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Finding Stuff To Read In Flipboard Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

fastcompany.com — Once upon a time, there were two clever personalized magazine apps for tablets and phones. Flipboard found most of the things it showed you by pulling them from online sources you specified yourself, along with links shared on your social networks.

HP's Sprout Is A Bold Attempt to Reimagine The Desktop PC

fastcompany.com — When was the last time you saw a desktop PC that did something truly new? Sorry, Apple's new Retina-screen iMac doesn't count. It's gorgeous and I want one, but it runs exactly the same software as every other Mac. As for other recent contenders--well, I can't think of any.

The Apple Pay Challenge: Hey, This Thing (Mostly) Works!

fastcompany.com — When I resolved to leave my wallet at home and spend a week buying only those things I could pay for using my iPhone 6 and Apple's new Apple Pay service, I was prepared for the worst. I thought it might not work reliably--or at least turn out to be enough of a hassle to make me pine for my plastic.

iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 Review: The Best Tablets, Made Slightly Better

fastcompany.com — Let's make this simple: If you already own last year's iPad Air, you probably don't want to buy an iPad Air 2. The new version's improvements, though noticeable and welcome, are too minor to make the tablet you bought less than a year ago feel obsolete.

The Apple Pay Challenge: Can I Spend A Week Without A Wallet?

fastcompany.com — A couple of years ago, for an article in Time magazine, I left my wallet at home for a week and only bought stuff which I could pay for using my Galaxy Nexus phone, using either Google Wallet or Square's since-discontinued Pay With Square app.

Harry McCracken | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

fastcompany.com — Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco; in past lives as a tech journalist, he was editor at large for Time...

At Apple's October Event, Specs Mattered More Than Usual, And That's O.K.

fastcompany.com — Far more than your average maker of computers, tablets, and smartphones, Apple likes to position itself as being disinterested in the dreary matter of technical specifications. If it can talk up something else at one of its events--industrial design, software, services, or, especially, the overall experience of using one or more Apple devices--it usually will.

A First Look Deep Inside Amazon Game Studios

fastcompany.com — To trace the beginnings of Amazon's interest in the game business, you need to go back a long way--at least to the holiday season of 1999. That's when the company, best known at the time as "Earth's largest bookstore," began offering video games for then-popular machines such as the Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, and Neo Geo.

The News According To Nuzzel

fastcompany.com — If you want to find news articles worth reading, you could do a lot worse than to simply check out what your friends share on Twitter and Facebook. That isn't exactly a revelation. It's closer to a self-evident statement of fact. Trouble is, finding those recommendations can be surprisingly tough.

Quip's Cool, Collaborative Word Processor Is Now A Spreadsheet, Too

fastcompany.com — Quip--the collaborative word processor for iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and the web--is expanding into spreadsheets. But it isn't becoming a suite à la Microsoft Office or Google Apps. Quip tends to do productivity in its own contrarian way, and it's putting spreadsheets inside its word processor.
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Oct 30, 2014

Gonna be on Tech News Today in a bit to talk about Flipboard 3.0 with @mikeelgan. live.twit.tv

Oct 30, 2014

By adding some of Zite's smarts, Flipboard just made it a whole lot easier to find stuff to read. fastcompany.com/3037833/findin…

Oct 29, 2014

Ballmer's interview, and WSJ.D Live, are over.

Oct 29, 2014

Ballmer says he last spoke with Satya Nadella a few weeks ago.

Oct 29, 2014

Ballmer is saying that Surface, Nokia, and Xbox are part of a big bet which he thinks Microsoft should continue to make.

Oct 29, 2014

Ballmer is doing the Hebrew studies for his Bar Mitzvah. Not going to predict when it'll happen. live.fastcompany.com/Event/The_Wall…

Oct 29, 2014

On his retirement, Ballmer is quoting a WHITE CHRISTMAS song: "What do you do with a general, when he stops being a general?"

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