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Five days with my Apple Watch

  Five random thoughts: 1. the fact that you can check the time on this thing is as important as the fact that you can make phone calls with the other thing. While it defines their names (Apple Watch, iPhone), … Continue reading

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Transparency, transparency, transparency

Crossposted on MwrVld.com Guess what? Lately I have become obsessed with transparency! The more I work on it, the more I realise that transparency is at the very core of any healthy business relationship. It works inside an organisation, it … Continue reading

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3 things about Apple Watch

One I think that the heart rate sensor is the most relevant feature of this product. It’s not just about fitness: with the right software having a constant monitor of heart rate and other activities will soon start saving lives. … Continue reading

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Automatic photostream

Here’s a great story about finding yourself in somebody else’s photos. Today Facebook has access to my timeline on Moves (which they bought), which means that potentially they know where/when I was for the last six month with a good … Continue reading

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Life after Aperture

It has been quite evident for a while that Apple had little love left for Aperture, but now it’s official: the photo editing software will be retired. I’m sure that Photos, Apple’s new photo management app, will be nice and perfectly integrated in … Continue reading

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30 years later

On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984.” It must have taken a few weeks after that famous January 24th before my dad came home from an Apple resellers meeting with … Continue reading

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Multi language stream using Facebook Lists

I have been playing with lists on Facebook lately. Initially I considered them reading lists (a way to aggregate stuff from a selected several sources in the same page), and they are, but you can use them also as distribution lists, and this is … Continue reading

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Google: a lousy evil empire?

I’m a fan of every conspiracy theory as any other geek, but this whole narrative about google gaining control our whole life has a big flaw: Google Plus. I mean: I have 4 active email addresses that I use every … Continue reading

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Games of Drones

So, with PrimeAir Amazon is planning to deliver goods to our doorstep using drones in 2015. By 2018, PrimeAir will reach us wherever we are, even walking down a street. In 2020 GoogleMaps RealTime will be deployed in major cities, … Continue reading

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Here’s why I unfriended you

Recently you posted something along the lines of: “those who post about food/cats/running/kids/… must have some kind of problem” Now, I get it: it’s a kinda funny cheap shot, and yes, your post did collect a bunch of likes by … Continue reading

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A few notes about the Civici platform

Partecipa.civi.ci is the first deployment of a new platform developed by the <ahref Foundation. It’s an e-democracy application designed to collect and sort proposals from members of a community. Our goal is to make it scalable from a condo to a … Continue reading

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Future of cars

This nice video shows the future of cars. Of course, the other part of this future is going to be self driving cars. So we will be able to play with all the dashboard toys while the car will drive … Continue reading

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Email = Publishing

While reading about Groklaw shutting down, Lavabit and Silent Circle cancelling their secure email services, I was thinking that we should all stop thinking about email as a private correspondence tool. To be honest anyone who had ever been exposed … Continue reading

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New google maps font problems

I’m a huge fan of maps, so I was eager to experiment with the new version of Google Maps. I did for a while, I don’t like it. Mostly it’s because I can’t easily access some of my favorite features … Continue reading

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Keep it short

Euan has some very good advice for “That first CEO blog post“. I would add: keep it short. It doesn’t have to be an assay. One thought, one paragraph. Come back tomorrow for more. Before Twitter and all the other … Continue reading

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Instagram bots

When I started using the excellent app from vsco to edit photos on my iPhone, I noticed that my posts on Instagram were liked by a significantly larger number of users, usually by people I don’t know. The thing is … Continue reading

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Link pain

This tip for website that want links passed on is very good. Now, still with the Economist, here’s what not to do. Reading the Economist on my iPad (disclaimer: I think that reading the Economist is one of the best … Continue reading

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Fixing things

At 5am of Monday morning, the heart (compressor) of our beloved refrigerator ceased to beat. What a sad moment! The poor thing was shorted, just plugging it in the wall socket would trigger the circuit breaker. We moved all the … Continue reading

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Word processing in 2013

This morning I played a little with Quip, a “modern word processor that enables you to create beautiful documents on any device — phones, tablets and the desktop”. I installed the app on my iPad and used it in a … Continue reading

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What happened to “camera phones”?

My father in law wants to upgrade his mobile phone (he has a simple and cheap Nokia phone which is a few years old). He went to an electronics store, and they sold him a 150 Euros Samsung smart phone. … Continue reading

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Tags and feeds

I love tags and feeds. For the last 15 years almost every technology project I have been involved with was somehow related to tags and feeds (I started with feeds in 1998, then added tags sometime in 2001). The fact … Continue reading

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Dilbert feed broken

Too many years ago to count, the company I worked with developed a Radio UserLand plug-in to scrape web sites and generate RSS feed. One of the first filters that we developed was the one for Dilbert.com, which back then … Continue reading

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The River Tab

Dave Winer today writes: I’ve felt for a long time that every serious news organization and blog should have a river associated with their publication. The river would include the news sources that the publication “reads” — to give their … Continue reading

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CQSpark.NEWS: Aggregator based CMS

When demoing our enterprise collaboration tool, CQSpark, very often I’m asked if some of the pages built with our WYSIWYG tool using the aggregated content can be made public. This lead us to consider building a version of the platform … Continue reading

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Little boxes indeed

Euan writes: I have been writing text in little boxes on the interwebs for twenty years. Used to be called usenet, then bulletin boards, then blogs, now social. Still little boxes. The tools we use to write have been pretty … Continue reading

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Hope for Flickr?

