Sunday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

What the Hell Is Wrong With Nintendo?: Earlier this week, amidst all the hype over the launches of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Bloomberg news service took a step away from the wall-to-wall coverage of the new consoles to discuss Nintendo and the Wii U. They say no press is bad press, but… – by Chris Kohler – http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/12/wii-u-sales/

NASA Sent Phones Into Space, and Now They’ve Called Home: Ever since NASA launched a new group of tiny, phone-powered satellites into space a few weeks ago, we’ve been waiting for one of the little PhoneSats to phone home. Now, one of the nano-satellites has successfully communicated with Earth, an important test of a much-needed capability. – by Max Cherney – http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/nasa-sent-phones-into-space-and-now-theyve-called-home

How Intel TV failed — pay attention, Google and Apple: Intel was set to revolutionize television. In fact, Erik Huggers, the head of Intel Media, said in February that this would be the year Intel shakes things up. – by Joan E. Solsman – Tags: Sony, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon – http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57613334-93/how-intel-tv-failed-pay-attention-google-and-apple/

What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day: If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you’re going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn’t get the nickname “Whole Paycheck” for nothing.) – by Maria Godoy – http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/12/05/249072685/what-separates-a-healthy-and-unhealthy-diet-just-1-50-per-day

Overrun With Messaging Apps: Because I’ll install almost any app on my iPhone just to take a look, I’ve got a jam-packed folder called “messaging apps” that’s now five pages deep. – by Sarah Perez – http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/06/overrun-with-messaging-apps/

Nintendo of America president shows off ‘Cranky Kong’ in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage today during Spike’s VGX show to demonstrate the Cranky Kong character in the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U game console. – by DEAN TAKAHASHI – http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/07/nintendo-of-america-president-shows-off-cranky-kong-in-donkey-kong-country-tropical-freeze/

Jessica Lessin talks about paywalls, The Information and the virtues of knowing who your audience is — Tech News and Analysis: Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin got some attention when she left the newspaper six months ago to start a new online news venture, and this week she launched the project, known as The Information: a subscription-only technology and business news service that costs $399 a year and – by Mathew Ingram – Tags: Future of Media,Jessica Lessin,media,paywalls,Subscription,The Information,Wall Street Journal – http://gigaom.com/2013/12/07/jessica-lessin-talks-about-paywalls-the-information-and-the-virtues-of-knowing-who-your-audience-is/

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google: National Geographic and Google are trying to recreate the thrill of cracking open one of the magazine’s signature paper maps, but in the digital world. A new project puts more than 500 of National Geographic’s 800 historic maps online using Google’s Maps Engine platform. – by Josh Lowensohn – http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/7/5183906/national-geographic-puts-more-than-500-historic-maps-on-google

The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014: Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S.-based stores in an initial rollout. – by Matthew Panzarino – http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/07/the-open-secret-of-ibeacon-apple-could-have-250m-units-in-the-wild-by-2014/

Twitter’s Dorsey Vies With SoftBank’s Son for Japan Shops: Tech: Twitter Inc. co-founder Jack Dorsey sparked a price war over Japanese credit-card transactions with SoftBank Corp. (9984)’s Masayoshi Son. Entrepreneurs like Yukiko Kurano are the biggest winners so far. Kurano said she began using Son’s venture with PayPal Inc. – by Mariko Yasu, Takako Taniguchi – Tags: financial news, business news, stock quotes, markets quotes, finance stocks, personal finance, personal finance advice, mutual funds, financial calculators, world business, small business, financial trends, forex trading, technology news, bloomberg financial news – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-06/twitter-s-dorsey-vies-with-softbank-s-son-for-japan-shops-tech.html

Amid Drone Talk, Amazon Has Real Robots That Could Save It A Lot of Money : Digits: Amazon got a lot of ink for its sci-fi drone delivery idea this week, but a more real and immediate robot effort underway in the Seattle retailer’s warehouses could save it as much as $916 million a year, according to one analyst. – by Greg Bensinger – Tags: Amazon,Drone,E-commerce,kiva,robots – http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/06/amid-drone-talk-amazon-has-real-robots/

Electric Assistive Cycling

Flykly vs Copenhagen Wheel

Remarkable similarities.  Assistive power, smartphone apps, locking etc.  Pricing is quite similar as well. I’ve actually been able to briefly test the Flykly and it was very impressive.  The wheel is rather heavy, but you don’t notice that at all when pedaling … you only notice the rather enormous boost in power you get by simply riding the bike.  I would imagine the Copenhagen Wheel offers similar results.

