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From Bots to Spimes: Emerging Technologies Offer Early Glimpse of Our A.I. Future

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Web bots, the “internet of things”, machine learning and other converging technological advancements offer an early glimpse of our artificial intelligence future. And marketers need to start paying attention.

Digital: A New Playing Field for Ralph Lauren

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fast Company's cover story in the September issue is a must-read for any marketer, no matter the industry.

Physics of Culture

Monday, July 25, 2011

Davis Brand Capital friend and collaborator Kevin Slavin spoke at TED Global this month about how algorithms are increasingly shaping our world. Think that doesn't concern you, your business or your life? Think again.

Books Unbound

Friday, August 27, 2010

There may be more bears in publishing than there are on Wall St. This isn’t new to the current recession; as Ken Auletta recently noted in the New Yorker, “publishing exists in a continual state of forecasting its own demise.” Now add to that traditional gloomy propensity today’s market conditions - a period when most industries are wrestling with digital disintermediation and even wholesale redefinitions of function. You get a complete meltdown.

Apple's Big Announcement: What Steve Really Said

Monday, February 1, 2010

When Steve Jobs took to the stage in San Francisco's Moscone Center on January 27, the world knew what to expect: Apple would finally announce its long-awaited tablet. With that pre-determined focus and the anticipatory roar for the next "insanely great" thing, most missed the larger announcement of the day. Steve Jobs did not simply announce the company's latest creation; he completed a task first made public in January 2007, when the company dropped "Computer" from its name to become Apple, Inc. The real news hidden in plain view as Jobs unveiled iPad was the repositioning of the company that created the personal computer.

Apple v. Gawker: Petty Larceny or Brand Theft?

J. Kevin Ament
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Recently, Slate's Ben Sheffer presented Apple's case against Gawker's Tablet Scavenger Hunt, suggesting the web pub's Valleywag blog may be inducing Apple employees to violate trade secret law. But to measure the potential loss for Apple solely in terms of trade secrets is to overlook a much larger violation not just to Apple, but to the customer as well.

Mobile Apps from Car Brands Blur Lines Between Branded Utilities and Product Features

Monday, January 11, 2010

New mobile applications from automakers GM, Mercedes, Ford and BMW advance the concept of branded utility in profound ways. Recent apps from these brands blur the lines between branded utilities and pure product features. And there are important implications in the auto industry and beyond.

Mobile Marketing Moving to the Forefront

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The functionality of iPhones and other mobile devices represents a fundamental shift in how we view the act of marketing, further blurring the lines between advertising, research, promotions, CRM and entertainment content. As new developments continue to make digital technologies a more integral part of our everyday lives, marketers will be forced to rethink mobile marketing's currently limited role within the marketing mix.

Augmented Reality and the New Digital Divide

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When I shot the picture of this little guy lounging in his highchair watching cartoons, I thought it was adorable. And admittedly, I still do. But simultaneously it terrifies me, because it foreshadows a new type of digital divide that will be created by mobile devices and the introduction of augmented reality.

Disney’s Netpal Offers More than the Bear Necessities to Computer-Savvy Kids

J. Kristin Ament
Thursday, June 18, 2009

The mouse may be dead to many netbook users, but if Disney has anything to do with it, The Mouse will remain alive and well for young technophiles.

 This week, Walt’s little company announced that it has collaborated with the unfortunately-named ASUS to launch the Disney Netpal.

Smoking 2.0

Monday, June 15, 2009

In the wake of recent legislation allowing the FDA to regulate the tobacco industry, a variety of smokeless tobacco products are hitting the market. A few e-varieties promise a comparable experience without the stink and stigma of the earlier models. But will smokers find any of these alternatives up to snuff?

Reznor's Edge

Friday, April 10, 2009

Trent Reznor is known in the music industry for being a risk-taker, musically and technologically. Though a critically acclaimed artist, Reznor has led an enigmatic existence, and his dark, electronic musical style conjures images of drilling down into and exploring outlying areas of a mysterious abyss. It's a natural fit, then, for him to feel at ease connecting with his fans in the virtual world.

Rise of the Netbook: The Business Case for Bottom-up Innovation

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Clive Thompson’s recent article for Wired entitled “The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time” details the adoption of the Netbook, machines powered by flash drives intended for running bare-bones applications. These low-powered lightweights took the tech industry off guard, and they point to a valuable lesson for companies in every every sector.

6th Sense... Without the Dead People

J. Kevin Ament
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

MIT’s Pattie Maes and her sidekick Pranav Mistry set out to bridge the divide between the real and digital world. Their goal: leverage the vast amounts of data currently living on the web and in our social networks to aid real-time, real-world decision-making. The results of their work, demonstrated at TED, are jaw-dropping.

Amazon’s Liquid Content Play

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I frequently find Fast Company to be a frustrating read; it’s had more than a hard time finding a relevant voice post-dot-com.  The magazine’s recent take on Amazon’s decision to release both Kindle 2 and an e-book reader app for iPhone and iTouch proves how old the publication’s vision of markets and technologies really is.

The Sound of Silence

J. Kevin Ament
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

1899 U.S. Patent Office Commissioner Charles H. Duell is commonly (and falsely) attributed with having claimed “everything that can be invented has been invented.” Woody Norris thinks the opposite is true. His latest invention, hypersonic sound, creates high quality sound without breaking the silence. What a brilliant gift for a culture with a noise problem.

2019: A Good Year for Architects

J. Kevin Ament
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Microsoft wowed the web in 2007 with the Surface. Its latest vision of the future, 2019, is equally powerful (for a shorter version click here). The video features hyper-productive professionals in perfect sync with technology. The beautiful special effects and hypnotic music distract the viewer from the fact that, given the roomy planes, empty airports and sparsely-populated cities we see, a superflu apparently has killed off all but a handful of architects and their children.   Plague aside, imagining a world like this makes us smile - as do the comments left by YouTube viewers, who inject a healthy dose of Microsoft, circa 2009, into this utopian world.

Jeff Bezos Makes it Rain at Amazon

Senior Editor
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

For Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, being the earth’s most customer-centric company means more than giving customers what they want. It requires inventing “on their behalf,” moving beyond dialog to predict future needs and develop the necessary skills to meet them. Such action begot Kindle, and through new collaboration with IBM, is moving cloud computing forward.

Bending Spoons and Giving Barbie the Finger

J. Kevin Ament
Thursday, January 15, 2009

It was a slow year for gaming at the CES, and one glimpse of the future left us scratching our heads. Mattel’s Mind Flex, described by the pitchman as the “future of gaming,” converts theta brain waves into radio frequency signals that direct a small fan to move a light-weight ball through an obstacle course. We recognize and respect the potential, but wonder whether this simplistic application of the technology will inspire or underwhelm potential investors. Mattel also unveiled the Barbie Digital Nail Printer, which connects to your pc and prints custom designs directly on the fingernails. We love that the product, much like the recent ad campaign, promotes parent-child play and individuality.

Is That a Vaio in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

J. Kevin Ament
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sony's Vaio P Series was the standout netbook showcased at this year's CES. The sleek, featherweight laptop features a high resolution screen, instant-on OS, 3G mobile broadband, GPS, and built-in Bluetooth. Streamlined for music, email, web browsing, video and basic wordprocessing, Vaio P fits comfortably into a coat pocket or handbag, and is marketed as a "lifestyle pc." Sony is betting an elegant design and luxury positioning will convince consumers to pay nearly twice the price of other netbooks.

Palm Springs, Apple Fritters

Senior Editor
Monday, January 12, 2009

In the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, we look at the most promising products for 2009 and discuss our favorites from 2008... Palm stock jumped 34% Friday after the company wowed CES with the prē, the first real contender for iPhone killer. Noteworthy features include quick scrolling though open applications, a three megapixel phone with flash and slide-down QWERTY keyboard.

Blackberry Crumble

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

We're confused by this derivative spot for the Blackberry Storm, the company's new iPhone "me too." Is this Blackberry, Apple, or Target?

Market Misalignment: Demise of the Hybrid Accord

Monday, November 12, 2007

After much procrastination, my wife and I finally bought her first new’ish car.  I’m on crutches because I’m a klutz, and we needed a vehicle with an automatic transmission that I could drive while I recover.  So the timing was right for somewhat selfish reasons.

Nothing Says “Buy This Product!” Like a Wig-Sporting Chicken Leg

J. Kristin Ament
Monday, November 5, 2007

I’ve had my share of wee hour infomercial watching this year. And more than once, the sleep deprivation has had me giddy at the thought of buying one of those neato vacuum sealing doohickeys to keep my hamburger buns from getting all frosty in the freezer. But my curiosity pretty much died with the $139 price tag.

Touching on Apple’s Mouseless Future

R. Eric Raymond
Monday, October 22, 2007

In 1984, the Apple Macintosh brought the humble mouse widespread fame in the personal computing marketplace.  By the looks of things, Apple may just be the big cat that puts the mouse out of its misery.  Will your next Mac be the first computer to abandon the tried and true mouse interface entirely?

My Love/Hate Relationship with PowerPoint

Monday, July 9, 2007

There are many, many reasons why I love PowerPoint.  It’s intuitive…it helps make eloquent and impactful arguments…and pardon my dorkiness, but it can be downright fun to use.    But I also hate PowerPoint.  While it can be a very um…powerful tool, I believe it has dumbed down corporate culture.

What’s a Little Castration with Pliers Among Friends?

J. Kevin Ament
Friday, June 22, 2007

Video Game maker Rockstar’s newest gorefest, Manhunt 2, got the axe this week by the British Board of Film Classification. The ban prohibits the game’s sale in the U.K. America’s Entertainment Software Rating Board followed suit, classifying the game Adults Only - a rating big boxes like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target refuse to stock. While Rockstar is no stranger to controversy (the Grand Theft Auto oeuvre is a perennial cause célèbre for parent and religious groups), they certainly weren’t expecting this level of backlash, and they’re racing to save what was sure to be a blockbuster. Is the content of this game really so much worse than past offerings?

Another Brick in the Wall

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

We have to risk being "fools" both as marketers and young lovers because that is what offers all the risk and all the reward of being real and in a relationship.

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7 Incognito Wearables You'd Never Guess Were Gadgets

Max Knoblauch
Apr 18, 2014

The state of wearables seems to be divided into two contrasting design ideas: the visible and the subtle. On one side, wearable tech is futuristic and cool, and the design of objects should reflect that. At the other end of the spectrum, "Glassholes" are very real, so subtlety is key. For those of us slightly embarrassed by our more techie side, there are plenty of concealed wearables on the market and in production now.

The Unbundling of the Phone

Rebecca J. Rosen
Apr 17, 2014

For years, sustainability and consumer advocates alike have criticized the electronics industry for the so-called "bundled" nature of our devices: If your phone's speakers start making weird noises, you're just going to have to replace the whole darn thing. Components are glued, wired, soldered, and screwed together in ways that makes replacing any one a hassle. But this week, Google is showcasing a different vision for the future: Project Ara, an effort to create a phone whose components could just snap in and out, replaced when one breaks or a better version becomes available.

Verizon snagged highest slice of phone activations last quarter

Lance Whitney
Apr 17, 2014

Verizon outshined its mobile rivals last quarter with the largest share of phone activations, according to a survey report released Thursday by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Among US carriers, Verizon accounted for 35 percent of all activations, followed by AT&T with 28 percent, T-Mobile with 15 percent, and Sprint with 9 percent. Collectively, all other regional and prepaid carriers made up the remaining 13 percent.

This Open Source Graffiti Drone Will Give Cops Nightmares

Kyle Vanhemert
Apr 16, 2014

Katsu, like many graffiti artists, has a preoccupation with leaving his mark in hard-to-reach places. A few years back he developed an especially clever tool for the job, modifying a fire extinguisher to spray larger-than-life tags across entire walls. The artist’s latest innovation has the potential to extend his reach even further. It’s a spray-paint-wielding drone.

If You Want Google Glass, Now’s Your Chance

Jordan Crook
Apr 15, 2014

It’s been nearly a year since Google released the Google Glass face computer, and still only a select few have had access to the thing. But that’s all about to change.

How To Design For All Of Humanity, According to Facebook's Head Of Product

Kaila Colbin
Apr 14, 2014

Facebook has rolled out a design update, and, if the comments in my News Feed are anything to go by, it’s the end of the world. The new layout is awful. The fonts are atrocious. We want the old look back. In short, we’ve reacted the way we react to every Facebook design update. We are nothing if not entirely predictable. Most of us, however, have no idea of the imperatives and constraints facing Facebook’s design team.

Forget the Selfie: Samsung Is Out-Innovating Apple in Marketing

Mark Bergen
Apr 14, 2014

It was the tweet heard around the world, but was it worth $1 billion? That was the value Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy put on the star-studded Oscar smartphone "selfie" during an interview in Cannes earlier this week. He also immodestly took credit for it, which is a stretch because while Publicis buying arm Starcom Mediavest did broker Samsung's sponsorship of the Oscars, the tweet itself was spontaneous, according to two sources with knowledge of Samsung's marketing.

A Viral Marketing Gag That Uses 3-D Printers and Rubber Chickens

Joseph Flaherty
Apr 14, 2014

When was the last time you talked about your favorite cracker on Twitter? It’s a dry subject and the marketing team responsible for promoting Nabisco’s new Belvita brand crackers knew that their key selling point, “Nutritious sustained energy all morning,” wasn’t going to light the social web on fire without a little help. Instead of following their traditional strategy of minting coupons or, God forbid, coming up with a strategy involving QR codes, Belvita decided to embrace 3-D printing in a crassly commercial, and wildly successful, ad campaign.

Wearable Devices Are Powered By Its Owners’ Body Heat

Leah Gonzalez
Apr 14, 2014

Researchers have developed a "wearable thermo-element" that can generate electricity from one's own body temperature when worn.

First Look At The Nike+ Fuel Lab In San Francisco

Evie Nagy
Apr 11, 2014

Today, Nike opens its Nike+ Fuel Lab in San Francisco, a collaborative work and testing space in the city's SOMA neighborhood designed for selected partner companies to develop products that integrate the NikeFuel system for tracking and measuring activity.

Innovative MIT Grad Teaches Human-Animal 'Talk'

Eva Cairns
Apr 11, 2014

Can people really communicate with animals in ways that most humans seldom contemplate? Hong Kong’s Thomas Cheng, founder of the Institute of Scientific Animal Communication (ISAC), teaches talk-to-animals techniques.

Can Fashion See Beyond the Present to Find Its Future in Tech?

Rebecca Hiscott
Apr 9, 2014

For the companies and designers profiled in The Next Black, the minute-by-minute approach to designing and producing clothing is no longer sustainable. Instead, these particular industry pioneers are playing the long game — and that game involves tech.

A Billion-Dollar Bracelet Is the Key to a Disney Park

Brooks Barnes
Apr 3, 2014

Walt Disney World has spent more than a year rolling out a $1 billion system that changes how visitors do everything from enter their hotel rooms to ride Space Mountain. But a few weeks ago a front desk agent at one of Disney’s marquee hotels was still wrestling with the technology.

Brooklyn Bus Line Gets a Real-Time Digital Wayfinding Portal

Tiffany Nesbit
Apr 3, 2014

Real-time digital display highlights bus, subway, and ferry routes within a five minute walk of the location.

