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@cooldoods He said "the modern smartphone" -- and he's right.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on How the iPhone and its “tick-tock” release cycle made consumers care about software
Virgin Mobile! iPhone 4 for $350 upfront, $35/month no contract includes unlimited texting and data, 350 talk minutes (but who uses those?). Two year cost: $1,190. I actually just bought a Samsung droid for $150 to try it out--I saved enough in two months to justify the purchase, and I've discovered I love the service.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on T-Mobile’s iPhone is the first “cheap” smartphone to make sense in the US
I'll admit I'm writing this comment before reading your article. You mentioned "MySpace," so curiosity got the best of me and I went and created a new account (using a Facebook login). Maybe it's because I knew what MySpace was, but didn't know what I was supposed to do once I got there. They asked me what kind of artist I was, so I selected writer. Then after I got bored trying to pick a few songs I liked, I clicked out of that feature and was presented with a profile that was this giant blank page, with no directions on how to fill it. How is this a tool, or something I want to return to? I'm going to read your article now.
2 months ago on Consider Myspace: What a comeback could look like
Aw man, I can't believe he went to Breaking Dawn.
2 months ago on WTF: Giving everyone the “Undercover Boss” experience
Some late-night thoughts: Tony seems to be trying to attract people `into` the community (from what I can see). Is he investing in the education of the community so that he has a base that can support innovation? Cities with innovation centers often have powerful university systems. I don't know what Nevada has for a university system--are they able to sustain any of the growth Tony wants to see? Is he working with them?
2 months, 1 week ago on More bad news for Vegas Tech Fund: Star company Romotive is moving to the Bay Area
@timrpeterson oh, I don't think that's being fair to Sarah--this is a pretty good piece that confronts the prodigal founder narrative, which was heavily influenced by Steve J. Sarah gives her thoughts on why this comparison isn't warranted, says where SJ went right, and why she's hesitant about M. Dell. It's a pretty well documented opinion piece--and Sarah has some serious chops reporting Silicone Valley, so it's worth reading what she has to say. I honestly was going to pass on this post until I saw that she was the author.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Michael Dell hopes he’s Steve Jobs, but is he really just Jerry Yang?
@timrpeterson I can't make heads or tails of what you just said.
Not sure why I'm commenting so much on this article. Boring day, I guess.
@KenG Good points.
My limited study of Michael pins him as a conservative both in politics and business--he'll do anything to avoid a true, radical change. It's not in his nature. That's a valuable quality for a commodity good, but not when your commodity turns into a buggy whip. I don't see any new ideas, only a desire to defend an old business practice. But hey, who knows? Might be exciting.
@KenG way to end a fairly intelligent comment with an misogynist rant
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death
Hi Sarah, I've been working in this field for two years and you're completely right--these tracking apps don't have a chance. And I say this as someone who has helped create them. America's problem is an environmental design issue. Our environment is designed to reduce our physical work. Society has poured itself into that mold, and no amount of willpower (says all the latest research on behavioral economics) will get them to act differently than the environment dictates (mixed metaphor, I know). City planning--brick and mortar planning--is a necessary component. I live in Minneapolis and we have the best bike trail system in the country. Not surprisingly, we all bike, and we're one of the fittest cities in the country.
A company that wants to truly make a difference has a tough nut to crack: they need to reinvent that environment. Can a web app do that? Probably not by itself. Google glasses (version 3.0) has the chance to change how we see the world, and that could make a huge difference. If you program the glasses so McDonalds looks like a giant potted plant, you probably won't be as tempted to go in. A company has to think how they can physically limit the unhealthy options, and physically encourage healthy options, to reinvent the way users interact with the world.
Great post--most insightful thing I've seen someone say on the subject.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on All the fitness apps in the world won’t make us thin
Swype (the new beta version) is all I need to like Android over iPhone. The keypad is the most important, potentially time consuming interface on your phone, and nothing beats Swype.
4 months, 1 week ago on A layman’s review of the Nexus 4 – and how it compares to the iPhone
Thanks Hamish--this was my favorite forward-looking article this year. There is a lot of pessimism out there. This should actually be a very exciting time for tech fans--and tech journalists. This is the lull when you get to go find and champion the next greatest thing.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Apps aside, has the tech industry ever been more exciting?
I totally disagree with the ticker logic--I'm curious enough with what's going on in the world that I'm going to find these articles by myself. I thought you originally installed the ticker because you wanted to ensure you had a lot of new content, and that it would go away after you got up to speed. Please make it go way--it takes up space and I don't want to read it.
6 months, 1 week ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!
This one, obviously, did.
6 months, 1 week ago on PandoHouse Rock: A Musical History of Voting Technology in America
Hey Guys, some of the article links on the new homepage don't work.
Look forward to the book Farhad.
7 months, 1 week ago on Why the fall of 2012 will determine Microsoft’s fate
We have Coborns in Minnesota. My fiance and I use it when we go on vacation and want to have food available when we get home. Organics is a nice angle, however.
9 months, 1 week ago on Mile High Organics Raises $1.2M to Reinvigorate Online Groceries
@eringriffith much better!
9 months, 1 week ago on Don’t You Forget About.me
Oh, Erin, the headline needs to be "Don't You Forget About.me"--totally killed it with the extra "about".