The Nexus 5 - I’ve been waiting for ages for this phone, but the first impressions from the likes of The Verge suggest the camera is weak and that’s the main thing I was hoping Google would improve.
Now that makes me less desperate for this phone and I might wait for my contract to end on my Galaxy Nexus after all. It looks like the iPhone 5s might be the phone “Made to capture the moments that matter” for me…
It’s a powerful thing to be able to show off data in a way that’s visually pleasing for audiences at all levels, whether they’re data geeks or more artistically minded.
Lots of people talking about Motorola’s new "ambitious" plans to make the smart phone last forever. I saw Phonebloks idea a while ago. Intriguing, but it doesn’t feel mass market. Developing markets yes, but as David Chartier says;
“People long had the option to build modular desktop computers and ultimately didn’t care. I highly doubt they’ll care to do it with their phones.
Nevertheless, encouraging to see current hardware standards challenged.
Small Empires: FiftyThree
One of my favourite tech startups. I’m a massive fan of Paper and I don’t use it enough in my daily life to be honest. I wish I used it more. Small Empires takes a look behind the scenes of the app, at the company that built it. With the beautiful filming and story telling skills of The Verge Video team, it’s well worth finding 20 minutes to watch.
Moleskine does it again in digital
It’s an organisation I’m becoming more and more fond of with every new idea they come up with in the digital world. Moleskine worked with Evernote to produce a noting taking Moleskine that syncs with Evernote - genius. Now they’ve taken the best drawing app on the iPad, Paper, and created a service so you can print your pictures into a notebook.
It’s a digital and analogue world working together in harmony.
Baby Blue listens rocket during Breaking Bad finale
It’s not surprising, really. With a record 10.3 million viewers, plenty of them will have extended their experience listening to Badfingers “Baby Blue”. An extra 9000 per cent in fact (as shown in the graph above) did just that on Spotify.
Those people will still have had to search for the song to play it though. That’s where I like features such as Amazon’s IMDB X-ray. They give users a true second screen experience. People can then discover the music in their shows and continue their in-show experience even when the TV programme has finished.
With that you have to ask - is there more collaborations that music providers such as Spotify can provide to TV shows? Amazon has worked that out, but I don’t know anyone who buys music off Amazon anymore… It’s iTunes or Spotify. There’s a space they could fill available to them. One they could dominate too…
And a little side point. I found an awesome Breaking Bad playlist on Spotify before posting, so check this out if you want your Breaking Bad experience to continue beyond this post…
Facebook may have a billion users, and Twitter may be raking in the revenue, but if you were to ask the next young, hip person you saw which social network they love most, odds are they’ll name Instagram. But as Instagram grows, annoying behaviors sprout up like weeds. Beware, dear Instagrammers, these pitfalls that will make people hate you. (Or worse, unfollow you.)
My favourite two sentences from the article;
There should never be a hashtag in front of the word #the. Still, there are 16 million photos tagged with #the. Why? Seriously, an explanation for this would surely entertain.
Read the rest too. There’s some great recommendations of what NOT to do on Instagram. You’ll see a lot of these done regularly and they’re down right annoying! What’s even worse is when the Instagrammers such as the ‘Hash-Hole’ share on other social networks like Facebook or Twitter. That’s just a fail and we all judge you for it. Honest.
Evernote Web Clipper
It’s had an upgrade. A very good one at that. I use it everyday for one main purpose - to save articles I want to write about later. I don’t write about them all, but it’s nice to have them all in once place that I can access wherever I am. I like to save all sorts of things to Evernote. That’s just one thing it’s awesome at - saving things. I’d check it out if you like productivity apps