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Google contacts does that, though I'm guessing you're on iPhone and can't use it
3 months ago on The 5 app guide to streamlining your life
Surely Google Talk qualifies? Or are you iPhone myopic?
3 months, 1 week ago on Behold, the biggest threat to email: Mobile chat
Given that you've hired writers and editors that you respect, why didn't you run the launch post past them? They're the specialists, after all.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Take Two
Why would you name a 21st century womens publication after a Victorian steatopygic prosthesis?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com
This is the classic bubble marker - When expensively educated, fashionable young graduates start showing up in your field, you're in a bubble. http://epeus.blogspot.com/2005/12/key-indicator-for-bubble.html
5 months, 1 week ago on The battle for geek culture’s core
If you replace the safari icon on the bottom row with Google on iOS it works pretty well
7 months, 1 week ago on Google Now on iOS is neither Google nor Now
The classic telephone handset was 10 inches long. Do you have a really tiny head, or are you habituated to tiny iPhones?
7 months, 1 week ago on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3: A tablet that can make phone calls, whether you like it or not
The best response to "can I pick your brain?" is "do I look like Trotsky?"
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Do you really want coffee or is this some kind of trap?
What is this, the 90s? Locking went out years ago for programmers; how come bloggers get it now? Roll on version histories.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on WordPress hacks collaboration with “Post Locking”
SF isn't Silicon Valley. Taking an Uber on a south bay commute would be very pricy.
9 months ago on Uberdata: Economics of Car Ownership
That's because there are two faces to android - the open source bottom half and the 'with google' top: http://epeus.blogspot.com/2011/01/two-faces-of-android.html
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Nokia’s Stephen Elop bashes Android for being too open… and too closed
Anyone would think that mobile phones can't use websites from all this flapdoodle.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Forget mobile first. Is mobile anywhere in Facebook’s DNA?
@benkepes when your product is called out, it's fair enough to respond. There's a big difference between that and attempting to twist a comment thread to promote a semi-related app. I'm sure Sarah is pleased to hear from Maria here.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Dear Yammer and the entire cloud wave: If you expect companies to use your software, it has to work
Do try the iOS and Android apps to keep up with notifications and @ replies in Chatter, they help a lot.
The key difference on Android is that you can install third party keyboards, like Swype mentioned above, and also the excellent SwiftKey, which predicts words based on the words you actually use, rather than an average user. If you enable multiple languages, it switches between them intelligently too.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on You just aren’t my type: Improving the iOS keyboard
I think you're taking the wrong message from that commercial. HTML5 is very good at dynamic presentational layout with a tight update cycle, native code is good at tight interaction with the platform and user.
Browsers aren't trivial applications, and are very well tuned for async downloading, caching and rendering of info. Native APIs, and the programming models that they build on are more likely to implicitly assume resources are local and become sluggish as a result.
A sensible model is to play to the strengths of each development model. The Netflix apps are a good example here, using native code for core movie playback, but using HTML5 for the browsing, queueing and organising interface. This means it can be updated dynamically across many platforms without a new version deployed. That same Facebook article you quoted says "For areas within the app where we anticipate making changes more often, we will continue to utilize HTML5 code, as we can push updates server side without requiring people to download a new version of the app." and detailed how much specialised effort they had to go to to get their native app to perform - the words 'asynchronous' and 'cache' being a big part of this.
One example of this that I've encountered is the Google Reader app on Android being less responsive than the web version of Google Reader.
Neglecting the use of HTML5 where it can provide benefits is a mistake with long term consequences, and articles like this that generalise from a couple of instances, and jump to conclusions about performance may encourage rash development decisions too.
12 months ago on Please get your HTML5 out of my native apps
You notice that facebook is replacing email too, but gets you to sign up with an email address. They want to be able to pester you if you don't switch.
12 months ago on Facebook uses SMS to acquire users even as it works to supplant the format
When "behaves as designed" is indistinguishable from "omg security breach!!!" for a large number of users, you really have a problem.
1 year, 2 months ago on How Facebook Got Pummeled Over a Fake Privacy Scandal
Ten years ago or so, iChat had 2 chat windows. One was for AIM, one was for Bonjour (people on the same wifi subnet as you). If you dragged people their icons from Bonjour to AIM, it added them on AIM. I miss that.
1 year, 5 months ago on Facebook’s New Friend-Finding Feature Looks Awfully Familiar
Learn some French, neologism mongers. Entrepreneur means literally "between taker" - middle man. Replacing the first part with a personal adjective implies a specialised kidnapper.
1 year, 6 months ago on How to Understand Silicon Valley Speak