Friday, 31 May 2013

Tim Cook's "Google Glass" big gaff

Famous people need to be careful about predicting technology future and Tim Cook stepped into the history books this week with the statement about Google Glass
about Google Glass "likelihood of a broad range of appeal hard to see" says Tim Cook
in 1977 Ken Olsen said
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."
 and Bill Gates quote is now thought to be a myth
"640kb ought to be enough for anybody."
Time will tell whether or not this statement of Tim's becomes truely false, but even if the current Google Glass does not take off, it's clear to me at least that a close derivative of glass will become a truely successful mass consumer product and Tim's quote will be added to Ken Olsen and Bill Gates future predictions.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Opinion on Google IO 2013

I’ve watched quite a few hours of the videos from Google IO last week and here is my summary
1) 900 Million android phones and 48B Google Play for Apps downloads   (Apple Announced 50B Appstore downloads the same day- obviously Android will surpass Apple soon)
2) Search is moving to personal context understanding based on user info like my calendar and previous search requests.  Example of this given using voice search where the word “it” based on previously defined nouns are used.  All very powerful stuff.
3) Android Apps can now have 100 Geofences per app per user.  This means an App can internally with efficient battery usage determine when a Geofence is reached and cause a notification
4) Lots of Google Glass stuff.  Glass screen is better than I’d thought with a resolution of 640x480.   Simple APIs connects using REST apis and connected html cards where there are simple menus and small amounts of data at any one moment. But the whole thing is very early... they’re still working on much of the functionality... I’d say another 2 years before it really takes over the world (so long as the privacy people don’t suffocate it) – but then it will really take over the world.  But of course the iWatch will also be around by then as well.
4) Big advances in web technologies.  All very impressive stuff and I’d say very signficant.  They are using new techniques called Web Components which allow the grouping of HTML/CSS/Javascript fragments(within this are things called Shadow DOM and HTML templates).  In this way you can define your own HTML tags with lots of functionality.  Example is Adobe have a single tag which is a PDF viewer (so a web page can add this very easily in part of a screen with a single tag). 
Very good talk by the Javascript team explaining about the massive improvements in performance of the past few years but they’re close to the limit.  They know they need native app performance speeds and the way they’re going to achieve this is by creating a new language called Dart.  Dart is a cross between Java and Javascript but without the performance bottlenecks of Javascript.... they think they can achieve the same speed as Java;   Dart is already working in Chrome and for other browsers it regresses back to Javascript so always works.  Of course Microsoft have something similar called TypeScript but I think its this Google open standards one which will get somewhere.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

EyeMags now the largest App Factory in the World

EyeMags today announces that it is the largest App Factory in the world. We've already have more than 10K different applications created and since for each app we build 7 different variants to suit every device we have in some measures 70K applications. We feel this is very substantial and its' popularity is growing rapidly world wide. Because EyeMags support both high end and less capable devices we see the service's popularity exploding everywhere from India, Indonesia, the Middle East as well as massive take up in the US and Europe.

EyeMags is used by ordinary people for free for creating and downloading and by professional people in agencies and app development houses as well as publishers use us to create apps quickly knowing they work on all devices.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Create Native Apps for Android

New for 2011 EyeMags is pleased to announce native app support for Android.

It is now possible to create apps for Android which also work on iPhone/iPad (as an installed webapps), and on Blackberry, Nokia, LG etc as installed apps.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

12 Months old and 7.5 Million downloads

EyeMags was relaunched under a new spin off company 12 months ago and in that time we've seen 7.5 Million downloads.

Friday, 17 September 2010

EyeMags is a top 50 publisher on Ovistore

As we reached 1 million downloads on Ovistore last week, the top 50 publishers on Ovistore have been announced and we are in the list.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

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