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China’s digital dictatorship | The Economist
The party rightly worries that a society so lacking in trust is unstable. So it is experimenting with a striking remedy. It calls this a “social-credit system” (see article). It says the idea is to harness digitally stored information to chivvy everyone into behaving more honestly, whether fly-by-night companies or tax- and fine-dodging individuals. That sounds fair enough. But the government also talks about this as a tool of “social management”: ie, controlling individuals’ behaviour. This is a regime that already tries to police how often people visit their parents. How much further could it go? Citizens’ ratings are to be linked with their identity-card numbers. Many fear that bad scores might result in sanctions, such as being denied a bank loan or permission to buy a railway ticket, even for political reasons. They have reason to worry. The government decreed this year that the system should record such vaguely defined sins as “assembling to disrupt social order”.
socialmedia  quantifiedself  censorship  totalitarianism  China  Economist  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Tech Upended Banks and Stock Trading. Insurance Is Next | WIRED
These kinds of tracking devices, along with smart cars and homes, may lead not just to safer lives but more personalized insurance, McWaters explains. That’s because in theory, if insurance companies can better track what you do, when, where, and how, they could proactively manage your risk—and charge you accordingly. Your car could tell you what route to take when your normal drive home is blocked in a snowstorm. It knows you tend to skid in the ice. Your smart house could send you alerts to remind you that your iron is still on. It knows you’re the forgetful type. And your wristband could tell you to get up and take an extra walk. It’s good for your health—and for your policy.
insurance  insurtech  opportunity  growth  review  aggregator  personalisation  quantifiedself  MarmaladeInsurance  InsuretheBox  Beam  BizInsure  GoCompare  GoogleCompare  Oscar  Vitality  Wired  2015 
may 2016 by inspiral
I need to escape from the planet of the apps | Bella Mackie | Opinion | The Guardian
Modern technology helps us in so many incredible ways that it would be churlish to complain too severely about apps that can enhance or simplify our lives. But perhaps the companies that design them should have a think about how they want to make us feel. Nagging guilt trips and passive-aggressive notifications are not conventional sales techniques. From now on, I’ll be more cautious when I download these little widgets. My success or failure in finding true love, or finally learning how to do a handstand might well be helped along by my smartphone, but none of us should measure our progress in life by it. If I really want to feel guilty, I can always phone my mother.
mobileapps  quantifiedself  notifications  guilt  NeoLuddism  review  critique  Guardian  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Kevin Plank Is Betting Almost $1 Billion That Under Armour Can Beat Nike |
Kevin Plank built Under Armour into a $4 billion behemoth. He's just spent almost $1 billion to get into an entirely new business. Can this decade's most unlikely tech startup beat Nike?
UnderArmour  KevinPlank  interview  sportswear  quantifiedself  wearablecomputing  MapMyFitness  takeover  UARecord  marketresearch  targeting  Inc  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Get Active and Save Lives | UNICEF Kid Power
UNICEF Kid Power gives you the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, you can go on missions, earn points and unlock therapeutic food packets for severely malnourished children around the world.
quantifiedself  wearablecomputing  fitness  children  creativeshowcase  UNICEF  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
CES 2016: Longevity wearables - JWT Intelligence
Mio Global says its new activity metric can help consumers extend their lives through wearable tech.

Mio Global is at CES this week showing what looks at first glance to be yet another connected fitness band. But this one claims to do something no other device can: to extend the wearer’s life by around 10 years.

The novelty of fitness trackers is wearing thin, but a claim as bold as this one could still get consumers’ attention. Mio gets to the 10-year figure through a new proprietary metric it calls Personal Activity Intelligence or PAI, which it says is far superior to counting steps.
