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Apple Gets Hardcore About Its Hobbies | TechCrunch
[from version 1 to 2, 3, 4 ] The iPad wasn’t versatile enough for business. The iPhone camera wasn’t sharp enough for photographers. And none of Apple’s products were fast enough for die hard gamers. Until today. [ more and more extension of you, part of you, you, ... unthinkable to live without it ... remote control for your life, that thing where your life happens now, partially on the screen/inside. away from the gadget factors which still had friction. now less and less friction. ]
Apple  iPad  iPhone  iOS  technological  progress  Apple  Watch  technological  history  Technology  mobile  homescreen  Escapeism  productivity  Entertainment  utility  society  Steve  Jobs  Gesellschaft  Wearable  computing  friction  frictionless  quantified  self  digital  economy  digital  self 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch
// In Latin America, the fundamental cultural impediment to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem is lack of individual risk-taking. While this is true at the entrepreneurial level, it is not a crucial element due to other factors compensating – primarily the attraction of the Silicon Valley lifestyle. However, this is not true in the investor layer, and thus a crucial piece of the infrastructure – the post-startup financing – is severely underdeveloped. The cultural factors here are clear: lack of comfort with technology, group decision-making, long decision-making cycles, desire for control and severe discomfort with failure result in an anemic investment community.
Germany  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  culture  society  failure  iteration  experiment  experimentation  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  public  image  public  perception  Mittelstand  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  risk  taking  risk  aversion  Silicon  Valley  economies  of  agglomeration  ecosystem  environment  work  environment  network  effect  communication  technology 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
The week of the brogrammer: Why bro-shaming won’t fix tech’s sexism problem | PandoDaily
http://www.theawl.com/2014/05/the-bros-who-inherited-the-earth ""Let a wave come and wash away these people so that we may try again! Their ideas will survive just fine."" || http://pando.com/2014/02/27/we-call-that-boob-er-the-four-most-awful-things-travis-kalanick-said-in-his-gq-profile/ - “We call that Boob-er:” The four most awful things Travis Kalanick said in his GQ profile || ___ ""This attitude toward women in tech has real consequences. This week, Google released a transparency report stating that only 17 percent of its technology staffers are women. This troubling statistic, and the trio of badly-behaving sexist founders this week, are both symptoms of a larger, more pervasive sense among the people bankrolling these billion dollar companies who think of the mythical founder-genius in very male terms."" ___ || It all starts in childhood an the impregnation with Label's and Boxes ... and maybe even a sprinkle of Religion.
Women  in  Tech  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  Silicon  Valley  gender  gap  glass  ceiling  gender  inequality  gender-based  harassment  gender-based  discrimination  stereotype  prejudice  bias  leadership  diversity  HR  human  resources  privilege  Privileged  male  privilege  entitlement  STEM  Technology  Industry  Public  Policy  society  at  large  masculinity  peer  pressure  childhood  childhood  development  Label  gender  discrimination  discrimination  racial  discrimination  people  management  business  management 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) - YouTube
Apple knows that competition is catching up faster and faster in terms of design and functionality etc etc. They hired 2 fashion people already (burberry and from LVHM). And to differentiate the brand further (price/status symbol - above middle class) and to keep selling it's Apple Products ... including wearables (Watch & Headphone) they hired those key people or b(r)ought them into the mothership. They could have long ago bought personal cloud storage companies and other stuff to add to its portfolio bla bla bla.... but that 'Software', you can't display - show off - walking around downtown manhatten. Wearables, phones, tablets - you can. ... Apple focuses on their core competencies - software like iTunes is only 2nd class, that is why it still doesn't stream. >> “They want Jimmy and they want Dre,” said the source. “He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.” ( http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/22/apples-beats-deal-is-happening-and-its-a-dre-acquihire/ ) + !!! v=NP0P2BT0vTc !!!
Apple  Pivot  IBM  Microsoft  Transition  Information  Society  Industrial  Society  policy  Information  Makers  skill-biased  technological  change  capital  skills  skill  skills  Career  Politicians  policy  folly  policy  error  public  policy  Product/Market  Fit  Product  Design  management  differentiation  differentiate  brands  branding  Brand  Gary  Vaynerchuk  acqui-hire  acquisitions  acquisition  acquihire  status  symbol  social  status  Wall  Street  Product  Strategy  execution  Focus  focused  Silicon  Valley  Fetish  distraction  Steve  Jobs  margin  commodity  business  commoditization  technology  technological  history  Moore's  Law  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  Competition  comparative  advantage  comparative-advantage  Google  Nexus  HTC  Lenovo  Samsung  Nokia  digitalnatives  digital  economy  Age  digital  natives  stevejobs  Vision  Imagination  creativity  value  creation  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  destruction  disposable  income  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  innovation  innovator  Venture 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Binge Media Culture Finds a Receptive Audience in Americans - NYTimes.com
“With the things that get us to really crave the news, the tenor of the story tends to have a negative impact on the way we see the world more generally,” he said, referring to the controversial and scandalous subjects that draw in chronic readers and viewers. “We become more cynical.” Does he regard his own bingeing on these topics as escapist? + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4aAJrJB6h0 + http://alaindebotton.com/news-users-manual/ “Absolutely,” he said. “You forget about your life for 30 minutes while you read about Chris Christie’s implosion.” Joshua Ferris’s forthcoming novel, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” is about “the obsessive-compulsive nature of your own personality emerging through these platforms, and disliking the person who is taking advantage of them,” he said. Mr. Ferris, 39, confessed to bingeing on news, TV and YouTube videos, though he recently took a six-month purgative sabbatical.
binge  drinking  binge  consumption  binge  watching  binge  reading  gossip  celebrity  culture  Popular  Pop  BuzzFeed  Listicle  digital  natives  digital  content  short-form  content  throwaway  content  content  distribution  micro  content  attention  span  attention  technological  history  Technology  consumer  turned  creator  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  Twitter  microblogging  blogosphere  Blogging  Instagram  Vine  Facebook  Social  Media  sharing  is  caring  sharing  economy  mainstream  conglomerate  corporate  binge  consumption  barrier  of  consumption  mobilephone  Smartphone  Snapchat  communication  cynicism  Book  Alain  de  Botton  productivity  Millennials  living  environment  western  lifestyle  western  society  quality  of  life  life  lesson  life  hacker 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Techie -- Daily Intelligencer
[via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7559540 ] She was the only female at her company, a designer who had been with the start-up from the beginning and had overseen its design and marketing, yet had gotten left out when the company was sold to Google for its workers, in what's known as an acqui-hire. "I feel like my world just ended," she wrote. The thread quickly became the talk of Silicon Valley. It was seeming proof that even within the happy-go-lucky world of tech start-ups, there are winners and losers, and more often than not, the losers in situations like these are the designers, who are more likely to be female than their engineer counterparts, and whose "soft" skills are seen as less valuable than coding chops. [The] start-up decided to sell itself to Google as a last resort, after failing to find traction in the market. [FOR G IT IS A public nightmare!]
acqui-hire  acquihire  start-up  Google  creativity  Design  gender  gap  gender  politics  gender  asymmetry  Kevin  Rose  HR  PR  public  relations  acquisition  engineer  developer  unintended  consequences  unknown  unknowns  gender  inequality  income  inequality  inequality  Technology  UI  UX  implosion  hubris  stereotype  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  feminism  feminist  victim  victim  role  opfer  rolle  psychology  social  science  social  status  western  society  society  gender  disparity  gender  equality  gender  discrimination  gender  Silicon  Valley  web  development  ageism  Supply  and  Demand  Demand  and  Supply  human  resources  compensation  skill  skills 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
Let Your Smartphone Deliver the Bad News - NYTimes.com
Digital flakiness.

