Google Plus Going Away

Is it true Google + is going away? It seems to look that way. It never did seem to gain any traction. The Facebook wannabe is now turning into Google Photos and Google Streams according to this article by Yahoo Tech. Just like Glass, another failed product from Google. I wander they killed off Reader which was popular to many people.

Wired.com Revamped

Here’s how Wired.com revamped its own website. It started last year with the under-the-radar project when they migrated 17 active blogs into one WordPress install. The redesign took the approach of focusing on the responsive and mobile first perspective. In addition, Wired.com also started using Amazon Web Services and its content delivery network, as well as using Varnish for its caching.

Wired.com stack looks like this. WordPress PHP, Stylus for CSS, Vanilla JavaScript and jQuery, Coming soon: React.js, and JSON API. For deployment, Wired.com uses Vagrant, Gulp for task automation, Git hooks, Linting (check out stylint written by our own Ross Patton), GitHub and Jenkins.

Would You Buy An Apple Watch?

Would you buy an Apple Watch? For $350 a pop. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a watch that expensive. But, it’s not just any watch. It’s a smartwatch, a wearable device! This particular wearable device will most likely run hundred of apps, including the ability to track your activity when exercising. Will the Apple Watch kill Fitbit? What about privacy?

Xbox May Be Spying On You

First it was the Samsung TV, now they’re saying your Xbox may be spying on you as well. And it doesn’t stop there, sources are now saying that Microsoft and Apple devices, and Samsung phones are also snooping on their customers.

For the Xbox, Microsoft uses Kinect to activate spoken commands for the console. Unfortunately, Microsoft is able to listen to conversations as well. Read the article.