This past week, Square launched a new peer-to-peer product, adidas launched a smart watch, and we found out that bacon is good for you. Read more about this and more interesting links from the week in our latest edition of Open Tabs!
This has been the big news for me this week. Why? Because you can send and receive money at zero cost and no commissions. And it’s done all through email, with no app required and device agnostic: just email your friend, copy firstname.lastname@example.org, and put the amount in the subject line.
The Silk Road
The FBI have detained the Dread Pirate Roberts, the operator behind Silk Road, which is a major drug trafficking site. Don’t know what the whole thing is about? Read this report from Ars Technica.
Search Through 3D
Yahoo Japan has created a search engine for blind people which uses 3D printing to create a “Hands On Search” machine. A lovely idea with even better execution.
How do I describe this site? Suffice it to say, it is actually SFW: this website displays webcam feeds when it detects that there is no one in front of the camera. It is so meta it hurts. http://brbxoxo.com
U NO COLOR?
Fact: 1 in 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency. And so do 1 in 255 women. Are you colorblind? Take the Online Color Challenge.
A short video on Service Design
This video does a good job explaining service design. I like the voice over. Not so much the animation, but it does a good job explaining service design. I think we can do better.
Google’s Mobile Playbook
Google explains why mobile is critical for businesses to include in their strategy, and how to close the mobile gap.
Finally, science is on my side
That is the number of cellphone lines in the world. It’s fast reaching the number of human beings on the planet, including newborns.
adidas launches a smartwatch
Check out all of these links about the miCoach SMART RUN, adidas’s new smartwatch which was launched at GigaOm Mobilize last week alongside our CEO, Olof Schybergson.