File this one in tidbits and trivia. Remember Sports Illustrated's tablet demonstration pre-iPad? Gabriel Sherman:
Steve Jobs was upset that the company had released the prototype before he had had a chance to reveal the iPad — and a tablet edition of Time — to the ... Read More »
Vernon Gunnarson on CEO Jeff Bezos' three interview questions.
It's been over 15 years since Bezos wrote about these hiring goals, but given Amazon's success, his advice is certainly worth considering. So, if you're interested in growing your team, first get a grip on your ... Read More »
The assumption with 'bits of wisdom' is that if you follow them, you'll prosper. Kazuhiko Kuze came up with a list of seven practices Japanese use to bring good luck, fortune, and happiness.
In Japan, people noticed from time immemorial that certain actions led to a good ... Read More »
It's hard to believe that Windows 9 is already on the horizon, with a launch possible in September. Larry Dignan doesn't think much about Windows 9's impact on the marketplace, given the slow switch the cloud.
While the Windows 9 christening will kick off a march to a ... Read More »
Another hit piece on Amazon's problematic Fire phone. Tyler Hayes:
Amazon’s new Fire phone got us pretty psyched when it was first announced. But now that we've spent some time with it, the Fire phone is a nightmare in the hand... I don’t think it’s particularly ... Read More »
Android fragmentation visualized. It's not pretty. OpenSignal:
Fragmentation is both a strength and weakness of the Android ecosystem, a headache for developers that also provides the basis for Android’s global reach. Android devices come in all shapes and sizes, with ... Read More »
As if we're not doing a good job ourselves, super computers in the future-- those with artificial super intelligence-- may decide mankind has to go. Kathleen Miles:
Superintelligence is any intellect that outperforms human intellect in every field, and Nick Bostrom thinks ... Read More »
Tongue firmly planted in cheek, yours truly with a different way to compare Microsoft's slow selling Surface Pro with Apple's entry-level MacBook Air and iPad Air:
Of nine important considerations, Microsoft wins four, two are tied, and Apple wins three. Microsoft’s ... Read More »
If your next piece of sushi glows in the dark, here's the reason. AFP:
Japan is to restart exports of rice grown in Fukushima for the first time since foreign sales were halted due to fears of contamination by the nuclear disaster there
How will a buyer know the rice ... Read More »
The iPhone rumor mill is working overtime. James Cook has details on the latest rumor item-- the iPhone 6 screen resolution.
If the rumors are true and the iPhone 6 will come in two models: one with a 4.7 inch screen and another with a 5.5 inch screen, then both will ... Read More »
The shooting and violence in Missouri is shameful on all sides. Nick Wing with quotes from an L.A. cop:
Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ... Read More »
If ever there was a company intent on moving the bar, it's Apple. Sound systems are tried and true and not subject to much generational change, right? Patently Apple on a new Apple patent:
Apple notes that their invention may be advantageous for acoustic transducers that ... Read More »
Have you ever wondered why there are so many more people who are right-handed vs. left-handed? A few thoughts from Alasdair Wilkins:
Handedness - the idea that one hand is better able to perform certain tasks than the other - is, if not exclusively a human ... Read More »
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie:
I still find myself intrigued by the God-debunking that serious atheists offer. When Richard Dawkins claims that biology and evolution demonstrate that God does not exist, I must take notice, even if his arguments do not work for me.
Interesting read. ... Read More »
It's official. Chuck Todd will replace the much maligned David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press." Tony Maglio:
The move was anticipated for some time, and is expected to become official sometime on Thursday or Friday. Gregory is expected to leave NBC altogether
Gregory ... Read More »
More hype than substance is a look at an emerging opportunity for Apple from TMF. The accompanying graphs are impressive, but the whole thing can be summed up in a single word:
One of the biggest criticisms for Apple stock as a long-term investment is the company's size. ... Read More »
Stunning Graphic from BI on worldwide arms sales:
They say the Cold War is over, but Russia and the U.S. remain the leading supplier of weapons to countries around the world and are the two biggest military powers... The U.S. supplies much of NATO and Middle Eastern allies ... Read More »
Aaron Souppouris with the basics on Samsung's new Galaxy Alpha which looks like another familiar brand.
Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Alpha, a smartphone with a metal frame. The Alpha is an ultra-thin (6.7mm) Android phone with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 12-megapixel ... Read More »
You gotta love lists like this, especially if one of your favorite food places makes the grade. From Answers:
Cut in Beverly Hills
Bern's In Tampa
Peter Luger in NYC (been there)
Cattlemen's Steakhouse in Oklahoma City
Kevin Rathbun Steak in Atlanta
Killen's Steakhouse ... Read More »
It's a 10 page gallery, but worth it to see if your state made or missed the list:
New York and New Jersey were not on the list? What's ... Read More »
As someone who is planning a wedding I found these to be the kinds of traditions I should avoid. From Brides:
In Ireland when the bride and groom are dancing the bride must keep both feet on the floor at all times. Irish folklore states that if they don't, evil fairies ... Read More »
Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites.
The culprit? Usernames and passwords that are easy to hack. Security expert John Prisco:
This issue reminds me of an iceberg, where 90 ... Read More »
Princeton Review's annual college rankings include a list of the 'happiest' students, which, somehow translates to the happiest colleges.
The Review surveys 130,000 students about topics that range from how good the food is to how much financial aid they are receiving. ... Read More »
Andy Greenberg with the Hack of the Week™ and how USB security is broken:
That’s the takeaway from findings security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell plan to present next week, demonstrating a collection of proof-of-concept malicious software that highlights ... Read More »