A Mobile Summary
I’m going to have to start naming this “Mobile Monday.”
Because on Mondays, it seems like there’s always something of import to occur within the mobile space.
I guess one could say that for every other day of the week, and maybe it just seems more notable to me on Mondays.
In today’s case, it was Yahoo’s announced acquisition of Summly, a mobile app that has a unique algorithm which helps summarize news stories and which was started by a 15 year-old programmer, Nick D’Alosio. The Summly took Apple’s “Best Apps of 2012” award for Intuitive Touch capability.
So of course the first thing that will happen post acquisition is that the app will be REMOVED from the App Store starting today.
Does that seem counterintuitive or is it just me?
Kid writes app, app receives a gazillion downloads, Yahoo buys app, makes kid rich, Yahoo removes app from App Store.
Only in the tech industry.
The idea, of course, being that someday soon the capabilities of Summly will find themselves embedded in other Yahoo apps. Yeah, and I’ve got some great swamp land in south Florida that I’d like to show you.
On the topic of mobile, nobody’s ever really created a good mobile Bluetooth keyboard that’s portable and, preferably, folds up…and I’ve tried just about all of them…Kickstarter, anyone?
But I am VERY happy with my new daskeyboard keyboard, which I’m going to tell you all about now.
When I’m working at home, it’s like hearing a machine gun emanating from my office (They don’t call me Turbo for nothin’, and it mostly had to do with my typing speed…How else would you expect me to be able to generate all these blog posts!?)
I saw daskeyboards for the first time last year at SXSW, but I was able to contain my credit card. This year, I decided to jump in headfirst.
With a discount, I was able to get the daskeyboard Pro Model S for about $100, and though that might seem like a lot for a keyboard, when you spend as much time every day in front of a computer as I do, it seemed like a pretty good investment at the time — and that turned out to be the case.
Remember those original IBM AT and XT (and later, PS/2) computers where you could use those clickety-clack Model M keyboards? Well, daskeyboard has reinvented that PC keyboarding past, and you can now go clickety-clack at 90 words per minute with the lightest, softest, but clickiest touch you can imagine.
Only this time, you can do it on both Macs and PCs, and you can do it all in black.