 

Thursday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

RISD President John Maeda to become design partner at Kleiner Perkins — Tech News and Analysis: If you need any more proof that venture capital firms are increasingly seeing the value of design, here it is: on Wednesday the President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), John Maeda, announced that he’ll be joining Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins as a design partner starti – by Katie Fehrenbacher – Tags: Airbnb,Joe Gebbia,John Maeda,Kleiner Perkins,RISD – http://gigaom.com/2013/12/04/risd-president-john-maeda-to-become-design-partner-at-kleiner-perkins/

Why A New Tech News Site Spurns Ads for Subscriptions: The Information, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin’s new tech news site, debuted today with a seemingly counterintuitive business model: no ads, only subscriptions. – by John McDermott – http://digiday.com/publishers/will-readers-pay-to-read-the-information/#sthash.8v7UgsMr.uxfs

AT&T goes after T-Mobile with lower off-contract plan pricing: AT&T is announcing changes to its Mobile Share line of wireless plans today, rolling out a new “Mobile Share Value” structure on December 8th that offers subscribers a discount on service if they’re not on a hardware contract. – by Chris Ziegler – http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/5/5177276/at-t-goes-after-t-mobile-with-lower-off-contract-plan-pricing

AT&T’s EverThere could be the first wearable for your parents or grandparents — Tech News and Analysis: Is there a connected wearable device market for the senior crowd? Surprise: There sure is given that one in three adults over the age of 65 in North America fall every year. For years, monitoring services have been there for those on the floor and now AT&T is getting in on the game with EverThere. – by Kevin C. Tofel – Tags: AT&T,EverThere,wearable devices – http://gigaom.com/2013/12/04/atts-everthere-could-be-the-first-wearable-for-your-parents-or-grandparents/

Volvo to put 100 self-driving cars on Swedish roads in pilot project: Volvo is about to take its biggest step yet towards bringing a self-driving car to market with a pilot project that’ll put 100 such vehicles onto public roads in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. – by Trevor Mogg – http://m.digitaltrends.com/cars/volvo-put-100-self-driving-cars-swedish-roads-pilot-project/

Twitter Is About To Officially Launch Retargeted Ads: Twitter is ready to roll out retargeted ads fueled by browser cookies, sources confirm. Twitter could make the announcement as soon as tomorrow, expanding retargeted ads beyond the “experimental” phase that started in July. – by Josh Constine – http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/04/twitter-retargeted-ads/

Wenesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Google is building Chrome apps support for Android and iOS, beta release coming as soon as January 2014: Google is working on bringing Chrome packaged apps from the desktop to the mobile world. The company is currently building a toolkit to help developers create Chrome apps for Android and iOS, as well as port their existing Chrome apps to both mobile platforms. – by Emil Protalinski – http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/12/03/google-building-chrome-apps-support-android-ios-beta-release-coming-soon-january-2014/

Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol for the internet of things finds a home in LG TVs : LG, the Korean appliance vendor will support Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol in its smart televisions coming out next year. – by Stacey Higginbotham – http://gigaom.com/2013/12/03/qualcomms-alljoyn-protocol-for-the-internet-of-things-finds-a-home-in-lg-tvs/

Why Apple Is Betting Big on Search: Just as Google and Facebook are trying to be more like Apple, Apple is trying to be more like them. – by Ryan Tate – http://www.wired.com/business/2013/12/apple-is-betting-big-on-search/

A Drone Scholar Answers the Big Questions About Amazon’s Plans: But there are many other ways to answer the questions that I posed to Raptopoulos. So, today, we bring you an interview with the University of Washington’s Ryan Calo, who has become a leading authority on the ethical and policy implications of emerging technologies. – by Alexis C. Madrigal – Tags: The Atlantic, The Atlantic Magazine, TheAtlantic.com, Atlantic, news, opinion, breaking news, analysis, commentary, business, politics, culture, international, science, technology, national and life – http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/a-drone-scholar-answers-the-big-questions-about-amazons-plans/282009/

Lyft’s former head of growth thinks food is the next big startup market: Gagan Biyani has the Silicon Valley serial entrepreneurship bug. It started in 2009, when he co-founded one of the first MOOC platforms Udemy. Then he began organizing the popular Growth Hackers Conference. And now, he’s launching a food making and delivery startup called Sprig. – by Hallie Bateman – http://pando.com/2013/12/03/why-the-co-founder-of-udemy-and-lyfts-former-head-of-growth-thinks-food-is-the-next-big-market/

Inside China’s Version of Silicon Valley: BEIJING—On the outside, China’s answer to Silicon Valley doesn’t look the part: It’s a crowded mass of electronics malls, fast-food joints and office buildings in northwest Beijing, bisected by congested highways. – by PAUL MOZUR – http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304854804579236211416212646-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwMzEwNDMyWj

Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android: PALO ALTO, Calif. — In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner. – by JOHN MARKOFF – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/technology/google-puts-money-on-robots-using-the-man-behind-android.html

Is Your Business Ready For The Sharing Economy?: In an economy driven by collaboration, customers have already caught on–think Airbnb, Spotify, or Uber. But it’s not just for users: the model is fundamentally changing the way business–and businesses–work. – by Stew Langille – http://m.fastcompany.com/3022840/leadership-now/is-your-business-ready-for-the-sharing-economy

It’s 2013. Why are we still waiting in checkout lines?: The Black Friday crush happens only once a year? Tell that to the thousands of shoppers who pass through D.C.’s grocery stores every week. No matter what time of day, chances are Washington residents will spend more of their time waiting to leave than actually walking around the store. – by Brian Fung – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/03/its-2013-why-are-we-still-waiting-in-checkout-lines/

Tuesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Volvo speeds ahead with autonomous cars on Swedish roads by 2017: If there’s one name synonymous with safety and caution in the car world, it’s Volvo. You might be surprised, therefore, to hear that the Swedish carmaker is taking the lead in putting self-driving cars on public roads, with a roadmap that’s a few years more aggressive than its direct competitors. – by Vlad Savov – http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/3/5169848/volvo-drive-me-autonomous-car-pilot-project

Apple’s facial recognition patent might allow you to unlock, control your device — Tech News and Analysis: Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for “Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition,” as noted by Apple Insider. – by Alex Colon – Tags: Apple,computers,facial recognition,smartphones,tablets – http://gigaom.com/2013/12/03/apples-facial-recognition-patent-might-allow-you-to-unlock-control-your-device/

A Surgeon’s Review Of Google Glass In The Operating Room: Dr. Pierre Theodore of UC San Francisco has completed a three-month trial of using Google Glass during surgery. For a little over three months now, Dr. Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been using Google Glass in the operating room. – http://www.fastcompany.com/3022534/internet-of-things/a-surgeons-review-of-google-glass-in-the-operating-room

Amazon’s Drones Might Work, but Would Cost $200 Per Package: Amazon’s plans to deliver packages by drones, which it predicts “will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,” has been widely dismissed as little more than clever self-promotion. Yet, in some contexts, drone delivery has shown potential. – by David Talbot – http://www.technologyreview.com/news/522121/separating-hype-from-reality-on-amazons-drones/

Man, Machine And How They Relate To APIs: The interactions between humans and machines creates a new set of relationships that we are just beginning to understand. We are becoming more machine-like, which changes the way we co-exist with each other. – by Alex Williams – http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/02/man-machine-and-how-they-relate-to-apis/

Rentals Delivered By Drone Could Make Ownership Obsolete: Why buy something when you could rent it, have it instantly delivered when you need it, and taken away when you’re done? While Amazon’s unveiling of its Prime Air drone-powered delivery service could make buying easier, it’s drone pick-up that could make it so we don’t need to buy things at all. – by Josh Constine – http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/02/nirvana-brought-to-you-by-robots/

Amazon’s Drones Offer New Surveillance: Bezos’ announcement largely dominated the Internet news airwaves and subwaves, indicating to the masses that a world of airborne drones is all but upon us. There are key considerations that most people are missing though. – by Geoffrey Ingersoll – Tags: Surveillance, Drones, Amazon, NSA, Geoffrey Ingersoll – http://www.businessinsider.com/amazons-drones-offer-new-surveillance-2013-12

MetroMile Launches Per Mile Car Insurance And Free Driving Analytics Device: Seventy percent of American car owners overpay for insurance because they don’t drive much. Luckily, today MetroMile comes out of stealth to launch its per mile car insurance. – by Josh Constine – http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/19/metromile/

No girls allowed: Four-year-old Riley Maida stands in a toy aisle of a department store in Newburgh, N.Y. The backdrop is pink. The shelves behind her are stacked with plastic babies in pink onesies. To her left are hair-and-makeup dolls with exaggerated heads attached to truncated shoulders. – by Tracey Lien – http://www.polygon.com/features/2013/12/2/5143856/no-girls-allowed

Google’s Mysterious Maps: Though he concedes that Google Earth and Google Maps are useful and impressive tools, Brotton says that the company’s mapmaking projects are uniquely secretive. – http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/12/03/googles-mysterious-maps/

Senate Hearing Will Explore Amazon Drones: An aide to West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said the hearing was in the works before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo’s Sunday night announcement that the company plans to use drones to make deliveries. – by Andrew Kaczynski – http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/senate-hearing-will-explore-amazon-drones

Monday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face: People often reveal their private emotions in tiny, fleeting facial expressions, visible only to a best friend — or to a skilled poker player. – by ANNE EISENBERG – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/technology/when-algorithms-grow-accustomed-to-your-face.html

