Just in time for Last-Minute Gift Givers: Subscriptions to Idea!

Since Idea went live almost two weeks ago, the biggest com­plaint we heard was, “Why can’t I give you money?” We’ve gone back and forth on what’s the right thing to do for the com­munity and how best to make sure what we’re doing is reas­on­ably priced but sus­tain­able too.     So today we’re answering […]


What’s in an Idea?

What all goes into an idea? Well, our Idea con­sisted of: 3 core team mem­bers Over 30 con­trib­ut­ors 21 logos 24 inter­views 20MB of pro­duc­tion files 6 digital formats Over 150 images, icons, logos, illus­tra­tions and pho­tos Upwards of 15 frame­works eval­u­ated Hun­dreds of emails, Twit­ter DMs, text mes­sages and phone call Less than 20 in-person meet­ings Some […]


Quantified Self Europe Review

One of the first things I dis­covered this past week­end in Ams­ter­dam at the first ever Quan­ti­fied Self Europe con­fer­ence is that I clearly do a bad job explain­ing what QS is. When asked why I obsess­ively track things in my life like sleep pat­terns, exer­cise habits, food intake, skin con­di­tion, and oth­ers, I usually […]


Exciting Idea Magazine Addition: Help with Hiring

If you’ve tried hir­ing people in the tech industry lately, you know what a tough and com­pet­it­ive mar­ket it is right now. Idea Magazine wants to help. Today we’re open­ing up a lim­ited amount of job list­ings for our inaug­ural issue launch­ing Decem­ber 8th. We’re not inter­ested in post­ing bulk ads with hid­den com­pany names. We’re not […]


Tuesday Newsday: Audio News Apps

When talk­ing about digital news apps, we often don’t think out­side the walls of writ­ten con­tent. How­ever radio and audio applic­a­tions also deliver news, stor­ies and enter­tain­ment to large audi­ences. There are excel­lent pod­casts in almost every cat­egory and their pop­ular­ity is grow­ing con­stantly. Why would someone choose to listen to audio news instead of […]


A New Idea

For a place with such an amaz­ing tech com­munity of developers, design­ers, star­tups, entre­pren­eurs and just plain “do-ers”, it’s shock­ingly hard to know what’s going on all the time with the Irish tech­no­logy scene. The most effect­ive way to find out about inter­est­ing star­tups, new tech­no­lo­gies, cool design stu­dios, great places to work, upcom­ing events, […]


Tuesday Newsday: Newspaper Developer Blogs

A com­mon trait of suc­cess­ful online news and magazine sites is, sur­pris­ingly, a developer blog. Think of a developer blog as a look into the minds of the people build­ing the site: what lim­it­a­tions they have, what they’re work­ing on, what they believe their read­ers want or need, suc­cess stor­ies of how they built interesting […]


Tuesday Newsday: Facebook News Apps

In the last month we’ve had some news sources try­ing an uncon­ven­tional method of reach­ing new audi­ences: Face­book. “Go where your read­ers live” is the mes­sage of news applic­a­tions within Face­book, and there is cer­tainly no short­age of people who spend a sig­ni­fic­ant amount of time check­ing in on Face­book through­out the day, whether it […]


Visualizing Áras Election, Part Two

I received some good feed­back on addi­tional things people thought might be inter­est­ing to look invest­ig­ate regard­ing next week’s elec­tion. So today I’ve done two things: 1) Taken a brief look at media out­let per­cep­tion of can­did­ates based on pub­lished art­icles and 2) Re-examined the Irish twit­ter stream with a new sen­ti­ment engine to see […]


Tuesday Newsday: The iOS5 Newsstand

When iOS5 fea­tures were shown earlier this year at Apple’s WWDC, News­stand was one of the most inter­est­ing and talked about ideas. Now that iOS5 is live, it’s time to give it a test drive and see if it meets pub­lish­ers’ expect­a­tions. Apple describes News­stand as “A cus­tom news­stand for all your sub­scrip­tions.” News­stand is […]