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?”
These numbers are amazing. “The number of people who launch apps more than 60 times per day on phones or tablets doubled in the past year.” From Time magazine.
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.”
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
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.”
Fun article from TNW. I didn’t even think about it, but these could definitely all use a refresh. “What is one everyday device or gadget you’d love to see totally re-engineered by a startup and why?”
I admit, I do get mesmerized by Vines. These are Gizmodos 5 best of the year. “….even though last year’s winners were pretty incredible in their own right, this year’s take it to a whole other level. Apparently, an extra year of six-second shooting practice does a Vine good.”