myfab5 replaces reviews with a ranking system that gets users to choose their favorite 5 restaurants in each category and location.
Interesting concept. I have a real struggle with Yelp reviews in that one person will rate Taco Bell 4 stars and love it whereas for me that doesn’t even count as a restaurant. I always want some sort of leveling guide.
I recently rented a car from Enterprise at San Jose airport. I showed up and had to wait in line even though I had reserved ahead of time. Okay, fine, first time renting from them.
I hand the counter agent my credit card and license. Then he types all my information in. Um… that’s what the web was for, right? Why did we go through all of this? The agent was friendly but this was a corporate rental, get me on the road.
Then upstairs to get the car. The car agent guy was friendly and professional. But why was he there?!? Keys in car, get me on the road! But we did an inspection, we talked *again* about gassing it up. Got it, that’s twice I said I’d leave it without gas.
As I finally pulled out of the lot the friendly manager-type worriedly asked me about customer service. Hey, staff was fine. But the system is wrong. At Avis I get into a car and drive away. That’s all. And how it should be.
Not a huge issue, no major hiccups, but who designs a system to require more people and be less efficient.
AIRBUS has thrown itself into the debate about comfort in modern airliners by calling for a minimum seat width of 18 inches in long-haul economy cabins.
Why is the planemaker piping up n …
Does anyone really wonder why people hate airlines? They take something which should be a wonder (travel anywhere, in air!) and make it awful and uncomfortable and at times degrading.
When does Uber start flights?
Seems like the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) typically generated by an Apple event has extended beyond Cupertino.
But you wouldn’t know that from reading some of the coverage I’ve read today. Perhaps attendees at Apple’s event were required to work on iOS devices that don’t allow them to have two windows open for side-by-side comparisons, so let me help them out by highlighting the following facts…
Yes, the tens of millions of people buying iPads are simply brainwashed. That’s clearly what’s going on here.
It seems almost unbelievable that Shaw would write this post on The Official Microsoft Blog, and yet, here it is. It’s a fascinating post because it’s a mixture of pure marketing (“I have to say, I’m really excited for a 1080p Lumia with a third column on my start screen..”) and actual reality distortion.
But it’s hard to get riled up about such posts any more. Given Microsoft’s position in the tablet space, this whole thing just reads as sort of sad. (And yes, a little Baghdad Bob-y.)
Really, who writes like this?
The article might have bad analysis or good. But the prose kills it. Can this be up for the “dark and stormy night” award?
"I’m still over in Abu Dhabi, where the only thing hotter than the weather are the new Windows devices unveiled by Nokia this week.
I have to say, I’m really excited for a 1080p Lumia with a third column on my start screen so I can keep a close eye on more people, more news, more stuff.
Of course, even with the 720p display I’m using right now, I could easily spot some coverage today that needs to be corrected.”
Caeli Wolfson Widger guilt trips about her recent experience of not picking up on a call from her cousin, even though Widger was not pressed for time and could have chatted:
Why the lie? I had time to talk. I had the privacy and quietude I rarely have at my home full of little children and happy chaos. Some of my best conversations of all time have been with Stacey. But my reflex was to avoid her call. These days, I hardly ever pick up.
Most of my daily phone-based exchanges are conducted via text and messaging on social-media platforms. With those, I’m rapid-fire on the turnaround. Every ping signaling a text or swoosh alerting me to a Twitter direct message feels like a tiny gift in waiting. The trill of an unexpected incoming call, on the other hand, feels like a potential demand on my time and attention.
She discovered a week later that her cousin had been very distraught: her cousin in fact asked her to delete the voicemail without listening to it, a recommendation that Widger ignored. Nonetheless, her first comment — ‘Why the lie?’ — makes the assumption that we are lying to others when we don’t answer the phone.
Widger’s may be the old school attitude, but it’s simply wrong: there should be no obligation — or assumption — that we will answer the phone when it rings if we are able to.
Telephone calls are intrusive: they require foreground attention, so it’s difficult to continue doing whatever it is you are up to — writing, reading, cooking dinner, even driving a car — while talking on the phone.
The new doctrine is that a phone call, like any other activity that requires foreground attention, needs to be scheduled. This allows both participants to pick a time appropriate for the call, with few distractions, and in a setting that’s sensible: not shopping at the mall, while having sex, or sitting a dentist waiting room.
So: it’s not a lie to not pick up. In fact, I wish my phone wouldn’t ring unless I have a call from that number scheduled in my calendar, or I have clicked on the ‘accept call’ switch following a text request.
Don’t do anything unimportant, no matter how urgent it seems, unless you do it for love.
So, perhaps in Widger’s case, she should have taken her cousin’s call, for love. But I would still expect a text message first, these days. That’s the postnormal etiquette, after all.
The thing about a call is that it is demanding, insistent, and immediate. One has to focus fully on the call. In a world with a thousand daily interruptions having a brief time in one’s owns head is important.
