Alternatives to Google

Here’s a list of 40 advanced search tools you might find useful. It’s fun to see that the first one is DuckDuckGo and not Bing or Yahoo! It’s also worth noting that the guys from Kissmetrics only used Bing Social in their list, not Bing – the generalist search engine.

Millennials are old news, Generation Z is the new hype

According to new studies, focusing on “millennials” is deprecated, should be on Generation Z.

Marketers are beginning to target a new crop of young people who are rapidly growing in number and influence: Generation Z. Studies differ on the exact age range of Generation Z, but most agree they were born after 1990, which makes them the largest generational group in the U.S.

David Rockwell’s prefab houses

This is my new favourite kind of house. I’m a huge fan of California Modern and Eichlers, but David Rockwell’s prefab house plans take the old style to a new modern level. I just love it. See the full gallery in this article in this Fast.Co article.





Facebook experiment: manipulate people using their newsfeed

Facebook scientists were able to mass manipulate people’s emotions based on what type of happy or sad content was shown on newsfeed from trusted friends.

[T]hey manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. (…)  Facebook data scientists tweaked the algorithm that determines which posts appear on users’ news feeds—specifically, researchers skewed the number of positive or negative terms seen by randomly selected users.

Facebook then analyzed the future postings of those users over the course of a week to see if people responded with increased positivity or negativity of their own, thus answering the question of whether emotional states can be transmitted across a social network. Result: They can! Which is great news for Facebook data scientists hoping to prove a point about modern psychology. It’s less great for the people having their emotions secretly manipulated.

Not fun, nor ethical. A pretty good reason to delete you Facebook account, right?

Google Web Designer App

These days, I’m testing the Google Web Designer app for OSX. It’s also available for Windows. It should be interesting. I’m really curious how’s this going to affect page speed and whatever other elements Google takes into consideration when it comes to optimising websites.

Delete your Facebook!

This dude in the video below sounds a bit paranoid, but he’s right. Delete your Facebook account if you care that much about privacy or just impose a series of restrictions to Facebook apps. In other news, you should also check this video’s YouTube page for the links in the description.

Hueless app for B&W photography

Hueless is a nice-to-have app for iPhone B&W (black and white) photography. I haven’t used it in a while because I’m quite a big fan of VSCOcam and I prefer the convenience of launching iPhone’s default camera app from the lockscreen, then edit the pictures with VSCO. But then again, if you like to shoot B&W and hate to edit the pictures, give Hueless a chance.

I thought it’s worth mentioning after seeing this post about the Lenka app on Om Malik’s blog.


Those nerds

Nice tweet rant from Marc Andreeseen on Twitter about technology and nerds. Here‘s the full tweets list, compiled by Orlando.

The fit priority guide

Lately, I’ve developed a pretty serious interest in this area. Here’s how to choose your clothes, be it jacket, shirt, pants, so they stay fit on you. A minimal guide for whoever is interested in this.


German media wants a slice of Google’s ad revenue

It’s not the first time this is happening, it happened in France. German media asks for 11% of Google’s ad revenue from search results pages where their links are listed.

To figure an 11% payment here, the publishers would apparently want to know any time their content appeared with ads on search results pages. Then, if any of those ads produced revenue, they want 11% of that.

This case is somehow similar to what happened before the Digital Publishing Innovation Fund was created last year for the French media.

Google’s Nest buys Dropcam. Forget about privacy

If you care to consider this news about Google’s Nest buying Dropcam, you might as well understand that you will have just brought Google in your house. Basically, your privacy is kind of dead. I know, I know, it might sound a bit paranoid, but just take a minute and think about how much stuff Google knows about you. Would you actually really want Google to see what happens in your home?

The return of The American Dream. Bill Clinton’s textbook speech

So, let’s be clear, I’m not talking about the economy, I’m talking about the message. History is cyclical. Remember the ’50s propaganda? The American Dream? It’s back. Barack Obama returned with “Hope” and “Progress,” Bill Clinton comes with “a new American Dream,” “a 21st century version of the American Dream” and “where the American Dream is alive and well.” He named “The American Dream” three times in his speech. This is so damn interesting. And it will work, because Americans are frustrated because of the uncertainty. The American Dream used to led people to work because it was promoting “safety-ness” (sorry, I don’t have a better word.) It might just work. It’s emotional and acts on the psychological level.

I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama. […]
President Obama’s approach embodies the values, the ideas, and the direction America must take to build a 21st century version of the American Dream in a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities. […]
If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama.

America is going to be fine. Again. And not because of the politicians. Because of the people who believe in it. The American Dream is a huge concept and, probably, the best motivation to rise. This is, indeed, huge.

If you haven’t listened to Clinton, read it. It’s a textbook speech.

Trust Samsung! They threatened Indian bloggers to leave them in Berlin

No copy/paste from here, but there’s the summary: Samsung India used its Mob!lers program to fly two Indian bloggers halfway across the world, to IFA Berlin. The guys were supposed to be there as reporters, in some sort of a sponsored participation to the event. Basically, they were invited by Samsung to cover IFA Berlin and, of course, to cover the sponsor’s event. It’s a fair trade and a common practice, it’s called respect.

The thing is, the bloggers got to IFA Berlin and found themselves pushed to work in the Samsung booth, demoing the products, instead of doing their jobs. When they didn’t agree to be Samsung’s slaves, they were told to get back to India on their own expenses. Samsung canceled their plane tickets back home.

This is sick.

No 20% marketshare for Kindle. It actually fall to 4.2%

The online retailer also faces fierce competition in the tablet market from rival Apple Inc., whose share of the global media tablet market rose to 70% in the second quarter, up from 58% in the first quarter, according to industry researcher IHS. In contrast, Amazon’s share shrank to 4.2%, from 5.8% in the first quarter.

Yup, Amazon win. The liars are so busted!

On Kindle Fire’s marketshare

I laughed my ass off reading Jim’s comment on Amazon announcement stating Kindle Fire has marketshare of 22% in the US:

Second, how can Amazon claim it has 22 percent market share when it has yet to share any sales numbers. Amazon will not say how many Kindle Fire tablets it actually sold.

Yes, I do think it’s funny. Because the only way Kindle Fire would capture 22% of the tablet market is to strictly refer to the Kindle tablet market, a market in which we can include ebook readers too. Those are tablets too, right?

iPhone text message vulnerability since forever, still unfixed by Apple, could be used for phishing

In the text payload, a section called UDH (User Data Header) is optional but defines lot of advanced features not all mobiles are compatible with. One of these options enables the user to change the reply address of the text. If the destination mobile is compatible with it, and if the receiver tries to answer to the text, he will not respond to the original number, but to the specified one. Most carriers don’t check this part of the message, which means one can write whatever he wants in this section: a special number like 911, or the number of somebody else. In a good implementation of this feature, the receiver would see the original phone number and the reply-to one. On iPhone, when you see the message, it seems to come from the reply-to number, and you loose track of the origin.

Here are all the details.