…Google is a ruthless competitor that enters existing markets, upends them, and isolates itself with a seemingly unquenchable desire to dominate every single market in consumer online services, yet, hypocritically, its leadership describes Google as just wanting to get along, that Google is institutionally a nice company, and that they succeed by “building great things that don’t exist”, whereas what they actually do is build free versions of things that already exist and make money selling ads.

Gruber, succinctly describing why I’m not much of a Google fan.

http://daringfireball.net/2013/06/siege_mentality_indeed

thisistheverge:

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

I don’t like holding this phone, and I can’t overstate how much that informs the experience of using it. It makes an awful first impression, slippery and slimy and simply unpleasant in your hand. My white review unit is completely smooth and glossy, with a subtle checkered pattern that looks textured but is neither grippy nor textured anywhere on its body. Even the silver band around the sides, which is obviously supposed to look like metal, is plastic. Everyone I showed the GS4 to frowned and wrinkled their nose as if it smelled bad, before rubbing their fingers on the back of the phone and then handing it back to me.

Build quality. Build quality. Build quality. How about trade some of the ridiculously useless features they added for hardware that doesn’t feel like a knock-off?

High-res parislemon:

iheartapple2:

CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, enabling them to create incredible new apps with innovative features. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies, as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps available through the App Store℠ and Mac® App Store. Tickets for this year’s WWDC go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PDT.

Interesting logo…

My guess: Some element of live icons for apps in iOS7.

parislemon:

iheartapple2:

CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, enabling them to create incredible new apps with innovative features. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies, as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps available through the App Store℠ and Mac® App Store. Tickets for this year’s WWDC go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PDT.

Interesting logo…

My guess: Some element of live icons for apps in iOS7.

It might actually be good, or even better than Evernote. But I still won’t use Keep. You know why? Google Reader.

I spent about seven years of my online life on that service. I sent feedback, used it to annotate information and they killed it like a butcher slaughters a chicken. No conversation — dead. The service that drives more traffic than Google+ was sacrificed because it didn’t meet some vague corporate goals; users — many of them life long — be damned.

via (http://gigaom.com/2013/03/20/sorry-google-you-can-keep-it-to-yourself/)

I don’t know why this sort of thing is a surprise to anyone.

If you choose to rely on a free product, sooner or later decisions will be made that might be completely at odds with your best interests. For Google and their services, that means answering to their real clients - advertisers.

On The Vine

I love Vine. If Instagram is a $1bn service, I couldn’t even begin to value Vine after they refine the app.

parislemon:

What is it about this particular video app? For me, a small tweak to the capture process is key. You no longer have to tap a button to start recording a video and tap that button again to stop it. (Why are we tapping a “button” that doesn’t actually exist anyway?) Instead, you simply hold your finger on the screen to record a “shot”. Taking your finger off the screen stops the recording. Then you can re-position your phone to take another shot. These are all stitched together into a very short video.

Most user-generated videos suck because the creator is not a filmmaker. They don’t do interesting things with composition or cuts. So you get an overly-long shot that is either boring (static) or vomit-inducing (all over the place). Some of the editing apps that have sprung up (such as Socialcam, which we were also an investor in before it sold to Autodesk) have helped polish the garbage footage with filters and overlays. But the underlying problem with the recordings remain.

Vine changed the equation by making users think about what they were shooting. These people weren’t worrying about “fixing it in post”, as the saying goes. Vine was teaching people Filmmaking 101 without anyone realizing it.

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