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With Google Reader on its way out, many users will be in need of a replacement for their RSS subscriptions. Here’s a roundup of what we think are the best alternatives available. Hear that? That’s the sound of millions of news junkies on the Web scrambling to find an alternative to Google Reader. As you may have heard, Google Reader will soon be no more. The search giant has announced that it will shutter its much-maligned — though still widely used — RSS reader, which will, no doubt, leave many users in a tizzy, searching for other ways to subscribe to their favorite RSS feeds. Sure, Google Reader may not have been the most beautifully designed product to come out of Mountain View, Calif., but it sure was convenient. And now that it’s going away, it’s evident just how valuable it has been.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best replacements for the soon-to-be-late Google Reader. Plugged-in types won’t want to miss a beat once Google Reader sees its sunset, so getting familiar with these alternatives now could be key. Ideally, an RSS reader should be available on both mobile devices and desktop computers, so we tried our best to focus on this type of service. That said, we also thought it important to mention a couple of services (at the bottom) that are only available on Android and iOS, simply because we know that they’re viable alternatives, and more people than ever are reading on mobile devices these days anyway. Finally, when you’re ready to make the jump, be sure to check out the Data Liberation Front’s primer on exporting your Reader data using Google Takeout.
iOS | Android | Web
One of Feedly’s most popular features is that it can sync with Google Reader. But since that feature will soon be useless, we need to focus on the rest of what the app brings to the table. Fortunately, Feedly brings a lot. When you first launch Feedly, it offers up a menu of featured sites from all around the Web. These sites cover categories from Design to Android to Apple to Business. You can go through and subscribe to any of these featured sites individually, or you can even subscribe to entire categories of sites with a single click. And of course, you can always search for specific URLs, site names, or topics from within Feedly and subscribe that way, just as you would with Google Reader.
More than just an RSS reader, though, Feedly comes with a built-in “Save for Later” feature and a History function, so you can go back and see what you recently read. It even lets you share items via Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Overall, Feedly is one of the best RSS readers out there. It performs well and looks slick on both iOS and Android. And for desktops, it is available via Firefox or Chrome browser plug-ins.
iOS | Android | Web
Taptu gives you a visual interface for browsing news feeds, a lot like Pulse (see below), and also lets you add your personal Twitter and Facebook feeds for easy access. But the DJ aspect of the app is that you can customize your feeds exactly the way you want them. The app comes with several premade Taptu-curated news categories, but it’s just as easy to strike out on your own with the feeds you already love. Build a stream from scratch using the Add Streams button, where you’ll find tons of feeds from popular publications. You also can search by category, or simply perform a search to gather all the feeds that relate to a specific keyword. In our experience, Taptu was a little laggy when scrolling through stories from within the app, but you have the option to switch to a Web version of a story that is much smoother. At any rate, Taptu is great for finding and tuning your feeds and makes for a great way to tailor your news to your specs.
iOS | Android | Web
Pulse News gives you all the news from your favorite feeds with an intuitive interface for touch screens. News sites are laid out vertically so you can swipe up and down to the latest news from all sites quickly, or you can swipe horizontally to read more stories from the same site. If you want to switch categories, you can touch the menu button and choose from a list or you can use a search field to find sites by keyword. The app comes preloaded with several popular Web sites you can add to your Pulse home screen.
The layout of this app is especially intuitive, making it easy for people unfamiliar with newsreaders to get started quickly. Your Pulse home screen is completely customizable, so you can reorder your feed list to show your most-read sites first. You can also add Facebook to your feed if you want to see the latest stories from your friends. If you want a slick and elegant way to quickly read news stories from all your favorite Web sites, Pulse takes only a little bit of setup to have the latest headlines laid out for you when you launch.
iOS | Android
Flipboard is already an immensely popular newsreader and social-network hub, but it has no desktop or browser-based component. Still, if you have an iOS or Android device, Flipboard is an excellent option because you can organize the info you want to look at and then flip through it like a magazine. All you need to do is create an account with Flipboard, then sign in to your Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts to be fully socially connected.
Once you’re all signed in, Flipboard presents you with an intuitive layout of your social networks and some default news categories to browse. Touching a panel lets you browse through any of the default categories; touching and holding a panel lets you delete it and replace it with whatever RSS feed you might want. You can customize your Flipboard by browsing through several categories like News, Technology, Business, and Entertainment, then adding popular sites to your Flipboard like BBC News, the Guardian, The Economist, and Salon. Flipboard’s strength is in its magazine-like layout, but there’s an enormous amount of content to choose from, making it possible to customize it with exactly the types of stories you want.
