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Lasts Longer | Asymco
Of course, there would be not much business without an environment and we should all strive for sustainability.  But this is an existential observation, and it’s defensive. The important call to make is that Apple is making a bet that sustainability is a growth business.

Fundamentally, Apple is betting on having customers not selling them products.

The purpose of Apple as a firm is to create and preserve customers and to create and preserve products. This is fundamental and not fully recognized.
iphone  apple  business  environment  sustainable  strategy  corporations  relationships  technology 
12 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China | Fortune
Each is the pride of their not-quite-first-tier hometowns: Alibaba of the ancient city of Hangzhou near Shanghai and Tencent of shiny-new Shenzhen across the border from Hong Kong. Finally, both touch an astounding percentage of the world’s most populous country: Alibaba’s various online marketplaces count 552 million active customers; Tencent’s WeChat messaging service recently surpassed 1 billion accounts.
china  internet  business  technology  asia 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
What Does The Amazon Echo Look Mean For Personal Style? - Racked
Say it with me: I enjoy what I enjoy regardless of its potential for receiving likes, going viral, or being found acceptable by an algorithm.

Say it with me: I also do not deny that I am implicated, inexorably, in the Generic Style of my time.
technology  fashion  power  beauty  business  shopping 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”
“I think we have to be very cognizant of the unintended consequences, but also acknowledge them and then design them out–make sure that we are ethically designing,” he says. “This is the slowest technology will ever progress ever again in your life. It’s only speeding up. So what are we going to do as designers to bring that element in all the time?”
technology  design  ethics  future  apple  google  beauty  mobile  business 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
I Wish I Had Videos of My Dad's Accent - Father's Day Essay
The last remaining evidence of my father's voice, the final thing that roots him and his existence in my brain, will eventually cease to exist–just like VHS tapes, and the accent he spoke with, and my memories of him, too.
language  speech  parenting  memory  technology  culture  curation  family  english 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Twitter
"Communities must be equal partners in any decision about the use of [...]"
surveillance  technology  from twitter
april 2016 by allaboutgeorge
Year of the ChinaDroid | TechRice
Just as they do at home, Chinese manufacturers will start replacing Google apps on devices bound for the developing world. Rather than paying a license fee for Google’s suite of apps (Gmail, Maps, Chrome, etc.), these manufacturers want someone to pay them for pre-installs. Benedict Evans asks: “How many of these devices will have Google Play? How many users will install Google Maps? How many will come with a third-party web browser (from Tencent, say), one or two of the dozens of major Android app stores operating in China, or Amazon’s app store?” Expect to see Android devices in Jakarta, Addis Ababa, and Tehran that experiment with alternatives to Google apps. 
android  google  china  mobile  asia  business  technology 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Copy-paste journalism wants to be free
With computer-generated journalism, the old quote “information wants to be free” is becoming a reality. And it is happening exactly the way Stewart Brand predicted: “the cost of getting it (information) out is getting lower and lower all the time.”
Luckily for journalists, the free part is only half of the quote. It actually begins with “information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.” As Brand points out, some of the things you read or see can literally change your life.
journalism  media  information  writing  identity  technology  style  reputation  online  blogging 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Programming Is Not for Everybody « Symbo1ics Ideas
It is rarely an invigorating social activity. A lot of time, it’s sitting in front of a computer screen, looking at a colorful text document, and thinking, and thinking, and typing, getting angry, and wondering why the hell you’re living a life sitting down.
programming  code  technology  development 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Reverse Engineering OKCupid | Discretized Continuity
If you’ve ever seen bots on reddit like qkme_transcriber, you may wonder how they’re able to make posts without human intervention. Well wonder no longer! By examining how OKCupid handles HTTP requests, I’ll show you how to first deconstruct the undocumented APIs of other sites, then manipulate them with nary a mouse click.
code  dating  relationships  identity  technology  reddit 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Pynchon Takes On Silicon Alley - NYTimes.com
Mr. Pynchon, the secretive and widely followed author, is set to publish a new book titled “Bleeding Edge” that has Manhattan’s Silicon Alley as its setting, the publisher, Penguin Press, announced on Monday. The release date is Sept. 17.

