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The Strange Explanation Of Why Windows Phone Users Lost Access To Google Maps [Extended Director's Cut]

parislemon:

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you 3,000 words in which Danny Sullivan talks himself into something, then talks himself out of it, then back into it.

Seriously, why does Google Maps not work on your Windows Phone? I don’t know, why doesn’t it work on your graphing calculator or your espresso machine?

It’s simple really. Google made sure Maps worked on Windows Mobile because it had market share. Google doesn’t give a shit about Maps working on Windows Phone because it doesn’t. Any questions? Consult Sullivan’s post and then come back here again.

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[Tumblr is] not a blog, it’s a social network. ‘They’re perceived as an alternative to Wordpress or a blogging platform [but] it’s an enormous social network. People read Tumblr like they read Twitter.’ (There are 60-80 million new posts per day.)
infoneer-pulse:

Netflix ranks ISPs by streaming performance, Google Fiber wins

The streaming-video king released a report this morning ranking 21 major U.S. ISPs based on real-world streaming performance. Google Fiber came in the lead by quite at bit, with an average of 2.55 Mbps in November, with the next closest competitor (Verizon FiOS) coming in at 2.19 Mbps. Unsurprisingly, DSL services came in behind all the major cable/fiber services, with the best performer averaging just 1.42 Mbps in November. The best mobile service to crack the list is Verizon at a relatively pokey 0.76 Mbps.

» via CNET

infoneer-pulse:

Netflix ranks ISPs by streaming performance, Google Fiber wins

The streaming-video king released a report this morning ranking 21 major U.S. ISPs based on real-world streaming performance. Google Fiber came in the lead by quite at bit, with an average of 2.55 Mbps in November, with the next closest competitor (Verizon FiOS) coming in at 2.19 Mbps. Unsurprisingly, DSL services came in behind all the major cable/fiber services, with the best performer averaging just 1.42 Mbps in November. The best mobile service to crack the list is Verizon at a relatively pokey 0.76 Mbps.

» via CNET

8bitfuture:

Bluetooth stickers locate lost items.
‘StinkNFind’ stickers are low energy Bluetooth devices which can stay on for up to a year, allowing users to track them via a smartphone app.
The technology doesn’t allow items to be placed on a map like a GPS, instead offering an approximate distance from the phone. To find an item, users need to walk in a random direction until they see the item getting closer.
An alternative feature allows users to set an alarm to go off when the sticker moves a certain distance away from the smartphone. That could alert parents if a child ran away from a playground, for example, or to remind you you’ve forgotten your keys when leaving for work.
One smartphone can be paired with up to 20 stickers, which are about the size of a US quarter.

8bitfuture:

Bluetooth stickers locate lost items.

‘StinkNFind’ stickers are low energy Bluetooth devices which can stay on for up to a year, allowing users to track them via a smartphone app.

The technology doesn’t allow items to be placed on a map like a GPS, instead offering an approximate distance from the phone. To find an item, users need to walk in a random direction until they see the item getting closer.

An alternative feature allows users to set an alarm to go off when the sticker moves a certain distance away from the smartphone. That could alert parents if a child ran away from a playground, for example, or to remind you you’ve forgotten your keys when leaving for work.

One smartphone can be paired with up to 20 stickers, which are about the size of a US quarter.

(Source: ibnlive.in.com, via emergentfutures)

courtenaybird:

An Amazon engineer had a little idea that turned into a billion-dollar business 



Once upon a time, Amazon was a dot-com-era technology company best known for selling books. Then, in 2003 and 2004, Amazon wanted to streamline its internal process between the programmers and the hardware engineers. It was a move that many other companies were taking, but an Amazon engineer had a brilliant idea: Why not use the same project to design an application that could rent chunks of Amazon’s computing facilities to customers?
On August 24, 2006, the public beta of Amazon’s “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS). And so, the ability to rent computing capacity managed by someone else was born. 

courtenaybird:

An Amazon engineer had a little idea that turned into a billion-dollar business 

Once upon a time, Amazon was a dot-com-era technology company best known for selling books. Then, in 2003 and 2004, Amazon wanted to streamline its internal process between the programmers and the hardware engineers. It was a move that many other companies were taking, but an Amazon engineer had a brilliant idea: Why not use the same project to design an application that could rent chunks of Amazon’s computing facilities to customers?