Google Currents (free)
iOS | Android
Never heard of this one? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Google Currents was officially unveiled in December 2011 on both Android and iOS, and was framed as a sort of hybrid magazine viewer and RSS reader in one. Relatively few people jumped on its bandwagon then, and still today it has yet to gain widespread traction on either mobile platform. Regardless of its usage statistics, though, Google Currents is still useful, especially now that Google Reader will be going away.
Similar to Flipboard, Google Currents employs a magazine-style interface with large images and paginated posts. It may not be most intuitive app in the world, but it looks sleek and works well. It lets you subscribe to and download app-optimized editions of publications like Forbes and CNET, and you can subscribe to any RSS-enabled sites you like, just like with Google Reader. There’s even a Breaking News feature that instantly pulls up the latest news stories within a given category. While Google Currents may not be the biggest name on our list (even though it is, in fact, made by Google), there’s no doubt that this app has potential. And with its sibling Google Reader soon biting the dust, it may even be poised for a huge upswing in popularity.
Over-the-top services like Skype voice calls or Viber messaging sap carrier revenues. But Talmon Marco said users are just going where the innovation happens. BARCELONA, Spain–Carriers love to bash companies like Skype and WhatsApp that provide services on top of their mobile networks at the Mobile World Congress trade show. But one thing was different this year: Viber Media founder and Chief Executive Talmon Marco entered the lion’s den to defend the idea.
Viber‘s free messaging service, which competes directly with carriers’ own high-profit services for text- and multimedia-messaging services, is a prime example of the despised over-the-top (OTT) approach. Marco showed no remorse for sapping telco revenues and argued that users are just moving to where the innovative, useful services are taking place. ”There’s no difference between the SMS of 1993 and 2013,” Marco said, whereas in the two years since its launch, Viber has added group messaging, delivery confirmation, indicators that the other person is typing, location sharing, and high-quality photos. “We delight our users with cool new features.”
He backed up his case with the example of Monaco, 90 percent of whose 35,000 population uses Viber — even though SMS is free in the country. Marco spoke immediately after two telco chief executives, Deutsche Telekom’s Rene Obermann and KT’s Suk-Chae Lee, told of their unhappiness with OTT services. Carriers are held back by regulations that don’t apply to OTT providers, for example. Obermann described how OTT companies see their relationship to carriers: “You invest, we take the profit.” He and his peers have been saying this for years at this show and others, but he thinks sooner or later something has to give. ”It’s not sustainable that the network makes all the investments and others just get a free ride,” he said.
Lee said OTT services are bleeding away the business of KT, the largest mobile operator in South Korea, because it must invest more and more into its infrastructure but it doesn’t reap the rewards. ”In the last four years, KT revenue has stagnated, but capex [capital expenditure spending] has increased to $4 billion from $3 billion before,” he said. “The builders of this cyberspace, the telcos, may have to watch the space be dominated by the giant Internet players or the OTTs.” That’s a stark contrast to Viber’s business. “Our whole infrastructure costs under $200,000 a month,” Marco said. Marco suggested a path to reconciliation, though: partnership. He said he won’t pay the telcos for free services, but he’s willing to share revenue for paid services. ”We’re definitely prepared to share revenues when we charge users,” Marco said.
Already Viber pays a percentage of its revenue to the app stores that distribute his company’s app, but a carrier could step in and do the distribution, too. “That’s 30 percent of our future revenues up for grabs by carrier. Come and take it,” Marco said. Obermann seemed open to the idea, pointing to a partnership Deutsche Telekom has with music-streaming service Spotify. ”We have a revenue share,” Obermann said. “Users love it, and we have growing number of subscribers.” Lee sounded more skeptical. OTT companies, in the long run, hurt economies that are increasingly dependent on the Internet. ”Nobody can stop OTT,” he said. “The question is, if it creates an economic cost burden to society, then somebody must take the burden.”
The Next Web has uncovered a bug in OS X that will crash the current application almost every time if invoked. Reportedly, in applications that support text entry fields, if you type the text “File:” followed by three forward slashes in the field to indicate a file address, then the program being used will freeze and then quit.
The bug is a problem in a core system service called Data Detectors that is responsible for handling dates and locations, part of which is a checking routine for an entered URL address. When you type information into programs that support Apple’s central text-handling services in OS X, the system apparently actively checks text strings with a service called Data Detectors, and part of this routine is to validate URL addresses; however, when handling filesystem addresses it runs into an error it cannot recover from, which results in the crash.
