Had to post. The title makes me laugh.
Originally posted on Re/code:
The star of “Two and Half Men” and “Jobs” is designing a line of special-edition phones for Lenovo to be launched later this year, according to Lenovo Chief Marketing Officer David Roman.
In October, Lenovo hired Kutcher as its newest product engineer to develop and promote the company’s Yoga Tablet line and other mobile products. “This partnership with Lenovo brings together my love of technology and design that makes your life better. I can’t wait to dig in and help Lenovo develop future mobile computing products,” Kutcher said at the time of the announcement.
Though partnerships between tech companies and celebrities aren’t new (some notable examples include BlackBerry and Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga and Polaroid), Kutcher appears to be lending more than just his name and face to the gig.
Okay. I’m a heavy user of Google Chrome. I use it ALL the time. Even on my iPhone. I just got used to opening up to the Chrome App page, but now on the desktop (Windows or Mac) when I open up Chrome now, I get this:
To get to the actual Chrome App page you gotta click that box of boxes; more on that below…
Okay, fine. Maybe this helps get people back to Google.com? Maybe? I don’t understand. But typing in the search box doesn’t even work. If I type in the box, it jumps up to the Omnibar. Now I love the Omnibar and in fact I prefer it to this janky screen with a box to type in… but if you acually try to type in it, you get this:
Why? Beats me?
About the same time they did this (because Google updates your browser all the time, which IS cool) the mucked up the Apps page, but is had been the default "home page". To get there now you gotta click the box of boxes thing, remember?
I have about 4 or 5 that I actually use, but I have a few more that I test/try and basically never use again. So used to keep the one I liked on the first row…. ESPECIALLY GMAIL!!! It usually looks something like this:
But now when open the Apps page, my GMail button (and others) jump to a place I didn’t wan them go to!
I guess I just call 1-800-GOOGLE-HELP…. Oh ya, sometimes free ain’t great….
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Interesting, but I’d be worried about combining a home FTTH/DSL/Cable unlimited broadband with a metered LTE connection. Seems like you’d get overages up the wazzu. The FAQ on Multipath’s website didn’t seem to help explain it much.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
An Irish startup has launched an Indiegogo campaign that wants to help people make the most of their existing bandwidth by combining all of their connections together. This means your 6 Mbps DSL line and your 5 Mbps LTE connection could work together to give you 11 Mbps.
Justin Collery, the CEO and founder of Multipath Networks, offers a few other variations and benefits, such as getting a boost from sharing a connection with your neighbor, or getting around network disputes like what happened when CBS blocked Time Warner Cable customers from watching its content during a retransmission fight.
Multipath has built a router that retails for about $200 and can combine up to four connections to boost both the connection speed and the reliability of the resulting network. There’s also a $5 per month subscription fee after a free trial period that covers the cloud-based intelligence that makes the product work.
I can understand how investors would want someone that’s full time in this role. Smaller companies tend to have chairman’s that sit on several boards, but the Cisco, HP and IBMs of the world tend to have full-time Chairman/CEOs.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Is it times for Bill Gates to go? Apparently some Microsoft shareholders think so.
For the 13 years since Gates ceded his CEO slot, he stayed on as chairman of the company he co-founded but spent the bulk of his time on philanthropic endeavors. During that time there was nary a whisper of complaint about that arrangement. No longer. Three of Microsoft’s top 20 major shareholders think Gates’ time is up, according to Reuters which did not name the discontented parties.
If true, this is big news since there are many inside and close to Microsoft who would love to see Gates back as CEO, now that Steve Ballmer has said he plans to leave that post within the year.