- 39 Data Visualization Tools for Big Data (ProfitBricks)
A List of Favorites From a Man Who Knows His Apps (NY Times / Nick Bilton)
- Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth (SFGate)
- The San Francisco Whiskey Map (Bold Italic)
I saw this on Twitter earlier today. Very inspiring.
When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
– Steve Jobs
Apple and Google made major music announcements this week. Apple finally rolled out iTunes Match and Google made Google Music available to everyone and opened up a Music Store. Amazon started shipping the Kindle Fire.
- Google Music is open for business (The Official Google Blog)
- How To Properly Set Up Google Music (Lifehacker)
- Don’t be too disappointed by Google Music’s lackluster debut (TechCrunch)
- Google Music Q&A on Quora
- iTunes Match: Thousands of songs with a couple of hitches (NPR – All Songs Considered Blog)
- iTunes Match: What you need to know (Macworld)
- Secrets & Features of iTunes Match (iLounge)
- Check your music’s iCloud status (Macworld)
- How to use iTunes Match with very large libraries (> 25,000 songs) (MacRumors)
- iTunes Match Q&A on Quora
Amazon shipped the Kindle Fire earlier this week. Kevin Tofel from GigaOm has a good write-up on the mixed reviews for this product.
- Kindle Fire review: Yes, it’s that good (MSNBC)
- Kindle Fire is no iPad killer but it’s a killer device (Any Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times)
- Amazon Kindle Fire Review (Engadget)
- Is this really the tablet everyone’s talking about? (WIRED)
- A human review of the Kindle Fire (Marco.org)
- Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams (a.k.a. Google X) (New York Times)
- Google+ Pages can now be managed with 3rd party apps (Mashable)
- Netflix to resurrect Arrested Development in 2013 (The Next Web)
- Skype desktop app now makes Facebook video calls (CNET)
- Facebook employees go nuts as Zuckerberg tells them the IPO is coming (Business Insider)
- No one’s noticing Twitter’s ad experiment, which is a good thing (Atlantic Wire)
- Amazon KindlePhone for 2012? (All Things D)
- How Facebook is ruining sharing (Molly Wood/CNET) and Robert Scoble’s rebuttal: The Facebook Freaky Line
A couple of weeks after his death, Steve Jobs continues to be a huge topic. On Wednesday, Apple celebrated the life of Steve Jobs at the Apple campus in Cupertino. Apple has posted a video recording of the celebration on the Apple.com web site.
The biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson was released on October 24th.
- Sixty Minutes devoted an entire show to the Steve Jobs Biography
- Reviews: New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Telegraph, Associated Press, George Stephanopoulos / ABC News
- An unabridged version of the biography is available on Audible
- Apple Television? (MG Siegler / TechCrunch)
- Text books? (NY Time Bits blog)
- iPhone 5? (CNET News)
- All of the above?
Other tech news this week:
- Apple sold over 4 million phones last weekend
- Apple reported their 4th quarter earnings. For the first time in a long time, they fell short of analysts’ estimates because they didn’t release a new iPhone in June. But Apple predicts a blow-out 4th quarter and MG Siegler says you’re an idiot if you were one of the many people who sold Apple stock.
- Google announced Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich
- Google announced that a Google Music Store is coming soon (All Things D)
- The AsiaD conference was held in Hong Kong. Videos: Jerry Yang talks about what’s next for Yahoo, Bradley Horowitz talks about Google+
- The Web 2.0 Summit was held in San Francisco. Videos: Sean Parker, Sergey Brin (Google), Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Kevin Rose (Milk), Dennis Crowley (FourSquare). More videos here.
