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The people who do well at Amazon are often those who thrive in an adversarial atmosphere with almost constant friction. Bezos abhors what he calls ‘social cohesion,’ the natural impulse to seek consensus. He’d rather his minions battle it out backed by numbers and passion.
Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon: Excerpt From ‘The Everything Store’ by Brad Stone - Businessweek (via courtenaybird)

You gotta be frickin’ kidding me. The older I get the less I identify with Silicon Valley management.

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Apple would be smart to add biometric technology to the iPhone. Fingerprint authentication is a good balance between convenience and security for a mobile device.
Biometric systems are seductive, but the reality isn’t that simple. They have complicated security properties. For example, they are not keys. Your fingerprint isn’t a secret; you leave it everywhere you touch.
Bruce Schneider, from a blog post on the security prospects of the new iPhone fingerprint scanning authentication.

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Instagram Is Getting Video
Christina Warren, mashable.com
Video is coming to Instagram. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom officially introduced the rumored video functionality to an audience in San Francisco on Thursday.Similar to Vine and other short-video services, video is limited, this time to 15…

Boom! Competition heats up for short videos.

Instagram Is Getting Video
Christina Warren, mashable.com

Video is coming to Instagram. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom officially introduced the rumored video functionality to an audience in San Francisco on Thursday.Similar to Vine and other short-video services, video is limited, this time to 15…

Boom! Competition heats up for short videos.

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Dying on the Vine

In January 2013, the app Vine hit the market for eager iOS and twitter users. This app enables iphone/ipod touch users to create and share 6 second looping looping videos.

Vine was created in June of 2012 by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov. The company was then acquired by Twitter in October of that same year.

Despite a relatively low adoption rate , Vine has become the most popular video sharing app available. Granted, there have been some bumps along the way. After about a week, a significant amount of porn began to appear on Vine. On of such videos even made it into the “Editor’s Picks” section. Yikes. Shortly afterwards, twitter raised the minimum age to download vine from 12 to 17.

Making Videos are very easy in the app. After opening the recording page, touching your finger to the screen records a video segment. Lifting your finger up, stop the recording. 6 seconds of recording and you have your video. Below is an example of a “loop” video I made while on a walk.

Of course sharing to Facebook or Twitter is at your fingertips. Twitter style hashtags and people tagging are available too. There have been some improvements to Vine already. The latest updates have enabled embedding Vines (slang for a video on Vine) into external websites. Users are now able to utilize the front facing camera as well. 

The content you find on Vine is a mixed bag, however.  Much of the videos you’ll run into consist of teens vining about how there bored.  However, there are some more entertaining needles in this haystack.  Jack Dorsey, co-founder of twitter is making some excellent videos of his travels.  For more of a journey into the avant-garde, actor Adam Goldberg has been creating some great Vines about his joyful and tormented relationship with his “Xanadu wig”.

The Vine app, much like the internet itself, is what you make it.  You can make vines because you have nothing better to do, or you can use it to give others a peek into your life.  Either way, I see Vine sticking around a while, strengthening Twitters place in the social network pecking order. 

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Restart

Lately, I have been pondering what to do with this blog. Originally, I thought I would be recapping all of the movies, books and movies I consume. It turned out tougher than I imagined.

I thought about what I would like discussing here. I’ve centered on technology, with concentrations on mobile apps, devices and security. (Of course, security, since that’s what I do for a living)

I look forward to giving my take on all sorts of happening in the world of tech. Stay tuned.

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