So I’m sitting here in a Berlin hotel waiting for my girlfriend to finish drying her hair. I’m staring out onto a grey facade of the Park Inn hotel as it competes for domination with the TV tower behind it in the skyline.
The wifi in our room is patchy, and getting up to go over to the other side of the room would prove to be too much of a test of my endurance to achieve. Is means no Netflix, and only playlists I’ve synced offline will do in Spotify.
What else do I have to do, but write something?
For those unaware, I also blog about one of my big passions, (http://pixelattacks.com). I just wrote a lengthy review of a next gen (PlayStation 4) game while sitting in a hotel room with patchy wifi. On an iPad Air.
I recently managed to receive a sports injury in the ligaments of my right shoulder. I did this by sleeping awkwardly rather than taking a harsh tackle I’m football. But it hurts to do any strenuous work that involves that ligament. Lifting a laptop for a prolonged period of time would kill. But an iPad? No problem.
So I’m here in my hotel room, enjoying the bleak views of East Berlin, holding an iPad aloft so I can type comfortably & get good wifi reception all at the same time.
My point is that an iPad, for most people. Is the perfect replacement for a laptop. If I were to be here for work I wouldn’t need a laptop. I could do my presentations on this device, etc.
This also isn’t a tout for all tablet devices. The reason I’m calling out the iPad (other than it being the device I own) is that the reason I can be so productive is that there are enough apps to cover the spectrum of *things* I need to achieve.
We’re pleased to announce that the Boxee team will be joining Samsung.
We started on this journey six years ago, and have been at the forefront of the changing TV and video landscape. We believe that over the next few years the video market will change even more than it has in the past few decades.
Joining Samsung means we will be able to work on products that marry the best hardware and software in the TV space, products that will be used by tens of millions of people and will help to shape the future of TV.
We are excited about the next chapter for our team.
For Boxee users, we’re working behind the scenes to ensure there’s minimal impact to your devices. However, the beta Cloud DVR functionality we provided to certain Boxee TV users will be discontinued on July 10th. You will not have access to your existing recordings after that date. We realize many of you loved the service, and we’re sorry it won’t be available moving forward.
We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve built, and we want to thank you for being a part of our journey.
Samsung has an Apple TV competitor.
In another edition of “stop publishing plain text stuff”…
This is a weird phenomenon that, hopefully, isn’t too common. I’m not sure how Kickstarter could prevent this. However this is serious. If I pledge a huge amount to a project and then pull my funding late in the funding round, that could negatively impact the ability for that team to get their full funding amount.
This post is worth a read. I wonder how much this is happening to sabotage other projects…
Topsy is a relatively well-known social media (mainly twitter) analytics & search company. Now they’re owned by Apple, as reported by The Verge:
Topsy recently announced the launch of a search engine for tweets that it said was capable of searching through the over 400 billion sent since Twitter first launched. Twitter itself doesn’t provide a way to do that yet, and in the past it even ended up relying on Topsy’s data to parse through the most buzzed-about nominees for the 2013 Oscars and to capture the mood of the 2012 presidential election. That close relationship has allowed Topsy to be one of the few companies given access to Twitter’s full stream of data.
My final year project in undergrad was a social media search engine, with which I was building out analytics & graphing stuff. I probably should have kept going. Still have a sweet domain, though.
JJ Abrams has decided that making a new Star Wars film should be as expensive and cool as possible. So he’s managed to swindle Disney into building a full 1:1 scale model of the Millennium Falcon. This makes the new movie seem 100% awesome, but also brings to life the dreams of millions of middle aged people true.
Making people laugh through git is both a source of comedic entertainment and frustration.
You can vote on TIME.com now.
Do note, though, that while all of this sounds great, the internet poll for TIME’s person of the year isn’t conducted online, and TIME’s editors actually choose the winner. Julian Assange got a huge barrage of online votes in the past, but editors chose to have their most influential person of the year to be Mark Zuckerberg.
From Ars reporting on the NewEgg trial:
“We’ve heard a good bit in this courtroom about public key encryption,” said Albright. “Are you familiar with that?
“Yes, I am,” said Diffie, in what surely qualified as the biggest understatement of the trial.
“And how is it that you’re familiar with public key encryption?”
“I invented it.”