App of the week: Business Model Toolbox for iPad is great for developing ideas

I found this app because of some work I was doing around changing business models and revenue flows. It was interesting to read the book that generated this app/tool and use it in a practical sense.

The reviews on the app store for this app say that it’s overpriced for what it is, and I’d probably agree, but then again, given the relative niche market for the app it’s probably not a bad price in terms of the amount of work that went into it.

This app is really aimed at people who want or need to quickly understand the impact of different business models, so in a sense it’s a business model modelling tool, and in that sense it works very well. It’s best suited to that first step in evaluation, but once you’ve lined it up and got it where you wanted it you probably need something else, another tool after that.

The app is priced at £20.99.

Business Model Toolbox - Business Model Foundry

Some pictures from Sound Lab at the Beautiful Octopus Club

I posted a long-ish piece at Palm Sounds about this yesterday, but I thought that the pictures would look nice here.

Time’s up for my 3G, or is it?

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It’s a long time coming, and perhaps this is the last time around for this old device. I decided to give up the idea of a dual boot device and reset the whole thing to just use iOS. That is, iOS 4.2.1 !

Nothing new then!

But hopefully that’ll speed it up a bit and mean that I can do something useful with it. Time will tell.

So, where next for my Pebble?

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I haven’t really used my Pebble smartwatch for about two months, possibly a bit less. Anyway, it’s just been sitting on a shelf for a while now and doing very little, which is a shame as it’s a lovely piece of technology. However, to be honest, I haven’t found a real use for it as yet sadly. I toyed with different faces for it, which was fun, and the notifications stuff was cool, but I never found it entirely compelling.

In many ways I’ve been struggling to find a real use for the technology, and it seems strange to try and find a use for something that’s meant to be useful straight away.

One thing I keep wondering is whether there’s a way to make the thing more useful in making music, but it doesn’t seem that this is being taken on board by developers really, or likely to be in the near future. My other main problem with it is that it isn’t particularly well supported by third party developers on iOS, whereas that’s not the case on Android. Now in part I expect that this is because Android is more open and developers are able to support lots of different integrations and features, such as Tasker support, which could make it very useful indeed.

But this doesn’t really work for me sadly as I don’t have an Android phone. However, I do have an cheap Android tablet that I’m starting to use more for bits and pieces, so my next step is to see what else I can use Android for and just how useful my Pebble will be connected to a tablet.

I’ll let you know how I get on.

The iOS7 dilema

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So, iOS7 is upon us. On the one hand all the music app developers are saying don’t update. On the other hand there are loads of really amazing non-music updates already in, and at least one app that has become iOS7 only.

So I want to move, but I don’t want to break everything, and I certainly don’t want to end up with glitchy audio issues.

So the only thing I can do is to wait.

Vermeer and Music

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A friend recommended this to me so as I was in London a couple of weeks ago I decided to make the effort to go and see it, especially as it was due to finish in a couple of days (it is finished now by the way).

Well, I’m glad that I did make the effort. It was very good indeed and was in fact quite thought provoking, especially in the area of how music had a very specific social and cultural dimension to it. It made me think about how we use music socially (which of course in itself means something different) and culturally now, which is quite an interesting topic to ponder on.

I’m not sure I have any answers or even conclusions, but the Vermeer and Music was worth seeing.