Or they can just do that now and really save us all a ton of trouble. 


Motorola’s Moto X is here. Is it the first true anti-iPhone?

Love the concept but I don’t love the specs. Android wears pretty badly; I can’t imagine spending $199 on a phone with these specs. The Android game is all about hardware.


The last robot lady was so much nicer.

It looks so much like Summer Glau. Awesome. 


  • workers The first part to go were the workers, who were sold to the Washington Post Company for about $12 million a couple months back, according to TechCrunch.
  • patents Previously unreported: A series of 15 of Digg’s patents, including the one for “click a button to vote up a story,” were…

Though the specifics of the deal are under wraps, there is no way Flipboard isn’t the winner here.

The New York Times has long needed a better distribution model and this is it. The iOS app (nestled gently in the Newsstand Folder) and its Android counterpart are passable but no where near as functional or easy to use.

In a lot of ways, Flipboard has become a better version of Apple’s Newsstand.

It has given readers a catalog of content in a clear, simple and publisher-centric way. It’s ubiquitous on tablets and smartphones alike and gives power to the publication and the reader, not Apple.

More importantly, Flipboard is now an option for media companies behind paywalls.

It’s quick and simple distribution method for any newspaper. I have never been a fan of the paywall, but it has become an option for a lot of media companies, particularly local media.

Flipboard has a great way it displays ads within content, so this could potentially become an alternative to a paywall. A journonerd can dream, can’t he?

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue had this to say to TechCrunch:

“We think this is a milestone for us and directionally important for the industry. We certainly believe there is a way for Flipboard to help publishers deliver premium content side-by-side with free, Web content and we will continue working with publishers to figure this out. We don’t succeed unless they do.”

Best part. This goes live on June 28. My birthday. 


This article by Kris Ligman looks at the odd state of games journalism at E3, and how most games journos allow themselves to be walking advertisements and blatantly violate the “no cheering in the press box” rule of journalism:

Look, hypothetical E3 attendee. You are a professional, or you should be, because I’ve been turned away from the show before as not professional enough, so presumably you’ve got your act together more than me, and I like to think the site I curate for is a pretty class act. So I’m assuming you are a legitimate enough working professional to convince the people at registration to hand you a badge. And enough to, say, not act like a kid excitedly darting toward the rides as soon as he’s through the gates, wearing a Mass Effect hoodie and Portal t-shirt, Mario keychain hanging off your belt.

Now look, I own all of that aforementioned merchandise. And I expressly wore none of it while at the convention. Why? Because voluntary corporate branding is enough of a social disease without racing about the E3 show floor wearing Disney bunny ears.

She talks about other related issues at the show, but this one always sticks in my craw.  It is always incredibly embarrassing to see supposed journalists whooping, jockeying for swag, and fanboying out all over the E3 floor.

I think this is a trend that is pretty apparent in smaller trade circles like games and even tech. But the difference is that most tech writers, like Engadget for example, are more about consumer advocacy that games are. That’s not to say all game journos “cheer in the press box.” Further more that’s not to say all technology writers are consumer advocates. 

I think readers just need to be a little more picky and mindful of who they read. 

(via discovergames)

Layar Creator is a less inconvenient alternative to the different types of QR codes newspapers use to sleep better at night thinking they nailed this whole “Internet” thing. But let’s face it, I shouldn’t have to take a picture of a newspaper with my phone. That’s not going to fix anything. 

“There’s a flower indicator on the menu that tells you how much of lazy bum you are. So whenever the flower starts shrinking, that means I’m supposed to run up and down the seven flights to my apartment. If Tamagotchis are for sadists, the Fitbit is its masochistic analog.”
The Verge's Ross Miller on the Fitbit. I just bought one and this made me laugh out loud. For real, not in the Internet sort of way. Check out what else is in his bag.


This webcam looks suspiciously familiar … and angry.

(via reddit)