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Internet 3.0 and the rise of the gatekeepers

The Internet is in danger and if 1.0 was its dawning, 2.0 was the creation of apps, 3.0 may go down in history as the rise of the gatekeepers. What has made the Internet so amazingly innovative is its opportunity for all. Anyone, yours truly included, can create a presence, draw attention and find journalistic […]

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When another 2 billion join the connected world

We’re in Peru on vacation and enjoyed Machu Picchu just today. What struck us throughout this trip is the level of connectedness, even in the more remote areas of the country. We bought local rail tickets from an iPhone, texted from the Incan ruins and made it back in time to catch the World Series (in […]

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Yet another compelling reason to work in tech

Is your job safe? Are there things you can do to ensure the future? Maybe there’s a completely different way to view the new economy and your role in it. The workplace is fundamentally changing from the Industrial Age system of large factories offering many jobs to one where smaller companies, sometimes drastically smaller, sell […]

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3 reasons I started my own company

The following is a guest blog by Darius Salehipour. In March 2012, I started my first day of user experience and interface design at a company in Palo Alto. That first day on the job I realized how much I needed to learn. After researching the oceans of new “user-centered thinking” articles and books, I […]

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There’s no stopping a technology whose time has arrived

About ten years ago, I visited my aunt who’s a famous photographer.  She had a new, top of the line Nikon digital camera with a 8 MP resolution.  I was amazed at the clarity of the photos and how you could manipulate and print the crisp digital images.  I really wanted one, but the $5,000 […]

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PC users, can YOU drive over your laptop?

Apple has been taking its share of criticism recently over a lack of new products. Maybe in answer to that criticism, but I’ll bet for other reasons, Apple’s Tim Cook came out last week and essentially said, “Hey, just you wait.” In their most recent earnings call, Cook said: We are really excited about the […]

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The true story of GE’s insourcing

GE’s “insourcing” of appliance manufacturing to the U.S. has been trumpeted as a major reversal of the trend of sending jobs abroad to lower cost locations, and has been characterized in the press as a kind of “onshoring” story. I see it differently: as a “NUMMI deja vu” story. You may recall thatNUMMI was a joint […]

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The next iPhone is actually already here

Do you remember the concepts mooted when the original iPhone rumor first surfaced? And do you remember seeing the iPhone for the first time and laughing at the pictures splashed all over the magazines a week before launch of a white phone with a jog-wheel ? It’s happening again, only this time with the iWatch. Over at Mashable they have […]

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Of course Google takes on Spotify and Pandora — it’s a pay as you go world

Today at Google’s Developer Conference (IO) the crowd was treated to the announcement of Google Play, the brand new service that offers a Netflix-style access to music content for as low as $9.99 per month. The announcement rocks the world currently dominated by iTunes, Spotify and Pandora. Google Play offers not just access, but the […]

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Who needs Apple if everything is a mobile device?

In a story everyone could enjoy, Heineken announced the creation of special beer bottles that are connected devices. That story raises a great point…why should humans ‘carry’ a single mobile device when everything we come into contact with can be the point of interaction? If we think about it, the idea that our desktop, tablet, […]

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Chasing the technology rabbit

A few months back we decided to try out Amazon Prime just to test out alternatives to Netflix. What we didn’t expect to have and now depend on is the value of getting our shopping done online, without walking through aisles of things we don’t need, and getting the merchandise the next day (most of […]

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LinkedIn acquires Pulse, kills Groups and becomes context king

LinkedIn confirmed it’s acquisition of the news reader app Pulse this week, a deal valued at approximately $90 million, 90% in the form of company stock and 10% in cash. While it’s not immediately clear where this will lead the Pulse team state “We’re still working together on the product you love, and will continue […]

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If you don’t embrace mobile your business will remain forever stuck

Here are some interesting numbers from a variety of sources. 70% of all mobile searches result in action within 1 hour. 70% of online searches result in action in one month. 61% of customers who visit a mobile unfriendly site are likely to go to a competitor’s site. 71% of smartphone users that see a captivating TV, […]

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Marketing learns to live in the moment

Author’s disclosure, I blog for Loyalty Lab, a software-as-a-service for marketers. This work gives me great insight into what’s happening at the forefront of technology and how people buy and sell, so please forgive any blatant promotion. I love what I do. There are still marketers today who think of their mission as traditional advertising, […]

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To succeed in business you need to think like a superhero

I’m a bit of a comic book geek; I read them, collect them and chase the writer and artists to sign them. Everyone has a vice, that’s one of mine. But it got me thinking about how many lessons from comics could be translated into business life. Technology can be your superpower Look at how […]

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Are you ready for the Quantified Enterprise ?

In September I wrote an article about The Social Business Equation. In it I explained how trust and transparency will likely be the new currency in this connected age as consumers and corporates engage with each other on deeper levels than before. Living in a cynical world you’ll begin to question just why businesses are being […]

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