The novel, set in 2001, takes place in “the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11,” Penguin said in a release announcing its 2012 results.
nyc  technology  novels  writing  books  fiction  publishing  september11 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Dating Games – The New Inquiry
It’s easier to talk to someone at a series of shows and parties and only gradually start to spend time with them on purpose, and then still not admit attraction until 6 am and sunrise finds both of you still sitting on their couch, talking in hushed tones across a six-inch distance. If it never happens, it’s easier to pretend there was never anything at stake. Ambiguous and indeterminate contexts leave room to negotiate and to save face.
dating  relationships  love  sex  technology  marriage  friendship 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Aziz Ansari gets candid about love: “elusive and sadly ephemeral” | Comedy | Interview | The A.V. Club
I weirdly do consider myself an optimist about love. In my Buried Alive show, I tell a story about a guy who meets his future wife when he goes to Bed Bath & Beyond to get Drano. They fall in love. And in the joke, I just talk about how amazing it is that all these random factors came together to make it possible for these people to run into each other at this particular moment in time, in a parking lot at Bed Bath & Beyond, and then fall in love. I’m an optimist—I feel like an amazing part of life is that at any moment, any of us could have that Bed Bath & Beyond moment.
love  relationships  longreads  humor  comedy  research  marriage  sex  technology  dating 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Live chat now: 5 reasons mobile will disrupt journalism like the Internet did a decade ago | Poynter.
Regina McCombs: Responsive design is the first step. A mobile strategy is figuring out who you want to be as you grow into the mobile space -- not just playing catch up, but actually making plans, understanding mobile users, developing products that work best on mobile, not just replicate what we already do an other platforms.
mobile  journalism  media  technology  newspapers  internet  disruption 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The future of mobile CPUs, part 1: Today’s fork in the road | Ars Technica
In this grand progression, 2013 will certainly be a significant milestone for mobile devices, smartphones and beyond. It's likely to be the first year in which tablets out-ship notebooks in the US. And in the coming years, this will lead to a confluence of high-end tablets and ultra-mobile notebooks as the world figures out how these devices co-exist, blend, hybridize, and/or merge.
mobile  tablet  computing  technology  android  ios 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Online security for journalists: never assume you’re secure | Online Journalism Blog
As I noted earlier, most journalists do not understand technology. Having an iPhone does not mean you know how it works – not in a way that the programmer who built it does. Relying on something you don’t understand to protect your sources is a big risk.
security  technology  mobile  journalism  media  privacy 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Ten basic Android terminal commands you should know | Android Central
Besides the times when we've broken something and need to fix it, there are plenty of reasons why an advanced Android user would want to talk to his or her device. To do that, you need to have a few tools and know a few commands.
android  mobile  technology  unix  google 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Life Liberty and Blazing Broadband
I have watched my kids closely over the years. I am a noticer. I pay a lot of attention to what they and their friends do, say, and think. It is a guidepost for me in terms of where we are going and how we are going to get there.

Their generation grew up with a computer on their lap and now in their pocket. They were on Facebook before they were supposed to be. Their first phone was a smartphone. They prefer to watch a movie on their laptop lying on their bed than in the movie theater. And as a young woman said at Princeton last week, they want "life, liberty, and blazing broadband".
power  web  Internet  wifi  government  politics  technology  freespeech 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
CBC Books - Breaking up in a digital age
"I thought I would get wonderful stories about infidelity, about people who were arguing until six in the morning or would not return their lover's or ex-lover's possessions," Gershon revealed to Spark host Nora Young. "Nothing of the sort. Everybody answered 'It was on Facebook. It was text.'"
love  relationships  marriage  internet  technology  social  facebook 
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Duncan Sheik Uncovers Hope For The '80s : The Record : NPR
For musicians, mining the 1980s has proven very fruitful on a sonic and stylistic level. Synth-pop's colonization of indie rock during the past decade occurred partly because of technology; making electronic music is now such an accessible and self-contained process that going the rock band route seems almost ecologically unsound.

I also wonder if youthful fans of synth pop and New Wave style are looking for ways to be expressive but not overly earnest. To be a party person is to create a safe space for individual liberation and experimentation, and the 1980s model of a party person — crazily clothed, like some kind of exotic bird or Muppet — seems exceptionally well guarded from the risk of being taken too seriously.
1980s  music  pop  memory  songwriting  art  technology  electronica 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Evan Williams | evhead: Five Reasons Domains Are Getting Less Important
While a good .com name is still worth a lot, it's not as crucial to success on the internet as it used to be. And the forces that have made it less important will continue to make it less important over time (especially the mobile-related ones). I'd still opt (and pay up) for a nice, clean .com if I could get one, but I wouldn't consider it a must have.
names  technology  business  reputation  memory  search  web 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Shrinking of the Non-Social Web - Ben Elowitz - Voices - AllThingsD
When you exclude just Facebook from the rest of the Web, consumption in terms of minutes of use shrank by nearly nine percent between March 2010 and March 2011, according to data from comScore. And, even when you include Facebook usage, total non-mobile Internet consumption still dropped three percent over the same period.

