May 9, 2014
Just about everybody agrees that mobile computing is the biggest thing happening in IT these days; it’s just that nobody can seem to agree about how best to go about it. Some developers swear by native applications that take advantage of every feature of the platform, while others argue for an HTML5 approach that sacrifices some of those features in the name of consistency and the ability to more easily support multiple mobile computing platforms. Others still, make the case for a hybrid approach that combines elements of both development strategies.
At the beginning of 2011 we reported that Collect had decided to drop it's API in order to change their offering to something more profitable. But now ReadWriteWeb have reported the disappointing demise of Collecta. This has the potential of being the first big failure of a well funded real-time web focused company, so questions need to be asked about why this happened and why Collecta weren't successful. Back in January of this year we asked "Is It Finally the End for Real-time Search Engines?" and it now looks like that very question is being raised again.