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Of course Google made a talking shoe for SXSW 2013 (video)
Last year, Google created an entire village near the Convention Center. This year, just outside the convention center, Google has opened a “playground.” And what better way to experience the playground than with a shoe that taunts you with a male, British voice.

Well, would you talk about innovation.

thisistheverge:

Of course Google made a talking shoe for SXSW 2013 (video)

Last year, Google created an entire village near the Convention Center. This year, just outside the convention center, Google has opened a “playground.” And what better way to experience the playground than with a shoe that taunts you with a male, British voice.

Well, would you talk about innovation.

The Apple iWatch | askTog

Steve Jobs’s true legacy lies not with his products, but his method, the way he would forge revolutionary products from cold blocks of creativity. I know. I was one of his earliest recruits and watched him develop the method. Steve applied it one project at a time. My hope is that Apple now has teams applying it across many projects, shortening the historic six years between breakthrough products.

Why does this make everything sound so good? Now I really, really want Apple to make an iWatch. I think I’d finally be able to stop pulling my phone out of my pocket when I don’t even need it.

Einhorn sues Apple, marks biggest investor challenge in years | Reuters

I figured this might have happened somewhere down the line.

The only problem is this: Apple has too much money, is unsure of what to do with the surplus, and is unsure of how innovation is going to proceed from this point on.

And truth be told I’m a little worried about the innovation as well. Despite claims to the contrary, I doubt Apple’s share price is going to undergo a massive boost in the next couple of months, and I doubt their rev/earnings will either.

It’s just…falling. I think their best bet right about now is to wait a bit before introducing any new products, so that they have time to get their creativity sorted out. After all, cuttingly innovative ideas take their time to start about.

One more thing. Where’s Jonathan Ive in all of this?

Alicia Keys’ now Global Creative Director of BlackBerry.

Kind of like will.i.am at Intel, only we’ve got no frikin’ idea what he’s doing there.

Privacy and Terms of Service Changes on Instagram

Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.

Though they’ve made it clear again, unfortunately for Instagram they’ve already been hit by a class-action lawsuit.

Moral of the story: people will create a shitstorm about the smallest thing if it affects the content they create, so be careful, companies.

soxiam:

1981. When you could expect to find “social capital” in an Apple ad.

This is true company-on-company war.
Not to mention brilliant.

soxiam:

1981. When you could expect to find “social capital” in an Apple ad.

This is true company-on-company war.

Not to mention brilliant.

Why The New Guy Can’t Code | TechCrunch

Actually it’s worse than that. At least wide receivers have to run, whereas I can guarantee you, without fear of contradiction, that no software engineer will ever have to write a binary search after they are hired. It’s like choosing a contractor because they know how to forge and cast steel using coal, iron, an oven and a bellows, when they actually need to know a) the address of the nearest Home Depot b) what to do with the steel once they buy it.

Recruiting procedures in major companies these days are flawed. Startups, on the other hand, are great, because they look for employees who can do their work, know what they’re doing, and have ideas that can take a company forward. Might not be the most feasible for a large company, but it’s still one of the best strategies.

Smart Bar: Japan Gets Another Special Android Handset | TechCrunch

These Japanese handsets, though Android-powered, are absolutely fantastic.

They’re small, light, easy to use, and run a powerful, pretty neat decent operating system.

And they’re probably cheap too.

Way to selling millions of handsets. Great, if you ask me.

Let me tell you this. Downloading a 15 gig torrent with an internet speed of 26 kB/s, courtesy of Time Warner, is not fun.

Neither is live-streaming the Olympics with that Internet speed.

Time Warner, here’s what I want to say to you, eloquently put:

Fuck you.

Google+: One Hell Of A Trojan Horse | TechCrunch

Absolutely right, except for one itty-bitty detail. Google+ didn’t take off. It has become what everyone hoped it would not become: a ghost town.

On the first month of the service, you’ve always got to account for the number of people that join the service because of hype and then leave their accounts there, inactive. The number of active users is the best measure of popularity, and the jokes on the number of users over at Google+ seem to speak a lot for that.

I haven’t really used Google+ myself. I don’t even use Facebook all that much, in fact, my preferred platform of choice happens to be Twitter. That’s because it’s easy and efficient to use, but that’s not the point. I suspect most people didn’t migrate over to Google+ not because they didn’t like it, but because the layout was so much more different than Facebook’s, or Twitter’s, and so much more intuitive, that it felt foreign.

And most people didn’t really get used to it, so they left.