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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It? 249

Posted by timothy
from the hammer-and-tweezers dept.
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Given the hundreds of thousands of apps currently on offer, it's hard for any one app (no matter how well designed) to stand out on Apple's App Store, much less stay atop the bestseller charts for very long. In an August 10 blog posting, former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée offered Apple CEO Tim Cook some advice: Let humans curate the App Store. 'Instead of using algorithms to sort and promote the apps that you permit on your shelves, why not assign a small group of adepts to create and shepherd an App Store Guide,' he wrote. 'A weekly newsletter will identify notable new titles, respond to counter-opinions, perhaps present a developer profile, footnote the occasional errata and mea culpa.' Whether or not such an idea would effectively surface all the good content now buried under layers of Flappy Bird rip-offs is an open question; what's certain is that, despite Apple's rosy picture, developers around the world face a lot of uncertainty and competition when it comes to making significant money off their apps. Sure, some developers are making a ton of cash, but the rising tide doesn't necessarily float all boats. If you had the opportunity, how would you revamp/revise/upgrade/adjust/destroy the App Store to better serve the developers who put apps in it?

Comment: how are they hiding the names? (Score 2) 210

I've been doing a bit of digging on the page, apparently the takedown was because of one of the comments so I did google searches for the page and each commentors name and they all came up ... though the searches were very slow and occasionally died with a 500 error.

Comment: Re:Need more information (Score 1) 497

I've make a habit of trolling the "There is something wrong with your computer" scams (I get a call ever 3-6 months and string them along for fun/public service)

I'd say about 50% actually know there running a scam, these will put the phone down the moment I start stringing them along (Me:Just a mo while I turn on my computer. Them: [click]). The other %50 act bewildered and answer back when I do the reveal and tell them I know its a scam, if they were in on it they would just ring off and get to the next call.

Its quite interesting to watch how their script develops. Originally they would talk me through opening event viewer so they can show me all the thousands of your computer is going to die warnings.... now they go straight for the logmein and the like. I used to have great fun pertending to boot a Windows 3.1 box and fire up Mosaic (with lots of crashes stringing it out). I'm going to have to perpare a virual machine so the can log in... I'm not sure what theme to go with ... eyewatering medical images for wallpaper, something that looks like a police or gangster computer or perhaps a straight linux box with a windows8 skin on it

Comment: Re:Nooo!!! (Score 1) 171

by mlush (#44960211) Attached to: BBC Thinking of Canceling <em>Sky At Night</em>

I agree. I have never seen the Sky at Night (as I live in the USA), but we have a similar show here on Public Television ("Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer"). When Jack passed away in August 2010, we had guest hosts on the show (myself being one of them) until we could decide on what to do. In October 2011, we modified the format of the show, but kept the same flavor and subject matter. Perhaps the BBC should consider something similar.

Thats pretty much what they did, as Patrick got older they brought in a supporting cast of presenters who have now taken over (Moor also lives on in Jon Culshaw's imporsonations and clips fromt the extensive archives)

Comment: Re:bioinformatics (Score 1) 356

by mlush (#42934291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

Do no underestimate the horror of Biology, nothing is simple, the data is never clean and there are always exceptions to the rule (normally not in a good way:-). I speak from experience

A database of mouse traits could well be a valuable resource and more importantly a cool project, but I would go into that project expecting that the vocabulary of trait descriptions not be controlled, formatted or even spell checked and the gene and strain nomenclature to occasionally out of date, misleading or even flat out wrong.

You could well use up half your time simply massaging the data into a usable format and I suspect you don't get any credit for data munging.

Now I'm not saying don't do it! But this is for a qualification, you want a project that should succeed, so you really need someone knowledgeable about the subject ready to help with terminology and shape the search interface. But more importantly take a really good look at quality of the input data before you take on such a project

Comment: Re:What do they do? (Score 1) 212

by mlush (#42544459) Attached to: A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

The device itself is the killer app.

This

Consider the project 'I want to open my garage door with my phone' OK easy enough, small computer with web-server CGI app and some wires to hook it up to the door motor....

Prior to the Pi you could buy a low power, cheap, computer with USB, Ethernet, video and sound (and no GPIO) but they cost $150+

So now I had to ask the question this is going to be cool but is it $150 worth of cool\? and I'd be forced to conclude no I've got a perfectly serviceable remote control... $35? and a built in way to access the motor? now were talking

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