Why does Apple have such a cult following? →
A thread that’s a perfect example of why Quora is awesome. This topic is (obviously) ripe for trolls, but instead, people are giving thoughtful answers — and responses! If I wrote a post with this title on TechCrunch, no matter what I actually wrote in the post itself, the first 300 comments would all be complete troll bullshit.
Rethinking the iPhone Threat to AT&T →
From Apple with love. A Verizon iPhone unveiling by February 14? But here’s my favorite part of this piece: Current iPhone users with AT&T service can make a call and use the Internet simultaneously—if, for example, they want to search for a restaurant while continuing a conversation. Right, minus the whole “continuing a conversation” part. While using the web, the call...
Memo Pad: iPad Magazine Sales Drop - Fashion... →
The simple thing they need to try soon: a centralized newsstand that lets you subscribe to the content for a huge discount over current in-app prices. They also really need to get the size of these magazine files down. On the 16 GB iPad, you can fit like two dozen magazines — and that’s it.
Sears And Kmart Team Up With Sonic To Launch A... →
Next up, TJ Maxx is going to launch a Quora competitor.
AT&T expands Wi-Fi zones in public spaces →
The Embarcadero will now have free WiFi (for AT&T customers). Which is great. I just wish AT&T had started doing things like this three years ago.
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On 2010: My Favorite New Things
End of the year. List your favorite tech products. You know the drill. I’ll restrict it to products and services that either just came out this year (or came into widespread usage this year). 1) The iPad Maybe the best v1 product Apple has ever made? Maybe the best v1 product anyone has ever made? There was so much hype leading up to the launch that it seemed impossible that it would...
Outsmarted by Apple: Nokia Looks to Recover the... →
Reading this, I came away with two things that should be looked at as a cautionary tale by companies like Microsoft: “Our problem was that we were simply too good at what we did,” explains Sebastian Nyström, who is in charge of applications and services at Nokia. “Even when Apple hit our vital nerve, we just kept on doing what we were doing. After all, we were still making a...
Ex-Googlers Launch Beluga for Mobile Chat →
Really like this app so far. Been using it all night. Clean and simple. Works on iPhone, Android, the mobile web, and the regular web. Plus I love the “Map” view (at least on the iPhone).
Official Google Blog: Investing in New York →
And Google is now one of the biggest landlords in New York City. How’s that for another revenue model?
Twitter’s Growth & The Diminishing Utility of... →
Om’s update here is really interesting. I had no idea you could search for “to:USERNAME” and it will basically filter out all the spam garbage. Still wish Twitter had a quick way to see @replies from only people you follow — or maybe people your friends follow too. Both would help with spam.
Microsoft Is Said to Announce Version of Windows... →
Robert Breza, an analyst for RBC Capital: A full-featured version of Windows for ARM chips is the best way for Microsoft to make a dent in the iPad’s lead LOLZ. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s funnier that he believes that or that it might actually be Microsoft’s strategy. The Windows Phone OS is great. Immature, but great. They should port that to tablets, not Windows. I...
The typical “happy when you write positive things”/”pissed off when you write negative things” reaction. I’m not suggesting that Google is doomed. I love Google. I use their products more than any others — yes, including Apple. But there’s no denying that all of the things I mentioned have had execution that is just off recently. Why announce Google...
It’s not “rooting”, it’s openness →
The underlying idea here is great. But the following is a big problem: Unfortunately, until carriers and manufacturers provide an easy method to legitimately unlock devices, there will be a natural tension between the rooting and security communities. We can only hope that carriers and manufacturers will recognize this, and not force users to choose between device openness and security. The...
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The iPhone In Paris: A Love Story
I just got back from Paris today after about 10 days there. Two quick tech-related observations: 1) Everyone has an iPhone. 2) Their network is at least a hundred thousand times better than AT&T’s in San Francisco. This really takes the wind of the sails of the arguments that the iPhone itself (its hardware) is to blame for for AT&T’s shitty network. I mean, not only could...
‘X-Men: First Class’ Official Plot Revealed →
I am most excited for this. Bound to be better than both X-Men: The Last Stand and the Wolverine move. Though maybe not the new Wolverine movie.
Knee-Jerk Cr-48 Reaction
Chrome OS has awesome, awesome potential. The Cr-48 trackpad is one of the worst things I’ve ever had the privilege of using. It should surprise absolutely no one that they’re not actually releasing this product. But it is surprising just how many people, namely press, that they’re sending it to. You can say “ignore the hardware” all you want, but it still is the...
The Eiffel Tower glimmers at night.
Introducing the New Profile →
Hmm. I seem to recall saying this was coming a couple months ago and Facebook saying they had no idea what I was talking about. I even recall detailing how they would remove the tabs and make profiles look like the Places pages. Which, surprise, is exactly what happened. I also recall saying that even when Facebook didn’t launch it in October, it was definitely still coming. Interesting...
Inside the Louvre’s pyramid in Paris.
The Android Google Reader app is here →
One really interesting feature is that you can toggle the phone’s volume keys to navigate stories. That’s a great way to highlight the difference between Android and iPhone. There’s no way Apple would let an app do that — even one of their own. It’s an awesome idea, but I imagine if could be really confusing. What happens if you’re playing music in the...
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