January 31, 2013

Caleb Moore, a snowmobiler from Texas died from injuries sustained during a crash at this year’s Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.

January 29, 2013

The Washington Post has developed (and announced) a real-time, fully automated fact-checking program. Nicknamed, Truth Teller, we’ll now know when and if a politician is not being truthful. ||| Europe hopes to attempt a risky flyby of Mars’ moon, Phobos, in 2013. ||| 10 “under the radar” tech startups to keep your eyeballs on. ||| 30 Rock will end it’s seven year run as one of the best and most creative comedies ever (IMHO). But, it’s legend will live on. Ben & Jerry’s will be naming its next ice cream flavor after the beloved television show. ||| The French government has outlawed the use of the word #hashtag, stating that they’re trying to keep the French language relevant within their society.

January 28, 2013

Apple is reportedly prepping a 128GB version of the fourth-generation iPad. Tim Cook is seemingly trying to phase out the desktop/laptop computer. ||| Vine, the new video-sharing application recently purchased by Twitter is already having an issue with NSFW content and pornography. Today, a Vine editor chose a video called “Dildoplay” as an editor pick, sending the video to thousands of users within the social network. ||| TaskRabbit launched a business dashboard today, aimed at companies looking for temp workers for the popular Austin festival, South by Southwest. ||| It’s no secret video on the web has greatly improved over the last few years. Today, the H.265 codec was approved by the International Telecommunication Union.

Oh, and Bethany and I are heading to the Muse concert this evening in Oakland. I saw them with a friend a few years ago in Phoenix, and it remains to this day one of the top three concerts I’ve ever attended.

January 25, 2013

While playing around with Vine the last couple of days, I have come to the conclusion it won’t be my goto video app until a few things are implemented. ||| Simplehoney is a new “I Want This” app, created by the man behind the popular blog, Can I Has Cheezburger?. Let’s see if it will evolve into Gifft.Me, a social gifting application that, ahem, was a miserable failure of yours truly. ||| Some people are starting to call London, England the new Silicon Valley. Startups and tech companies are finding the city to be very friendly, and the government is even allocating funds to the tech industry. ||| Amid accusations of sexual harassment, Keith Rabois has resigned from the mobile payments giant, Square.

January 24, 2013

We have heard of agile software development, as well as agile project management, but what about agile billing? Smashing Magazine takes an in depth look into my new method if client contracts. ||| The much anticipated Vine app was released for Twitter users. Vine (acquired by Twitter in 2012) is the Instagram for video and is now free in the Apple App Store. ||| The search giant in Mountain View has recently redesigned its image search. Over the next few days, Google will rollout the new UI for its image search which focuses on metadata and image information. ||| Restaurants have (finally) begun banning individuals they catch posting pictures of their menu items to their favorite social networks. People have been saying it for years; eat it, don’t tweet it. ||| Tommi Kaikkonen has put together one of the handiest little guides for making beautiful typography on the web. It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

January 22, 2013

If AT&T can’t merge with T-Mobile (yet), its going to find a way to continue to work its way to the top of the mobile revolution. Today it snatched up Alltel’s US market for 780 million. ||| Are you having a difficult time finding that outfit that you recently pinned to your board on Pinterest? How about that pair of shoes you saw on Instagram? The Hunt is a new service aiming to change all that by helping you locate where to buy what you saw online.

January 18, 2013

Ryan Leaf has been sent to a Montana state prison after threatening a staff member at the drug treatment center he’d been staying at for several months. ||| Lance Armstrong officially admitted to the public yesterday on Oprah’s network that he had been doping and using performance enhancing drugs during each of his Tour de France wins. Ironically, “What Am I On,” a 2001 Nike commercial has resurfaced now that the question has been answered. Hey Lance, just a heads-up, the internet never forgets. ||| Typographers of the world, has released officially released the best fonts of 2012. Head on over here to see which ones made the cut! ||| Fast Company claims Kevin Rose is still “The Zen Master of Silicon Valley Chatter.” And why shouldn’t he be? His track record both creating and investing in companies is fantastic.

