The Trouble with Tribbles
Posted at 15:44h, 05 Oct 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, In case you missed the reference (doubt it), the subject line was the title of an episode from the original Star Trek series, about adorable, harmless little creatures called tribbles who procreated ad nauseam and gorged themselves to death – without giving away too much of the episode. And we do see […]
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We’ve Got This Whole Unicorn Thing All Wrong!
Posted at 10:17h, 29 Sep 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, Tim O’Reilly wrote an excellent column recently entitled, We’ve Got This Whole Unicorn Thing All Wrong! With all due respect to Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee, who first referred to emerging companies with billion dollar valuations, such as Uber and Airbnb, as unicorns, with the ever-expanding roster of them of late, we personally have to agree with O’Reilly in his revised definition – as technologies that changes human behavior – rather than as companies that have achieved a wildly inflated valuation that may or may not have any actual justification in the real world. The mark of a true unicorn, in O’Reilly’s definition, is that elicits an a-ha moment: the first iPhones, Siri and self-driving cars are good examples. Unicorns ar...
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Who Really Owns Your iPhone? It May Not Be You
Posted at 10:15h, 22 Sep 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, Once upon a time there was this thing called ‘sales,’ which were dependent on these people called ‘customers,’ who are now primarily referred to online as ‘users’ - unless it’s an ecommerce site - and once upon a time, customers mattered. It’s only in tech that people who use a product or service are referred to as ‘users’ rather than ‘customers,’ which started us all down a slippery slope. In our opinion, we’re still on the downward slide and do not look forward to seeing what rock bottom looks like. For example, Who Really Owns Your iPhone? It May Not Be You. According to the piece, and depending on your plan, you may not own that new iPhone 6S, for which you might have paid a hefty price: it might actually be the property of Apple or your wireless carrier. Could you imagine if utilities treated customers this way? That you had to buy a new oven every few...
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Mark Zuckerberg: Immigrants are the key to a knowledge economy
Posted at 10:13h, 15 Sep 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, A couple of years back, a group of so-called tech luminaries from such companies as Facebook, Google, et al, got together and formed a group called fwd.us, purportedly designed to promote policies to keep the American workforce competitive and to create an easier pathway for foreign workers to enter the US job […]
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Apple’s Tim Cook: “We Believe the Future of TV Is Apps
Posted at 10:11h, 08 Sep 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, Apple hasn’t had an easy time of it lately. It's still the world's most valuable company, but the stock hasn’t been what it was, and is still below $120. Which might account for all of the announcements at its event last week: they need sales. Even at the expense of true Apple innovation: Apple TV: “We believe the future of TV is apps,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Well, Roku obviously agrees: they already have thousands of them. As for making the new Apple TV voice-enabled: see ‘Amazon Fire TV.’ No Apple Internet TV service yet. But after the recent launch of its music service, they’d better get...
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