"Writing an app is like coding for LaserDisc"


Photo of the stage at Update 2011. Some people sit on sofas.

11 years ago to the day, I was at a tech conference. It was 3 year after the iPhone had launched its app SDK. Those of us who had been in the mobile game a while had already spent years developing apps for Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows CE, and at least a dozen other OSes which…

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Access to Clean Water vs Access To Mobile Phones in Africa


Photo of the stage at Update 2011. Some people sit on sofas.

I've accidentally caused a little Twitter storm over my remarks at Update Conference yesterday. During my talk, I mentioned the following statistic: In Africa, there is better access to mobile phones than there is access to clean drinking water. However, on Twitter, that's got mangled into: There are more people with access to mobile Internet…

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