Category Archives: Technology

Last week’s links: July 27th edition

Too many links this week  — so let’s split this barrage of wonder into two categories

Stuff that’s vaguely professional

Lexus Australia built a car that glows based on the driver’s heartbeat.

Android Auto looks pretty awesome. Ars Technica has a full review,  While they were reviewing V1, they discovered a lot of plumbing in the software that suggest a much broader and better feature set is already on the way. 

McKinsey thought piece: “how businesses transform based on Digital marketing operations”.  (via Erin O’Hara, Blue Hive Shanghai)

We have seen the future and it is Zero UI — what happens when users no longer need any sort of screen?  Are you ready? This is a key moment for auto companies: handsfree / voice activated technology in vehicles is the epitome of Zero UI and ALSO how a lot of the world will become comfortable with it.  

Funny Stuff

Food photos are nearly entirely what makes Instagram, right?  This site shows what kinds of food get snapped the most, and where!  (via Dan Ambler, Blue Hive Melbourne). 

Speaking of Food photos, this instagram is plating junk food like Haute Cuisine.  Make sure to click through for the captions… They are hilarious, bordering on actually crazy.

A brief history of time icons

And finally, let’s examine one of the most divisive issues on the internet: Soft G or hard G for “gif”?  

more than 5 things I love on the internet this week of July 6th

Apple music is a lesson in how NOT to onboard new users.   Apple is usually good at this, right?

Google is testing a Ride-sharing app based on Waze.  It’s beta-launch is in Tel Aviv, Waze’s home base.

It’s 2015 — shouldn’t we have figured out web metrics by now?

One of the great un-solved challenges of Virtual Reality is your Inner Ear (those two things that help you stay upright and hear things).  A VR system is pounding your visual cortex with information telling your body that you’re, say, riding a bike or hurdling through space or falling off a cliff.  But that doesn’t bring your inner ear along for the ride.  The mismatch created causes dizziness.  Sometimes gross levels of dizziness.  That’s a super long winded way of introducing you to a hilarious video in which  the intrepid reports from Ars Technica try out all the VR rigs from E3 this year. 

Boeing just patented an engine powered by lasers and small thermonuclear explosions.  Isn’t the future awesome?

Earbuds that customize the ambient noise around you.  Novel, interesting, and now rocking $17m of funding.

Mobile advertising is about to be fundamentally disrupted.  The next gen of AdTech is surely waiting in the wings.

Finally, hats off for this amazing anti-nazi campaign in Germany.  Clever, thoughtful and for the best possible cause.

5 things I love on the internet this week

No time for quasi-intellectual introductions, so  here’s some cool stuff I’ve seen on the internet recently:

2015 predictions are dumb. But …

CES is going on, so there are lots of amazing new technologies in the news, like autonomous cars, wearables, more practical things, and completely impractical things.  Digital people are often accused of being too gadget focused, and it is weeks like this when we are certainly somewhat guilty.

But I’m a little bit over gadgets.  They’re cool, but I think they are simply indicative of a much more interesting moment.  So here’s my grand prediction.  2015 will be the year of discovery.  Previous years we thought about technology, digital infrastructure, services and experiences.  That was all building toward now, where the internet reaches a majority of all intelligent life on earth.  It is now nearly more ubiquitous than access to clean water or consistent electricity.

Think about that.  In less than 30 years, the internet (as a set of technologies) has become more important to the human experience than one’s sense of smell.

So what does the world look like when the internet is the most important infrastructure of life?  Well, we stop talking about it as a series of technologies or devices (Ben Evans’ talk from GE Minds + Machines conference goes into depth).  We start talking about what we do with it.  2015 is when we learn how humanity and society will change based on our newly found low-friction, even effortless access the information, tools, insight & inspiration we need to live better lives.

While this may be a uniform philosophical question, each corner of the world will have different challenges and paradoxes to work through. while the US and Europe fight about packet uniformity and classifying access providers as utilities, a whole different picture exists in developing nations, where, to quote Jan Chipchase, “the network is never neutral.”

To paraphrase Ben Thompson from his most recent podcast: what kind of world do you discover when every company in every industry can assume every person has access to the internet?

(every few weeks I contribute to a short newsletter for my blue hive colleagues about cool things in digital.  This is my most recent article)

Inspiring reads: Mobility, Innovation, Disruption and heart

(every few weeks I contribute to a short newsletter for my blue hive colleagues about cool things in digital.  this is my most recent article)

I’ve been traveling a lot recently, so instead of a cohesive point of view about a topic in Digital, I’m sharing the raw materials: here’s some great articles, podcasts, websites and videos that have inspired me in the past few weeks:

Mobile is eating the world:  100 years ago, Trains were the innovative technology transforming the world.  That’s right, Trains.  Benedict Evans takes us through what it means for a technology to transform life, and how Mobile technology has surpassed “technology” and is more like “trains”, that is: irreplaceable, fundamental infrastructure for modern life.  DROP EVERYTHING AND WATCH this  video of Ben Speaking at a WSJ event about the year ahead on the internet.

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