Mobile App Usage Increases In 2014, As Mobile Web Surfing Declines

Sarah Perez
Apr 1, 2014

New data from app analytics provider Flurry released today states that native app usage on smartphones is continuing to grow at the expense of the mobile web. The company claims that users are now spending 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on mobile devices as of March 2014, up from 2 hours, 38 minutes as of a year ago.

From Kickstarter to Facebook: the full Oculus Rift story

Verge Staff
Mar 27, 2014

Oculus Rift started as a breakout Kickstarter success, little more than an incredible demo involving sparks flying in a spaceship. But it evolved into something much more: Oculus VR became the face of the future of virtual reality.

Tomorrow’s Cargo Ships Will Use Augmented Reality to Sail the Seas

Damon Lavrinc
Mar 27, 2014

By 2025, the first batch of autonomous vehicles will be driving through your neighborhood. But what about cargo ships? They’ll still have humans at the helm–at least most of the time–and this is the augmented reality bridge they’ll use to traverse the high seas.

IDEO’s Inspiring Ideas For The Internet Of Everything

Joseph Flaherty
Mar 26, 2014

Most techies have tried using a web-connected pedometer at one point or another, but very few have gone from couch potato to track star by virtue of the points, badges, and achievements these systems provide. Making a device that connects to the Internet of Things is getting increasingly easy, but creating products and services that use technology to transform us into better people is as hard as it’s ever been.

Google to Offer Ray-Ban and Oakley Versions of Glass

Adario Strange
Mar 25, 2014

After months of speculation about which company Google might tap to produce more fashionable versions of Glass, the tech giant finally announced a partnership with Luxottica on Monday. As the parent company of Ray-Ban and Oakley, Luxottica will work with Google to introduce Glass devices that incorporate the styles of the two well-known eyewear brands.

The First News Report on the L.A. Earthquake Was Written by a Robot

Will Oremus
Mar 19, 2014

Ken Schwencke, a journalist and programmer for the Los Angeles Times, was jolted awake at 6:25 a.m. on Monday by an earthquake. He rolled out of bed and went straight to his computer, where he found a brief story about the quake already written and waiting in the system. He glanced over the text and hit “publish.” And that’s how the LAT became the first media outlet to report on this morning’s temblor. “I think we had it up within three minutes,” Schwencke told me.

Digital Hub 2.0

Ben Thompson
Mar 11, 2014

My question last week – How Much Will CarPlay Cost – was not an idle one. Most readers – and I include myself in this group – presume that CarPlay is, as I wrote, “a strategy that is based more on propping up the iPhone than on building a separate revenue stream.” Another way of putting it is that Apple is constructing a world with accessories that connect with and are powered by their flagship device. Call it Digital Hub 2.0.

Google's Sundar Pichai On Wearable Tech: 'We Are Just Scratching The Surface'

Dan Rowinski
Mar 11, 2014

Google may be commonly associated with Google Glass, one of the most striking, and perhaps strangest, wearable devices out there. But where development of new wearable technology is concerned, the fun is just beginning, a top Google executive said Sunday.

Technology: Rise of the replicants

Richard Waters
Mar 4, 2014

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence now threaten the jobs of educated white-collar workers

Amazon Said To Be Looking At March For Streaming TV Box Launch

Darrell Etherington
Feb 21, 2014

A new report pegs Amazon’s potential TV set-top box launch for March. Re/Code reports that the ecommerce and digital media giant is indeed still hard at work on a streaming TV device, which has been reported previous, and which was supposedly arriving in time for the holidays last year before those plans were pushed back.

Inside The Smart, Sensor-Laden Pill That's Coming Sooner Than You Think

Ariel Schwartz
Feb 19, 2014

One of the entries in Co.Exist's recent list of World-Changing Ideas for 2014 is the concept of ingestible sensors, which people will swallow to monitor and improve their health. Biotech company Proteus Digital Health already has an early prototype: a "smart pill" made up of a sensor that is the size of a pinhead paired with a body patch that monitors activity and vital signs. Today, that sensor only transmits information about what pill a patient has taken and when they have taken it. But in the future, Proteus could go far beyond that.

13 Signs You're in a Relationship with Your Smartphone

Jessica Catcher
Feb 19, 2014

We may be closer to the society Spike Jonze predicted in Her than we realized. Maybe it starts by giving your phone a special name that first time you plug it in. But if you soon find yourself waking up every morning, reaching for your device with a smile and a soft "hey," you may have crossed into a more complicated territory.

Why Makers Fail at Retail

Cyril Ebersweiler & Benjamin Joffe
Feb 3, 2014

2014 is starting off with a bang for hardware. The $3.2B acquisition of Nest, a four year old company, is great news for makers. The question is, then, should you be starting a hardware company rather than the next mobile app?

It's Time to Shift the Focus from Mobile to Mobility

Antony Young
Jan 30, 2014

Let's Stop Thinking About Mobile Just as a Channel or Tactic and Move on to a Bigger Idea.

Qualcomm Buys Massive Palm, Ipaq And Bitfone Patent Portfolio From HP

Matt Burns
Jan 23, 2014

Is Qualcomm preparing for the revival of the personal digital assistant? The San Diego-based Qualcomm just announced that it has acquired 1,400 patents from HP covering Palm, ipaq and Bitfone patents and pending patents.

What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?

Patrick Lin
Jan 22, 2014

Is this future scenario convenient—or creepy? It’s one thing if a car’s driver-drowsiness detection system (which exists today) sees that you’re nodding off and suggests coffee. But to make your automated car divert from its usual course because some advertiser paid it to do so, well, that sounds like a mini-carjacking.

Wearable Technology: A Fad or the Future?

Georgiana Foster
Jan 21, 2014

Wearable technology is finally here. All of a sudden the kinds of gadgets that I, as a child, imagined my superhero alter ego would sport, no longer seem quite so far-fetched.

The Smart Home And Office Devices From CES

David Lumb
Jan 15, 2014

The best part about the future is, baby, you’re living in it--literally. The “smart home” is becoming a real thing, and we’re finally getting choices in our intelligent devices. Here are the best of the bunch.

Google’s Car Guru Talks About a Future of Wildly Safe Roads

Damon Lavring
Jan 15, 2014

Sebastian Thrun is the godfather of the autonomous car. His work for Google X — the skunkworks program that also created Glass — was the catalyst for the search giant’s push to produce a fleet of self-driving vehicles that have racked up hundreds of thousands of miles on public roads.

Why Google Just Paid $3 Billion for a Thermostat Company

Seth Fiegerman
Jan 14, 2014

It has been a couple years since Google announced a multi-billion dollar acquisition that caused peoples' jaws to drop. On Monday, the company did just that with the news that it had entered into an agreement to buy Nest, which makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash.

We Pick the 10 Best Gadgets at CES

Gadget Lab Staff
Jan 10, 2014

Of all the consumer electronics (and other products of varying origin) we saw at CES 2014, these are our picks for the most interesting, the most important, and the most awesome.

Why Curved Glass Will Change Gadget Design Forever

John Brownlee
Jan 7, 2014

The smartphones in our hands, the tablets on our laps, the computers on our desks and the televisions on our walls. We live in a blocky world of glowing glass rectangles. But yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, industrial glassmaker Corning announced an innovation that may finally end the rectangle's domination over gadgets, and usher in the era of the organically curved and super-resistant devices of the future.

'Internet of Things' in Reach

Don Clark
Jan 6, 2014

From meat thermometers monitored with a smartphone to Wi-Fi-equipped dog collars, devices and services in homes and businesses are increasingly being connected to the Internet, a long-awaited trend that is causing a surge of optimism in the tech sector. Large and small companies are churning out a number of Internet-connected gadgets, a central theme as the Consumer Electronics Show opens this week in Las Vegas.

IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years

Dean Takahashi
Dec 18, 2013

The IBM “5 in 5″ is the eighth year in a row that IBM has made predictions about technology, and this year’s prognostications are sure to get people talking.

The Case For and Against Checking your Email when you Wake Up

Laura Vanderkam
Dec 18, 2013

Should you work before work? It depends. Let’s explore both sides of the coin.

Stop Whining About Uber’s Surge Pricing

Daniel Gross
Dec 16, 2013

The car-summoning service came in for some criticism over the weekend. Users know that at times of high demand—rush hour, or when it’s raining—prices can easily double during a “surge.” It’s a reflection of supply and demand. But over the weekend—a cold, holiday-season weekend when it was snowing, sleeting, and generally unpleasant to be outside—the surge prices rose to up to 7 and 8 times the usual. Many users cried foul.

7 Tips for Brands Participating in Cyber Monday

Graham Cooke
Nov 26, 2013

Cyber Monday is the day retailers love and hate. They love the huge revenue potential, but hate the pressure to perform.

MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

John Brownlee
Nov 13, 2013

At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that's only the beginning.

15 Amazing Designs That Were Impossible to Make 15 Years Ago

Liz Stinson
Nov 5, 2013

Post-digital is a confusing phrase. It’s hard to know what people mean when they throw it around—are we done with digital? What does digital even mean anymore?

38% of Children Under 2 Use Mobile Media, Study Says

Meg Wagner
Oct 28, 2013

Nearly two in five children have used a tablet or smartphone before they could speak in full sentences, according to a new report.

People Would Rather Buy a Self-Driving Car From Google Than GM

Damon Lavring
Oct 10, 2013

Nearly every automaker is working on some form of autonomous vehicle technology, but according to a new study, consumers are more interested in a self-driving car from Google than General Motors.

Soon, touchscreens at malls and stores will touch you back.

Neal Ungerleider
Oct 8, 2013

Ultrahaptics is a new technology, designed for retail, allowing giant touchscreens to give users physical feedback as they click, swipe, and type.

Responsive Websites Are Great for Users, but How Are the Ad Dollars Being Affected?

David Taintor
Sep 25, 2013

Seamlessly running campaigns is key.

Indooratlas Hopes To Unlock The "Holy Grail Of Advertising" With Magnetic-Field Mapping

Alice Truong
Sep 25, 2013

Indooratlas says it has found the key to indoor mapping: the magnetic field.

Apple's iPhone Event: Everything You Need To Know

Kit Eaton
Sep 11, 2013

Apple, as it promised, has just managed to "brighten everyone's day" with a big news conference that revealed the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C to the world. It was a powerful, detail-packed event that focused heavily on the iPhone.

See the Sizzle: Infrared Photos Reveal the Brutal Urban Heatscape

Betsy Mason
Aug 30, 2013

Armed with a thermal imaging camera that detects infrared radiation, artist Nickolay Lamm spent the afternoon in NYC capturing the city's heat signatures on August 15, 2013. The results are a compelling illustration of why it feels like you might melt there in the summer.

What If 3-D Printers Had An “Undo” Button?

Iona Holloway
Jul 26, 2013

3-D printing used to be a fixed medium. Now, graduate students have created a printer that can go back in time, make changes on the fly, and best of all, build objects in a weightless environment.

Disney’s Crazy Invention Lets You Feel Phantom Objects Floating In Air

Mark Wilson
Jul 19, 2013

You know how kinect lets you interact with virtual objects? A groundbreaking project called Aireal lets you feel them, too.

Will Someone Please Design Wearable Devices That Aren't Fugly?

Rachel Frank
Jul 16, 2013

If there's one reason to hope for an Apple iWatch, it's so that the wearable technology market has some small glimmer of hope of learning what looks good.

To Sell Stuff Online, Make It Easy to Buy in the Bathroom

Marcus Wohlsen
Jul 12, 2013

Thanks to the Apple iPad and other tablets, people are now shopping on the couch, in the bed, and in the kitchen, not to mention the most comfortable of “lean-back” environments: the bathroom.

Should Your Website Be Using Adaptive Design?

Igor Faletski
Jul 10, 2013

In today's multiscreen world, 27% of all web traffic comes from smartphones, tablets, and various other devices.

5 Years On, the App Store Has Forever Changed the Face of Software

Christina Bonnington
Jul 10, 2013

On July 10, 2008, Apple launched the App Store, an online hub where iPhone owners could browse and download apps from third party developers. More than anyone could have expected, this became a defining moment in the history of personal computing.

Apple Fashion Coming To A Store Near You

Haydn Shaughnessy
Jul 3, 2013

Initial reactions to Apple hiring Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve have focused on the iWatch.

Mobile Payments and the 'Wow' Factor: Q&A With Square CFO Sarah Friar

Maureen Hoch
Jun 24, 2013

While marketers strategize heavily around how to help consumers decide what to buy, how much time do they spend thinking about how they will pay? This area of innovation is where mobile payment companies want to play, especially in markets where such technology is less than ubiquitous.

Yes, There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Integration

Chris Vaughan
Jun 14, 2013

The key is to integrate what matters, and only what matters -- the defining ideas and the experience of the customer.

Google Glass Gets A Teardown, Revealing It Can Be Hacked To Prescription Glasses

Darrell Etherington
Jun 12, 2013

Google Glass isn’t in the hands of consumers yet, but a pair of intrepid Glass explorers didn’t let that stop them from taking the thing apart to see what makes it tick.

Groceries Could Be Amazon’s Next Killer App — If It Can Solve the Math

Marcus Wohlsen
Jun 11, 2013

This week, Amazon announced the expansion of its experiment in grocery delivery to Los Angeles. The bigger news, however, was the unveiling of a new version of the hugely popular Amazon Prime.

A Sexy iPhone Case That Shields Your Brain From Radiation

Liz Stinson
Jun 6, 2013

Let’s face it, being safe doesn’t look very sexy. Case in point: anyone in a bike helmet. And while that’s no reason to be reckless, what if you could take care of your body and actually look cool while doing so?

Measurement in a Constantly Connected World

Paul Muret
Jun 4, 2013

Being constantly connected has changed our behavior: we simply expect the right information to be at our fingertips.

Print Ad Charges Phone Using Solar Energy

Kyana Gordon
Jun 3, 2013

Nivea adds functionality to a traditional print ad promoting its Sun line in Brazil.

The PC May Be Dying, But Computing Lives Everywhere

Michael V. Copeland
May 29, 2013

So the PC is doomed, but classic PC companies may not be.

Your Kids Have the Same Media Habits as You Do

Lucia Moses
May 29, 2013

When it comes to technology, you don't stand a chance against your kids. Born into a digital world, tweens—those age 7-13—have unprecedented access to devices and gadgets.

Welcome to the Programmable World

Michael Wolf
May 14, 2013

In our houses, cars, and factories, we’re surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Now they are beginning to talk to one another. Soon we’ll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, even save our lives.

World's First 3-D-Printed Gun Fired In Texas

Addy Dugdale
May 6, 2013

A gun made with 3-D printer technology has been successfully fired in the U.S.

Coding Is the Must-Have Job Skill of the Future

Adam Popescu
Apr 30, 2013

Fast forward to 2020. What job skill must you have? Coding.

Why Digital Clothing Won't Need Batteries

Julia Kaganskiy
Apr 25, 2013

For wearables to really take off, we’ll need powerful and sophisticated devices that are light-weight, elegant and small enough to be worn as accessories—or embedded into the fabric of our clothes.

Sorry, Killer Robots: Campaign Aims to Stop You

Chris Taylor
Apr 24, 2013

Killer robots are a real threat to our future and must be outlawed now, according to a campaign launched in London on Tuesday by five international NGOs, led by Human Rights Watch.

