The Upshot vs. Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight: A hands-on review of explanatory journalism

I put these sites in my Reader, and am really enjoying them all.  But it’s hard to read so much analysis of the same thing.  GigaOm is coining the phrase “Explanatory Journalism” which works well.  We’ll see how they all grow…. ” With the launch of The Upshot from the New York Times, there are now three major sites going after the “explanatory journalism” market. Each has its own unique flavor, but is the market for that kind of content really large enough to support that many sites?”

via The Upshot vs. Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight: A hands-on review of explanatory journalism — Tech News and Analysis.

Google finally combines text and chat conversations in Hangouts

Finally integrated – this will be nice to have.  “Google is crossing off a major complaint about Hangouts this week: the messaging app will finally merge your SMS and Hangouts conversations.  Users can pick between Hangouts and SMS when sending a given message, but that’s it. There’s no option to use Hangouts with SMS as a fallback option, which is the approach Apple takes with iMessage.”

via Google finally combines text and chat conversations in Hangouts | The Verge.

User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet?

Consumers are demanding a faster and cleaner experience as well.  That is one of the reasons apps are being used more than mobile web browsers.  And of course it also remains true on a computer screen.  “As businesses demand faster user experiences, the nature of the internet is going to change.”  From GigaOm

via User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet? — Tech News and Analysis.

What Can IFTTT Do for You?

IFTTT is one of my favorite services.  It is getting particularly interesting as it adds sensor devices to its service.  Notice “11 Top IFTTT recipes to Activate Now”, link on the Mashable page.  “IFTTT allows apps to communicate with each other through “recipes”. These recipes are simple conditional statements that can sync with your Facebook, Twitter, and more to create some fun automated actions like texting the weather in the mornings and saving your tagged photos to Dropbox.”

via What Can IFTTT Do for You?.