Venture capitalist Bill Gurley has long, good post on the shift from desktop to mobile, and what it means for startups. In the post, he raises an interesting point about Google's and Apple's app stores.
MONTREAL — Efforts by successive Quebec governments to find more revenue sources over the years have contributed to an unintended consequence on the store shelves of the province’s liquor monopoly: the near-extinction of cheap wine.
There's a lot more to becoming a wine expert than tossing back a glass now and then. You've got to know the vocab — tannin, bouquet, terroir, aroma — not to mention how to hold a glass, recognize flavors, and know when to drink it. Luckily, London-based company Datadial developed a helpful infographic for their client WineInvestment that breaks down everything a budding wine enthusiast needs to know (first found at Visual.ly).
The app store phenomenon, centered on smartphones and tablets, has been the biggest story in software for the past five years. Its next logical destination: the living room, via smart TVs and set-top boxes connected to the Internet. Smart TV apps would represent yet another threat to the struggling pay TV industry.
In Roald Dahl’s 1951 short story Taste, stockbroker Mike Schofield challenges his dinner guest, a wine snob named Richard Pratt, to a high-stakes bet. If Pratt can guess which wine is being served, Schofield will offer Pratt his beautiful young daughter’s hand in marriage. If Pratt is stumped, he forfeits his two houses to Schofield.