FORTUNE -- If you haven't already seen the attached YouTube video -- viewed by 4 million since it was posted last week -- get out your handkerchiefs.
I tear up every time I watch it, but then I'm a sucker for reunion scenes.
The concept of "search" is changing, he writes. For millions of new users, their first experience of the Web is not through a PC but through a smartphone, where it often takes fewer keystrokes to find what you are looking for via an app than via Google (GOOG) search. Says Gupta:
"So, whereas earlier a search for Restaurant for an evening-out with friends might have started with 'Restaurant in South Delhi serving Chinese food' on desktop browser, today a user is more likely to do it via Zomato app (a Yelp like service in India) while being on the move. Similarly, a query for 'buy Samsung Galaxy Note 3' might have been easier to type on a desktop browser but on a touch smartphone, it's much more difficult to type and thus a user would prefer to open an Amazon or Flipkart mobile app and reach to Galaxy Note 3 via just 3-4 taps on small mobile screen (Home->Mobiles->Samsung->Note 3) since the experience is much more visual and faster."
Android, he writes, is just starting to take off in India, where it has to worry about competition from Apple (AAPL) in a way Google search never did.
"In this new world, Google is trying to in-build as many services as part of its search engine where Google gives you the best contextual information on your home screen based on your location, time of day and previous history information that it has on you using Google Search, Gmail, Youtube, Chrome, Google+ and Google Maps. It's all part of a product called 'Google Now' which Google is integrating deep into Android and is part of Google's iOS search app."
A record turnout for the new iPhones at Apple's flagship New York City store.
FORTUNE -- By 8:45 A.M. Friday more than 1,400 customers had queued up at Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Ave. store for the launch of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. It took nearly 7 minutes to walk the line.
Everybody we asked was hoping to buy an iPhone 5S. Or two.
The YouTube video:Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 20, 2013 10:48 AM ET
The popular photo-sharing mobile app now lets users capture video and apply filters.
FORTUNE -- Instagram isn't content with dominating the photo sharing space. At Facebook's (FB) Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters this week, CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom announced the ability to capture video in an iOS and Android update available for download.
The new video capability lets users shoot clips up to 15 seconds long, apply 13 new video filters like "Helena," MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 20, 2013 2:54 PM ET
Four iPad and iPhone apps that will melt your heart.
FORTUNE -- Having just watched this 10-minute video, I think Daring Fireball's John Gruber is right. It was probably something Apple (AAPL) made for Monday's WWDC keynote and didn't have time to show. If Tim Cook dropped it for those race cars, he made a big mistake.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2013 11:19 AM ET
The films that opened and closed Apple's WWDC keynote were a message to Wall Street.
FORTUNE -- "The first thing we ask," reads the text in Intention, the 90-second video that opened Apple's (AAPL) World Wide Developers Conference Monday, "is what do we want people to feel?"
"Delight. Surprise. Love. Connection. Then we begin to craft around our intention. It takes time. There are a thousand no's for every yes. We simplify. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 11, 2013 7:02 AM ET
See the keynote, the films, the demos, the new Macs, the new features, the new look.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 10, 2013 7:07 PM ET
Are Apple users different? Are Android users poorer? Are shipment numbers bogus?
FORTUNE -- The year in review report issued Monday by Ooyala, a venture-funded video services company founded by former Google (GOOG) employees, is 27 pages long. But the only page that's getting any attention is the one that shows Apple (AAPL) iOS users spending twice as much time watching videos on their devices as Android users. It's a finding, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 12, 2013 6:46 AM ET
Scheduled for release in October, it's reportedly due out today (Thursday)
FORTUNE -- One of the tentpole presentations of Apple's (AAPL) Sept. 12 iPhone 5 event was a demo of the eleventh major revision of iTunes, the company's much-used and not-much-loved application for serving up music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, apps, ring tones, radio and who knows what else.
(Anil Dash's quip that "Apple should put someone in charge of iTunes so they MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 29, 2012 7:01 AM ET
A mock ad from circa 1991 resurfaces on YouTube
FORTUNE -- The provenance of this charming parody is unclear. It has been attributed to Saturday Night Live, and according to YouTube, NBC Universal has claimed the copyright. But can that be right? But in most versions I've seen, there's a Comedy Central logo in the lower right-hand corner. In any event, you can tell Apple (AAPL) didn't create it because Macintosh MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 10, 2012 12:57 PM ET
The iPad without a name gets the Hollywood treatment
Apparently Apple (AAPL) was too busy shooting videos to choose a name for the new iPad. Three of these films have been posted on apple.com: a 30-second TV ad, a 5:30-minute backgrounder and -- as of 3:30 p.m. -- the 1:23-hour video of today's unveiling.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 7, 2012 3:44 PM ET
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