We’ve known that social is growing lightning fast — notably, Facebook consumption, which grew by 69 percent — but now it’s clear that Facebook is not growing in addition to the Web. Rather, it’s actually taking consumption away from the publishers who compete on the rest of the Web.

And just what is the rest of the Web?

I have been calling it the “document Web,” based on how Google and other Web architectures view its pages as documents, linked together. But increasingly, it might as well be called the “searchable Web” since it’s accessed predominantly as a reference, and navigated primarily via search.
data  information  search  web  technology  facebook  social  business  attention  blogging  twitter 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace - BusinessWeek
"The thing about user adoption and user departure is that it's not a steady flow," says Boyd. "Think of it as, you're knitting a beautiful scarf, and you're knitting and knitting, and you get a bigger and bigger scarf. Then someone pulls a loose thread at the bottom. And it all unravels."
myspace  social  technology  attention  business 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and the Terrifying Truth About New Technology - WSJ.com
I'm not saying you have to keep up. But at the moment you choose to stop growing, your world will begin to shrink. You'll be able to communicate with fewer people, especially the young. You will only see reruns. You will not understand how to pay for things. The outside world will become a frightening and unpredictable place.
As they say, the only constant is change.
Each new generation builds on the work of the previous one, gaining new perspective. New verbs are introduced. We Google strange and dangerous places. We tweet mindlessly to the cosmos. We Facebook our own grandmothers.

I, for one, don't want to be left behind.
social  technology  internet  psychology  culture  innovation  attention  youth  twitter  foursquare  aging  memory  future 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
…My heart’s in Accra » Understanding #amina
Part of the post-colonial critique Edward Said offered in “Orientalism” was a recognition of the danger of understanding the Middle East through the frames, accounts and preconceptions of Westerners, who consciously or unconsciously tend to define the Orient as “other”. As a response, we might choose to read western accounts of the Middle East with a critical eye, or to seek out more accounts from people of the Middle East to understand the region. But it’s hard to imagine a more orientalist project than a married, male American writer masquerading as a Syrian lesbian to tell a story about oppression and democratic protest.
middleeast  blogging  media  story  technology  gay 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
“The atomic element is the story”: This American Life navigates a future that goes beyond broadcast » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
“I’ll tweet out a link to our blog,” he said, “and I’ll get responses from people clearly on their phones…saying, ‘The audio is garbled on my random cellphone!’ People are just getting to a point where they expect everything to work on handheld devices.”
radio  technology  mobile  music  story  data  audio  google  audience  chicago 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Look out Apple - The Globe and Mail
With Microsoft as its partner, Nokia is finally ready to dance. The strategy is set, and Nokia’s got a lot of heft to put into the effort, not least because the company is desperate. But the easy part, the planning phase, is over. Now Elop’s got to deliver. And he doesn’t have much time.
nokia  apple  mobile  technology  business  canada 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Tom Walsh: Detroit area has tech jobs base to build on | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Southeast Michigan has the highest concentration of technology-related employment in the Midwest, and trails only San Jose, Calif.'s Silicon Valley region nationally in architecture and engineering employment, according to a new study to be released on Mackinac Island today.

The study, conducted by Anderson Economic Group of East Lansing for the Automation Alley business accelerator, compares the seven-county Detroit region with 14 other U.S. metros, including Boston, San Jose, Seattle, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Austin, Texas. Midwest metros included Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids.
detroit  michigan  technology  jobs  research  cities  business 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Content-focused iPad apps value form over function, study finds
Ultimately, the authors concluded that not every company needs to have an iPad app, and that far too many companies are putting out suboptimal versions of their content, seemingly just to get in on the platform. They stressed that iPad apps should not make users do more work than the actual websites, and are best received when geared toward the actions of repeat users who are already familiar with the brand. If a company can't create an app with added value, the authors said, they're better off just making their website more finger-friendly.
ipad  apple  business  technology  mobile  online  publishing  media  app 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week | Poynter.
“The metrics went up considerably and almost immediately after switching from automated to personal. We’ve seen the same effect with several other accounts.”

