Archive for September, 2011

HP might already fire its new CEO

Sep. 21, ‘11: Bloomberg and All Things D both report that HP’s board is already considering firing CEO Leo Apotheker. One potential candidate is former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Looks like not everyone is thrilled about the whole “dump the world’s biggest PC … Continue reading →

Amazon launches Kindle book loans for local libraries

Sep. 21, ‘11: Starting with over 11,000 libraries. (And you don’t have to actually go to the library.) How does it work? Customers will use their local library’s website to search for and select a book to borrow. Once they choose a book, … Continue reading →

Netflix adds more streaming content from Discovery, TLC, and Animal Planet

Sep. 21, ‘11: A 2-year, non-exclusive deal. Not a huge addition, but worth noting, particularly as Netflix looks to expand its streaming TV show library. Related: 10 things to remember about Netflix while scratching your head about Qwikster

“Urbanized,” another great documentary from Gary Hustwit, the “Helvetica” guy

Sep. 20, ‘11: After tackling graphic design and typography with Helvetica and industrial design with Objectified, filmmaker Gary Hustwit’s latest documentary is Urbanized, covering urban design, city planning, and cities in general. I saw the U.S. premiere tonight and loved it. It’s smart, interesting, and well-assembled. Definitely … Continue reading →

Here’s where Netflix screwed up this whole Qwikster thing

Sep. 20, ‘11: Netflix communicated change poorly, again. And it made customers feel like they weren't Netflix's priority, which is unusual.

Instagram 2.0 hits the App Store

Sep. 20, ‘11: What’s new? Higher-res photos, live filters, new icon, borders optional, new filters. Still free with no premium features. Still no iPad view. Still incredibly fast, smooth, and beautiful. Grab it. Related: Instagram is quickly becoming the next great social network

A look at the Mac App Store, two months after Lion launched

Sep. 20, ‘11: In mid-July, a week before Apple launched OS X Lion, I took a look at the Mac App Store. Now, two months after Lion went on sale, let’s see what’s changed. In that span, the number of apps in the … Continue reading →

10 things to remember about Netflix while scratching your head about Qwikster

Sep. 19, ‘11: Most important: Netflix DVD shipments "have likely peaked" and the company's DVD subscriber base is declining.

Netflix wants to get rid of its DVD business so badly that it’s changing the name… to Qwikster

Sep. 19, ‘11: Netflix's latest move to get its customers to forget DVDs is to rename its DVD service: Starting in a few weeks, it will be called Qwikster, and will also include a videogame rental option.

The Weekender

Sep. 16, ‘11: Check out this neat new service from New York’s MTA to help highlight the massive service interruptions that the NYC Subway deals with every weekend. The design is a riff on the old, famous, 1970s-era map by Massimo Vignelli. (More from the New … Continue reading →