Jason McDermott
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Call that a collage?

Um, what the hell happened to mixel? An original, fun and highly sticky app for iPad has become something very, very different. It has gone from this: to this: The original mixel was a joy to use, to play with, to remix. The new version, the ‘just add pictures’ version? Rubbish. Khoi explains that there […]

  • Jason,
  • September 29, 2012


I just finished a pretty decent set of updates to BrightHearts, all over Skype/Basecamp/Dropbox. Tomorrow morning we take off to go spend a week in the Galapagos islands – life is really amazing right now!

  • Jason,
  • July 3, 2012

Slow show

Recently I bought a mac mini, for reasons I’ve mentioned before, primarily to take care of a little bit of iOS app-making. I was tempted at one point to splash out and buy one of the nice and light macbook airs, but at the time I wanted the best bang for buck, so I went […]

  • Jason,
  • June 29, 2012

New Bright Hearts Version Dropping Soon

I’m on fire right now, here’s two screen shots of the new 1.1 version of Bright Hearts that I’ve been cooking up for George, from this side of the world: Created with love on an iPad.

  • Jason,
  • June 21, 2012

Waving away the cloud

I really like iCloud. It syncs my contacts, my apps, my photos and more, all without really asking for much in return. But there’s one area where iCloud falls over repeatedly – and it’s an unacceptable failure for a service which (at face value) looks like yet another move by Apple to dislodge the MS […]

  • Jason,
  • March 26, 2012

losing market share to Android

Losing market share is like the 90′s rearing its ugly head all over again. Market share is meaningful in some contexts, like when you’re competing with a monopoly like Microsoft, or struggling to sell burgers in an environment dominated by cheap and cheerful franchisees. According to new numbers from the NPD Group, the iPhone 4S […]

  • Jason,
  • December 21, 2011


Taylor Hatmaker, for Tecca, gives us this stunning new insight, in a piece titled “The 6 biggest technology flops of 2011” While it’s no flop when it comes to sales figures, the iPhone 4S remains one of 2011′s biggest consumer letdowns… After spending the better part of the year salivating over a reinvented iPhone with […]

Grand Theft Auto III on iOS

  My teenage self has just been awakened after a full decade of restful slumber. $4.99? With touch controls? How is this even possible? Via parislemon.

  • Jason,
  • December 15, 2011

Why torture yourself?

John Gruber doesn’t buy the argument that Android 4.0 will force developers to build software for it, “like it or not”: “Whether you like Android or not, you will support that platform” sounds a little arrogant, but maybe that’s just me. But it got me thinking. Maybe “whether you like Android or not” is exactly […]

  • Jason,
  • December 8, 2011

No sign of inflection, just yet

The numbers just keep adding up. Horace gives us the update on the US mobile phone market: The growth of smartphones reached 38.5%. The penetration should reach 50% by September 2012, with about 1.2% converting each month 50% by Q3 next year? Now is the time to be releasing that killer app, that great mobile […]

  • Jason,
  • December 7, 2011
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