Path Talk Places. An Initial Wow.

I have been a very long time user of Path. I’ve known Dave Morin, the guy who started Path, for many years — back to his Apple days and even visited with him at Facebook headquarters one day for a very spirited lunch conversation about the Facebook Platform and the implications of the Social Graph for education. When he left each company for the next I scratched my head … why leave Apple to go to Facebook, became why leave Facebook for, well for what? After a bit he launched Path and I took a long hard look at it. I still use it with a small group of friends that I don’t interact with as much on other social networks. I’ve always loved the design and the feeling that it is more for a select group of friends.

This summer when Path moved the chat feature out to Talk I gave it more attention than any of the other dedicated messaging applications. I liked the feel and the design and I liked that it was still in the same philosophical space as Path was originally. So when I read today about the new Places feature I had to give it a try. Places is interesting because it is a feature that seems like it should have been done before in some of the other networks, but hasn’t. Essentially it lets you message a place and a real person, yes a real person, picks up a telephone and calls that place to get your question answered. I tried it tonight as we are going out to dinner and I wanted to see how it responded to a frequent question we have in our family — is your place safe for someone with a peanut allergy. About ten minutes after sending a simple message I got an answer from a person. Wow.

Each time a massive hack or leak makes news, 1Password sales go up. Each time celebrity nudes get stolen, a few more people realize that their data is not as secure as they thought it was, and consider what can be done. The developers at AgileBits say they’re just as bummed when something gets hacked — but it’s hard to deny the marketing power of a security flaw in selling an app that promotes better, stronger passwords. With the launch of iOS 8, AgileBits decided to make its pricey (by App Store standards) $17.99 app free, putting it within reach of just about anyone.

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Stony Brook University joined Harvard University, the University of Washington, and the University of Alabama as only the fourth school in the United States to offer HBO GO to its resident students on Sept. 22. HBO GO provides instant, unlimited access to HBO programming anytime, anywhere at no extra charge.

DoIT’s Senior Director of Operations Michael Ospitale spearheaded the deal, in cooperation with Campus Residences, to include HBO GO as part of Stony Brook’s on-campus housing package. Stony Brook students can now get their own personal HBO GO account to enjoy every episode of every season of the best HBO shows, including HBO original programming, hit movies, sports, documentaries, comedy specials, and more all in high definition (HD).

"We are constantly evaluating new and exciting technologies, especially ones that will delight our students," said Ospitale. "We see HBO GO as the first step in delivering new forms of entertainment content to our resident students."