Tag Archives: mobile


Mobile tech blogger James ‘jkontherun’ Kendrick suffers heart problem, needs bucks

Kendrick’s tagline is that he’s been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and he’s been dispensing expertise all that time, recently from his site jkontherun. Now he needs our help. John Biggs says on TechCrunch:

James was a freelancer and his work recently dried up. To add insult to injury, he’s suffering from a serious heart condition that put him in the hospital for two months and now dumped him into a wheelchair. His site, once privately owned, was bought by Gigaom and died when that site was, in turn, bought.

He’s having trouble getting his freelance career going again, and is running a GoFundMe to accept contributions. I’ve contributed — please do the same yourself if you can afford it.


Apple is said to be extending iPhone refreshes to once every three years – Martyn Williams, Macworld

Apple has previously been on a tick-tock cycle with the iPhone. Even-numbered years it makes big breakthroughs in design. Odd-numbered years it refines the previous year’s design, with phones that look identical to the previous year’s version but have faster guts.

In 2014, Apple came out with the iPhone 6, which was its big phone, and the 6 Plus, which was its REALLY big phone: Last year, faster versions of the same.

Now Apple is reportedly going from a two-year to three-year cycle, as phone hardware innovation gets harder to achieve.

I’m like many Apple enthusiasts, on a two-year upgrade cycle for my iPhone. And I’ve already been thinking about skipping this year, even without any hard information on what the 2016 iPhone will look like.

Oh, Google Voice, I wish I could quit you

Goodbye, Google Voice: I'm breaking up with you.

Thinking about doing this myself. GV seems to be abandonware, it’s flaky, and there’s no longer need for it now that my mobile is my only phone.

Indeed, what I really need is the opposite of what Google Voice provides: One number for friends and family, another for work, and a third for potential spammers who nonetheless have legitimate need for my phone number, like airlines.

Too many people have my Google Voice number for me to dump it, but it’s become a pain in the neck. I’d hoped for an upgrade at the I/O conference, but that didn’t happen.

It’s those damn phones

Restaurant surveillance cameras show why service is so damn slow

We decided to hire a firm to help us solve this mystery, and naturally the first thing they blamed it on was that the employees need more training and that maybe the kitchen staff is just not up to the task of serving that many customers.

Like most restaurants in NYC we have a surveillance system, and unlike today where it’s a digital system, 10 years ago we still used special high capacity tapes to record all activity. At any given time we had 4 special Sony systems recording multiple cameras. We would store the footage for 90 days just in case we need it for something.

The firm we hired suggested we locate some of the older tapes and analyze how the staff behaved 10 years ago versus how they behave now. We went down to our storage room but we couldn’t find any tapes at all.

We did find the recording devices, and luckily for us, each device has 1 tape in it that we simply never removed when we upgraded to the new digital system.

A brief hsitory of autocorrect

Microsoft shipped Word 6.0 in 1993 with a new feature called “AutoCorrect.” But autocorrect goes back further than that.

The idea of fixing text as it’s typed dates back to the 1960s, says Brad Myers, a professor of interface design at Carnegie Mellon University. That’s when a computer scientist named Warren Teitelman — who invented the “undo” command — came up with a philosophy of computing called D.W.I.M., or “Do What I Mean.” Rather than programming computers to accept only perfectly formatted instructions, Teitelman said we should program them to recognize obvious mistakes.

That was followed by the touch-tone phone, and engineers working on ways to enter text using a “reduced keyboard.” The T9 method of text entry was adapted for use on mobile phones in 1995.

But the hijinks really start when the software stops making suggestions and just replaces things automatically.

Who Made That Autocorrect?

Image: Arnoldius

Customer-thievin’ varmints

Apple Launches Evil Plan to Steal Carriers' Customers

Apple’s upgrades to the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, announced Monday, are focused on tightening integration of those three products into a unified universe. That’s both an opportunity and a threat for carriers.

The more useful Apple makes its mobile products, the more customers use them. That makes money for carriers.

The threat is that customers are loyal to Apple, rather than the carriers. Customers think of themselves as Apple customers, and the carrier is just a provider of the dumb pipe that connects their Apple devices to each other and the world.

– Me on Light Reading.

Why business cards are still the best way to exchange contact information

It’s a pain in the ass to try to beam contact information from one smartphone to another. With a business card, you just take it from the other person, stick it in your pocket, and later you can scan it in a few seconds.

Maybe someday somebody will invent a universal smartphone app that’s as reliable and easy as exchanging business cards. Maybe it’s available right now and just hasn’t gotten popular yet. But until then, business cards ftw (as people no longer say on the Internet).

beef-o-lipso comments on LinkedIn and Evernote are teaming up improve business card scanning. In other news: Yes, young people, business cards are still useful