Jailbreaking My Apple TV 2Gen

What I thought was going to be a fairly straightforward task has turned out to be a comedy of errors and alot of frustration.

I have tried using Greenpois0n RC6, pwnage, & seas0nPass. I had issues with all of them and never got farther than a tethered boot with seas0nPass that gave me a blank screen. I was able to restore the ATV2 to factory settings so that is good. Continue reading

My Favorite Android Applications

I have been reviewing and using Android apps and have compiled a list of those that are not only still on my phone, but that I use regularly. If you have not tried these applications yet, I highly recommend them.

Nearly all the applications I am recommending here are free. I will note if they cost any money. That being said, if you truly enjoy the application, you should donate to the developers as it helps to keep the open source community alive and thriving.

Advanced Task Killer

I wish that Android did a better job of stopping applications when I was done with them in order to conserve computing power and battery life. Until that happens, we have Advanced Task Killer I use this to not only kill the apps that come as bloatware on my Verizon phone, but also to monitor just how much resources I am using at any given time. Continue reading

More Mobile Engagement

Companies continue to improve on their mobile engagement. Here are some recent impressive numbers.

  • It took the iPhone application Instagram only three months to hit one million users. It took Foursquare a full year and Twitter two years. (source)
  • Six weeks later Instagram hit two million users. They remain an iOS-only application. They don’t even have a web presence where you can sign up. (source)
  • 3.2 million unique visitors used a Yelp mobile app in December 2010. 35% of all searches on Yelp.com came from a Yelp mobile app. Every other second a consumer generated directions to a local business and a photo was uploaded every 30 seconds from a Yelp mobile app. (source)
  • eBay’s global mobile sales generated nearly $2 billion in 2010, up from $600 million in 2009. (source)
  • 94 bids are made every minute via eBay’s mobile apps worldwide. (source)
  • 50% of Pandora’s total user base subscribes to the service on mobile. (source)

Here are some additional statistics that were recently put together in an article on UX Magazine.

  • 90% of the world now lives in a place with access to a mobile network.[*]
  • Amazon.com sold more than $1 billion in products via mobile devices in 2010.[*] EBay generated $2 billion in mobile sales, including the sale of a $75,000 Corvette.
  • 37% of U.S. smartphone users have made a product purchase on their handsets in the last six months.[*]
  • 13% of all U.S. consumers and 23% of the 18-34 age group make purchases via mobile four times a year.[*]

Mobile Internet Trends 2011

A great compilation of data about the growth and impact of mobile has been Morgan Stanley Research’s Mobile Internet Report. Primary author of the report, Mary Meeker, is now with Kleiner Perkins and has released an updated version of the data including:

  • Global shipments of smartphones and tablets surpassed shipments of desktop PCs and notebooks in Q42010. This gap is expected to increase over the next few years.
  • 60% of time spent on smartphones is new activity for mobile users.
  • Global mobile data traffic should grow 26x over next 5 years.
  • Global mobile 3G subscribers grew 35% year over year and now number about 726MM.
  • Japan’s social networking site, Mixi, illustrates the importance of mobile: 85% of page views on mobile vs. 14% 4.5 years ago.
  • 50% of total active Twitter users are on multiple platforms (mobile) compared to 25% a year ago. 40% of all tweets are sent via mobile.
  • 50% of Pandora’s total user base subscribes to the service on mobile.
  • Check out the full report for more.