Yahoo Livetext

Yahoo Livetext is a new communications app from the house of Yahoo, the first one that tries to catalyze a new mobile broadband native behavior by combining video and text. It is the first time in many years Yahoo has tried to launch a brand new behavior instead of trying to coast in the slipstream of leaders. This new app — regardless of its longterm prospects — is proof that with the right team and motivated people, even big companies like Yahoo can try something brand new.  I am excited to see how it does, especially because this app is…

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Will the New Chuck Taylors Be Big for Nike?

Brace yourselves, sneakerheads, because today Converse is releasing a new version of its Chuck Taylors. If you’ve been hiding in some unhip corner of the universe, the heritage footwear brand and these sneakers have inspired a generation. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II was launched on July 23 in Boston, and the sneakers are now…

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Roomba's are getting more sensors & intelligence The company behind Roombas is adding new sensors to the devices that will help them film, identify and map everything in the house, and help become more predictive. Yes, the robots are taking over. [The Sydney Morning Herald.]
Working Anywhere Isn't Hard. It Just Takes Planning Have you ever thought of working anywhere, everywhere and without being tethered to a central location. I have often dreamed about it, but have not been able to act because of work & life commitments. If you are interested, Andy Abramson has created a handy guide to working anywhere, with planning of course. [Andy Abramson]

WiFi or LTE—which is faster?

Today was one of those mornings. When I woke up, I found that my Internet connection was on the fritz. No worries—there was network maintenance at my ISP, Webpass, last night, so perhaps there was a need to reboot the devices and the routers. I did that dutifully. Twice. Nothing happened. Since it was way earlier than what normal people call a morning, I left a voicemail with Webpass support and went to my device(s). Since Webpass offers around 500 Mbps in my building and I use the latest wireless routers, I know what it feels like to live on…

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Apple and Its iPhone Money Machine

Here is Apple’s report card for the three months ending June 30, 2015: revenues of $49.6 billion (up 33 percent year over year, from $37.4 billion), net income of $10.7 billion (up from $7.7 billion during the same three months last year) and a gross margin of 39.7 percent (compared with 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter). And yet the number that everyone focused on: 47.53 million iPhones sold. That’s just below the 48.7 million iPhones that Wall Street expected Apple to sell. I look at these mostly positive numbers and am confounded by the caning Apple has just taken on the stock market. If I have learned anything over my long writing career, it’s…

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Routine, Reset, Restore

My brief summer break has helped me establish a new routine: a proper night’s sleep. I am eating early, have reduced my carb intake and am essentially not using any devices after 7:30 p.m. Sure, I don’t answer emails for a whole 12 hours, but I think it is a small price to pay, as…

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