Bookmarks for March 22nd through March 23rd
This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to Pinboard.in for March 22nd from 17:05 to 00:44:
- [toread] The Touch-Screen Generation – Atlantic Mobile –
- [toread] IndieGames.com – The Weblog Road to the IGF: The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home –
- [toread] “Meritocracy” is short-sighted –
- Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money – Nice new design from NPR for web articles
- Samsung Galaxy S4: With Countless New Software Features, Samsung Has to Teach Customers Phone Will Help Them – ABC News – "But the Galaxy S 3 tried to do the same thing last year. The phone had features like Smart Stay, which worked with the front-facing camera to determine whether you were looking at the phone. It had a number of innovative camera features, like Share Shot, which let you sync your friends' Galaxy S phones together to share photos. And remember Pop Up Play? That was what let you watch an HD video in a small box while you surfed the Web. The phone quickly became the best-selling Android phone on the market, but not because of those aforementioned features. In fact, most of the people I know who own the Galaxy S 3 don't use those features." – this ABC News article has the right idea
- Analysts View: Samsung Galaxy S4 emerges to do battle on Apple’s home turf | Reuters – "What is really noteworthy is Samsung's investment in software and the development of the software features. That's where the real differentiation and payoff comes from. What really struck me were these innovative software features, whether it's the real-time compositing of images or hovering over the screen to do all kinds of different controls, these software features were what were really impressive to me."
Is it just me, or does anyone think this sounds just like what Nokia were doing before Apple came along and ate them? Every S4 software feature (S health, air gesture, dual shot, S translator) just reminds me of Nokia's checkbox-led spec list of features that were present, but no one actually knew how to use, or turned out to be useless because of the terrible software. Sure, the *idea* of S Translate and S Health etc. sound good, but does anyone trust Samsung to actually create usable software? I say this as an incredibly happy user of one of their smart TVs, of course.
- Google Reader joins graveyard of dead Google products – Slate Magazine – Nice piece from Slate, where you can leave a flower on the grave of a dead Google product