February 5, 2013

About.me founders Ryan Freitas and Tony Conrad did the unthinkable; they bought back their startup they sold to AOL just two short years ago. And they did so for less money than they sold the company for in the first place. Well played gents, well played. ||| Today Instagram stepped even further away from its mobile roots by launching of its web-based timeline. Now users everywhere can view their feed from any desktop browser.


February 4, 2013

It has officially been six months since I married the most beautiful person in the world. Hard to believe that it’s already been that long. I guess that fully supports the theory that time flies when you’re having fun.

I love you, Bethany – happy six months!


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, Typefacts.com 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.

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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.

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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.


Ganesha, the Hindu God recreated by using hair, clay, and a mannequin head

Recently my sister began attending cosmetology school in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of their most recent projects was to choose a person or figure to create using a bald mannequin head, and supplies they were able to find. She had a few days to think about what she was going to create, and gather her tools and items needed to fabricate her figure.

Over the last decade or so, she has developed a keen interest in eastern psychology and spirituality. I can relate with her; for a few semesters in college, I studied eastern psychology, with an emphasis in Buddhism. There’s a wonderful peace and balance within it.

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December 14, 2012

Millions of children went to school this morning, lunch pails packed, shoes tied, and some with umbrellas over their heads. Skipping down the sidewalk full of cheer and glee, not a one of them fearful of a crazed lunatic entering their school, strapped with four different firearms, and a bullet-proof vest. Today, a 20-year-old man entered a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school and opened fire. In his wake, he left 26 innocent humans murdered in cold-blood, 20 of which were children no older than 10-years-old. Our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers go out to all of the victims today.


December 13, 2012

Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who received the prank phone call from an Australian radio station about a week ago, was found by her work colleagues hanging from a scarf on a wardrobe door in her hospital living quarters. ||| Xiaojie Li is going to have one heck-of-a lawsuit on her hands directed toward the city of Nashua, N.H. Ms. Li was reportedly tased after finding a work around to avoid the city’s strict policy limiting customers to purchasing only two iPhones. ||| Yesterday Google’s CEO claimed that the war between Google and Apple is over, and that Google had already won. Well, if the iPhone’s Maps apps are any indication, he’s right. Google released it’s own maps app on iOS AND is letting developers use its SDK within iOS. ||| Dropbox appears to be hinting at a wonderfully sounding future for the company. Today Audiogalaxy (the popular music syncing service) posted to their blog that they had been acquired by the file sharing service. ||| Is NFC the next big thing in tech? Probably not, but that’s not stopping London busses from accepting payments via the immature technology.


December 12, 2012

Hello world! Those were the words uttered from the very first tweet posted on Twitter by the Pope himself. Is it ironic the tweet came on the day that is “divinely linked” to 12/21/2012 as the day we’re to find out how we’ll meet our demise? ||| Google CEO Larry Page claims the beef between Apple and Google is over, and Google won. ||| Flickr rolled out a (from what I hear) much needed update to its iOS app this morning. Now even more people won’t know what they’re missing. ||| I’m looking forward to the day I get to drop Netflix, and it appears to be right around the corner. Redbox notifided us all today that they’ve partnered with Verizon and will be releasing a streaming service in the near future.


December 11, 2012

Two Boston College professors recently wrote a paper on how statutes in the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) technically makes checking your Facebook and Twitter at work illegal. ||| Alex Seroplan, one of Bungie’s original Halo creators is hard at work on Morning Star, a new game for iOS. What do you bet this title is going to be a must have. ||| Apple TV is finally on adding in Bluetooth compatibility. Word around town is that Tim Cook is planning on allowing Bluetooth connectivity for mice and keyboards.


Frank Gore seen sporting a dead Miami Dolphin on his sweatshirt

Before entering Sunday’s contest, the Fins were 5-7, and had pretty much solidified their chances of not making the playoffs. They’ve struggled all season long, and anyone with half a brain has seen it. On the other hand, the Niners were 8-3-1 and barring a signficant turn of events will cruise into the playoffs with no problem. Their defense is league leading in some categories, and their offense is having their best season since Steve Young and Jerry Rice played in “The Stick.” It goes without saying Vegas had San Francisco as one of the two largest spreads leading into the game. Being a Dolphin fan, I wasn’t too excited to head into Candlestick Park to watch the trouncing that my beloved Dolphins were likely going to endure.

I was however somewhat jazzed up because the 49ers have always been a fun team to watch, and since entering the league in 2005, Frank Gore has been one of my favorite running backs (and perhaps all around players) to watch. And now that I’ve relocated to San Francisco, I’ve become an even bigger fan of the beast.

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December 10, 2012

Millions of fans in the United States and its neighboring country to the south mourn singer and reality star Jenni Rivera, as she was tragically killed in a plane crash. ||| Officials report that Nelson Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African leader is doing very, very well after being admitted to the hospital last Saturday to undergo tests “consistent with his age.” ||| Barcelona’s Lionel Messi may be the best soccer player ever. Yesterday, Lionel Messi broke a four-decade record for the most goals scored in a calendar year. ||| 30,000+ signatures have been collected on a petition at Change.org urging California’s University system to forego using their newly designed logo.


