Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie To Step Down As Chief Software Architect
Microsoft has just?announced?that?Ray Ozzie, the company’s Chief Software Architect is stepping down from this position.
Ozzie assumed the chief software architect’s role in June 2006. In his role, Ozzie was responsible for oversight of the company’s technical strategy and product architecture. Prior to this role, Ozzie was chief technical officer from April 2005 to June 2006. He assumed that position in April 2005 after Microsoft acquired Groove Networks, a next-generation collaboration software company he formed in 1997.
Google Puts the Emphasis on Location in Search
With a few tweaks and an interface change, Google has placed location and location-based search front-and-center in its search engine.
The big change, announced earlier today?on Google Blogs, is thatGoogle has moved the user location setting to the left-hand panel of the search engine results page. This feature automatically detects your current location and tailors search results based on that.
The change rolls out starting today and will be available to users in 40+ languages sometime soon.
Apple releases Q4 results: $20.34B revenue, $4.31B profits Apple reports earnings of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 a share, in the fiscal fourth quarter, versus $1.82 a share in the year-ago quarter.
3.89 million Macs, 14.1m iPhones (almost 2x the previous year’s number), 4.19m iPads sold in Q4. During Apple’s earnings call yesterday, Jobs pointed out that open systems don’t always win.?
But he also tried to reframe the debate. Open versus closed is a smokescreen,? he argues. Google likes to characterize Android as open and iOS as closed. We think this is disingenuous.? The real difference between the iPhone and Android is, he says, integrated versus fragmented.
Android chief Andy Rubin responded with his first tweet. (See image)
TED Brings Ideas Worth Spreading to the iPad
The free app [iTunes link] provides a more convenient and engaging experience for viewing TED’s streaming library of nearly 800 video presentations on the device. Users can browse videos by date, popularity and keyword.
4 Game-Changing Trends in Web App Design …web apps are driven by trends, and trends move fast. So if you’re slaving away on a mobile app, here are four trends that you might want to consider before coding yourself into irrelevance.
Another trend that keeps popping up in the last weeks is QR Codes
This technology has actually been around for quite some time already and I always kept wondering when developers would start to use it more thoroughly in their solutions.
What a shame! Joe Hewitt was a very skilled iPhone developer and it’s a pity to see him move back to the web because of Apple’s App Store policies.
My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple???s policies. I respect their right to manage their platform however they want, however I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process. I am very concerned that they are setting a horrible precedent for other software platforms, and soon gatekeepers will start infesting the lives of every software developer.
The web is still unrestricted and free, and so I am returning to my roots as a web developer. In the long term, I would like to be able to say that I helped to make the web the best mobile platform available, rather than being part of the transition to a world where every developer must go through a middleman to get their software in the hands of users.???
Finally! Colloquy, my IRC client of choice for Mac OS X came out as a mobile version for the iPhone. For a mere 1,59? (in the Austrian App Store) you’ll get a full featured, slick IRC client on your handheld device.