Week 22: F.U.D. or the Week

  • Posted: 30 May 2011 11:57 AM

    NOMINATIONS are now open for F.U.D. (Fouled Up Dope) of week #22.

    DEFINITION: F.U.D. of the Week is given to the most deserving reporter, pundit or analyst who shows us the way not to go, the path not to take, the road not to travel. These zeroes sacrifice their integrity, their honor, their objectivity and our sanity in a pathetic attempt to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt across the interwebs and give us a worserer understanding of the world in which we live in. Extra credit is awarded to them what ought to know better.

    RULES:
    1) Post a link to the nominee?s Fouled Up material, along with the date of the source material. Including Fouled Up Dopey quotes is optional but highly encouraged.
    2) Only Fouled Up Dopey material posted during the pertinent week will be considered.
    3) AFB members get three votes each which they may bestow upon one or more lucky nominees as they will.
    4) Griping, moaning, whining and general pettiness is both condoned and expected.
    5) Voting will close each Saturday and be tabulated and announced each Sunday?if we feel like it.

    Week 21 Winner: To Be Announced

         
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    Posted: 30 May 2011 12:10 PM #1

    ?New research from the Nielsen Norman Group finds that although iPad apps have, in the last year, become ?less wacky,? many interfaces are still confusing for users and usability problems remain.?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/27/the-problem-with-ipad-apps-usability_n_868006.html

    The story links to a nnroup PDF
    http://www.nngroup.com/reports/mobile/ipad/ipad-usability_2nd-edition.pdf

    The nngroup does have some valid points and the PDF is a very interesting read, this entry is for the clickbait headline and story at the Huffington Post

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  • Posted: 30 May 2011 03:10 PM #2

    Sir Harry Flashman - 30 May 2011 03:10 PM

    ?New research from the Nielsen Norman Group finds that although iPad apps have, in the last year, become ?less wacky,? many interfaces are still confusing for users and usability problems remain.?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/27/the-problem-with-ipad-apps-usability_n_868006.html

    The story links to a nnroup PDF
    http://www.nngroup.com/reports/mobile/ipad/ipad-usability_2nd-edition.pdf

    The nngroup does have some valid points and the PDF is a very interesting read, this entry is for the clickbait headline and story at the Huffington Post

    The irony of course is that the iOS SDK has far more consistent user interface stuff than all of the other SDKs (Android, I am looking at you)!

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    Posted: 31 May 2011 02:49 PM #3

    Here’s a new source of FUD (at least to me). They’re a “mobile research specialist” based in Germany. The report is based on app downloads (free and paid); absolutely no mention of revenue tied to those downloads. Apple App Store’s revenue share is ~80%.

    Apple App Store?s market share dropped to 59% at the end of Q1 2011

    ...Apple reinvented the app market and immediately managed to gain 81% of market share in 2008. (Note: The market share is being measured by the number of free and paid downloads an app store generates per period)

    In 2009 and 2010 competitive offerings from other OEMs, OS vendors and MNOs increased. In only two years the number of app stores jumped from 18 (2008) to 57 (2010)...As a consequence Apple?s app platform lost some of its dominant market position. In two years Apple?s market share dropped by 24 percent points to 57% (2nd HY/2010).

    http://www.research2guidance.com/apple?s-app-store-market-share-dropped-to-59-at-the-end-of-q1-2011/

         
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    Posted: 31 May 2011 03:24 PM #4

    FalKirk - I’ll take the week. wink

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    Posted: 31 May 2011 08:29 PM #5

    Ty Fujimura at Huffington Post

    Apple is doomed

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ty-fujimura/why-apple-is-doomed_b_866579.html

         
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    Posted: 31 May 2011 08:57 PM #6

    The Huffington Post is a fool’s gold mine of Apple FUD, a lot of sensational and click bait headlines.

    On the other hand I hang out there a bit for politics and some other things such as their food section. However, as of late I have been migrating to Salon and some other places and visiting HuffPo less.

