What I Missed

I’ve been traveling.  And I missed a lot. Apple launched iOS 5 and iCloud, the iPhone 4S went on sale, Netflix and HP both aborted plans for major business shifts, Google probably released a few different new versions of Android (perfect visual) that can’t run on most Android devices, RIM’s co-CEOs still exist, Microsoft made […]

iPhone Lineup

Two interesting notes: Battery life increases for talk time but decreases for standby time.  Weird.   Yup, Siri is iPhone 4S-only.  I’m sure the software could run on iPhone 4, but Apple made this strategic decision in order to sell more new phones.  Since Apple makes its money on hardware sales and much of their […]

New Heinz Ketchup Packets Hold 3x More Ketchup

Sarah Nassauer for WSJ: Since a supply spat between Heinz and McDonald’s that arose during a 1973 tomato shortage, Heinz, the country’s largest ketchup producer, has been locked out of most McDonald’s U.S. locations. Though Heinz didn’t design the new packet to get back in McDonald’s good graces, “that would be a wonderful side benefit,” […]

Google’s +1 button is coming to display ads

Google’s Inside Adwords blog: For example, take Elaine, who sees an ad for discount flights. She +1’s the ad, thinking her friends might value similar deals. Now when Elaine’s friends and contacts are logged into Google and see the discount flight ad on any of the millions of GDN partner websites, they’ll see Elaine’s picture […]

Government Good

The great Rick Webb, on his new project called Government Good: I believe that the government can do some good from time to time. I believe that the public conversation has lost this. I believe that so many people believe the government is broken that it is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. This […]

A Decade Hating the Web

Matt Drance: Today is the tenth anniversary of Apple’s open-source WebKit codebase, which powers nearly every relevant web browser and engine used today, including Safari, Chrome, and even WebOS itself. But Apple hates the web – it’s too “open” for them. Only a company that won’t be evil can love such an open platform. Tweetview […]

Quotes from “other” Android hardware partners

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.” – J.K. Shin President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division “I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.” – Bert Nordberg President & CEO, Sony Ericsson “We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is […]

Radiation From Our Phones

Nathaniel Rich for Harper’s Magazine: Not all radiation is created equal. High-frequency electromagnetic radiation—nuclear radiation, X-rays, even the ultraviolet rays of a tanning booth—is powerful enough to break chemical bonds, creating highly unstable atoms called ions. Ionizing radiation harms the cells of living tissue: it damages DNA and increases the risk of cancer. These facts […]

Why Product Brands Should “Ladder-Up”

electronista: Despite Microsoft giving away free XBOXs with PCs, research in an investment note from GER showed that 80 percent of incoming students were buying Macs, not Windows systems. The college market has always been a boon for Apple. Buying a computer for school is a rare case when the consumer’s purchase decision is based almost completely […]

Free Reign

Josh Ong: Google gave original Mac designer [Andy Hertzfeld] free rein on new Google+ UI. “Free reign” means experience design came first. Yours truly: User experience first? To inform the technology? Then taking time to mold it to their own strategic model? Seems almost…Apple-like. Yes, Apple-like. SIDE NOTE: Since designing the Mac, Hertzfeld of course […]

Well, This is Weird. Google Actually Has the Right Idea.

For all the heat Google takes (especially from yours truly), it seems like we should be tentatively impressed this time. They’ve identified some white space in social (full network, selective sharing), that Facebook has tried to capture a bunch of different ways but has never done well. Ultimately, it’s something Facebook doesn’t want to do […]