3 Awesome And Inspiring Inventions From The White House Science Fair

Gregory Ferenstein
Apr 23, 2013

Some of the nation’s young brainiacs were honored today at the annual White House Science Fair.

App lets gift givers scan physical items and send them to friends elsewhere

Murtaza Patel
Apr 19, 2013

Jifiti lets users scan product barcodes and instantly send a voucher for those items to friends in other locations.

Nest, Jawbone Founders On Why Creating Something Simple Is Really Hard

Vivek Kemp
Apr 17, 2013

“You have to have that really tight narrative around the problem that you’re solving,” says Rahman, whose company created Jawboone headsets.

A Closer Look At the Virtual Grocery Display Trend

PSFK Labs
Apr 5, 2013

Virtual retail spaces have the potential to repurpose transitional urban spaces for entirely new uses.

A mountain of paperwork bumming you out? Build a custom tablet like this police officer did.

Neal Ungerleider
Apr 4, 2013

Marc Costa, a New Jersey police officer, found himself dealing with an excess of paperwork on the job. Up to three quarters of a police officer's day can be spent filling out paperwork, and he wanted to find a way to make his workday more efficient.

First Mobile Phone Call Was Placed Exactly 40 Years Ago

Stan Schroeder
Apr 3, 2013

On April 3, 1973 — exactly 40 years from today — Motorola employee Marty Cooper made the first mobile phone call.

These 3-D Printed Speakers Put On a Dazzling Light Show

Nathan Hurst
Apr 2, 2013

Like these speakers? You can’t have them.

Enterprise-Class 3D Printers To Drop Under $2,000 By 2016, Says Report

Matt Burns
Mar 29, 2013

3D printing is still in its infancy. But, to use an overused phrase, it is the future. From home use to enterprise use, 3D printing will continue to grow and break into new areas.

Apple Patents iPhone With Wraparound Display, Including Designs That Plug Together Voltron-Style

Darrell Etherington
Mar 28, 2013

The patent describes designs that could have a seamless, continuous surface resembling the fourth generation iPod nano, as well as other shapes closer to the current iPhone, but with every surface a touch-sensitive glass display.

Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Invisibility Cloak

Stan Schroeder
Mar 26, 2013

The invisibility cloak has long been an idea present mostly in comic books and sci-fi novels — remember the Cloak of Invisibility from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books or the scramble suit from Philip K. Dick's "A Scanner Darkly"?

Bike Light Projects Cyclist’s Speed On The Road In Front Of Them

Yi Chen
Mar 26, 2013

Matt Richardson's hack displays a moving odometer in real-time.

3D printing pen that can draw real objects into existence raises over USD 2m on Kickstarter

Nameet Potnis
Mar 25, 2013

The 3Doodler aims to bring 3D printing down to the handheld scale, with a pen that uses quick-cooling plastic to create hand-drawn 3D models.

Starbucks's Shoddy Square Rollout Baffles Baristas, Confuses Customers

Austin Carr
Mar 20, 2013

About 7,000 starbucks locations offer a supposedly simple system for letting customers pay with credit and debit cards using square wallet. Starbucks even invested $25 million in the payments startup. So why can't baristas make it work?

How Interactive Displays Are Helping Customers Buy Smarter

PSFK Staff
Mar 15, 2013

The use of interactive digital displays are helping to provide customers with an immersive experience that engages multiple senses, something that’s impossible to replicate on the web.

Philips Turns Pane of Glass Into a 3D TV

Stan Schroeder
Mar 15, 2013

Aiming to create an "object of desire" rather than just another TV, Philips' designers have created a TV that looks like a seamless sheet of glass with a black gradient.

The electronic tattoo that can monitor patient symptoms remotely

Oliver Wainwright
Mar 15, 2013

Repeat trips to the doctor could become a thing of the past thanks to a new technology that can monitor your health and wellbeing remotely – directly from the surface of your skin.

3d-Printed Cube Casts Scannable or Codes with Its Shadows

Yi Chen
Mar 13, 2013

The Shadow Cube creates barcodes that point to Wikipedia entries of great thinkers.

Virtual Library Brings Books to NYC Subway

Nic Halverson
Mar 12, 2013

Using near-field communication (NFC) technology found in smartphones, commuters could scan book titles that appear on advertisements inside the car.

5 Steps for Omni-Channel Readiness

Dan Darnell
Mar 8, 2013

Omni-channel is the future of retail, but it may not be right for everyone just yet. However, by taking one or more of these steps in 2013, your organization will be closer to achieving an omni-channel reality and demonstrate to your customers that you’re serious about building the ultimate customer experience.

Samsung To Continue Its Innovation Push With Head Tracking Auto-Scroll On The GSIV

Matt Burns
Mar 6, 2013

Auto-tracking is the next frontier in user interaction. Intelligent eye-tracking would result in a revolutionary paradigm shift.

Why The Human Body Will Be The Next Computer Interface

Andy Goodman and Marco Righetto
Mar 5, 2013

Fjord charts the major innovations of the past, and predicts a future of totally intuitive "micro gestures and expressions" that will control our devices.

The Truth Behind "Secret" Innovation At Nike, Apple, Google X

Austin Carr
Mar 5, 2013

This sense of secrecy extends to the highest levels of the organization.

Battery Stretches to Three Times Its Size

Katherine Bourzac
Mar 5, 2013

Flexible, stretchable electronic devices will help monitor athletes on the field, take medical monitoring away from the hospital bedside, and make portable electronics more comfortable—perhaps even wearable.

No Hot SXSW App This Year? Here’s Why

Kim-Mai Culter
Feb 28, 2013

Are we jaded? Is SXSW too crowded to anyone to stand out?

Armband Lets You Wirelessly Control Devices, 'Unleash Your Inner Jedi'

Anita Li
Feb 27, 2013

It's like harnessing the Force: A new armband uses the electrical activity in your muscles to let you wirelessly control digital devices.

Report Reveals How Consumers Use Mobile Phones Worldwide

Anita Li
Feb 26, 2013

Mobile phones are found all around the world — ubiquitous even in emerging markets such as China and India — but how you use the device depends greatly on where you live.

Social pollution masks? Winning wearable tech ideas

Amanda Kooser
Feb 21, 2013

Frog Design asked designers to invent wearable tech concepts, with results ranging from interactive tree displays to a wristband that helps wearers navigate NY subways.

Want Google Glass? Tell Google How You'll Use it

Lance Ulanoff
Feb 20, 2013

On Wednesday, the search giant launched an application contest to let regular people from all walks of life try out the head-mounted, augmented reality "glasses." They simply have to prove they deserve it.

Nike CEO Mark Parker On His Company's Digital Future: Body-Controlled Music, Color-Coded Heart Rates

Austin Carr
Feb 13, 2013

"Nike has broken out of apparel and into tech, data, and services, which is so hard for any company to do." In the coming years, Nike will expand its footprint in the digital space, especially through partnerships like the one it struck with TechStars, to attract startups to build on the Nike+ platform.

Streaming Radio Service 8tracks Relaunches On iPhone

Sarah Perez
Oct 26, 2012

8tracks is a streaming, not on-demand, music service. Its some 600,000 mixes are uploaded by a small portion (less than 1%) of the app’s users, known as DJs. There are no restrictions on the type of tracks these DJs can choose, beyond a couple of requirements that help keep 8tracks legal.

Microsoft Plans Large Volume Production of Surface

Lorraine Luk
Oct 16, 2012

Microsoft Corp. seems to be serious about its foray into the tablet market – the software giant is planning large volume production of its first tablet computer, Surface, in the fourth quarter.

Big Brother, Now at the Mall

Evan Ramstad
Oct 12, 2012

Shoppers at the new International Finance Center Mall in Seoul can find their way around the four-story complex by approaching one of 26 information kiosks. When they do, they also are being watched. Kiosks at a Seoul mall, above, would use facial recognition software to decide what ads to present shoppers. Just above each kiosk's LCD touch screen sit two cameras and a motion detector

An Intimate Portrait Of Innovation, Risk, And Failure Through Hipstamatic's Lens

Austin Carr
Oct 12, 2012

From rooftop bashes and acquisition talks to staff clashes and layoffs, Hipstamatic’s founders and ex-employees describe the startup’s losing struggle to keep pace with Instagram, Facebook, and others in the white-hot photo-sharing space.

BMW Hopes to Get the Connected Car up to Speed With ‘Webinos’

Doug Newcomb
Oct 11, 2012

The car has been called “the fourth screen” for internet-connected content. But even for high-performance brands like BMW, adapting the car to keep up with the fast pace of mobile computing has been a slow and complicated process. The luxury automaker plans to bring automotive technology up to speed and in sync with smartphones, computers and tablets by leveraging an EU-funded project called “webinos.”

Do you remember when Sony was Apple?

Steve Guttenberg
Oct 1, 2012

Sony dominated consumer electronics for decades, but that was a long time ago.

Square’s Starbucks Deal Puts It At The Epicenter Of The ‘Seismic Change’ Away From Cash

Ingrid Lunden
Aug 8, 2012

The $25 million funding and sales deal announced late yesterday between mobile payments startup Square and coffee giant Starbucks is big, but it is only the tip of the iceberg for what the implications will be for Square and for mobile payments in general.

How New Platforms Are Lowering the Barriers to Learning

Karen Baker
Aug 3, 2012

The emergence of online platforms is bringing a wave of disruptive innovations to traditional education. From 40,000 person classes that you can take from anywhere to Twitter-moderated discussion forums with trending hashtags, technology is fundamentally changing the way we learn today.

Atari at 40

Steven Heller
Jul 3, 2012

If you are of a certain age (around 50-60), Atari made the first computer games you ever played. Pong, anyone? Joystick? If you are a hip gamester today, Atari is a retro brand. Now in its 40th year, Atari is still in the games game. Recently, I spoke to Atari's design director, Kris Johns (whose team is responsible for the Atari timeline below) about the legacy, inventions, and future of this legendary brand.

IBM Tests 'Augmented Reality' Shopper App

Jack Neff
Jul 2, 2012

Marketers have tried targeting consumers in stores with QR codes and barcode scanners that so far have gotten limited traction. Now IBM is testing a new approach, dubbed augmented reality, which is a bit like applying search or a personalized version of Google Goggles to the world of physical store shelves.

Microsoft Unveils 'Surface,' a Tablet to Take on Apple's IPad

Jun 19, 2012

Microsoft Corp. unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet computer called Surface, altering its strategy of focusing on software and relying on partners to make the machines in a renewed attempt to take on Apple iPad.

How High-Tech Could Hurt Heinz Profits

Mark Gibbs
May 31, 2012

When I was a kid and we got to the end of the ketchup or mustard after smacking the container with my palm and shaking it side-to-side I’d ask for a new bottle. But before a new one could be opened my mother would always require that I scraped out what was stuck inside the bottle with a knife or spoon. Her rationale for this was that leaving anything in the bottle was wasteful … and she’d invariably add “That’s how Mr. Heinz got rich.” My mother would have appreciated a new product called “LiquiGlide.”

Google+ Local Unlocks the Power of Zagat

Samantha Murphy
May 30, 2012

Google+ rolled out on Wednesday a new ‘Local’ tool that allows users to share and find information about nearby places — from museums and spas to restaurants and hotels. In addition to tapping a user’s network or “Circles,” the new service also incorporates information from Zagat, which Google bought last year.

Apple gives Flattr micro-payment the thumbs down

Dara Kerr
May 29, 2012

The iPhone maker rejects a donation-focused third-party payment system, saying it violates the App Store's terms and conditions. But does it actually have more to do with competition?

Tablet power is in the platform

Dan Farber
May 23, 2012

Tablets are on track to fundamentally change the computing landscape. The handheld devices of various shapes and sizes will be in the hands of 34 percent of the U.S. population by 2016, predicts James McQuivey, principal analyst at Forrester Research.

From Nuance, Siri in your next car

Liane Yvkoff
May 22, 2012

If you find yourself with Siri envy but don't want to pony up the $600 for a phone, you may be able to get that same level of convenience and computerized companionship in your car. Nuance's Dragon Drive enables automotive manufacturers to offer natural language voice commands for vehicle telematics, which will enhance usability and could reduce distracted driving.

Nielsen: U.S. Consumers App Downloads Up 28% To 41

Ingrid Lunden
May 16, 2012

According to a new report from Nielsen, mobile consumers are downloading more apps than ever before, with the average number of apps owned by a smartphone user now at 41 — a rise of 28 percent on the 32 apps owned on average last year.

Strategy, Context, and the Decline of Sony

Sohrab Vossoughi
May 14, 2012

The strategy address recently delivered by the corporation's new CEO, Kazuo Hirai, earned press coverage that verged on mocking, with The Wall Street Journal noting that the brand's "once-sterling cachet has deteriorated," and The New York Times going further, placing Sony in "a fight for its life," and accusing it of "an astonishing lack of ideas." Both observations are correct, but they only hint at the underlying question: why is the strategy that once served Sony so well now failing so badly?

The curse of the two-faced interface

Rafe Needleman
May 8, 2012

Sometimes, user interfaces come together at the last minute. And not very well. In devices that should be up to date in the interface department you see multiple personalities fighting. It's like being a fly on the wall of the meeting where the designers and engineers all just said, when they had to finalize the design of a product, "Oh, screw it. Let's go get lunch."

Bottle uses active charcoal to make tap water taste better

Springwise.com
Apr 19, 2012

UK-based Black+Blum’s Eau Good water bottle embraces the centuries-old use of active charcoal to make every day tap water taste better.

How ‘Liquidmetal’ Could Give the Next iPhone Its Special Swagger

Christina Bonnington
Apr 19, 2012

After releasing two generations of iPhones with exactly the same form factor, Apple is expected to show off a new chassis design — and possibly new materials — in its sixth-generation smartphone. And a little-known alloy that Apple has quietly been using for the past two years could be just the ticket to make consumers swoon.

Adidas Brings You the First ‘Smart’ Soccer Match

Chuck Squatriglia
Apr 12, 2012

Adidas will embed its miCoach data tracker in uniforms worn by players competing in the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 25. The “professional soccer team tracking system” riffs on the miCoach Speed Cell introduced last year, and Adidas says it will provide coaches with real-time data about player position and performance.

How A Geek Dad And His 3D Printer Aim To Liberate Legos

Andy Greenberg
Apr 6, 2012

In an age when anyone can share, download and create not just digital files but also physical things, thanks to the proliferation of cheap 3-D printers, are companies at risk of losing control of the objects they sell? In March Levin and his former ­student Shawn Sims released a set of digital blueprints that a 3-D printer can use to create more than 45 plastic objects, each of which provides the missing interface between pieces from toy construction sets. They call it the Free Universal Construction Kit.

Google unveils 'Project Glass' virtual-reality glasses

David Goldman
Apr 5, 2012

Siri is about to get one-upped by Google. The company on Wednesday unveiled a long-rumored concept called "Project Glass," which takes all the functionality of a smartphone and places it into a wearable device that resembles eyeglasses. The see-through lens could display everything from text messages to maps to reminders.

Nest thermostat gets 2.0 software

Martin LaMonica
Apr 5, 2012

The gadgets of your smart home now come with software updates. Nest Labs today released the equivalent of version 2.0 software for its smart thermostat available for the Web, iOS or Android. The software tweaks for the $249 Learning Thermostat are designed to help people better understand how thermostat changes affect energy usage.