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  • Posted: 31 May 2011 09:48 PM #7

    Lodsys rears it’s ugly head… again.

    http://www.lodsys.com/1/post/2011/05/-responsibility-and-accountability-lodsys-usd1000-offer.html

    Responsibility and Accountability: Lodsys USD$1,000 offer
    05/31/2011

    While it is true that Apple and Lodsys have an obvious dispute about the scope of Apple?s license to the Lodsys Patents, we are willing to put our money where our mouth is and pay you something if we are wrong.  Therefore, Lodsys offers to pay $1,000 to each entity to whom we have sent an infringement notice for infringement on the iOS platform, or that we send a notice to in the future, if it turns out that the scope of Apple?s existing license rights apply to fully license you with respect to our claim relating to your App on Apple iOS.

    Most successful Application Developers have chosen to develop their applications on more than one platform and sell them in more than one store (where they are contractually allowed to do so).  The press and the blogs seem focused on the specific instances of small developers, who are only on Apple iOS, so those particular developers will be especially well served by our offer.  And, in the event that Lodsys is correct, then we have a fair licensing arrangement on the table.

    For those Application Developers who are also providing their Apps on other platforms such as Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Symbian , Windows, Mac OS X, Facebook…etc., and/or on other app stores such as Android Market, Amazon, Ovi, Handango…etc…, then the economic responsibility still applies to those units in addition to the iOS units.  Please note that this offer only applies to the iOS portion of the licensing responsibility.

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    Posted: 31 May 2011 09:50 PM #8

    Give it a week or two, during which time app developers will hopefully be smart enough to, well, y’know, ask Apple’s what’s up (e-mail Steve if you have to!).  Apple will probably have a response to Lodsys and its developers by then.  Apple pretty much “has to”, and I think it will, fully defend the developers.

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    Posted: 04 June 2011 01:31 PM #9

    Amy Lee at the Huffington Post is at it again

    “Apple?s highly anticipated iCloud is expected to make it easier than ever before to listen to your own music anywhere you have an Internet connection. But its entry into the online music world could squeeze out the smaller players already crowding the market.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/04/apple-icloud-cloud-music_n_871186.html

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    Posted: 04 June 2011 06:21 PM #10

    Drew Bear - 31 May 2011 05:49 PM

    Here’s a new source of FUD (at least to me). They’re a “mobile research specialist” based in Germany.

    My mistake. These guys came up with this FUDdy chart last month. I have no idea how they came up with nearly 300k Android apps when Google just announced 200k apps. research2guidance = serial FUDster

         
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    Posted: 06 June 2011 09:46 PM #11

    Are we going to have FUD report this week?

    I nominate two thus far

    1. The multitude of FUD commentators on tech blogs.

    2. Huffington Post Again “Apple’s iOS 5 Leaves Facebook In The Cold”

    For the social media features in the new version of its iOS operating system, Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, did not partner with Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site.

    Instead, the Cupertino company opted to team up with Twitter, a micro-blogging service that has around half as many members as Facebook and remains far from attaining its mainstream status…

    Experts suggest the Facebook snub stemmed from Apple?s desire to maintain control over the user experience and preserve its direct relationship with its customers, aims that clashed with Facebook’s own ambitions.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/06/apples-ios-5-leaves-faceb_n_872096.html

    I will take Apple’s control of the user experience over Facebook’s. That interface is horrid.

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  • Posted: 06 June 2011 10:13 PM #12

    Sir Harry Flashman - 07 June 2011 12:46 AM

    Are we going to have FUD report this week?

    Yes. I started the Week 23: nominations for F.U.D. of the Week here, but I failed to provide a link from this thread to that one.

    I’ve taken the liberty of copying and pasting your nominee’s to the new thread. If you read that thread’s initial remarks, you’ll see that I expect this to be a very busy week for F.U.D.