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San Francisco startup Coin today announced its first product — a credit card-sized device that digitally stores up to eight credit, debit, gift, or membership cards, and lets you switch between them by pressing a circular button on its surface. You can then swipe the Coin in any conventional reader or ATM machine as if it were the original card itself.
Neat idea! But a single button that cycles through the different cards seems too primitive. Also it seems like you could switch the card accidentally without knowing it since it seems like it’s just a touch surface. Cool concept though!
The ultimate Google Phone?
Such a good looking phone, and that stock android interface is so appealing as well. Why must the camera be so horrible. Apparently Google says it’s more software than hardware issues but I’m pretty unconvinced still. Guess I’m leaning back into the iPhone 5S or just waiting for the iPhone 6 since one of the main/most important functions I use my phone for is to take photos on-the-go that can really portray the moment well.
I’ve also been doing a lot more reading on the phone so that bigger screen was even more appealing.
Google’s Nexus program has a simple goal: make the best, purest, most perfect Android phone. And, beginning with last year’s Nexus 4, Google did all that at a remarkable price, charging with no strings attached what most carriers and manufacturers would charge with a two-year contract. The Nexus 4 had a few issues — its missing LTE support chief among them — but overall it was an excellent phone, a refined and usable example of Android’s prowess and possibilities.
Why Verzion, why. This was going to be my next phone, my switch to the android family. Love the simple look of the phone, but if it won’t work on Verizon then I guess I’ll have to find something else now.
Apple has just announced the latest version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, will be available as a free download. In addition to the usual promise of increased speed and efficiency, the update has a number of improvements over 10.8 Mountain Lion, including a more robust notification system (which includes inline replies), better support for multiple monitors and full screen apps, a revamp of Finder, and the addition of iCloud Keychain for saving passwords.
Whaaaat! Awesome! I was totally all in before already though. Those power saving features seem super nifty.
Having now used both the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R, I admit that I have fallen in love. The only question is, with which camera. Both focus exceedingly quickly, offer a luxurious electronic viewfinder, and just the right amount of manual control to suit my needs. The less professionally inclined Alpha 7, with its better AF system and cheaper price tag, is the one I’m more attracted to right now, but it’s hard to make a wrong choice here.
Want! Wish it had a cleaner design like the RX1 but mainly wish it was an optical viewfinder instead of an EVF. So conflicted. I think if I could combine cameras, it would be the interior of this with the exterior of like a Fuji 100s. Just dig that retro look and feel.
New images of two unannounced Sony cameras suggest the company is preparing to expand its full-frame mirrorless camera lineup in the near future. Digicame-Info has posted apparent promotional photos of both the A7 and A7r. The cameras combine design traits of Sony’s NEX cameras with those of slightly larger DSLRs, though the overall form factor seems to be fairly compact.
Definitely eyeing a compact full-frame for my future camera. I think I’ll wait until there’s at least a few others to compare since it’s a pretty hefty investment, but I might be willing to just take the plunge. At least once this one gets revealed I’ll have at least something to compare despite it being from the same company. Ultimately, I’m looking for something small/light to be able to travel everywhere with at least a full frame sensor and doesn’t compromise on quality. Am I asking for too much?
Just a few tidbits from the article that stood out to me:
Demand: As Paul Graham has famously said, one of the keys to building a successful startup isn’t necessarily having a brilliant idea, but to “make something that people actually want.”
Competition: …if a startup is lucky enough to hit on an idea or a product that users actually want to use, what’s far more important than what the competition is doing is understanding what customers want and narrowing the gap between what customers want, what parts of the product they’re actually using and what your product’s functionality/feature set as it exists at the time.
Press: Don’t waste too much time worrying about press and coverage. If you build a great product, press will come — take it from me, I’m a doctor. Then again, Ghoshal tells us, believe in your product and vision enough so that you’re not surprised by press if it does come, and so that you’ll be ready.
Test: Not giving enough time to stress and load testing or leaving it until the last minute is something startups are known for — especially true of small teams — but it means things tend to get pretty tricky at scale, particularly if you start adding a user every four seconds. (…) It’s Hard To Recover Once Things Start To Spiral
The article performs a diagnosis for Flud, a newsreader app, on why it wasn’t able to stay afloat. A handful of lessons learned from another company’s journey.