The New York Times recently profiled the British newspaper The New Day, which just entered the UK’s competitive media market. What makes the paper different is their aversion to, well, digital. The Times notes: What it doesn’t have is a website. Or an app. Or really much of a digital presence at all. The article continues … Continue reading It’s a New Day, But for Whom?
There’s a nice piece on Medium by a member of The Economist’s digital team that speaks to the 140 year-old publication’s active efforts to remain relevant to newer generations, which, in this case, amounts to a more aggressive digital strategy: social media, video, experiential marketing, interactive content, and so on. What I liked about the … Continue reading Let’s Get Digital
The other day, TechCrunch reported that Hopper, a travel app that tracks, predicts, and alerts users to the best airfares, had raised another $16 million. I’ve used Hopper on a number of occasions to track flights and book tickets at great prices (though on a few occasions I encountered an app glitch that prevented me from … Continue reading Hopper: The World’s Best Travel App
VentureBeat has the story today of Facebook’s new partnership with Dutch airline KLM to integrate boarding passes, flight information, and customer service into Messenger. As I’ve written before, Facebook Messenger has completely embraced the platform approach and integrated everything from mobile payments to Uber booking to customer service, all in one app. And it’s compelling to see … Continue reading We Have Met the Future, and It Is Messaging
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
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
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