Monthly Archives: April 2015

Apple Invites Developers To Test Its New “App Analytics” Service


Ahead of its annual WWDC developer conference in June, Apple has opened up beta access to a new mobile app analytics service aimed at iOS developers. Simply called “Apple’s App Analytics,” an announcement inviting developers to request early access to the service appeared today on the iTunes Connect developer portal. Those with an iTunes Connect account can also reach the sign-up page using the direct link

According to the announcement, the new service will allow developers to learn how customers “discover and engage with your apps.” Access to the service will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Apple, which means that not everyone who requests an invite will be allowed in, it seems.

There aren’t a lot of details being offered about the analytics service’s feature set at this time, but Apple says the service will offer developers the ability to track how often customers visit an…

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LinkedIn Q1 Beats On Sales Of $638M, EPS Of $0.57, Shares Tank On Weak Outlook


After Facebook and Twitter reported mixed results this week, LinkedIn today was the latest of the social networks to report its Q1 earnings. The company, which has over 350 million users globally, posted sales of $638 million, up 35% year on year, with non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.57. Both beat analyst expectations but the stock is taking a big hit in after-hours trading, down more than 27%, because of its weak outlook for the quarter ahead that is falling well short of analyst expectations. After the earnings call, shares stabilized at around 20% drop.

In Q2, the company says it will see revenues of between $670 million and $675 million, with EBITDA expected to be approximately $120 million and non-GAAP EPS coming right down to $0.28. These numbers are significantly lower than what analysts had been anticipating ($718 million in revenues; $0.74 EPS).

“The company expects depreciation of approximately $68 million, amortization of approximately $24 million…

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The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris


By now, the outrage machine is in full bore over the shutdown of Valley darling Secret. The once high-flying app, which allowed you to anonymously share details with your friends and the wider world, eventually sputtered in its growth, leading its founders to shut it down yesterday.

Startups fail all the time, but what made this one special was that the founders, David Byttow and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, had previously received $3 million dollars apiece through a mechanism known as a secondary sale in their $25 million Series B fundraise last July. Byttow in particular used the money to buy a (red!) Ferrari, which the New York Times reported yesterday is now “gone.”

Job firings while the CEO drives away in a (non-existent now) (red!) Ferrari is perfect fodder for a press corp concerned about problems with founders and how much startups are a rich man’s game

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The Worst Business Mantra Is ‘Spend The Company’s Money Like It’s Your Own’


Editor’s note: Dan Ruch is the founder and CEO of Rocketrip.

What do a teepee, cosmetic surgery and hot tub supplies have in common? They all appeared on corporate expense reports in 2011. Yes, it turns out that when companies tell employees, “Spend company money like it’s your own,” some people listen too well. When the average American household carries $15,611 in credit card debt, let’s face it: you don’t actually want employees to follow that broken platitude.

The “your money” mantra is not a source of freedom – it’s a stealthy form of repression and a leech on productivity. If you want employees to experience self-direction and choice, relativistic spending guidelines that obscure expectations will not help. Instead, it’s time we provide transparent benchmarks and data that empower workers to make their own informed decisions with ease.

The Tyranny of Ambiguity

Teepee expensing is no doubt rare, but expecting employees to…

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How Old Do You Look? Microsoft Built A Robot That Tries To Guess Your Age


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How old do you look? Old for your years? Young enough that you get carded every time you try to buy a beer?

Now, how old do you look… to a computer that does nothing but guess ages?

As something of an experiment, Microsoft’s machine-learning team has built a site that takes any photo you throw at it and tries (with varying success) to guess the ages of those it portrays. They say they put it up in hopes of “perhaps 50 users” trying it out; within hours, it was getting hammered by tens of thousands of people.

After a quick demonstration today at the BUILD conference, it’s popular enough that they’re having trouble keeping the servers up.

You can upload any photo under 3 MB, which has people trying out all sorts of silly stuff. How old does your dog look? Or that weird stain on your wall that…

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How To Install Windows 10 IoT On Your Raspberry Pi 2


Thanks to the release of Windows 10 for multiple single-board computers, tinkerers are now waking up to the possibility of running Windows as a usable and surprisingly polished alternative open source operating systems like Raspbian. But how do you run Windows on a RaspPi? And why?

First, I invite you to check out Microsoft’s refreshingly complete GitHub page where they offer instructions for installing Windows 10 onto Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo, and MinnowBoard. The page offers instructions for getting the official “Windows Embedded IoT” image for use with these devices. You can also just download it here.

A note to OSX users: I originally hoped to include instructions on how to flash an SD card for RaspPi2 using OS X or Linux but, sadly, Microsoft’s FFU image files require specific Windows file handling software. I tried converting this to an image file using obvious methods (changing the extension) and…

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Google To Test Mobile-Optimized Web Pages In Indonesia


Google announced today that it will begin running tests of a new way to deliver search results to mobile users with slow connections. The company’s pilot trials will initially take place in Indonesia, a country where the Internet is playing a greater role in people’s lives – especially among younger users – but is still plagued by slow mobile connection speeds, which average around 2.0 Mbps. With Google’s page optimization technology, however, the company says it’s able to load pages four times faster.

The tests will begin in two weeks, the search giant says, and will involve displaying optimized web pages to users who Google detects are visiting from devices on slower mobile connections, like 2G, for example. These optimized pages will be loaded up by default, but users will have the option to click a link to visit the original page if they choose, and publishers also have a way to opt…

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