The world’s most popular apps I actually use

Social media apps

A study by research firm SensorTower reports that the world’s most popular apps (based on number of downloads) are largely dominated by Facebook. WhatsApp, a messaging app bought a few years ago by Facebook, is the most popular app by far, with 41.2 million global downloads as of May 2016. WhatsApp is followed by Facebook Messenger … Read more

My thoughts on Apple’s 2016 WWDC news

Apple WWDC 2016

On Monday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address announcing various Apple software news. I’ll give my thoughts on each major news item below. For details on all of the WWDC news, see Lifehacker and TechCrunch. Apple Watch Apple Watch got some incremental updates. Of interest for this blog’s animation fans is … Read more

Android or iOS are the only (popular) mobile OS choices

iPhone 6

A study by research firm Gartner has revealed that smartphone sales are still growing, though growth last year was the slowest since 2008. However, it’s also revealed that Android and iOS now dominate smartphone operating system marketspace, with a combined 98.4% market share. The current shares of smartphone operating systems are listed below: Smartphone OS 2015 market … Read more

Apple announces next version of OS X, Apple Music streaming service

El Capitan

On Monday, Apple held its World Wide Developers’ Conference (WWDC), where it announced an assortment of new software features. While there’s more details here, I thought I’d throw in my two cents below on the most interesting highlights. The next version of OS X: El Capitan The next version of OS X, OS X 10.11, … Read more

My favorite digital comic readers by operating system

Simple Comic

Given my cross-platform and multiple operating system device usage, I have a fair amount of interest in software that’s compatible across multiple “eco-systems,” or “walled gardens” if you prefer. When this isn’t possible, I’ll just use the best native software available for each device. With that in mind, here’s a look at the best digital … Read more

Comixology removes in-app purchasing from iOS apps

Yesterday, with zero advance notice, came some big comic news: Amazon stated that Comixology will drop in-app purchases for iOS users, to avoid Apple’s 30% cut of all in-app sales on any iOS app. The Android version will still allow in-app purchases, but not through Google Play’s system; Google also takes a 30% cut of … Read more

Blu-ray vs. digital media stores: which option’s better for multiple mixed-OS devices?

Lately, I’ve been considering going to high definition for future movie and TV show purchases. Between the direction things are moving, my owning an HDTV set, and that the HD version of “Wreck-It Ralph” I’ve seen looks a lot better than my DVD version does, I figure it’s time to make the move. But what … Read more