Does VR really need to be IMAX? And other first-world questions

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Vysor easily controls an Android device from a computer

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A few days ago I was in someone’s Busker broadcast to play their version of “Name That Tune” and I was able to type really fast thanks to something called Vysor. Vysor lets you mirror what’s on your Android onto a PC screen. You then tell the Android that you want to type with Vysor, meaning you want to type with your PC. For more info, go to the link below.

Source: Use Vysor to easily control an Android device from your computer without rooting

Adobe needs to publicly acknowledge that Flash is wrong for the Web and wrong for mobile

Well this is an opinion that’s easy to remember!

I mean, I’m no fan of Flash, but when a technology expert says Flash is *this* bad, then it’s bad. The thing is, people want “easy.” We also don’t want things disrupting our experiences, telling us we need to do this or do that. And if a device says “unable to blah blah blah”, we just move on to the next thing nowadays because there’s so much content out there. Call me whatever but it seems Flash has a steep learning curve for anybody who wants to toy with it versus just being a passive viewer of Flash content. Evidently, there are some scenarios where it’s somewhat okay to use it if you really think there’s the need but please remember the security aspect!


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April 12, 2015
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What do Netflix, Microsoft, Tumblr, Linkedin, Dropbox, Cisco, and Hootsuite all have in common??

What do Netflix, Microsoft, Tumblr, Linkedin, Dropbox, Cisco, Intel, and Lyft all have in common? Well, you can say they’re not down with discrimination. Over 70 tech industry leaders have taken a civil rights stand, persuading Congress and others to add solid non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The move was made this week in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed into law in states around the country. Indiana has been the state getting the most press coverage because they cited religious freedom. I’m wondering 2 things – First up: About the employees of these companies. What if they don’t feel the same way as their employers? And then can’t anyone just “create” or “think up” their own religion and say well, I need to do xy and z because my religion says so?? Don’t cult leaders delude themselves into thinking their cult is a religion? See my point?

LOL – Not to distract from the story but might we be crossing over into absurd territory??

Anyway, the statement from the tech leaders is below:

Joint statement from tech industry leaders

The values of diversity, fairness and equality are central to our industry. These values fuel creativity and inspiration, and those in turn make the U.S. technology sector the most admired in the world today.

We believe it is critically important to speak out about proposed bills and existing laws that would put the rights of minorities at risk. The transparent and open economy of the future depends on it, and the values of this great nation are at stake.

Religious freedom, inclusion, and diversity can co-exist and everyone including LGBT people and people of faith should be protected under their states’ civil rights laws. No person should have to fear losing their job or be denied service or housing because of who they are or whom they love.

However, right now those values are being called into question in states across the country. In more than twenty states, legislatures are considering legislation that could empower individuals or businesses to discriminate against LGBT people by denying them service if it they felt it violated their religious beliefs.

To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone.

Anything less will only serve to place barriers between people, create hurdles to creativity and inclusion, and smother the kind of open and transparent society that is necessary to create the jobs of the future. Discrimination is bad for business and that’s why we’ve taken the time to join this joint statement.

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Google ‘Helpouts’ is shutting down on April 20

Google ‘Helpouts’ is shutting down on April 20

Google says ‘goodbye’ to a lot of things. Well, I guess that’s to be expected when a person or organization experiments a lot. If you made Helpouts a part of your marketing mix, I feel for you. You need to understand that that type of integration is always a risk, so learn from this is the best thing I can tell you right now. As Susan Finch says, you can’t put all your eggs into one marketing basket [click here]. Share your comments on the Google+ thread by clicking the link. What better place to discuss this than Google+? 🙂 Some comments are there already about Google wanting 20 percent of Helpouts participants’ profits. Could Helpouts have been made viable if Google wanted a lower cut, etc.?

LinkedIn’s Android app: There’s room for improvement

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Reviewing the LinkedIn Android app: Let’s just say there’s room for improvement

I find it a little faster than the web version of LinkedIn. The areas where LinkedIn could improve this app are:

  1. The ability to share OUT your profile via email. The sideways “v” symbol for sharing out on Android doesn’t work for profiles. Strangely, it lets you share your profile with an existing LinkedIn user. I don’t really see how that would come in handy or who would do that. In a way, it seems like you’re telling the other person that you think they need help with tapping on a touchscreen! But even more absurd is the text that’s pre-populated in that interface. It says something like “Check out my LinkedIn profile!” #eyeroll Who speaks or writes that way? Nobody that I know.
  2. The quick buttons for connecting. At the moment, these buttons don’t tell you if a generic invite will be sent. Tap one by accident and you’ll send a generic invite, even if you didn’t mean to. Most of the buttons behave this way at the moment. I’m unaware of any plans LinkedIn has to change this, or to make the buttons give you a choice. The latter idea would be the smart thing to do. LinkedIn, are you listening?

I need to talk about the fairly new LinkedIn Pulse Android app for a minute. Long story short, I had to uninstall it. Just too many notifications! Everytime someone that you’re following publishes to LinkedIn Pulse, you get a notification. The built-in reader is functional, but not that different from the Feedly Android app in terms of looks. There’s no great benefit to it, other than the fact that articles on Pulse are grouped into one section.

I guess I can mention the Slideshare Android app, since it’s part of the LinkedIn ecosystem. It’s convenient, but on some phones, it crashes. When it comes to LinkedIn’s app UX improvement plans, I’m unsure whether or not their Android app is high on the priority list. I’m guessing no – at least that’s what it seems like. At least it’s fast with fast WiFi.

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