I’m in exactly the same boat, I’m using Google Maps, Calendar, Inbox, Play, Docs, Gboard, and Chrome.

The only Apple apps I still use are Messages and Photos. I have Google Photos on my list to try next, I’m hearing great things about its ability to search your library.

With its new keyboard, Google has colonized every major function of my iPhone

theverge.com · I downloaded the new Gboard for iOS today, and have been really enjoying it so far. Along with wondering about what Google will tell advertisers now that they can read every single thing I type, I...

The “VR wars” are heating up, it looks like Google is starting to take VR seriously. I expect we’ll see a lot of movement in the space from them over the next twelve months.

I’ve been using Gboard for 24 hours, and so far I really like it. The integrated search makes total sense — especially when I’m writing notes or a message and want to drop in a specific search card. One drawback I’ve found is that the cards are just images, so you can’t interact with them unless you also paste in the text version alongside.

Well done to the province of BC for more than doubling the fines for distracted driving. A major consequence of building habit-forming apps is that the habit does not pause when you’re performing focus critical tasks. Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic, and hitting people in the pocket is a good way to address this in the short term.

Distracted driving fines going up next month

cbc.ca · Starting June 1, the B.C. government is raising the fine for distracted driving to $368, up from $167, and with penalty points the total fine is $543.

Now we have Apple Pay in Canada, and with it access to Apple Wallet, I would love to see the government and private companies consider allowing all types of cards to be stored digitally on your phone. They can be open and work with different platforms and providers, just please let me stop carrying around my important cards in the back of my phone case.

UK drivers may be able to store their driving license in Apple's Wallet

theverge.com · The UK's equivalent of the DMV is considering making digital driving licenses that could be stored in the Apple Wallet, Slashgear reports. Today, Oliver Morley, the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle...

If Amazon made these dash buttons even more flexible I’d definitely buy a handful. They’d be really great to hook up as convenient on/off light switches for my Hue bulbs, as well as an arm/disarm button for the house alarm.

Amazon releases programmable Dash button, but not the one we wanted

theverge.com · Amazon's impulse-buy-perfecting $5 Dash button has been around for about a year now, and comes in over 100 branded flavors, but what we still don't have is a Wi-Fi button for not necessarily buying...

Launching Calypso


Today we announced a new WordPress.com dashboard we’ve been working on for some time at Automattic. We’ve codenamed it Calypso, and it’s written entirely in JavaScript and powered by the WordPress.com API. It’s being used by millions of people as the new WordPress.com, and it’s completely open source.

Calypso has been more than eighteen months in the making, and I’m proud of everyone who has played a part in bringing it to life. We’ve worked together through all the ups and downs that come along with a fundamental change to the way we work.

On a personal level, building Calypso has been an incredible experience as project lead. I’ve learnt a ton. Working out how we communicate effectively, organize cross-team goals, and plan and strategize around this project at Automattic has been (and remains) a wonderful challenge. I still have much more to learn, and I hope to write about a few of the challenges now that we’ve shared the project with you. If you’re interested in the project backstory I’ve written about how Calypso came to be on the WordPress.com developer site.

There are some great posts talking about the launch, I really love Matt’s take on the project and the philosophy behind it all. Here are some others from today: