A night in a Brooklyn warehouse via Airbnb

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Airbnb opens up so many unique options to find a place to live in a new place that it’s really hard to ever consider staying in a hotel again. Case in point this awesome warehouse loft that I spent the night in when I was in NY last week. I was in Boston for work and decided I really wanted to get my NY fix – even if for a day. On my way over in the bus, I checked Hotel Tonight and found some nice hotels in Manhattan ranging from $225 – $400. Then I checked Priceline and Kayak and saw similar options. I could’ve bid and maybe got something for around $150. But none of the options sounded appealing. So I looked up Airbnb. I also decided I wanted to spend my night in Brooklyn because that would force me to go there – otherwise I never end up making my way over. I reviewed some listings but the one that I found intriguing was this warehouse loft.

How Microsoft can increase online sales of Surface by at least 10%

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I was trying to buy the Surface and went to the Microsoft Store website. I had prior knowledge about the difference between RT and Pro so I knew which one to click on (I have read accounts of most people who are already confused at this point. But that is not what this post is about). For me the confusion started when I saw the options for the RT one. As you can see in the image below, the default option that was checked on that page was the 32 GB with Black Touch Cover for $599. Hmm, ok. Then my eyes wandered down to the Popular Add-ons section. The White one was selected by default but that showed up as out of stock. So I clicked on the Red one, and that one was available.

How Limeade worked on Kilimanjaro

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When I was climbing Kilimanjaro, I carried my fitbit with me on the 9 day climb. I broke a lot of steps records on this climb – averaging 20k steps every day. The peak was great in itself but as soon as I got online, my fitbit synced with Limeade and I also got points within my Limeade wellness program to work towards no insurance premium for the quarter. I didn’t have to log-in anywhere and everything just worked. Which is why we say that Limeade fits into people’s lives.

Crazy cold and windy as it was, I managed to convince Jen to hold her camera steady as I explain this on the mountain – the highest place in Africa.

iOS 6.01 killed my LTE

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Apple seems to have really degraded in software quality lately. I updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 6.01 yesterday. It was weird enough that iOS 6.0 needed a separate app to be downloaded which would restore OTA updates. But the update said it fixes some LTE issues where the radio doesn’t reliably connect to the network. I have encountered that issue and thought this update would fix it. Guess what? My LTE is gone. My iPhone 5 now only gets download speeds of 0.5MBPs or less. In comparison my iPhone 4S used to get 3MBPs on 4G. And it’s way less than my LTE speeds of 30MBPs. Here’s a table that shows my speeds before upgrading to iOS 6.01 and after.

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This is just bad. What kind of a software company releases a patch to fix an issue and ends up breaking stuff on the latest hardware? Of course, this is probably not a 100% repro or it wouldn’t have been released. So YMMV.

Bad maps, low software reliability, easily scratching body, unnecessary upgrades to dock connectors. I have enjoyed using Apple products but this might be the lowest point for Apple I have experienced in a while.