Cars in the Cloud: Trackable and Time-Stamped

Victor Cruz
Apr 2, 2012

When an aircraft crashes, investigators are able to retrieve useful information about what went wrong from the flight data recorder, more commonly known as the black box. (The data recorder itself is actually not black, not until it’s retrieved from charred remains.) Statistically speaking, plane crashes are rare occurrences compared to car crashes, so why not install a black box for cars?

London’s Interactive NikeFuel Station Breaks Digital Design Boundaries via PSFK: http://www.psfk.co

Emma Hutchings
Mar 15, 2012

Nike has opened the world’s first NikeFuel Station at the Boxpark in Shoreditch, London. The retail space breaks new boundaries in digital displays and design, aiming to appeal to today’s digitally-enabled athlete.

PayPal to launch mobile payments dongle?

Steven Musil
Mar 13, 2012

PayPal is expected to launch a mobile payment dongle that would allow small businesses to process credit card transactions with a smartphone, according to a GigaOm report.

So how much is a fair price to pay for an e-book?

Charles Cooper
Feb 24, 2012

why is it that consumers are still paying through the nose for e-book titles that ought to cost a fraction of the price charged for the used hardcover version?

Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End

Nick Bilton
Feb 22, 2012

People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.

No More Kodak Moments

Robert Passikoff
Feb 14, 2012

Kodak is going to stop doing what they were once the first to ever do. No, not produce Kodachrome. They stopped that 10 years ago. They’re stopping the manufacture of digital cameras. “Did Kodak manufacture digital cameras?” I hear you ask. They invented digital.

The Thermostat Wars

Farhad Manjoo
Feb 8, 2012

The thermostat business is getting ugly. I understand that sounds crazy, but it’s true. Late last year Tony Fadell, the guy who created the iPod at Apple, launched Nest, a new company that aims to reinvent household devices. Nest’s first product is a beautiful, easy-to-use, $249 “learning thermostat.” It launched to rave reviews, and sold out instantly. In retrospect it’s clear why Honeywell put on a full-court press to show me all the ways its thermostat was superior to the Nest.

Could Kodak's demise have been averted?

John Naughton
Jan 23, 2012

There is an old saying that hindsight is the only exact science, and it's true. The news that Kodak's long fade to black has finally ended with the company filing for Chapter 11 protection (a way of protecting it from bankruptcy while it attempts to restructure) has prompted an avalanche of retrospective wisdom about great companies "fumbling the future" (as the title of a book about Xerox once put it). And it's easy to see why. Kodak is like Coca-Cola, a brand-name that defined an industry. One of its products – the color film Kodachrome – even became the title of one of Paul Simon's most famous songs. You can't get more iconic than that. And the company was an industrial giant – at one time (1976), for example, it had 90% of film and 85% of camera sales in the US and was regularly rated one of the world's five most valuable brands. So it seemed inconceivable that a company as large and successful could disappear. And yet it might.

BARNES & NOBLE: Spinning Off "The Nook" Is A Terrible Idea

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
Jan 5, 2012

Barnes & Noble lowered guidance and its stock is getting crushed. It's thinking about spinning off its Nook business--both hardware and digital ecosystem. That won't save it.

The Truth About Internet Radio

Mike Carson
Nov 17, 2011

With the public offering of Pandora and the recent U.S. launch of European music darling Spotify, as well as the emergence of other startups in the "streaming music" market, a great deal of media attention is focused on the online radio space. All of these music services are readily clumped together as "Internet radio." Streaming radio, is also sometimes called “Internet radio,” and they are essentially interchangeable. They involve delivering music (and/or other audio content) to a device via the Internet as a live stream. Internet radio is the opposite of a download. However, there are different types of services in the Internet radio basket, and many who speak or write about them end up comparing apples and oranges.

Why 'Pages' on Google+ Isn't Just Another Facebook

David Berkowitz
Nov 8, 2011

Google+ has been billed as a Facebook killer, its user homepage layout borrows heavily from Facebook, and now there are free self-service branded pages for marketers similar conceptually to what Facebook introduced in November 2007 – almost four years ago to the day. Despite all of this, Google+ is different. This is largely because Facebook the company has only one eponymous flagship product, and Google the company is using Google+ as both a networking hub and a social layer across its diverse suite of digital products.

It's Time For Apple To Flip The Switch On TV

Kit Eaton
Oct 27, 2011

Apple television rumors have swirled for years. But only now do we know that when speaking to his official biographer, Steve Jobs was keen to reinvent the television. And after ages trying to polish it into a user-friendly interface to video content he finally felt he'd "cracked it." Excitement has grown quickly since this revelation, but one analyst--Gene Munster--has checked with his sources and says that test HDTV prototypes are already in the pipeline, suggesting the device could be en route sooner than we thought.

eBay Opens Scannable Storefront in Manhattan

David Keifaber
Oct 27, 2011

"Happy chic" designer Jonathan Adler took some time away from whatever he's doing now to help put together eBay's first storefront. It's located in New York City, naturally. Each item in the storefront has a QR code; if you scan a code with your eBay phone app, you're directed to a special purchasing page within the app. What's that, you say? No, it's not a slightly more complicated version of browsing the site on your computer. Shut up. It's a dynamic and totally new 24-hour shopping experience.

The Top Creative Minds in Digital

Gabriel Beltrone
Oct 18, 2011

Unleashed into the digital wilds, creatives have responded with innovative, far-reaching ideas that leverage interactive’s unique attributes. We look at some of the people best utilizing the new technologies to create work that stands out amidst today’s multimedia clutter.

Steve Jobs's Legacy - And The Next Tech War

Robert Safian
Oct 14, 2011

In a few days Fast Company’s next magazine issue will begin arriving in newsstands and mailboxes. The issue has four different covers, and one of them features a picture of Steve Jobs. But this is not a commemorative obituary. In fact, the issue had already been printed at our plant when Jobs passed away. Instead the magazine offers a forward-looking analysis of what’s next for Apple--and how it will be battling with America’s three other favorite tech companies: Amazon, Facebook, and Google. We’ve dubbed this coming clash “The Great Tech War of 2012.”

Movies in the Clouds

Michelle Kung
Oct 12, 2011

Anyone who's spent an hour waiting to download a movie from Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store, or hunting for a recent release on Netflix Inc.'s streaming service, knows that online movies aren't exactly ready for prime time.

Steve Jobs's Legacy: Design Your Own Life

Nilofer Merchant
Oct 6, 2011

While there are many things worth celebrating of Steve Jobs's life, the greatest gift Steve gave us is a way to design our own lives.

The Kindle Fire Will Have A Whole New “Cloud Accelerated” Mobile Browser Calle

Eric Shonfeld
Sep 28, 2011

Jeff Bezos announced a new family of Kindle’s today, including the Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch. But he also had one more thing. The Kindle Fire tablet is coming with an entirely new mobile browser called Amazon Silk. The browser is “cloud-accelerated” in that it splits tasks between the cloud and the device.

Amazon Tests Website Redesign

Stu Woo
Sep 6, 2011

Amazon.com Inc. said it is testing a major redesign of its website, an overhaul that could refashion the way people shop on the world's largest online retailer. The new site appears to have been streamlined for use on a tablet computer, online-commerce experts say, indicating that the Seattle-based retailer is trying to improve the shopping experience on Apple Inc.'s iPad—or its own competing device. Amazon is expected to release a tablet in coming weeks, people familiar with the device have said.

Why Apple Doesn't Need Steve Jobs

James Allworth, Max Wessel, and Rob Wheeler
Aug 25, 2011

Last night in after-hours trading, Apple's stock dropped precipitously. The prophets of Apple's doom emerged after a very long hibernation. Even those bullish on Apple's prospects could hardly muster more than lukewarm praise of Tim Cook's appointment to CEO of Apple Inc, saying, "he's pretty good, but he's no Steve Jobs." We believe they're all missing the point. Jobs has managed to perform the ultimate feat of leadership — he's embedded himself so deeply within the cultural fabric of Apple that the company no longer needs him.

The London Riots and the Future of Social Media

Gill Corkindale
Aug 16, 2011

While there are many theories for the underlying reasons for the the riots — social inequality, the economic crisis, gang culture, opportunism and the failings of capitalism to name a few — but there is little doubt that technology and social media were the great enablers of the rioters and the criminality that ensued.

Google buys Motorola mobile phone unit

Tim Bradshaw, Andrew Parker, Helen Thomas
Aug 15, 2011

Google has made its largest and boldest acquisition yet with the $12.5bn purchase of Motorola’s mobile-phone division, a deal the search company hopes will bolster its Android smartphone system.

How We Brought in New Thinking

Frederico R. Lopez
Jul 21, 2011

Samsung's journey from low-cost OEM producer to a global brand name synonymous with innovation is an admirable one. The process of turning away from the basic elements responsible for your original success is a perilous and brave move. I can only imagine the resistance involved when an established, hierarchical company like the old Samsung decides to introduce practices that threaten the status quo.

The Flipside of Cisco's Flip Decision

Joshua Gans
Jun 24, 2011

In 2009, I purchased a Flip HD camcorder. Around the same time, Cisco purchased Flip, the company, for about $600 million. It was never clear precisely what Cisco was up to, but with YouTube being a big deal, some form of Internet connectivity seemed to top the list of the possible "synergies." It took Cisco just a year to change its mind, announcing in April of this year that it would shut Flip down.

New App From Bono's ONE To Mobilize Activists

Morgan Clendaniel
Jun 2, 2011

The age of boots-on-the-ground activism has largely been passed over for organizing into Facebook groups and online petitions. And while those things are good ways to motivate people, real world action still works. ONE's new iPhone app lets you sign petitions, but also makes it easy to do things like call the White House or even helps give you information on how to get out to a real live protest. And--of course--there are plans to gameify everything. Prepare to compete for the title of most involved activist.

Check Out the Future of Shopping

Ann Zimmerman
May 18, 2011

A device that looks like a smartphone is making supermarket shoppers—and stores—happier. Perched on the handle of the shopping cart, it scans grocery items as the customer adds them to the cart.

Penguin CEO Adjusts to E-Books but Sees Room for the Old

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
May 9, 2011

Few publishing executives have gotten a closer look at how quickly digital technology is transforming businesses around the globe than John Makinson, chief executive of Pearson PLC's book publishing arm, Penguin Group. The house publishes 4,000 fiction and nonfiction titles globally, and does business in a wide variety of markets, including India. Deciding how and where to sell those books is significantly more complicated than when Mr. Makinson took over as CEO in 2002. At the time, e-books were a minor enterprise, and the full impact of online discounting hadn't yet been felt.

Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees

Leena Rao
Apr 12, 2011

Wow. Cisco has just issued a release stating that in a strategic plan to “align its operations,” the company will exit parts of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business to support four of its five key company priorities: core routing, switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video. One of the casualties of this realignment: Cisco’s video camera Flip business, which was part of its $590 million acquisition of Pure Digital. As part of the plan, Cisco will close down its Flip business and “support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan.” Cisco will also refocus its Home Networking business and will integrate Cisco umi into the company’s Business TelePresence product line. As part of the transition, Cisco plans to eliminate 550 jobs.

Get 'em While They're Young: Apple to Sell iPads at Toys "R" Us

Kit Eaton
Apr 11, 2011

Toys "R" Us will soon be selling iPads alongside G.I. Joes, PlayStation games, and Legos. And did you know? One in five U.S. teens owns a tablet PC (which basically means an iPad). iPads: Apple's doin' it for the kids.

Why the Cloud Is Actually the Safest Place for Your Data

Simon Crosby
Mar 30, 2011

Worried about your data? If you’re not, you’re kidding yourself. It’s become clear over the past few months that the risk of security breaches has reached a new and frightening level — from sophisticated tools in the hands of national governments and organized crime to spontaneous attacks harnessing the resources of thousands of loosely connected vigilantes. Add to that the dizzying array of devices now used to access, move and store data. Security strategies that seemed airtight only a few years ago now look like so much Swiss cheese.

Progressive's Flo Thumbs a Ride With Drivers

E.J. Schultz
Mar 14, 2011

Starting this week, Progressive's perky sales clerk will push a new in-car product the company claims will be as transformative for the insurance industry as the iPod was for music -- a device that plugs in your car and tracks how and when you drive.

Has Apple’s Brand Reached a Tipping Point?

John Dragoon
Mar 8, 2011

To no one’s surprise, including mine, Apple once again has the industry all abuzz about their latest innovation – the iPad2. After months of speculation and free press, Apple unveiled—through their charismatic and enigmatic leader, Steve Jobs—how they intend to extend their dominance over the rapidly expanding tablet market with the iPad2. As much as I admire Apple’s relentless pursuit and delivery of innovation, it’s their stranglehold on customer sentiment and the media in particular that I find even more impressive and, frankly, enviable. The question is, “Is it sustainable?”

For Magazines, a Bitter Pill in iPad

Jeremy W. Peters
Jan 18, 2011

The frustration that the country’s magazine and newspaper publishers feel toward Apple can sound a lot like a variation on the old relationship gripe, “can’t live with ’em, may get left behind without ’em.”

Google challenge to Microsoft software empire

Richard Waters
Dec 8, 2010

The battle between Google and Microsoft to shape the future of personal computing has stepped up a gear after Google unveiled an internet-centric laptop that it said would offer a cheaper alternative to the traditional PC. Executives at the search company said companies such as American Airlines and Kraft had been lining up to try out the new machine in the hope of saving large amounts on their PC costs.

Total Recall: How Mobile Photos Will Shape the Future of Marketing

Allison Mooney
Dec 3, 2010

In the 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic, the title character, played by Keanu Reeves, has a cybernetic brain implant that stores vast amounts of data. Today, we all have this capacity, but the mechanism is in our hands, not our heads. Smartphones are helping us become, well, smarter – both expanding our memories and giving us access to the web's collective knowledge.

Microsoft cloud computing leader to depart

Richard Waters
Oct 19, 2010

Ray Ozzie, the software visionary who was hired to galvanise Microsoft’s attempt to overhaul its business for the internet era, is to leave the company after a brief transition, it was announced unexpectedly on Monday. “He was trying to push against the wind to accelerate the change,” said Wesley Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft. “They’re a slow-moving company that needs to move faster.” Microsoft’s slow progress in cloud computing was one reason that Goldman Sachs downgraded its recommendation on the company’s stock earlier this month after many years of rating it a “buy”.

The Power of the Social Cloud

John Hagel III and John Seely Brown
Oct 18, 2010

In our previous two posts, we discussed the significance of cloud computing and social software. We rarely get excited about technology for technology's sake — we are most interested in how technologies (and people and practices) alter the business landscape. In this post, we explore how the convergence of these two technology edges can help to support extreme performance improvement. In particular, we want to focus on their potential to change individuals' behaviors and orientation toward challenges.

Android Invasion

Daniel Lyons
Oct 11, 2010

How a tiny piece of software created by a few Google engineers is ushering in the mobile revolution and reshaping the fortunes of the world's biggest tech companies.

10 Mobile Interfaces That Rewire Daily Life

Method
Oct 1, 2010

The only brands that stay relevant in our change world will be ones savvy about mobile technology.

The Shape-Shifting Future of the Mobile Phone

Fabian Hemmert
Sep 23, 2010

At TEDxBerlin, Fabian Hemmert demos one future of the mobile phone -- a shape-shifting and weight-shifting handset that "displays" information nonvisually, offering a delightfully intuitive way to communicate.

