Thursday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Intel creates new business division for connected gadgets: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp has set up a business division aimed at making money out of a new technology wave that can link up a host of electronic devices. – http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE9A504I20131106

Google engineers over surveillance scandal: ‘Fuck you NSA’: Overnight, Two Google’s Security engineers – Mike Hearn and Brandon Downey expressed reasonable anger about the news on Google+, said “Fuck these guys”, where these represent NSA and GCHQ. – by Mohit Kumar – http://thehackernews.com/2013/11/google-engineers-over-surveillance.html

Pebble adds iOS 7 Notification Center support, partners with Foursquare and Yelp: The Pebble might be our favorite smartwatch at the moment, but it’s still a hassle to use. Setting up notifications is a pain, particularly on iOS, and there’s just not a lot the Pebble can do. Thankfully, it looks like all of that is about to change. – by Sean Hollister – http://theverge.com/2013/11/6/5072138/pebble-ios-7-notification-center-sdk-yelp-foursquare-gopro-icontrol-partnership

Minting Cash: how Square designed a product with no design at all: Is the best interface no interface? Robert Andersen was feeling flustered. Square founder Jack Dorsey had asked him to design a product that was so simple, it wouldn’t even have an interface. “Square Cash” would let people send money over email. – by Ellis Hamburger – http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/6/5072720/minting-cash-how-square-designed-square-cash

Apple Patents Bluetooth LE For Intermittent Network Sharing, Perfect For Smartwatches: The USPTO has published an Apple patent application today (via AppleInsider) that could offer a glimpse at how any potential iWatch may work, in terms of gathering data from the web. The patent describes a method for sharing a network connection over Bluetooth 4. – by Darrell Etherington – http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/07/apple-iwatch-bluetooth-le-network-patent/

Google starts testing ART, a potential replacement for Dalvik in Android — Tech News and Analysis: After a 2010 spat over how Java works in Android with Oracle, Google is moving on to a new way for apps run on mobile devices. Dubbed ART, the new runtime environment is available as a preview option in Android 4.4. – by Kevin C. Tofel – Tags: Android,Dalvik,Google,Java virtual machine,KitKat – http://gigaom.com/2013/11/06/google-starts-testing-art-a-potential-replacement-for-dalvik-in-android/

Mobile is eating the world, autumn 2013 edition — Benedict Evans: I’ve been giving versions of this deck in London and San Francisco, and I though it worth sharing here. It’s the basis of a (roughly) hour-long client presentation, with Q&A. – by Benedict Evans – http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2013/11/5/mobile-is-eating-the-world-autumn-2013-edition

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