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Check out an excerpt of my book Trackers, on +ReadWrite. It's from the chapter about +MyFitnessPal. First post in a while on RW :)

Trackers is available in NZ bookstores and on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QUEZKAA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00QUEZKAA&linkCode=as2&tag=ricmac-20&linkId=SG32FUKAXXXMIVLX

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Good article about my book on one of NZ's leading news websites. Here's an extract:

With the new devices coming out, tracking our health will become more popular, predicts MacManus.

"Hopefully, (tracking) will become more part of the background," he says. That could happen via the upcoming Apple Watch, for example, that people may wear on their wrist every day, or simply as a result of health apps becoming integrated with smartphones.

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We have countless apps and tools for monitoring our health, so are they making us healthier?
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RicMac’s Top 10 Tech Of 2014

2014 has been a particularly interesting year for new media, with innovations in blogging, podcasting, curation and paid content. Three of my top ten are examples of new media innovation.

My debut book about self-tracking, Trackers, will be released on Amazon and other platforms later this month. Naturally enough, three of my top 10 tech products are for health tracking. Not as many as in 2013 (five), but 2013 was when I wrote my book and so that’s when I used them the most. In many ways the best is yet to come with self-tracking, with the launch of Apple Watch in early 2015 set to shake things up.

It’s also been a good year for ‘real world’ Web: Uber, Airbnb, Square, Apple Pay and other services that bring the Internet onto Main Street. I only had room for one of these services in my top ten, but it’s the most representative of what’s great about this trend.

The other three tech products in my list are consumer services: for note-taking, password management, and music.

Here's the list and my commentary: http://ricm.ac/2014/12/11/top-10-tech-of-2014/  #yearinreview   #technology  
Every December since 2004, I've posted a year in review of Internet technology. In 2010, I began doing a top 10 list of my favorite technology products and I'm continuing that format this year. 201...
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+Richard MacManus - Love this list and I too would put +Evernote as my #1 tech love interest.  Without the document camera to capture my scribbled notes at the end of each day I would be buried under a mound of scrap paper.  And then the bonus of being able to search for them later.  Love it!
I'll definitely check out some of the podcasts you suggest- but couldn't find Brett Easton Ellis on Stitcher.
My favorite podcast series this year was the +Tim Ferriss show- which kept me company on many a walk.
LastPass and Jawbone for me, but you make a most excellent point these tools make internet life better regardless of which "brand" is the best fit for any particular individual.  
I would add #autoawesome   photos (all 5 types) from the Google to my list, they've been one of the highlights of my year. 
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This morning Apple announced its much anticipated smartwatch, called Apple Watch. It will be released “early 2015,” which I’m thrilled to say is also when my book about self-tracking will be released! My book, entitled Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor & Improve Our Health, is about how technology is fundamentally changing how we track our daily health and care for our bodies. The book tells the stories behind the Fitbit activity tracker, food-logging app MyFitnessPal, personal genomics company 23andMe, and other self-tracking pioneers.

There’s nothing in the new Apple Watch that usurps the functionality of those existing tracking products. But what the Apple Watch will do is take self-tracking mainstream in a big way. [...]

Full article: http://ricm.ac/2014/09/10/apple-watch-trackers/ #applewatch   #apple   #quantifiedself  
This morning Apple announced its much anticipated smartwatch, called Apple Watch. It will be released "early 2015," which I'm thrilled to say is also when my book about self-tracking will be releas...
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"Can Technology Think? Watson Can."

So says IBM in its promo video for Watson, released earlier this year (see below). Watson is “a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer,” according to its homepage. In January IBM launched the Watson Group and…
So says IBM in its promo video for Watson, released earlier this year (see below). Watson is "a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer," according to its ...
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“When humans team up with computers to play chess, the humans who do best are not necessarily the strongest players. They’re the ones who are modest, and who know when to listen to the computer. Often, what the human adds is knowledge of when the computer…
"When humans team up with computers to play chess, the humans who do best are not necessarily the strongest players. They’re the ones who are modest, and who know when to listen to the computer. Of...
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The tech blog I founded, +ReadWrite, has been acquired by Wearable World. As editor Owen Thomas wrote, "I believe that this is the destiny ReadWrite founder Richard MacManus saw for his publication. He wanted to establish a newsroom in the United States, specifically in San Francisco."

Yes, and what a newsroom: Wearable World's office is at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF!

Although I left the site in October 2012, I'm happy and grateful that Wearable World will give ReadWrite the platform it needs to continue exploring what's next in tech. I gave this quote for the press release, to show my support:

"I'm thrilled to hear that ReadWrite is moving to Wearable World. It's particularly pleasing since ReadWrite was an early champion of wearable technology and the Internet of Things, well before our competitors in the tech blogosphere picked up on these trends. Since its founding in 2003, ReadWrite has stood for smart, forward-thinking tech analysis. So Wearable World couldn't have picked a better editorial partner and I can't wait to see what the future brings!"
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I’m pleased to announce that my book, Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health, is now available on the Amazon Kindle Store for $7.99 and the Apple iTunes Store for $9.99. Click on one of the following links to purchase the book:

Amazon Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QUEZKAA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00QUEZKAA&linkCode=as2&tag=ricmac-20&linkId=SG32FUKAXXXMIVLX

Apple iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/trackers/id950498322?mt=11&uo=4&at=1l3vtIW

The ebook will also soon be available on Google Play, the Kobo Store and Nook Books. The paperback version will be released in New Zealand bookstores on 1 January.

If you enjoy reading Trackers, please consider rating it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23769630-trackers.

Full details: http://ricm.ac/trackers/ #selftracking   #quantifiedself   #books  
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It's real! Advance copy of my first book arrived today. The eBook will be released on Amazon and other platforms on 25 December, and the paper book hits bookstores in NZ on 1 January. The eBook is available worldwide :)
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Augmented Chat: Emu Acquired By Google

Today Google bought Emu, an iPhone app which TechCrunch described as “an IM client with Siri-like intelligence.” More details: Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a…
Today Google bought Emu, an iPhone app which TechCrunch described as "an IM client with Siri-like intelligence." More details: Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the c...
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Desirable Futures 100 Years From Now ref @kevin2kelly & @johnhanacek

One of my favorite technology writers Kevin Kelly recently tweeted out: “I’ll pay $100 for the best 100-word description of a plausible technological future in 100 years that I would like to live in.” He’s written up a post on Medium with the answers he…
One of my favorite technology writers Kevin Kelly recently tweeted out: "I’ll pay $100 for the best 100-word description of a plausible technological future in 100 years that I would like to live i...
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My first book, due out January 2015, is about the Quantified Self movement. It’s called Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor & Improve Our Health. One of the chapters is about a doctor who encourages her patients to use self-tracking tools, such…
My first book, due out January 2015, is about the Quantified Self movement. It's called Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor & Improve Our Health. One of the chapters is about a docto...
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unsurprisingly, your timing looks to catch the trend just right :)
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Author of Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health. Previously Founder & Editor-in-Chief of ReadWrite.com.
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Author of Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health. Available now on Amazon: http://ricm.ac/trackers/.

My background: I founded ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite) in April 2003, building the business into one of the leading technology blogs in the world. I sold the company to SAY Media in December 2011.

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