Category Archives: Product

Microsoft Slack. I mean Teams.

Yesterday Microsoft launched their Slack competitor, Teams. Then Slack responded in a full-page ad and on their site/Medium: Dear Microsoft, Wow. Big news! Congratulations on today’s announcements. We’re genuinely excited to have some competition. We realized a few years ago that the value of switching to Slack was so obvious and the advantages so overwhelming […]

Microsoft Surface Studio

On October 26th, Microsoft unveiled their new all-in-one, touchscreen Surface Studio. From everything I’ve seen and read about it, it looks like an amazing integration of hardware and software. This integration used to be the sole domain of Apple, but now Microsoft and Google are coming to realize the practical and financial benefits of controlling […]

The wires have been cut.

The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter for $30 million: The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide. The Times will pay more than $30 million, including retention bonuses and other payouts, for the startup, according to people familiar with the transaction. Brian Lam, a former editor at Gawker […]

Disregard for Hardware in a Software World

Om Malik, writing for The New Yorker: That Samsung is facing such steep costs suggests the appeal of the original Apple design. When I asked John Maeda, the former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, why, then, people have turned on the design of the iPhone 7, he pointed out that perhaps these […]

On a Bad Note

AT&T and T-Mobile have halted all Samsung Note 7 distribution amid more reports of ‘safe’ models igniting. Spontaneous combustion. I believe this is the first phone feature Samsung hasn’t copied from Apple. Well done, South Korea. If you’re reading this and you still have a Samsung Note 7, the always helpful Jim Dalrymple has posted […]

Who said it first, Google or Apple?

Let’s play a game, it’s called Who Said It First? Here’s your first clue: “Our product represents the best in hardware and software, designed and built together.” What’s that? You said Apple? I thought so too! I thought about when Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone in 2007 and he said that Alan Kay quote, […]

Jaded and Fickle

Farhad Manjoo doesn’t think Apple is cutting edge anymore: The absence of a jack is far from the worst shortcoming in Apple’s latest product launch. Instead, it’s a symptom of a deeper issue with the new iPhones, part of a problem that afflicts much of the company’s product lineup: Apple’s aesthetics have grown stale. Apple […]

Slacky Skype

It looks like Microsoft has some updates coming to Skype: It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting quite popular recently. Now, Microsoft is working on a direct Slack competitor under the Skype brand, according to people […]

‘Less & Better’ Not ‘More & Shitty’

Apple is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store: It’s cleaning time in the App Store. Apple sent an email to its developer community indicating that there will be some upcoming changes in the App Store. If an app no longer works or is outdated, it’s going to get removed from the App […]

Vesper Vacates the App Store

Vesper, the note-taking app created by John Gruber, Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus, is shutting down: What went wrong was very simple. We never made enough money. Why we didn’t make enough money, what we should have done differently to make more money — those are complex questions (which I’ll tackle below). But what actually […]

Microsoft Is Kicking Ass with Their Phones

It looks like Microsoft is kicking ass with their mobile phone division: Microsoft is cutting 2,850 more jobs beyond the 1,850 that the company announced would be eliminated earlier this year. The new cuts will hit phone hardware and sales. The entire computer world has moved to mobile, with everyone on either iOS or Android, […]

Smartwatch Shipments Fall

IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline: The smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it’s all Apple’s fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in […]