Twitter’s automatic expansion of photos in the timeline has been controversial as some people complain that images dominate the experience. But it also has some unintended consequences: awkward crops.
stories by Rakesh Agrawal
Guest Post Appointing Sacks as CEO would be a radical departure for Microsoft. But it’s the kind of radical thinking Microsoft needs.
Guest Post TiVo’s newly announced line of Roamio DVRs raises the bar on what a DVR can be.
Guest Post I had the opportunity to sit down with Branson to talk about challenges, competing against giants and entrepreneurship.
Gmail’s tabbed interface is a great idea that doesn’t quite work. So why doesn’t Google focus on some more pressing email problems?
Guest Post I’m a tough critic when it comes to products. I usually compare products to what I know technology is capable of, not what the competition is doing. Every product can be made better.
While bike sharing has just started in San Francisco, the city is still refusing to allow the most innovative shared-transport company: Car2go.
Guest Post I’ve been exploring Instagram’s new video product for the last several days. I consider it the most significant move from Facebook since Facebook bought Instagram more than a year ago.
Guest Post PayPal is leaping ahead with an EMV version of its PayPal Here reader, which is a better fit for many international markets. I was recently in London and had the chance to get a demo from PayPal’s Narik Patel, director of mobile merchant services.
Pitch us your startup in 15 seconds or less with an Instagram video. It might be great practice for refining your elevator pitch.
Guest Post Although Target has done a good job on its mobile app, it still comes up a bit short in the areas of location, user context, and personalization.
Guest Post With the limited screen sizes and the sometimes flaky connections of smartphones, designing for mobile requires extra attention to detail. And HotelTonight is a great example of how to do one detail — error messaging – right.
Osama Bedier, the head of Google Wallet, has left the company.
Guest Post Despite all of the time we spend on our smartphones, mobile advertising trails online advertising. CPMs for mobile are a fraction of what they are on the Web.
Guest Post As Groupon’s most vocal critic, I wanted to take a look at what changes we might see and the state of the business today.
Guest Post I find the recent changes to Yahoo’s work-at-home policy bewildering. Yes, Yahoo has a lot of deadweight. Yes, it needs to jettison that deadweight. But there’s more deadweight working in Yahoo’s offices than at home.
Guest Post When Tesla CEO Elon Musk slammed New York Times writer John Broder yesterday for allegedly fabricating a number of details in his test-drive account, I found the whole exchange fascinating.
Guest Post Starting today, cardholders can sync their American Express card to their Twitter account and provide shipping information once, and then they can tweet to make select purchases.
Guest Post You know that little slip of paper you get at the end of a transaction? It’s printed on flimsy paper. It gets crumpled. It gets lost. Well, it’s long overdue for a upgrade.
Guest Post Why OpenTable’s new acquisition isn’t a waste of money.
Guest Post As online retailers incorporate better technology to improve the shopping experience for consumers, the convenience and experience gap between offline and online gets bigger.
Guest Post Last week, I had an experience at a large national electronics chain that brought home how far the big box retailers are falling behind their online competitors.
Guest Post Home automation technologies have been promising to change our lives for decades. Finally, Wi-Fi and mobile devices may be able to deliver on that promise. But Belkin’s WeMo line of products shows we’re not there yet.
Guest Post The blogosphere has been buzzing today with the idea that Facebook is running a test where it’s possible to message people who aren’t your friends for $100, including Mark Zuckerberg.
Guest Post Although TiVo remains the best TV-watching experience out there, there’s a lot of room for improvement.
Guest Post Aereo shows the kind of chutzpah that only small innovators can. It is pushing for a broad interpretation of fair use rights, an interpretation that is relevant to the 21st century.
Guest Post At nearly $500, the ScanSnap is not a cheap device. But this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.
Guest Post Many a Christmas morning is ruined by poorly designed consumer electronics.
Guest Post My recent experience has been that people who pay me $800 an hour for my advice show up on time and people who pay nothing are often late — many times with no advance notice.
Guest Post The media has had some doom and gloom stories surrounding Virgin America, Silicon Valley’s startup airline, recently. I spoke with CEO David Cush about the airline’s latest pivot and the future of the company.
Guest Post Ride-sharing services Lyft and Sidecar were each issued fines by the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday. While they’re batting the P.U.C., they might want to get ready for another battle: with insurance companies.
Guest Post Chances are, if you’re a reasonably successful startup, you’ll eventually face a PR disaster. How you respond can turn that disaster into a marketing opportunity, a bump in the road, or the iceberg that sinks your company.
Guest Post AmEx is again upping its game with the latest additions to its iPhone app.
Guest Post When it comes to old, stodgy companies innovating, my favorite examples are UPS and FedEx.
Guest Post Online retail has a last-mile problem for many city dwellers: They’re often not home when the UPS or FedEx driver chooses to show up. Amazon is solving the problem with Amazon locker, automated lockers installed in dense urban areas.
Guest Post Shortly after the company’s IPO, the stock tanked. Marketing costs were threatening the very existence of the company. Wall Street had pretty much written it off.
Guest Post I had a magical mobile payments experience today.
Guest Post I thought the mini would fill a small niche in my tablet needs, such as controlling my TiVo or Sonos system. So I bought the low-end 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini. I was wrong.
Guest Post Companies with a lot of reach have a responsibility to do more to keep people informed during emergencies.
Guest Post Showrooming is when you visit a retail store to see a product and then use your mobile apps to check prices online and place an order. The practice is making Amazon a lot of money.