How solving a €3 problem leads to a $46bn quarter

Putting Apple’s astonishing, record-breaking quarter into context has quickly become a kind of techie parlour game, comparing the number of iPhones sold to the number of babies born, noting the value of the company compared to struggling European countries, and measuring the height of their profits in dollar bills against high-orbit space stations. When records…

Mediated, intermediated, disintermediated

A typically astute piece from Felix Salmon on how the likes of Tumblr and Pinterest are signposting the way media content is going to be disseminated in future – they allow everybody to act as curators, collecting and spreading the content they like. The implications for olde world media organisations are doubly troublesome – newspapers…

There goes the man who invented the future

Late last night, I fired up my iPad for a final glance at my RSS feeds before hitting the sack – excellent, a new post from John Gruber at Daring Fireball. I always get a tiny buzz of excitement when I see a fresh DF post, no matter matter how brief. And this one was…

Talking about good ideas with Steven Johnson

Getting to chat to Steven Berlin Johnson was one of the highlights of my year so far – he’s a lovely guy, for a start, but he’s also one of those effortlessly interesting types who is just brimming with ideas all the time, and has the gift of being able to make those ideas very…

Steve Jobs gets sick, and Wall Street has a panic attack

From The Irish Times, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 MOORE’S LAW, the prediction that computer chips double their performance every 18 to 24 months, underpins progress in the industry. But perhaps it’s time to coin a new law of computing, which we might call Jobs’s Law: every profile of Apple’s co-founder and chief executive, Steve Jobs,…