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A 73 post collection


The First Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps. Here's Why That's Brilliant | Fast Company

 •  Filed under Mobile, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Phone

The First Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps. Here's Why That's Brilliant | Fast Company

Interesting look at the new Ubuntu phone and scopes. Scopes have been around on the desktop for awhile, so not sure I’d call the idea brilliant. Scopes were on the desktop for a year or more when I left Canonical. Clever idea to use these to work around lack of apps, but let’s not act like this is some new hotness no one else thought of.

I am anxious to see how the phone fares and if people like it. It’s been a long time coming.

Full disclosure, I’m partial to Canonical’s cloud offerings from my time there and was always skeptical of the phone. I certainly hope they succeed though.

Monument Valley made $5.8 million in revenue from a $1.4 million development cost | Polygon

 •  Filed under Mobile, Gaming, Games, Apps, Game Development, Money

Monument Valley made $5.8 million in revenue from a $1.4 million development cost | Polygon

Nice to see all this data about the game. It was, obviously, a runaway hit of a game, so this is likely the upper-bounds of a successful iOS game launch. I'm sure there are better return on investment stories for games launched on spare-time development, but this is probably a closer look at what a real indie studio can do.

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens - The Atlantic

 •  Filed under Mobile, Technology, Future, Kids, Present

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens - The Atlantic

I think this is only surprising if you’re naive or not around any real kids. My other thought is that I wonder how many adults only spend 2 hours a day looking at screens?

Like games and TV before them, setting arbitrary limits for phone or tablet use seems pointless to me. Sure, doing nothing all day but playing on a device is bad for anyone, but every person is different. Humanity is more adaptable and resilient than we realize.