Sunday Social Roundup

  1. Your iCloud is hackable. A bunch of celebrity nude selfies appeared this week on 4Chan. Anything in the cloud should require [two factor authentication](Dave pogue tweet), whatever that means.

  2. Now you easily convert any YouTube video into a GIF. Excuse me: I’ll be putting together a compilation of Michael Jordan dunks and posting them on Tumblr.

  3. Apple plans to announce both the iWatch and the new iPhone 6 this week. The watch is supposed to cost over $400 and per Johnny Ive, put a lot of watchmakers out of business. The iPhone 6 promises to become the true digital wallet. For real this time.

  4. I was on vacation when Facebook launched Slingshot, the apparent Snapchat competitor. Let’s just say the app updated this week and I’ve still yet to try it. Facebook has passed the point of innovation and Snapchat is not selling out, yet.

  5. Dunkin Donuts opened up in LA and customers celebrated with their coffee hauls. I may just need to love back to California now.


Apple and Twitter

Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services.

In short, iCloud sucks and needs to buy Twitter not for social but for server expertise.


Cloud Wars

Google Drive is yet another Google ambition to own all our data and make it accessible from everywhere.

Admittedly, 100GB for 4.99/month is a steal. We’ll never have to buy an external hard drive again.

But the central flaw to Google Drive is simplicity. People want more than tons of space. They want tools that make it super easy to store and share stuff. That’s why the DropBox right click share feature is key.

DropBox is an amazing product. It was the first in seamless backup and is more importantly, well designed and mobile. All my Instagram photos automatically save there.

DropBox is Apple’s real iCloud service. It looks and integrates with all Apple products as if it were part of the family.

The online hard drive is no different than the plethora of external hard drives. It’s a matter of choice. If you like space and a dumping ground for backup go with Google. If you like design, shortcuts, and simplicity use DropBox. iCloud is still a service that doesn’t feel optimized yet.