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Indeed, Where Are the Android Killer Apps? I don’t know of a single Android app that made me wish I had an Android phone. This app is not just empowering but magical. Think of the potentials and its usefulness with even more languages. Wow! (via Daring Fireball)

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Dec 7

3 Things That Matter the Most

drewvigal:

I’ve been reflecting on these wise words lately:

In the end, only 3 things matter the most:

  1. How fully you lived
  2. How deeply you loved
  3. How well you learned… to let go

TSA: Not all parts of the government are accountable to the public, especially the TSA. Me: Wow. No, ALL parts of the government are accountable to the people, especially the TSA. I’m not sure what type of country you think we live in.

- Daring Fireball

Kickstarter - TikTok+LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits

Always sad to see people beat you to the punch! Their implementation is the best I’ve seen thus far. One thing that may still be open for grabs is how to turn this idea to target women? Everything I’ve seen is too masculine. 

LunaTik iPod Nano wrist watch

The Most Interesting Take on the Movie Inception

Mal is just as duped by the shift in dream levels as Cobb is, but she eventually realizes that she is still stuck in a dream. She tries to convince Cobb of this, but he is convinced he is in reality. Mal, no longer able to live in a world she knows as fake, jumps off the ledge and kicks herself back into reality, leaving Cobb behind.

Rogue furthers explains:

Cobb is, indeed, the subject of the Inception. The first step of the job begins when he receives the plane ticket and leaves his children (who are actually just projections of his mind standing in for his real children). It is obvious that this cannot be reality. Cobb is being chased by powerful unnamed corporations because he is accused of killing his wife. To any sane man, this makes no sense whatsoever. However, I digress.

And finally the jaw-dropper:

Once the job has begun, all the members of Cobb’s team (including Saito) are actually working for Mal.

Impact of Social Media on Consumer Choice —Jeff Bezos' Interview With Charlie Rose

If you haven’t seen the interview Jeff Bezos gave on Charlie Rose, you can find it here

Even though the bulk of the interview revolved around the new Kindle, the most interesting topic to me took place at the end around min 36:27 when Bezos is asked about the impact of social media on consumer choice. Here’s his answer:

On the internet, word of mouth is more powerful than it has ever been before. On the internet, everybody buys ink by the barrel. Everybody has an opinion and they share them. In blogs, social networking sites, by email and text messages and so on and so on. I think this is a very powerful and positive phenomenon for society. Because, I think in the past, if you were making a product, the right business strategy not necessarily the right thing for society but business strategy, was to put 70% of your attention, energy and dollars into shouting about the product, marketing the product and 30% into building a great product. And so you could win with a mediocre product if you were a good enough marketer. And I think that is getting harder to do. That strategy, the balance of power is shifting away from companies and toward consumers

As you’d expect, with this shift of power, the reverse is taking place today due directly to the impact of social media and the internet. Bezos offers this different approach for companies:

The right way to respond to this if you’re a company is say: Okay, I’m going to put the vast majority of my energy, attention and dollars into building a great product or service and put a smaller amount into shouting about it and marketing it. Because I know if I build a great product or service, my customers will tell each other.

And finally an interesting point Bezos makes is how these social media and current tools at our disposal as consumers help the truth bubble to the surface. I take this with a grain of salt because the truth about a product could be very subjective but at the core of it all, yes with today’s technology it’d be very hard for a crappy —not just mediocre— service/product to even last on the surface regardless of the amount spent on marketing it. What I consider mediocre could be more than acceptable to others:

We’re moving into a world where the truth is more on the surface

"I am a Christian and Apple products are sinful" —Come again!?!

Anonymous exchange:

Me: No, I don’t have access to a PC, but this will have little to no effect on the work itself.

Client: I am a Christian and Apple products are sinful, I do not want our website to be created by a product made by this corrupt group. You need only look at their logo, an apple with a bite taken from it. Do you not know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? If I allowed you to create my website on a MAC I would be just like Adam, taking a bite of the forbidden fruit.

via koralatov

drewvigal:

Kitty + iPad. Do you really need anything else to get you to watch this?

iPhone Is Coming to a CDMA Carrier Near You

John Gruber:

I don’t know anything about negotiations with Verizon, and I doubt anyone does other than the highest-level executives at both companies. But I do know that engineering-wise, the wheels are turning on N92, the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4. It’s certainly not in production yet, and hasn’t reached DVT status (device verification test — like Gray Powell’s infamous stolen unit), but it is, a few little birdies claim, at EVT (engineering verification test). That’s one step below DVT, which is one step below production. So it’s right about where you’d think it would be if it were scheduled to go on sale in January. The CDMA iPhone is no longer a cold storage, keep-it-alive-just-in-case-we-need-it project.

iPhone 4 Fashion Statement

Anything could be made into a business. Brilliant! via @scobleizer