July 22, 2010 – Flipboard

Nokia:

Nokia converged mobile device (smartphone and mobile computer) volumes came in at 24 million units, a bit more than a quarter of total devices volume, up 42% year-on-year and 12% sequentially.

Maybe Nokia is improving or maybe all boats rise with the tide.

However:

A recent developer survey from Open-First reveals that Nokia’s Ovi Store is lagging in several key areas with nearly 20 percent of the participants unlikely to use Nokia’s app store in the future. Although the majority of developers surveyed will continue to support Nokia’s ecosystem, more than 42 percent said Ovi is below average when compared to other app stores, such as those from Apple and Google. These responses indicate that Nokia doesn’t only have to play catch up with its smartphone operating system strategy, but also with the marketplace that’s helping to power device sales.

Ovi is not pretty. Nokia Symbian code and tools are not that nice and developers don’t make much money focusing on Ovi. Nokia’s market share is so massive in some areas that developers will keep coming but the trend line looks not too great.

This is the scary part:

And now consider the next shocking chart.  Apple will generate 2X as much handset profit as the rest of the industry combined this year DESPITE SELLING ONLY 3% OF THE HANDSETS BY UNIT VOLUME.

Apple comes out of nowhere and destroys the incumbents at their own game but I would proffer that Nokia should be the most embarrassed. The bottom line is Apple focuses – something Nokia does not seem to be able to do.

I didn’t realize so many people were after Palm. Nokia, RIM and MSFT could have used it. Nokia more than any of them.

Urinals:

Krug scrambled to counter the plumbers’ public health claims. He hired Charles Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. Gerba studies “filth, pestilence, and disease,” with an emphasis on the bathroom, and says he has done more field studies on the toilet than anyone else in academia. From his point of view, there was a clear explanation for the plumbers’ resistance: It drained their wallets. “Plumbers don’t like the waterless urinal because it cuts down on their work tremendously,” he says. “There’s no more piping to install, and the urinals have no moving parts to repair.”

To test the plumbers’ assertions, Gerba compared a traditional flush urinal with the Falcon waterless. He found that the Falcon urinal presented a less hospitable environment for germs than constantly moistened conventional bowls. The process of flushing could actually eject those germs into the air. “If it’s a traditional urinal, you should flush and run,” Gerba says.

I had no idea it was so complicated. However I can envision all sorts of stuff hitting the air every time I flush. It is like when someone farts – smelling it means you ingested it. Pleasant.

Another reference to the Shallows.

These guys are amazing:

Penn says we should compare their relationship not to a loveless marriage but to that of “two guys manning a 7/11 down the street. If they aren’t best buddies what do they care, as long as the coffee machine is working and the shelves are stacked? Teller and I work together every day, but socially we go out together maybe only once a year.”

Super strange brew but these guys are amazing. I love how deep they are about life, magic and the ability to astound people.

I talked about AVH last time and now his company is picked up by Flipboard:

The first version of Flipboard just hit the Apple app store tonight, but the next version will be even more interesting, as it will be powered by the relevance engine built by Ellerdale. In recent weeks, Flipboard acquired Ellerdale, which had developed a set of real-time search and discovery tools based on Twitter. Ellerdale co-founder and CTO Arthur van Hoff has joined Flipboard as CTO.

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