Special Thanks: To Elaine who spends her time to make Nightly even more awesome.
It’s good to be back :D
Hardware is … hard, even Nike is dropping out of the game competing in wearables.
As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities,” Nike spokesman Brian Strong said in an email. “As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs. We do not comment on individual employment matters. via Link
This is a surprise, I personally think Nike is doing quite well with its fitness tracker especially with its popularity of the Nike+ App among runners. The competition for NikeFuel points are also driving some of my friends to get the Fuelbands.
The good news is Nike will be keeping the app alive.
The shoemaker isn’t throwing in the towel on technology. Rather, it’s turning away from hardware and realigning its focus exclusively on fitness and athletic software, a strategic shift that would still benefit the company in the long run, analysts said.
This kind of news also make me wonder, if a global business like Nike drops out of the wearable game, how is companies like Fitbit and Jawbone going to compete especially with Apple and Google coming into the game. It would be interesting to see how things are going to move in the fitness tracking space. But one thing is for sure, we are likely to be looking at a pretty Nike+ app for iOS 8.
LINE Creators Market is a service designed to let anyone create, submit, and sell their own stickers for use in LINE chats. via Link
If you are a designer, you can start selling your own stickers on LINE Creators Market. The messaging app currently has about 400M users so this can be a great potential part-time gig for designers.
The LINE Creators Market works a bit like App Store, you submit your designs and await for approval, plus Line takes a 50% cut. Currently any users around the world can register as a creator and submit stickers but the stickers are only sold in supported countries (Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand).
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the colored action bar and circular button for new content. These are both elements we’ve seen in recent Gmail and Calendar leaks, where the new content button is just a plus symbol. The other notable feature is a red overlay in place of the current gray overlay. The new post interface also appears to float now, rather than going to a separate page inside the app. Via link
A leaked on the Google+ redesign from a verified Google+ user. Seems like Google is putting a strong emphasis on design for its product. It is also likely we may will be looking at a design focus Google I/O this time round.
LaunchByte together with e27 introduced a 4 part series interviews with bootstrappers. We learn from them on how they survived their startup journey without funding.
Hosted by Elaine Huang
This week, we are rolling up our sleeves with Kyaw Lin Oo, a Burmese entrepreneur in Singapore who has founded EventNook. Here he talks about the value of friendship when working alone, and importance of side projects.
Linode = SSDs + Insane network + Faster processors + Double the RAM + Hourly Billing via link
Linode just had an insane upgrade to its hardware and network. The upgrade cost about $45M. The good news is that the are no changes in pricing for the plans. The lowest starts at $20 per month.
The question is “will Digital Ocean(DO) be affected by this?”, I would argue YES because 1. It is hard for DO to differentiate itself using SSD like they do in the past. 2. Lindoe listens to their customers. Developers like to compare services, often they do a Linode vs DO kind of articles, but many of the points that were mentioned in favor of DO are now available to Lindoe too. So this might results in some switches.
Although, DO does have the $5/mth plan that developers like to test and play around with but when it comes to production, it will be Lindoe for me.
Today Flickr is getting its most dramatic makeover to date, with a total redesign of the apps for iOS and Android that make it a more direct competitor to Instagram and other photo-sharing services. Via link
The new iOS Flickr app is simply beautiful. Looks a bit like Instagram thou. The app now feels faster as with the syncing feature which allows you to upload all your phone photos to Flickr service.
I used to have Flickr on my phone and I also turn on the syncing feature so that I can backup and share my photos easily.
Although the photos sync seamlessly, the web service still is a bit “heavy”, the navigation panel is not that straight forward arranging the photos to album takes a bit of getting used to. Furthermore, it takes a bit of time for your photos to load on Flickr (not sure why), you may say it is because of the Internet connections but when I tried Google+ “auto upload” and view the photos in Google+ the response was quick and beautiful.
I have since moved to Google+ to store most of my mobile photos but it’s a little difficult to share from Google+. Sharing from Flickr is still easier.
So if you are looking for a place to store and share that travel photos you took from your mobile phone, I would say Flickr would be suitable for you because of the “1TB” free storage and the ability to share. Unless, you are in the Google eco-system and you use Google+, the auto backup experience would be more wholesome.
fyi, Dropbox also has an app to backup and share your mobile photos. link. __But it will take up your Dropbox storage and the app isn’t that friendly to arrange the photos into Album.
And, according to sources, the lodestone of two internal projects aimed at building a viable mobile search engine and monetization platform is to convince Apple to make Yahoo the default search engine on its Safari browser on the iPhone and iPad. link
If this comes true, very soon you might be using Yahoo! Search on your iPhones. But I hope Apple will at least gives us the option to choose the search provider because when it comes to search, no one has yet provided a better results than Google. Furthermore, this might also affect the user experience which is not the way Apple does things.
Apple: New Photo of Alleged iPhone 6 Manufacturing Mold Hints at 4.7-Inch Display.
Apple: There is a rumor that LG may be the only provider of OLED displays for Apple’s upcoming iWatch, claiming that Apple plans to sell some 9 million smartwatches this year.
Google: Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Facebook wanted this company initially.
Google Goggle updated its terms of service informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. My thoughts: I thought this was already happening even before this update. We got scroogled?.
Jasper: Meet Jasper, the open source Siri.All you need to set up your own is a microphone, a speaker, and a Raspberry Pi.
Micorsoft: Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Office apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store. This is the perfect alternative to Google Drive.
Microsoft: If you can’t wait for Windows Phone 8.1, you can now get it with the developer preview.
Square: Square hires long-time Amazon veteran Alyssa Henry as its new engineering lead. When in Amazon she ran the data storage business for Amazon Web Services.
I out overseas. So the schedule for Nightly is a little “inconsistence”. Sorry for the hip up :)
Facebook may be eyeing a significant move into the world of mobile payments. The company is close to receiving regulatory approval in Ireland to launch a service that would allow users to store money and make electronic payments through the social network, according to a report in the Financial Times. Via link
We can certainly see Facebook’s ongoing unbundling strategy taking place. This move into the payment space puts Facebook in competition with Paypal and other services alike.
This is Facebook second attempt into the payment space. In 2011, they tried it with Facebook credits but it did not work out. So it would be interesting to see how it works out this time but it won’t be easy with all the regulatory issues and operating risks.
To me, it seems like big Internet companies are all looking into payments. Google is in it and Twitter is looking into it. The same is true for Internet companies in China, Alibaba with Alipay and Tencent adds payment into WeChat. So besides knowing how you interact online, it would be great for these companies to know how you spent, just like the banks do.
in the future, tech companies might be bigger than the banks or maybe it is already happening.
The path on the railway track is long, as you walk. You start to think. What’s your objective in life and how can each day can be better for you?
Setting an objective is like an taking the railway, you will reach the destination eventually but it’s the journey that makes your experience better.
Steal your business model. We don’t have a shortage of business models, it’s okay if you pick one that’s already working for someone else. Via Seth Godin
You know what? He is right. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, use whatever that is working out there. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.
I will keep this in mind.
This week podcast, we talked about the big announcements from Dropbox. Zopim got sold to Zendesk. Starhub launches new crowdsourcing platform and Alibaba into content businesses?