- GroupOn sets Nov. 4th IPO Date (WSJ)
- Instapaper 4.0 (iTunes)
- Hipster – send digital postcards from your phone (iTunes)
- 500 px for iPad – photo sharing (iTunes)
- Peter Gabriel – New Blood
- M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (Spotify)
- Pallers – The Sea of Memories (Spotify)
- Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Roots (Spotify)
- Real Estate – Days (Spotify)
- Coldplay releases Mylo Xyloto on October 24th (Amazon)
The iPhone 4S went on sale on October 14th. Despite lukewarm reaction to the announcement of the 4S, initial sales number appear to be very healthy. As usual, people were lined up at Apple Stores. Pre-order sales were very strong – over one million pre-order units in the first 24 hours – and AT&T’s activation servers were overloaded when everyone tried to activate their phones at the same time. Some analysts predict that Apple will sell 4 million phones over the weekend and another analyst estimates that Apple will sell 24 million iPhones in Q4 2011. Apple stock closed at an all-time high ($422 a share) on Friday.
iPhone 4S launch at Apple’s 5th Avenue Store:
Reviews of the iPhone 4S were very positive, especially for the new Siri personal assistant.
Speech recognition. Crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition.
David Pogue, New York Times – New iPhone Conceals Pure Magic
Here’s a roundup of other iPhone 4S reviews:
- The iPhone 4S: Faster, More Capable And You Can Talk To It – MG Siegler / TechCrunch
- The iPhone 4S Review – Joshua Topolsky / This Is My Next
- The iPhone Finds Its Voice – Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal
- It’s the iPhone 4, Only More So – Harry McCracken / Time Magazine
- The iPhone 4S – John Gruber / Daring Fireball
- more reviews here
- S**t That Siri Says – a Tubmlr blog highlighting funny responses from Siri
- Siri says some weird things – Joshua Topolsky / This Is My Next
- Why So Siri-ous? – MG Siegler / TechCrunch
A few days before the iPhone 4S went on sale, iOS 5 was released.
- iOS 5 Review: Ambitious update rings in the changes – MacWorld
- There were some upgrade issues when iOS 5 was released but those issues appear to be calming down
- iOS 5 discussion on GDGT
- There are some issues with apps that store content for offline viewing. This post by the creator of Instapaper goes into details.
- iOS 5 video on Apple.com
Other tech news this week:
- A memorial service was held for Steve Jobs on Sunday (MercuryNews.com)
- Google reported a blowout quarter
- Facebook launched their long awaited iPad app
- Netflix abandoned their plan to rent DVD’s on Qwikster
- Is Yahoo going private?
- The TiVo Premier Elite – a 4-tuner DVR that can store up to 300 hours of programming – is now available
- Google announces a new programming language called Dart
- Web 2.0 Expo was held in New York. View videos & slides here
- FourSquare introduces Radar – a location-based alert system (iTunes)
- The new Facebook iPad app (iTunes)
- Pearltree for iPad (iTunes, RWW review, Robert Scoble video)
- Hipstamatic will release an app that simulates the disposable camera experience. You can’t view the photos until you finish the roll.
- Ryan Adams / Ashes & Fire (Spotify, Stereogum review)
- An album of cover-songs of U2’s Achtung Baby will be released in November. You can listen to Jack White’s cover of Love Is Blindness here
- Tycho – Dive is a great album for chilling out
- The Treasure Island music festival was held over the weekend near San Francisco
- The 49ers’ impressive 25-19 victory over the previously undefeated Lions is almost overshadowed by Jim Harbaugh’s overly aggressive post-game handshake
- Good news for Giants fans: Buster Posey catches bullpen sessions in Arizona
- Inside the Collapse – more details about the Boston Red Sox 2011 Implosion
- Paxti’s (Chicago-style pizza) new location on Irving Street is opening soon
- Umami Burger on Union Street opened earlier this week
- You wouldn’t know if from their Twitter or Facebook accounts, but Suppenkuche Biergarten in Hayes Valley is open for business. In This City SF has details.
- Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Oct. 17-19
- The World Series starts on Wednesday – Rangers vs Cardinals
- Product Camp San Francisco on Oct 22nd (sold out)
- The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert (Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and others) Oct. 22-23 at Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View