For the first few days the news about Marissa Mayer becoming the CEO of Yahoo was good but not that interesting to me: I’m not using any Yahoo product. And then I remembered: Flickr! I have always liked the service, … Continue reading

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Photoshop

Yesterday I upgraded to Photoshop CS6. I like this new version, much more than the one I had before (CS3). I wanted to write something about my long history with Photoshop, but it turns out I already did. Twice.

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Start from sharing

Last week Euan Semple wrote an interesting post about his experience working with managers in companies: Working, as I do, mostly with managers in their forties and fifties I would say that 90% are unsure of themselves online. Yes they … Continue reading

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Let the people play

Euan Semple: Let people waste time with social tools. Don’t ban them or bury them in rules. Encourage people to play and discover how they work. When they get bored they’ll start to do real work in a way you … Continue reading

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Going to the rivers

1. Read Dave Winer on Rivers of News 2. Read Doc Searls on Rivers of News I don’t know how many times I have had this discussion on rivers of news with clients in the publishing business. I don’t think … Continue reading

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Birthdays are good for your klout

Not that I have ever taken my Klout rating seriously, but from time to time I do check it and a few days ago I was puzzled to find these results: The only explanation I could think of is that … Continue reading

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Google Drive: a dead-end.

I have installed Google Drive this morning, hoping that we could use it as an alternative to Dropbox for an upcoming product we’re working on. The need is simple: let users publish an RSS feed. From a first analysis (I … Continue reading

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Rant #2

I love Skype. It’s probably the application I use most, if it wasn’t for Skype my company could not exist in the form it has today, spread across 4 countries (we are a mini-multinational). When conferencing with multiple parties, the … Continue reading

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Another bloated apps rant

About 20 minutes ago I decided to do a little job which involved choosing a photo I took last week and use it to create a banner for a client’s site. The mission required to start Aperture, select a project, right … Continue reading

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Maps

These maps from Stamen are seriously cool. (via Daring Fireball) For example, this is Gorizia: I have played with OpenStreetMap lately, and it has significantly improved since I had last checked it a few years ago. The fact that any … Continue reading

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360 Panorama: highly recommended

I have really been enjoying 360 Panorama lately. If you don’t know already, it’s an iOS/Android application that lets you take panoramic images very easily. Yesterday for example, while cutting a corner trough Hampstead Heath, I took this: It’s pretty … Continue reading

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State of the Net 2012

So it’s official: there will be another State of the Net Conference in June. I’m very happy about this, the 2008 edition was a huge success, but the following years we had not been able to find the resources to … Continue reading

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Euan and the “thingification” of social media

I couldn’t agree more. Original post here.

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Graphic design and the web

There seem to be several conversations about graphic design and the web (and apps) these days. The argument is usually “good ol’ simple html” vs. “sleek yet bloated pages”. I come from the design camp. When I started working in … Continue reading

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Living on the edge

When I’m home if I don’t manually choose a carrier, I keep jumping between Italian, Slovenian and Croatian networks (and receiving “Welcome to Slovenia” messages all the time).

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Privacy

I’m not incredibly concerned about some apps sucking out my address book. After all I do have some degree of control on that. Yet I am a bit annoyed about my own address being posted all over the place by … Continue reading

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Video, now and then.

Warning: this is one of those “amazing what you can do with technology these days” kind of post. When I was a teenager I used to hang around in a friend’s shop selling video equipment. This is where I used … Continue reading

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RSS Tools from Google

This page on Google Reader (it’s not exactly hidden, but not very easy to find either), has a number of useful tricks if you need to get RSS feeds from some services or set up watch lists on search engines. … Continue reading

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A song

While watching a TV show the other night I heard a song and used Shazam to find out author and title (and see real-time lyrics, isn’t that feature cool?). The next day I tried to buy the song on iTunes … Continue reading

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Ubuntu HUD

This is an interesting idea. I’ve been a big fan of Quicksilver for a long time, and recently I have found myself more and more going to the Search feature of the MacOS Help menu as a shortcut to other … Continue reading

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Facebook Ghetto

For the last couple of months I have kept Safari, which is my main browser, logged off Facebook. When I want to check what’s going on there (there’s many people I care for on Facebook, mostly family), I switch to … Continue reading

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Today I’m ignorant again

All other days I know everything.

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Social networks and me

I have been thinking about how I use/see different social networking tools these days. I’m sharing here some observations. Facebook I have never been a huge fan of Facebook, but I do find it useful to keep up with a … Continue reading

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Tools

Brent Simmons on comments: I see my blog that way: it’s one place on the web, the place where I write. It’s one leaf on a tree. It doesn’t have to contain everything. These days there are so many ways … Continue reading

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Time to blog

I started blogging about 10 years ago. My first posts are still there. Blogging was in the air. We were writing our posts, aggregating our feeds and updating our blogrolls. I was still working in a nice corner office, my … Continue reading

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