Monthly Archives: July 2014

The End of Tablets? Hardly.

Was former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins actually right about tablets? While we laughed at Heins’ prediction last year that tablets would be dead in just a few years, there’s now some evidence to suggest that he might have been onto something. In an interview with Re/code, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says that tablet sales […]

One is the Least Interrupted Number

One ongoing Harvard study indicates that people form more lasting and accurate memories if they believe they’re experiencing something alone. Another indicates that a certain amount of solitude can make a person more capable of empathy towards others. And while no one would dispute that too much isolation early in life can be unhealthy, a […]

App Rot

The best thing Apple could do to increase the quality of apps is remove every top list from the App Store. I hope Apple realizes how important it is to everyone — developers, customers, and Apple — that they make changes to encourage more high-quality apps. If they’re trying to boost iPad sales and increase […]

Best Intentions

We may now have a new “most unread best seller of all time.” Data from Amazon Kindles suggests that that honor may go to Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which reached No. 1 on the best-seller list this year. Jordan Ellenberg, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, wrote in […]

There’s an idea in this pile of cash somewhere.

Awesome headline: BGR: Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas Samsung is spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 million in building its Bay Area R&D center, which will be an enormous facility of 1.1 million square feet. Business Insider notes that Samsung actually spent more on R&D than any […]

Being too close to a project

It sure seems like Amazon, and really, every company could benefit from some sort of Vice President of Devil’s Advocacy. That is, someone who looks at a product just about to launch and points out all the reasons it will fail. It was said the Steve Jobs served a similar role throughout his years at […]

“To play, you must seek information elsewhere.”

Minecraft-the-game, maintained in Sweden by Persson’s small studio, is just the seed, or maybe the soil. The true Minecraft (no italics, for we are speaking of something larger now) is the game plus the sprawling network of tutorials, wikis, galleries, videos–seriously, search for “minecraft” on YouTube and be amazed–mods, forum threads, and more. The true […]

Weekly Exhaust Ep. 10: They Dont Sound Like Screaming Banshees Anymore

This week Michael and Bryan discuss Formula 1 racing, gambling’s relationship to sports, the challenges in launching a successful mobile app, the power and pleasure of pressure washers and the lack of foresight in the Ghostbusters business model. The episode opens with the exhaust from 2012 V8 Formula 1 cars. Weekly Exhaust, Episode 10

PHHHOTO

If you’ve been to big events or company parties lately, you might have taken animated-GIF shots in a PHHHOTO booth. Well, it’s not so much a booth as it is an iPad on a tripod with a circular, photography light around it. Once you take your GIF, you can choose to have it texted to […]

What Do You Think of Apple’s New iTime Smart Watch?

Jimmy Kimmel dupes people into thinking a $20 Casio watch is Apple’s new smartwatch. Well done. There has to be something in the LA smog that causes people to be morons. I lived in LA for one year, so I was likely contaminated as well. via The Verge