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A Smarter OnePlus Unveils Its Second Smartphone, The OnePlus 2

fastcompany.com — In April of 2014, a startup based in Shenzhen, China unveiled its first smartphone. The company was OnePlus, and the phone was the OnePlus One: an Android model that attracted attention for its high specs, low price ($299), and emphasis on not ruining Google's mobile operating system by messing around too much with it.
Jul 27, 2015

OnePlus's new OnePlus 2 is informed by lots of lessons it learned with its first smartphone. fastcompany.com/3049098/tech-f… pic.twitter.com/iSg28yr1zE

Amiga: 25 Years Later

technologizer.com — Let's hear it for the greatest cult computer of them all, which debuted a quarter-century ago today. Twenty-five years ago today, a new personal computer was unveiled at a black-tie, celebrity-studded gala at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York's Lincoln Center.

Microsoft's New GigJam Collaboration App Deconstructs Tasks Into "Molecules Of Work"

fastcompany.com — Last November, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a small press event at the company's Redmond, Wash. headquarters. The atmosphere was low-key, but the title-" Productivity: Reinvented"-set expectations high. Though the session did include some demos, it was mostly devoted to whetting appetites for a future in which Microsoft would reemphasize its original mission of creating innovative products that help people get work done.
Jul 13, 2015

Meet Microsoft GigJam, a collaboration tool which deconstructs tasks into "molecules of work." fastcompany.com/3048474/tech-f… pic.twitter.com/NP3fyYmP4y

Jul 14, 2015

Microsoft's inventive new GigJam collaboration tool deconstructs tasks into "molecules of work" fastcompany.com/3048474/tech-f…

Slack's New Emoji-Based Reactions: Way, Way More Than A "Like" Button

fastcompany.com — If there's one factor that explains why people have an emotional bond with group-messaging phenom Slack that's unusual for an enterprise tool, it's the service's polish and playful sensibility. Slack feels like a consumer app, not gray and emotionless business software.

Why On-Demand Shipping Service Shyp Is Turning Its Couriers Into Employees

fastcompany.com — When you use the Shyp delivery service, you use your smartphone to snap a photo of the object you need delivered, and a courier shows up and takes the item away. Like Uber and Lyft drivers, Instacart grocery shoppers, TaskRabbit helpers, and other linchpins of the on-demand economy, those couriers have been independent contractors, not employees.
Jul 01, 2015

On-demand delivery service Shyp is going to make its couriers into employees, not contractors. fastcompany.com/3048057/tech-f… pic.twitter.com/f6PMU8LN9W

Jul 01, 2015

RT @harrymccracken: On-demand delivery service Shyp is going to make its couriers into employees, not contractors. fastcompany.com/3048057/tech-f… pic.twitter.com/f6PMU8LN9W

Jul 01, 2015

RT @harrymccracken: On-demand delivery service Shyp is going to make its couriers into employees, not contractors. fastcompany.com/3048057/tech-f… pic.twitter.com/f6PMU8LN9W

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Instagram's All-New Search & Explore Features Will Change How You Use Instagram

fastcompany.com — More than 300 million people use Instagram. They share more than 70 million photos a day. But for most of us, those gigantic numbers don't mean much: We live in our own little Instabubbles, where we only see images from people we've chosen to follow.
Jun 23, 2015

Instagram's new Search & Explore features are the app's most significant changes ever. fastcompany.com/3047726/tech-f… pic.twitter.com/cHVWlJPFEy

Jun 23, 2015

With new search & explore features, Instagram is changing how you'll use Instagram fastcompany.com/3047726/tech-f… via @FastCompany

Jun 24, 2015

With new search & explore features, Instagram is changing how you'll use Instagram fastcompany.com/3047726/tech-f… via @FastCompany /

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Do The Simple Thing First: The Engineering Behind Instagram

fastcompany.com — When Instagram arrived in the iPhone App Store in October 2010, it reflected the work of a two-person development team: founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Neither had classic software-engineering backgrounds.

Hands On With Sync 3: Ford Gets Its Connected-Car Mojo Back

fastcompany.com — When I had the opportunity to try out Sync 3, Ford's new in-car information and entertainment system, there was one thing I was hoping for above all else: I wanted it to just work. My outlook was shaped by the experience of owning a Ford car with Sync's predecessor, MyFord Touch.

Nest Upgrades Its "Thoughtful Home" With A New Camera, A New Smoke/CO Detector, And More

fastcompany.com — Nest-the Google-owned company which pretty much kicked off the current smart-home boom with its web-savvy thermostat in 2011 -hasn't had much in the way of news lately. It addressed that on Wednesday morning with a press event hosted by cofounder Tony Fadell.

Amazon's New Kindle Paperwhite: A More Refined Rival To Paper

fastcompany.com — In 2012, Amazon introduced the Kindle Paperwhite, an e-reader with a remarkably bright, white monochrome display. It remained the gold standard in e-readers for a couple of years, until the company released the Kindle Voyage, a model with an even better display, with 300-dpi resolution that finally matched the crispness of ink on dead trees.
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Jul 28, 2015

RT @treestman: I defy anyone to go to a cable or carrier website and determine, on your own, what your new monthly bill would be. Good luck.

Jul 28, 2015

RT @MarkRosch: If only it were wearing a velour track suit. “@harrymccracken: A Polaroid of an Amiga. pic.twitter.com/hPuwCNiZ5I

Jul 28, 2015

@johnbacchiocchi I think they're well done. It just seems like a pricey venture and not at the core of Nadella's strategy.

Jul 28, 2015

@kjblank80 I like the stores myself and would be pleased if they're a viable business. But I worry.

Jul 28, 2015

RT @OneJaredNewman: Google+ fans got so mad at me for this piece, yet everything it predicts has now happened. time.com/77080/if-googl…

Jul 28, 2015

Microsoft doesn't seem to be pulling back on its stores, which surprises me a bit. zdnet.com/article/micros…

Jul 27, 2015

@HuntHenning Not sure what its level of Verizon compatibility is.

Jul 27, 2015

OnePlus's new OnePlus 2 is informed by lots of lessons it learned with its first smartphone. fastcompany.com/3049098/tech-f… pic.twitter.com/iSg28yr1zE



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