7 Bold Predictions Of What The Mobile Industry Will Do In 2013
Dan Rowinski, readwrite.com

It seems like every year, that darned rodent in Punx­sutawney, Pa., pre­dicts six more weeks of win­ter. Never mind the fact that Ground­hog Day is tech­ni­cal­ly six weeks before the offi­cial start of spring. We hail Punx­sutawney Phil as the se…

Prediction 6 that location awareness apps will be stagnant coupled with the last line “except for maps” misses the key thing about location awareness: most of the apps aren’t useful.

Foursquare was novel, neat, I’m the mayor of my gym! But the fun wears off quickly since that provides no benefit to me. Other “find your buddies” style apps might make sense in fun urban scenes but when commuting solo in a car and needing to get groceries on the way home that whole fun urban (and young) thing isn’t happening. For most people life isn’t a beer commercial.

So what does work? Check out Waze. The utility is there, it’s a map with traffic, speed traps, gas prices and a few more things. It already is useful and has reportedly 20m users. Yelp does well because it helps people find things.

In other words for the location apps to be successful they must be useful. Too many hyped apps are novelties.

Quick Book Review: I Suck at Girls

It’s the holidays. I have a huge backlog of things to read, I know I need to improve my brain, I can always learn new things. But sometimes you need a bit of cotton candy. And this book landed at $3.79 so I was okay taking a bit of a flyer (on Kindle).

I knew Justin Halpern from his “Shit My Dad Says” tweets but didn’t understand how that could make a book so I never read it. But the sample I downloaded of his second book “I Suck at Girls” was exactly the fluff I needed. Did I laugh? A few times. There were moments that would resonate I think with any male who grew up in the past 30 years. It’s funny. If you liked Dave Barry in his prime then there are flashes of this. But they are flashes and not solid stretches of humor; when Dave Barry was fresh I had to stop reading because my stomach hurt from laughing. In the end this is pretty much a collection of funny things his dad says in reaction to his life and at some point that well runs dry as the foul-mouthed sayings just get in the way.

Summary: unless you need an hour or so of escapist and largely vapid humor then nope, stick to the serious and/or good stuff on your booklist.

Just installed f.lux, trying it out for a month

Just installed f.lux, trying it out for a month

If you’re a lawyer today, you just learned that bad things happen when a hint of clear language invites non-lawyers to read your work. And you’ll react in one of two ways: you’ll either make your contracts so confusing and impenetrable that no one will read them, or you’ll make them so “friendly” and “fun” that no one will read them correctly. Come give me a hug, your contracts with the public will say. Do not mind that I am ruthlessly picking your pockets to sell targeting data to advertisers.

Why the Instagram debacle just taught every tech company to be shadier than ever (via thisistheverge)

This is lame and disingenuous. The real lesson of course is that terms of service matter. This was highlighted with the recent Instagram change as they flipped from terrible to really bad and now have reverted to terrible.

But rather than call that out and continue to put pressure on Instagram to clarify the position this article basically says “shame on you for getting upset about this at all”. Instagram should simply state in the ToS “we won’t sell your photos or metadata for third-party ads”. Or even better “we will with your permission sell them and give you a cut”.

Maybe the correct headline should be “Read the damn TOS the first time and accept that a free service can’t be free”. That’s the real lesson and one we all seem to forget over and over. For me, my photos are back on Flickr. Which I pay for. Next up will no doubt be a discussion about how Tumblr plans to pay for this service I am blogging on. Ads aren’t always bad; we’ve had a fairly steady truce with Google and Gmail for years.

But let’s not get all prissy and hipster and have an Instagram backlash backlash just cause everyone else just arrived at the backlash.

If you’re a lawyer today, you just learned that bad things happen when a hint of clear language invites non-lawyers to read your work. And you’ll react in one of two ways: you’ll either make your contracts so confusing and impenetrable that no one will read them, or you’ll make them so “friendly” and “fun” that no one will read them correctly. Come give me a hug, your contracts with the public will say. Do not mind that I am ruthlessly picking your pockets to sell targeting data to advertisers.

Why the Instagram debacle just taught every tech company to be shadier than ever (via thisistheverge)

This is lame and disingenuous. The real lesson of course is that terms of service matter. This was highlighted with the recent Instagram change as they flipped from terrible to really bad and now have reverted to terrible.

But rather than call that out and continue to put pressure on Instagram to clarify the position this article basically says “shame on you for getting upset about this at all”. Instagram should simply state in the ToS “we won’t sell your photos or metadata for third-party ads”. Or even better “we will with your permission sell them and give you a cut”.

Maybe the correct headline should be “Read the damn TOS the first time and accept that a free service can’t be free”. That’s the real lesson and one we all seem to forget over and over. For me, my photos are back on Flickr. Which I pay for. Next up will no doubt be a discussion about how Tumblr plans to pay for this service I am blogging on. Ads aren’t always bad; we’ve had a fairly steady truce with Google and Gmail for years.

But let’s not get all prissy and hipster and have an Instagram backlash backlash just cause everyone else just arrived at the backlash.

thisistheverge: Status Symbols: Samsung BlackJack Take a step back into the past. The first time mobile browsing wasn’t 100 percent irritating. Great device for the time. Good at email and text. Mobile browsing was tolerable.


Hey, I just completed my WOD, “The Seven” Dec 21, 2012, 9:08 For Time: 50:42

7 rounds:

  • 7 handstand push-ups, 
  • 7 thrusters @135/95LBS, 
  • 7 knees to elbows, 
  • 7 deadlifts @245/165LBS, 
  • 7 burpees, 
  • 7 2-pood kettlebell swings, 
  • 7 pull-ups 

Susan AB mat HSPUs 45/105/35/blue at 54:27

This was a very, very long workout. And yep, it was tough. Thrusters at 135# was a lot of weight for me. The HSPUs are also on my kryptonite list.

Hey, I just completed my WOD, “The Seven” Dec 21, 2012, 9:08 For Time: 50:42 7 rounds: 7 handstand push-ups,  7 thrusters @135/95LBS,  7 knees to elbows,  7 deadlifts @245/165LBS,  7 burpees,  7 2-pood kettlebell swings,  7 pull-ups  Susan AB mat … Continue reading