Mobile Phone Ranked Most Used Electronic Device

Giselle Tsirulnik
Sep 23, 2010

Forrester Research’s largest annual survey of Americans’ technology adoption finds that 73 percent of the 37,000 respondents claim the mobile phone is the electronic device they use the most.

To Win Over Users, Gadgets Have to Be Touchable

Claire Cain Miller
Sep 1, 2010

Whoever said technology was dehumanizing was wrong. On screens everywhere — cellphones, e-readers, A.T.M.’s — as Diana Ross sang, we just want to reach out and touch. Scientists and academics who study how we interact with technology say people often try to import those behaviors into their lives, as anyone who has ever wished they could lower the volume on a loud conversation or Google their brain for an answer knows well. But they say touching screens has seeped into people’s day-to-day existence more quickly and completely than other technological behaviors because it is so natural, intimate and intuitive.

Top 5 Mobile Advertising Trends To Watch

Erica Swallow
Aug 20, 2010

Mobile advertising is increasingly important, as cell phone adoption rates, especially smartphone adoption rates, soar. With a range of mobile advertising options, including SMS, WAP, mobile app display ads, search ads, rich media, video and push notifications, the landscape can be a bit complicated. After a tough 2009, advertisers are expected to increase mobile and digital marketing budgets over the next year. With this in mind, it’s essential that advertisers keep up-to-date on their options in the mobile space. Here, we’ve laid out five mobile advertising trends to watch over the coming year.

The Time Is Now to Take Shopper Marketing Beyond the Store

Jim Lucas
Aug 18, 2010

According to Deloitte's 2010 Back-to-School Survey, three out of 10 consumers plan to use their mobile phones to assist in their back-to-school shopping. No doubt, as shoppers look to social media for product information, reviews and sales, the ecology of shopping is changing rapidly. As it does, marketers are trying to address two challenges. The first is how to strike the right balance between verified traditional methods and the pursuit of new ways of communicating with shoppers. The second challenge for marketers is to garner shopper attention, then earn and cultivate a relationship with the shopper.

The Future of the Internet

Dan Redding
Aug 16, 2010

The Internet is a medium that is evolving at breakneck speed. It’s a wild organism of sweeping cultural change — one that leaves the carcasses of dead media forms in its sizeable wake. It’s transformative: it has transformed the vast globe into a ‘global village’ and it has drawn human communication away from print-based media and into a post-Gutenberg digital era. Right now, its perils are equal to its potential. The debate over ‘net neutrality’ is at a fever pitch. There is a tug-of-war going on between an ‘open web’ and a more governed form of the web (like the Apple-approved apps on the iPad/iPhone) that has more security but less freedom.

Clouds, Big Data, and Smart Assets: Ten Tech-Enabled Business Trends to Watch

Jacques Bughin, Michael Chui, and James Manyika
Aug 13, 2010

Advancing technologies and their swift adoption are upending traditional business models. Senior executives need to think strategically about how to prepare their organizations for the challenging new environment.

Media Companies Must Divide To Conquer

Steve Rubel
Aug 11, 2010

The media is something that for most, if not all, of our adult lives, we have taken for granted. Media giants form the terra firma of the marketing industry, both its paid and earned disciplines. They provide the lifeblood of services and bring us the audiences we need to do our jobs. However, underneath it all, the harsh reality is that there's a new digital dynamic present today. This will mean that many media companies divide themselves into dozens of smaller independent operating companies if they wish to survive. Many won't.

Marketers Still Looking for More Data, Lower Costs for IPad Ads

Kunur Patel
Aug 9, 2010

As early data on iPad apps trickle in, one thing is clear: It's going to require mountains of metrics for advertisers to pony up for the new platform's ads -- and their high prices. But early data from Conde Nast will bolster the argument the iPad is worth a premium, as it's delivering on reader attention better than other media channels.

Always Pushing Beyond the Envelope

Damon Darlin
Aug 9, 2010

For Blockbuster, the advent of DVDs in the mail was a disruptive technology. The chain relied initially on bulky videotapes and late fees to generate a fat revenue stream, and its scale was huge; smaller, independent stores gradually left the market. Netflix opened a new battlefront, mailing thin DVDs and letting customers keep a disc as long as they wanted. Blockbuster saw the change coming. It even took action, setting up its own mail service. But seeds of destruction had been sown, and Blockbuster is now financially troubled. Netflix, meanwhile, is already embracing technology shifts that will make those red envelopes a quaint memory. Creative destruction has such a cataclysmic sound. But the term, coined by the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter to show how capitalism destroys companies as more innovative ones succeed, describes a process that is more like a slow-motion train wreck.

Playthings: Today’s TEDTalks Playlist

Emily McManus
Aug 6, 2010

Today’s playlist is about toys that inspire learning, innovation — and of course fun! These are the toys of the technological age: they are alive, they think, they perform magic. What were your favorite toys as a kid (or an adult), and what did they inspire in you?

Tech Gadgets Steal Sales From Appliances, Clothes

Emmeline Zhao
Aug 4, 2010

Americans are spending more on electronics like iPads and flat-screen televisions and less on durable goods like furniture, washing machines and lawn mowers, according to government data released Tuesday. The shift reflects a change in priorities for American consumers. After pouring money into all aspects of their homes during the previous decade, consumers are redirecting their purchases to eye-grabbing technology and socking away more of what's left over into savings. Apparel company executives are worried the lure of electronics will eat into their sales as the back-to-school season gets under way.

Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy

Nick Wingfield
Aug 2, 2010

In early 2008, Microsoft Corp.'s product planners for the Internet Explorer 8.0 browser intended to give users a simple, effective way to avoid being tracked online. They wanted to design the software to automatically thwart common tracking tools, unless a user deliberately switched to settings affording less privacy. That triggered heated debate inside Microsoft.

Unlike Media Brands, Marketers Slow to Embrace the iPad

Kunur Patel
Aug 2, 2010

While 2009 was arguably the year brands embraced the iPhone, developing apps left and right, the iPad doesn't seem to have inspired the same enthusiasm. Magazines have embraced the iPad, but despite the product's hype, larger screen and dual-touch technology, brands haven't followed suit.

What You Want: Flickr Creator Spins Addictive New Web Service

Devin Leonard
Jul 30, 2010

That’s what Fake does best: Tend social sparks until they ignite and become full-fledged communities. Connecting people to one another is not just Fake’s hobby — she has made it her career. As the cofounder of Flickr, the landmark photography site, Fake provided a place for shutterbugs to share their work; they have uploaded more than 4 billion pictures. It was a seminal service that helped launch the era of user-generated content, spurring entrepreneurs to build Web sites and businesses based on volunteer contributions.

Steven Levy on How Foursquare Melds Real and Digital Worlds

Steven Levy
Jul 29, 2010

One sunny spring day in 2004, Dennis Crowley was running down Waverly Street dressed in yellow, avoiding ghosts. Crowley, then a 27-year-old grad student in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, was participating in a class project called Pac-Manhattan, which used the streets of Greenwich Village for a grueling physical version of the classic arcade game. He was Pac-Man, and—despite a support team that was logging his movements, tracking ghosts, and directing him to power pills—people dressed as Pac-Man spooks eventually cornered him near Fifth Avenue. The New York Times described the experience as “a kind of tableau of digital convergence with the physical world.”

Forrester: Why Most Marketers Should Forgo Foursquare

Kunur Patel
Jul 27, 2010

In a study out today, Forrester finds that only 4% of U.S. online adults have ever used location-based mobile apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Loopt. Only 1% update these services more than once per week. What's more, 84% of respondents said they are not familiar with such apps, leaving the vast majority of Americans online still in the dark about location-based apps, which have had the marketing world obsessing over them in recent months.

Understanding the Digital Natives

Frederic Filloux
Jul 26, 2010

They see life as a game. They enjoy nothing more than outsmarting the system. They don’t trust politicians, medias, nor brands. They see corporations as inefficient and plagued by an outmoded hierarchy. Even if they harbor little hope of doing better than their parents, they don’t see themselves as unhappy. They belong to a group — several, actually — they trust and rely upon. “They”, are the Digital Natives.

“It” Extraction (Killing a Brand Softly)

Grant McCracken
Jul 23, 2010

The trouble: the T400 doesn’t have “it” quality. It is a business machine in the most pedestrian sense of the term. No trace of elegance. No claim to being the pick of the technological litter. No “wow” factor. The T410 is just another business machine. This takes us into one of the thorniest issue in the branding world. What is “it?” And what’s “it” worth?

Hunting the Killer App for Apple's iPad

Christian Lindholm
Jul 22, 2010

While the raison d'être for the tablet computer isn't yet clear, interactive media and personal data management both need transformative apps.

Amazon Says E-Book Sales Outpace Hardcovers

Geoffrey A. Fowler and Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
Jul 20, 2010

Amazon.com Inc. said it reached a milestone, selling more e-books than hardbacks over the past three months. But publishers said it is still too early to gauge for the entire industry whether the growth of e-books is cannibalizing sales of paperback books, a huge and crucial market.

Apple's iPhone 4 Antenna? Not A Problem

Ken Bruno
Jul 19, 2010

Apple CEO Steve Jobs addressed these issues Friday from the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. His take? There's a small problem, but one that was blown out of proportion by the press. For once, it may be hard to argue with Apple's best salesperson. What are the ramifications for a brand that rarely deals with a crisis on this level? Experts agree that Apple will be just fine.

A Transumer Manifesto

Simon Smith
Jul 1, 2010

From cars to designer clothes to children’s toys, there’s a growing trend towards “transumerism” and “collaborative consumption,” which emphasize sharing, renting and experiencing over owning. Is it just a fad? Or is this a significant trend that will reshape our approach to goods and commerce? I’ve pondered what I call “cloud living” before. Now let’s dig deeper.

A Look at Who's Getting What on Apple's IAds

Michael Learmonth and Kunur Patel
Jun 28, 2010

The first of Apple's iAds are expected to start popping up on iPhones later this week, but don't expect all the marketers that have committed to the platform to be there. A check-in with declared iAd advertisers found that many are still in the early stages of flushing out concepts and creative. Some are weeks -- perhaps months -- away from having an iAd in the system. What are the i-advertisers up to? Here's a look at some of those willing to share.

Watch Out: Apple May Aim To Reshape Online Advertising

Steve Rubel
Jun 24, 2010

Apple, without a doubt, is creating a massive sea change in how we interact with digital content. Note that I didn't say "the Web." This is because the millions of iPad and iPhone users spend more time within Apple's walled garden of apps rather than in a browser. However, there's a potential dark side to the millions of Apple devices being sold and it should give every marketer pause.

Showing TV, and Commercials, on the Shelves and in the Aisles

Stuart Elliot
Jun 16, 2010

For many marketers, advertising in stores is an increasingly important way to influence shoppers at the so-called moment of truth, as they finally make up their minds about which brands of soup, soap or cereal to buy — or not buy. Now, a company is hoping to bring commercials to the retail point of purchase on screens that will be attached to shelves and above aisles.

Closing the Digital Frontier

Michael Hirschorn
Jun 13, 2010

The era of the Web browser’s dominance is coming to a close. And the Internet’s founding ideology—that information wants to be free, and that attempts to constrain it are not only hopeless but immoral— suddenly seems naive and stale in the new age of apps, smart phones, and pricing plans. What will this mean for the future of the media—and of the Web itself?

In Global Deal, Unilever Readies First Dove Work on IAd

Jack Neff
Jun 11, 2010

Unilever may be a global marketer, but it hasn't been able to do many truly global ad deals -- at least not until its multimillion-dollar deal with Apple to be the consumer goods "presenting advertiser" on the new iAd platform was announced June 7. For Unilever, the deal aims at tapping the two biggest, and largely interdependent, trends it sees shaping marketing: globalization and mobile digital media.

A Sense of Place, A World of Augmented Reality

Mitchell Schwarzer
Jun 9, 2010

In the third millennium it’s getting harder than ever to stay in place. Who hasn’t seen a driver almost crash while talking on a cell phone? Who hasn’t noticed children in a park staring down at a game-boy instead of romping about? Who hasn’t been to a dinner party and caught someone sneaking a glance at his handheld under the table and sending a tweet about the first course before even finishing it? Each week, it seems, industry comes up with new gadgets that help us to jump out of our bodies and flash out there to everything under the sun that can be encoded by electrical signals, pulses of light and binary values. Few of these digital experiences would have registered before the 21st century and some have become widespread only in the past few years. We’re in the first stage of a transformation of our sense of place as momentous as that which occurred a couple of centuries ago, when products from smoke-stacked factories forged modern society.

Seven Things You Need to Know About IPhone 4

Michael Learmonth
Jun 8, 2010

CEO Steve Jobs also unveiled some new metrics. Among them: Apple expects to control 48% of the mobile display ad market in the second half of 2010; it already has $60 million in commitments for its mobile iAd format; and it has paid out more than $1 billion in revenue to app developers. Here are some takeaways from Mr. Jobs' presentation at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference today.

AT&T Dials Up Limits on Web Data

Andrew Dowell and Roger Cheng
Jun 3, 2010

In a significant shift in how phone carriers bill customers, AT&T Inc. will stop selling unlimited Internet data plans to new customers that buy smartphones and iPads, and will instead begin charging more for heavy bandwidth users. New AT&T customers will have to chose between two data plans with monthly usage limits—and pay additional fees for extra use. Existing customers, however, can stick with their current plans, AT&T said.

Cellphone in New Role: Loyalty Card

Claire Cain Miller
Jun 1, 2010

Loyalty cards — those little paper cards that promise a free sandwich or coffee after 10 purchases, but instead get lost or forgotten — are going mobile. And merchants are looking for ways to marry the concept to games that customers can play to earn more free items and, it is hoped, spend more money. Instead of collecting paper cards and fumbling through wallets at the cash register, customers are increasingly using their cellphones to track their visits and purchases, and receive rewards.

Apple Overtakes Microsoft, Becoming 2nd Largest US Company

David Benoit and Shara Tibken
May 26, 2010

With a slide in the value of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) on Wednesday, Apple Inc. (AAPL) took over its long-time rival in terms of market capitalization, another notch in its impressive 2010 performance. The move by Apple, despite its own shares slipping 0.5% to $244.11, makes it the second-largest U.S. company behind oil behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM). Apple's shares have soared during the year, pushing it first past retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) and now past Microsoft, two highly regarded blue chips. Apple has gained 16% in 2010 and hit an all-time high of $272.46 one month ago as its products have continued to fly off the shelves and its newly released tablet computer has garnered much attention.

TV And Web Meet, Marry

Tara Walpert Levy
May 26, 2010

"TV meets Web. Web meets TV." This is the tagline that Internet giant Google has given to its new software-based television platform called Google TV, described as the blending of the best of both TV and Web experiences. Realizing that TV still has the majority of the consumer eyeballs, Google is trying something new by extending its reach in cross-platform content--in this case, bringing Web, gaming, online video, and social media to the set top box and/or television set. According to Google, millions of "channels" of entertainment will now be easily maneuverable, seamless and searchable--in one device. Google has also challenged Web developers to start creating new apps using the Android open-source platform.