Mio  fitnesstrackers  quantifiedself  health  wearablecomputing  Launch  JWTIntelligence  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
What’s Next for Fitness Wearables? | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
So, with commoditization a distinct possibility, what’s needed in order for fitness wearables to get to the next stage? I’ve broken it into a few categories.
wearablecomputing  fitness  quantifiedself  smartwatch  innovation  criteria  accuracy  sensors  ecosystem  analytics  bigdata  nutrition  smartclothing  segmentation  FitBit  Garmin  Pebble  AppleWatch  Jawbone  review  Techpinions  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
product insights from wechat — Medium
WeChat has grown from a chat and messaging app into China’s most impactful and engaged platform for communication, services, and payments with over 600 million monthly active users.
WeChat  China  mobilemessaging  review  profile  usage  consumer  statistics  engagement  mobilepayments  content  WeRun  quantifiedself  mobilecommerce  strategy  author:KatieZhu  Medium  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Who Owns Your Steps - BuzzFeed News
Millions of people are logging fitness workouts with wearables. Now a growing number of them are trying to free their data from their devices.
fitnesstrackers  quantifiedself  opensource  data  export  Buzzfeed  2015 
july 2015 by inspiral
Big Mother Is Watching You: The Track-Everything Revolution Is Here Whether You Want It Or Not - BuzzFeed News
The future will be quantified, then, because these devices promise the latest iteration of what we’ve always sought: happiness. Which, at least in the 21st century, doubles as simplicity. A life in which your heartbeat and respiration and location dictate when your house turns off and on; a life in which the guesswork of eating and exercising and the mysteries of our bodies could be eliminated. That promise of ultimate, seamless simplicity — and the happiness that supposedly accompanies it — will be too much, even for the most suspicious and privacy-conscious among us, to resist.
wearablecomputing  internetofthings  quantifiedself  kGoal  Whistle  Nest  Snapshot  Dropcam  MimoBaby  Fitbit  Jawbone  LumoLift  Scanadu  Lively  Spire  Scanaflo  VitalConnect  opportunity  privacy  critique  BuzzFeed  2014 
january 2015 by inspiral
When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness - The Atlantic
An upcoming court case will use fitness-tracking data to try and prove a plaintiff's claim, bringing us one step closer to the new age of quantified self incrimination.
quantifiedself  legal  FitBit  tracking  TheAtlantic  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral's INTERNET OF CARING THINGS
Time to think beyond the ‘Internet of Things’. Consumers are embracing a network of connected objects that actively care for their physical and mental wellbeing, homes, loved ones and more.
internetofthings  wellbeing  healthcare  quantifiedself  trends  Trendwarching  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
Microsoft Beyond Windows | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
Study the technology industry long enough and you start to recognize patterns. One pattern that is consistent, and I believe remains consistent in modular ecosystems1 like Micosoft’s, is how the value chain always ends at services. In the early stages of a segment, the value starts in hardware, then quickly moves to software (once the hardware is good enough), and, finally, all the opportunity shifts to services. This is why, at the end of the day, services companies are the best positioned for the future in modular ecosystems (which generally encompass the largest user bases).
Microsoft  strategy  services  software  hardware  MicrosoftBand  quantifiedself  Techpinions  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
Finextra: Smartwatches face challenges as payment devices
Just one-in-three consumers would be interested in using a smartwatch for payments, with fitness tracking, online ID and travel ticketing viewed as more attractive features, according to a survey of 5000 people across five countries by GfK.
smartwatch  function  quantifiedself  tickets  fitness  mobilepayments  China  Germany  SouthKorea  UK  USA  research  GFK  Finextra  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
The Tale of a Fitness-Tracking Addict's Struggles With Strava | WIRED
That weekend was a major turning point, and on the drive home I resolved to reduce my Strava usage. At first it was tough: backing off meant burying all my meticulously-recorded runs and rides under new stretches of zero activity. However, I quickly realized that zero activity on Strava doesn’t have to mean zero activity in real life, and after several invigorating Strava-free runs I practically stopped missing it—even the victorious feeling of tapping the checkered flag to mark an activity complete (okay, so I still miss that a little). “The key for me has been to track behaviors that I enjoy or wish to reinforce,” says Felton. “By tracking these things I am a bit more mindful of them and tend to encourage behaviors that I value. The risk is becoming too single-minded—for instance, prioritizing one behavior to the detriment of all others.”
