An Apple News EIC

Source: Lauren Kern Named First Editor-in-Chief of Apple News

… This is great and all. I like the app, but only browse it every once in a while when my RSS/Podcast feeds are completed. I’d be happy to see the news delivery made better here.

The one thing I never see mentioned, though, is how sensitive the Apple News app is to touch compared to every other app on iOS. I can’t scroll without it triggering the text selection effect. That happens nowhere else for me.

A well-priced, quality travel backpack

I always read bag reviews that Brooks writes. They are fantastic, but I’m always left wanting a bag that ends up in the $200-300 range. I get paying for quality, but I don’t travel enough for that type of investment.

Looks like this one is for me.

The thing about the Faroe is the price. It’s a well above average bag, at a rock bottom price. For the price, features, quality, style, and capacity — I cannot think of a better bag to recommend. In fact, if you are new to traveling with a backpack only, I think this is the bag you start with.

Source: The Arcido Faroe

Google Spins Off Hangouts

For real, yikes:

For those following along at home, Google’s certainly done this to its chat clients before. Prior to the trio of Allo, Duo, and Hangouts, there was Google Talk, Google Voice, Buzz, G+ Messenger, and the regular old Android SMS app.

Now, the Google’s push seems simple: all Hangouts products are for enterprise. Allo and Duo are for consumers. Except when you’re on a desktop computer, in which case you’ll use Hangouts for messaging inside of Gmail. Or if you want to have a group video chat with more than one other person, because you’ll need to use Hangouts for that too.

This is going to be a bit insufferable for users as things get ironed out, but for the time being everything in the consumer version of Hangouts will remain the same.

I talk to my friends daily on Hangouts on the web. The fact Google can’t unify behind a single chat cleint is frustrating.

Meet the new IFTTT

I’m a little late on this, but cool. I use a number of IFTTT applets to accomplish daily tasks, and there are a few that I absolutely rely on to get things done. My question, however, still remains the same. When can I start to pay for this service so it doesn’t go away anytime soon?