How Airbnb Manages Not To Manage Engineers

Mike Curtis, Airbnb’s vice president of engineering, tells me he was “shocked” by what he found when he joined the fast-growing marketplace for lodging a little over a year ago. Call it a pleasant frisson: Curtis tells me he found a culture that was largely self-organized and driven by Airbnb’s mission of making people feel […]

Android vs. The iPhone: It’s All About The Cloud

The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything. I finally traded in my old iPad 2 for a brand new iPad Air. I didn’t really want to, but part of my professional obligation is to have the most […]

Pinterest Wants You To Be Your Own Advertiser

Pinterest’s Promoted Pins are great for big brands, but what about medium to small ones? Now there’s an offering scaled just to them—a new do-it-yourself Promoted Pins tool. Pinterest for Business was launched 18 months ago and in that time the social discovery platform has made it so anyone, from big-time corporations to teensy personal blogs, […]

Sorry, Apple’s HealthKit Isn’t Going To Give You Six-Pack Abs

ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. There’s a lot of enthusiasm about Apple’s newly announced HealthKit software, especially from the makers of fitness apps and connected devices. I hate to throw everyone into the locker room and turn the cold-water faucets on full blast, but someone’s got to […]

Continue Applying for Jobs After Good Interviews to Keep Morale Up

If you have a good job interview (or two) with a company, it’s pretty easy to sit back and wait for their decision. But if you want to prevent yourself from agonizing while they make that decision, HR worker Swapna Peter suggests you simply keep applying for more jobs. It sounds like common sense, but […]

Find the Truth With the “Six Filters” Method

Truth can be a tricky thing to find, but author Scott Adams suggests using six filters to put your information through to help determine actual truth. How to Spot Truth in the Sea of Lies, Rumors, and Myths on the InternetHow to Spot Truth in the Sea of Lies, Rumors, and Myths on the InternetHow […]

Stayful Finds the Best Price on Independent Hotel Rooms

There are plenty of services out there that try to line up the best deal on a hotel room for you. Stayful does something different by determining the lowest price you can use to bid on unbooked rooms at independent and boutique hotels. Stayful uses an algorithm to find the lowest possible price for you. […]

LEGO Figures Make Perfect Cable Holders

S Who knew that LEGO designed their figures’ hands perfectly to hold Apple lightning and other types of cables? Stick a LEGO brick on your desk, attach LEGO figure(s), and, voilà, an ingenious cord-catching solution. You can also hold keys, your phone, and just about anything else with a LEGO brick and a little bit […]

Aereo for Android gets Chromecast support for streaming live TV

Aereo today added Google Chromecast support to its Android app, allowing subscribers to stream live broadcast television to their TV by just tapping the “cast” icon in the app. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play and then follow the setup instructions. Here is the app’s full changelog: Now supports Chromecast. […]

Samsung acquires and shutters Shelby.tv to create its own curated video service

Samsung is getting into the curated video space with news that it has acquired social-video startup Shelby.TV. The TNW2012 Startup Rally winner posted a blog announcing its acquisition by the electronics giant. The startup had built a video curation service that grabs content from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, Blip, and videos shared by your friends on social media […]

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone updated with groups and one-tap photo sharing

Facebook today updated Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone with two new features and performance improvements. You can download the new version now directly from the Windows Phone Store. Taking and sharing a photo is much quicker now as the action can be done in just one tap (just like on Android and iOS), so you […]

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