Strava  quantifiedself  addiction  critique  Wired  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
With The Rise Of Wearables, Virtual Assistants Will Disrupt Marketing As Usual | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce
Research from Mindshare UK's Future Media Lab and Goldsmiths digs into the near future of virtual assistants and how they'll change people's relationships with brands.
virtualassistant  quantifiedself  brands  marketing  FastCompany  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
The 3 key Apple Watch features that nobody talks about. Yet. | VisionMobile
If Apple wants to create a new, large product category out of smart watches, they need to become something much more that a timepiece with notifications and sensors. Something that allows people to do things that were not possible before. How Apple can do this? By following the same path that worked so well for iPhone and iPad: Tap into the limitless innovation power of co-creators to discover new use cases and possibilities we cannot imagine today.

The most important features of the Apple Watch going forward are the ones that enable developers to innovate on top of these devices and create demand for Apple’s smart watches. What are these features?
Apple  AppleWatch  opportunity  developers  WatchKit  HealthKit  identity  mobilepayments  quantifiedself  healthcare  VisionMobile  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
50 Connected Devices - How Mobile and the Internet of Things Will Aff…
What happens when everything we touch is connected to the Internet? Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT). At Crittercism, we live and breathe mobile. Browse this presentation to learn about the connected devices all around you – in your pocket, on your kitchen counter, in your backyard.
InternetofThings  quantifiedself  CreativeShowcase  Crittercism  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
The Napa earthquake woke this many Jawbone Up wearers | The Verge
Sleep tracking is one of the best features of the Jawbone Up fitness tracker, but it could serve a purpose beyond helping you feel less groggy in the morning. Jawbone's data science team has collated the sleep information from last night in northern California — which was hit by its biggest earthquake in 25 years — and used it to show what percentage of Up wearers in each city were woken up at 3.20AM PT. Napa was among the worst affected areas, whereas Santa Cruz barely registered a tremor, according to the sleep data.
earthquakes  quantifiedself  Jawbone  Napa  TheVerge  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Why an iWatch is not Apple’s next big thing | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
I believe we will see this health wearable this year and it will be version 1.0 of Apple’s move into health. Over the next year, they will enhance Healthkit’s abilities and attract many more developers to the Healthkit platform to help them enhance the overall Apple ecosystem for health related apps and services. Then, over time, move that data to the cloud and eventually, once the legal issues are ironed out with the various health laws and codes, make this data available to health care providers.
Although my suggestion that Apple’s wearable will be a health monitor is speculation, I see it as being very plausible and likely the device Apple brings out instead of trying to do an iWatch that tries to be all things to all people. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe Apple is doing an iWatch at all. I believe they are creating a powerful and stylish health wearable designed by Jony Ive. A wearable like this makes more sense in light of the powerful Healthkit program being created. It would be tied to this wearable and add specific value for all of Apple customers. More importantly, it moves the iPhone into the center of their program and could be the major motivator for future iPhone growth over the next three to five years and keep the iPhone Apple’s major cash cow for some time to come.
Apple  iWatch  smartwatch  strategy  wearablecomputing  quantifiedself  Healthkit  Techpinions  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Which Cities Get the Most Sleep? - The Numbers - WSJ
People in Melbourne sleep the most, people in Tokyo sleep the least, and Americans just need more sleep overall. Those are some of the findings from a vast new dataset released to The Wall Street Journal by Jawbone, the makers of the UP, a digitized wristband that tracks how its users move and sleep.
sleep  data  quantifiedself  cities  comparison  NewYork  Orlando  SanFrancisco  Beijing  Melbourne  London  Denver  Brisbane  Paris  Tokyo  Seoul  Dubai  Singapore  MexicoCity  Jawbone  WallStreetJournal  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
This company saved $300k on insurance by giving employees Fitbits | CITEworld
A year ago when Appirio said it was hoping to use data collected from employee wearables to negotiate a better deal on its health insurance bill, it seemed like a stretch. Could information that Appirio cobbled together about how many steps a couple hundred workers took each day convince an insurance company to lower its rates?
