vowe dot net: Ask Siri “what is the best smartphone ever.”
CNet: Evernote acquires handwriting app Penultimate.
Interesting. I used Penultimate for a while, went back to a paper notebook. A nice, cheap 0.9mm mechanical pencil, too. I also used Evernote for a while, went back to Yojimbo on Mac, because it saves entire webpages with their formatting intact. May not be cloud-available, but I store anything I need for transport separately on an encrypted thumb drive. Clients don’t need to see the entirety of my eclectic link-storing tastes.
Macworld: Logitech announces Solar Keyboard Folio for iPad.
Solar keyboard for iPad. Wish we’d see more of these, more innovation in this sector. Tired of plugging in my gadgets daily.
PandoDaily: Apple Is Rejecting Applications that Use the Dropbox SDK.
Get with it. It’s a handy feature that I’d like to use. Tech companies, play nice for me, please?
Dealbook, NY Times: Microsoft’s Nook Deal, Aiming at Amazon, Sets Up Battle in E-Books.
“The deal, which gives Microsoft a 17.6 percent stake, values the Nook unit at $1.7 billion — roughly double Barnes & Noble’s entire market value as of last Friday — and bolsters the bookseller’s efforts to make its digital business the linchpin of its future growth.” Perhaps a new name is required. No longer small as a ‘nook’, might it have grown to an ‘alcove’?
Guardian/Observer.UK: Has the internet run out of ideas already?
“We’re now at the stage where we should be getting the next wave of disruptive surprises. But – guess what? – they’re nowhere to be seen. Instead, we’re getting an endless stream of incremental changes and me-tooism. If I see one more proposal for a photo-sharing or location-based web service, anything with ‘app’ in it, or anything that invites me to ‘rate’ something, I’ll scream.” I know the sentiment well. I love that the author terms trading our privacy for ‘free’ services is a ‘swindle.’
Mother Jones: “Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem.
“Some developers insist that it’s all just a big joke and doesn’t represent any actual streak in tech culture. But apparently it’s real enough for social-media analytics company Klout: The high-flying Silicon Valley startup came under fire last month for displaying a recruitment poster at a Stanford career fair that asked: ‘Want to bro down and crush code? Klout is hiring.’” Read the comments. Makes me want to delete Path on my phone.
ILoveTypography: Make the margins bigger.
Hmmm. Perhaps if ebook form-factors were larger, marginalia would replace annotation. Apple, get on it.
PDN Pulse: Sign of the Times - Has $13K of Camera Gear, Uses Phone Instead.
Poynter: Photographers - Stop using Instagram to share your edited, DSLR photos.
InstaFraud! Laughing my socks off. It’s still photography, isn’t it? But I’ll agree. Stay out of Instagram, pros. Let others keep shooting faux artsy Instacrap. Cuts down on the competition, significantly. Clients love the look, but they don’t want to pay for such low resolution. One ends up taking DSLR shots, and faking it later on. Sit a client down in front of Adobe Lightroom, run them through about a dozen filters, and watch their eyes light up. You can give them exactly the look they want.
Caveat: I use Instagram occasionally. Their filters introduce noise. Lots of noise. I’ve been leaning on straight shooting (no filters), because their canned effects offend my sensibilities. Perhaps if I went iPhone 4s, I’d feel differently. But on HTC Sensation … meh.
If you haven’t read Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum, you may miss the naming joke.
The Atlantic: The Idea That Beats Facebook Is Out There‐But Where?
Have I not been saying this? The next great thing is out there, or is in beta. It’s just not pulsating on our radar screens yet.
PC World: 3G and 4G Wireless Speed Showdown.
With my phone on T-Mobile and my iPad on AT&T, this satisfies me. Though, all told, cell service is pretty damned slow - 4G or not.
Guardian.UK: Olympics 2012 - branding ‘police’ to protect sponsors’ exclusive rights.
“I think what they are trying to avoid is any formal commercial exploitation of those images, but that’s not what it says. And for that reason, it would appear that if you or I attended an event, we could only share our photos with our aunties around the kitchen table. Which seems a bizarre consequence.” Good luck trying to keep the Olympics a closed-circuit social media event. Ain’t gonna happen.
Macworld: Read It Later renamed Pocket, eliminates price tag, and adds features.
Rebranding is always tricky. Stand back and watch.
The Atlantic: Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover?
I HATE that Kindle automatically takes you to Chapter One. Some introductions and forewords are necessary. And I love book covers. Not on a B&W Kindle so much, but that situation’s temporary.
Findings: How We Will Read - Clay Shirky
“Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button.”
SciAm: Why E-books Cost So Much.
“As the exponential growth of e-books has slowed, some publishers are even whispering their hopes that perhaps the rate of e-book adoption will slow further and print will be viable well into the future.”
If iCloud isn’t floating your boat, this is an alternative.
Story Wheel - Tell the story behind your pictures.
Storytelling is considered by some (who read here) to be the next social phenom. 500px just got finished rolling out a story feature (making Flickr look even more aged and decrepit), now you can use this service to construct Instagram-based stories.
Instaport: Export, Download and Backup your Instagram photos.
If the Facebook buy freaks you, you have an out.
vowe dot net: Pricing your app.
“Sell 1000 copies for $1 or one copy for $1000, your revenue is the same.” Hallelujah, Volker lays it down. Needed to be said. Some of the older software outfits need a reality check.
DVICE: Keyboard case turns your iPad into pretty good fake MacBook.
I have to laugh. Note in the thumbnails the ‘octopus’ cable. Everyone so wants to get stuff in and out of the iPad easily. These guys have just about every adapter covered with one cable. My thought: get an extra.
raganwald: On Facebook, you’re sharing your personal data with every app your friends use.
Bloomberg: DOJ Said Near E-Book Pricing Settlement With Publishers.
“A settlement would allow Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) and other retailers to offer lower prices for digital versions of books, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported the status of the talks yesterday. To compete, Apple may stop selling books or match lower prices, in some cases resulting in a loss on each book, according to the newspaper.” Do we get refunds? I ‘spose not.