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Hamish McKenzie

  1. Why do mobile browsers suck so bad?

    In the debate over whether our mobile computing experience should be dominated by native apps or the mobile Web, one side has always had an unfair advantage. Since the iPhone was launched in 2007 until now, native apps have worked better, looked better, and been far more abundant than their Web counterparts – and neither Apple, with iOS, nor Google, with Android, have done anything to change the status quo.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  2. Is WhatsApp the new MySpace?

    The last year has been very active for WhatsApp. The world’s leading messaging app has continued to see explosive growth, and is now seeing 400 million active monthly users – an important metric that shows people are not only downloading the service, but also actually using it. This dizzying milestone is the cap of a busy 12 months or so in which it was rumored to be the subject of big-money acquisitions by first Facebook and then Google, and in which previously quiet CEO Jan Koum came out of his shell for on-stage appearances, pointing out that WhatsApp has more users than Twitter.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  3. Report: Chinese developers massively outspend the US on mobile ads as they target emerging markets

    Chinese app developers are outspending US developers on mobile ads, and they appear to be aggressively targeting developing markets in Asia and the Middle East, according to a new report from AppFlood, a mobile ad network owned by China-based PapayaMobile.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  4. Face++ shows more evidence of innovation from China (aside from that moon landing)

    If you’re ever looking for evidence of Chinese startups being able to innovate at the same pace as their US counterparts – apart from, you know, the country’s recent successful soft moon landing – you could do worse than check out Face++, a Beijing-based facial recognition company that appears to making a push for attention in the West.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  5. Meet the latest subscription ebooks service: Entitle

    First we had Oyster, then Scribd got into it, and now the US has another subscription ebooks service: Entitle.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  6. Founders Fund pumps $7M into super-resolution startup that could combat cancer

    Matthew Putman has released two albums, authored a book of poems, produced off-Broadway plays, as well as a film, taught himself calculus by reading “Calculus for Dummies,” and survived cancer – twice.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  7. There will be blood: WeChat's payments prowess makes it a target for Alibaba

    While people in the US laugh at how ugly QR codes are, WeChat is using them as a killer payments tool. And it’s starting to scare the world’s biggest ecommerce player: Alibaba.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  8. Anti-surveillance petition out-does the Death Star. White House must now respond

    A couple of days ago, it looked like Mark Stanley’s “We The People” petition asking for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act would fall well short of the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a White House response.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

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