I’ve been rather silent of late. I never want to actually force myself to write here on Mobile Industry Review. It’s far too easy to get stuck into the churnalism world of cutting and pasting press releases to make yourself feel like you’re doing the right thing. When I feel like I’ve nothing to write, [...]
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I’ve been pretty vocal recently about how shit the Sky Go Extra service is. I am astonished that the team there even let it out the building alive. There must have been some real pressure to deliver and I seriously doubt whether any of the senior executives have bothered taking a look at it. Or [...]
If you recall I have been trying to get Sky Go Extra to work. The idea is simple: If you’re a Sky customer you are meant to be able to download a selection (admittedly limited) of episodes for consumption on your mobile device of choice. The day I posted my rant, I found the Sky [...]
I thought Audible were better than this kind of rubbishy user experience trash. Apparently I’ve activated the service too many times on my phones. And that’s it. Game over. Goodbye. Buzz off and write us an email is their suggestion. Utterly ridiculous. If you’ve got a licensing issue, innovate. Think outside the flipping box and [...]
Somebody recommended Fantastical to me a little while ago. I can’t remember who it was. But I’m thankful that they did. It’s a really, really smart overlay application — that is, it sits on top of your existing iPhone calendar system — and offers, in my view, a much nicer interface. That made it very [...]
Standby for some screenshots of the all new Mobile Industry Review application for BlackBerry 10, authored in about 4 minutes thanks to BlackBerry App Generator.
That’s it! I used the BlackBerry App Generator tool from Mippin to create the MIR application for BlackBerry 10 in about 4 minutes. The process was ridiculously simple. Indeed I spent more time locating the MIR logos on DropBox than I did configuring the tool. It’s really, really smart. I’d already established a free BlackBerry [...]
I sat down this morning with Alec Saunders, BlackBerry’s top developer relations chap, to find out more about him and his approach to growing the company’s application ecosystem. My questions are in bold. Hello Alec! Give us a quick overview of your previous career before BlackBerry? Set the scene for us. I was a Waterloo [...]
I react negatively to most types of “live TV”. I really don’t like having to dance to some scheduler’s tune. My life does not fit their imagined template. Rarely do I bother watching anything that can’t be purchased via iTunes or streamed on Netflix. But “The New” Yes Primer Minister? Aye. It’s even got the [...]
I came across this unofficial Port To BlackBerry social service this afternoon and sent out a few automated requests via Twitter. All you need to do is select the app you’d like to see ported to BlackBerry and they’ll create and send a Tweet to that effect on your behalf. The concept being that this [...]
I’ve long been a super fan of Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas concept. Launched quite a while ago now, the app offers users free downloads (games, books, apps) each day for 12 days after Christmas. It’s a genius concept because it helps bring the new consumers into the ecosystem without the inevitable payment friction — [...]
For those of you using smartphones, slightly concerned at all times about how much data you’re using (and I assume that’s nearly all you), then it’s probably time to give datasquasher a try. Get it here. It’s only on iOS at the moment, but I suspect that they’ll be adding more OSes soon. datasquasher lets [...]