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@jeremykovac1 You know that "app launcher" means very different things on Android and iOS, right?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Aviate is a context-aware homescreen replacement meant to bring Android into the future
@Johnswilson1 Oh, I would've too!
I see what you're saying, and Mike made the same point. But Staples must be popular (it claims to be the No. 2 online retailer in the US, and its brick-and-mortar stores are still in business, which counts for something) with some folks, and it's interesting that they believe those consumers will be so interested in the IoT.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Staples Connect offers consumers a taste of their connected futures
@Johnswilson1 It's almost like that's directly mentioned in the story!
1. Funny, given your third point. And, just so you know, I prefer building Faraday cages from popsicle sticks and the bubblegum cores from Blow Pops. Much more effective.
2. I made a joke about that, actually!
3. Access to Google's data is troubling. But it's hardly the only technology company that matters.
3 months ago on An imagined letter from the NSA to Tim Cook
@smartstephen Hahaha. I'm just glad I've decided to beat this particular drum over the last few months ;)
3 months, 1 week ago on Nokia continues to lead Windows Phone to success — or something like it, anyway
@AssafLavie I wrote out a long-ish comment explaining why I'd use the service (it's free and can provide instructions to local key-makers, nixing some of the problems you mention of waiting for a mail-order key or finding a kiosk) and why I'm more likely to take a picture of my key than to create and keep track of duplicates ahead of time (my absentmindedness reigns supreme) as well as saying the equivalent to "different strokes for different folks" but Livefyre killed it so I'll just leave it at this.
4 months ago on Losing your keys sucks. KeyMe makes it a little less painful
@dnovich -- @Zobtalkstech is right. Zuckerberg treated the newspaper bit as a metaphor, and I did the same. I'm not saying that Facebook will become a newspaper, I'm saying that it has grown to serve many of the functions that a small-town newspaper served in previous years. There's an important difference, I think.
4 months ago on Facebook continues to make Zuckerberg’s newspaper metaphor a reality
@SteveAustin1 That is all an interesting, and totally valid, point. (Bonus points for using Markdown, assuming that's what your intention was, btw.) It's been raised before but I don't think there's been anything particularly insightful written on exactly why Amazon's gotten a pass. I'll have to look into it.
4 months, 1 week ago on Every ebook iOS Kindle app users buy will allow Amazon to slap Apple
@timrpeterson Again, I'm not seeing how app stores selling software in a certain way affects the frustration of entering billing and shipping info in online stores -- even if it's only once -- but, sure.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Shopping on a smartphone sucks. Payvia (and everyone else) wants to fix it
Since I mentioned the mobile Web in this post, and this isn't applicable to many apps or the App Store -- which simply require the entry of a password confirming that you are the person whose credit card will be charged when the transaction closes -- your comment doesn't really make much sense.
@FrederickTubiermont I have used Mozilla's desktop demo, but have not yet gotten my hands on a unit. I've been hearing critical things from people developing for the operating system or using the launch devices, but I wanted to focus first on Mozilla's mission -- after I've used a device, spoken with more people, and gotten responses from the company I'll feel comfortable commenting on how well it's doing.
5 months ago on Firefox OS can’t compete with Android and iOS, and that’s okay
@ChuckTwat You're really living up to the second part of your username with that comment.
5 months ago on How one middle-America surgery center uses online price transparency to disrupt the medical industry
@bgoldberg "Everyone on Kickstarter needs to assume that they are making a very small-scale donation to an entreprenuer. Whether they get their watch or bike or what not is a cherry on the cake. They will usually get *something*, but they should keep their expectations in check. " Agreed -- but making that clear to backers has been something that crowdfunding platforms and the companies that use them, whether it's for funding, marketing, or distribution, have been struggling with for a while, as I noted.
"It's hard for me to be sympathetic about some random guy losing $75, when a lot of angel investors lose $75,000 on similar companies — often for reasons even more frustrating than a manufacturing snafu. The dynamics of risk and reward are not reserved for the very wealthy. It's a boat in which every single person finds themselves." So, wait. Because some people who happen to be fond of investing their money in startups can (do) lose big, it means that people who expected something in return for their dollar, of which they have far fewer than any angel investor worth their salt, shouldn't matter? "Rich people lose money, so it doesn't matter if poor people lose their money too" is an odd stance to take.
