Link roundup May 7, 2013

  1. Internet detox promotes the myth of web toxicity | Laurie Penny

    It’s time to abandon the idea that there’s a clear distinction between the digital world and the “real” world, or that we must give up one in order to experience the other truly. Academics refer to this false binary as “digital dualism”

    Very insightful about communication fasting (which Laurie Penny very accurately calls “the new detoxing”) and Paul Miller’s experiment to stay away from the internet for a year. Digital isn’t separated from the “meat world” in the same way your mind isn’t separated from your body.

  2. Bill Gates predicts iPad and Android users will switch to PC tablets

    Users of iPad and Android tablets might not have noticed, but a lot of them are “frustrated” because they “can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have [Microsoft] Office there.”

    I think Bill Gates is brilliant in many ways, but here he’s “out biking” as we say in Sweden when someone makes statements that are completely off. He assumes that the loss that Microsoft Office isn’t available on iOS and Android devices is the users’ loss. It’s not. It’s Microsoft’s. Users manage just fine, and that should scare Microsoft considering 6 out of 10 pre-tax profit dollars come from MS Office.

    And there are keyboards for both iOS and Android tablets.

  3. Startup Tools

    A list of 186 tools for start-ups and small companies. Seems like a comprehensive and good list.?
  4. The Truth About Reddit And That (Unnecessary) Apology

    In fact, the Reddit community (such that it is) is more or less resigned to serving as a sort of unpaid crowdsourced wire service for BuzzFeed, Gawker, etc.

    Good insight into why Reddit is so great. It also explains why Buzzfeed, Gawker and similar sites are a bit like content vultures.

  5. Google Glass, Myself and I

    That is probably one of the most uninspiring aspects of Google glass and one of the main reasons I struggle to understand the quantified self movement. Do I want to outsource my personal decisions about my health for instance to be sure to “optimize” the result?

    I feel like Axelle has missed the point of both Google Glass and Quantified Self.

    First of all, Google Glass is not about “me” but about “the world from my perspective”. One of the best parts of adding digital to the “meat world” is that I can connect to my friends and family without us being physically close. When I lived in New York, the Facebook group me and my closest friends have meant staying in touch with almost no friction at all. And I already share a lot with my friends, but the problem is that when I see something cool that I want my friends to see I have to stop, take out my phone and interrupt my flow. Google Glass takes away that friction, and thus makes it even easier to share the world from my perspective with my friends. It will bring us closer (even if my friends will make fun of me when I wear them, until they get their own).

    Second, quantified self is not about “outsourcing personal decisions about health”. It’s about understanding yourself better. Next week, at the Quantified Self conference in Amsterdam, I will be talking about how useful Quantified Self has been in my personal improvement. For self-hacking, you need self-tracking. Whether you self-track with pen and paper, just in your head or with devices -what does it matter?

    The thing I read here is a fear of technology, of becoming less human and if this is what I thought Google Glass and our ongoing integration with “The One Machine” led to I would be afraid to. But as I see it, we’re not becoming less human. We’re just freeing more of our potential as humans.

  6. Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Android Phone

    But all that business of waving your hand or moving your eyes to scroll while reading — it only works in the crummy Android browser. It does not work in Chrome, where I do all of my browsing. It doesn’t work in Google Reader or Flipboard or Instapaper or the Kindle app, where so much reading happens. Looking away from the screen doesn’t pause a video in YouTube, only in the Samsung video player. The trick where you wave your hand to advance songs only works in the default music player, not in Rdio or Sonos, where I do most of my listening.

    I’m thinking about moving from Macbook Air + iPad + iPhone to Android phone, Macbook Air + iPad. Partly because I think Google Glass will be awesome, and I think Google Now is a better way of handling notifications and assisting me. Next week I’m going to borrow a Nokia Lumia 920 and try the Windows Phone for a couple weeks, and after that I will decide what to do. But one thing is for sure: it won’t be a Samsung I’m getting, based on this review.


  7. Meet the First Digital Generation. Now Get Ready to Play by Their Rules | Wired Magazine |

    This, perhaps, is the most profound of the digital Nisei’s new rules: Make no distinction between the real and the virtual.

    Wired is getting old. This article says more about how exotic the digital landscape is to the author Jerry Adler, than anything about the millennials. The gap is not about age – it’s about mindset. And true, changing mindset will be harder for someone born in the 40’s (like the author) than someone born in the 90’s – but remember that just because you’re born in a parking space doesn’t mean you can drive well. (That last quote is from @markmedia)


  8. The True Cost Of Bad Customer Service [Infographic] — socialmouths

    86% will stop doing business with your company because of bad service experiences

    51% will only give you one chance […]

    companies only hear from 4% of unhappy customers

    Having great customer support is vital to your business. But the fact that you hear from only 4% of your customers is an argument for designing your customer’s journey in a way that minimizes the need for customer support. This is exactly the problem for Scandic Hotels.

  9. Cognitive Overhead, Or Why Your Product Isn’t As Simple As You Think

    In fact, while building Bump 3.0, we took teams of designers and engineers to bars in San Francisco and Palo Alto and watched people use Bump, tweaking the product to accommodate.

    Apart from explaining exactly why QR Codes don’t work even though it seems so simple, this is an excellent post about usability and how to make sure your app is easy to understand and use. Removing the tyranny of choice is great, but it has to be done the right way.

  10. Why LinkedIn dumped HTML5 & went native for its mobile apps

    I’m not sure I could have predicted it, but we recognize now that HTML5 is not allowing us to do the best for our users.

    Facebook dropped HTML5 and went native. LinkedIn just did it too. There are reasons for it: user experience, development – I have yet to see an app that’s better in HTML5 than in native mode.

One thought on “Link roundup May 7, 2013”

  1. On 6; This is what I do (iPad mini, MBA, N4) but still using the iPhone for a few key apps – just happens they are self-tracking apps: Sleep Cycle and Lift. Good round-up as usual!

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