This happens when you copy and paste text as well, so if you were to transfer text that contains the offending string of characters from one program to another (even by dragging and dropping), then programs you inserted it into would likely crash.
Shown here are instances where TextEdit crashed upon the offending string being entered, followed by the crash reporter utility itself crashing when handling the error report that likewise contains the string. Luckily, this should be an uncommon occurrence since it does have some requirements. For one, the bug is only triggered by a standalone instance of the offending text string, so if you type those characters surrounded by parentheses or brackets or otherwise make the first character in the string not be an “f” then there should be no problem. The one exception to this appears to be the use of quotation marks.
Also, the bug is somewhat case-sensitive. The accepted form of the text by the Data Detectors service is for the word “file” to be lowercase, so the error will only be triggered if you include any combination of capital letters. Additionally, Apple’s work flow preservation features in OS X should help manage the issue for any who encounter it. While the current application will crash, Mountain Lion’s Resume feature in OS X should return the window locations and contents to where they were when the program halted. The system’s Auto Save feature should also preserve most if not all of the changes made to the documents before the crash.
While most programs tap into Apple’s text-handling services and therefore are affected, not all interface with these services. Older programs and some technical programs such asWaveMetrics’ Igor Pro computational platform and BareBones’ TextWrangler are not affected. Additionally, while the OS X Terminal utility itself is affected, the Bash shell and programs that run in it are not. Therefore, if you go to the Terminal’s preferences and type this faulty string in a text field (for example, setting the default opening command) then the program will crash, but you can type it all day at the command line or in a text editor like Vi or Pico and be perfectly fine. This issue only appears to affect versions of OS X Mountain Lion so far. In its testing The Next Web found it does not happen in installations of Snow Leopard or Lion, which I have confirmed with direct installations of both and in virtualized installations of OS X Lion.
Unfortunately, being a text-handling bug, if it does get triggered then the issue may have a feed-forward effect in the system’s crash reporter and logging services. Generally if a program crashes then the system will open the crash reporter utility so you can send details of the problem to Apple. It appears the offending text string is included in the crash report and is similarly handled when the reporter opens, resulting in it crashing as well. The same may happen if you use the OS X Console utility to review the crash logs. While the ongoing system log in the console will show the crash instances and the text string, if you select a crash log that contains it then the Console will invoke this bug and likewise crash. It is very likely that Apple will address this bug in an upcoming OS update, but until then, if you are running Mountain Lion be sure to avoid typing this specific sequence of characters.
An increase in proposed speed for USB brings its throughput closer to that of Thunderbolt, though perhaps not for long. A new specification being pushed by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group offers double the current throughput rate while maintaining backward compatibility. The latest generation of USB 3.0 technology supports data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, and has been one answer to the increasing I/O bottleneck for many peripheral devices, especially high-speed storage solutions. The backward compatibility of USB 3.0 with prior versions of the protocol has made it quite convenient for users, but it has competition from the Thunderbolt technology from Intel and Apple. Thunderbolt has quadruple the overall data throughput of USB 3.0 and is far more configurable.
Despite this difference, recently the USB Promoter Group has issued a supplement specification for the technology that includes adding 10Gbps throughput to USB 3.0, bringing it closer to the speeds offered by Thunderbolt. The proposal, which is anticipated to be completed in mid-2013, includes not only faster data rates, but also improved I/O efficiency and continued full backward compatibility with prior USB protocols. The key features outlined in the recent press release from the USB Promoter Group include:
- New 10Gbps USB data rate
- Compatibility with existing cables and connectors
- Improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer leading to higher through- put and improved I/O power efficiency
- Compatible with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols
- Compatible with both existing 5Gbps and new 10Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices, as well as USB 2.0 products
This development pushes the speed of USB closer to that of Thunderbolt; however, do keep in mind that while Thunderbolt currently runs at 10Gbps in a single direction, this speed is a cap on a much higher rate that is closer to 10 times this level, so the technology has much room to grow. Thunderbolt’s current data rate is expected to see a boost sometime by the end of 2014 with the arrival of the third-generation Falcon Ridge controller.
The developments between these two technologies have had them poised in somewhat of a face-off in the industry, but many of those behind the technologies view them as complementaryas opposed to being in strict competition. Though USB is great for compatibility and cheaper than Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt offers direct extension of display port and PCI Express bus data for expansion that is just not possible through USB.
