Last week Facebook unveiled streamlined user-interface and design updates to profile layout. There are several new features and sections featured in the new design such as Top Stories, Recent Stories, Live Ticker, Chat sidebar and improved Albums presentation on posts. View details of the redesign at Mashable.
In today’s digital world of distractions it is difficult sometimes to focus and be productive. The Map of Distractions developed by Learning Fundamentals and Focus by Leo Babauta offer great tips on how to tame digital distractions and manage information overload in our daily activities. Some of these tips are really helpful, especially managing your inbox, since I have to deal with my overloaded inbox every day.
Big news in the tech industry this week…Yesterday, Steve Jobs founder of Apple resigned from the company because of his ailing health. Jobs is one of the most innovative and visionary leaders in the tech industry. He holds over 313 patents and has led the company from near bankruptcy to the most valuable company in the world exceeding $350 billion. He reshaped many industries and technologies we use today. Apple will never be the same with out him. He is an inspiration to all of us in the tech industry. The resignation of Jobs marks the end of an era.
One of his best speeches was given at Stanford commencement in 2005, which I watched several times over the years. Enjoy!
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
I am currently running Snow Leopard on my iMAC which I upgraded earlier last year. When the new OS X Lion came out, I wasn’t sure why I should upgrade again. But after reading Tom Negrino’s review of the MAC OS X at Peachpit, I know I will be upgrading my machine later this month. Here are Tom’s 10 reasons to get the Lion upgrade:
- Better browsing (Stable Safari, Less crashes)
- Improved Apps (Mail, iCal, iChat, Addressbook)
- Full Screen Apps
- Mission Control
- Auto Save and Version Control
- Resume (Improved Restart/Shutdown)
- Better File Management (Cover Flow Style browsing)
- Gestures and Scrolling (Trackpad)
- AirDrop (File Sharing with another MAC Over Wi-Fi)
Combination of these improvements and 250 new features makes the upgrade worthwhile. Plus it is only $29.
Today Amazon launched Kindle Cloud which allows you to read ebooks on any device using a browser. This helps Amazon to go around Apple’s App Store restriction on purchasing from 3rd party digital stores using an app on Apple devices. Kindle Cloud also allows you to continue to read even if you lose your internet connection.
Marketing 101: The Sales Process via SitePoint.
Interesting interview of two guys behind Google+, Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz by TechCrunch TV. According to these top Googlers, Google+ is a key platform to turn Google from “search” into “social” company and will be a major driver of Google’s future products.
According to PC Mag Top 5 iPad note taking apps are:
- Note Taker HD
My favorite from that list is Evernote, it is free and can also sync up all your notes between your iPad, iPhone and computer in the cloud.However, for drawing and sketching I really like Wacom’s Bamboo Paper.
Bamboo Paper is awesome, it is easy to use with fingers, if you want to sketch more precisely you can also buy their styles pen.