The Death of the Open Web

Virginia Heffernan
May 24, 2010

People who find the Web distasteful — ugly, uncivilized — have nonetheless been forced to live there: it’s the place to go for jobs, resources, services, social life, the future. But now, with the purchase of an iPhone or an iPad, there’s a way out, an orderly suburb that lets you sample the Web’s opportunities without having to mix with the riffraff. This suburb is defined by apps from the glittering App Store: neat, cute homes far from the Web city center, out in pristine Applecrest Estates. In the migration of dissenters from the “open” Web to pricey and secluded apps, we’re witnessing urban decentralization, suburbanization and the online equivalent of white flight.

E-Books Rewrite Bookselling

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
May 21, 2010

In the massive new Barnes & Noble superstore on Manhattan's Upper East Side, generous display space is devoted to baby blankets, Art Deco flight clocks, stationery and adult games like Risk and Stratego. The eclectic merchandise, which has nothing to do with books, may be a glimpse into the future of Barnes & Noble Inc., the nation's largest book chain. Electronic books are still in their infancy, comprising an estimated 3% to 5% of the market today. But they are fast accelerating the decline of physical books, forcing retailers, publishers, authors and agents to reinvent their business models or be painfully crippled.

Google TV: What Does It Mean for Advertisers?

Kunur Patel
May 21, 2010

Google opened up an entirely new store of inventory for advertisers today with Google TV, an interactive platform that collapses the wall between TV and internet in the living room. The service, created with hardware partners Sony, Logitech and Intel, will launch this fall on TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.

Three Critical Innovation Lessons from Apple

Scott Anthony
May 19, 2010

Since late 2005, Apple's stock has quintupled. With a market capitalization of close to $250 billion, Apple is (at least today) the third most valuable company in the world, behind ExxonMobil and Microsoft. It's a stunning story that's been dissected to death, but still remarkable enough to warrant reflection. Ten years ago — three years after Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs had returned to "rescue" Apple — the company was still largely treading water, with a relatively meager $3 billion market capitalization. Its personal computer products had a loyal following in niche markets, but that was about it. Over the past decade, Apple has launched five legitimately game-changing innovations.

RIM's Strategy to Stay on Top in Smartphones

Marguerite Reardon
May 12, 2010

For Research in Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphone, staying No. 1 isn't about apps or fancy hardware, it's about cost effectiveness. For all the hoopla surrounding Apple's iPhone and the various Android smartphones that have hit the market recently, many forget what is still, by a healthy margin tops in the market: RIM's modest BlackBerry. And RIM intends to stay on top by doing what it does best: offering something that's more affordable and can operate on wireless networks more efficiently than its flashier competition.

Coke Goes High-Tech to Mix Its Sodas

Valerie Bauerlein
May 10, 2010

Coca-Cola Co. hopes a new high-tech soda fountain will add some life to listless soft-drink sales by letting restaurant-goers mix up 104 different drinks, creating inventions such as Caffeine-Free Diet Raspberry Coke. The soda fountain has been the touchstone of Coke's business since 1886, when a pharmacist John Pembertoncreated the secret-recipe syrup and mixed it with carbonated water. But the technology hasn't changed much since the 1950s, as a line of nozzles spit out big-name sodas.

Apple Draws Scrutiny From Regulators

Thomas Catan and Yukari Iwatani Kane
May 4, 2010

U.S. antitrust enforcers are taking a keen interest in recent changes that Apple Inc. made to its licensing agreement with iPhone application developers and are likely to open a preliminary investigation into whether the company's actions stifle competition in mobile devices, according to people familiar with the situation. The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department, which are jointly tasked with enforcing federal antitrust laws, are holding discussions over which agency would hold the inquiry, these people said. Apple, the FTC and Justice Department all declined to comment.

H-P Gambles on Ailing Palm

Justin Scheck and Yukari Iwatani Kane
Apr 29, 2010

Hewlett-Packard Co. scooped up Palm Inc. for about $1 billion in cash, pushing the computer giant deeper into the competitive smartphone market and ending the independence of a struggling company that was rapidly running out of prospects.

How Europeans Engage With Social Media

Bas van den Beld
Apr 27, 2010

You seemingly can’t live without social media these days, or at least, that is what many in our industry believe. Why? Because “everybody” is using it. Everybody is communicating, “everybody is a publisher.” But does that mean that every European is publishing through social media? Well, not exactly. Yes, Europeans are online en masse and are using social media in big numbers. But how are they using social media?

Five Reasons iPhone vs Android isn't Mac vs Windows

Mark Sigal
Apr 26, 2010

Last week I presented at Stanford Graduate School of Business in a session on Mobile Computing called, "Creating Mobile Experiences: It's the Platform, Stupid." As the title underscores, I am a big believer that to understand what makes mobile tick, you really need to look beyond a device's hardware shell (important, though it is), and fully factor in the composite that includes its software and service layers; developer tools and the ecosystem "surround." Successful platforms, after all, are more than the sum of their parts' propositions. They are not simply a bunch of dis-integrated ingredients.

The Imitation Economy

Drake Bennett
Apr 26, 2010

Invaluable as innovation may be, our relentless focus on it may be obscuring the value of its much-maligned relative, imitation. Imitation has always had a faintly disreputable ring to it — presidents do not normally give speeches extolling the virtues of the copycat. But where innovation brings new things into the world, imitation spreads them; where innovators break the old mold, imitators perfect the new one; and while innovators can win big, imitators often win bigger.

iPad Poised to Revolutionize Retail Industry

Natalie Zmuda
Apr 22, 2010

In the first weeks of the iPad launch, retailers have been largely left out of the conversation. But industry executives believe the device could have a major impact on everything from retailers' catalogs to e-commerce to enhancing the in-store experience. So far, few retailers have embraced the new Apple device even though many already have iPhone apps. Gap, Gilt.com and eBay are among the retail brands that have created iPad applications, while Puma is expected to add iPads to its stores late this year.

Retailers Reach Out on Cellphones

Geoffrey A. Fowler
Apr 21, 2010

Thanks to Internet-equipped smartphones, shoppers are increasingly using software applications to check prices at other stores without leaving the mall. Now retailers are trying to use technology to fight back.

The Death Of The Website

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
Apr 20, 2010

Own an iPad? Downloaded the eBay app? You should. It is by far the best way to experience eBay. Watch Movies? Seen the IMDB App? It is so much better than the website. Use Twitter? 81,43% chance you are not using Twitter.com but an App. It seems that more and more Apps are replacing websites in a time when more and more applications are moving to the web. What exactly do we want? Email went from the Application to the Cloud with Gmail, and we love it. The same for Flickr for photos and Google Docs for documents. At the same time Twitter started out as a website but quickly moved to applications on multiple platforms. It is clear that just moving everything to the web isn’t the ultimate solution for everything. That eBay and IMDB app are clear examples.

The Re-Invention Economy

Billee Howard
Apr 20, 2010

A push for real and meaningful innovation permeates the business environment. Leading brands embrace innovation as a tangible driver of business performance as opposed to a meaningless moniker-and inculcate true innovation and entrepreneurialism into their cultures, employees and overall enterprises. Innovation in the Re-Invention Economy shows its evolved self in every aspect of organizational drive and is industry agnostic in its rapid manifestation.

Flash in the Pan

The Economist
Apr 19, 2010

The success of Apple’s mobile devices gives the firm an opportunity to capture a goodly chunk of the emerging mobile-advertising market. Indeed, that is the reason why Apple recently acquired Quattro Wireless, a mobile advertising agency. Becoming an advertising powerhouse is certainly attractive. But Mr Jobs has far bigger fish to fry. The biggest of them all is turning Apple into the Microsoft of mobility. But first there is a little matter of locking as many software developers as possible into the Apple ecosystem. If the applications are there, so the argument goes, users will follow in droves.

Brands, like Apple, Are the Masters of the Universe!

Brian Ling
Apr 19, 2010

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz on the Internet about two similar events. What happened was basically this; The Masters of the Universe had proclaimed their decrees like dictators and the only thing the rest of the world could do was, for a lack of a better phrase, gnash their teeth in frustration. If businesses are going to bet on creating solutions on platforms they do not own, they have to realize that this a huge business risk. When the platform owners change the rules of the game, everything pretty much goes down the drain and we will have likely no control or say over this decision.

Serious Games Get UPS Rookies Ready for the Road

Eliane Alhadeff & Jennifer Levitz
Apr 16, 2010

With the aid of a US$1.8 million grant from the Department of Labor, they studied the way young people learn in a world of video games and smart phones. In collaboration with MIT; Virginia Tech; and the Institute of the Future, they build a high-tech, next-generation training facility called UPS Integrad. This facility offers 3-D simulations and webcasts along with traditional classroom instruction. Trainees are recorded to show them how they look in action. UPS teach them to drive in a replica outdoor city called Clarkville that has real streets, street signs, sidewalks, and simulated commercial and residential delivery and pickup sites.

Agencies and Developers Welcome Apple’s iAd

Tim Bradshaw, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson and Richard Waters
Apr 11, 2010

Advertising agencies and software developers on Friday welcomed Apple’s new iAd network as a potential breakthrough that could give an important boost to the small but fast-growing mobile advertising market. However, they also warned that making ads for iAd would be expensive and it was likely to take some time for Apple to demonstrate it could build a big enough market to make it worthwhile.

Apple Edges Into Selling of App Ads

Brad Stone
Apr 9, 2010

Apple, the maker of popular gadgets, is getting into the business of selling advertising, ratcheting up its rivalry with Google. On Thursday the company gave a preview of a new version of the basic software for its mobile devices, including the iPhone. The software has a built-in advertising system, meant to be used by the developers who have created the more than 185,000 applications in Apple’s App Store.

Apple's Strategic iParadox

Umair Haque
Apr 6, 2010

Enter iPad. The proponents call it a radical new dominant design for computing. Don't buy the hype, say the detractors: the iPad's just another land-grabbing walled garden. Both sides are right — and wrong. The iPad is a revolution waiting to happen. But the revolution's biggest roadblock is Apple itself.

Nokia Brand Needs Firm Direction

Marketing Magazine
Apr 6, 2010

Nokia retains a massive share of the global mobile phone market, but cracks are beginning to appear in its once-impenetrable leadership. In particular, the electronics brand is struggling to defend its lead in smartphones - the fastest-growing and most profitable part of the mobile phone business.

AT&T's Breakout Strategy

Jonathan Salem Baskin
Apr 5, 2010

With a carrier-agnostic iPhone coming to market later this summer, the conventional wisdom is that AT&T will lose customers (its phone coverage and iPhone service haven't been stellar) and a lot of profits (some say the iPhone has been not only its brightest but biggest single source of earnings). I say it doesn't have to work out this way. There's a post-generification breakout strategy for AT&T, but it would require a massive rethinking of its brand and marketing communications. Here are the three core realizations the company's brain trust would have to reach.

For iPad, Lines but No Shortage

Geoffrey A. Fowler and Shira Ovide
Apr 5, 2010

Apple Inc.'s iPad appeared to get off to a strong start over the weekend as swarms of buyers flocked to stores after weeks of publicity about the tablet-style computer. But the long lines soon faded, and few stores sold out of the device, which continues to face questions about how broadly demand for it will spread beyond technology enthusiasts.

Harnessing the Mobile Revolution

Thomas Kalil
Apr 2, 2010

The premise of this essay is that the explosive growth of mobile communications can be a powerful tool for addressing some of the most critical challenges of the 21st century, such as promoting vibrant democracies, fostering inclusive economic growth, and reducing the huge inequities in life expectancy between rich and poor nations. The benefits of mobile communications are particularly profound for developing countries, many of which are “leapfrogging” the traditional fixed telecommunications infrastructure. As a result, billions of people in developing countries are gaining access to modern communications of any sort for the first time.

Laptop Killer? Pretty Close

Walt Mossberg
Apr 1, 2010

For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades.

How Ford’s Sync Technology Will Turn It Into America’s Most Surprising Consumer Electronics Company

Paul Hochman
Apr 1, 2010

The next generation of Ford's Sync technology will turn its cars into rolling, talking, socially networked, cloud-connected supermachines. Introducing America's most surprising consumer-electronics company.

Looking at the iPad From Two Angles

David Pogue
Apr 1, 2010

In 10 years of reviewing tech products for The New York Times, I’ve never seen a product as polarizing as Apple’s iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday. “This device is laughably absurd,” goes a typical remark on a tech blog’s comments board. “How can they expect anyone to get serious computer work done without a mouse?” “This truly is a magical revolution,” goes another. “I can’t imagine why anyone will want to go back to using a mouse and keyboard once they’ve experienced Apple’s visionary user interface!” The haters tend to be techies; the fans tend to be regular people. Therefore, no single write-up can serve both readerships adequately. There’s but one solution: Write separate reviews for these two audiences.

Rumor: 'iAd' Mobile Ad Platform is Apple's Next Big Thing

Kyle VanHemert
Mar 28, 2010

MediaPost reports that Apple's next next big thing, after iPads invade the world next weekend, will be iAd, a mobile advertising platform to be debuted April 7. Coffee dates and patent suits aside, this could be the true Apple-Google battleground.

A Is for App: How Smartphones, Handheld Computers Sparked an Educational Revolution

Anya Kamenetz
Mar 25, 2010

As smartphones and handheld computers move into classrooms worldwide, we may be witnessing the start of an educational revolution. How technology could unleash childhood creativity -- and transform the role of the teacher.

How the Tablet Will Change the World

Steven Levy
Mar 24, 2010

Everyone who jammed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 27, 2010, knew what they were there for: Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ introduction of a thin, always-on tablet device that would let people browse the Web, read books, send email, watch movies, and play games. It was also no surprise that the 1.5-pound iPad resembled an iPhone, right down to the single black button nestled below the bright 10-inch screen. But about an hour into the presentation, Apple showed something unexpected — something that not many people even noticed. In addition to the lean-back sorts of activities one expects from a tablet (demonstrated by Jobs while relaxing in a comfy black armchair), there was a surprising pitch for the iPad as a lean-forward device, one that runs a revamped version of Apple’s iWork productivity apps. In many ways, Jobs claimed, the iPad would be better than pricier laptops and desktops as a tool for high-end word processing and spreadsheets. If anyone missed the point, Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive gushed in a promotional video that the iPad wasn’t just a cool new way to gobble up media — it was blazing a path to the future of computing.

Brand Flops: Ford, GE, Coca-Cola Know Hype Can Hurt New Products

Laurie Burkitt and Ken Bruno
Mar 22, 2010

The Apple iPad, hitting stores April 3, is one of the most-hyped products in technology history. There is talk that it could revolutionize computing and media. But when it comes to new products, great expectations can doom products that don't measure up to them.

Augmented Reality: It's Like Real Life, But Better

Charles Arthur
Mar 21, 2010

Don't act too surprised if, some time in the next year, you meet someone who explains that their business card isn't just a card; it's an augmented reality business card. You can see a collection and, at visualcard.me, you can even design your own, by adding a special marker to your card, which, once put in front of a webcam linked to the internet, will show not only your contact details but also a video or sound clip. Or pretty much anything you want. It's not just business cards.

Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold

Nick Bilton
Mar 18, 2010

Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes. The move is an effort by Google and Intel to extend their dominance of computing to television, an arena where they have little sway. For Sony, which has struggled to retain a pricing and technological advantage in the competitive TV hardware market, the partnership is an effort to get a leg up on competitors.

