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Review: Nokia 930

Nokia’s latest flagship phone, the 4G Lumia 930, was launched last week to the Australian tech press. Early reviews have been glowing, calling it the best Windows Phone to date. The questions is, does the best Windows phone to date stand a chance against Android and iOS?

AppbotX Launches To Help Good Apps Avoid The 1-Star Review

Stuart Hall (formerly of Discovr) is officially launching his new venture, AppbotX:

AppbotX provides feedback screens, FAQs, inline downtime & news notifications, version updates and review prompts for your mobile app. All built natively and specifically for mobile, controlled remotely from the AppbotX servers.

When a great app gets a bad review, that sucks. Stuart doesn’t want that to happen to developers, so he built AppbotX to fix it.

As you might guess by the name, it’s an evolution of his very popular email review delivery service Appbot.

The difference is with AppbotX, Stuart is not only giving you visibility of your reviews, he’s built tools to help. So now if you’re a dev, you can communicate with an app customer and try and solve the problem before they leave you an unfair 1-star review.

It has a ton of handy communication features (like version updates, downtime notices, FAQs and a bunch of other support stuff) that can mean the difference between a meh rating on the App Store, and a great rating.

I’m not a developer (yet!), but I trust Stuart, and I know he’s built AppbotX after being frustrated with this problem for a long time.

iOS-only for now, but coming very soon to Android. If you’re a developer you should definitely check it out.

dev world 2014 – Melbourne iOS & Mac Dev Conference

/dev/world/2014 aims to cover a wide range of topics including the iOS SDK, OS X frameworks, Apple and third-party development tools, and open source software. The conference also provides developers with an opportunity to meet and network with others working in the same space. This will be the seventh /dev/world!

It’s on the 29th & 30th September 2014 and is taking place at one of the slickest buildings in Melbourne, RMIT’s Design Hub (that building with all the circles on the corner of Victoria & Swanston Streets). If you’re depressed that there isn’t a One More Thing this year, check out dev world.

A Chat With Satya Nadella On Convincing Consumers

Following Satya Nadella’s open letter, Josh Topolsky from The Verge had a chat to him

Josh: Is it important to convince the consumer that Microsoft is important and they need to be a part of their lives? Or are we really talking about convincing Fortune 500 companies, convincing major corporations to adopt Microsoft, to connect to these connected services and devices and that will sort of by osmosis bleed down to the consumer?

Satya: No, I fundamentally believe that it’s most important to us to convince consumers. You’re defining the market as “It’s already done, Apple and Google have won, because they won the consumer side.” And I’m going to question that. I’m going to say “No, any thinking consumer should consider Microsoft because guess what, you’re just not a consumer. You’re also going to go to work, you’re also going to be productive and we can do a better job for you in there.” And that’s what I want to appeal to.

Reading over this interview, I think this is the bit that I disagree with Satya on. Sure, we might use our personal devices in the workplace, but a regular office jockey rarely gets to consider or decide what technology they use to be productive at work. You get told what to use, and you use it.

Microsoft CEO Posts Open Letter To Company On Culture Changes

Satya Nadella, in a wide-ranging letter on the direction Microsoft is heading:

The day I took on my new role I said that our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation. I also said that in order to accelerate our innovation, we must rediscover our soul – our unique core. We must all understand and embrace what only Microsoft can contribute to the world and how we can once again change the world.

It’s long, wordy, and occasionally veers in corporate-gobbledygook, but I certainly found this letter an interesting window into what’s going on internally at Microsoft.