Apple and Google Announcements Point To The Same Horizon

It’s striking how closely Apple’s and Google’s recent slate of announcements parallel each other. Their respective developer conferences both focused on platform integration. Both iOS and Android are moving outside of the phone. The nature of that integration will have lasting effects on the way people interact with the world around them.

“…If you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, you can see mobile devices sitting at the center of a connected web of devices and services – from cars to televisions to wearables.”

In the late nineties, Apple was pushing the idea that your computer was the digital hub of your life. All your other gadgets (e.g. digital camera, iPod, video camera, etc.) were to be managed and coordinated by your computer. Today, if you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, Continue reading Apple and Google Announcements Point To The Same Horizon

Chrome Cube Lab marks Rubik’s@40 – and today’s Google doodle

RubiksIn an awesome act of creative collaboration (and a lot of sweat), The Nerdery helped Google this morning to launch Chrome Cube Lab to honor the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube (see today’s timely Google doodle). Originally created by Ernő Rubik, the Rubik’s Cube is a logic puzzle that has been a favorite of engineers and mathematical types since its debut.

Written in Google Go, Chrome Cube Lab provides a showcase for a fantastic rebuild of this puzzle inside of the web browser.  It leverages JavaScript, CSS3 and a whole host of awesome technologies to provide a real-time interactive spinning cube. Even cooler? It’s open to spin-offs and new interpretations of the cube. Continue reading Chrome Cube Lab marks Rubik’s@40 – and today’s Google doodle

Discussing Chromecast At Last: This Week on K-TWIN


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Nerdery Tech Evangelist Ryan Carlson recapped the latest product from Google called Chromecast on Monday morning, July 29th for the Cane & Company morning show on K-TWIN radio. He talks about how Chromecast is the writing on the wall about a big shift in how people will be consuming their content and how the web could be impacted as a result.

Ryan is reporting on technology every monday morning on K-TWIN radio (96.3 FM) at 7:45 AM.


NerdCast #31: Reading The Digital Tea Leaves – An Analytics Discussion

Nerdcast Album Art In this episode of the NerdCast we talk with Matt Tonak, former Nerdery community manager turned interactive strategist at the company. Listen in on how analytics has been done in the past and what it’s like to be a professional reader of digital tea leaves. If you’re into tracking success or interested in The Nerdery’s digital journey into analytics this is a great discussion for you.

Host: Ryan Carlson

Guests: Matt Tonak, Interactive Strategist at The Nerdery

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Nerd Reaction To Google I/O 2013

Google I/O 2013 LogoGoogle I/O 2013 is over and there has been a deluge of new updates about services and tools for developers. Unlike previous years there wasn’t a fancy new device or jaw-dropping new technology debut. From a developer’s perspective, that’s just fine because what was announced was a strong foundation for future work on Google’s various platforms. Let’s review the announcements and their meaning by going through the platforms one-by-one. Continue reading Nerd Reaction To Google I/O 2013

Google+ Platform Applications

cwOn Feb 26th, Google revealed a series of new APIs that help mobile and web developers integrate their applications into the social network.

The way they’re engaging applications is interesting because it comes in three layers:

1. Almost every language, Almost every platform:
They’ve released code samples for just about every programming language and have made it clear that they have iOS, Android, and web development as primary targets for this API. Google has repeatedly stated that Google+ is Google. Meaning that it isn’t a product, but rather it’s involved in everything that they do. To me, nothing makes that clearer than attempting to drive all of this activity information into their social network. Continue reading Google+ Platform Applications

How a Wired Reporter was hacked using his Apple & Amazon accounts

We all have our weaknesses. Some people can’t resist the pull of bad reality television. Some are weak in the face of a Lifetime TV movie. Me? I am incapable of skipping past a devastating account of hacking. The kind of hacking that strikes fear in the hearts of people and involves losing precious, sentimental digital ephemera — photos, notes, etc.

This is exactly what happened to Wired writer, Mat Honan, who was hacked and lost everything. Honan recounts how the hackers got into all his accounts using his Apple ID, Gmail, and information from Amazon. It’s a great, horrifying read that will either put fear in your heart or make you feel super smug for being so savvy with all your accounts.

“I’m angry that Amazon makes it so remarkably easy to allow someone into your account, which has obvious financial consequences. And then there’s Apple. I bought into the Apple account system originally to buy songs at 99 cents a pop, and over the years that same ID has evolved into a single point of entry that controls my phones, tablets, computers and data-driven life. With this AppleID, someone can make thousands of dollars of purchases in an instant, or do damage at a cost that you can’t put a price on.”

Watch out boys, she’ll chew you up

Have you seen Google’s latest ad for Google docs? It features Hall & Oates and is hilarious.

Are you happy to be a product?

People’s opinons on Google and the goodness or evilness of the tech monolith seem to be as deeply ingrained and as passionately espoused as views on religion, politics, or which flavor of M&M is the best (pretzel, of course). A long time ago, I accepted the fact that I divvied my e-soul into three parts and gave those parts to Apple, Amazon, and Google. I’m okay with that.

Even so, reading Google doesn’t get people, it sells them was kind of unsettling and a little thrilling (like reading 1984). The GigaOm post covers a talk Don Norman, the author of The Design of Everyday Things gave at a conference last week where he discussed Google quite a bit, including this piece about the controversy surrounding the use of real names on Google+:

“Real names, they say, turn out to be the names on your driver’s license and your passport and your credit cards so that they can track you. Are you happy to be a product?”

While I don’t agree with everything Norman has to say, it’s thought-provoking and it’s good to have your thoughts provoked every once in awhile. It keeps you sharp, and as marketing grows ever more individualized one has to be sharp.

Ridiculously hard Google doodle quiz

You deserve a break. Head on over to Boing Boing to take this difficult Google doodle quiz. It’s 12 questions and will test not only your memory, but also your powers of deduction. I took it twice and somehow managed a 58.3% both times.