Why Comcast and other cable ISPs aren’t selling you gigabit Internet: Gigabit-class broadband is capturing the imagination of Internet users throughout the country. With Google and other companies bringing fiber-based services that deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home, communities are accelerating their push to get the highest speeds. – by Jon Brodkin – http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/why-comcast-and-other-cable-isps-arent-selling-you-gigabit-internet/

Does Your Dog Love You Back?: Tales of hearts given and not returned are as old as time itself, and but tales of non-reciprocal interspecies love are perhaps less common. The unrequited love between Bella and Jacob aside, there exists a sizable group of non-fictional people who find love with non-human animals: dog owners. – by Jason G. Goldman – Tags: human-animal relationship, Mind & Brain,More Science, Scientific American Blog Network – http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/2013/11/21/does-your-dog-love-you-back/

Amazon drones won’t replace the mailman or FedEx woman any time soon: Amazon’s new “delivery system,” Amazon Prime Air, promises to get packages to customers “in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles,” and could be in commercial use soon as 2015, the company said Dec. 1. – by Heather Timmons – http://qz.com/152596/amazon-drones-wont-replace-the-mailman-or-fedex-woman-any-time-soon/

Sunday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

PS4 And Xbox One Pose Major Problems For Internet Providers: As the Sony’s Sony’s Playstation 4 launched midnight today in the UK, there are some potential pitfalls that mean consumers might not get the most out of their systems unless they carefully consider their home network. Consoles used to be the easy option. – by Tamlin Magee – http://www.forbes.com/sites/tamlinmagee/2013/11/29/ps4-and-xbox-one-pose-major-problems-for-internet-providers/

Why China is fixated on the Moon: The Moon could be a “beautiful” source of minerals and energy, a top Chinese scientist has told the BBC. Exotic materials including helium-3 and the potential for solar power could prove invaluable for humankind, he says. – by David Shukman – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/25141597

Secret Weapon in Mall Battle: Parking Apps: Phoebe Scott of Orange County, Calif., has a new routine before heading to the mall. She checks the parking lots on her ParkMe smartphone app “so that I can see what I’m up against, or if I need to change my plans.” If a lot is below 90 percent full, the trip is on. – by Jaclyn Trop – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/business/secret-weapon-in-mall-battle-parking-apps.html

Bitcoin under pressure: ALL currencies involve some measure of consensual hallucination, but Bitcoin, a virtual monetary system, involves more than most. It is a peer-to-peer currency with no central bank, based on digital tokens with no intrinsic value. – by From the print – http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21590766-virtual-currency-it-mathematically-elegant-increasingly-popular-and-highly

Google files for patent on automated status updates to other social networks — Tech News and Analysis: In the dystopian novel The Circle, Google and Facebook have merged with other big tech companies to create a single, all-seeing and all-knowing social network. The work is fiction but a new patent application published last week makes the situation slightly less far-fetched. – by Jeff John Roberts – Tags: Google,patents,social networks – http://gigaom.com/2013/11/30/google-files-for-patent-on-automated-status-updates-to-other-social-networks/

Waiting for bitcoin to get boring: Something of a milestone was reached very early in the morning of Friday, November 29, a time when most Americans were either sleeping off their Thanksgiving excesses or out seeking Black Friday bargains. – by Felix Salmon – Tags: bitcoin,payments,technology – http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/11/30/waiting-for-bitcoin-to-get-boring/

Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?: We form such strong emotional bonds with machines that people can’t be cruel to them even though they know they are not alive. So should robots have rights? Kate Darling likes to ask you to do terrible things to cute robots. – Tags: BBC, Future, Technology, Artificial intelligence, Robot, Science & Environment, Psychology – http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131127-would-you-murder-a-robot/all

The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo: How the web giant crumbled and built some great tech in the process: At one point not so long ago, Yahoo was one of the top technology companies in the world. “The only exception [was] Google,” Bassel Ojjeh, a former senior vice president of data technologies and products at Yahoo, said in a recent interview. “… That’s where big data came from. – by Derrick Harris – Tags: big data,content personalization,Hadoop,search engines,targeted-advertising,Yahoo – http://gigaom.com/2013/11/27/the-fall-and-rise-of-yahoo-tech/

Consoles will continue to dominate PC gaming for years to come: Are the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 doomed to be trounced by gaming PCs? Not long ago, our own Matt Smith put forward this contentious opinion, claiming that PC gaming is on the rise. – by Ryan Fleming – http://m.digitaltrends.com/gaming/future-gaming-still-belongs-consoles/

a multi-tasked stream of consciousness or perhaps just emails to myself