December 7, 2012

The Hollywood sign hasn’t always been all glam and glitz. Logodesignlove digs deep and teaches us that the reason it still stands in the hills can be attributed to Hef, the man himself. ||| Jerry Sandusky has his fight back. Sources told ESPN today that Jerry’s lawyer is seeking a “less harsh” prison setting for the convicted molester. Right… I’m sure many of those kids he sodomized requested less harsh settings too.


Our good friend Rob gets antiqued pretty badly.

Everyone has that friend that when drinking passes out first. And everybody has the friend who (when they pass out) passes out really hard. For me and my buddies, those friends are one person. Rob. That’s right, he does both. And he does both well.

One night, Andrew got the idea to antique Rob. I wish I could say that it was my idea, but it wasn’t. This is the result of antiquing Rob. Bless his heart.

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December 6, 2012

It’s official; I’ve lost all faith in modern music, and even more in the organizations we put in place to “rank” music. Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe has been nominated for Song of the Year. ||| Do you have a really great idea for an apparatus to pick brocolli out of your teeth? Here are 8 alternatives to the popular crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. ||| In an interview to explain how he’s bringing iMac production over to America, Apple CEO Tim Cook drops a little knowledge on why mobile software head Scott Forstall was let go.


Where is the email client with forward and back buttons for quicker navigation

Right now I’m using Sparrow and am convinced that it’s the best native client out there for OSX. Sparrow is extremely fast, intuitive, and best of all, it incorporates a number of Gmail’s shortcuts making it easy to use right out of the box. Speaking of right out of the box, Sparrow set the precedent for easy account setup within email clients.

But this post isn’t about what email client is best, it’s about what all email clients in my experience are missing. Forward and back buttons so that I can quickly get back to messages I was just viewing. Has this been done before? I haven’t seen it on the market, and I’ve tried and used several (if not every) email client out there for Mac. Has an application I quit using implemented it in recent versions?

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December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and composer died at 91 today, one day before his 92nd birthday. ||| If you’re like my friend Blake, you have a lanyard attached to your cellphone in case you misplace it, or more likely, leave it in a bar. Worry no longer; StickNFind has developed a tiny sticker that syncs to an app on your smartphone that lets you locate lost items. ||| Apple’s streaming music service, iRadio (rumored to launch in early 2013) is not being warmly received by major record labels. Apple has yet to sign a major record label to the product.


The new Myspace – holy futuristic social network Batman

After watching the promotional video on their homepage, I quickly developed an immense amount of anticipation for the the new Myspace. Well, wait no further, I received my invite a couple days ago. Anxious to see what exactly they’ve done, I hightailed it to the couch, grabbed the laptop, and clicked on the “confirm invite” link in my email.

What I was greeted with was an absolutely beautiful user-interface, complete with clean lines, well-chosen typefaces, and a very unique horizontal scrolling timeline. Interestingly enough, I had a initially wanted to implement horizontal scrolling for Gifft.Me, a side project I’m designing. However, I was quickly talked out of it by the engineers building it after a brief explanation that Internet Explorer didn’t have an elegant way of allowing this functionality to be easy to use. But, I digress.

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December 4, 2012

After receiving a $100 pair of boots from a NYPD officer, Jeffrey Hillman once again roams New York’s Upper West Side shoeless, and cold. ||| Mashable releases the 10 biggest stories of 2012, even though we’re still nearly one month away from 2012 being over. Poor December. ||| Why the hell not? BGR is predicting Apple will release a MacBook air with iOS. Boy, that would be genius. ||| YES. It’s finally here. The electronic business card. RE/MAX is reportedly the first large company to use Apple’s Passbook app to exchange contact details.


November 30, 2012

Matt Haughey wrote an article on Medium called, Why I love Twitter and barely tolerate Facebook. Thanks Matt, now I don’t have to do write it. ||| Bob Mansfield sold 35,000 shares of AAPL stock at $582 a share. What? Who would sell their Apple stock? Bob would, as he’s set to receive another 150,000 shares over the next four years. ||| The Invisible Umbrella! NO people, it’s NOT real… not yet anyway. But it would be a super-sick invention if it was. I’d buy one. ||| New studies suggest the Grand Canyon may be as old as 70 million years, and carved by an ancient river.


November 29, 2012

A supermassive black hole (and no, not the song by Muse from the Twilight Soundtrack) has been discovered by astronomers in a galaxy called NGC 1277. The black hole is possibly the largest of its kind with a mass of nearly 17 billion suns. ||| RIM stocks open today at $12.30, up nearly 12% from yesterday, behind an upgrade from Goldman Sachs. ||| Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who penned the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) has been appointed Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee for the upcoming Congress to begin in January 2013. ||| Own a restaurant? There’s finally an elegant way for you to build beautiful (and more importantly, usable) websites.


November 28, 2012

After announcing it nearly 6 months ago, Apple finally starts rolling out actual reasons to use their new Passbook application. ||| Amazon™ has mastered the virtual web server. Will they slowly out Google as the go-to Maps API? ||| Nokia argues that RIM is in breach of a patent and contractual agreement between the two. Even though RIM’s stock has been soaring, what will come of their sales in the near future? ||| B.J. Upton is leaving the Rays, and is on his way to Hotlanta for a meager $15M a year… what is he thinking?