• Computing’s future? It’s in your pocket

    Computing’s future? It’s in your pocket

    Technology’s neverending story has always, apparently, been the quest for The Next Big Thing. Whether that thing is something entirely new and transformative — unimaginable except within the fantastical confines of the sci-fi genre, say. Or just a far faster/more powerful iteration of the rough-round-the-edges gizmo sitting on your desk today — one which delivers a bona fide… Read More

  • Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong About Uber And Disruptive Innovation Crunch Network

    Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong About Uber And Disruptive Innovation

    Silicon Valley has disrupted disruptive innovation, and Clayton Christensen isn’t happy about it. Christensen vaulted to rock-star status in the tech world in 1995 when he introduced the theory of disruptive innovation. Two years later, he published his bestselling book, The Innovator’s Dilemma. His work was widely praised. The concept of disruptive innovation was a hugely… Read More

  • Building A Framework For Sustainability Crunch Network

    Building A Framework For Sustainability

    Platforms are what make the technology world go ’round. Great platforms create value for technologists everywhere — be it a technology-specific platform like what Google has newly open-sourced through Tensor Flow, a customer-specific platform development environment like Salesforce or a truly horizontal platform like what Amazon offers through AWS. This value stems from the fact… Read More

  • The Platform Paradox Crunch Network

    The Platform Paradox

    I often hear VCs say that they don’t back products, they back platforms. I find that logic backwards and in many ways dangerous for founders. Platforms can provide a durable competitive advantage, and it’s easy to understand why startups would want to create one, but great platforms are nearly always born from companies first creating great products with narrow, but compelling… Read More

  • So Many Platforms, So Few Developers

    So Many Platforms, So Few Developers

    As I walked around the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon today, I talked to a lot of vendors who decided to set up tables at the event for one reason: to lure developers to use their APIs and build applications on top of their platforms. In fact, I spoke to almost a dozen vendors including Evernote, Twitter, Microsoft Azure, The Weather Underground, Pearson (the book publisher), GoGo InFlight… Read More

  • Tablets Are Eating Into Smartphones’ Share Of Mobile Content Usage, While Android Remains In Lead Overall, Finds Jumptap

    Tablets Are Eating Into Smartphones’ Share Of Mobile Content Usage, While Android Remains In Lead Overall, Finds Jumptap

    Tablets are continuing their rise as the preferred screen for consuming mobile data, according to the latest figures from mobile advertising network Jumptap. The company, which produces a monthly report of what platforms are performing the strongest based on its ad network covering 134 million mobile users in the U.S. and 206 million mobile users worldwide, says that by the end of 2012… Read More

  • Nodejitsu Takes On Heroku, Microsoft Azure With Node.js Platform Cloud

    Nodejitsu Takes On Heroku, Microsoft Azure With Node.js Platform Cloud

    Nodejitsu announced a long awaited public beta for its Node.js platform cloud service this week, that runs on Amazon Web Services, Joyent or Rackspace. The company also offers suites of tools for deploying, monitoring and managing Node.js applications in both public and private cloud environments. Read More

  • The Case For Developer Platforms

    The Case For Developer Platforms

    Over the years, software development has ping-ponged between server-centric and client-centric designs. Today, with dominant mobile platforms like iOS and Android, apps have entered a hybrid client-server architecture. What this means for developers is that they have to juggle more technologies than ever before. And in response, we’re seeing the rise of developer platforms that… Read More

  • Intel details next-generation 'Pine Trail' Atom platform, intros updated 'Moblin' UI

    Intel just held a teleconference outlining some information on its next Atom platform, code-named “Pine Trail” and introduced a new beta version of its “Moblin” user interface for upcoming Atom-based netbooks, nettops, MIDs, embedded systems, and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Here are some notes from the call… Read More

  • T-Mobile Dev Program: No Android or Sidekick at first had a chance to sit down with some T-Mobile brass and get some details about T-Mobile’s upcoming developer program. Here’s the short version (you can read the whole thing here). Read More

  • iPhone now fourth most popular Web platform

    [photopress:feb08web.jpg,full,center] Newly released Net Applications numbers show the iPhone at the fourth most used Web browsing platform out there. Windows leads the pack with more than 91 percent of the pie, followed by Mac with 7.46 and Linux with 0.65 percent. Following the iPhone is PlayStation and SunOS. Or, you know, you can just look at the graph up there. These numbers are for February. Read More

  • Trolltech ends run of Qtopia Greenphones

    Trolltech has done a lot in the past year for the world of developers. With its amazing Qtopia Greenphone, developers were able to have a completely open mobile phone that allowed for application testing with multiple input devices. Trolltech has now announced that all Greephones and their SDKs have been sold and there are no longer plans to manufacture more. From Trolltech’s PR… Read More