Daily Archives: January 27, 2013

Eating Apple, Asia-Style

In Asia’s trend-setting cities, iPhone fatigue sets in

In Singapore, Apple’s products were so dominant in 2010 that more devices here ran its iOS operating system per capita than anywhere else in the world.

But StatCounter gs.statcounter.com, which measures traffic collected across a network of 3 million websites, calculates that Apple’s share of mobile devices in Singapore – iPad and iPhone – declined sharply last year. From a peak of 72 percent in January 2012, its share fell to 50 percent this month, while Android devices now account for 43 percent of the market, up from 20 percent in the same month last year.

In Hong Kong, devices running Apple’s iOS now account for about 30 percent of the total, down from about 45 percent a year ago. Android accounts for nearly two-thirds.

Yet Tim Cook has dismissed all that.

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Thank You, Amanda

A sleepy Sunday at the blog, then suddenly I noticed a spike in the stats from Twitter. This is why:

I’ll be damned if I know what people want. That post and this one and this one have been madly popular and I never expected that.

If some of you newcomers are still peeking in, why not go check out my iPeople blog, which has some very inspiring stories?

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1907: A Writer Of Books

From a 1907 issue of Success Magazine, a story that could have been published today:

A Writer of Books

by Martin M. Foss

Lydia Simpson was a writer of books. This was a very important fact in Freeport, a fact you learned almost before you had unpacked your trunk for the summer, and heard repeated in the strange awed and wondering way which marked any mention of this combined mystery and honor.

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The Dendritic Distraction Of Google Books

I started to read an issue of Success Magazine from 1907 and hit part two(!) (note Google Books does not offer the issue that has part one) of an autobiographical series by someone named Josiah Flynt.

I never heard of him and I wanted to know if he was for real, a pen name, a fraud, or someone lost in history’s shuffle, before reading further. So from the PDF viewer I was off to the browser, where I hit Wikipedia.

Which then led me back to Google Books to grab all of his books before the parasites steal them.

After that, I peeked at Google’s search results and was led to this.

And that led me to this. Which then spawned my own post.

And after paging through all of his blog, I decided to email him this.

And then I decided to do this post, which is something I’d been meaning to do. But I could do it right now because all of that dendritic distraction was still in effect.


1) It’s sometimes impossible to simply read something from Google Books

2) This is why I want — why I need! — a tablet that can do multi-windowing!

I was in Success Magazine for maybe all of four minutes. I have been outside of it on the Net for close to an hour now. This is why I’m not getting more read.

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Jesus Christ And The Dog-Woman

Just imagine being insulted face-to-face by Jesus, Son of God! Would you feel so worthless that you would hang yourself, throw yourself off a cliff, drown yourself?

Or would you stand your ground?

What kind of a man are you? That doesn’t matter. What kind of woman could you be?

Matthew 15:26-28 (King James Version)

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

This post sheds new light on that encounter (one which “Christian” after “Christian” I have asked about never seems to have read or heard of!):

Women Cynics and Dinner Conversation

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The iPad Is Three Today



Previously at The eBook Test:

iPad: The Portable Personal Social Computer
No, Really, iPad Critics: Just STFU!
GarageBand for iPad?
The iPad Perspective Everyone Is Missing
Fear Of iPad: Quote Of Infamy
Must-Read PRO-iPad Posts

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