On Needing Approval For What We Create, and Losing Control Over How It’s Distributed

Ben Fry
Mar 15, 2010

I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts about the iPad and the direction that Apple is taking computing along with it. It’s really an extension of the way they look at the iPhone, which I found unsettling at the time but with the iPad, we’re all finally coming around to the idea that they really, really mean it.

Apple’s Spat With Google Is Getting Personal

Brad Stone and Miguel Helft
Mar 14, 2010

It looked like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Three years ago, Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, jogged onto a San Francisco stage to shake hands with Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, to help him unveil a transformational wonder gadget — the iPhone — before throngs of journalists and adoring fans at the annual MacWorld Expo. Google and Apple had worked together to bring Google’s search and mapping services to the iPhone, the executives told the audience, and Mr. Schmidt joked that the collaboration was so close that the two men should simply merge their companies and call them “AppleGoo.” Today, such warmth is in short supply. Mr. Jobs, Mr. Schmidt and their companies are now engaged in a gritty battle royale over the future and shape of mobile computing and cellphones, with implications that are reverberating across the digital landscape.

The Digital Disconnect: In Relentless Pursuit of 'Connecting,' We Miss Out on Each Other

Tyrone Beason
Mar 14, 2010

While communication and gaming gadgets have convenienced and connected us in ways never before possible, they may also be profoundly hurting our ability to be social, empathic and involved with each other. The signs are everywhere — from the near collisions on city streets where drivers are too busy texting to pay attention to the virtual relationships on Facebook and the addiction to video games.

Services Combine Social Media, Marketing

Sarah E. Needleman
Feb 23, 2010

Some small businesses are experimenting with new Web-marketing services that integrate social media. While entrepreneurs say they've seen some positive results, some of the services carry hefty fees and their long-term value remains unclear. Start-ups like Groupon Inc., LivingSocial, BuyWithMe Inc. and IMshopping Inc.'s NimbleBuy let merchants offer one-day promotions, sometimes requiring a minimum number of customers to participate in order for the promotion to be valid.

Brand Management and the 10:45 Per Day Generation

John Sviokla
Feb 22, 2010

The Kaiser Foundation recently released a study documenting the astounding fact that 8-18 year olds in the United States have increased their media use from 8hrs 33 mins per day in 2004 to 10hrs 45 mins in 2009, which means that except for when they sleeping or in school they are almost always consuming media. I call them the 10:45 generation. Regardless of whether you think this is bad news signaling the demise of our children, or good news expecting our progeny are on the way to be becoming more literate in rich media world, as a business leaders we all must face this new reality. In particular, this short post will deal with the issue of managing your brand for the 10:45 generation.

The Future of User Interfaces

Cameron Chapman
Feb 15, 2010

User interfaces—the way we interact with our technologies—have evolved a lot over the years. From the original punch cards and printouts to monitors, mouses, and keyboards, all the way to the track pad, voice recognition, and interfaces designed to make it easier for the disabled to use computers, interfaces have progressed rapidly within the last few decades. But there’s still a long way to go and there are many possible directions that future interface designs could take. We’re already seeing some start to crop up and its exciting to think about how they’ll change our lives.

The Future of Reading

Josh Quittner
Feb 11, 2010

Magazines, books, newspapers -- all that printed stuff is supposed to be dying. Advertising pages, which have been steadily declining, dropped 26% in 2009 alone. But here, surely, was some evidence that publishing might have a chance. If an adolescent who otherwise spends every waking hour on a laptop still craves the printed word, then maybe, just maybe, there's a little new growth left in old media.

Mobile Internet Market to Eclipse Desktop Internet

Brian Solis
Feb 3, 2010

Sounds like a sensationalistic headline, but if you read Morgan Stanley’s latest series of reports on the Mobile Internet, you’ll walk away with the same impression. Morgan Stanley’s global technology and telecom analysts documented the rapidly changing mobile Internet market to provide a framework for emerging trends and direction. To set the stage, Morgan Stanley forecasts that the mobile Internet market will be at least 2x the size of desktop Internet when comparing Internet users to mobile subscribers.

Content 2.0: 'Protection' is in the Business Model not the Technology

Gerd Leonhard
Feb 2, 2010

Fueled by the music industry's ongoing turmoils and, finally, books going digital at a very rapid pace, there is a lot of debate on how to deal with the fact that many people habitually share i.e. redistribute digital content without any of the upstream users making their own payment. How can you monetize content when the copy is free? This question is a key issue across the board, whether it's in music, eBooks, news, publishing, TV or movies. The fear is, of course, that once a digital item has been purchased by one person it can be easily forwarded to anyone else if it is in an open format, thus seriously reducing the possibility that someone else will actually pay real $ for it, as well (of course, the same is true for supposedly locked or protected digital content as well - it just takes a bit longer). No more control over distribution = no more money. Right?

Towards a Socialised State

special report
Jan 29, 2010

What will the future of social networking look like? Imagine this: your digital video recorder automatically copies a television show that several of your friends were talking about on a social network before the show went on air. Or this: you get into your car, switch on its navigation system and ask it to guide you to a friend’s house. As you pull out of the driveway, the network to which you both belong automatically alerts her that you are on your way. And this: as you are buying a pair of running shoes that you think one of your friends might be interested in, you can send a picture to their network page with a couple of clicks on a keypad next to the checkout counter.

Does the Apple iPad Make Strategic Sense?

Scott Anthony
Jan 28, 2010

You have to give it to Apple. The company has an uncanny knack for seizing the moment and whipping journalists and consumers into a frenzy. The latest wave comes from today's launch of the iPad tablet with iBookstore content store. As always, there's a lot to like about Apple's device. The user interface looks great, the bookstore seems intuitive, and Apple set a price point (at least for the entry level iPad) that positions the device well in the marketplace. The hype bar was set so high that inevitably some people were disappointed - Dan Frommer from Silicon Alley Insider called it a big "yawn" that won't define publishing the way many experts projected.

Apple's Tablet and the Future of Literature

AP
Jan 27, 2010

Literature has always relied on technology. We wouldn't have the Dead Sea Scrolls had the ancients failed to invent papyrus, just as we wouldn't have "The Da Vinci Code" if Gutenberg hadn't come out with movable type. Technology has also abetted literature by enabling the wealth and leisure that fueled the rise of the popular press — and allowed for such luxuries as a class of professional writers and a large campus establishment devoted to the literary arts. It is important to bear in mind that technology is not the sworn enemy of literature as Apple prepares (according to frantic rumor) to unveil its much-anticipated new tablet computer on Jan. 27. Still, the collision of technology and literature in this case may well prove explosive.

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With Apple Tablet, Print Media Hope for a Payday

Brad Stone and Stephanie Clifford
Jan 26, 2010

With the widely anticipated introduction of a tablet computer at an event here on Wednesday morning, Apple may be giving the media industry a kind of time machine — a chance to undo mistakes of the past. Almost all media companies have run aground in the Internet Age as they gave away their print and video content on the Web and watched paying customers drift away as a result.

Apple Sees New Money in Old Media

Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ethan Smith
Jan 20, 2010

With the new tablet device that is debuting next week, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is betting he can reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry—and expand Apple's influence and revenue as a content middleman. In developing the device, Apple focused on the role the gadget could play in homes and in classrooms, say people familiar with the situation. The company envisions that the tablet can be shared by multiple family members to read news and check email in homes, these people say.

Virtual Dashboards: The Next Must-Have?

Joseph B. White
Jan 20, 2010

Your iPhone operates by the touch of your fingers. Why not your car? Auto makers are starting to roll out a new generation of dashboard technology that substitutes touch-sensitive pads and displays for knobs and switches and videogame-style graphics for drab two-dimensional displays. Technology created to power games, mobile phones and computer displays is now being adapted—and often significantly improved—for those two-ton hand-held devices that come with four tires and leather seats.

Apple Fuels Buzz Over Tablet Computer

Joseph Menn
Jan 19, 2010

Apple on Monday ratcheted up the public relations buzz surrounding the launch of a new product, widely expected to be a tablet-sized computer, this month. It sent out a press invitation via email, inviting journalists to “come see our latest creation”. Whilst far from explicit, as is Apple’s wont, the invitation was the strongest confirmation yet of what has been the company’s most anticipated new product since the launch of the iPhone three years ago.

Social Media’s True Impact on Haiti, China, and the World

Ben Parr
Jan 18, 2010

We’ve seen some major world events unfold on the social media stage this week, the biggest being Google’s threat to pull out of China and the Haiti earthquake. Google’s (Google) actions have brought attention back to the long-standing Internet censorship that blankets China, while the destruction in Haiti has mobilized hundreds of thousands to open their wallets and their hearts. Just like the Iran Election crisis, people are again assessing the impact of social media on the world. It’s clear that social media has the power to impact world politics and the lives of billions, but some have overstated what social media can actually do. We need to understand what social media really is in order to utilize it effectively for social good. Let me explain by highlighting a few examples of social media’s impact on the world stage, and then concluding with how I view social media’s impact in the larger context of mobilization and world discussion.

What to Take Away From CES

Chris Dannen
Jan 11, 2010

Sometimes it takes a million square feet of gizmos to understand where humanity is headed. After all the pageantry and pixels, here's what the world learned about tech in 2010.

New TV Apps Borrow a Page From iPhone

Don Clark
Jan 8, 2010

A longtime quest to bring the Internet to the living room has entered a new phase, borrowing a page from Apple Inc. and its iPhone. Companies are now racing to build marketplaces for TV programs that act much like iPhone apps, able to interact with social-networking services, play games, call up movies and other Web content—all using a remote control, rather than a computer equipped with browsers. The TV applications are designed to exploit new consumer electronics devices with Internet connections that are beginning to appear in homes in significant numbers.

Microsoft Beats Apple in Unveiling ‘Slate PC’

Richard Waters
Jan 7, 2010

Microsoft on Wednesday evening positioned itself for a potential war over a new category of touch-screen “tablet” computers as Steve Ballmer, chief executive, anticipated an expected major product announcement from Apple by showing off a version running on Windows software. The Microsoft boss used his speech at the opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to highlight the product, made by Hewlett-Packard.

Is Apple Losing Its Monopoly On Gadget Envy?

Scott Berinato
Jan 6, 2010

So Google's got a new phone now. Internet coverage is predictably hyperbolic, though Scott Anthony smartly puts the phone's potential to make waves into the future tense, and the New York Times' typically giddy David Pogue was downright snarky in his review. Nevertheless, the tech industry is atwitter with a fresh new rivalry. Mac versus PC is so last decade. Now, it's "Hello I'm an iPhone." "And I'm a Nexus One." I vote for Rainn Wilson playing Google in the commercials.

The Google Phone's Disruptive Potential

Scott Anthony
Jan 6, 2010

The coverage of Google's Nexus One "superphone" - officially unveiled today - was swift and almost universally positive. The HTC-designed device looks beautiful, its functionality sounds fantastic, and by all accounts it looks like a viable competitor to Apple and Research in Motion in the smartphone market. In this case, however, there's more to the story. Google's distribution approach has the potential to dramatically accelerate a broad disruption in the mobile phone market where the balance of power shifts from carriers and retailers to device, software, and applications providers.

Google Moves to Keep Its Lead as Web Goes Mobile

Miguel Helft
Jan 5, 2010

Google’s expected unveiling on Tuesday of a rival to the iPhone is part of its careful plan to try to do what few other technology companies have done before: retain its leadership as computing shifts from one generation to the next. The rapid emergence of the smartphone as a versatile computing device may be as much a challenge as an opportunity for Google, which built its multibillion-dollar empire largely on the sale of small text ads linked to search queries typed on PCs.

Five Tech Themes for 2010

Jenna Wortham
Jan 1, 2010

It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of the last decade, there was no Facebook, iPhone, Wikipedia, or YouTube. Almost shocking, considering how those entities have shaped a culture around the Internet, disrupted business models and impacted how and what information was shared through the Web. So what big Web themes might we see emerging into the next few years? Based on reporting and informal chats with venture capitalists, here’s a quick guess at what might be big in 2010.

Birth of a Cloud That Will Never Forget

Richard Waters
Dec 31, 2009

A spate of new digital gadgets and the fulfilment of the internet’s promise as an interactive medium have dominated popular awareness of information technology in the past 10 years. But what could turn out to be a far more important and lasting transformation has been going on below the surface. It involves a step-change in computing that promises to bring fundamental and irreversible change to many aspects of everyday life – for good or ill.

Microsoft's Dropped Call

Martin Peers
Dec 30, 2009

Reasons to feel bearish about Microsoft aren't hard to find. But it's the software giant's diminishing profile in the mobile world that is the talk of Silicon Valley right now. The explosion of mobile applications on devices like Apple's iPhone and Motorola's Droid presages far-reaching changes in consumer behavior. Google gets that. Aside from helping develop the Android mobile operating system, the company plans to buy mobile ad firm AdMob. And now it is working on plans to sell its own phone. It's a different story at Microsoft.

The Annotated World

Jeff Jarvis
Dec 30, 2009

Every address, every building, every business has a story to tell. Visualize your world that way: Look at a restaurant and think about all the data that already swirls around it — its menu, its reviews and ratings and tags (descriptive words), its recipes, its ingredients, its suppliers (and how far away they are, if you care about that sort of thing), its reservation openings, who has been there (according to social applications), who do we know who has been there, its health-department reports, its credit-card data (in aggregate, of course), pictures of its interior, pictures of its food, its wine list, the history of the location, its decibel rating, its news… And then think how we can annotate that with our own reviews, ratings, photos, videos, social-app check-ins and relationships, news, discussion, calendar entries, orders…. The same can be said of objects, brands — and people.

Apple's Hard-to-Swallow Tablet

Martin Peers
Dec 30, 2009

Last time there was this much excitement about a tablet, it had some commandments written on it. A blizzard of speculation is building over Apple's as-yet-unconfirmed release of a tablet computer. Among other things, the tablet is expected to offer e-books and TV programs. Apple has been trying to get TV networks to license their programming for a subscription service planned as part of a revamp of iTunes, presumably with the tablet in mind.

Stage Set for Google-Apple Mobile Duel

Richard Waters
Dec 30, 2009

Google will start the new year with a mobile product announcement, setting the stage for what is turning into a showdown with its former ally Apple over mobile computing devices. The search group revealed earlier this month that it had issued employees with a mobile device to test, though it did not give details. On Tuesday it disclosed that it would hold an event at its headquarters in Silicon Valley next Tuesday for a mobile announcement, prompting speculation that the device would be unveiled.

Top Digital Trends of 2010

Brian Morrissey
Dec 28, 2009

As a rough 2009 draws to a close, the digital marketing world is looking ahead to 2010, hoping to deliver stronger growth in the sector, which is one of the few bright spots in the media world. What lies ahead? We identified 10 trends that are sure to make waves in 2010.

Back From the Brink (but Watch Your Step)

Julie Creswell
Dec 28, 2009

Last year, most Americans felt as if they had been hit in the head by a 4-iron. Wall Street nearly collapsed. The economy plunged into its deepest recession in decades. As housing prices sank, many homeowners realized that they owed more on their mortgages than their homes were worth. Millions lost their jobs, and even those who didn’t hunkered down, burying their wallets in the backyard. This year — with more than a few bumps along the way — the situation brightened. With that, here’s a look back at five of the biggest business stories of this year — and what to look for in the next 12 months.

