Instagram: Android-Version und Werbeanzeigen

Eine Android-Version von Instagram wird derzeit von zwei Entwicklern programmiert und dürfte nicht mehr allzu lange auf sich warten lassen. Außerdem hat sich Instagram-Gründer Kevin Systrom klar hinsichtlich eines Geschäftsmodells positioniert:

“Obviously, we didn’t start a business to not make money,” he said. “Our focus now is on growing the network. You really need to build up the network, or no advertisers care.”

Ich habe ein ungutes Gefühl. Ich befürchte, dass Instagram sowohl durch In-App-Ads als auch Android an seinem Charme verlieren wird. Marco Arment bringt es auf den Punkt:

“I’d guess that Instagram could have charged a few bucks for their app from the start, made us their customers, budgeted carefully, and avoided VC funding and advertising. But they chose the free-now-ads-later model, and it appears to be working very well.”

WD-40 für den iPhone Home-Button

Ich nutze WD-40 ja hauptsächlich für meine alte Vespa PX, aber Khoi Vinh hat herausgefunden, dass sich damit auch unzuverlässige iPhone Home-Buttons wieder in einen nahezu neuen Zustand versetzen lassen:

In my experience, on not just my own iPhone 4 but also on my girlfriend’s, WD-40 restores the responsiveness of the iPhone’s home button to basically like-new condition. I just sprayed a little bit of WD-40 directly on the button, then pressed the button rapidly a few dozen times, tested its responsiveness afterwards, then repeated the process two or three times until it began to improve. Then I used the phone for a day or two to see how well the button did in actual use; I found that after a few days the problem ebbed back slightly, at which point I applied more WD-40. After the second or third application, the responsiveness remained indefinitely.

Er hat übrigens auch so seine Zweifel, dass die zum Teil trägen Home-Buttons auf die Software zurückzuführen sind:

I was surprised to discover from a friend that Apple technicians diagnosed this problem on her phone as software related, which struck me as counter-inuitive, as it seemed to me to be very much a hardware problem.

In jedem Fall einen Versuch wert.

Tim Van Damme on joining Instagram

“When I realized things at Gowalla were coming to an end, I looked at my iPhone home screen and asked myself which app I love, use every day, and wanted to be part of. Instagram popped out so I contacted Kevin.”Tim Van Damme

Font Hipsters

We criticize Android for being poorly designed because it’s poorly designed. We favor iOS because it’s better designed. That’s it.John Gruber

Dem ist nichts hinzuzufügen.

Recalibrating the iPhone home button

I’m sure most of you experienced an unreliable or only sometimes functioning home button on your iPhone. It seems that you can recalibrate it:

  1. Open any application
  2. Hold the power button until the slide to shutdown appears
  3. Release the power button
  4. Hold your home button lightly until the app icons reappear

This has worked for many users.