“What we’ve seen by measuring it closely,” he said, “is that human-powered feeds do much, much better than automated ones, by any relevant metric.”
twitter  social  technology  media  journalism  newspapers  attention  audience  communication  online  presence  reputation 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why Are We Still Consuming News Like It’s 1899? | benhuh!com
I am trying to create a dialog to raise awareness to solve this problem. This project’s goal is to create discussions around how and what we can do to solve the problems we face with news presentation today. I’m no more qualified to lead this discussion than an average news junkie. It’s been too long since journalism school and I don’t work in the news, but I would like to bring together great minds and passionate people around this problem.
journalism  media  newspapers  news  technology 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Quick-response codes aim to capitalize on the boom in smartphones - WSJ.com
"QR codes are not the end-all, be-all," says Ryan Goff, vice president/director of social-media marketing at marketing firm MGH Inc. "They may not exist in two years. But they're a temporary solution to the problem of, 'How do you connect people to online things in the real world?' "
media  social  marketing  mobile  business  technology 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
NSA Gathers 4x the Amount of Info than the Library of Congress, Daily
Every six hours one of our spy agencies gathers as much information as our most complete repository of literature contains. It is a mind-boggling amount of information, even in an age of big data.
data  information  government  technology  wtf 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun - James Somers - Technology - The Atlantic
The trick seems to be that games are constrained in a way that the real world isn't: there is a board, field, pitch, court, area, table, ring or other enclosure that bounds the action in space; clocks that bound it in time; and rules that restrict the space of allowable moves.

In some ways those constraints are what make games mentally satisfying, because they relieve us of what existentialists called "the anxiety of freedom." By giving us obvious, well-defined goals, they save us from having to define success; and with points, leaderboards, heads-up displays, indicators, badges, etc., they tell us exactly when we've achieved it.

[...] It's a lot harder to say whether you "have a healthy romantic relationship" or "are making a lasting contribution to something bigger than yourself" than that you've "lined up the yellow gemstones," "scored more points than the other team in twenty minutes," or "collected forty pounds of silver."
games  attention  technology  money  business  power  work 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Real time, All the time: Why every news organisation has to be live « Emily Bell(wether)
Live is not ‘yet another thing’ for a working journalist to understand , it is the great journalistic challenge of our time. The skill involved in providing real time valuable information for audiences around stories as they happen is crucial to being a credible journalist and a resilient news organisation. For those who question whether this kind of journalism can be valuable or high quality, there are three examples I can immediately think of to show them which rebuts the idea (if anybody realy still holds it)  that working in real time degrades good journalism.
journalism  technology  attention  reputation  news  media  social 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Techno-optimism
Herein lies the difference between a ‘‘technology activist’’ and ‘‘an activist who uses technology’’ – the former prioritizes tools that are safe for their users; the latter prioritizes tools that accomplish some activist goal. The trick for technology activists is to help activists who use technology to appreciate the hidden risks and help them find or make better tools. That is, to be pessimists and optimists: without expert collaboration, activists might put themselves at risk with poor technology choices; with collaboration, activists can use technology to outmaneuver autocrats, totalitarians, and thugs.
politics  media  technology  data  activism  security  privacy 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
From Ballistics to Programming - IEEE Spectrum
But there were no recruiting posters for one group of women whose work was absolutely essential to the war effort. Instead, they were recruited mainly by letters sent to colleges by the War Department. These were women being recruited not for their impressive biceps but for their prowess in math and engineering.
Their work was classified at the time, and that probably contributed to the fact that it has been almost entirely overlooked for more than 60 years now. Another reason, though, is that whatever light was shone on this corner of the war effort depicted these women as clerks, though in fact by the mid-1940s they had become the world’s first computer programmers.
women  wwii  programming  computers  technology  war  feminism  mathematics 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Baltimore band Wye Oak: Juggling loneliness and aloneness on their new 'Civilian' | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“I used to keep a journal," she said, “but I would always forget to carry it around, and my ideas come when I’m out and about. My iPhone, though, is the one thing I have on my person at all times. So when I think of a guitar part or a vocal line or some lyrics, I put them on my iPhone. That way, when I have time to work on songs, I don’t face that blank-page syndrome like I used to. I played back that guitar riff and started singing scat syllables over it.
songwriting  art  iphone  mobile  memory  attention  creativity  technology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report
The survey also asked about the always hotly debated "mobile apps vs. mobile Web" question and found the community closely split between developing native apps (48%) or developing "both" native apps and for the Web (42%). Only 10% of die-hards said we should build for the mobile Web only. Also of note, the number one reason developers were interested in mobile Web development was the ease of cross-platform development.
android  mobile  research  apple  iOS  software  technology  code 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Really Smart Phone - WSJ.com
"We can measure their daily exposure to political opinions," said project scientist Anmol Madan at MIT's Media Lab. "Maybe one day, you would be able to download a phone app to measure how much Republican or Democratic exposure you are getting and, depending on what side you're on, give you a warning."
politics  technology  mobile  data  android  google  republicans  democrats  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Poptimist: Poptimist #38
Music's digital availability means we're currently in a happy position where our distance from the Milton Point is utterly apparent: the past is too big for anyone to get much of a handle on it. It's easy to think of history-- of pop or anything else-- as a kind of map, whose final bits of terra incognita are now being glumly filled in. But there's a better way of thinking about history-- as a network, scaling up in complexity as more and more nodes are added and more pieces of information link to one another.
music  criticism  writing  history  attention  mapping  technology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A Colorful Weekend
Whereas apps like Instagram, Picplz, and Path are great for sharing one-off photos, that’s not what Color is doing. Their specialty is the ability to rapidly document an event with multiple pictures (and short videos) from multiple perspectives. The result is actually quite fascinating when it all comes together. You get a sorta living, breathing photo album for an event.

