ColdWetDog writes: "The Dropbox file storage and synchronization service has managed to attract 50 million users and $250 million in venture capital.
The founder of Dropbox, Drew Houston, says he is determined to build the next Google or Apple, not to sell out to them. Even for or a guy whose paper valuation is around $600 million, seems like the best he could hope for is another Facebook level company — file storage isn't that sexy.
I wish him luck in his bid to remain independent. I'd rather see Dropbox remain fairly agnostic with regard to other Internet services."
ColdWetDog writes: El Reg has an interesting article concerning how Apple's new App Store for OS X is changing how software is developed and marketed. The store offers benefits of increased exposure and a potentially less work marketing and selling the product. The downsides appear to center on the immaturity of it's execution (with some surprising holes left by Apple), the lack of direct customer feedback, inability of offer upgrades, the lack of free demos and of course, Apple's famous control issues.
I looked at the App store today and came away totally underwhelmed, but I suspect that most people here are not the target demographic. It seems to be just too locked down and limited to really catch on, especially as certain classes of programs are essentially forbidden (Parallels, Fusion, and Codeweaver's products). If nothing else, I cannot see how this would become the only method of getting software on a Mac. Anybody think it will really fly?
ColdWetDog writes: Steve Jobs has famously dissed Adobe Flash as a technology that just isn't needed, isn't right for mobile applications and just isn't going to be found on the iGizmos. Obviously, other views on this exist and we have certainly flogged this particular expired equus a bunch of times. Skyfire has developed a set of applications for running Flash on mobile devices that, like Opera Mini, use the trick of running the processor intensive code on a server and downloading 'lite' information to the baby computer in your hand. Seems to work pretty well except that the demand for the service has outstripped the company's ability to process the data resulting on a hold on sales of the app until they can bring up some additional processing power.
Is Jobs right? Is it really true that Flash doesn't really belong 'on' the mobile side of things? Certainly, there seems to be a demand for Flash 'content'. What's the best way to solve this Jobsian dilemma?
ColdWetDog writes: The New York Times and Engadget (along with additional rumor support from Daring Fireball) report that Mark Papermaster has left his job as Apple's Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering. According to the NYT he was the senior executive in charge of engineering for the iPhone 4 and thus responsible in some unknown fashion for 'antennagate'. His name may ring bells from previous coverage of his jump from Apple to IBM.
From the brief Daring Fireball blurp:
From what I’ve heard, it’s clear he was canned. Papermaster was a conspicuous absence at the Antennagate press conference. Inside Apple, he’s “the guy responsible for the antenna” — that’s a quote from a source back on July 23. (Another quote from the same source: “Apparently the antenna guys used to have a big chip on their shoulder. No more.”)