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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1

So, what this video doesn’t make clear is that this is also a phone. It’s like an Android version of the Lumia 1020 with an even better camera. It’s a phone that’s even more camera first.

The only bummer is that it’s going to be expensive, over 1,000 USD.

The Verge has a hands on and I honestly think this thing is kind of awesome. It’s certainly weird. And I’m INTO it for no logical reason other than Lumia withdrawal. 

[via LikeCool]

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung just announced a weird new phone. It’s called the Galaxy Note Edge, aptly, because the screen wraps around to the edge of the phone. It’s like a second, contextual screen that functions sometimes like the doc on a Mac, sometimes like the sidebar of specific applications.

It’s really weird, and I’m really into it. 

[via The Verge]

The future that everyone forgot — Tech Talk — Medium 

Here’s a great look back at Danger and the Sidekick (or Hiptop as it was called outside the United States).

I think there’s a little too much looking to the past with rose colored glasses, and a little too much ‘we did this first’ (including ‘pivoting’…), reading Chris DeSalvo’s words with such enthusiasm is very enjoyable.

The Internet and The Mobile Web

The internet is divided and it has been for some time. Even though it’s now 2014, there are still two very distinct internets. There’s the regular web we all know on computers. The internet we see in Chrome, or Safari, or Internet Explorer. And there’s the mobile web. And it’s really unfortunate that these two things can be so different. That there even is such a thing as the “regular” internet. That I have to differentiate. That anyone differentiates.

I would like to say that it’s one group of people causing the problems, but it’s everyone and most of it makes no sense. We keep hearing the same thing repeated over and over “the mobile web is the web.” Just a few weeks ago Google chairman Eric Schmidt said,”the trend has been mobile was winning; it’s now won. There are more tablets and phones sold than personal computers. People are moving to this new architecture very fast.”

Yet Google’s own products do not show parity on the web and on mobile, within apps or on mobile sites. If you visit it is impossible to find an embed code. You click the share button, but the options are just for links. The YouTube app yields the same results. I can share on Google +, Twitter, Facebook, Email, but can’t find an embed code if I want to share it anywhere else.

The share options on a computer are much more robust and I have the option to get the embed code, if I so choose.

Not that getting an embed code would help me on Tumblr. On Tumblr’s iOS app you don’t even have the option to embed a video, even if you could find an embed code. You can only upload a video directly to Tumblr. I’m sorry Tumblr, but no one wants to use your video player. 

Hulu is another odd bird. I pay for Hulu Plus (I don’t have cable and I like watching TV shows on my Xbox). Yet, sometimes when I want to watch a show it tells me that it’s “web only.” Huh? So Hulu doesn’t think an Xbox is the web. I can get Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and most importantly Hulu, but it’s not the web. And I need to use a laptop to access the content I’m paying for. 

Never mind that sometimes videos are just not playable on mobile devices. Once US Weekly once told me to read one of their articles on a computer. 

I do wish I was kidding. Nice to know that 524 people liked it though. 

And just this week wouldn’t let me watch highlights on my computer, but I was allowed to watch them on the NHL’s GameCenter iOS app. The pop over wasn’t asking me to log in it wanted me to upgrade to the next tier. I already I pay for the lowest level of GameCenter so I can listen to the radio broadcasts of Ranger games on my phone - a feature that’s completely free at

These are just a few of the issues that form the great divide that is the internet and the mobile web. Mobile citizens are still deemed second class, even when the Chairman of the largest internet company declared mobile has won.

As a user, and often times as someone paying to see content, it’s incredibly frustrating when there is any kind of disparity. Why I can watch a NHL highlight on my phone and not on my computer is absolutely bonkers. And it makes me want to murder.

I don’t really know how to fix this problem going forward. The only thing I can think of is for any developers to read this and implement any functionality in on your website or on the desktop version of your application, put it in your app, and vice versa.  Because as long as the little things like a lack of embed codes exists the New York Times will double bill you to see certain parts of their content digitally.

Quick note: I’ve tried to write this article a few times, in 2011 and again in early 2013, but stopped because I felt like it was too long. It pains me that 3 years later it’s still an issue.


True story. I was hit in the face with a Moto X yesterday while someone was texting and trying to get off a Q train in Brooklyn. He was taller than me and was one handing it trying to look where he was going but clearly wasn’t.

Anyway, I tweeted that and the MOTO TWEET FLEET FAVORITED IT. The defenders of the brand, liked that I was hit in the face by one of their products. That seems wrong, doesn’t it?

Instagram (maybe) just became the video sharing platform I wanted. You can upload previously recorded video clips (yes, more than one at a time) to a single Instagram video.

I say ‘maybe’ because after I try and add a second clip the app crashes. But it’s cool in theory, I imagine we’ll get another update very soon.

But once it starts working, It’ll be very, very exciting.

UPDATE: I restarted my phone and it’s working for me now. And it’s very exciting. This is exactly what I want.

Pick your poison: mobile messaging will be fragmented, expensive, or locked-in 

Dieter hits on everything I’ve been feeling about messaging as of late.

Once upon a time, we created interoperable communications standards like email, Internet Relay Chat, and hell, HTTP. Now, apparently, the only way to create a new way to talk to each other electronically is to wait for a big corporation to do it for us.

Between GroupMe, Hangouts, iMessage, Twitter DM, SMS… I’ve got a lot of chat conversations scattered throughout the Internet. Part of me just wants to ditch everything in favor of SMS. But those were simpler times.

Found in my parents basement: a RAZR v3i with the box! So thin!!

That iTunes + Cingular box is really funny.

Google acquiring Motorola Mobility 

Google is buying Motorola for 12.5 billion dollars. Engadget says that Google will make Motorola a “dedicated Android partner” to “supercharge the Android ecosystem” and “enhance competition in mobile computing.”

Larry Page , Google CEO:

Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.

This is crazy news.  Apple makes its own devices or iOS, HP/Palm makes its own WebOS devices, Nokia is a preferred partner for Windows Phone 7 and now Motorola is owned by Google.  Meanwhile HTC, with it’s storied history of making premier Android, WinMo and Palm OS devices is left to license operating systems and will be actively competing with first party hardware.  Samsung, who worked closely with Google developing the Nexus S will also be fighting that same fight.  Crazy.

[via Engadget]

iMessage, Skype, Google Voice, and the death of the phone number 

Anyone with a cell phone needs to read this article by Nialy Patel.

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