Apple iTunes Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Wordle - iTunes terms of serviceHave you ever wondered what the major themes are in the 27 page Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for Apple’s iTunes?  Well intrepid reader, wonder no more.   Continue reading

Tim Cook’s pay package

Tim Cook$378 million ($378,000,000)

What do you give the CEO of the world’s most influential and admired technology company for his partial first year on the job?  Start with a base salary of $900,000, throw in $376 million (yes, million) in restricted stock that vests over ten years, and top it off with the bragging rights as the highest paid U.S. CEO for 2011.   Continue reading

Technology trends of 2011

Crystal ball

90%

It has been said that history is the best predictor of future events and if that is in fact the case, then 2012 is going to be an incredibly exciting year in technology.  2011 saw the explosion of innovations in mobile and social technology with tremendous growth in group buying, geolocation applications, and tablet computing.   Continue reading

Mobile shopping dominance

Mobile shopping

92%

Perhaps one of the most interesting statistics to cross my inbox this year is today’s data point.  Retail analysis firm RichRelevance recently released a study based on 3.4 billion shopping sessions between April and December 2011, during which Apple’s market share grew from 88% to 92%.   Continue reading

Facebook for Android

Android Facebook DAU58.3 million (58,300,000)

For the first time since its launch in September 2009, the Facebook app for Android has surpassed the daily active users of the Facebook app for iPhone.  As of December 17 the Android app captured 58.3 million users while the users of Facebook’s iPhone app totaled 900,000 less or 57.4 million users.   Continue reading

Apple’s share of mobile advertising

Apple iAd15%

Launched last year and touted by Apple’s then CEO the late (great) Steve Jobs, iAd was supposed to be their answer to Google’s AdMob mobile advertising platform.  With a relatively complicated and inflexible pricing schema, iAd confused and upset advertisers – all of whom initially had to commit to $1 million in advertising spend, although that number was dropped to $500,000 shortly thereafter.   Continue reading

Android Market milestone

Android phones10 billion (10,000,000,000)

Two days ago Google announced that the Android Market had reached a historic, albeit largely symbolic and almost entirely irrelevant, milestone – 10 billion downloads.  From the time the platform was released in mid-2008 until July, 2010 approximately 1 billion apps were downloaded.   Continue reading