Thinking about starting a businessthis year? Well, the time has never been better. If you’ve already got a great business idea, and you’re ready to take the next step, all you need is the inspiration to get moving. BusinessNewsDaily asked 21 entrepreneurs to tell you why now is a great time to start a business :
I am optimistic for business owners and entrepreneurs heading into 2013. With the uncertainty of the 2012 presidential election now behind us, entrepreneurs and budding business people can move ahead with their plans knowing the direction in which the country is headed and who is at the helm. –Paula Balzer, CEO, TBA Global
If you have a business idea and are currently debating whether to start a new business or take the safe route, it is important to factor one major component into your decision: regret. Almost everyone I know, personally, has a story about how he [or] she had this great idea and never had the guts to move forward with it, and now someone else is doing it. Just go for it. Make mistakes, learn along the way. It’s important. – Joe Kalfa, CEO and Founder,Deeyoon
Availability of capital, political climate, competitive landscape and other macro-business trends are all crucial factors to consider when launching a startup. However, the most important thing to focus on is the people you hire, and 2013 will bring optimal conditions. While highly skilled, hard-to-fill positions can still be challenging, the vast majority of other positions can be filled far more easily. With slower-paced job growth comes a larger population of job seekers, furnishing new business owners with an ideal advantage. Our organization has nearly doubled its size over the last 12 months. That has as much to do with the growing demand for our services as it does with the ease with which we have been able to scale the size of our staff. We have benefited greatly from these recent recruiting-market conditions.
Entrepreneurs launching a business in 2013 can expect a generally higher-quality candidate pool, more candidates to choose from, candidates that have more reasonable salary and job expectations and, overall, better retention with their new hires. A company’s biggest asset and key to success is its employees, and the next 12 months will give employers better access to the best pipeline of talent. – Beth Gilfeather, CEO and Founder, Seven Step Recruiting
2013 is a terrific year to launch a business as the economy continues to recover from the devastating recession of 2008. We have a shortage of startups from the last five years as venture capitalists sat on the sidelines. Certain seismic shifts have unlocked opportunities to create software that will replace premise-based software over the next decade, and with the venture funding available and technology needed to solve problems businesses will be facing in the future, it has perhaps never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. – Flip Filipowski, CEO and Founder, SilkRoad
There’s never been a better time to create something from nothing. Entrepreneur’s today can impact the lives of millions of people and bring about change on a scale that was impossible until recently. There are many reasons why 2013 is an amazing time to start up your business. The barriers to [be] face[d] have decreased dramatically. Ten years ago, to start a business you needed to invest heavily in Infrastructure. Servers, data centers and networking costs were significant. Today, all you need is an Internet connection, and your infrastructure resides in the cloud. Culture change is another big factor. We are in a new era where developers and founders can achieve rock star status. We have access to information other generations just didn’t have. Open source software, forums, search engines and online content provide a wealth of information at your fingertips. We are creating a dream-big culture that rewards those willing to take risks. Funding and access to capital [have] also become more accessible. Today VC’s, angel investors , institutional investors, incubators and state- and federally funded programs work together to find and fund the best and brightest ideas. 2013 is the year to make your own destiny and start something amazing. – Mark Lucas, CEO, mySudo
With the cloud, [and] mobile and security technologies disrupting the industry, there’s also a new need to manage them. The funds that IT used to invest in older technologies [have been] freed up and will go to newer technologies. If you’re thinking about launching an enterprise startup, now’s the right time. It’s prime time for startups to come in and displace slower-moving, big firms. It’s a huge opportunity for startups to pitch established players in the enterprise on new solutions. – Domingo Guerra, President and Co-Founder, Appthority
Anytime is a good time to start a business if you have a great idea you are excited and passionate about, and there is a need for it in the market. Monitor the economic landscape extremely closely, as uncertainty may cause some entrepreneurs to hold back, giving you more room to get started. At the moment, it’s such an explosive time with major technology change, (Internet, mobile) that the opportunity for disruption is high. Remember, successful disruption equals great company success. – Niraj Shah, CEO and Co-Founder, Wayfair.com
Do you like calling attention to yourself? It is one more reason why you should not put off starting that business idea that seemed part of your distant future. The government and media are unified in the belief that great new businesses are critical to the nation’s recovery, and are willing to showcase innovative founders and their ideas in any number of ways. While seemingly great for your ego (and scrapbook), that kind of attention serves to invite investors and consumers to know and understand your business, potentially propelling it at a faster clip than might have been possible otherwise. Timing is critical: first to “market” with great ideas will be the ones best positioned to take advantage and break through the mold. – Hope W. Neiman, CMO, EMN8
