Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Google Cloud Vision API

Google launches Cloud Vision API so anyone can tap its image recognition tech | VentureBeat | Big Data | by Jordan Novet
"Google today announced the launch of the Cloud Vision application programming interface, a tool developers can use to add image recognition to their own applications.
The API is available now in limited preview through the Google Cloud Platform, product manager Ram Ramanathan wrote in a blog post."

Mobile Apps Profit Distribution

Mobile App Developers are Suffering — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium

"the top 20 app publishers, representing less than 0.005% of all apps, earn 60% of all app store revenue"

“It’s just too saturated. The barriers to adoption and therefore monetization are too high. It’s easier on the web.”

"The app ecosystem has an extremely harsh power law where app adoption and monetization are heavily skewed towards the top few apps. It’s nowhere near 80/20. In fact, it appears to be more like 99% of the value is centralized to the top 0.01%. Let’s call it the app store 99/0.01 rule."

"Discovery Favors The Discovered"

"Paid promotion is completely unsustainable for most apps given that the cost for an active install increased to $4.14 in the last few months"

"The top charts are the biggest driver of the power law, as they are self-reinforcing. Once you make it above the fold in the top six apps overall or within your category, your place is forever cemented in the app ecosystem."

So the platforms (Apple, Google) promote those who pay the most (Facebook),
and in turn this keeps them making profit. Not much different than in other businesses...

Finding Windows Version

Command line> winver
or > systeminfo

Where can I find the Windows 10 version and build number?

Windows 10 version and build number!

Microsoft PowerApps (!)

Introducing Microsoft PowerApps - The Official Microsoft Blog

Microsoft PowerApps: power your business with apps

Introducing Microsoft PowerApps @ InfoQ
"Microsoft positions this service’s ability to improve productivity, by requiring a low-barrier of entry when developing business applications, as a key enabler. PowerApps can be developed by business users who have the ability to access corporate or third party data on mobile devices or through a web based interface. At launch, Microsoft is targeting PowerApps support for Windows, IOS, Android and Web browsers.

A primary use case for the service is to allow business users to develop these applications by dragging and dropping controls and data sources onto a form-based user interface. Professional developers participate in the development of these applications by developing APIs on the Azure API App platform which can be consumed by PowerApps. IT Professionals manage the deployment of these applications and APIs in order to make applications available across the enterprise."

PowerApps | Channel 9

PowerApps + Azure App Service for Developers | PowerApps | Channel 9
by Scott Hanselman

PowerApps Pro Dev API Experience | PowerApps | Channel 9
by Guang Yang, Scott Hunter

PowerApps Azure Portal Experience | PowerApps | Channel 9

Native Enterprise Apps with PowerApps | PowerApps | Channel 9

Microsoft Project Siena (Beta)

Azure Power Apps with Julia White @ .NET Rocks! vNext

Microsoft Project Siena (Beta)

Microsoft "Project Siena" – Windows Apps on Microsoft Store