Nexus 6P and the Google Store Review

I want to openly congratulate Google and Huawei for the Nexus 6P. A great looking phone, perfect size and design, great performance, no bloatware... pure Android. I am really enjoying it. It goes head to head with the Apple 6s Plus at a considerable lower price. There is also something to be said about the Google Store experience. I need to openly claim I had one of the best customer service experiences in a long time, period. So I have to take a moment to thank the Google Store's Service department for their astute handling of my Nexus 6P order. More about that below.

Recommending Amazon Echo

Highly recommended: Amazon Echo, the new addition to our kitchen. Super easy to set up, lot's of fun and extremely useful! We feel like we are in "2001: A Space Odyssey", and I feel like we're the Jetsons. Emilio Jr. is even giving it orders: "Alexa, play Elmo!". We can only imagine what his future will look like.

Yes it has its quirks but it is still fun and useful. Pair it with your Phillips Hue and ask it to turn the lights on and off. Which is some fun in itself.

Understand and cope with the times: computers, websites and social media

We all got really thrown into the mix when the internet was introduced in 1983. At a time when cars were mechanical instead of computerized and typing was done in a typewriter instead of on your phone!” It was during College when I discovered the Internet for the first time: we exchanged a picture with a group of students in a campus from the other part of the country. The picture opened very slowly but I was hooked. The Internet had changed my life and it became my passion.

Excerpts from Microsoft's new CEO to employees on first day

Great letter of Satya Nadella to all Microsoft employees. Here are some excerpts and highlights:
Why am I here: " change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things."

The next decade: "[..] computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize [..] by an ever-growing network of connected devices [including] intelligence from machine learning. This is a software-powered world."

FCC: Texts confirming opt-outs do not violate TCPA

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Declaratory Ruling stating that sending a one-time text message to confirm receipt of a consumer’s request to opt out of receiving text messages does not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. Section 227 (TCPA), if the following conditions are met:
* The consumer had previously given prior express consent to receive texts from the sender, ¶ 15;

Android now powers 75% of all smartphones sold

An insightful article by Sebastian Anthony, on Nov 2, 2012, reminds us how Android devices are cornering the market. We already know that according to the latest numbers (June, 2012) Android activations hit 1.3M per day, according to Google's Schmidt. According to Anthony "no less than 75% of smartphones shipped ran Google’s Android operating system. This equates to 136 million Android handsets, almost doubling the 71 million Android smartphones from the same quarter last year.

How Huggies generated $2.5M through Social Media

Huggies distributed its coupon on its own site, to its 800,000 Facebook followers and on a campaign site. The difference from a regular coupon is people could increase their savings by sharing it. Don’t share it, the coupon was worth $1.50 off of their next purchase. Sharing the deal via either Facebook or Twitter, or provide three friends’ emails, bumps the deal to $3 off. The introduction of a little self-interest spurred more sharing than the brand expected.


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