• If You Think Big Data’s Big Now, Just Wait

    If You Think Big Data’s Big Now, Just Wait

    We’ve been hearing a great deal about the power of Big Data over the last couple of years. The hype says that as we gather more data, we will be able to get better answers to business problems, but the data levels we have seen so far could pale in comparison to what happens when we start adding sensors to the world. When everything from jet engines to soft drink vending machines to… Read More

  • Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Considering the most recent leaks involving the Charms Bar, desktop improvements and the like, it’s becoming plain that some of what Windows 8 emphasized will be scaled back in Microsoft’s next Windows build. If Windows 8 was a dramatic lurch towards mobile computing, especially on tablets, Windows 9 appears to be heading for a more equitable balance between desktop muscle, and… Read More

  • Why The iPhone 6 Will Be The Device Of The Year

    Why The iPhone 6 Will Be The Device Of The Year

    Apple is gearing up for a big product announcement on September 9, and all indications are that it will be a new iPhone. The iPhone 6, as it’s being called in the press, will deliver a lot of changes over the iPhone 5s, which got relatively modest updates compared to the iPhone 5. It’s also one of the most important device launches Apple has ever had, given how long it’s… Read More

  • New Microsoft Project Turns Boring First-Person Videos Into Awesome Hyperlapses

    New Microsoft Project Turns Boring First-Person Videos Into Awesome Hyperlapses

    There’s barely a mountain biker, climber, skydiver or skier left who doesn’t have a GoPro camera attached to his helmet. Nobody really wants to sit through an hour of video of you heading up and down the slopes, however. You could just speed these videos up, but then they become completely unwatchable. Thanks to a new Microsoft Research project, however, you may soon be able to… Read More

  • #Love: Crossing The Read Line
  • Twitter’s Small Chance To Maim Email

    Twitter’s Small Chance To Maim Email

    There was a time, years ago, when Twitter almost killed their direct messaging product. The thought process seemed to be that it was an odd bit of cruft around an otherwise elegant, simple product. It was also undoubtedly hard to maintain and scale alongside Twitter’s other scaling issues of yesteryear. Or, at least, to justify the resources to do so. That would have been a huge mistake. Read More

  • The Logic Of Crazy Valuations

    The Logic Of Crazy Valuations

    August is the traditional vacation month for venture capitalists, who stream out of their Sand Hill Road offices to quieter points, ostensibly to reflect on the year so far and prepare for the heavy fall fundraising season. And what a year it has been! We now have several companies valued at around $10 billion and above, including Airbnb, Dropbox, and Uber. Those valuations seem tame compared… Read More

  • The World Of Everything-As-A-Service

    The World Of Everything-As-A-Service

    Over the last few years, it’s become dramatically simpler and more capital-efficient to launch and grow internet businesses. In particular, “X-as-a-Service” providers help startups get off the ground with only a few hundred dollars. Amazon and Rackspace provide on-demand servers that scale to meet hosting requirements, Mailchimp and Sendgrid run high-performance mail servers… Read More

  • T-Mobile Is Testing An App That Unlocks Your Smartphone With A Single Button

    T-Mobile Is Testing An App That Unlocks Your Smartphone With A Single Button

    The good news: T-Mobile is playing with the idea of letting you unlock your phone (so that it can run on other carriers) with a single click. Hurray! No more convincing customer service to help you, or digging through endless forums for a tutorial that may turn your phone into a fancy paper weight. The not-so-good news: they’re only … Read More

  • Men Initiating Change Is An Important Step Toward Eradicating Tech’s Bro Culture

    Men Initiating Change Is An Important Step Toward Eradicating Tech’s Bro Culture

    The conversation about women in tech is shifting as technology companies begin to hold themselves accountable. Recent moves, such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Yahoo releasing their employee diversity numbers, show an intensified commitment to making real change for women technologists, but the sentiment is not industry-wide. We often hear from tech leadership that they would like to hire… Read More

  • The Poet, Scientist, Journalist, Boxer Approach To Entrepreneurship

    The Poet, Scientist, Journalist, Boxer Approach To Entrepreneurship

    One of the great challenges for startups is figuring out where to start. Entrepreneurs believe that unless they build something now, their idea will become outdated or stolen by their competitor. However, that thought process is akin to running a marathon with one month of training. Yes, it can be done, but you run the risk of burning out and failing more quickly. What is needed is a… Read More

  • For The Love Of Open Mapping Data

    For The Love Of Open Mapping Data

    It’s been exactly ten years since the launch of OpenStreetMap, the largest crowd-sourced mapping project on the Internet. The project was founded by Steve Coast when he was still a student. It took a few years for the idea of OpenStreetMap to catch on, but today, it’s among the most heavily used sources for mapping data and the project is still going strong, with new and improved… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: More of the Same

    Gillmor Gang: More of the Same

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — split down the middle on the latest app trend known as unbundling. Foursquare begat Swarm, Facebook produced Messenger, and Yo popped out a beta with non-disclosed super powers. Tying it altogether was the seamless fabric of notifications, about to crescendo with iOS8’s app-to-app… Read More

  • Who’s Doing Common-Sense Reasoning And Why It Matters

    Who’s Doing Common-Sense Reasoning And Why It Matters

    When we humans communicate, we rely on a vast background of unspoken assumptions. Everyone knows that “water is wet,” and “people want to be happy” and we assume everyone we meet shares this knowledge. It forms the basis of how we interact and allows us to communicate quickly, efficiently, and with deep meaning. Read More

  • Getting Orwell Wrong

    Getting Orwell Wrong

    I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our discontent, and then quoted none other than George Orwell on the disruptive nature of paperbacks and the need for evil publishers to crack down on upstart, low-priced alternatives. Read More

  • Timista Wants To Be Your Pocket Concierge

    Timista Wants To Be Your Pocket Concierge

    Timista is an event-planning app that uses AI to power recommendations for things to do in London that can be realistically chained together, based on their proximity, timings and availability. Read More

  • The New TV Pilot Season: Bringing YouTube Stars, Channels And Bloggers To TV Screens

    The New TV Pilot Season: Bringing YouTube Stars, Channels And Bloggers To TV Screens

    Hollywood is in love with YouTube. Last year, DreamWorks Animation paid $33 million for YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, Warner Bros. invested $18 million in the YouTube channel Machinima and most recently, Disney purchased Maker Studios for $500 million. At this point, many other studios are probably negotiating acquisitions of these multi-channel networks. The explanation for so much love… Read More

  • John McAfee In Crazytown

    John McAfee In Crazytown

    “The press has portrayed me alternately as a mad genius or a mad psychotic genius,” began the infamous John McAfee, speaking at Def Con–and why break that streak now? I must admit: when he’s crazy, he’s crazy like a fox. Ultimately, though, as insane and riveting as his tale is, what’s most interesting to me is the way he has weirdly come to symbolize… Read More