Time and cruelty have a wicked relationship.
I fancy they sit in a bar together most nights and look back to see what they both have wrought.
That's why tonight they might be having a beer, a giggle, and dance at news that has just emerged about the company formerly known as RIM.
Bloomberg Businessweek has been chatting to quite a few current and former employees of BlackBerry in order to understand what went right and what went less right.
While you might be fascinated with some of the technological debates surrounding this fascinating company, I was moved by … Read more
If you downloaded a song in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you most likely did it with Winamp. This week, the world said goodbye to the legendary media player with plenty of nostalgia, but for me, Winamp's death means the end of a very personal era. Here are some of my memories of working at Nullsoft, the company that created it.
When I first started there in 2001, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. America Online had just bought the company, and Nullsoft employees weren't thrilled with the prospect of being told what to do by a large company with a lot of rules. Many of us were young and full of "piss off" energy.
Nullsoft's story started way before I arrived. In 1996, Winamp -- short for "Windows Amplifier" -- was created and released by computer programmer Justin Frankel. He went on to start his company Nullsoft (a parody of Microsoft's name) a year later. … Read more
An iPhone app backed by the king of self-promotion is all about -- you guessed it -- self-promotion.
Tuesday, Shots of Me launched on the iPhone as a simple way to let youngsters share smartphone self-portraits -- aka selfies -- sans comments.
In other words, it's Frontback without the back or Daily Booth for a mobile generation. Other than share selfies, users can browse a feed of friends' selfies, find and follow their Twitter friends, "like" photos with a double tap (just like on Instagram), and send private messages.
Rudimentary though the app may be, Shots of … Read more
Apple products don't get to have all the fun when it comes to weird, excessively expensive smartphone accessories. The HTC One has now been honored with an $8,000 phone trumpet for battery-free sound amplification. The Gramohorn II looks like a cross between a ram's horn and an ear trumpet, with an HTC One mounted in the middle.
The high-end Gramohorn II from Wolter Designs is made from stainless steel powder and infused bronze. It's built to dock an HTC One and increase the sound from the phone's speakers using an old principal for amplification.… Read more
Believe it or not, but pop star Justin Bieber is financially backing an unheard of social app called "Shots of Me," which is expected to launch later this week and will target the singer's teenage fan base.
Shots of Me, developed by San Francisco startup RockLive, has secured $1.1 million in seed money, with Bieber leading the way. Other investors include venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, boxer Floyd Mayweather, and angel investor Tom McInerney, according to Fortune, which was first to report on the Biebs' million-dollar social bet.
Shots of Me is said to be a "… Read more
When you're struggling, some of your ideas can hobble from the moment you utter them.
It's hard to notice, though. You're so desperate for things to change.
Perhaps JC Penney was merely trying to be at one with the crowd, when it had the notion of giving customers a discount if they say "hashtag" at the counter, accompanied by the word "offer.
As BuzzFeed reports, the idea was to give $10 back on $25 to anyone who made themselves temporarily -- and, perhaps, quietly -- look absurd in conversation with a Penney employee.
JC Penney's Twitter account proudly proclaimed: #Tomorrow #is #HashtagDay #at #jcp #Say #HashtagOffer #AtCheckout #ForA #10off25 #Offer #DetailsAndExclusionsInStore #ThatsHowWeDo."
#ThatsHowYouShouldntDo.… Read more