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Two hundred thousand years of human development have culminated in this photo.
Unrelenting internet human Robert Scoble recently declared that, as one of Google’s Glass “Explorers,” he would never take the headset off, except to let strangers try it. Today he posted this picture. “You thought I was kidding,” he wrote alongside it.
Scoble is an indiscriminate evangelist; he embraces virtually any new technology with inhuman enthusiasm. This makes him useful as a sort of reductio ad absurdum product processor: he takes a new service or thing and gives himself to it, both testing it and inadvertently demonstrating the logical conclusion of its creators' visions.
This photo of a drenched middle-aged man recording himself as he screams into his shower mirror,* then, may the purest expression of the Google Glass concept yet (and perhaps of Scoble, too).
It may also be the first defining photo of the early wave of wearable electronics. Scoble has a knack for starring in iconic, micro-era-defining photos, by the way. In retrospect, this widely shared photo wasn't just absurd, but foretold an all-consuming Apple mania that American consumers and investors are just now shaking:
If you want to see the future of consumer technology, it’s wise to keep an eye on people like Scoble. He is, by the nature of what he does, almost always wrong. But these occasional expressions of his id, whether they're opportune press photos or borderline not-safe-for-work posts on Google Plus, are some of the most useful media artifacts in modern tech history.
In other words, welcome to the future.
Scoble clarifies in the comments: the photo was taken by his wife.
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The former Chief Evangelist for Apple knows a premium product when he sees one, and he sees one in Google+. Hands down. In What the Plus!, Guy Kawasaki describes how to get started, create an enchanting profile, optimize for social searches, share posts and photos, conduct hangouts, and gain fans.
“We didn’t expect over 100 million people to join Google+ so rapidly. If we had, we might have written a tutorial like this one. Lucky for us, Guy has composed this fantastic introduction to Google+. Highly recommended!”
– Vic Gundotra, Elder Vice President, Social, Google
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“Individuals ask me why I like Google+ better. I struggle to discover the words, but Man Kawasaki not just figured it out however shows you how to get the most from this brand-new social network.”
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If you couldn't already tell from, you know, your entire feed .
A new Pew survey set out to determine how closely Twitter users’ political opinions track those of the nation at large. The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is that they often don't: “The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys,” the study says.
Twitter users tend to lean left and skew young compared to the general population. But in terms of the way they digest news, partisanship on both sides was glaringly evident. Twitter is usually more partisan often more negative than the polled public: Obama's second inaugural speech, for example, was viewed favorably by 48% of polled adults and just 13% of (nominally more liberal than average) Twitter users.
“[T]he overall negativity on Twitter over the course of the campaign stood out,” says the study. “For both candidates, negative comments exceeded positive comments by a wide margin throughout the fall campaign season.”
Twitter's design and structure favors punchy, emotionally charged posts. But the most plausible reason for these patterns, in my view, is that Twitter users, who often drove the meta-conversation during the election, are part of the media conversation, which is smaller and more charged than what you might call the national conversation.
Twitter is full of pundits and arguers and reporters who, for over a year, fed news to their followers who then digested it in public. It makes sense that participants would be more galvanized than observers — that's why they showed up in the first place.
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$ 25 Design A Raspberry Pi Microcomputer Goes On Sale In Europe– Available To Rest Of World “Very Quickly”.
The economical Raspberry Pi microcomputer simply got even more budget friendly: the slated $ 25 Model A Raspberry Pi board has actually now gone on sale in Europe. The Raspberry Pi Structure, which developed the Pi with the mission to get more children finding out to code, stated sales are being limited to Europe initially however will be opened up to the rest of the world “ soon ”. The Foundation ’ s Pi suppliers, RS Elements and Premier Farnell/element14, are both selling the board. The Design A pie is $ 10 cheaper than the $ 35 Design B, which has sold more than a million to date (including 15,000
bought by Google to distribute to U.K. schoolkids). Being less costly, Design A is a little stripped back — there ’ s no Ethernet, only one USB harbor and simply 256MB RAM (as opposed to 512MB). Design A likewise consumes arounda 3rd less power than Design B — making it fit to tasks poweredby a battery or solar cells. The board will still run XBMC, according to the Foundation — so could additionally be used to make a $ 25 media center. The Foundation stated RS clients outside Europe (Allied in the US) could order a Design A now but noted there will be “ a short delay ” in processing their order — owing to waiting for conformity paperwork. “ Farnell customers outside Europe (Newark in the United States) will see Design A appear on their regional websites when this documents has been filled, ” it included. “ We are extremely, extremely delighted to finally have the ability to provide you a computer system for $ 25. It’s what we said we ‘d do all along, and we cannot wait to see exactly what you do with it, ” the Structure included.
