Date Archives April 2014

Clear Receives Update for iOS and Mac

A substantial update to Clear by Realmac was released today.

Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive. It’s as easy to use as pen and paper, and once you start organizing your life with Clear you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

I don’t use Clear myself, but I’ll give it another look now. 

I'll Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter

Another take on Secret by Selena Larson.

There have always been options to remain anonymous, or at least pseudonymous, online, but all of your conversations are usually associated with a username. Anonymous applications, on the other hand, ditch the necessity of usernames altogether: No one can follow all your posts or comments, it’s just you and a bunch of other anonymous strangers sharing your thoughts.

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Effects 26% of Total Browsers

I wonder what this means for Windows XP users whose support ended a few weeks ago.

The zero-day code-execution hole in IE versions 6 through 11 represents a significant threat to the Internet security because there is currently no fix for the underlying bug, which affects an estimated 26 percent of the total browser market. It’s also the first severe vulnerability to target affect Windows XP users since Microsoft withdrew support for that aging OS earlier this month. Users who have the option of using an alternate browser should avoid all use of IE for the time being. Those who remain dependent on the Microsoft browser should immediately install EMET, Microsoft’s freely available toolkit that greatly extends the security of Windows systems.

As if you needed any more reasons to switch from Internet Explorer.

The Astonishing, Disappointing iPad

Great piece by MG Siegler on the ‘disappointing’ sales of iPad.

If the iPad is a fad, it’s the greatest fad in the history of American business.

And so I repeat: the iPad got too successful, too quickly. And everyone (including Apple) got spoiled by those insane numbers.

As mentioned in the article, keep this in mind:

As a standalone business, just based on the last 12 months of revenue, the iPad would be in the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500. Think about that for a second. The iPad alone is bigger than almost all Fortune 500 companies.

Amazon Removes Store from ComiXology App

Who didn’t see this coming?

Just two weeks after being purchased by Amazon, digital comic book seller ComiXology has announced that it’ll be retiring its app in favor of a new read-only version that requires users to purchase comic books via their website, much like Amazon does with its Kindle app.

Mobile Safari Developer Tells His Story

The original Maps application was developed in a two-week marathon session leading up to the original iPhone introduction at the Macworld Expo in 2007. Jobs decided near the last minute that the iPhone needed the app, so Tolmasky’s teammate Chris Blumenberg was told to get it working. “That was the kind of effect Steve could have on you,” said Tolmasky. “This is important, this needs to happen, and you do it.”

☆ On 'Secret' In Journalism

A few recent events have me thinking: could Secret be the next big thing?

It’s easy to toss out the moniker ‘the next big thing’ without backing it up, but I’m going to reach for justification.

Before I do, let me look at how something becomes the next big thing. In this space, comparable examples could be Instagram and Snapchat. Looking at the big picture, both those services escalated in popularity because they did one thing well, they did it cool and they did it different.

With Secret – they have a solid application, a solid premise and the trust of their users. What they do, they do it well.

Secret is also pretty cool. I mean, how awesome is it to invite all your friends to a service which allows you to swap secrets without knowing who they belong to. Cool, right?

To define how they are different, we have to look at what came before them. Post Secret (as many of you are familiar with) allowed people to mail secrets on a postcard to an author, who then published them in the book anonymously.

Now enter Secret. The premise is much the same (if I’m painting with broad strokes). Just like Post Secret, users can anonymously submit a secret, displayed only with their city and an image of their choosing. Users can invite friends, and be automatically notified when they share a secret (even though they won’t know which friend it came from).

Most would expect that Secret would be a ground for hateful remarks, stories of deceit – and for the most part, they are right. But a new trend has been forming recently, and it’s interesting to me.

Today Vic Gundotra – who led the creation of Google+ – quit Google. What most people don’t know, is that news of this first broke on Secret a few days ago.

Did he post it himself? Who knows.

It’s intriguing a story as impactful as this was posted first on Secret. If the secret wasn’t from Vic Gundotra, one has to wonder how many new outlets this tip was shopped to.

It fits into a new paradigm in today’s tech journalism, the act of reporting on one anonymous source. With the ease of sharing secrets, will Secret be the one anonymous source that new outlets use to break future stories?

It’s hard to say what the future will hold for Secret and whether it will be the next big thing. One thing is for sure: Secret has garnered a lot of attention in a short amount of time – and that’s grounds for an acquisition.