Aside from our love of writing down our thoughts for the masses to read and enjoy, there is one thing the team here at CE: The Magazine can say we unanimously enjoy — and possibly couldn’t survive without — the read-it-later app Pocket. In the latest installment of our interview series “Five Minutes With…” we had the opportunity to chat with the Lead Platform Developer for Pocket, Steve Streza, the man leading one of the best development teams around today. We asked Steve a few questions about growing up with technology, what drove him to become a software developer, and where he sees himself ten years from now.
Yahoo is attempting to procure Tumblr for $1.1 billion, and its board will meet on Sunday night to discuss the deal, according to Peter Kafka and Kara Swisher of AllThingsD — who at this point may have a direct line into Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s occipital lobe (Update: the deal has been approved by Yahoo’s board, says Kara Swisher). With over 100 million visitors per month, according to comScore, and 108 million blogs, according to Tumblr’s homepage, Tumblr could be a great acquisition for just about any major company. But what kind of company is Yahoo trying to become?
Bryan Goldberg, PandoDaily:
I would like to discuss my generation. Some might call me a “Millennial” or “Generation Y” — either way, this article is about people in their 20s.
The truth is that my generation is perfectly awesome. We are simply the subject of nonsensically bad press. And because our parents’ generation managed to destroy the entire publishing industry, not many young people get a chance to defend themselves in print.
But that’s what I plan to do right now.
Goldberg delivers a downright amazing article analyzing and debunking many common misconceptions about “Millennials”. In short: we’re adapting our lifestyles as the world changes around us. An absolute must read.
Taylor Hatmaker, ReadWrite
This is how it goes: I propose that a cute girl of interest (her name is Rebecca) accompany me to dinner and drinks… and mention my one wearable, Bluetooth-enabled caveat. As it turns out, she’s game for the experiment, curious about Google Glass and accepts my invite. Cue nerd panic.
The brilliant (and dear friend of the site) Taylor Hatmaker takes us through what may be Google Glass’ biggest point at issue as it attempts to go mainstream — focused human interaction between two people in search of a deeper connection, or as it is more commonly known, a date.
Unless you have been living under a rock — or less fortunately in a coma for the last ten years — you would be cognizant of the fact that Apple is the biggest technology company in existence. One of the people who has been at the forefront in covering the iDevice-creating behemoth is Victor Agreda Jr., the editor-in-chief of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW. We had the opportunity to ask Victor a few questions about his history with the Internet, Apple products, and what companies outside Apple excite him.
On Bing Crosby’s legacy,
Hardly remarked upon at all is that Crosby, by accident, is a grandfather to the computer hard drive and an angel investor in one of the firms that created Silicon Valley.
The latest from Elements, the newest addition to the New Yorker, Paul Ford explains how Bing Crosby and the Nazi’s had a hand in building one of the strongest innovation centers in the world.
Paul Miller, The Verge:
In Present Shock, [Douglas] Rushkoff describes our current state of information-saturated, always-on, technology-conformed being. He defines a number of syndromes or symptoms of this problem, and gives them fancy names like “Digiphrenia” and “Fractalnoia.” They sound like mental disorders, which is sort of the point.
A fascinating read. Rushkoff has some fascinating theories about our focus on the present, and how information overload is affecting our everyday lives.
When we launched Current Editorials back in 2011, we had one simple task in mind — to write long-form technology pieces that people would enjoy reading. We soon added news coverage and reviews on top of our initial objective, and the outcome and response was far greater than we initially anticipated. We reached and surpassed every goal we placed on ourselves, and accomplished much more than we could have ever hoped for, with what started out as (and still is) a four-man, part-time operation.
Today marks the beginning of the next phase of Current Editorials, a substantial shift into a new model, which we consider our biggest undertaking yet.
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