tommy chen

Apr 23

Facebook Has Over A billion Active Users -

Facebook announced that they now have 1.28 billion monthly active users and over 1 billion monthly active mobile users, that’s nothing short of extraordinary and frankly a little scary.

Whatsapp has just crossed 500 million active users, that’s 50 million more than when Facebook announced they would acquire the company two months ago.

I don’t think there is any service that has as much active users as Facebook or is growing as fast as Whatsapp at the moment.

Apr 18

Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation -

This an interesting way to test who/what is innovative and what is just an inventions or a novelty. Apple passes this test on many accounts and is thus innovative and is handsomely rewarded. Analyst that argue Apple is no longer innovative doesn’t understand what Innovation is.

Apr 12

Scaling The Facebook Data Warehouse To 300 PB -

Pamela Vagata and Kevin Wilfong on Scaling Facebook’s warehouse infrastructure on the Facebook Engineering Blog:

Our warehouse stores upwards of 300 PB of Hive data, with an incoming daily rate of about 600 TB. In the last year, the warehouse has seen a 3x growth in the amount of data stored.

600 TB of incoming data per day is insane and it’s growing very rapidly too. It’s fascinating how they are making these processes more efficient and even better that they are willing to share this information.

Apr 10

Amazon Acquiring Digital Comics Platform Comixology -

The more I think about this acquisition the more I believe Amazon is the perfect home for Comixology. I wonder if they would consider letting Prime members read for free.

Apr 09

T-Mobile Continues Assault on Greedy Wireless US Carriers With New $40 'Simple Starter' Plan -

Starting April 12, $40 can get you unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of 4G data. This plan also qualifies for T-Mobile’s promotion where the carrier will cover your early termination fee from a rival provider so long as you trade in your current smartphone.

Twitter Redesign to Look More Like Facebook -

It also adds Facebook-like features like pinning post to the top of your profile, feeds shown by popularity, and custom filtering.

Apr 07


Amazon Fire TV Review -

This is a great little device, especially if you are heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem. The voice search feature is very convenient and gaming might be the biggest appeal to this box.

Apr 04

Microsoft Is Bringing The Start Menu Back -

Windows is starting to look recognizable again.

Apr 03

Microsoft's New Universal Windows Apps Run Everywhere -

In theory this is a good idea because it allows users to simply move the things they are working on from one screen to the next, but in reality it is really hard to create an app that remains useful across many different screens. You might just end up with a “Windows 8”.

The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer -

Microsoft’s Cortana looks like a good mix of all that is good about Google Now and Siri.

Apr 02

BlackBerry Breaks Up With T-Mobile After Lengthy Spat -

This is dumb. From circulating reports, It seems BlackBerry sales were almost non existent on T-mobile. So much so that they stopped stocking them in their stores. BlackBerry needs T-mobile more than T-mobile need them. I pursue die hard BlackBerry users can still bring unlocked models on to the network.

Apr 01

Facebook Is Building Drones To Bring Internet To The World -

This is Facebook’s “moon shot.” It’s a crazy idea that addresses a huge issue. If it works, it’s going to bring about a lot of good to many communities.

Updated: T-Mobile Is Eliminate Employer Discounts Starting Tomorrow, Grandfathers Current Users -

Well, this sucks. I just switched over to T-Mobile 3 months ago and I was enjoying a 15% discount. That’s $180 more I will be paying every year. I guess there’s no reason to get angry, it’s still cheaper than the other guys.

Update: Looks like T-Mobile is listening to their loyal customers and are grandfathering in everyone who currently participates, allowing them to keep their discounts as long as they work at a participating employer and remain on a qualifying plan.

Mar 28

Microsoft Brings Office to iOS and Android -

The app is surprisingly very well built. It’s clean with an iOS 7 feel, but still has Microsoft Office familiarities.

It’s Free to download, view and share documents but you’ll need an annual $99 Office 365 subscription if you want to edit.