"This article — which I consider to be uncontroversial to the extreme —" It wasn't meant to be controversial; why is that a requirement for, well, anything?
"appears to have been prompted by "one reporter" at a press conference. Do you have a link?""
It was prompted by a specific question, months of following trends in crowdfunding and the way it is perceived by the companies working in the space, using the platforms, and a specific line of questioning asked about a specific product. As soon as they figure out a way to link to things said during phone calls I'll get right on that for you.
5 months, 1 week ago on Which is worse for crowdfunders, naiveté or honesty?
@TomValentine @nathanielmott I know. I thought it'd be funnier to reply like that than to say "I don't think that this article was being mean to a person, as it doesn't mention anything about his personal life, and instead focuses on things that happened at Microsoft and Zynga, douchey corporate double-speak, and the comedy of someone leaving one company after having many of his plans or ideas reversed to join a company that already succeeded at making many of those ideas a reality, at least in some ways."
5 months, 1 week ago on A (totally legitimate) letter from new Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
@TomValentine SAYING THAT IN ALL-CAPS IS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE.
@jonathanross What does Apple "coupling" the service with its beta product have to do with Bing not being an "also-ran" or "mostly adequate" search engine?
Oh, and as for my use of "also-ran": The search engine has less than 20 percent of search engine marketshare. (Its results power more than that, but the people knowingly using Bing and getting its results weren't the focus there.) That's an also-ran. And "mostly adequate" -- by the way, I said "perfectly adequate," not "mostly adequate," but whatever -- is better than many other engines' results; but they aren't as good as Google's, which is something people have been saying since, ya know, Bing was released, so there's that.
I'm well aware of what those words (they're terms, by the way, but we'll let that one go too) mean.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Bing me up, Ballmer: An also-ran search engine is changing the Xbox, Windows, and Microsoft
@dawizard "This post is sponsored by Vine and Vine fanboys..."
Want to jump straight to that one, huh? I guess that's as good a way to jump into a comment as any.
"I don't understand the hate (albeit a strong term) for a product which was rolled out literally hours ago and is probably not firing on all cylinders just yet (i.e. buggy) but have you seen the junk that gets published on Vine? Apparently there is a lot of crap on Vine too, without filters etc, it'll be everywhere, any new tools or existing tool."
I don't recall saying that there are no bad Vines. And there's a difference between "hate" and "criticism." And the whole "literally rolled out hours ago" bit is irrelevant. This isn't a beta, it's not going out to a limited number of users, it's a major product addition that everyone who updates Instagram to version 4.0 will be exposed to.
"And to call it a tool for communication and Instagram a vanity piece is starting to sound like an Apple vs MS debate where MS (Instagram) has added a lot more features/frills but Apple fanboys love the simplicity and will never like Instagram. "
You realize that 'Apple fanboys' were Instagram's only users for a long time, right? They're the people who made the service popular in the first place. And, ugh, 'fanboys' twice in one comment? Come on.
"Disclaimer - I don't use either. I am a consumer of Vines though through Twitterati. Give it some time, I think instagram will settledown. Give it some time and then bring out the pitchforks."
Okay, so this doesn't really affect you either way, then. Got it.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Narcissism in motion: Instagram’s new video features are a vanity mirror, not a communications tool
Man, them are some sexy photos.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Mark Zuckerberg the new Bill Gates?
@jholyhead So, because appliances and other objects are becoming smarter, that means that improvements can't be made to electrical outlets? It doesn't have to be a zero-sum game.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Plug ‘em in: Let’s make electrical outlets a little smarter
@markrogo It's definitely been an odd year. And there's still much of 2013 before either console is introduced -- I can't even imagine what might change in that time.
And thank you!
6 months ago on From jester to savior: How the Xbox One turned the PlayStation 4 into the white knight of console gaming