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Apple’s New Shuffle: I Am Not Biting

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i enjoy¬†apple’s products, but the one product quirk that drives me craziest is the love-hate affair with their earbuds. they fall out after a while and tend to fray at the end connector to paired devices. i have two sets, each of which came with my ipods (i have a first-gen shuffle and a first-gen touch). so, as for the latest ipod shuffle with voiceover, until they make super-duper, invincible earbuds, i would not sink cash into something controlled solely by earbud remotes. i was also expecting the voiceover feature to work a bit differently, enabling a user to activate controls with his or her voice, giving something akin to a little shazam or midomi-like action. alas, it merely includes an automated voice (much like what you get standard on your computer) that tells which track or play list you are listening to. a bit of a let down. had they made a mini hand-held remote to accompany it or embedded ¬†two-way voice control features, apple might have been on to something.

March 11.2009 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

The Story of Stuff + Compulsive Consumerism Backlash

those aren’t my words, but i understand the feeling. as i discover yet another crack on my $1000+ Macbook’s keyboard, i find my buddy’s post all at once intriguing, amusing and revealing. there goes my connection for the next-gen iPhone, though!

you may also find the story of stuff to be a wildly compelling and guilt-inducing educational experience. thanks, jay, for turning me on to it.

May 10.2008 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Mobile Web and Community Benefit…

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for the record, i am not just focused on phones. i do think web media will look different from what we see today with web media in terms of devices and applications.

one thing i am noticing is a huge interest in development of networks and services in developing regions. the interest makes sense given that those regions skipped traditional telecommunications networks due to poor infrastructure. indeed, some of the population is being trained in computer science and technology to address it. nathan eagle is doing work in africa that seems particularly interesting. a guy i used to work for wrote an article on grameen bank’s phone program running into a wall. for the most part, it’s a product life cycle issue (i believe). i think interest and investment in mobile tech and web could be the solution, especially if platforms like android by google make their way across the pond. btw- android aka open handset alliance is google’s effort to create an open source platform and network for mobile phones and applications. it’s going to be interesting to see if apple’s approach of working with streamlined design for mobile apps will survive or go the way of the dinosaur. i think they were counting on iphone to pretty much do what windows and microsoft did in the 90s but the open source movement should have taught everyone a lesson about the power of closing things off too tightly. there’s a fine line between protecting ip to remain competitive and becoming a resented juggernaut in industry.

so this brings us back to the u.s. i sense we are dramatically behind when it comes to prevalent deployment of innovation in these areas because we expect to offer higher end, pricier services. this could end up hindering us as a top-level producer of such and things could get worse without a home-grown brain-talent pipeline to draw from.

the links:

http://eprom.mit.edu/
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/technology/25proto.html
http://mobileactive.org/
http://www.womenwhotech.com/

January 21.2008 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment


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