Phone calls are something we learned to accept for the past century,that insistence is out-moded now.
I like Apple’s new ability to reply to a phone call with text. “Call me later or tell me why this is important enough to answer”. It’s not perfect but it is a nice start. Next up: all phone calls should start with a quick IM-like “do you have time to talk today about… ?”
And another site, app, or service shutting down. I can’t even recall what this one was. Good luck to the founders, this must be hard especially as the resulting business doesn’t sound like the same thing but an acqui-hire.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Zapd
> Date: September 30, 2013 at 18:25:05 PDT
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Notice of Zapd shutdown
> Reply-To: email@example.com
> Zapd has been acquired!
> The Zapd service will be discontinued on October 7, 2013
> Today I wanted to share that Zapd has been acquired by RealSelf. RealSelf is the leading online resource for elective cosmetic medical procedures. As the new Chief Experience Designer, I’ll be leveraging everything we learned at Zapd to help build a better mobile engagement experience. The Zapd website and mobile apps will stay up until October 7, 2013 and then will be shutting down.
> We know some of you have questions and want more information. Here’s more on what it means for our users:
> Will the Zapd service continue operating in any way?
> No. The Zapd service will not be operational after October 7. While we’ve really enjoyed your support and the entire journey, it’s on to new a new chapter. The Zapd application will no longer be available in the App Store and all Zaps created will be deleted.
> Will RealSelf operate the Zapd service under a different name?
> No. The Zapd service will not be operational after October 7 and RealSelf won’t be using the technology for a service that is similar to what you see now. So, if you’ve got any Zaps that you want to save, you’ll want to do so over the next two weeks.
> Will Zapd be providing a tool to save Zaps?
> No. We aren’t planning on developing any tools to allow for saving of your images and text. However, you’ll be able to save any Zap directly from the browser of your choice.
> To save your Zap via Safari:
> Load your Zap web address in Safari
> Choose File from the main browser menu
> Choose Save As
> Choose Web Archive in the pop-up menu
> Select location on hard drive to save your Zap archive
> To save your Zap via Google Chrome:
> Load your Zap web address in Chome
> Click on the Chrome “page” icon, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the choice labeled Save page as…
> Select the exact location on your hard drive or removable disk where you would like to save the current Web page.
> Click on the Save
> To save your Zap via Explorer:
> Load your Zap web address in Explorer
> Click Internet Explorer’s Tools button, choose File, and choose Save As from the overly packed menu.
> When the Save Webpage box appears, Internet Explorer enters the web page’s name in the File Name text box.
> Select a location in the Navigation Pane to save the file.
> Choose how you want to save the page in the Save As Type drop-down list.
> Consider choosing Webpage, Complete (*.htm;*.html): It is more awkward but more compatible as this option saves the web page in two separate pieces: a folder containing the page’s images and a link that tells the computer to display that folder’s contents.
> Will RealSelf be using my personal information?
> No. Your personal information will not be used for any purpose.
> Will Zapd be backing up any of my photos?
> No. Your photos and text will all be deleted from our servers on October 7, 2013. Be sure to save what you want to keep!
> Thank you so much for your support!
> Zapd has been downloaded over half a million times. We’ve been so honored to have received thousands of notes from our users, letting us know how much they’ve enjoyed using our app. We enjoyed building it too. But it’s time for the next chapter and we want everyone to know that we have appreciated your support over these last few years. We’re excited about the future. Stay in touch won’t you? Follow me on Twitter and we’ll keep you updated as best we can.
> Kelly Smith, Founder, Zapd
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> Twitter: @curiousoffice
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They weren’t police, but when Beth Ebel and her team of investigators walked up and down intersections in six major counties this year, peering into car windows to count how many drivers were using their phones, some drivers dropped them. Hid them…
Seems like a safety feature a car company + mobile device company could use: don’t bother me feature when blue tooth is enabled in the car. I’d buy that.
Even better: any text that comes in gets a simple “driving, will reply later - automatic response” message.
As Matt Buchanan notes, wristwatches have always been passive display devices — you glance at them to see what time it is, but (unless you’re setting an alarm or using a stopwatch function) you rarely have to do anything to it to make a watch work. Passivity is also how fitness bands like the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuelband work. With certain models, you can look down to see how far along you are in your exercise goals, but to do any actual configuration or tracking, you have to connect them to a device with a larger screen.
It remains a mistake to think of these devices as watches. As I’ve said before, these things are going to be even less analogous to a wristwatch than the iPhone was to a telephone.
That said, I do agree about the importance of passivity with these devices. That’s one reason I think the Galaxy Gear is going to be DOA. They’re just thinking of it as a smartphone with a smaller screen — one which still requires being tethered to another smartphone to be useful in any way.
The future of wearable computing is hotly debated. It seems clear that our current mobile devices (phones) will play a role, maybe the central computer on board for instance. But peripherals are key.
And these peripherals won’t be ugly add ons. History has shown us that people will wear silly, ridiculous things for a while as a fashion statement. But they won’t survive the long haul. So what things have stuck around?
