There will be smartwatches galore
CES 2015 will be the year of the smartwatch. It will also be the year of the sub-$2000 4K television set, the far-away 8K television set, virtual reality, and driverless cars. It will be the year where smartphones became passé; it will be the year home automation became a legitimate, for real, real thing. Or, maybe, 2015 will be none of those things. Maybe 2015 will be the year of something crazy, something none of us could have possibly expected.
Maybe whatever we get at CES this year will be something so jaw dropping, so amazing, that it will instantly send ripples through the fabric of space time, changing the course of humanity forever. Maybe CES 2015 will bring something quiet, something small, something that slips underneath the radar and we don’t even notice it yet somehow manages to become the next big thing.
Maybe CES 2015 will be none of those things, and maybe it’ll just be another average, expected – albeit boring – trade show with a bunch of things that nobody wants, and things that everybody wants but nobody will get (at least not yet).
Whatever CES 2015 brings, we’ll be right here to deliver the biggest, baddest, and maybe most ridiculous it has to offer. Our CES 2015 coverage begins now.
Side stepping into the future
It’s been a while since I’ve drafted a status report, and I think given the current state of both the site as well as our coverage, we’re long overdue for one. A cursory look at our homepage will reveal that we haven’t published stories on a daily basis for quite some time. This is something I’ve long been meaning to address. Frankly, I have no excuses; Haverzine should absolutely be doing a better job of delivering on our mission, which remains unchanged. We want to inform you, no matter you are, of the most important stories in tech.
We haven’t been doing a great job at that lately. Unfortunately, Haverzine is something I do on the side; it generates absolutely no profits for me, and the little revenue we do get from the little advertisement we do have (which is currently suspended due to our Breast Cancer Awareness campaign) has always gone right back into improving Haverzine in various ways, usually through advertising and getting the word out. Since launching Haverzine in April 2012, I’ve worked numerous – and mostly full time – positions, nearly completed undergraduate – and completed a total of two internships. On top of all this, I am now writing a thesis as well completing a third and final internship with full time hours. All of this, of course, applies to Sean Ellis as well, our volunteer writer who graciously donated dozens of hours of time writing incredibly thoughtful pieces for us over the last couple of years. My thanks for having had him around is sincere.
You can see how finding the time for much else is difficult, especially when you add “maintaining a personal life” into the mix.
On January 1st, 2015, many of these hindrances will be gone. I hope to be be starting a new, full-time position at an employer that I hopefully feel comfortable working for; I will have completed my undergraduate degree and taking my first real break from education since 1996, and I will be able to commit more time doing the things I’ve always wanted to do. Or, that’s the plan, anyways. The truth of the matter is I’m at a transition point in my life, and I really no idea what curveballs will be thrown at me, and as such, it’s difficult to say for any degree of certainty what my schedule will look like next week, forget about January.
So all of that said, where does that leave Haverzine? There will be no changes. The site will remain, and I will continue writing as often as I can about as much as I can that I believe is important and relevant to the conversation. This isn’t a promise that I will bring back daily coverage – though I wish it were. This is merely an acknowledgment that situations have – and will continue to – changed, and that I will do do my best to work around those changing situations. For the last 6 months or so I have drawn out detailed plans for what I’ve been calling Haverzine 2.0, plans which I hope to realize someday – and hopefully some day sooner rather than later. I have roadmaps laid out for miles. Those roadmaps have not, and will not, change.
To conclude, I’d like to sincerely thank each and every person who has ever read any of our posts for their time and consideration. When I started Haverzine, I had little experience with writing long form, absolutely no journalism experience, and virtually no experience with publishing and advertising. Haverzine thus far has represented my desire to learn the tools of this trade and my determination to figure things out as I go. I’m committed to keep doing that.
You could play an important role
Today marks the start of an important time of the year; all October, every October, is Breast Cancer Awareness month. One of the finest privileges of having a voice on the internet is to use that voice to spread goodwill and better the world, and on that note, Haverzine has once again shed its green hue and been draped in pink to show solidarity and support.
If you hadn’t already noticed, to help raise awareness we’ve replaced our signature neon greens with pink, the color that symbolizes the fight against Breast Cancer. A truly frightening stat, it is estimated that, by the end of 2014, over 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed affecting both men and women. Over 39,620 people may die from breast cancer.
That said, we have once again began collecting donations for the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund through the amazing Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The goal is simple – raise as much money as we can to help this amazing organization change the lives of men and women who have and could be affected by this awful disease.
If you’re interested in donating to the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, you can do so online by visiting this link, or by clicking the pink banner above. All money is processed by and goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – we don’t see or touch a cent of it. And to prove just how serious we are about that, I’ve decided to remove all advertising from the site for the entire month.
I sincerely thank everybody for taking the time to read this and for supporting this tremendous cause, and for letting Haverzine be part of your day. We’ll continue to do what we do all month long, so be sure to check back soon and get the word out!
We're not dead
You may have noticed that we haven’t ran a story since last week and if you’ve submitted an application to join our team, you may also have noticed that we haven’t gotten back to you. Allow me to give an explanation as to why this is.
