Hastings expects even bigger things from the little gizmo. He wanted to work with Google because he sees an opportunity to create a new category: a low-cost device that turns a regular TV into a smart TV coupled with “this radical, beautiful proposition that there is no remote control.Google Chromecast Biggest Fan Is Netflix CEO Reed Hastings | Variety
Yet all that is beside the point. The aerial drone is actually the perfect vehicle—not for delivering packages, but for evoking Amazon’s indomitable spirit of innovation. Many customers this holiday season are considering the character of the companies where they spend their hard-earned dollars. Amazon would rather customers consider the new products and inventions coming down the pipeline and not the ramifications of its ever-accelerating, increasingly disruptive business model.Amazon’s Drone Fleet Delivers What Bezos Wants: An Image of Ingenuity - Businessweek
Beyond its ongoing rivalry with Google, Microsoft’s effort may reflect pockets of popularity for Chromebooks at some schools and companies. Businesses are Microsoft’s strength and its biggest source of profits. Educational-testing company Kaplan has said it uses Chromebooks for its call centers, and healthcare chain Mollen said it put Chromebooks in more than 4,000 clinics.
The anti-Chromebook effort spotlights how Microsoft is grappling with competition in areas where for years it held a virtual monopoly.
Some corporate-technology officials and analysts say Chromebooks are catching on for some road-warrior workers, retail-sales employees and other business users that can make do with limited computing features.
“Windows PCs aren’t going anywhere,” said Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder. “But for some use cases at some companies, Chromebooks fill a legitimate niche.”Google’s Chromebooks Winning Over Some Businesses - Digits - WSJ
Koala also thinks Kik is changing the game for the mobile Web. While the mobile Web experience in Chrome or Safari still lags behind native mobile apps when it comes to fluidity in usability, Kik has “super-charged the mobile Web in a really interesting way,” says Ludwin.
Kik founder Ted Livingston describes his messaging app as “the Web, built mobile first.” The secret is in the design, he says. Kik demands that all mobile Web apps built for Kik have to be one page, so that they can all be loaded in one hit. The app is also uses a cacheing strategy that means an app can be loaded even if the device has no Internet connection. When it comes online, the latest update of the app can be loaded in the background.
“Mobile Web on Kik is not your grandfather’s mobile web,” Ludwin says, comparing it favorably to the unexciting experience offered by Safari. “It’s a much different animal.”Surprise! New game Costume Party finds 1M players in first 22 hours… on Kik | PandoDaily
The relentless Mr. Bezos, this book concludes, is not content simply to make Amazon an “everything store” but ultimately envisions “an everything company.‘The Everything Store - Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon’ - NYTimes.com
The Surface Pro 2 is getting great reviews … but there’s no one lining up to buy them. The battle is not between Microsoft and Apple. The battle is between Google and Apple and, specifically, between Android devices and iOS devices. Microsoft hopes, wishes and prays to be included in the conversation, but it’s not there. Microsoft is trying to create a market for tablet computing as opposed to tapping the market of tablet users – it may sound like a semantic argument, I assure you it is not.A Tablet For The Holidays? Maybe - Shelly Palmer - Shelly Palmer - MediaBizBloggers - Jack Myers
The company’s 35 million users have helped created a database of more than 50 million points of interest, from bars to restaurants to ice cream shops. While many companies have powerful location databases—Yelp, Yext, the Yellow Pages—Foursquare’s database is unique in that it’s inherently social: It was built on the 4 billion check-ins that users uploaded via the app.
Foursquare’s location database is more than simply a list of venue names and addresses. It’s not just location data that Foursquare is collecting: The company knows when you check in to a venue, whether your friends join you there, and often what you did before and after. The Yellow Pages knows the location of Blue Hill restaurant, Grom gelato, Washington Square Park, and Third Rail coffee; Foursquare knows how they’re all connected. Perhaps it’s common for users who check in to Blue Hill to head to Grom afterward, before grabbing coffee following a stroll in the park. [Eds. note: This sounds like a wonderful date.]Why Yahoo and Apple Want Foursquare’s Data | Fast Company | Business Innovation
Foursquare has become entrenched in the fabric of the local web, providing an API that delivers common good for developers. Any destabilization in Foursquare or its developer tools would fundamentally affect the stability of the mobile web.Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem | TechCrunch
Hofstadter wanted to ask: Why conquer a task if there’s no insight to be had from the victory? “Okay,” he says, “Deep Blue plays very good chess—so what? Does that tell you something about how we play chess? No. Does it tell you about how Kasparov envisions, understands a chessboard?” A brand of AI that didn’t try to answer such questions—however impressive it might have been—was, in Hofstadter’s mind, a diversion.The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think - James Somers - The Atlantic (via thisistheverge)
While in theory Android provides a very modern platform for mobile development, the realities around Android-first are quite different. Startups simply cannot afford to bypass iOS and go Android out of the gate. One could even argue the gap is widening.
Uninformed people who reference innovation frameworks often like to declare that the mobile market has matured to the point of being “good enough”. I disagree. The reality is that software innovation at the app layer is accelerating, and converged hardware / software development costs a lot of money.
We all know that creating valuable mobile services is extremely difficult—but it’s interesting that today iOS is still far ahead when we take into account the relationship between development costs and available financing. And because Android lags so much here, to me this is further evidence that platform parity and “good enough” in mobile may be a long ways off.Why Android First is a Myth | steve cheney – technology, business & strategy
The custom cards are about six-second long video clips of the influencer as a player in The Show created from the influencer’s twitter avatar. The coolest part about this whole campaign? The Show completely surprised everyone they created a custom card for.MLB 13: The Show Creates Custom Baseball Cards Using Vine | SportsCity.com
Today, @Comcast and @NBCUniversal are announcing a partnership with Twitter that lets users tune in to a TV show directly from a Tweet. Comcast will give Xfinity TV customers the ability to do several things such as change the channel, set the DVR and play a show On Demand, directly from an expanded Tweet. Called See It, the feature will debut with NBCUniversal offerings including The Voice and Sunday Night Football.Change the channel directly from Twitter | Twitter Blogs
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Overall, these changes will mean that much of the newspaper will be pre-planned and produced. Production journalists will publish stories to meet peak viewing times on the web rather than old print deadlines. The process will be akin to a broadcasting schedule. Where once we planned around page lay-outs, we will now adopt a news bulletin-style approach.Lionel Barber memo to staff on reshaping the newspaper for the digital age | About us | FT.com
The company is also putting a cap on its previously unlimited storage: 1 terabyte, which the company says should be good for 6,000 years of email.Yahoo unveils total email redesign inspired by Flickr and Tumblr | The Verge
Tomorrow, everything is a computer, but nothing looks like a computer. This is good for Apple.An Interview With Steve Cheney: On Apple, Tim Cook And The Future Of Mobile - Forbes