Exclusive: Apple to host event in January

David Gelles
Dec 24, 2009

Apple has something big up its sleeve for next month. The company has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for several days in late January, according to people familiar with the plans. Apple is expected to use the venue to make a major product announcement on Tuesday, January 26th. Both YBCA and Apple declined to comment.

RIM Logs Strong Sales; Palm Posts Loss

Yukari Iwatani Kane And Phred Dvorak
Dec 18, 2009

Research In Motion Ltd. reported surging profits and sales of its BlackBerry devices while rival Palm Inc. posted another quarterly loss amid signs that consumer demand waned for its newest smart phones. The results showed the diverging paths of a market leader and an underdog in an increasingly competitive smart-phone market. Shares of the two companies moved in opposite directions in after-hours trading. RIM's shares jumped 12% to $71.21, while Palm's shares fell 8.7% to $10.70.

RIM May Feel Android Effect

Arik Hesseldahl
Dec 17, 2009

Verizon Wireless made clear from the start that its Droid smartphone was designed to put pressure on Apple, the maker of the iPhone, and AT&T (T), the exclusive U.S. iPhone carrier. As part of a $100 million marketing push, Verizon Wireless enumerates several ways it believes the Droid outperforms the iPhone. Yet analysts say the Droid and other devices that sport the Android operating system may also take a toll on Research In Motion, the maker of another smartphone, the BlackBerry. "It's clear there's been a lot of marketing at Verizon around the Droid, so that is going to hurt RIM," says Raymond James (RJF) analyst Steve Li.

25 Products That Might Just Change The World

Emily Pilloton
Dec 10, 2009

Emily Pilloton is the founder and executive director of Project H Design, a nonprofit that aims to change the world through the power of design. Her recent book, Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People, is available now from Metropolis Books. Here, Pilloton gives the lowdown on 25 of the products she chose to feature.

In Mobile, Delivery Device Matters to the Message

Judy Shapiro
Dec 4, 2009

Mobile marketing has been an interesting space ever since my time working at Bell Labs in the days of the 802.11A platform. Its promise was glittery then and now it's taken on a new level of interest, as measured by the near frantic rate of acquisitions and VC investments in this space. All this new energy can't be explained by the technology alone; the notion of proximity marketing has been kicking around for four years or more. What's different this time around is that mobile marketing breaks previous marketing models because the message is inextricably linked to the device it's delivered on. That's new. In the past, the device via which the marketing message was delivered, a TV for example, was irrelevant to the message itself. Welcome to Mobile Marketing 3.0. In the mobile marketing 3.0 world, hardware, technology, real-time interaction, community are all mashed up to deliver a marketing experience I'll call Extreme Marketing UX. The device is not irrelevant here but is what helps propel the action since the phone is part of the experience itself.

A Twitter Founder Turns To Electronic Payments

Claire Cain Miller
Dec 2, 2009

Jack Dorsey, who came up with the idea for Twitter and is now its chairman, has unveiled Square, his new start-up. The idea: anyone with a mobile phone can accept credit card payments. Mr. Dorsey has been working on the idea for a while, and on Tuesday the company’s Web site went live. Square makes a small square device that plugs into any gadget with an audio input jack, including an iPhone or iPod Touch, and turns the device into a credit card machine.

Brands Get A Boost By Opening Up APIs To Outside Developers

Abbey Klaassen
Nov 30, 2009

Looking for a good flick to watch tonight? Visit Instantwatcher, which marries New York Times critics' picks with the Netflix streaming-movie catalog. Interested in updating your music collection? Visit ArtistExplorer, which combines the Billboard charts with BestBuy.com's inventory database. Neither Netflix nor Best Buy made the applications—but both made them possible by opening up their APIs. You've likely been hearing a lot about APIs lately, and the concept isn't as confusing as it sounds. An open API simply means you've launched an interface that lets third-party software interact with your data; and those third parties can then mash the data up and build useful new tools on top of it.

The Future of TV

Brian Steinberg
Nov 30, 2009

In its heyday, "This is Your Life" was seen by a broad swath of viewers tuned into their Philcos all at once, never dreaming that someday it could be rebroadcast, paused live, accessed on another gadget, or that its entire run could be contained on a thin metal disc. Almost 50 years later, we're almost similarly in the dark. Those Samsung flatscreens in our living room might still be the go-to device, but they are fast being joined by computer monitors, laptops, gaming consoles, iPods and mobile phones distributing content once solely accessed by TV, or in some cases, content that competes with TV. It's conceivable—and probably inevitable—that TV/web convergence will lead to us ordering up movies, pizza and even advertising while watching custom-tailored content and interacting with social-network buddies at the same time. The question is how these services will work together and who will manage and monetize them in a world where the TV networks operate with a mass-media mentality and are anxious to keep $60.5 billion in ad revenue from going the way of Philco.

Price War Brews Between Amazon and Wal-Mart

Brad Stone and Stephanie Rosenbloom
Nov 24, 2009

Now Wal-Mart, the mightiest retail giant in history, may have met its own worthy adversary: Amazon.com. In what is emerging as one of the main story lines of the 2009 post-recession shopping season, the two heavyweight retailers are waging an online price war that is spreading through product areas like books, movies, toys and electronics.

Early Holiday Spending Suggests Strong Season For TVs, Videogames

Vanessa O'Connell and Miguel Bustill
Nov 24, 2009

Consumers are generally cautious heading into the critical holiday shopping season, with preseason trends suggesting that electronics sales may be solid while sales of apparel, particularly women's styles, could get pummeled. Spurred by the release of a hot videogame and earlier-than-usual promotions on televisions, U.S. shoppers spent 6.1% more on electronics in the first half of November the month, through Nov. 14, than a year ago, according to a recent analysis from MasterCard SpendingPulse, a unit of MasterCard Advisors.

Flip's Quest in First Major Ad Push: Become a Lifestyle Brand

Rita Chang
Nov 10, 2009

Flip, the Cisco-owned maker of pocket-sized camcorders, wants to go mass, and it's hoping its first, multimillion-dollar ad campaign, launched today, will establish it as a lifestyle brand. For a company that has previously eschewed big media buys in favor of grassroots marketing, it's a new strategy. But there's a lot at stake for the player that invented the sub-category of dummy-proof, affordable camcorders priced around or below the $200 range. For starters, it needs to quickly capitalize on the market's growth before it tapers off, thanks in part to competition from video-camera-enabled smartphones.

Social Software: The Other 'Design for Social Impact'

Gentry Underwood
Nov 3, 2009

Depending on how you see it, social software is either all the rage or so 2008. You know the stuff: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare.... There's no talking about the web these days without it—that's for sure—but social software tools are quickly becoming an integral part of the way we run our day-to-day lives. It's not just in the consumer space, either. Companies and large organizations are catching on to the benefits of social networking and improved collaboration tools. They want their intranets to be more like Facebook. They want to use crowdsourcing to leverage employee perspectives and wikis to help people help themselves. They want Twitter for the organization, (or at least they think they do).

Privacy is Dead, and Social Media Hold Smoking Gun

Pete Cashmore
Oct 28, 2009

A U.K. firm is set to launch a camera to capture every moment of a person's life. While you may reel at the privacy implications, I'd wager that the high price of not capturing and sharing every moment of our lives will soon dwarf the cost to our privacy.

Could the Droid Be the Device That Finally Dethrones the iPhone?

RIta Chang
Oct 26, 2009

With Apple posting record profits last week, thanks in large part to brisk sales of its iPhone, it may seem downright crazy to mount a smartphone challenge at all, let alone one that takes direct aim at the iPhone. But that's just what Verizon, Google and Motorola are doing. With a teaser ad from Verizon zeroing in on the device's perceived shortcomings, such as its lack of a physical keyboard, the triumvirate is beginning a big push for Droid, the flagship device of the Google-backed Android operating system. So far, industry observers are unmoved by the buzz and give the Droid long odds in its bid to become the next ubiquitous handset.

Mary Meeker: Economy Is Recovering, Mobile Is Exploding

MG Siegler
Oct 22, 2009

Tuesday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Morgan Stanley Managing Director, Mary Meeker, gave her usual quick presentation with a ton of information. Rather than trying to squeeze it all in (which not even she can in her 15 minute presentation), I will embed the slides below when they are up and hit on her major points. Meeker thinks we’re in a new computing cycle with the mobile web.

Don't Blame Google Sidewiki if Your Brand Takes Another Hit

Pete Blackshaw
Oct 20, 2009

Just when brands thought they might muster a passable social-media "sense and respond" defense against the brutal realities of consumer nastygrams or Google search-result hogging, or just when they figured out a few tricks for managing Wikipedia and all those activists and product recalls that make their way onto your entry, brands must now contend with yet another trust broker that wraps candid conversation around their cherished homefront, whether they like it or not.

Foursquare: Not Just a Game, But a City Guide

Jenna Wortham
Oct 19, 2009

At first glance, Foursquare, the location-based mobile application capturing the fancy of hip, young urbanites, is a fun bar game that lets users compete for points and badges for going out at night. But dig a little deeper, and the service, which I just profiled in The Times, is also a handy, user-generated city guide. “The game elements are fun and people definitely like competing against their friends,” said Dennis Crowley, co-founder of the company. “But getting people to do something they haven’t done before — that’s where Foursquare gets really interesting.”

Google Wave Attempts to Modernize Email

Gina Trapani
Oct 15, 2009

Google Wave is a new communication tool that the search giant bills as "what email would look like if it were invented today." While the plan to modernize email is laudable and ambitious, Google Wave's whiz-bang features can feel confusing and chaotic to new users. However, if regular people can make the leap that Wave does from email's message-based system to conversations as co-editing a single document, Wave could revolutionize the way we communicate and collaborate online.

Information Overload

Paul Hemp
Sep 24, 2009

Information overload dates back to Johannes Gutenberg. His invention of movable type led to a proliferation of printed matter that quickly exceeded what a single human mind could absorb in a lifetime. Later technologies – from carbon paper to the photocopier – made replicating existing information even easier. And once information was digitised, documents could be copied in limitless numbers at virtually no cost. Digitising content also removed barriers to another activity first made possible by the printing press: publishing new information. No longer restricted by centuries-old production and distribution costs, anyone can be a publisher today. In fact, a lot of new information – personalised recommendations from Amazon, for instance – is "published" and distributed without any active human input.

Technology + Design = Apple?

John Maeda
Sep 21, 2009

A few months ago, I sat with John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple, who described Steve Jobs' primary design principle: "Not what you can add, but what you can remove." It reminded me of the first law I outlined in my book The Laws of Simplicity, that, "The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction." This philosophy runs counter to a typical tech company's approach, where the goal is always to upgrade and add as opposed to subtract. It's true, for the consumer to pay more and get less defies conventional wisdom and seems to contradict economic principles. But simplified technology doesn't necessarily mean less functionality. Apple products aren't simple technologies by any stretch, but there is a beautiful simplicity to them.

‘Social’ Phones to Reveal All About Your Caller

Chris Nuttall
Sep 21, 2009

Forget caller ID. A coming wave of “social” mobile phones is likely to tell you everything you ever wanted to know and more about the person calling you. An application called Robo.to, available in the fourth quarter on the iPhone and handsets that run Google’s Android operating system, offers a stream of information about callers, including personal videos, photos and their current location. It is an example of the “social address book” – the reinvention of a core handset feature that carriers will leverage to earn fresh revenues and win back consumer attention lost to iPhone applications and media companies’ services.

The Race to Be an Early Adopter of Technologies Goes Mainstream, a Survey Finds

Jenna Wortham
Sep 2, 2009

For decades, the adoption and use of the latest technologies was limited to a subculture: Whether called “tech enthusiasts” or “gadget geeks,” the implication was that most of the world got along fine with older, established products and services, while a smaller group pursued the most leading-edge technology. But according to a study released Wednesday by Forrester Research, a marketing firm based in Cambridge, Mass., a shift has taken place. What used to be the pursuit of a few has become decidedly mainstream. We’re all gadget geeks now.

The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine

Robert Capps
Aug 29, 2009

In 2001, Jonathan Kaplan and Ariel Braunstein noticed a quirk in the camera market. All the growth was in expensive digital cameras, but the best-selling units by far were still cheap, disposable film models. That year, a whopping 181 million disposables were sold in the US, compared with around 7 million digital cameras. Spotting an opportunity, Kaplan and Braunstein formed a company called Pure Digital Technologies and set out to see if they could mix the rich chocolate of digital imaging with the mass-market peanut butter of throwaway point-and-shoots. They called their brainchild the Single Use Digital Camera and cobranded it with retailers, mostly pharmacies like CVS.

The Supermobility Era

Marian Salzman
Jun 24, 2009

Globalization has been the headline for years as it’s changed the face of communication, finance, business and society. But it’s not a stand-alone phenomenon; it’s totally dependent upon mobility. Constant movement from place to place has made the last few decades frenetic. In fact, we live in an era of supermobility.

Just Having an iPhone App Isn't Enough

Michael Learmonth
Jun 4, 2009

Once, just having a smartphone application was enough, but the era of novelty -- the blowing, shaking, one-trick-pony app -- is pretty much over. To rise above the clutter, an app has to be truly useful, whether it's created by a brand or by an entrepreneur.

Why E-Books Look So Ugly

Priya Ganapati
May 19, 2009

As books make the leap from cellulose and ink to electronic pages, some editors worry that too much is being lost in translation. Typography, layout, illustrations and carefully thought-out covers are all being reduced to a uniform, black-on-gray template that looks the same whether you’re reading Pride and Prejudice, Twilight or the Federalist Papers.

The Big Screen Kindle Hail Mary To Newspapers Will Fall Incomplete

MG Siegler
May 4, 2009

New reports have several companies on the verge of releasing large screen electronic readers designed specifically for reading newspaper content. The first such product may be unveiled as soon as this week — a large screen version of Amazon’s Kindle, which we first reported on last year. This is setting up a lot like the newspaper industry’s Hail Mary. And it’s a pass they won’t catch.

The Power of Personal Informatics

Eilidh Dickson
Apr 24, 2009

We are living in a world where computing and information processing is going beyond the desktop model of computer interaction to be integrated into the everyday objects we interact with and activities in which we partake. This model is moving beyond the desktop paradigm, and has more recently been described as ‘everyware’. Everyday objects being networked is a simple concept, yet the application is complex, holding huge possibilities. If all objects from our daily routines could be ‘tagged’ with an identifying device we could see untold amounts of information about the product.

It’s In The Way That You Shake It

Jonathan Salem Baskin
Jan 9, 2009

Polaroid is going to stop making film for its once-ubiquitous instant cameras later this year, and in doing so close the last shutter on the way we used to see our past.

Consumer Electronics: Innovate or Die

Sohrab Vossoughi
Jan 2, 2009

Here are four ways the industry can fix what's broken and revamp its business strategies.

Becoming Screen Literate

Kevin Kelly
Nov 24, 2008

Everywhere we look, we see screens.These ever-present screens have created an audience for very short moving pictures, as brief as three minutes, while cheap digital creation tools have empowered a new generation of filmmakers, who are rapidly filling up those screens. We are headed toward screen ubiquity.

Obama's New Toy

John Dickerson
Nov 17, 2008

Snazzy new technology isn't enough to bring transparency to the White House.

How Nike's Social Network Sells to Runners

Jay Greene
Nov 11, 2008

The Nike+ site is drawing hordes of runners, and its success may hold lessons for brand building on the Web.

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