Some of the photos are good, but many of them are mediocre to bad. But it doesn’t matter. It’s about the album as a whole, not a single picture.
location  social  photography  video  journalism  attention  technology  business  travel  documentary 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality - NYTimes.com
For consumers, the first application will be created by a movie studio that is working on an augmented reality game to accompany a new movie. It will be possible to hunt for hidden virtual reality objects in a city. However, by giving the underlying technology away Mr. Lynch is obviously hoping that he has an answer to the frequently asked question: “What comes after Google?”

There have already been dozens of companies who have tried to compete with Google’s search service, so far without success. However, there is also a broad consensus that the future of search will blend next generation search technologies with geographical location.
google  search  augmentedreality  mobile  technology  movies  location 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Hackers Who Keep the Washington Post Running - Simon Owens - Technology - The Atlantic
"You tend to deal with things as they come up," he said. "There are a lot of short-term needs but you find common problems over time and you try to predict the things that you can. From there the one-off stuff isn't going to be relevant every time; you don't want to take this hammer and treat everything like a nail and make the conversation or the story into what you already have, so it's better to try to pull in systems that can back it and do what the right thing is for every project."
technology  newspapers  media  language  journalism  software  development  washington 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Decline, plateau, decline: New data on The Daily suggests a social media decline and a tough road ahead » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
Its activity on Twitter seems to match my own perceptions of how they’re doing — an early rush of excitement; a decline as people lost interest and the app struggled with technical problems; a plateau once the tech got sorted out; and then another decline once the app started charging users.

In the nearly two months we’re looking at, only 6,026 tweets were generated within The Daily app. But much more discouraging is the trend.
ipad  twitter  social  technology  tablet  mobile  attention  app  software 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
News innovation isn't just about writing code, it is about how we use that code to tell stories
Technical innovation in software is not about writing code from scratch. There is a huge body of prior art available that developers use to get their ideas to function.

And journalism has a huge body of prior art in story-telling techniques, in synthesising complex problems into something our audience can grasp quickly over breakfast, and in engaging our audiences and making them passionate about issues that affect their day-to-day lives. The innovative news organisations today are the ones constantly experimenting with new digital tools as new ways to source stories, address their audience, and engage with the public.
journalism  media  news  story  software  technology  engagement  attention  DFMchat 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
louisgray.com: Seesmic: My Go-To Twitter Client on Android (and #Wp7)
Amusingly, one of the boons of Android also turned out to be a detraction, for after Seesmic's installation, I would not only receive notifications from the native Twitter app that replies and messages were waiting, but the same activity would double down my alerts, coming from Seesmic as well. So I did the unthinkable and the official Twitter app is off my Android devices, which eliminates duplication. Meanwhile, on Windows 7, Seesmic was the first app I downloaded, comfortable the experience would be familiar and very useful.
twitter  technology  social  mobile  android 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Icon Roger Black: The iPad is Not a Magic Pony | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.
“We can’t produce with the money available the kind of hand-crafted stuff I used to do,” he noted patiently. “As the world gets more complicated, as the business models morph, we have to come up with ways to leverage our resources, so we don’t spend all our time doing stuff that doesn’t matter that much.”