January 16, 2013

Manti Te’o's girlfriend’s death has been rumored as a hoax. Manti and several high-profile educators in the Notre Dame University system are claiming he’s the victim of a alleged Catfish scam. Both sources report finding out about the hoax in December of 2012. Why he or the school didn’t come forth with information regarding the “fake” person’s death is beyond me. I’ll be very intersted in seeing how this plays out over the course of the upcoming weeks.

January 15, 2013

Myspace opened it’s new social network to the public today, riding on the coattails of Justin Timberlake and his new album. After using the newly revamped site for a few days while in beta, I personally determined it was a bit too “outside of the box” for my liking. ||| While Myspace is launching new social network designs, Facebook is redesigning the way you search. During a press conference at their headquarters in Menlo Park, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled “graph search,” a search engine that will allow you to ask questions in plain English, such as “which of my friends live in San Francisco?” It’ll be interesting to see how they leverage it for better usability.

January 10, 2013

Today Amazon launched one of the coolest services I’ve seen. AutoRip allows you to download MP3 versions of any CD you’ve purchased on Amazon since 1998. Talk about customer service. ||| According to teenagers, Apple is no longer cool. Claiming that Apple is “too popular to be popular,” teens are now choosing Microsoft’s Surface tablet over iPad, and Galaxy smartphones over iPhone’s. I suppose the reign had to stop sometime. ||| The 2013 Oscar Nominations are in. Is it possible for any film this year to take an award away from Spielberg’s Lincoln? ||| Netflix comfirmed today it would release 14 new episodes of the cult classic, Arrested Development. I’m not sure about you, but this guy is pretty stoked to see what the Bluth family has been up to over the years.

January 9, 2013

The dude over at Darwin’s put persimmon, cinnamon, and honey up in my cottage cheese. For those of you who are unaware of this little nugget of knowledge, cottage cheese is one of my favorite foods.

Except for when it has persimmon, cinnamon, and honey in it.

Put the visual design details on hold – focus on the details driving user experience

Jason Fried, (co-founder of 37Signals,¬†creators of Basecamp) recently wrote an article titled, Ignore Details Early On. Six months ago I would have scrolled down the page and typed the word “balderdash” into the comments area, despite Jason’s reputation and experience in comparison to mine. Hopefully it wouldn’t have been taken with malicious intent, but simply out of disagreement with his opinion. A disagreement because I had always focused very closely on the visual details in my work, priding myself on pixel-perfection all along the way. But then I gave it some more thought and realized he wasn’t talking about designing an application, willy-nilly; he was talking about designing a successful application.


January 8, 2012

Chevrolet announced at CES that it’s created a Flexible App Framework. Coming to Chevy’s in late 2013, the framework provides developers with a unique APIs that will leverage your smartphone’s capabilities.

January 7, 2012

Someone at Consumer Reports must have been denied a job at Apple a few years back. That’s the only reason I can come up with as to why they have continued to rank the iPhone as lowly as they do. 2013 is no different. ||| Plastic Logic has developed a flexible, near-paper thin tablet ||| Some predict that Apple (AAPL) is heading into choppy waters. Many experts believe that Apple’s reign atop the tech (specifically smart phone) industry has come to a end. ||| IHeartRadio will find its way into your automobile in 2013/2014.

A letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein

Corporal Joshua Boston stepped up to the gun control debate plate just as 2012 was coming to a close – and boy did he belt one out of the park. He’s been labeled a crazed lunatic, a gun lover, and (believe it or not) a misogynist by one (that I’ve seen) idiotic Twittersphere user.

Corporal Boston, I am here to say that despite my hating (and fearing guns), I recognize our need for them as a society, and more-so their symbolism of our individuality and rights as a nation.

Have a look at the letter for yourself.


January 3, 2013

For the last three weeks, the United States has been up-in-arms regarding gun laws and our 2nd Amendment. What if the real culprit is lead? Kevin Drum’s extremely well-written article brings additional light to what Rick Nevin and Jessica Reyes have been trying to tell us for years. ||| Apple is said to be shopping around for a new display tech for its next iPhone. Not sure why, the display is one of the only things that’s functioned on Apple’s magical device. ||| “Play with my V-Spot.” That’s what Voco’s new ads are requesting we do. I don’t think this is quite the reason that there aren’t more females in the tech industry, but I do think it’s just about as tacky as it can get.