Archive for August, 2013

“Suddenly, everyone’s discovered the wrist … We’ve known for a long time it’s prime real estate. We’re prepared.”

Aug. 29, ‘13: — Casio CEO Kazuo Kashio talks to the New York Times’ Hiroko Tabuchi about the rise of the smartwatch. Watches represent 85% of Casio’s operating profit. (Reminds me of Ed Colligan’s infamous quote about “PC guys” and smartphones.)

Now You Can Book Me On Emissary

Aug. 28, ‘13: Quick update: I still entertain occasional, interesting consulting gigs, ranging from digital and editorial strategy sessions to product feedback to assembling lists of must-poach candidates for great jobs. I’m also testing a new tool for paid video chats called Emissary. … Continue reading →

The Apple TV App Store Can’t Be Too Far Away

Aug. 27, ‘13: Apple TV owners just got a bunch more channels: Vevo, the Weather Channel, more from Disney, and Smithsonian. This follows a recent update that added HBO Go and ESPN apps, and represents a continued acceleration of new content being added … Continue reading →

300 Days With The iPad Mini

Aug. 26, ‘13: It’s still — very much — the ‘real iPad’. The major difference between the iPad mini and my original iPad, purchased in 2010: I’m still actually using this one every day, almost a year after I bought it. That wasn’t … Continue reading →

You Can Have A Gold iPhone If I Can Have A Clear iPhone

Aug. 19, ‘13: If we’re gonna go ’80s, let’s really go ’80s.

AOL Hanging In There With 2.6 Million Dialup Subscribers

Aug. 7, ‘13: In what has become a bit of a pastime here at SplatF, let’s take a look at AOL’s latest dialup subscription stats, revealed in today’s Q2 earnings report: 2.58 million subscribers, down 15% from last year and down 3% from … Continue reading →

How Great Is The MacBook Air?

Aug. 5, ‘13: My sticky trackpad just fixed itself after an increasingly worrying week of soft, shallow clicks. This miracle means I can hold off on the impulse-replacement-purchase that I’d started to consider. Now’s just not the best time for that, so I’m … Continue reading →