Recent reading (5 links for Jan 30)

Irregularly, I post noteworthy articles I recently read. Enjoy!


Battle of the fitness devices: Week 1: Jawbone Up, Nike FuelBand and Fitbit all have similar capabilities and feature sets. Here’s the start of a series comparing the current models side by side. – by jennifer (link)


A Guide to the Berlin Tech Ecosystem: An overview of the current state of affairs in Berlin Startup Land by investor Matt Turck based on personal impressions during a visit. Solid. – by mattturck (link)


Hitler came to power 80 years ago. I remember it like yesterday: Fascinating read: A (then) 14-year-old schoolboy living in Berlin’s Schöneberg district remembers the day Hitler came to power in Germany. (link)


Google’s Eric Schmidt: drone wars, virtual kidnaps and privacy for kids: After a series of trips to (in terms of internet connectivity) fringe states like North Korea, Chad and Somalia, Eric Schmidt reflects on some scenarios for our technological future. Surprisingly solid stuff including cyberterrorists, drones, online identities and privacy education. (link)


Topol goes prime time with his message about smartphones, smart monitors: “These days I’m actually prescribing a lot more apps than I am medications,” says this doc. – by Neil Versel (link)