Nest’s official product video for the Protect, showing off all the cool features of their futuristic smoke detector.
Nest - makers of the world’s coolest thermostat - just unveiled the world’s coolest smoke detector. It’s called the Nest Protect, and it features different types of alerts for different situations. A little bit of smoke from burning toast will alert you with a spoken “Heads up! There’s smoke in the kitchen”, whereas large amounts of spoke in the event of a house fire will set off the loud, piercing alarm. It’s just super cool looking and nerdy, and I want one so bad. $129, available for pre-order now. I’m actually tempted to get these as Christmas gifts for my family; my grandparents in particular. Their dog goes nuts whenever they make toast, because it always sets off the fire alarm. This sounds like it would be much better for them.
The Verge has a great report on the Nest Protect, including an interview with Tony Fadell.
Apple’s official Steve Jobs tribute video, posted on apple.com last year on the first anniversary of his death. Today marks the second anniversary of Steve’s passing, and though Apple soldiers on, the tech world will never be quite the same.
Rest in Peace, Steve.
"Stand Up and Shout!" Behind the Scenes
Client: Family Channel
A video I edited for Family Channel as part of my summer internship/freelance position. Behind the scenes of Family’s bullying awareness music video, starring the cast of The Next Step.
My handy visual guide to iOS 7, comparing it to iOS 6 so you know what to expect when updating. The bottom line: don’t be scared. Although the visual design of iOS 7 is quite different, not much has moved around, so it doesn’t change how you use your phone.
Valued at $800 million, Snapchat has no clear plan to monetize their mega-popular app. In my eyes, their best bet is to work toward an acquisition, and I can imagine no better buyer than Yahoo. Couple Snapchat with Tumblr and Yahoo would own the teen social space.
In which I opine about the lack of truly new video games at E3 this year.
It has been nearly a month since the end of E3 2013, and the consensus seems to be that this year’s was a great show. Even before it began, E3 2013 was guaranteed to be exciting, with the impending launch of a new console generation and a cornucopia of new, next generation titles heading our way. And while I agree that we saw a lot of cool stuff at this year’s E3 – my holiday shopping list just keeps getting longer – I can’t shake this feeling that a lot of the “new” games that were unveiled felt like more of the same. It’s as if the video game industry is suffering from a serious case of déjà vu.
Marco Arment announced on his blog tonight that he has sold “a majority stake” of Instapaper to Betaworks, the company that resurrected Digg last year.
I’ve said some negative things about Instapaper in the past, but I’m thrilled with today’s news. Marco, thank you for creating Instapaper, a wonderful app that helped to kickstart the read later craze, and thank you for being wise enough to hand it over to someone else when it got too big to handle on your own. Congratulations, Marco and Betaworks. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Instapaper.