The watch is one. Wrists are easy and people have been wearing bracelets forever. It won’t be a watch of course. It is more likely a simple data collector (movement, heart rate, temperature, etc.) with some simple feedback mechanisms. Pebble is heading this way, rumors are the iWatch will too.
I’m skeptical about glasses. Yes, people wear them. But when given the choice with something like LASIK people dropped glasses as quickly as they could because glasses are a pain. They get wet, they get bumped off, they get scratched.
Intriguing will be ear buds. People wear head phones all the time now. This is to shut people out, but with a little work these could be more inclusive too. They could pick up the signals that Jawbone, Fuelband, or Shine do. There are systems today which provide motivation from the smart phone “hey, run faster” but I could imagine a pairing of ear buds telling me at a cocktail party “his name is John, he’s a programmer, you met him six weeks ago at a startup conference”. Modern hearing aids are almost invisible. A little smarts, probably anchored in the smartphone we are all carrying anyway, and voila, the agent technology we have heard about for years.
For one week… I will track my intake and exercise with Lose It.
I did this years ago while we were living in France. My food choices are a melancholy walk down memory lane. Baguette. Tranche de poulet. Cassoulet.
I’ll report back on the good, the bad, and the ugly. My initial impression is wow, this app is hard to use. But maybe once I have my food choices in I can dial this in a little better.
I have used LoseIt for roughly two weeks. Not every day and not perfectly, but 90%. The results:
1. I eat too many carbs, usually 150-200 grams per day. 2. No weight loss although I am confident my intake is cleaner when I record things.
Those carbs are sneaky little buggers. I like tomatoes a lot, carbs. Coconut water is a good drink for Crossfit; 15 grams. I don’t intend to give up health things like tomatoes or coconut. But that does mean I need to dial down the carbs elsewhere (hello beer, I’m talking to you).
The weight loss piece… well, I need to get leaner this month for a competition in October. So my goal: keep using LoseIt but also do weekly body measurements to see where the belly is trending.
A big drop in attendance this year at the Seafair hydroplane races on Lake Washington can be linked in part to the lack of the Blue Angels. But other issues and suggestions to improve the event have been raised.
Yes, we’ve come to this. SeaFair, a really boring Seattle tradition, is losing fans. And rather than think that maybe letting people party a little, let them bring food into the venue, etc the CEO blames 9/11. Really.
“As for calls to “loosen up,” she says, “The world is no longer in that place post-9/11. You cannot have a free-for-all or loose and casual.””
Excel was a wonderful tool, amazing to think how long a run it has had. But it doesn’t work on tablets and Google docs which is an Excel clone really doesn’t either. I don’t know exactly what would replace this Swiss Army knife of technology but we all have a need for lists and rows and columns at times.
After a quick trial… it’s a lovely design and closer to a tablet’s way of working.
But without being able to do some of the simple Excel things like working with numbers, this won’t be a real solution. I don’t need a million formulas (and in fact never understood 99% of them) but I do need numbers I can glom together.
I’ll keep watching Grid, I hope they add the right balance of ease + features.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”—Hunter S. Thompson (via the impossible cool)
Maybe not arriving quite like HST but the concept is spot on.
This app went on sale last week and wow am I glad I picked it up. Very smooth design (few nits here and there) and it syncs between iPhone and iPad. It handles all of the work I need to capture daily thoughts, whatever is on my mind, etc.
In the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, the broom-like, purple-flowered goosefoot plant is spreading over the barren hillsides–further and further every spring. When it’s dried, threshed, and processed through special machines, the pl…
I’m so-so about quinoa but if ADM and Monsanto aren’t in the business… Give me some heaping handfuls of that!
“but the biggest grain processors–Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland–say they’ve got no plans to start sourcing it. Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, has nothing either.”
NB: This is a viewpoint from Maxine Clark at HolidayExtras.For years, air travellers were happy to turn off phones and other devices, tuck into their peanuts, flick through the inflight magazine and watch a film.Today’s passenger is more…
An article completely devoid of data. And amazingly the conclusion misses the two obvious reasons people don’t use in-flight wifi: it costs too much and the service is bad.
The article notes using online services for streaming movies or Spotify. Good luck with either. You are able to sometimes tweet or like, email tends to work as that is a robust protocol. Streaming is right out and VoIP is prohibited in any event.
Among the few companies to include an executive pay performance measure based on innovation is 3M, Mr. Van Clieaf said. Its “New Product Vitality Index” measures the percentage of the company’s total sales from products introduced in the last five years. “They recognize that to have sustainable growth and value, they must continue to be an innovation company,” he said.
Fantastic idea. Maybe the details need tweaking but a good CEO should be looking at the future, towards innovation.
Let’s face it, the whole CxO staff should have this as a component of their compensation. Imagine if the head of IT were judged not just on uptime (does anyone use real-world metrics like that? They should) but whether IT was innovating.