Jason D. O'Grady

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging. He has been a frequent speaker at the Macworld Expo conference and a member of the conference faculty. He also co-founded the first dedicated PowerBook User Group (PPUG) in the United States. After winning a major legal battle with Apple in 2006, he set the precedent that independent journalists are entitled to the same protections under the First Amendment as members of the mainstream media. O'Grady is the author of The Nexus One Pocket Guide, The Droid Pocket Guide, The Google Phone Pocket Guide, and The Garmin nuvi Pocket Guide (Peachpit Press), the author of Corporations That Changed the World: Apple Inc. (Greenwood Press), and a contributor to The Mac Bible (Peachpit Press). In addition, he has contributed to numerous Mac publications over the years, including MacWEEK, Macworld, and MacPower (Japan).When he's not writing about Apple for ZDNet at The Apple Core, he enjoys spending time with his family in New Jersey.

Jason D. O'Grady is the creator and editor of O'Grady's PowerPage, which has been publishing mobile technology news since 1995. He maintains an advertising relationship with the following legacy advertisers on the PowerPage: Amazon Associates and Google Adsense. Advertising on the PowerPage is brokered by a third-party agency (BackBeat Media) and he recuses himself from these negotiations.

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The App Store is not a free market

The App Store is not a free market

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.

December 19, 2008 by in Developer

Podcaster done for now

Podcaster done for now

Apple has revoked Podcaster developer Alex Sokirynsky's ability to issue ad hoc licenses for his killer iPhone app. Niall Kennedy claims over 1,300 people received provisioned licenses before Apple clipped his wings.

September 24, 2008 by in Developer

Another App bites the dust: Box Office/Now Playing

Another App bites the dust: Box Office/Now Playing

Last week Apple pulled iPhone tethering application NetShare from the App Store without explanation (it's since been posted and removed again) and this week another – less controversial – application has bee pulled without explanation.Over the weekend I was comparing iPhone apps with some friends who were visiting from out of town and when someone suggested seeing a movie I quickly brought up one of my favorite iPhone apps – Box Office (since renamed "Now Playing).

August 4, 2008 by in Developer

App Store developers stuffing the ballot box (again)

App Store developers stuffing the ballot box (again)

App Store developers are known for finding creative ways to game Apple's App Store for financial gain.In July 2008 crafty developers discovered that changing the titles of their apps to include all spaces and/or special characters would make them appear at the top of the category listing in the App Store.

November 24, 2008 by in Developer

The App Store millionaire club

The App Store millionaire club

Despite the recent comments by some iPhone developers on the harsh economics of the App Store, other developers are making a killing by cranking out inexpensive but popular apps.Newsweek's Dan Lyons profiles Ge Wang and Jeff Smith the brain trust behind Smule, creators of four $1 and $2 apps including a virtual lighter (Sonic Lighter), a virtual firecracker (Sonic Boom), a voice changer (Sonic Vox) and a virtual flute (Ocarina).

December 15, 2008 by in Developer