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.
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.
Weather apps are the new Twitter apps. For a time, designers put their efforts into making cool Twitter apps. Twitter apps were a way to play around with different design ideas, while still appealing to a broad base of users. Twitter basically shut down all the third party apps. It wanted to take control of its platform, so the creativity in Twitter apps is pretty much dead.
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Over the weekend, developers created 15 new apps and services as part of Evernote and Honda's design hackathon. They were tasked with building apps that utilized Evernote's API, as well as APIs from the Honda Silicon Valley Lab for smart cars, gesture technology company Leap Motion, Pebble, and sensor platform for smart devices NODE.