East villager posting pics of my kids and NYC. Occasionally musing about entrepreneurship, tech and social media.

You’re not very good at surfboarding, papa
- Lola Hantz
digithoughts:

Google I/O keynote round-up
There was a lot of interesting news and info coming out of today’s Google I/O event. In short, Google is trying hard to play an increasing part of our lives - on the web, in our computers, phones, watches, glasses, TVs and even in our cars.
Android One is a Google Play Edition program for cheap phones. Cheap phones with clean Android sounds nice.
Android TV is official. Is the third time a charm for Android to get into our living rooms? With increased attention to gaming this time around. I actually already have a cheap Android box connected to my TV. It is controlled by a wireless mouse and works wonderfully. The support for streaming services, including local variants widely exceeds competitors such as Apple TV and Roku (and Google’s own Chromecast for that matter). If theres an Android app for it, it works on my TV.
The new version of Android was on display with new functions and an updated “material” look which will be used throughout Android, Google’s web services and chrome OS.
In the future, Android apps will run on Chromebooks. Neat.
More info on Android Wear with third party apps and a new smartwatch from Samsung. LG’s G Watch with Android Wear goes on sale today, so we’ll soon know more how these things work in real life.
Users will be able to mirror their Android devices on Chromecast sticks. About time.
The keynote was interrupted by two different protesters. The first one was about housing evictions and the other one was about killer robots. Call me nuts, but I really hate the idea of killer robots.
The company also presented Android Auto which is Google’s take on a connected car infotainment system.
Google Fit is a health metric and training tracking platform which will be built-in the next version of Android.
A new Cardboard app will enable Android devices to be a VR headset screen together with a DIY cardboard viewer. Virtual Reality on a budget.
digithoughts:

Google I/O keynote round-up
There was a lot of interesting news and info coming out of today’s Google I/O event. In short, Google is trying hard to play an increasing part of our lives - on the web, in our computers, phones, watches, glasses, TVs and even in our cars.
Android One is a Google Play Edition program for cheap phones. Cheap phones with clean Android sounds nice.
Android TV is official. Is the third time a charm for Android to get into our living rooms? With increased attention to gaming this time around. I actually already have a cheap Android box connected to my TV. It is controlled by a wireless mouse and works wonderfully. The support for streaming services, including local variants widely exceeds competitors such as Apple TV and Roku (and Google’s own Chromecast for that matter). If theres an Android app for it, it works on my TV.
The new version of Android was on display with new functions and an updated “material” look which will be used throughout Android, Google’s web services and chrome OS.
In the future, Android apps will run on Chromebooks. Neat.
More info on Android Wear with third party apps and a new smartwatch from Samsung. LG’s G Watch with Android Wear goes on sale today, so we’ll soon know more how these things work in real life.
Users will be able to mirror their Android devices on Chromecast sticks. About time.
The keynote was interrupted by two different protesters. The first one was about housing evictions and the other one was about killer robots. Call me nuts, but I really hate the idea of killer robots.
The company also presented Android Auto which is Google’s take on a connected car infotainment system.
Google Fit is a health metric and training tracking platform which will be built-in the next version of Android.
A new Cardboard app will enable Android devices to be a VR headset screen together with a DIY cardboard viewer. Virtual Reality on a budget.

digithoughts:

Google I/O keynote round-up

There was a lot of interesting news and info coming out of today’s Google I/O event. In short, Google is trying hard to play an increasing part of our lives - on the web, in our computers, phones, watches, glasses, TVs and even in our cars.

  • Android One is a Google Play Edition program for cheap phones. Cheap phones with clean Android sounds nice.
  • Android TV is official. Is the third time a charm for Android to get into our living rooms? With increased attention to gaming this time around. I actually already have a cheap Android box connected to my TV. It is controlled by a wireless mouse and works wonderfully. The support for streaming services, including local variants widely exceeds competitors such as Apple TV and Roku (and Google’s own Chromecast for that matter). If theres an Android app for it, it works on my TV.
  • The new version of Android was on display with new functions and an updated “material” look which will be used throughout Android, Google’s web services and chrome OS.
  • In the future, Android apps will run on Chromebooks. Neat.
  • More info on Android Wear with third party apps and a new smartwatch from Samsung. LG’s G Watch with Android Wear goes on sale today, so we’ll soon know more how these things work in real life.
  • Users will be able to mirror their Android devices on Chromecast sticks. About time.
  • The keynote was interrupted by two different protesters. The first one was about housing evictions and the other one was about killer robots. Call me nuts, but I really hate the idea of killer robots.
  • The company also presented Android Auto which is Google’s take on a connected car infotainment system.
  • Google Fit is a health metric and training tracking platform which will be built-in the next version of Android.
  • A new Cardboard app will enable Android devices to be a VR headset screen together with a DIY cardboard viewer. Virtual Reality on a budget.

One helluva week

Ever have one of those weeks when life teaches you all this profound stuff?

On Tuesday, we buried my grandmother in a military cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I watched my father, a stoic man by all accounts, place his hand on the casket, head dropped and heart aching. I spent the afternoon imbibing with my parents and extended family, telling stories about her amazing life that was just one month short of a hundred years long.

On Wednesday, back in New York City, I dropped in on the last class my two-year-old was taking at the local YMCA. She was so happy to see me and proud that I showed up that she leapt into my arms, then held my hand and paraded me around the room to show her friends that papa had come to visit. It was simply awesome. Why hadn’t I done this more often?

This morning my wife and I were special guests at our four-year-old daughter’s class. My wife baked cookies and I read a story to the class with my daughter sitting in my lap. The story was about a duck and a goose who take an adventurous walk to the beach, apropos because our two daughters call our family trips to the beach “adventures”.

Life is one big, long adventure, ain’t it? There are ups and downs, unexpected triumphs and inevitable heartaches. Sometimes life condenses that stuff all into one week. 

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Dear Families,

Art, Friendship, Counting, Nature.

These are a few of our favorite things….

See you tomorrow!

Sincerely,

Ellie and Caitlin

- Lola’s awesome teachers at the 14th St Y, in the daily email they send us, with pictures, letting us know what’s going on. It’s my favorite email of the day, by far.