Link roundup April 22, 2013

  1. Facebook’s Android app can now retrieve data about what apps you use [Update]

    “To offer the Home app launcher and to improve the way it works over time, users give permission for Facebook to retrieve a list of apps installed on your phone,”

    Facebook has a kind of loose relationship with privacy. They are more of the “it’s easier to be forgiven, than to get permission” persuasion, meaning that I’d be careful about giving them access to too much. For me, the limit is at Facebook Home – I would not install it.

  2. Google streetview inside Björn Borg HQ


    Google Streetview inside Björn Borg HQ. Now you can get off  the street, and inside the office. With lots of easter eggs in the form of people in underwear.

  3. MC10 Hydration Video (by MC10)

    I argued a while ago with friends whether you can be considered a cyborg because of smartphones and self-tracking gadgets. With this patch, I’d say that we’re definitely there.You apply it on your skin, and it reads your hydration level. And updates your smartphone. Company MC10 also make a self-tracking wrist band that I’m hoping I get a chance to try out.

    Also: kudos to MC10 for making a video with an athlete and choosing a woman. It would be so easy to pick a man, as sports is a male dominated area.


  4. Bitcoin Explained (by Duncan Elms)No matter if you believe in Bitcoin or not, you should know what it is. Here’s a 3 minute crash course.?
  5. Tech specs – Google Glass Help

    High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

    The tech specs for Google Glass are out. I like them, the focus isn’t on putting in a lot of new things – instead they aimed at making it as unobtrusive as possible. For example bone conduction for sound so that you don’t need ear pieces. I’m a bit worried about the battery life though, as the projected battery life often is longer in the specs than in actual use. If it turns out to be any less than one day, it’ll be a big setback.

    Or, in the words of the brilliant @claes:

    “One day” battery time.

    Android owners know what this means.

    “Hello Glass, turn off Bluetooth”.
    “Hello Glass, turn off Sync.”
    “Hello Glass, turn off 3G,”
    “Hello Glass, turn off GPS.”


  6. The 7 most interesting social media stats and what to learn from them

    The science of social timing: When, how often and where should you post?

    This is an interesting collection of statistics and surveys, like “how long should a Facebook update be” or “when should you Tweet”. While this is a good place to start, remember that your tribe isn’t average: applying these numbers on your digital presence is a good start, but you need to monitor and tailor make it for you. This might mean that you end up doing the opposite of the “best practice” described in one of these surveys.


  7. Report: More People Are Watching Netflix Streaming Content Than Cable Networks – Consumerist

    that translates into the average U.S. subscriber watching 87 minutes of content [on Netflix] per day.

    What this article doesn’t say is that a lot of cable networks also are suppliers of internet. And internet is crucial to get Netflix. Cable networks in the us are conditioning the customers to the fact that bandwidth costs, and that unlimited bandwidth isn’t free or cheap. So cable networks are essentially changing their model so they keep providing the infra structure for content providers to deliver content to viewers.

  8. Bernstein Ponders Lengthening PC Cycle

    Tablets and smartphones aren’t replacing PCs, says Sacconaghi, but they are likely “lengthening the replacement cycle” as they cut into some of the PC’s workload and make their replacement less urgent.

    I’ve never thought about it, but it does make sense that tablets would extend the life of a laptop or PC. Partly because the reason above, but also partly because it’s an investment in technology cheaper than buying a new computer – and yet expensive enough to make you think twice about both buying a tablet and getting a new computer.


  9. When sci-fi meets human rights

    The Natalia Project, by Civil Rights Defenders, is a bracelet that makes sure that violence against human rights activists doesn’t go unnoticed. They need your help: join the project to get alerts when a human rights activist is kidnapped.

  10. Why I’m Giving Up On Android

    This is my own term, not theirs. Moar is different from more because it’s instinctive. Moar short circuits rational thought; it’s the feeling you get when you eat some bacon, and then want 16 strips of bacon because bacon is delicious even though, if you thought about it, you know it’ll make you ill.

    This is interesting, because this is exactly the opposite of Steve Jobs’ philosophy – instead of asking consumers “what do you want” and delivering that, he created what he knew was useful. For that strategy to work, you have to be a genius at usability and UX. This is exactly what most mobile manufacturers lack today.

  11. “There is now software to create fake accounts,” Mr. De Micheli said in an interview. “It fills in every detail. Some fake accounts look even better than real accounts do.”

    Very interesting about how and why the market for fake Twitter followers works – and the fake accounts are getting really good.

  12. Guests don’t want to learn a new way to turn on the shower, they don’t want to burn themselves, they just want the water to come out, at the right temperature, in the right direction, with the right quantity. The first time.

    ‘Designer hotel’ showers are a great place when you want to look for when form wins over function. And it’s not only the controls, sometimes it’s the shower, likeat First Hotel Grims Grenka in Oslo. Designing something fancy isn’t hard. Designing something fancy and easy to use is. Seth Godin nails it as always.

    (And these rules very much apply to web sites, apps and technical gadgets too)

  13. Earlier this year, our friends at Return Path predicted that mobile was to surpass web and desktop client usage by July, 2012. We found that this event happened as early as February, when mobile overtook webmail client usage.

    This is another thread starting to fringe from Microsoft’s empire. iOS devices are more popular for reading e-mal than Outlook. People are rather quickly getting used to non-Microsoft software. How long before Office plunges? Keep in mind that in 2012, Office stood for for almost 60% of pre-tax profit for Microsoft.


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