Franz

Over the course of my day, I bounce between a number of different chat apps, primarily Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, and Google Hangouts. With the exception of Slack, none of these services offered a Mac desktop app, and so I needed to keep browser windows open for each of my conversations, which was very frustrating. Enter … Continue reading Franz

In Startups, Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

Fortune has a wonderful excerpt from Dan Lyon’s upcoming book, Disrupted: My Adventure in the Startup Bubble, where he talks about his uncomfortable stint in the startup world. As he tells it, it’s hard to tell where the startup ends, and where the cult begins. And in that sense, it’s remarkably, scarily, similar to Dave Egger’s 2013 … Continue reading In Startups, Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

Preinstalled Apps

Samsung’s newest flagship phone, the Galaxy S7, has received generally favorable reviews. One caveat seems to be that, like many other phones, the Galaxy comes preloaded with a frustrating number of preinstalled apps. The New York Times has an article succinctly titled “Samsung’s Smartphones Aren’t the Problem (Just Prune the Bad Apps).” In this piece, the Brian X. … Continue reading Preinstalled Apps

Digital Parenting

There was an article last month in AdWeek about how new parents are incredibly active on Facebook via mobile devices. Some interesting points they mention: New parents globally post 2.3 times more photos, 2.9 times more videos and 1.8 times more status updates than average users. Despite the popular perception that posts about Facebook users’ … Continue reading Digital Parenting

For Help, Hit “Send”

Twitter is getting deeper into the customer service game, and in so doing, seeking to combat Facebook Messenger. DigiDay reports: Twitter is making it easier for brands to initiate a direct message when private information is needed, say a record locator or a credit card number, with a new button within a tweet that directly … Continue reading For Help, Hit “Send”