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Introducing Tumblr’s 2013 Year in Review, celebrating the best of the Internet
We’ve analyzed millions of blogs, billions of posts, and zillions of notes in order to give you a taste of all the amazing stuff you may have missed on Tumblr this year.
Follow yearinreview.tumblr.com as we release new post categories daily through the end of December!

Yay! Now I can look up the popular posts again since they seem to have removed it from the tags. (not sure why) But I love year in reviews!

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Introducing Tumblr’s 2013 Year in Review, celebrating the best of the Internet

We’ve analyzed millions of blogs, billions of posts, and zillions of notes in order to give you a taste of all the amazing stuff you may have missed on Tumblr this year.

Follow yearinreview.tumblr.com as we release new post categories daily through the end of December!

Yay! Now I can look up the popular posts again since they seem to have removed it from the tags. (not sure why) But I love year in reviews!

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11.14.2013

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Wallet hack: can Coin replace your credit cards?
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!

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Wallet hack: can Coin replace your credit cards?

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!

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11.4.2013

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Nexus 5 review

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.

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10.31.2013

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Google’s Nexus 5 with KitKat available today, starting at $349: hands-on impressions
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.

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Google’s Nexus 5 with KitKat available today, starting at $349: hands-on impressions

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.

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10.22.2013

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OS X Mavericks will be a free download
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.

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OS X Mavericks will be a free download

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.

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10.16.2013

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Hands-on with Sony’s new logic-defying full-frame cameras

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. 

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10.14.2013

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Rumored Sony A7 and A7r full-frame mirrorless cameras appear in leaked photos
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?

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Rumored Sony A7 and A7r full-frame mirrorless cameras appear in leaked photos

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?

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Shutdown 101: What’s Going To Happen Tonight At Midnight?

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So as this is likely the first government shutdown in the memory of most if not all of the people posting here on tumblr (I was 8 in 1995), it might be helpful to refresh our memories on what exactly is going to happen when the federal government doesn’t have a budget.

  • 800,000 federal employees have to go home. There’s no money to pay them, and coming to work on a volunteer basis gets into some tricky legal areas. While in the past they have successfully lobbied for back pay, there’s no guarantee of it with a divided congress.
  • Air-traffic controllers will remain on duty. ATCs are government employees, but they are members of the 2-million odd employees that are marked as “essential”. They likely will not receive paychecks, however, until the shutdown ends.
  • Airport delays. While the FAA’s security screeners are essential employees, many of the people who work to support them logistically are not.
  • Visa applications and fees will continue to be processed, and foreign embassies and consulates remain open. So if you’re waiting on a visa application, don’t worry, it’s still in the works - though again, it’ll almost certainly be a slower process. Homeland Security and green card operations are included here, though DHS’ e-verify program - the thing that checks on the immigration status of job applicants - will no longer operate.
  • NASA will furlough most of its employees. Essential mission control operations and employees will continue, but the vast majority of NASA employees are going home - and I do mean home, because NASA’s on-site housing for employees is being shut down.
  • The military stops receiving paychecks. While the million and a half members of the US Armed Services stay on duty, they won’t get paid until after the shutdown.
  • The postal service continues as normal.
  • The federal court system stops. According to The Guardian, the federal courts would operate as normal for about 10 days before they have to start sending people home.
  • The NIH screeches to a halt. That includes accepting new patients for clinical research, as well as answering medical questions on their hotline.
  • The CDC will stop its seasonal flu program. According to the Washington Post, it will also have “a significantly reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigations.”
  • HUD will no longer be able to provide local housing authorities with vouchers. So if you live in government-subsidized housing, your status is very much up in the air.
  • Parks and museums will close. Yosemite, Alcatraz, Yellowstone, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the Statue of Liberty, and about 400 other locations will close - though interestingly, the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon will remain open, because the state of Arizona is picking up the bill.
  • The EPA will shut down. The only thing that stays open at the EPA during a government shutdown is its operations around Superfund sites.
  • OSHA will shut down.
  • Social Security will be partially defunded. Social Security, as an entitlement, will remain open enough to keep the checks going out, but will lose enough staff that they won’t be able to schedule new hearings.
  • VA Benefits will be cut. VA hospitals remain open, but that’s about it - and if the shutdown lasts longer than a few weeks, the Department of Veterans Affairs has said that it might not have enough money to pay disability claims and pensions.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully it gives everyone a pretty good idea of what we’re going to be looking at over the next few days, weeks, or (god forbid) months.

Feel free to send me an ask with any questions you have, and I’ll answer them to the best of my ability.

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technews
9.23.2013

Why Startups Fail: A Postmortem For Flud, The Social Newsreader | TechCrunch

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.

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9.21.2013



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Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it already.

It’s called multi-path TCP, and here’s why it matters and how it works: At present, if your phone or tablet is connected to Wi-Fi and a cellular network at the same time, it can only use one or the other connection to transmit data. But what if your Wi-Fi connection or your 3G connection drops? Whatever data was being transmitted—data for an app, a webpage, an iMessage—will fail to arrive, and you have to try again, usually after getting a frustrating error message or a blank page. Just as importantly, if one of your connections to the internet slows down, or speeds up, your phone has no ability to use its other connections to its advantage, leading to a poorer and slower experience overall.

Multi-path TCP allows your phone to send data by whatever way it’s connected to the internet, whether that’s Wi-Fi, 3G or ethernet (say, if it were running on a laptop connected to the internet via a cable). And if you want to activate it, says one of the researchers who built multi-path TCP, you have only to use Apple’s voice command software, Siri.

This is the first time that this new means of connecting to the internet has appeared in a commercial product. That it showed up in Apple’s software and not Google’s shows that Apple’s technical chops are substantial, even when the company isn’t highlighting what it’s up to.

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(via Quartz)

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