Evernote Is Killing Off Its Dedicated Food App


Evernote is one of my favourite apps/web applications and this move doesn’t surprise me. I agree with the thrust of this article also – it has stagnated somewhat I think and a fresh approach may well be needed. This is a good move I think.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Evernote founder Phil Libin was succeeded as CEO by ex-Googler Chris O’Neill last month, and the new man at the top appears to be wasting little time making his mark after Evernote announced that it would cease support for its Food app.

Launched in 2011, Evernote Food was, as the name suggests, a branch of Evernote’s note-taking service dedicated entirely to culinary joys. The service was designed as a repository for recipes, restaurants and any other food-related notes. Evernote never revealed how many users it had, but, as the company focuses on its core service which appears to have stagnated somewhat, it makes sense that it is deprioritizing less essential areas. All the things you did in Evernote Food can be done in the main Evernote service, which claims 150 million registered users, or within third-party food apps for Evernote.

So, from September 30, Evernote Food will…

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Annual Leave Almost Up

My three weeks off work are almost up (only 4 days before I’m back at work – yay… NOT!). lol. Actually I don’t mind work – I enjoy the job itself. It will still be difficult to get out of this lazy routine I have managed to establish over the last little while however. I’ll have to start easing my way back to a normal body clock, etc.

I never did get to Uluru this time round – hopefully next year. There was just too much working against the trip this year, with some health issues needing to be sorted, etc. Still, the break has been invaluable and very much appreciated.

Spring has pretty much sprung here, so in lieu of a getaway during my annual leave block, I’m going to try and go camping one weekend, about 2 or 3 weeks after I get back to work. Then I hope to getaway camping for a weekend at least once a month over the warmer months.

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Swarm Gets Back Into The Game With Leaderboards

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:
In its quest to add a little fun through your (literal) journey through life, Swarm is launching version 3.0 of the app, bringing in a special new game that lets you compete with your friend network.…

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7 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Give Up Soda


Perhaps I should stop drinking coke and similar drinks.

Originally posted on TIME:

The Coca-Cola company has identified the culprit behind America’s weight problem. And it wants to put the blame on….you.

The world’s largest producer of soda is pouring money into a nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, a research group with the mission of proving that our diets have little to do with our obesity crisis. The group’s vice president, Steven N. Blair, claims that “there’s really virtually no compelling evidence” that eating fatty foods and drinking sugary beverages causes weight gain. Instead, the fact that 2 out of 3 Americans is overweight or obese is just proof that we’re not working hard enough in the gym, he claims.

If that sounds like a desperation move to you, it is: The amount of full-calorie sodas drunk by the average American has dropped 25 percent since the late 1990s, according to a report last month in the New York Times.

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Frontback Is Back With A New Team


It has now been saved :-)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for the Frontback community right now. On July 23, the company announced that it would shut down on August 15. But something unexpected happened. A new team is taking over at Frontback and the service will stay open after August 15.

“It’s still very fresh news; things are moving in real time,” Frontback co-founder Frédéric della Faille told me. “We’re super happy we found a solution for our community and truly blessed by the thousands of messages. The new team will introduce themselves at the right time. We wanted to respect our community and get the message out as soon as possible.”

Shortly after the shutdown announcement, an unnamed partner negotiated with the current Frontback team to take over the product.

“Our team will help them during the transition, after the transition both my co-founder and I are not going to be involved…

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Google has started extracting Google+ from itself


This was a social network that I really did hope would work out and rival Facebook – it hasn’t. Another Google platform that tried to be too clever I think. I have largely stopped using it – in fact, it never really got me in.

Originally posted on Quartz:

The slow death of Google+ continues. Today Google announced that it will be slicing out its social network from the rest of its services, meaning users won’t be forced to set up a Google+ account to comment on YouTube videos or use Google Photos. Soon, you’ll be able to use Google services with just a private Google account.

Bradley Horowitz, head of Google’s newly-created Photos, Streams and Sharing division, said in a blog post that Google+ will soon stand on its own. The social network will still be around—for the foreseeable future, at least—but it won’t be required to use other Google services. Google had once intended to cut down on YouTube trolling—and drive sign-ups for Google+ from its popular sister-site—by forcing commenters to use their real names by signing up for a Google+ account, but it abandoned that policy in 2014.

By some measures, Google+ only had about 4-6 million users posting…

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Selfie App Frontback To Shut Down On August 15th After Two Years


So, another of the apps I use for photography has bitten the dust – farewell Frontback.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It was a simple premise during the height of the selfie hype: take a photo of yourself as well as what’s in front of you. It was called a “frontback.”

Now it’s called “an idea that never really got super traction.” This of course after rumors that Twitter was interested in acquiring the team and app a few years back.


The founders joined us at Disrupt in 2013 to discuss its fast rise 200,000 downloads. At one point, someone published the question “Is Frontback the next Instagram?” Thank the lord it wasn’t us.

screen322x572 (2)The company raised nearly $4M and their investors read like a who’s who in Silicon Valley investment: Alexis Ohanian, Charlie Cheever, Fuel Capital, Garry Tan, Harjeet Taggar…

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Gloucester Geocaching Trip

For those of you who may not know it yet – I think I may be going mad (slightly so anyway). So in an effort to head off said madness I decided to go out for the day and went to Gloucester, visiting my mother while there and also maintaining a couple of geocaches along the way and hiding a few others.

So I have a couple of new geocaches currently awaiting review and another couple that I am yet to place on the geocaching website (I’ll do so in the next couple of days).

Did it take away my madness – probably not, but neither was there any mad, evil cackling while hiding them. So it was a start I guess.

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Geocaching on 7.30 Report

I’m into geocaching and in fact was out and about doing so today – that is, setting a number of new geocaches up. The ABC did a report on geocaching on Friday, which made it all seem a bit silly and childish – which it really isn’t, though it is a good activity to get the kids involved in. Below is a video of the report and after that an introduction to geocaching itself.

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Sad & Down

There are times in my life when I get very annoyed with myself – disappointed. I am not what I wish to be and I get frustrated and very annoyed with myself. Sometimes when I am this way it coincides with times that I find particularly difficult – this is one of those times. I am down… and I am sad. Some would call this depression and perhaps it is. I don’t really know I suppose. Or perhaps I do and I just don’t want to admit it to myself.

This is the week when seven years ago a most important person in my life died. It unsettles me every year. It is almost as though a part of me dies every year. I will spend some time with her again this week, but it is never the same as when she was still here.

I hate this time of year – it is always a sad time. I remember you and I smile – but it is still so very sad. I find myself thinking of you in ever growing regularity during this terrible week each year and I am always glad I was found in a place where we were able to meet and that for a time I was able to walk into and within your world. I remember your smile, I remember your glow – I remember everything about you. You are engraved in my mind and in my heart and in my life – an indelible moment & a transient presence, for you were gone too soon – yet never forgotten or hidden from view. I miss you and I always will. I am drawn to you with every passing moment and so wish you were still here with us. I miss you so much.

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