“Offline rules of etiquette no longer seem to apply,” Ms. Wick said. “People hide behind e-mail or text messages to cancel appointments, or do things that feel uncomfortable to do in person.”

The face-to-face consequences of being a flake have all but disappeared. If the unpleasantness of having to disappoint a host or dinner date was one reason commitments were honored in the past, technology has rendered that moot.

“People don’t feel bad shooting someone a text to cancel, but no one would ever pick up the phone and say, ‘Let’s have dinner next week because I want to go to this party instead,’ ” “But when you say it out loud, you realize how bad it sounds.”
etiquette  culture  shock  culture  society  technology  millennials  generationy 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Is Facebook making us sad? Stanford University research and Sherry Turkle's new book Alone Together suggest that social networking may foster loneliness. - Slate Magazine
quote by Montesquieu: "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are."

Jordan, who is now a postdoctoral fellow studying social psychology at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, suggests we might do well to consider Facebook profiles as something akin to the airbrushed photos on the covers of women's magazine. No, you will never have those thighs, because nobody has those thighs. You will never be as consistently happy as your Facebook friends, because nobody is that happy. So remember Montesquieu, and, if you're feeling particularly down, use Facebook for its most exalted purpose: finding fat exes.

- unintended consequences.
happiness  economics  sociology  society  technology  psychology  facebook 
january 2012 by asterisk2a
Technology Provides an Alternative to Love. - NYTimes.com
Let me toss out the idea that, as our markets discover and respond to what consumers most want, our technology has become extremely adept at creating products that correspond to our fantasy ideal of an erotic relationship, in which the beloved object asks for nothing and gives everything, instantly, and makes us feel all powerful, and doesn’t throw terrible scenes when it’s replaced by an even sexier object and is consigned to a drawer.
To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self.

Let me suggest, finally, that the world of techno-consumerism is therefore troubled by real love, and that it has no choice but to trouble love in turn.
technology  culture  love  society  iphone  advertising  relationships 
may 2011 by asterisk2a

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