Patreon makes you think about your independent content future

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As YouTube and display ad revenues fall, the business plan for an independent content creator becomes more and more difficult. Over 8 years I’ve created content around mobile PCs and follow a start-up phase funded party by the German state, everything has been organically funded.

The ad revenue problem is there because we’re not talking about a hobby business anymore and, as with everything, it reaches an equilibrium where business becomes just as hard as it should be. In the early years we could always relay on ‘break-out’ content to keep the finds flowing but now I need to change the way my content is financially supported.

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Windows 8 Store Market Share. 1% Seems Right.

This is all Microsoft had to say about ‘Windows Momentum’ last week. (See image.)

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…so I did some digging and calculations. Here are some figures that might help ISVs more than the useless figures given by Microsoft.

  • Windows 8 Store has 1% share of US app-purchases
  • Windows 8 Store has 1.4% share of global app-downloads
  • Windows 8 has 0.5% share of the global internet app-devices market.

A 1% share of revenue would give a value of around $250 million for the global Windows 8 Store economy.

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Handheld HDR Photography with the Nokia Lumia 925

2013_10_28_17_01_21_HDR(1)I was never a fan of post-processing photos, possibly because I come from the one-chance era where you looked at a large slide projection and knew that most of the skill had gone into the preparation of the shot. Today, of course, it’s much different. We view 600 pixel-wide photos on crappy LCD screens and the image we’re viewing is one of probably 50 that got shot in succession. We view that photo as it passes from bottom to top, our eyes scanning for the briefest hint of something worth stopping at as we scroll. Because of that, processing that photo for an eye-catching effect is a normal part of todays smartphone-based social sharing process.

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Nokia Lumia 925 First Impressions

P1150042I’ve been using Nokia phones non-stop since the 6280 and their cameraphones since Feb 2008 when I bought the N82. I’ve tested other phones (mostly Sony’s) but always end up going back to Nokia. The Nokia 808 has produced thousands of quality photos’ for me and many that I wouldn’t have had if I’d been relying on even a pocket digital camera but despite the 808 matching most of my phone needs, it’s just too slow for any web or internet application work. When I picked up a Nokia Lumia 620 last month I was convinced that I needed to give a high-end Lumia a shot. Nokia sent along the Lumia 925, now a sub 400 Euro unlocked phone, and I’ve been using it for about 20 days, non-stop.

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Ambient Energy. Could Our Gadgets Harvest their Own Energy?

I just saw a presentation by Intel on the future of batteries, energy and small devices and I didn’t realize the research had got this far. We can now harvest mW of energy from the area on and around a small device. It doesn’t sound a lot but look at functions like NFC which use micro-Watts of power.

Battery technology isn’t advancing quickly. It’s because the chemistry is tough and expensive or profit margins are at risk or even that it’s simply shackled by political control. Ambient energy could be a way out.

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Nikon Coolpix S800C Smart Camera Unboxed

Nikon’s Coolpix S800C, the relatively low-cost Android-driven smart camera with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is shipping!

We’re seeing it for 364 Euros in Europe at the moment, $349 in the US which is much cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Camera which, although it has a strong CPU and 3G, is still a little on the expensive side.

Tblt.de have got one and have unboxed, in English for us!

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Nokia Belle FP2 Just Hit My 808

It’s just become available on my Nokia 808 (A generic UK version) and despite a few download restarts due to the damn WiFi dropping out (one of the known issues I’ll be checking for) it’s installed and updated without issue.

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Go check your 808 for updates now (settings –> phone –> phone management –> device manager –> (menu) check for updates.

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Lumia 920 comes in at €649 Euro RRP (€599 Street)

We asked the question yesterday…is the Nokia Lumia 920 worth 600 Euro and picked up a few comments from Nokia PR in Europe. At first I thought they were suggesting the RRP (recommended retail price) would come in at under 600 Euro but a further message suggested that we should make a full test before making a decision about value for money. Fair enough but there are people waiting in line you know! Today we get confirmation that the price isn’t coming in under 600 Euro.

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Lumia 920 in Live Stabilisation Test

lumia920 videoLucky Myriam Joire of Engadget got to do some live testing of the Lumia 920 stabilisation feature and were allowed to publish the video – or at least a cropped part of it.

As you would expect and as I saw with my own eyes last week, it’s stable, way more stable than the already good software stabilisation on the iPhone 5.

Engadget were also allowed to slot in a few other phones including the HTC One X and Galaxy S 3 – phones that could be in the same price bracket as the Lumia 920

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Nokia Lumia 920 – Is it worth 600 Euros?

Update: Nokia PR Europe say they think it’s too early for this question. I can only interpret that in one way; There’s a possibility that the official MRRP for the Lumia 920 is lower than the price we’re discussing here. True, distributors may have been given indicative pricing and launch pricing could be lower. For those wanting to pre-order though, the question is valid.

Update2: Nokia PR Europe also suggest to me that one should test a device before evaluating. True if you have that luxury and clearly the sensible choice would be to wait until launch or retail-package reviews. We’ll certainly put another opinion forward when we’ve tested further!

Pre-order for the Nokia Lumia 920 is now available in Europe with most retailers settling on 599 Euros after tax. That puts it up there as one of the most expensive phones you can buy. More expensive than a Galaxy S3, iPhone 4S, Galaxy Note and the HTC Windows 8 Phone. It’s more expensive than the Nokia 808 PureView was at launch. Prices will start to drop as more retailers jostle for position but don’t expect too much. The PureView, a device that has seen some discounting, is still only 50 –70 Euro cheaper than at launch. Is it worth it?

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The value-for-money equation is one that can only be completed by you so you’ll have to decide but for me, I’m a little worried that it’s over priced. I certainly don’t see myself handing over 600 Euros for the Lumia 920.

Let’s look at some of the features…

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