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No. I’m not flipping you off.

Dan Seifert points out that “Chromebooks will never be successful until they have bigger screens" since 81% of laptop sales are computers with 15 or 17 inch screens.

As a 15 inch MBP owner, I’m honestly very surprised. I can’t think of another person I know with a 15 inch machine. And even now, as I look around the coffee shop I’m sitting in, and all I see are 13-14 inch laptops.

This is really interesting data.

Rebooting YouTube 

Wow. Just, wow. This is a gigantic article. No, I haven’t read it all yet, but I wanted to share it ASAP.

For the past few weeks (months?) I’ve been seeing ads for specific YouTube channels in the subway. The first run showed a baker, a stylist, and a makeup artist. Recently I’ve seen 15 and 30 second commercials for channels while watching Hulu for Vice News and Epic Rap Battles. If this is any indication of what’s coming, I applaud it. YouTube is already a monster company boasting”over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month”.

But now, with Susan Wojcicki at the helm YouTube wants to change the way you think about it. YouTube is not just a place to watch cat videos. It’s a network, like cable, with highly produced shows you can only watch on YouTube.

I’m going to dive in to this article, I’m very excited.

Android Wear

A day late because I was crazy busy yesterday but HOLY MOLEY. If the new watches from LG and Motorola (featured in this video) are half as good as they appear to be that is a giant leap for smart watches.

[via The Verge]

Bundle a Motorola phone with a ThinkPad and own the business market

I’ve read six or seven articles about Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola (for 2.9 billion dollars) but not a single one shares, what I think, is the most obvious point. This is Lenovo’s entry point to owning the business smartphone market in the US.

BlackBerry’s departure from relevance has left a power vacuum for the de facto work device (yes, even after all these years) and this is where Lenovo wants to position themselves - every employee at every major company is given a laptop and a phone. Lenovo wants to be the one company providing both.

Lenovo is already the “number one PC company in the world for large business and the public sector” and their ThinkPad is a legendary “work computer.” With businesses as their primary customer it doesn’t take much of a leap in logic that they’d want to sell other things to their customers. Phones are a no brainer.

Lenovo already sells a ton of phones. They’re in fourth place globally with no footing at all in North America. What’s the best way to break into a highly competitive market? Buy someone who is already competing.

And that’s exactly what Lenovo has been trying to do. They tired to buy BlackBerry very recently and to me, tipped their hand that they want to focus on business. Lenovo wouldn’t have looked at BlackBerry if they wanted to make a dent in the consumer market. The BlackBerry brand has never been relevant to consumers but has (until recently) been a mainstay for the white collar at work.

So, Lenovo didn’t buy BlackBerry but instead bought Motorola. Probably a better move since the Motorola name doesn’t immediately evoke a company floundering.

I see no reason why big companies, with thousands of employees, would go anywhere else. Giant companies rotate out laptops and phones every few years. My girlfriend works for one of the big four accounting firms and recently had her work computer upgraded. She went from a 3 year old ThinkPad to a new ThinkPad (still running Windows 7). And she’s eligible for a new phone when her contract runs out at the end of the year.

A Lenovo that owns Motorola will now be able to deliver both, ThinkPads and phones, to companies who buy devices by the gross. Thousands of employees all rotating through 3 year laptop cycles and 2 year phone contracts.

Lenovo can own the business sector in two easy steps:

1) Make devices cheaper for companies that buy laptops and phones together.

2) Bake in some software that will allow IT to to easily deploy and update their applications on desktop and mobile.

Game over. Lenovo wins.

This is the same thing many people, myself included, thought HP was going to do with the consumer market when they bought Palm. Buying a laptop for your kid going to college? For another $100 add a TouchPad. For $50 more add a Pre on contract.

HP had all the retail connections anyone could want. It was just a matter of bundling those devices together in a compelling way. But I guess HP couldn’t see the writing on the wall and, well, we all know what happened to Palm.

I don’t think Lenovo is going to miss this though. Their attempt to buy BlackBerry shows you exactly where their head is. They want the business market, not the consumer one. And they are poised to take it over.


Digg Blog: Digg Reader Rollout (Update!) 


Quick update: The Digg Reader iOS app is live in the Apple App Store and available for anyone to use, and everyone who signed up for early web access has received their invitation. Our backend infrastructure has been scaling up nicely, and the experience remains speedy. (We’re now crawling over…

Good news for anyone looking to replace the dying Google Reader.


Texts from Liz through her fancy eye device. w/ @amoocowcow (at Collegehumor LA)

Purchase Glass. Annoy your friends.

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.

YouTube Adds Paid Channel Subscriptions 

Mark this date. I have a feeling this is going to be a huge disruption in the TV space. It’s limited to select partners for right now, but I’ll bet that anyone with a YouTube channel will get the opportunity eventually. And as Mat Honan says, this brings us “a small step closer to the dream of a la carte programming.


Google Glass throughout history. TC Sottek, you’re a genius.

Oh man, there’s a West Wing appearance on this photoshop list. Well done.


Google Glass throughout history. TC Sottek, you’re a genius.

Oh man, there’s a West Wing appearance on this photoshop list. Well done.

I used Google Glass: the future, with monthly updates 

Joshua Topolsky had the chance to wear Google Glass. It sounds kind of awesome.

Here’s what you see: the time is displayed, with a small amount of text underneath that reads “ok glass.” That’s how you get Glass to wake up to your voice commands. Actually, it’s a two-step process. First you have to touch the side of the device (which is actually a touchpad), or tilt your head upward slowly, a gesture which tells Glass to wake up. Once you’ve done that, you start issuing commands by speaking “ok glass” first, or scroll through the options using your finger along the side of the device. You can scroll items by moving your finger backwards or forward along the strip, you select by tapping, and move “back” by swiping down. Most of the big interaction is done by voice, however.

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