Putting it simply, Brian Hough and I both have been quite busy this past week. For Brian, he’s been busy with college undergrad hours, thesis work and a paying job. For me, I’ve been working volunteer hours at a shop in my area, not to mention I also have upcoming school things to plan around. The fact is, we’ve both been busy with real life things.
But hopefully soon, things will quiet down a bit and we’ll be able to get back to our regular schedule and go through the applications that you guys have been sending in.
We’ll be back…!
Hey, wanna go get coffee?
iPhone users, time to dust off that Google Glass – it’s about to get just that much more useful. Given all its strengths, Glass’s support for iOS users has always been just a little bit – erm – subpar when compared to what Android users get (and that’s not entirely a fault of Google, I’m sure), but today Google is announcing a change that should make a world or two of difference – support for pushing text notifications from a user’s iPhone to Google Glass.
To enable the feature, you’ll need to update to a new version of Glass that’s slated to arrive later this week, and then turn the “Show Notifications” functionality on under Bluetooth settings for your Glass. It’s a simple little change that makes Glass feel just that much more connected to your mobile device – and notification pushing has always been one of the things Glass is best suited for.
Google is also upgrading Calendar support on Glass, bringing a new “Calendar Glassware” option that allows users to “change the title, time, location, and RSVP” of a calendar card, straight from Glass and using your voice. A small change, sure, but a welcome one for those of us who want to have everything neat and tidy.
Join our team
Haverzine is an extraordinarily small team of just two people – myself, and the excellent Sean Ellis, who has written some of our top stories of both 2013 and 2014 including the really, really great Microsoft & Mobile three part series back in December and January. Our small team has allowed us to remain nimble, and quick, and it’s something that we hope to continue with for as long as I see Haverzine existing. An effective team is a nimble team, and a nimble team is, as a general rule of thumb, a small team.
That said, it has become clear as Haverzine has grown in the recent months, that journalism – no matter what the style, the focus, or the implied importance of that journalism – is hard work. You need to be quick on your feet, you need to be ready for the unexpected, and perhaps most importantly, you need to be available. It’s become apparent to me that a two man team can’t even remotely begin to hope to cover everything I’d believe we have a duty to covering here at Haverzine.
That’s why I’m writing today to say that, for the first time, I’m looking for help with Haverzine. If you’re a writer with a passion for technology and culture, who believes in quality over quantity and that the state of technology journalism can still be changed for the better, consider getting in touch with us and join our team. At the moment we’re looking for a couple of volunteers who share with us this vision. No prior journalism experience is required – I started off the site without even a hint of experience in the field – but it would help, of course. Our volunteers will be tasked with writing about the latest going ons in the world of technology on a day to day basis.
If interested, just hit up our contact page. Please send us your name, a little about yourself, a blurb about what you love most about our field, and a short (1-2 page), but sweet, writing sample. The writing sample doesn’t have to be related to technology – if you want to send us a short story about an alien invasion or what it’s like to be a dog, that’s totally cool.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you guys for sticking around and seeing what’s happening in the world of technology with us at Haverzine. This is a special time in technology journalism, and I believe that we have a part to play in that. Until next time.
January 7th - 10th
The weather might be frightful here in Boston, but next week will be oh so delightful – that’s because starting Tuesday, January 7th, Haverzine will be transforming into your top one stop for all things CES 2014! Join us as we deliver you the top stories of CES 2014, give you our predictions for the tech industry going into the new year, and more!
CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, is the biggest event of the year in this industry and we’re excited to deliver to you only the highest quality coverage. Haverzine is dedicated to reporting on only the most meaty, impressive stories of the day, and that’s exactly what you can expect next week.
We’ll be adding a dedicated CES 2014 section on the site to make it easy to see only the stories relevant to the show if you’d like, but we’ll also be sure to keep an eye on any other stories that develop throughout the week as well, as per usual. It’s going to be a big week, and we can’t wait to see you!
Introducing the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund
October is an important month for a lot of reasons, but none so much as how we as a people come together to help raise awareness of one of the world’s most deadly words – cancer. Every October, people around the world dress in pink and proudly wear pink ribbons, and as has become somewhat of a tradition at Haverzine, we have proudly decided to join the cause once again this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you hadn’t already noticed, to help raise awareness we’ve replaced our signature neon greens with pink, the color that symbolizes the fight against Breast Cancer. A truly frightening stat, it is estimated that, by the end of 2013, over 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in this one year alone, affecting both men and women. Over 39,620 people may die from breast cancer.
It is for this reason that we have decided that, starting today and lasting until October 31st, we will be running the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund through the amazing Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The goal is simple – raise as much money as we can to help this amazing organization change the lives of men and women who have and will be affected by Breast Cancer.
If you’re interested in donating to the Haverzine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, you can do so online by visiting this link. All money is processed by and goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – we don’t see or touch a cent of it.
I sincerely thank everybody for taking the time to read this and for supporting this tremendous cause, and for letting Haverzine be part of your day. We’ll continue to run our regularly scheduled tech, so be sure to check back soon and get the word out!
