Square Stand is a beautiful standardization using Square Register for businesses. If you’ve been to a restaurant or location that accepted Square payments before, you’ll see that the mechanisms for holding the iPad vary from a makeshift wooden stand to simply handing the iPad over to the customer.
The Square Stand standardizes the hardware for all Square vendors, by building a piece of hardware that safely secures the iPad, integrates a larger built-in area for card swiping, and incorporates an 180 degree swivel (all the elements of a successful stand, only now Square make sit for you.
At $299, I wonder how many companies are going to jump on the option to upgrade from their custom-built option. Thought it may make the process a bit more refined, I always felt like there was an eloquent mom&pop feel whenever I paid with Square.
For more, read about it here: https://squareup.com/stand
I guess in true Tumblr fashion, Marissa Mayer announces the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo and promises not to screw it up. A subtle by great move by the CEO.
I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr!
We promise not to screw it up. Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going. We will operate Tumblr independently. David Karp will remain CEO. The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve. Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.
Tumblr has built an amazing place to follow the world’s creators. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Tumblr hosts 105 million different blogs. With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of thefastest-growing media networks in the world. Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent onsite each month. On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app, and those users do an average of 7 sessions per day. Tumblr’s tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network. The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! could grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and could grow traffic by approximately 20%.
In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love. In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences. The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience.
As I’ve said before, companies are all about people. Getting to know the Tumblr team has been really amazing. I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them. That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met. He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve worked with. His respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted to have him and his entire team join Yahoo!.
Both Tumblr and Yahoo! share a vision to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas by focusing on users, design — and building experiences that delight and inspire the world every day.
Can’t think of any other reaction than to shake my head. I’ve met Dave a few times and have a few friends that are very close to him, but I’d say there’s a general level of ignorance in this view that isn’t true of Dave or 500.
That said, I think this video makes several things very clear:
Don’t get me wrong, I think any press is good press (most of the time). This is the one case that an established firm stepped beyond acceptable boundaries and none of us are ready to accept it for what it’s intention is - humor.
I have respect for all the entrepreneurs in the 500 cohorts and think they’ll all be successful to an extent, but I think sometimes you’ve got to admit fault and perhaps pull the video…please?
I’d normally say something like, “we’ve already got a million applications that do this exact thing,” but we’re in an era of “niche” interests and “paring down functionality” to a core feature. We’ve seen this happen with Path (in context of Facebook) and things like Squarespace Note (as it relates to all other robust note-taking applications like Evernote, Springboard, etc.).
This app is fun, well designed, and fits a single purpose - memory recall. At $1.99, I think some people would be hard pressed to hit the “Buy” button, but it’s a solid playful application that can really help you remember a thing or two.
Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and founder of investment firm The Social+Capital Partnership, said today that the tech world should be “utterly ashamed,” because “we are at an absolute minimum in terms of things that are being started.” Palihapitiya was in..
Preach it Chamath! We think progress is being made because companies go through the cycles - building a product, raising money, getting valuation, going IPO or exiting. But does that really mean progress?
Chamath has some damn good evidence about how technological progress has slowed down in favor of “rehashing” existing companies or products — perhaps not even good products.
It’s good to see more attention being placed on solutions to solve real world problems and I think this attention on international companies solving the 99% problems may make a real dent.
Yahoo’s new weather application is a wonderfully executed combination of weather and Flickr — two of their most compelling user experiences.
I’m excited to see what other kinds of combinations and game-changing user interfaces her teams can execute in the coming months.
In the wake of Yahoo! product shutdowns and unexpected acquisitions, it’s only a matter of time before Yahoo gets their act together once again with Mayer at the helm.
In light of the smartwatch craze, it seems like Microsoft might jump on the tail edge of the trend. I think this is probably one Microsoft should sit out.
I’ve got a Pebble, probably the most popular of the smartwatch pioneers. This watch stands for the open source standard of software and smartwatch relationships. It opens up its platform to a host of iOS and Android applications, which will only grow in capabilities and functionality in the future. It’s also given notice to other bluetooth-enabled smartwatches like the Buddy, a crowdfunded watch from the likes of the popular Pebble Kickstarter campaign.
Then there are the smartwatches that teeter on the brink of fitness bands like the Basis. These wristbands are more complex than let’s say the Nike FuelBand or the Jawbone Up because they tell time and track more activity and provide a more robust breakdown of your movements each day. The Basis brings together 4 major data points that help you track your health throughout the day and night.
Then we begin to hear the big dogs getting into the ring - Google, Apple, Samsung, etc. We’ve even seen concept designs appear, that describe such rumored Google watch concepts — Google Time is what they call it. It’s logical for these guys to start experimenting, at least to get a head start and hope to capture fair market share with the serious marketing power and pull they have. It’s no doubt that if Google and Apple release something, it would be welcomed with open arms, but perhaps not Microsoft.
I only say this because Android and iOS have a significant stake and hold on the smartphone market, giving it a considerable pull on a potential smartwatch market. Moreover, I think the victor of the smartwatch market will be one that represents an open community of developers that will build on top of an open platform. There’s a benefit in allowing apps that work with movement, and other phone native components to feed from the bluetooth connection.
Microsoft doesn’t have this same hold on the smartphone market, nor does it have a serious development community that would be willing to build smartwatch apps now that it’s starting to get a slight foothold in the smartphone development. It’s probably best they wait it out in order to solve some serious problems with their tactics — that we’ve so blatantly observed with the tablet. Decisions like mirroring the tablet off a computer vs. the phone are things that Microsoft and their UX department should try to work out before taking on a new venture. It seems like something as simple as realizing a finger isn’t as precise as a mouse would have made them go another route for the Surface, but I guess not.
Would be nice to see a level playing field in the future and not only Android or iOS powering these devices. I could se serious applications for our daily interactions that make data more predictive than manual — e.g. recording the number of reps for your workout.
I’m excited for the future of the smartwatch and count myself a proponent with my Pebble certainly doing the job for now.
I’ve been hearing a lot of trash talk and cynicism of the impending Facebook Home release on the HTC First.
I get it, change is hard to bear and to think a company that’s been focused on social for such a long time is now focusing it’s attention on a very tightly controlled market is frightening.
Yes, Facebook hasn’t had their hand in building and releasing production ready OSes (or at least modifications to OSes), but that doesn’t mean they won’t do well in the long run.
All companies entering into a new territory will face the same kind of criticism that Facebook has. It doesn’t have enough experience in a space that has serious heavy hitters from iOS to Android and even into Blackberry and WebOS. But I think we’re not giving enough credit to the massively talented development and design staff that Facebook’s been building over the years.
Even as of late, Facebook’s undergone a handful of acquisitions, not for the product, but for the talent. The acquirihire process has been seen at handfuls of technology companies as of late and to think that Facebook has any lesser of an army is foolish.
That said, I think Facebook has a chance. Here are some of my points:
There’s an interested Fast Talk segment in today’s FastCompany segment that talks about visuals and immersive photography as the user experience.
More companies and agencies are moving in this direction, prioritizing photography and immersive graphics (infographics) as a means to communicate to their users or readers.
In a world where “time is money” and where people have more and more to contend with per minute, it’s important to have something impactful communicate your thoughts or your ideas in as succinct a manner as possible.
I think that’s why companies like Summly have been getting snapped up and paid ridiculous amounts of acquisition costs. And it’s also why companies like Circa exist and why platforms like Vine are starting to entice big brands to engage with their users.
Our time is our most precious resource and people are starting to take note.