The truth is, there is no “right” time to start your own business. Whether it’s 2013 or 2030, the reasons for starting your own business will be the same. And it’s “not the economy, stupid.” It’s you. Start a company if you want to create. Become an entrepreneur if you want to build a product, a team and a culture. Take the big plunge if you want to have greater control over your own destiny, but are fully aware that the outcome of your endeavor will in some part, perhaps even largely, be outside of your control. And start that journey today if you already know in your heart that it’s the only path that will truly make you fulfill your greatest potential.” – Shahram Seyedin-Noor, CEO and Co-Founder, GraphDive
I believe if you’re solving a real problem, it is always a good time to start a business. It doesn’t matter if we are in a recession or if the economy is booming, if your value proposition is compelling, there will be opportunities to find the right backers to finance your idea. – Leo Rocco, CEO and Founder, GoPago
In 2013, all you need to start a business is you. Next year more than ever, there will be available support systems to help any entrepreneur jumpstart their business. From startup accelerators to crowdfunding , and freelance marketplaces to pay-as-you-go customer service, there is a way to fill any gap in a business plan in 2013. Don’t know how to code? Not a problem, you can learn for free or bypass coding entirely. Does search-engine marketing have you baffled? There’s a community of experts available at the click of a mouse. The support system available to you in 2013 is unrivaled, which makes it a great year to take the plunge. – Dan Roberts, General Manager and Co-Founder, Foodini
It is rare for all key ingredients of a startup — capital, talent, low cost and market readiness — to come together simultaneously. Startups aren’t easy, but timing plays an important role in their success. With record-high unemployment, fast-paced technology innovation and more venture money [that is] chasing ideas, there couldn’t be a better time to start a business. I truly believe it is a great time for entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. – Rohit Vashisht, CEO and Co-Founder, Sverve
There are millions of reasons for not starting a business in the New Year: money, resources, time; uncertainty and fear of failure typically rank high. Surprisingly, for those fortunate enough to take the plunge, physics and momentum begin to work in your favor. An object in motion is hard to stop. The compounding progress of simple actions begin to take effect: new ideas emerge; new relationships develop. The net result is often a far cry from the initial model, plan or prototype but there is nothing quite like setting your own course. Starting a business is never easy – in any economy – but the richness of the experience and potential reward far outweigh the initial insecurity. The ability to do things differently and in many cases a lot better is reason alone to throw your hat in the ring. – Todd Greenfield, Founder, America’s Farmstand
Thanks to the continued maturation of the Internet, opportunities for finding a niche and starting a successful business are more abundant than ever. That’s true regardless of economic circumstance. An online business can be launched on a shoestring budget. Simply by leveraging the resources made available by the Web, innovators can reach out to target demographics and turn significant profits. All it takes are an idea and a well thought-out strategy for execution! – Cliff Stein, CEO, ReputationChanger.com
Starting a business in 2013 is a phenomenal idea! Business owners are masters of their own time. For all the time and effort that goes into a business, the benefits are reaped directly by the owner of the business. In 2013, many people will be turning their hobbies into businesses, and many will turn that new or novel idea into an entrepreneurial start-up. Rates on loans are low. Web-based start-up costs are low, and entrepreneurship is up when the economy is tight. Leverage social media for your marketing, and get the word out about your new business. 2013 is the year to make it happen. – Deborah Sweeney, CEO, MyCorporation
I can’t imagine a better time, in the past or the foreseeable future, to start a business than right now. The reason is simple: we’re smack-dab in the middle of what I’m sure we’ll eventually term the “golden age of crowdfunding.” Sites like Kickstarter (where I successfully launched the Capture Camera Clip System last year) are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. There are 10 times the number of projects and members on Kickstarter now than there were a year ago. And throughout this massive growth, the dynamics of crowdfunding have stayed consistent. It’s not getting overrun by faceless corporations, demanding big-wig investors, heavy government regulations or other forces that have traditionally barricaded average Joes from following through with the entrepreneurial process. — Peter Dering, Founder, Peak Design
There is something unique that we each have to offer the world, and starting a business is one of the best ways to implement that unique contribution. It is an opportunity to take a dream or vision and make it real. The sense of creative freedom from starting and running your own business is unlike any other, an unparalleled life experience. Through the businesses we create, we
can make a significant impact on people’s lives and the world we live in. Starting a business is personally rewarding, socially inspiring and, despite the risks, exhilarating. – David Hehman, CEO, GreenStack
