Do you remember simply sitting down and not having something to do? Waiting for a bus or sitting in the Doctor’s waiting room, those times just sitting and staring at nothing of importance and just being you. It is a state that is considered to be hugely beneficial to the individual, but it is one that we are increasingly unable to attain... More at The Medium.
Decent article, but then again I would say that.
In a delayed regulatory filing issued on Tuesday evening, the smartphone maker BlackBerry revealed that customers are turning against its products in what had been its one remaining bright spot, the developing world.
“The intense competition impacting the company’s financial and operational results that previously affected demand in the United States market is now being experienced globally,” the troubled company said, “including in international markets where the company has historically experienced rapid growth.” More at NYT.
A shame, but inevitable.
I am buying this product now...
A smartwatch the Galaxy Gear is not. Frankly, I’m not sure exactly what it’s supposed to be. Samsung describes it as a companion device, and the Gear is indeed chronically dependent on an umbilical link to another Samsung device, but it never left me feeling like it was a helpful companion. The notifications are Orwellian, the media controls are exiguous, and the app selection has no substance to underpin the hype. Samsung’s attempt to turn the Gear into a style icon is also unlikely to succeed, owing to the company’s indecision about its target demographic. Trying to please all tastes has resulted in a predictably charmless and soulless product... More at The Verge.
Surprised it got as much as 4/10.
Dropbox 2.4 also makes it easier to move photos from iPhoto (version 7.0 and higher) to Dropbox with an importer (found in the same Import pane in Preferences). A top-level folder named Photos from iPhoto will be added to your Dropbox, and your photos will then be organized into subfolders according to the events in your iPhoto library. As a bonus for using this feature, Dropbox will add 3 GB of storage to your account... More at TidBITS.
Nice to see Dropbox becoming more usable on iOS.
On reinstalling OS X Mountain Lion, I was informed my disk was “damaged beyond repair” by the installer. No amount of re-formatting etc, made a difference (no errors from disk utility), until I found a suggestion to “plug in an external hard disk”. Not to install to (select normal “MacintoshHD”), just to sit there during the install process. And it worked?!
So, what’s the most bizarre error/workaround you’ve found for your device? Thanks to Peter C. for the question.
Gmail for Android got updated a few days back to include a cleaner design for its conversation view and a number of tweaks such as checkmarks for you to select multiple messages.
What Google did not reveal, apparently, is that the Gmail Android app update now supports ads, according to an APK teardown by Android Police.
Android Police notes that a whole new library called ‘ads’ has been added to the app, and the references to ads within the APK hint that users can save ads that they like as messages... More at The Next Web.
That will help the mobile email experience...
I really do like the look of this new Kickstarter project.
What I want to create is a beautiful hardcover book with 200+ pages absolutely full of the spectacular artwork that was such an integral part of growing up in the 80s and early 90s. It'll be something to browse through and make discoveries, just like wandering around an arcade as a kid, never knowing what gem of a game you might find lurking around the corner. It'll be fairly unstructured, rather than a reference guide; full of familiar favourites and 'Wow, I'd forgotten all about that one!' moments.
According to Interbrand's 2013 global brand rankings, Apple has overtaken Coca Cola to become the world's most valuable brand, with its value estimated at a whopping $98.3 billion.
Apple's rise through the rankings has truly been meteoric: In 2011, the company sat at eight place with an estimated $33 billion brand value… More at Mashable.
Fairly sure opinion is divided on this one, but it’s hard to deny the sheer power of the Apple brand.
This month heralds a year since I started using a Finance package (YNAB) that stuck (Having failed on both Windows and Smartphone to use anything for more than a month). “You need a Budget” is about financial discipline, with the application itself supporting the method.
But - it’s fully featured on the desktop only. The mobile apps are transaction register & budget check only.
I’m often away from home, sometimes for a week or two, and really need these abilities on the phone. This leaves me in the market for a smartphone application, and I need one that can implement my budgeting disciplines.
But - most apps seemed focused on “The Past”. Telling me what I’ve already spent, and how I’ve spent it.
- Not really thinking about “The Now” (Entry, management, financial discipline).
- Not considering “The Future” (Planning/forecasting/etc).
Since I’m (also) interested in now and the future, I’m going to compare these:
- Pocket Money
- Money Wiz
- Coin Keeper
- Account Tracker
- Home Budget
- Spending Log (Lite)
They’re chosen as ones I either already own, or that looked close to what I’m considering. Please if there’s something really good I’ve missed, shout and I’ll consider…
I have designed a “Case Study” to hopefully help you understand and compare the features as I discuss/screenshot them:
Part two – I will cover capabilities of “the past” (ie. reporting & analytics)
Part three – I will go into detail of the “present” (Ie. Entry & budget views)
Part four – I will look at “the future” (ie. budgetting & planning)
Part five – summary of all the apps (Including others I disregarded for the detailed review)
I have only been using Pinboard for a week, discovered it far too late, and Shawn Blanc has described why it is such a useful service here. It may not have all of the bells and whistles we expect in modern-day solutions, but boy does it work well.
My move to Pinboard was prompted when Yojimbo, unfortunately, got too big for its britches. In Yojimbo I had more than 600 bookmarks, plus hundreds of other notes and files and things. Alas, because Yojimbo doesn’t weigh its search results by relevancy, it became increasingly difficult to find what I was looking for. In short, the more I was adding to Yojimbo, the harder it became to find what I was looking for.