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Technology Editor — Fast Company

@FastCompany technology editor. @Technologizer founder. Boy journalist. Bon vivant. Not attending CES 2015.

Why Ford Dumping Microsoft's Automotive Software Was Inevitable--And Probably Long Overdue

fastcompany.com — Ford is announcing a new infotainment system for its Ford and Lincoln vehicles today. Among its features: a streamlined, tablet-like interface with gestures such as swiping and pinch-to-zoom; smarter voice recognition; easier access to apps like Pandora and Spotify; Siri support for iPhone users; and the ability to update itself over your Wi-Fi network as your car sits in the garage or on the driveway.

With Its New App, DeviantArt Finally Has A Mobile Place For Those 65 Million Monthly Visitors

fastcompany.com — With 65 million unique visitors a month sharing, exploring, and discussing artwork of all sorts-to the tune of 2.5 billion monthly pageviews-14-year-old DeviantArt has long been one of the web's most vibrant hubs of visual creativity. In October, Comscore ranked it as the 9th largest social network in the U.S.

Facebook's New Groups App Is An Act Of Unbundling That Makes Sense--At Least For Me

fastcompany.com — Confession time: Over the past year or so, I've been using Facebook more than ever. But almost all of the incremental time I spend with it happens within Facebook Groups, the service's feature which lets people with a shared interest engage in sharing which can be public, semi-private, or extremely private.

Now Square Lets Its Merchants Sell Gift Cards

fastcompany.com — Over the past year, Square has been busy staking its future on an ever-growing, ever more far-flung portfolio of small-business services-everything from cash advances to customer surveys to a better way to order coffee.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review: A Little More Than A Gimmick, A Little Less Than A Breakthrough

fastcompany.com — At the CES conference back in January 2013, Samsung showed off a prototype smartphone with a striking feature. In effect, it threw the cell phone industry a curve. The top, bottom, and left-hand sides of the screen were just as rigidly rectangular as those of any garden-variety phone.

Satya Nadella's Microsoft Wants To Make Productivity Sexy, Inspiring, And Futuristic

fastcompany.com — In July, Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, issued a memo to employees about the company's strategic direction. The company posted all 3000+ words on its web site, but one 38-word sound bite pretty much summed up Nadella's message: At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.

Scribd Takes On Amazon's Audible With All-You-Can-Listen Audiobooks

fastcompany.com — Thirteen months ago, San Francisco startup Scribd launched a service which aims to do for books what Netflix does for movies and TV shows. It offers a large-but-not-utterly-comprehensive collection of e-books, readable on iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and the web, for one fee of $8.99 per month.

With New Freemium Versions for iPhone and Android, Microsoft Office Really Is Everywhere

fastcompany.com — When Microsoft brought its Office productivity suite to the iPad last March, it was a moment rife with symbolism. By putting powerful versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Apple's tablet, the company made clear that it was serious about reaching people on the devices they wanted to use-whether or not they used an operating system with "Windows" in its name.

Two New Jawbone Up Fitness Bands: One's Cheaper, One's Sleeker And Smarter

fastcompany.com — Since they first appeared in 2011, Jawbone's Up fitness bands have provided an ongoing reminder that the fact you wear a gadget around your wrist doesn't mean that it's necessarily a smartwatch--or that it has to be even slightly watchlike.

Khrushchev Visits IBM: A Strange Tale of Silicon Valley History

fastcompany.com — In September of 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union and first secretary of its Communist Party, spent 12 days touring the United States.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @FrankConniff: It's sad that the Twizzlers sold in movie theater chains have a stronger spine than the owners of movie theater chains.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @FrankConniff: The next Star Wars film opens one year from today. Unless the new Emperor of the Galactic Empire is Kim Jong-un.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @FrankConniff: I want to get my screenplay to an influential Hollywood power broker. Does anybody have Kim Jong-un's contact information?

Dec 17, 2014

Facebook now not only alerts you to your pals' birthdays but generates a personal message, letting you avoid the drudgery of thoughtfulness.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @StevenLevy: Response to N. Korea: US pays "The Interview"prod costs, streams it free around the world. Broadcasts to PRK. Commentary by South Park guys.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @HeerJeet: My solution: give Kim Jong-un a show where he can criticize movies. He could be the new Roger Ebert.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @gte: Steve Carell North Korea movie dropped. insidemovies.ew.com/2014/12/17/steā€¦ Next up: The entire peninsula masking taped over on all class room globes.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @mkapor: As I hear about the #Sonyhack and N. Korea, why do I feel like I am living inside the mind of a Hollywood screenwriter?

Dec 17, 2014

Researching matching games a la Bejeweled & Candy Crush. Just learned the idea is 20 years old, and Russian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shariki

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