Looks better than the S5, but I’m still not sold on the dimpled back design. I think it looks ugly.

I book through OpenTable when I can because it’s just easier than having to call an human being. Paying through their app provides similar connivence to settling the check. I don’t have to ask and wait for the waiter to give me my bill and I don’t have to part with my credit card which makes the whole process more efficient and maybe a little safer. If they add the ability to split the check, I would use this on the regular.

Limited to one phone at the moment, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Samsung is getting squeezed on the low-end and finding it really hard to compete with Apple on the high-end. Maybe it’s not the greatest strategy to create everything.

That black bar across the bottom bothers me a lot. It makes it look as if the screen is defective.

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Cleaner, more consistency, more fluid, and more iOS-like.

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Matt Honan of Wired has a great round up of everything announced at the very long Google I/O keynote today.

Having one device to rule them all sounds good in theory, but the Surface brings too many compromises. I tried to use the Surface 2 as my main device for over two months and found that it doesn’t provide any more connivence than carrying my Macbook Air and my iPad. I had to carry both in my backpack when traveling and the extra weight of having two devices was very marginal. The Surface 3 might be a lot better than the 2, but I still see it as an inelegant compromising device for most. It might be the perfect device for some, one who can make do with a single USB Port and cables hanging off the top.

iPhone 5c + iPad mini = Mi Pad

The Moto X is one of the better designed Android smartphones and the G and E share the same designed language. It’s definitely not the best smartphone available but for what it cost it’s probably is the best value.

Patrick Seitz of Investor’s Business Daily

Apple claimed 87.4% of phone earnings before interest and taxes in the fourth quarter, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt said. Samsung took in 32.2% of industry profits. Because their combined earnings were higher than the industry’s total earnings as a result of many vendors losing money in Q4, Apple and Samsung mathematically accounted for more than 100% of the industry’s earnings.

That’s a 10% gain for Apple year over year and a slight decline for Samsung.

Sony was the “Apple” of PC manufactures. They charged a premium for their highly designed computers. Some were willing to pay for it, most where not. It was a very hard sell next to many PCs that sold at a fraction of the price. I remember I really wanted a Sony VAIO PCV-90 as a child, but we could never afford one. We got an Acer instead. By the time I was able to buy one on my own, Apple computers and OS X was more appealing.

He seems very enterprise focused. I wonder if Microsoft will skew even less consumer focus under his watch.

Facebook is launching a Flipboard competitor, Facebook Paper. Available February 3, 2014.

(Source: recode.net)