Sunday, December 31, 2017

What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017?

 You might have noticed a new end-of-year trend on Instagram the past few days. If so, you can thank 2017bestnine.com, a website that lets you automatically collect and collage your most-liked photos of 2017. Best Nine has been around for a while, so many of you may be familiar with the tool already. But for those of you who are new to that Best Nine game, here’s how it works. First of… Read More

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue


By STEVE LOHR from NYT Technology https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/31/technology/google-images-voters.html?partner=IFTTT

Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business

 Imagine attending a business meeting with an Amazon Echo (or any voice-driven device) sitting on the conference table. A question arises about the month’s sales numbers in the Southeast region. Instead of opening a laptop, opening a program like Excel and finding the numbers, you simply ask the device and get the answer instantly. That kind of scenario is increasingly becoming a… Read More

Google Doodle celebrates New Year's Eve with feathered friends - CNET

Google's penguin siblings are back to ring in the new year with "sparklers in hand" and "fireworks overhead."
By: CNET

Iran reportedly blocks Telegram, Instagram amid protests - CNET

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov says it's unclear if the ban on the messaging app is permanent or temporary.
By: CNET

Twitter ended the year on a fascinating run

 It’s been pretty easy to point at Twitter and, with each quarterly moment when it discloses its financial guts, let out a long exasperated sigh. But then something interesting happened in the back half of 2017: it went on a rather spectacular run, and though ending on a bit of a slump, it looks like it could finish the year up more than 25 percent — which, by Twitter terms, is… Read More

It’s the Jons 2017!

 Happy New Year! It’s been a transformational year in tech. The golden era of startups ended. Sorry about that. The tech industry finally rolled over a big rock it had ignored and/or leaned on for years, and exposed the squirming morass of sexual harassment beneath. We witnessed major AI breakthroughs, a cryptocurrency megaboom, really truly self-driving cars, and 18 SpaceX launches. But… Read More

Saturday, December 30, 2017

These apps will help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

 Almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Far fewer stick to them. “Losing weight” and “exercising more” are among the most popular goals. A sizeable percentage of Americans also aim to “be a better person.” TechCrunch reviewed apps that are designed to help people stay on track with these plans. Here are a few that will help you stay… Read More

Apple offers replacement iPhone batteries effective immediately - CNET

Discounted price, offered as part of battery slow-down calamity, were expected to be offered beginning in January.
By: CNET

Hyperscale data centers reached over 390 worldwide in 2017

 Hyperscale operators are defined as enormous companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google that need to provide computing on a massive scale. You would think that there would be a limited number of this type of highly specialized data center, but recent research from Synergy Research found that 2017 was actually a breakout year for new hyperscale data centers across the world — with… Read More

The food revolution may have just needed a cup of Blue Bottle

 Each massive exit in the tech ecosystem usually follows the same cycle: an upstart becomes a huge business, it goes public or sells for a huge sum of money, many of the best people that built it take off and then they use their newfound wealth to start companies. But in addition to tech, the venture community has its own pet project: coffee. Read More