“What matters is the words and the pictures,” he continued. “It’s crazy for a designer to end up saying this, but Ithink if nothing else, RSS feeds on the Web taught us that people just want us to give them the content and get out of the way.”
design  creativity  publishing  ipad  apple  rss  web  technology  mobile  media  journalism 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Curation
If you are building a marketplace or a social platform, make sure to build curation into your model. It will make the service easier for everyone to navigate, particularly new users.
attention  technology  social  mobile  business  reputation  curation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
8 must-have iPhone & Android apps for covering breaking news | Poynter.
At the Lawrence Journal World, we recently outfitted our reporters with iPhone 4s — a move that has yielded multiple advantages.

Having been an iPhone owner for years, I’ve compiled a list of apps for reporters and bloggers to download and briefly explained how to use them. Each one of these has proven helpful in my own work as a journalist and in our newsroom as a whole when covering breaking news.
mobile  reporting  apps  journalism  media  android  iphone  apple  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Brett Solomon Interview - The Most Important Site on The Internet Today - Esquire
I think the Internet in terms of roads: It's true that criminals use roads, but it doesn't mean you don't want safe passageways for the rest of the citizens! It would be naive to think that the Internet would be a rights-restricting space. We should deal with criminal behavior like terrorism in the same way online that we would offline. Any incursion into the rights of privacy and the rights of expression should be very carefully managed and should be the exception.
internet  technology  privacy  terrorism  infrastructure  power  communication 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Local news is going mobile. | Pew Internet & American Life Project
One-quarter (24%) of mobile local news consumers report having an app that helps them get information or news about their local community. That equates to 13% of all device owners and 11% of the total American adult population. Thus while nearly 5 in 10 get local news on mobile devices, just 1 in 10 use apps to do so. Call it the app gap.

These mobile app users skew young and Hispanic. They are also much more active news consumers than other adults, using more sources regularly and “participating” in local news by doing such things as sharing or posting links to local stories, commenting on or tagging local news content, or contributing their own local content online.

Many news organizations are looking to mobile platforms to provide new ways to generate revenue in local markets. [...] Currently, only 10% of adults who use mobile apps to connect to local news and information pay for those apps. This amounts to just 1% of all adults.
mobile  local  news  journalism  games  information  location  technology  software  latino 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
South by Southwest Interactive - SXSW 2011 Analysis - Popular Mechanics
Perhaps the greatest realization of this window into the future, though, is that for all the criticism modern gadgets and technology get for serving as half-hearted simulacrums for real-life social interaction, a fully wired world may just be the most social (and fun) one imaginable. That is, until our phone batteries die.
sxsw  conferences  austin  mobile  social  location  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Google introduces search site blocking. Why not the reverse, too? | Knight Digital Media Center
“A tool like this could increase the Balkanization of a precious resource: attention. When you can choose your info-filter, you can filter out not just content farms, but ideological opponents, religious resources, and whoever’s content you’re boycotting this week or next."
information  attention  media  journalism  google  search  power  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Software Rants & Other Miscellany: Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion
The Passion Gap is evident when you see a founder or product manager so deeply engaged in their product that they can’t help but think about it all the time, and, as a result, they see all the fine details that are required to make a product that exactly matches what the market needs. This is true even when the market hasn’t yet realized the need.
business  beauty  social  foursquare  attention  identity  software  technology  location 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Richard J. Tofel: Someday, the sun will set on SEO — and the business of news will be better for it » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
[A]fter a decade of SEO, a lot of lowest common denominator is what we have.

But a focus on readers rather than advertisers as the heart of business model will, inevitably, create a more segmented dynamic, as the strongest appeals to readers tend to be in niches, and as, to venture an impolite reminder, some readers are a great deal more valuable than others. This is not only because some readers have more money to spend on content (as they do, admittedly, on the goods and services offered by advertisers), although that is true. But it is also, and ultimately more importantly true, that some readers are willing to spend more time, to develop greater loyalty to particular content, to value it more highly.

Improved search, and diminished SEO, should tend place a greater value on such readers, elevating content of higher value, higher quality and, therefore, higher cost.

That would matter a great deal.
search  google  media  online  technology  mobile  marketing  economics  attention  reading 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Post: Robert Lane Greene on Language Sticklers - NYTimes.com
Illiteracy has fallen from one in five people to almost nonexistent over a century and a bit.  But “illiteracy” clearly isn’t a single on-or-off switch. It’s not just “you can read and write or you can’t.” Literacy is a continuum of skills. Basic education now reaches virtually all Americans.  But many among the poorest have the weakest skills in formal English.

