablet-style...
ZDNet's resident student blogger, Zack Whittaker, suggested yesterday that Google was losing the battle for cloud-based groupware dominance in schools to Microsoft's Live@Edu offering. To that I say two things: I'm not thinking so andThe numbers get in the way of much more important considerationsGoogle claims 7 million active student users of its Apps for Education.
When it comes to global smartphone market share the numbers of apps a platform has doesn't necessarily translate to global domination.
Google Apps has been picking up some steam recently -- announcing a huge deal with the city of Los Angeles, and revealing numbers that suggest over 20 million users and over 2 million companies using the service.Microsoft, on the other hand, doesn't believe the numbers Google is touting -- saying that millions of those users are students through schools using a free version of Google Apps.
The numbers don't lieAn independent study found on-site Microsoft apps - Office and Exchange - cost 20x in capital dollars and 5x-6x more than Google Apps on a 3 year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) basis. How can Microsoft compete?
In previous installments I've blogged about Craig Hockenberry's (Icon Factory) and David Barnard's (App Cubby) thoughts on the economics of the App Store.Hockenberry bemoaned the proliferation of "crapware" that higher-priced apps are forced to compete with while Barnard posted actual numbers from the App Cubby bank account.
Serena Software says it will save $750,000 when it junks Exchange in favor of Google Apps at the end of this year. But some say the numbers don't add up, wondering how an 800-employee company spends a million dollars a year running its email servers in the first place.
Notable headlines:Garett Rogers: The Google Apps Appliance would make Microsoft sweatMary Jo Foley: Microsoft tries to stop more 'Vista-capable' e-mails from going publicVista Ultimate team releases new discounts, but no new freebies (yet)Microsoft DeepZoom + PhotoZoom = Another Software+Service combinationAdrian Kingsley-Hughes: Build a Vista-compatible office PC for $305Intel to steal graphics market share from AMD and nVIDIA in 2009? It depends ...
I've been hiding in meeting rooms muchof yesterday and today, talking with the press about this week's announcementsand the state of the market. Yesterday afternoon, I met with threeJapanese journalists for what was one of the best interviews I've donein a long time.These guys were prepared! Theyhad excellent questions which reflected the Japanese cultural tendencyto think long-term and in multiple directions. I don't speak Japanese,but I know a few of the key phrases and intonations of the language. Combinethat with the "Engrish" (romanji character) pronunciation ofmany of the technical words, and I was able to understand most of the questionseven before they had been translated. The eye contact was intense,the laughter reflected in the creases in the corner of the eye, and itall worked despite my constant reminder to myself to say "hai"at appropriate points and never to use the word "no".So what was the question worth blogging? It was, essentially -- four years ago, you announced a J2EE-basedcollaboration strategy. It was a two-lane highway. Today wehear a lot of news about ongoing investment and enhancement in the coreNotes/Domino technologies, and no two-lane highway. What has changedand why?I love this question (and I told theJapanese that I do). The question is asked at user groups, by journalists,by CIOs. It requires a philosophical answer, but is one that I getasked enough that I've honed the philosophy.When Al Zollar stood on that stage fouryears ago and announced collaboration for J2EE, a number of things drovethe decision. The primary two still make perfect sense today. 1) Software is becoming componentized. You can see it in the way IBM and others build solutions today.The new Sametime uses an Eclipse framework, a Codec from someone else,etc. Making components to provide collaborative capabilities is agood idea. 2) J2EE, or alternatively .NET, havebecome the primary languages for application developers. The forecastin 2002 was that by 2005, 80% of all new apps would be written in one orthe other. I don't think it happened that way -- for a variety ofreasons, I think the number is lower. But it is still a fact thata new computer science graduate from unversity is more likely to be focusedon Java or .NET than anything else. And convincing them learn todevelop in Domino Designer is a challenge, because it's "proprietary"to one (albeit incredibly popular) platform.So we had to start getting behind oneof these development platforms, and as IBM, it makes sense that we choseJava. The Workplace Collaboration Services, and many of the Workplace-brandedproducts, reflect this. But a funny thing happened on the way toJ2EE-based collaboration -- market adoption of Notes/Domino continued,and more importantly, existing customers grew their Domino investmentsthrough larger user populations and increasing numbers of applications.The problem with the "two-lanehighway" was that there was an implication you would eventually haveto move to the other lane, and it would take some superhuman feat to doso. There's no ROI in migration, and IBM -- unlike our primary competitor-- just don't believe in it. So instead of following separate andparallel development paths, we started finding ways to integrate the new,Java-based, componentized technologies with the existing Notes/Domino products.This results in several things you saw/heardyesterday -- at the client side, Notes integrates with the Workplace ManagedClient as a plug-in. The next version of Domino will integrate portaltechnologies into the server. They are still Notes and Domino-- running every Notes application that you do today, with no architecturalchanges required. But now we integrate the Activities model intoNotes; we integrate the components into Notes (Sametime 7.5 will providethe IM plug-in for Notes "Hannover"). It becomes the bestof all worlds -- continuing investment and innovation for the productsin use by 61,000 customers today, while adopting for the "nextgen"of Java-based programming. Tools like IBM Workplace Designer helpbridge the two, by providing a Java-based development tool that works likeDomino Designer. In a future version, it will even build rich clientapplications.I have been at Lotus through this entiretransition and journey. And when I see what the development teamhas done to leverage our strengths and heritage, combined with toolingfor the future, it makes me incredibly proud to be a part of all of this. We're doing what's right for customers, not just what's convenientfor us (whehter that be a 64-bit migration or an obsolesence of existingproduct APIs). It takes more work, but the best and the brightestare making it happen. And the best part is, it has made Notes evenmore powerful, and more useful, for the next sixteen years of its lifecycle.
Graphics powerhouse revamping key apps for print and the Web -- with the first fruits perhaps cropping up at this week¹s Seybold gathering.
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