A few interesting articles I’ve bumped into this week, curated from my Pocket and shared for your enjoyment. This week was full of good reads on growth strategies, the health benefits of standing desks in elementary schools, and why some men lie about working so much. Happy Friday!
I’ve had a standing desk for eight years and love it. My back, legs, and overall body has felt better compared to when I sat in a chair. Have you ever tried it?
This was a really interesting study. I often feel compelled to work as much as possible (read = I enjoy working), but it needs to be my choice. Corporate cultures that prevent you from making that choice can be really damning to overall employee health and productivity.
At Contactive we tried to test our Google Play descriptions but had to do it manually (and sequentially). This will be really helpful for app developers as they can quickly test pricing or description content.
I don’t think it’s wrong that the founders took $3M each and bounced out. Isn’t that better than running a company into the ground?
When Android Wear, Android Auto and Android TV launch this fall, they’ll solve a problem that has plagued Android since day one: an inconsistent user experience across devices. Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham points out that unlike Android phones from different manufacturers that sport ugly custom UIs, launchers and interacting with Android on different smartwatches was exactly the same. In fact, Google’s engineering director, David Burke, told Cunningham that with Wear, Auto and TV, the underlying software and interfaces will be controlled by Google, not the OEMs.
This is a move very similar to Microsoft did with Windows Phone 7: they told the OEM’s to get out of the way of design and made it an imperative to design from the bottom of the OS all the way up to the user. The result? A beautiful, consistent experience across disparate devices – a.k.a. the Apple Method.
Google, Not Device Makers, Will Control Android Wear, Auto and TV UI
“Android KitKat hits 13.6% adoption, Jelly Bean falls below 60% and Gingerbread slips under 15%” – via TheNextWeb
2014 won’t be the year of KitKat but the version is making a ton of progress.
By Jonathan Lehr, Venture Director May 19, 2014 Oftentimes, enterprise startups pitching large corporations think that if they offer a free trial it means that there won’t be costs incurred in testing…
Why There’s No Such Thing As ‘Free’ In The Enterprise
It seems everyone has a smartphone today, but there are still millions of potential customers and it is in these emerging markets where we will see continued steady growth.
IDC: Smartphone growth to continue, reach 1.2 billion in 2014 | ZDNet
A California woman kicked off a class action lawsuit against Apple, blaming iMessage for blocking some text messagess after she switched to Android.
I was so pissed when I got burned by this a few months ago after transitioning to Android. It will be interesting to see how hard (if at all) Apple gets hit.
Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Missing iMessages
An Apple customer support employee has admitted that, in fact, “a lot” of users have this problem.
When I first switched to Android I almost threw my Nexus 5 out the window for this exact issue.
An Apple Employee Admits That iPhones Often Won’t Deliver Texts If You Switch To Android
“More Than 6 Months Later, KitKat Still on Less Than 10% of Android Devices” via Mashable
The Android fragmentation problem will make adoption of their new OS’s consistently slower than iOS, although KitKat adoption is at least climbing steadily.