Fitbit  wearablecomputing  quantifiedself  healthinsurance  creativeshowcase  Appirio  CITEWorld  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Strava’s Cycling App Is Helping Cities Build Better Bike Lanes | Autopia | WIRED
Oregon wants to make its roads safer and more convenient for cyclists, but has a problem—it has very little data on where people ride and what influences their choices. So it turned to an outfit that has loads of data on that: Strava.
Strava  quantifiedself  transportpolicy  Oregon  London  Glasgow  Orlando  Florida  cycling  Wired  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Why Wearable Fitness Trackers Are Just A Fad That's Going To Die - Business Insider
Wearables are having a moment right now and it’s easy to imagine a limitless horizon ahead. But within the world of wearables, a reckoning is coming for dedicated fitness trackers.
quantifiedself  fitnesstrackers  RunKeeper  wearablecomputing  critique  disruption  BusinessInsider  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
JWT: 10 Mobile Trends for 2014 and Beyond (May 2014)
This is an abridged version of the 124-page report. Go to to see the full report, including recommendations for brands JWT’s third annual report on trends in the mobile sphere spotlights key themes that came out of this year’s Mobile World Congress, Consumer Electronics Show and South by Southwest Interactive, and builds on trends spotlighted in previous reports. The report covers significant drivers and manifestations of these developments, and their implications for brands. “10 Mobile Trends for 2014 and Beyond” is based around on-the-ground research at the MWC in Barcelona and SXSW in Austin, as well as desk research and insights gleaned from interviews with several mobile experts and influencers.
mobile  mobileapps  mobileinternet  internetofthings  wearablecomputing  quantifiedself  mobilevideo  mobilenews  longform  journalism  ephemeral  anonymity  visualweb  mobilesearch  imagerecognition  stickers  virtualassistant  security  locationbasedservices  beacon  NeoLuddism  4G  education  healthcare  finance  JWTIntelligence  2014  mobilesocial 
may 2014 by inspiral
2014 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study—Volume 1 | J.D. Power
Wireless Smartphone Manufacturers Struggle to Differentiate Themselves; Price Is Increasingly Important for Customers
smartphones  differentiation  pricing  features  loyalty  subsidy  voicerecognition  quantifiedself  Apple  iPhone  Samsungm_Blackberry  HTC  Nokia  LG  Motorola  USA  JDPower  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
Facebook Acquires Fitness And Activity Tracking App Moves | TechCrunch
Facebook has acquired the motion tracking app for Android and iPhone ‘Moves,‘ the startup announced today via a blog post. The company’s founders say that the Moves crew will join Facebook’s team to “work on building and improving their products and services” and that the Moves app will continue to operate on its own as a standalone experience.
Facebook  takeover  Moves  quantifiedself  fitnesstrackers  TechCrunch  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
FWA winner | 2014 Corvette Stingray / Biometric Test
Each driver was strapped with the latest in remote biometric monitoring systems, allowing us to measure their vital responses to driving the new Corvette Stingray. This included capturing EEG data, respiration etc.
Chevrolet  Corvette  microsite  automotive  quantifiedself  onlinevideo  Vimeo  creativeshowcase  FWA  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
Wearables: the third wave of computing (Wired UK)
The point isn't the gadget: it's the combination of the intimacy of a device that is always with us and that only we use, with the power of cloud-based processing and storage.
wearablecomputing  quantifiedself  ubiquitousrecording  GoogleGlass  review  Wired  2014 
january 2014 by inspiral
Moves for iPhone
Let your iPhone tell you how much you move.
quantifiedself  mobileapps  fitness  creativeshowcase  Moves  startup 
june 2013 by inspiral
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