I’ve got @amazon prime now available in our zipcode, but I have no idea what to get.

Excited to try @angelscup — the “Netflix” á lá (DVD Subscription) for coffee.

Sounds like Apple Watch succeeds at being the best smart watch (not saying much), but, worse, being an OK timepiece.

Marketing like this is what separates companies from the rest of the competition. @dominos http://t.co/2SzGMoU2Tj

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Seeing a lot of parodies of the dash button, which simultaneously undermines and supports the product from Amazon.

New way to manage @SlackHQ — Join every channel, be selective on notifications, have a search open for “tarun” #process

Probably the most in-depth side quests I’ve ever played in a game. Great deep dive into Shangri-La in Far Cry 4: polygon.com/features/2015/…

I’m really surprised by the amount of support from Apple on “Becoming Steve Jobs.” Seems clear they want to erase “Steve Jobs” from memory.

OH at Whole Foods … one out of countryman to another looking at the ready to bake pizzas: “You see? _everything_ is bigger in Texas.”

The new trackpad is so bizarre. It feels identical to a click. Then you turn the computer off and the magic is gone.

I can imagine the resale market for the Edition to be 30-40% off retail when 2.0 is released. Maybe even more.

The first QR code that was compelling enough to tweet about. http://t.co/3A8hAbuDcw

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They Can Do No Harm

Apple will sell two million units in the first weekend.  They are launching in quite a few countries on day one, including China.  There are over 300 million iPhones in active use, with a healthy ecosystem of apps supporting the device on day one.  The Watch will enjoy a sort of honeymoon period, but the […]

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The 42mm Apple Watch (steel) is in the same ballpark as their latest Macbook.

Looks like the new Apple font on those MBA keys.

Is the @google/@Starbucks partnership a thing now?

Anyway, best interstitial portal of any free wifi connection.

A chicken/egg dilemma: either Apple seeded the market to appreciate Pebble’s new design, or the market is predicting Apple’s success.

Just a few members of the all star team delivering new capabilities in @IBMBluemix @kitch http://t.co/ocaSRVPuPS

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I wish the whole “email is dead” thing were true.

A reason Apple will convince you to pay thousands of dollars for Apple Watch Edition No. 2 later: flip.it/ANSWg

Apple should immediately buy this company: getphorm.com

Crazy – RT @fromedome: AOL, for all its flaws, doing a great job managing the dialup business: flip.it/OeXRd Still 2.2 million subs

iPhone 6+ optimized apps should include some thought for landscape. Notable apps ignoring this mode: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram

No one really cares about landscape mode these days.

Love it when people think out of the box and exploit an opportunity. flip.it/BWvED

Second app on the “bummed you aren’t on the iPhone 6+ optimized” list: @LinkedIn

First I find out that Indy has upped their coffee game… and now I learn a Giordano’s is opening up? Why does it only get cool when I leave?

Okay I gotta admit, that #leftshark video is hilarious.

What’s the best calendar app for an iPhone 6+?

The Windows 10 event is actually impressive. It is actually overwhelming.

Today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated…[T]hat’s how America leads. #sotu #dropthemic

Two years of free college could lead to even more specialized ($$$) 4-yr degrees, higher job barrier to entry, and higher d/o rates. #SOTU

Why not just make our basic education system better? Giving people two years of school for free is a bandaid to the real problem. #SOTU

Interesting call by @BarackObama make (community) college free: the externalities are huge. MS/MA degrees the new stakes to 100k+ jobs?

Welcome to 35 designers, joining @ibmdesign for the 4th (!) #ibmdesigncamp. (Very proud of the diversity, too!) http://t.co/w9YHM4LraH

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While I can excuse the dissatisfaction with CES, our feelings should be set aside to recognize the hard work that low level employees of the various companies achieve to prepare for a major release of a piece of software, or perhaps an entire product. An expensive product like a $1000 MP3 player may give pause about the strategic direction of the company, but the product managers, designers, marketers, sales people, and developers all worked under that direction. These folks may not have had much of a voice, or they may done something compelling for the product itself, but their efforts will always be less than appreciated. And while CES itself may need some new focus as a vehicle for showcasing products, the actual announcements and coordination had a ton of man hours put into them -- mocking their efforts is highly disrespectful.

A reminder of two important design principles:

1) A (business) for everyone is for no one
2) You are not the user

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Interesting sort of science-geek angle to this coffee brewer design, but seems super impractical: gentshq.com/barisieur-alar…

I knew a guy who said ordering a “flat white” was their way of knowing if a Barista knew what he/she was doing. news.com.au/lifestyle/food…

The results from the aeropress are as advertised, but it is so easy to make a mess. How do you make a mess-free, inverted brew?

It’s great to have time to write again.

On Coffee

Over the past few years, my romance with coffee has bloomed from being a casual encounter to a bonafide, intimate experience.

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My Favorite Podcasts of 2014

A large majority of my travel time (work commute, planes, road trips) is spent listening to podcasts, a fantastic medium for listening to stories, news, discussions and more for free. I am so thankful for the dozens of voices I listen to week in and week out who spend their time (and often paid very little) to provide unique perspectives on technology, business, design, journalism, and more. Here are my favorites, in no particular order.

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Destiny was so bad I returned it. Shadow of Mordor is a little better, but not for the fainthearted. #bingeweek

“[N]o one has been more aggressive… than IBM, which is on track to grow their design team to 1,000 people” wired.com/2014/12/disapp…

Destiny is also extremely grindy and has a steep learning curve. Definitely not for someone looking for a quick reward.

Destiny, on the other hand, is somehow what _everyone_ said: amazing art, great mechanics, addictive play but a bad, convoluted narrative.

30 minutes into the game and I can tell Far Cry 4 is going to be amazing. Thanks for raving about it @Spacekatgal!

Roast #10 in the @behmor. Peru Cecanor. Going to take this one to FC. http://t.co/bJ75M1Ljfk

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New laptop flair from @CuveeCoffee to go along with my morning cup. http://t.co/DfPIpG97Ds

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We’ve released the IBM Design Language for review. Most unique to our approach is the “six experiences” here: ibm.com/design/languag…

I wrote about the bonaverde system a while back, skeptical of the machine.

Turns out, the story is much worse: gizmodo.com/kickstarter-pr…

Pretty stupid that Starbucks is taking quality blends and burning them to dirt, calling it reserve and high end. reddit.com/r/Coffee/comme…

Do microservices spell the end of .0 releases? How does hardware fit in the story? Is there an equivalent concept? #dockercon

Crazy how Eastern culture has exposed itself in iOS applications, offering different takes on mobile interaction: dangrover.com/blog/2014/12/0…

Afternoon tea. http://t.co/dXubLoi5zl

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