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Picturing A Google Glass Future

by Jeff W.

 

Who knows where society is headed as wearable computers/cameras and their concealed shutter buttons proliferate, but one thing's for sure - there's plenty of sarcastic journalism bemoaning the possibilities. Take, for example, this article from the New York Times explaining the potential dangers of Google Glass in a public bathroom.

Or check out this video from Grovo that shows a slightly funnier depiction of the future of photography with Google Glass:

 

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Check it Out: Penguin Cam

by Jeff W.
Jeff Wingstrom is VP, Mobile and Technology at August Jackson.  When not finger-mashing on an iPad he can be found replacing rubber parts on old BMWs.

 

I like to have this page open during conference calls and imagine everybody talking is one of the penguins.

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When I want to see how busy Clark St. is and whether I'll make it to my neighborhood Starbucks.

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Ebert's blog is always loaded with thoughtful content and comments.

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NASA's APOD page is endlessly fascinating and also good for gazing at during conference calls.

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Obligatory political page — read The Shrill One every day.  He knows what's up.

 

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Google's Social Search

by Jeff W.


There's been quite a furor since Google announced last week that it would be including personal Google+ results in web searches.  Basically, if you are logged into Google and have a Google+ account, by default your web searches will include hits from your social graph inline with regular search results.

Of course you can shut this off, and "personal" results are denoted with icons and other indicators, but the problem is that this is now the default search mode and apparently it gets turned back on at interval after you've disabled it.  Critics contend that the vast majority of users will never bother to turn it off nor pay much attention to the "personal" indicator – and thus, google's highly tweaked and previously, reasonably-fair search algorithm is broken.

Nice summary and disable-instructions here from Larry Magid.

The bottom line summary is:  until something changes, if you run a business with a web presence, you'd best have a Google+ page set up.

 

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The State of Twitter

by Jeff W.

An interesting (and wonk-ish) post by John Gruber discusses how the newest official Twitter clients might betray a shift in thinking among the service's masters.  There's also lots of good general stuff about twitter clients, with thoughts on the way their use can change the experience compared to simply using the service via the twitter.com web page.

 The New Twitter (R.I.P. Tweetie)

"…these changes suggest not only a difference in opinion regarding how a Twitter client should work, but also regarding just what the point is of Twitter as a service. The Twitter service I signed up for is one where people tweet 140-character posts, you follow those people whose tweets you tend to enjoy, and that’s it. The Twitter service this new UI presents is about a whole lot more — mass-market spoonfed “trending topics” and sponsored content. It’s trying to make Twitter work for people who don’t see the appeal of what Twitter was supposed to be."

 

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Future Vision

by Jeff W.

These two "future vision" videos are being widely mocked in IT circles, naturally, but they are nicely produced and do make you think about how we might be using all this gadgetry in the future.

 

Here is the RIMM vision:  

And here is Microsoft's:

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RT @General Patton

by Jeff W.

24 year old Alwyn Collinson has taken to Twitter to recreate the timeline of WW2 - in real time. Check out the article here and then follow the twitter feed here.

 

 

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The State of News and Content Design

by Jeff W.

This bit bemoans the messy state of digital news and discusses how proper content design can help the ever distracted reader find what he's looking for. READ MORE

 

 

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