For those who don’t know, it is Internet Week here in New York. It’s a chance for all the tech geeks to come out of their holes and have some fun, while networking along the way. Even though it’s a monthly event, I decided to attend the New York Tech Meetup last night and wasn’t disappointed.
Highlights include Skill Share, a website facilitating education. It pairs amateur teachers with eager students for in-person classes. The teachers make a couple of dollars and the students learn something, hopefully. I’m actually going to sign up for something in my area today. Another was Sleeps with the Fish.es, a web based Twitter game. The game itself wasn’t very interesting (involving bit.ly’s and killing), but the creator and presenter blew my mind. He was charismatic, nerdy and clearly brilliant – oh and only in high school. To think what I spent my time doing in high school…
Though, those are not the biggest take aways of the night. New York’s tech scene has been booming in the last five or so years, giving Sillicon Valley a run for its money. Notably, the technology coming out of New York seems to be much more collaborative (think Etsy) and less of a product (think Microsoft) than what’s in California.
The creator of Meetup challenged companies to move all of their technology here. That means the coding, the business and production and to add a tag next to the copyright: Made in New York. Four Square did this years ago, adding” ❤ Lovingly Made in New York” to its tech. It’s a declaration of pride, but it’s also calling attention to the New York tech scene, encouraging more technologists to flock here.
Check out NYTM.org/made for information on the companies that are made in New York (and hiring) and what it means to be made here. Just like Jay-Z’s song, Empire State of Mind, last night made me proud to be a New Yorker.
Never have I been more proud of my sister. No longer am I the only blogger in the family: http://ithinkiatetoomuch.com/.
My sister is known for having quite an appetite, and thanks to Tumblr and her iPhone she can share her gluttony with the world. Soon I believe she will be accepting photos from other people who ‘eat too much,’ so consider sharing yours as well.
I have been a long-time BlackBerry user. I have frequently written about BlackBerry – both positively and negatively, but have overall been pleased with the experience. It’s great for emailing and, with Mini Opera, sufficient for browsing the internet. Most popular apps are available for BlackBerry, including the irreplaceable BBM. I actually considered keeping my BlackBerry just for BBM.
Enter the Atrix. I have been looking at the Motorola Atrix for quite a while. It’s the newest Android available on AT&T with the 2.2 OS. The Atrix is a pretty sleek phone with 4G speeds (or at least with the newest update it can reach 4G).
My first impressions have been positive. It has a wonderful bold screen, interesting and intuitive UI and plenty of apps to entertain. The negatives have been battery life (at least compared to the BB), touch keyboard and the fact that it still dropped calls. Without a doubt, the connect and sound quality is better than my BB, but I did still drop a call twice while walking 20 blocks tonight.
Overall, I am very happy with my new toy!
While I am not an Apple fan girl, I do think the iPad is pretty neat. I highly anticipated the release of the iPad last year and was constantly facsinated whenever I could get my hands on one. Ironically, I did not purchase an iPad (ya know, post-grad life is tough), but my mother did. Still as more companies release products, I am asking myself if I really need one.
Tablets actually have a long history. I remember seeing them in the early 2000’s, with a few high school classmates opting to take notes on tablets rather than on paper. These tablets were fully functioning laptops too. However, they seemed to have little application beyond academia and failed to catch on.
Then came the Amazon Kindle. I distinctly remember the first time I saw one. I was afraid to hold it for fear I would drop and break it. It isolated one feature (namely the e-reader capability) and capitalized on it – thereby creating a need for the consumer. Who wants to be loaded down by BOOKS!?
Competing booksellers like Borders and Barnes and Nobles also released their e-readers, with less success. Still the game was in e-reading with UI and color being the largest differentiators.
Then Steve Jobs decided to move in and box out the competition with the iPad. This was a new device entirely. It had the capability of an e-reader, but also the cool/convenience factor of an iPhone. It wasn’t a an e-reader, but it wasn’t a lap top. But it was something we all needed. Or so Steve told us.
While the iPad is cool and has an undeniable design factor, I am still not convinced that I would need it. My mother, on the other hand claims to LOVE her iPad. It simplified her life while providing her entertainment. She downloaded lots of apps and uploaded her music and was converted.
Well, when the new iPad came out, my mother decided to upgrade to the iPad 2, she offered her old one to me. Of course, I didn’t hesitate to accept and counted down the minutes until it arrived. Since then I haven’t quite figured out how to integrate it into my life. It’s kind of like a giant iPod or a great way to watch YouTube and great for Words with Friends and Angry Birds.
I brought my new iPad on the BoltBus today in hopes of making my trip to Philly pass more quickly, however I only listened to podcasts. maybe it’s my own fault for not downloading better apps, but I really don’t see a place for it for me. Still, I am traveling next week and will bring it on the trip, so it may very well earn its keep during that week, and I will report back accordingly.
Do you have a tablet? Do you have any apps you can’t live without?