On August 24, 2006, the public beta of Amazon’s “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS). And so, the ability to rent computing capacity managed by someone else was born. 

(via emergentfutures)

In the end, skeptics like me have to admit that many technological breakthroughs are actually improvements over the old ways of doing things. Even if we’re not particularly savvy ourselves, we must acknowledge that some of our colleagues use technology with great success, and that their efforts do much to further our collective enterprise. We must educate ourselves about the advantages of various technologies and have the courage to adopt what seems beneficial. Who knows? We might even get ourselves a smartphone for Christmas.
thenextweb:

TechStars has teamed up with sports footwear and apparel giant Nike to power the latter’s Nike Accelerator program, which will host 10 companies for a three-month, mentor-driven acceleration program. Powered by TechStars (like the company does in partnership with Microsoft as well), the program aims to leverage the Nike platform to support digital sports technology innovation. (via Nike to kick off a Nike startup accelerator in March 2013, powered by TechStars - The Next Web)

thenextweb:

TechStars has teamed up with sports footwear and apparel giant Nike to power the latter’s Nike Accelerator program, which will host 10 companies for a three-month, mentor-driven acceleration program. Powered by TechStars (like the company does in partnership with Microsoft as well), the program aims to leverage the Nike platform to support digital sports technology innovation. (via Nike to kick off a Nike startup accelerator in March 2013, powered by TechStars - The Next Web)

minimalmac:

ipadfirst:

(via Postr — The Best Tumblr Companion for iPad)
Postr is the best Tumblr companion. It has a clean and simple to use interface you will never get lost in or get confused about. It has sharp and large typography for comfortable reading. It has many cool features, but presents them in a way that is easy to comprehend. Postr is surely the best Tumblr client for your iPad — it is simple, beautiful and powerful at the same time.
FEATURE SET:
• Multiple account support with fast switching
• Per account read later support for Instapaper, Pocket and Readability
• Finding and following new blogs through the reblog stack
• Tag search across all Tumblr posts
• Animated GIF display
• Offline browsing support for dashboard, liked posts and user’s blog posts
• Save new posts to offline drafts when there is no Internet connection
• Tap a post to see it’s details, tags and notes
• Like, reblog and quick reblog posts
• Audio player with background support
• Share posts via email, message, Twitter (Facebook and Sina Weibo if you’re using iOS 6)
• Posting text, photo, link, quote, chat, video and audio posts with tags and customized publishing settings
• Private blogs and private posts support
• A clean and simple to use interface
• A truly native Tumblr experience

This really is the best Tumblr app for iPad I have tried and this recent update sends it over the top. Very, Very, impressed.

minimalmac:

ipadfirst:

(via Postr — The Best Tumblr Companion for iPad)

Postr is the best Tumblr companion. It has a clean and simple to use interface you will never get lost in or get confused about. It has sharp and large typography for comfortable reading. It has many cool features, but presents them in a way that is easy to comprehend. Postr is surely the best Tumblr client for your iPad — it is simple, beautiful and powerful at the same time.

FEATURE SET:

• Multiple account support with fast switching

• Per account read later support for Instapaper, Pocket and Readability

• Finding and following new blogs through the reblog stack

• Tag search across all Tumblr posts

• Animated GIF display

• Offline browsing support for dashboard, liked posts and user’s blog posts

• Save new posts to offline drafts when there is no Internet connection

• Tap a post to see it’s details, tags and notes

• Like, reblog and quick reblog posts

• Audio player with background support

• Share posts via email, message, Twitter (Facebook and Sina Weibo if you’re using iOS 6)

• Posting text, photo, link, quote, chat, video and audio posts with tags and customized publishing settings

• Private blogs and private posts support

• A clean and simple to use interface

• A truly native Tumblr experience

This really is the best Tumblr app for iPad I have tried and this recent update sends it over the top. Very, Very, impressed.

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