Entrepreneurs are no different from everyone else, except that they had the will and confidence to take the leap. I know tons of people at big companies who have dramatically stronger business minds than me and other entrepreneurs I’ve met, but most of them don’t have the nerve to hang their own shingle and give it a shot. And the sad part of that is this: despite all of their strengths and skills, they may never really test their limits, because in a large corporation your destiny is controlled by more than your own performance. There’s gamesmanship, politics, and inside baseball. And all of [those things] can cap a person’s career well before they’ve realized their true potential. And for this reason, 2013, like every year, is a great year to start a company. Once you’ve taken the leap, there’s no looking back, but you have to take that first step! – Rich Enos, Co-Founder, StudyPoint, YourAppAdviser, PrepNow and TheWritingFaculty.com
If you had an idea, even in the recent past, that you still want to try, start on it now to get ready for 2013. Don’t worry about political uncertainty affecting business. It’s a problem, but Ayn Rand was correct in that creators will keep creating in some form or other no matter what. Aren’t you going to find a way to progress anyway? So start now, because everything takes time to develop. For most ventures, the point where you actually need to invest significant sums or take on risk and responsibility is somewhere down the line. There’s a lot of preliminary, free, but time-consuming work to be done before you get there. The process of earnestly and fully pursuing your venture is the only way to get the information and experience necessary to know if you really want to commit yourself at the last step or not. You can’t do anything halfway. No one is going to come by and make it work for you. Get started as if you were really going to put everything into it, and by the time you get to the point of no return, only then will you have the information to know if you should really commit or not. That process takes time, so start it now. If you end up going all the way, you’ll be that [much] farther ahead and closer to your goals. If you decide there are insurmountable hurdles or unacceptable risk to you, the process itself is always valuable and you’ll know that much more. Stop hesitating and start now. – David Moritz, CEO, Society Awards
Next year is the perfect time to start your own company. Here are a few reasons why you should get off the couch, or stay on the couch, open your computer and get working in 2013:
- Access to capital and cheap testing: You probably don’t need to raise several million dollars to get your company up and running. According to a panel of VCs in Cambridge, it’s easier than ever to raise seed rounds to test out your ideas. Extra bonus: It’s cheaper than ever to test out your business idea.
- Access to people: There are a ton of talented people looking for the right opportunities who can join your team, and also tons of mentors who are looking to help you, and your new company, succeed. Traditional incubator and accelerator programs and co-working spaces are popping up around the country (world, even) to help you get your startup off the ground.
- Location doesn’t matter: You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a business in 2013. Other cities are jockeying to become the next hotbed of startups and they will help you out! – Danny Levi, Co-Founder and General Manager, GetAFive
Starting a business is a great idea. It’s an opportunity for you to grow and keep relevant. Of course, it helps if you’ve got a great idea and funding. So many women today are still locked in the shackles of what society has decided is their safe role. Be bold, jump in. There is so much more out there. You owe it to yourself to fly. There are many women’s organizations, like “Count Me In,” which can help you take that first step. Go for it! You can do it! – Adie Horowitz, founder, Licenders
An entrepreneur should not start a business to solve the challenges of today, but rather to solve the challenges of tomorrow. Now is the perfect time to start a business if you want to be successful in a few years. Within these next five years, we’ll see another 2.7 billion people connect with one another through online networks, most of them in the Eastern Hemisphere. Leverage this opportunity by starting a business in 2013. – Henrik Dillman, CEO, Mancx
A presenter on French-Canadian TV discovers that his touch screen suddenly refuses to co-operate, as he explains profound issues. We have all become used to the idea that no news broadcast is complete without a ginormousiPad. The ability to shift images and slides at the touch of a finger to the screen makes the TV presenter’s gravitas just that much more gravitasy. It makes a Wolf just that much more Blitzer. Yet, as this video first noticed by Videogum shows, not every TV presenter is a successful toucher and swiper.
This gentleman on a French-Canadian news channel suddenly finds that he wants to discuss troop movements in Gaza near elections, when his fingers cannot control chart movements near his nose. What is lovely is that he carries on talking, while the information before him seems to be undergoing some sort of inner disturbance. It slips, it slides, it twitches, it disappears. Like a true professional, however, he marches on, as if nothing was untoward.
It could be that he’d had some particularly greasy fish and chips before his broadcast. It could be that the cleaners hadn’t quite done a fine job of polishing the screen. It might well be, though, that the technology he was using was just slightly the worse for wear. If only he’d just talked to the camera and let someone else operate the screen. But that would have been too old-fashioned, wouldn’t it?