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Technology Editor — Fast Company

@FastCompany technology editor. @Technologizer founder. Boy journalist. Bon vivant. Northern Californian.

Seven Sobering Takeaways From Lytro's Move Beyond Consumer Photography

fastcompany.com — Back in October 2011, I attended the press conference at which Lytro announced the first consumer camera based on light-field technology. I was dazzled both by the science-the camera captured all the light waves in a scene, giving it an understanding of dimensionality which no other still camera possessed-and its implementation in a camera unlike any the world had seen before.
m.fastcompany.com — When the young people of Tokyo want to go shopping, they head for Harajuku. A fabled wellspring of youth culture, the neighborhood offers international retail chains on its main streets and tiny purveyors of bleeding-edge fashion in its back alleys.

The Most Exciting Thing About Pebble's New Smartwatch Isn't The Color Screen

fastcompany.com — Smartwatch pioneer Pebble-which did as much as anybody to create the category with its original Kickstarter-funded model back in 2012-is announcing a model with a color screen. That doesn't come as a huge shock. For one thing, 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, who spends most of his time disclosing Apple news before Apple does, had the scoop on Friday.

How Slack Uses Slack

fastcompany.com — Last week, enterprise messaging service Slack announced that 500,000 people use the service every day. The company, which first offered its product in beta-test form in August 2013 and officially launched a year ago, has been growing at such a head-snapping pace that most of those half-million users are newbies, relatively speaking: Roughly 75% of them have come aboard in the past six months.

IFTTT'S New "Do" Apps Turn Your Smartphone Into A Do-Anything Remote Control

fastcompany.com — IFTTT-which stands for "If this, then that"-is a uniquely clever tool for automating an array of third-party apps, services, and Internet-connected gizmos. With IFTTT, you can automatically send an email to your parents alerting them of each new Instagram photo you post. Or add every new event in your Facebook groups to your Google Calendar.

How Japan's Line App Became A Culture-Changing, Revenue-Generating Phenomenon

fastcompany.com — When the young people of Tokyo want to go shopping, they head for Harajuku. A fabled wellspring of youth culture, the neighborhood offers international retail chains on its main streets and tiny purveyors of bleeding-edge fashion in its back alleys.

Universal Serial Bus: Still Not Ready For Prime Time

medium.com — 2015 author's note: This afternoon, I was trying to tidy up a bit around the house when I found a binder I forgot I had, filled with old CD-ROMs. Most of them contained musty software such as CompuServe 4.0. But a few were ones I burned myself, including a backup of a computer I owned in the 1990s.

Windows? Laptops? They’ll Never Catch On!

technologizer.com — In the mid-1980s, the paper of record dismissed a couple of ill-conceived fads. What's the most wrongheaded conclusion anyone ever came to concerning computers? I covered three of the most legendary ones-"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home," "640K should be enough for anybody," and "I think there is a worldwide market for maybe five computers" in The 25 Most Notable Quotes in Tech History.

Tactus's Amazing Shape-Shifting Screen Technology Is Arrving Soon In An iPad Case

fastcompany.com — At last year's CES, the most memorable demo I saw -by far-involved a technology invented by a company named Tactus. Using liquid trapped beneath the surface of a special layer on top of an LCD display, it could resculpt the screen's surface on demand-to make an on-screen keyboard real and tactile, for instance.

With 500,000 Users, Slack Says It's The Fastest-Growing Business App Ever

fastcompany.com — In August 2013, the business messaging and search tool known as Slack started signing up users for its beta version. 8,000 companies created accounts in the first 24 hours. That was a promising number, but it said more about the general interest in such tools and the reputation of Slack CEO and cofounder Stewart Butterfield-also the co-creator of Flickr -than the service's long term prospects.
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Mar 04, 2015

@James_iOS You can buy and download games, but it will also have a streaming service called Grid.

Mar 04, 2015

Any word on whether the Apple Watch will be able to play tiny vinyl albums? pic.twitter.com/0yRdbHAhuz

Mar 03, 2015

Huang showing Unreal Engine 4 demo running on Nvidia's Grid streaming service. pic.twitter.com/IQnXtka4YB

Mar 03, 2015

Ad/edit juxtaposition on Slate gives StubHub a nice accidental endorsement by Warren Buffett. pic.twitter.com/okm0kJAI4b

Mar 03, 2015

Nvidia Shield will be $199, bundled with the game controller. Huang: "I don't even know how they did it." pic.twitter.com/LudDYIg41u

Mar 03, 2015

Nvidia Shield will have the first official Android version of Doom. pic.twitter.com/189DhsP0lo

Mar 03, 2015

Huang talking about gaming and the Shield's Tegra X1 chip. 2x speed of Xbox 360 at 1/5 the power. pic.twitter.com/Hv1ZP81h8i

Mar 03, 2015

Shield remote has Fire TV-like voice button and Roku-style headphone jack. pic.twitter.com/iy5YnBYvtT

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