That combines with another fact: more people are writing than ever before. Even most of the poor today have cell phones and and internet. When they text or scribble on Facebook, they’re writing. We easily forget that this is something that farmhands and the urban poor almost never did in centuries past. They lacked the time and means even if they had the education.
language  english  technology  social  usa  mobile  internet  facebook  grammar 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
TED 2011: Junk Food Algorithms and the World They Feed Us | Epicenter | Wired.com
“It’s your own personal, unique universe of information that you live in online,” Pariser said. “What’s in it depends on who you are and what you do. But the thing is, you don’t decide what gets in, and you don’t see what gets edited out.”
attention  politics  social  facebook  twitter  technology  reputation  aggregation  curation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Who is Winning the U.S. Smartphone Battle? | Nielsen Wire
The answer depends on whether you’re looking at operating systems or manufacturers.
technology  mobile  apple  android  data  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Case Against Drop-down Identities | Smarterware
Social software should let you explain. But as the drop-down option says, it's complicated.
identity  gender  power  social  software  technology  reputation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Things overheard on the WiFi from my Android smartphone | Freedom to Tinker
Today in my undergraduate security class, we set up a sniffer so we could run Wireshark and Mallory to listen in on my Android smartphone. This blog piece summarizes what we found.
android  mobile  technology  security  software 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The New York Times Twitter strategy leaves room for innovation
“I like to think about [tweeting] like being up on a panel," Heron said. "You can be conversational, you can be funny, you're not writing a story ― but you're still not going to say anything that gets you in trouble.”
journalism  media  twitter  nytimes  social  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Voices: News organizations must become hubs of trusted data in a market seeking (and valuing) trust » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
The maximum size of money moved by trust is the combined value of all advertising, PR, and the millions of hours people spend searching for a reliable piece of information or good advice on what product they should get. In other words, it’s huge, and no one who is just in for a quick dollar can compete. If media companies find a winning combination of data and good stories to fulfill that need, they will be vaulted out of a dying market defined by technology (printing presses, radio stations, satellites) and into the trust market.

In a multiplatform world, “trust” is the defining attribute that moves goods and services. Most marketing and advertising can’t be trusted: The system behind it does not allow buyers to learn if the newest camera from a company is actually any good. Advertising will always try to create a good impression for a product and service, but eventually people learn that it’s not the looks of a product that makes it valuable, but its day-to-day usability.
attention  media  journalism  technology  power  news  relationships  ethics  behavior 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I Will Check My Phone At Dinner And You Will Deal With It
Is part of it antisocial? Sure. Can it lead to distractions if you read a work-related email that you need to respond to? Of course. But this is the way the world works now. We’re always connected and always on call. And some of us prefer it that way.
dinner  food  mobile  technology  friendship  relationships  culture  attention  presence  social 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How journalists are using metrics to track the success of tweets | Poynter.
“The thing is, I am insistent that my tweets be very human-sounding and a genuine representation of myself, so it might sound counterintuitive to make decisions based on data,” Victor told me. “But I don’t think there’s a conflict there, and I don’t think it makes you a robot. Looking at the data is just listening to what your followers are silently telling you.”
data  information  journalism  media  blogging  twitter  news  attention  audience  curation  reputation  business  technology 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: iTunes subscriptions won’t stop free news
The best a publisher can hope to do with iTunes or any other system is to capture payments from the relatively small number of individuals who are too busy, too oblivious or too ethical to pay for content instead of scrounging it for free.

This is not to say newspapers and other publishers don’t deserve to be compensated for the investment they make in reporting the news. But the reality that publishers have to accept is that the marketplace is bigger than they are.
music  news  itunes  apple  media  journalism  newspapers  business  technology  free 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post - NYTimes.com
One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think of it as a publishing company, when really — like Facebook — it is more of a technology company. Whether the content is paid or unpaid, the site is able to generate a comparatively large amount of revenue from it because of things like search engine optimization, and the way that its editors use their page space: a poorly-performing article will all but disappear from the site almost as soon as it is posted, while a strong one can hold its 32-point headline for hours. The Huffington Post, also, makes itself “stickier” by providing an abundance of links to other articles and to social networking tools.
data  blogging  news  journalism  media  newspapers  technology  business  aol  attention  economics 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Foursquare Learns Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German and French - NYTimes.com
“Why can’t you save art exhibits that you see on Tumblr to Foursquare,” he said. “The next time you’re in Boston, your phone can buzz and say, oh hey, here are five things you said you wanted to do.”