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Titans like Apple, Microsoft, and Google have actually been grappling for ownership of the living-room for years, however no matter just how lots of new hobbies or spruced up interfaces present, none of the significant users have become the de facto standard for house entertainment just yet. As a result, numerous rivals have actually rushed in with their own take on the streaming media box. While business like Roku and Boxee concentrate exclusively on enjoyment options– with differing degrees of success– there are additionally options by brands you & rsquo; d never associate with the living-room. From Western Digital to Netgear, it appears like anybody that could put an HDMI port into a plastic shell wishes in on the game.
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Is email eradicating your productivity? You’re not the only one. The most significant time management and innovation problem dealing with individuals today …
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Nike has unveiled new color options, features, and pricing for its SportWatch GPS model today. The new model will arrive with Fuel measurement built-in, but current users will be able to update their watch’s firmware to support Fuel. Introduced with the Nike+ FuelBand, Fuel is an exercise metric developed by Nike that isn’t tied to the traditional ‘calories burned’ measurement. It’s supposed to make exercise more accessible, and Nike has dedicated apps and a website which lets you track your progress, compete with friends, and set personal goals.
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Fantasy and speculative fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Best known for his dystopian classic Farheinheit 451, Ray never obtained a driver’s license in his life. I admire him for that. Especially if he still drove anyways.
Despite the numerous (and often prescient) technological predictions of his novels, he expressed skepticism about the value of the Internet to society, stating that it has reduced people’s ability to communicate and hold conversations with each other. He has also exhibited scepticism with regard to modern technology by resisting the conversion of his work into e-books and stating that
“We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.”
Bradbury has chosen a burial place at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery and a headstone that reads “Author of Fahrenheit 451″.
“We have too many machines now.” Truly a man after my own heart. He caught a glimpse of the future, and he was worried about it — as we all should be. *burning pile of Kindles and iPads in remembrance* Rest in peace, Ray.
While Apple, Amazon and competition authorities globally tussle over book pricing, a fleet-of foot startup is quietly building an alternative platform others would do well to check out.
txtr is one of the largest independent eBook platforms in Europe. The Berlin based startup began back in 2008, deciding, as one did back then, to bring out an eReading device called the “txtr reader”. I actually saw some of the early units.
However, as colleague John Biggs noted in 2009, there wasn’t much point in doing devices without a store. And so they’ve since switched pretty successfully to a BtoB business model, backed by large investor 3M.
Now they are cleverly expanding around into the nooks and crannies so far unpopulated by the 800 pound gorillas, and have their own iPhone and Android apps to prove it.
Today it’s expanding its relationships with publishing companies across Europe, Asia and North America. Its txtr eBook store is now pre-installed or prominently featured on mobile devices from brands such as ASUS, Acer, Samsung or Toshiba. It’s also on iPhone/iPad.
Similar to Amazon’s multi-device approach, with various Kindle apps complementing its own dedicated e-Reader, txtr employs what it calls its “buy once – read anywhere” strategy (up to 6 different devices per eBook purchase) and targets Apple iOS, Android, PCs running Windows, as well as web and dedicated e-Ink based eReaders.
They do deals with publishers and sell the whole platform (or parts of the technological infrastructure) plus content to hardware manufacturers, telecom companies and ebook distributors.
Txtr is also now entering direct relationships with publishers including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hachette UK, the Cloudary Corporation from China, Immatériel, the sole independent distributor of digital books in France representing 250 publishers, Diogenes Verlag from Switzerland and WPG Uitgevers from the Netherlands. More international deals are on the cards.
The idea is to cover not just books from large publishers, but small independent presses, specialty publishers and self-published authors. It’s also signed an agreement with
Smashwords, the global eBook distributor that represents over 100,000 eBooks
from 40,000 self-published authors and small independent presses.
Next up is a launch in Denmark with two of the leading Danish publishers, Gyldendal, Rosinante&Co and Lindhard go Ringhof.
This will bring the total number of countries in which txtr operates local language eBook
stores to 26.
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