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The Wild World of App Dev Outsourcing

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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It seems that you just can’t trust anybody these days.  Some players in the service world appear to be in a race to the bottom, and they aren’t above stretching their credentials a bit on the way down.

Mission NOT Accomplished

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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Apparently, the iPhone launch in China generated only 5K new customers for China Unicom.  Ouch.

iPhone – All About the Cool

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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According to a recent survey by Retrevo, iPhone owners assess themselves as more “cool” than do Blackberry owners.  Rating categories included these seemingly shallow criteria:  Extrovert, Jock, Intellectual and Media Buff.  iPhone owners ranked themselves as higher across the board.  After dealing with the “community” for most of this year, I’m sure that they think that.

Exit Strategies?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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At the end of the last millennium, we yammered a lot about the “greater fool” theory.  Is it happening again?

iCombat and the App Approval Death Panel

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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I had a similar experience with TiltBallLite.  It took me 3 tries to get it past Apple’s approval death panel.

After the Gold Rush, Reality Strikes Back

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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OK, so maybe this whole iPhone app development boondoggle was a REALLY bad idea, at least for independent devs.  Newsweek has a not so encouraging article on the business potential for us.  Read this before you decide to jump in.

App Store Approval Team On Steroids? (Kidding)

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

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After nearly two months of drought, the floodgates at the App Store recently opened.  We’ve had five (5) apps approved in the past several days.

iPhone App Marketing Series: Free for All

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

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I wondered what would happen if we temporarily set the price for one of our apps to US$0.00.  The results were almost stunning.  I guess that “Free” is the right price.  Of course, it’s not particularly profitable…

Some iTunes Connect Mysteries

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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I’ve been wondering about iTunes Connect recently.  Some parts of the app submission process really puzzle me.

Another Frustrated App Developer

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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These stories are piling up with alarming frequency.