“Devices are getting smarter,” he said. “They’re changing the way we experience the world and our physical space.”
location  local  technology  twitter  geography  mapping  urban  attention  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times Will Lose to The Huffington Post | Epicenter | Wired.com
Rather than learning from or trying to emulate HuffPo’s hugely valuable editorial technology, then, the NYT is sticking its head in the sand and retreating to a defensive stance of trying to make as much money as possible from its core loyal readers. There’s no growth in such a strategy. Indeed, the opposite is true: the NYT is making it both hard and expensive to become a core loyal reader. Meanwhile, the open web will become ever more accessible and social, with friends pointing friends to news in a site-agnostic manner. The NYT is distancing itself from that conversation, standing proud and aloof. It’s a strategy which is doomed to fail.
nytimes  journalism  media  newspapers  blogging  attention  social  reading  business  paywall  technology 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
AOL-HuffPo: Acquisition of means of production without being revolutionary at all | Capital New York
Search engines improve by delivering you more of the results that you were hoping for when you search for something; so it gets better when it relies on social networks than it does when it relies on algorithms. And this is where the future starts to look brighter for "original content" producers: This is a road that leads, ultimately, to the people who produce what they produce and get their readers without tricking them into reading. Which means Arianna Huffington will get better at her job, and your readers will get better at finding you, will stay longer when they get there, and, if you play your cards right, will start going straight to you instead of waiting for Arianna to tell them to. Then, maybe you can capture a sliver of the business she's going to be getting.

It's that sliver that is going to grow next. And as it does, the scale will even out, potentially putting Arianna herself, and places like AOL, on the defense once again.
aol  technology  search  google  social  news  media  journalism  business 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Tear down this PDF | Monday Note
The battle for online news will be won on mobility. We’re just at the beginning of the smartphone era. We can count on better screens, faster processors combined to extended battery life, more storage, better networks… The bulk of news consumption will come from people on the move, demanding constant updates and taking a quick glance at what is stored in their mobile device — regardless of networks conditions. Speed, lightness and versatility will be key success factors. There won’t be much tolerance for latency.
In that respect, PDF is just a lame duck.
mobile  technology  media  writing  adobe 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Mobilizing for mobile before it's too late
1. People use mobile devices to find information, get directions, check prices, play games, listen to music, and, yes, sometimes even surf the news. Because consumers are not passive, successful apps must be engaging and transactional.

2. Mobile devices don't just put the user in control; they also enrich the experience by knowing exactly where consumers are - and, in the case of many apps, exactly who they are. Accordingly, successful apps must be customizable and geographically aware.

3. Community and self-expression are as elemental to the digital experience as the information the media dispense or the transactions they enable. Successful apps foster community and enable user control.
mobile  media  journalism  technology  apple  android  local  location  community  creativity  music 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Prime time for iPad may be prime time
While these findings suggest interesting ways to release, package and market content for the iPad, it also must be noted that the research is limited to a sample of people who are sufficiently motivated to time-shift content to use this particular app.

Until someone researches consumption patterns across the entire universe of iPad owners, we won’t know whether this group of users is typical or exceptional.

If a broader study finds that prime time indeed is the prime time for iPad use, newspaper publishers may want to consider producing products that come out early in the evening, instead of in the morning or after their print products are put to bed at midnight.

Fresh news timed to arrive at dinnertime would be an interesting blast from the past for those of us who once worked on afternoon newspapers.
mobile  ipad  news  journalism  media  tablet  apple  technology  attention 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life
Your personal data will likely be of interest on its own, as a type of diary, but it's probably going to be much more interesting and useful when cross-referenced with other sets of data. Those other sets of data will provide context, surfacing correlations and patterns that would otherwise be invisible. Recommendations, personalization, alerts, benchmarks, social and self assessment: the types of value adds that can be built on top of a good data set are just beginning to be explored. And there are few data sets as interesting, to you, than you.
data  information  attention  identity  technology  social  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How and Why Every Song Can Be an App | Epicenter | Wired.com
For reviewers with permission from a band, label or publicist to build an app around a song, things get potentially even more interesting. I’ve been wondering whether app integration might be able to save music journalism by allowing people to listen to music as they read its latest reviews on their mobile devices, and from the looks of things, Songpier (or something else like it) will make that happen as well, rendering the act of writing about music far more accurate than dancing about architecture, as the saying goes.
music  songwriting  technology  mobile  html  creativity  software  business  mp3 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
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