July 10th marked the 10thanniversary of the App Store. As someone in tech it’s impossible not to look back and reflect. The App Store has inevitably defined my career these past years, mostly for the better (there’s always the occasional submission review stress, or the change to the iPad side switches functionality). The App Stores greatest accomplishment is creating a … [Read more...] about 10 Years of Apple’s App Store
This years Google I/O saw the introduction of Google Home, a voice powered assistant device aimed at competing with Amazon Echo and Alexa. In a competitive world I started thinking “What Will It Take for Google Home to Be a Success?” Like Echo and the Alexa technology behind it, Google Home represents an ambitious effort to bring a voice interface into our lives. For … [Read more...] about What Will It Take for Google Home to Be a Success?
I grew up watching a lot of Sci Fi. The type of Sci Fi where people had communication devices and computers as watches, and every new variation on that theme sparked my envy. Thus it should comes as no big surprise that I bought an Apple Watch. My Apple Watch however was not my first foray in the world of smartwatches. I’ve had a Pebble for about a year and a half and I … [Read more...] about I Bought an Apple Watch but My Pebble Still Has a Spot on My Wrist
Google’s Santa Tracker Codelab is an extremely simple way to teach kids how to code, and honestly it’s the easiest and most beautiful way I’ve seen yet. The Codelab consists of 10 challenges that slightly increase in difficulty as you go on. These challenges have you moving an Elf through a maze to find a holiday present. Which is a pretty genius way to pull students … [Read more...] about Google’s Santa Tracker Codelab Is an Extremely Simple Way to Teach Kids How to Code
The Consumer Electronic Show is a massive convention in Vegas where the largest (and even some of the smallest) names in technology show off their new products. While it’s role has shrunken a bit as a result of companies like Apple and Samsung choosing to unveil their flagship products at their own media events, CES is still full of announcements and prototypes. The … [Read more...] about 2014 The Year of Smart – My Impressions of CES