It's been a busy summer
If you believe in the age old mantra of “no news is good news”, in our case you would be right. The last time I posted a “status report” in March we had just launched Haverzine 1.3, a significant redesign to the site that has served us extraordinarily well. But it’s been a busy summer, and I figured it was time to let you guys in on the happenings of Haverzine behind the scenes over the past five months, and a sneak peak at what’s next.
Read more after the break to get the latest on Haverzine.
Hot Dogs, sausages, and Fireworks
It’s July 4th, the sun is shining, the rain is holding off here in Boston, and the neighbors are prepping their illegal fireworks display! Whether you’re American or not, we at Haverzine hope you have an amazing day today and that you get to spend some time with your family, enjoy the beautiful weather, and have a little something special to eat. We won’t hold it against you – remember, calories don’t count on holidays!
We’ll keep posting any top stories in tech throughout the rest of the day, so make sure you don’t turn off your RSS readers just yet!
Our little site turns one year old
One year ago today, Haverzine opened its doors to the wild west of tech news. We had no rules, we had no expectations, and we had no clear destination. While every day our little site continues to operate is another step in a journey, it can not be understated how much this site has grown, developed, and matured over the course of just 364 days – and a huge part of that is thanks to you.
From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank our readers for making our humble site worth updating and developing, day after day. I’ve talked to many readers personally over the year, have taken each and every one of your suggestions to heart, and took solace in both the positive and the negative. We’re not done yet – there’s so, so much left to be done. This first year hasn’t even been the first step in that amazing journey, but the first inch. We continue to work on some important upcoming projects, such as the previously announced Haverzine Mobile and our upcoming opinion section. On top of those, work has also begun for Haverzine 1.4, which I’ve taken to calling our “Newsworthy” update. (Have fun deciphering the meaning behind that!)
Finally, I would just like to pay my respects to the city of Boston. I’ve lived not half an hour away from that amazing city all my life, and was truly saddened to hear of the horrible events that took place yesterday. Please join us at Haverzine in keeping those affected by this senseless act of violence in your thoughts. I know first hand that Boston is an amazing city that will come through this stronger then ever.
Thank you all again so much for your support,
We're bringing the goods
A bit of fun trivia to start off the morning – Haverzine first opened its doors to the general public after months in development on April 16th, 2012 – which means that, yes, Haverzine is under one month away from celebrating its very first birthday. While deciding how we would celebrate this momentous occasion (and whether we should get chocolate cake, or vanilla), it became clear to me that this was as perfect an opportunity as any to bring some big, important changes to the site – some which have been a long time coming, others which I’ll be the first to call “experiments”. I can’t even begin to admit to you how incredibly excited I am to begin this process – which is why I’ve decided not to wait, and to begin the celebrations today, right now, with the launch of the next “version” of our site, which I’ve taken to calling Haverzine 1.3.
You might have noticed that some things look a little different around here this morning. I can’t even begin to express to you the sheer amount of love and care we put into this redesign. Everything that was changed was changed for one reason – to create a better, more modern, rich experience for our readers. We know that the landscape around us has evolved in the last year, and we are more than ready to continue to revolve around it.
So what’s new exactly? We’ve gone to the drawing board on a few key concepts. As you can see, we’ve redesigned large portions of the layout – some changes, like the consolidation of the navigation bar and the logo bar were made to make the most out of the spacial limitations we have in a blog style layout. We’ve also increased contrast throughout the site using a better blend of dark and light colors. And of course we couldn’t help but through in a few visual niceties here and there – and because we’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to minimize site load times, you’ll barely see any decrease in performance. We will of course continue to work tirelessly to bring that number down even further in the weeks and months ahead.
We’ve also added a bunch of other improvements that are meant to delight – featured posts will now have their own unique post layout, individual categories have their own banners to give individual categories more importance, many images have been re-mastered for better visual quality, and more images across the site now support high DPI displays such as those found in the Nexus 10 or the Retina MacBook Pro – meaning Haverzine will look even better on more screens then ever. We’ve worked incredibly hard on bringing the best possible reading experience we can to our readers, and we hope that you love it as much as we do.
Now, the celebrations don’t stop with the launch of our updated layout – far from it. We’ve got plenty more tricks left in our bag which we’ll be launching in the coming weeks. One of the most important announcements we’re making tonight is that we will soon be launching a brand new section of the site where anyone will be able to write and submit their own opinion pieces. From there, we’ll review the submissions and pick the best or most interesting of them to be posted under a special section of the site. We don’t have a launch date (or even a formal name) for this just yet, but I definitely wanted to give any interested party a heads up now. Once you’ve completed your piece, you can email your submission to me at firstname.lastname@example.org starting now.
Finally, development is picking up on the long awaited Haverzine Mobile, which I’m pretty sure I’ve teased at numerous points in time for close to a century now. We hope to be able to give you a sneak peak at the new Mobile site soon, and hope to launch it before the end of Spring – so definitely stay tuned for that.
We’ll be making more announcements throughout the next couple of weeks as we cement the details, but we really do have a lot of great things planned that I’m truly excited about. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have such excellent readers, the number of which are growing every month. From the bottom of my heart thank you, and keep on rocking.