Matthew Garrett had a fascinating post on why he thinks so many Linux developers use OS X. I’ve noticed this too, and have also wondered about it. Garrett proposes embedding tools, like bug tracking, into a Linux desktop, to lure developers away from OS X. It’s a great post that’s worth reading.
Fast Company looks at OS X and wonders if it’s been neglected for too long. I don’t think Apple is the only company guilty of ignoring desktop for mobile and I think it’s very short-sighted. Tablets and mobile are great, but there are still an awful lot of people who need to sit down in front of a keyboard and get serious work done for hours at a time. It might be a shrinking market, but it’s still pretty big. If the existing players continue to ignore desktop, someone is going to swoop in and grab market share. I’m hoping that someone is a Linux-based company.
World’s Fair 50:
The Automatic Language Translator
Another World’s Fair crowd pleaser was the IBM Automatic Language Translator. In a live demonstration, the computer translated Russian text into English in a matter of seconds.
The most amazing part was that the translation wasn’t created from a computerized ‘dictionary search’ but from the analysis of both languages’ complex nuances and shades of meaning, syntax and grammar. To think that 50 years later, we have smart phones with translation apps for just about every language spoken. Очень здорово. Translation: Very cool.
The new Google Glass designs are here
“There have only been a half-dozen shows, and yet to read the press and hear the comments, you would think Netflix had found the cure for cancer.”
Just when Hollywood thought it had Netflix figured out, the company flipped the script, creating a playbook for any business that aspires to upend an industry.
Communication generally exists through sound or type. But MIT Media Lab developed an insane shapeshifting display that works kind of like Skype for 3-D objects. See it, and more of 2013’s most amazing user interfaces, here!
Noah, a short film that debuted at the Toronto International FIlm Festival, illustrates the flitting attention span and lack of true connection in digital culture more clearly than anything else in recent memory. (Warning: NSFW)
When we say the words “physician-author-guru,” your brain probably flips to only one person: Deepak Chopra. The man acts a soothing voice in the wilderness of pop culture—hanging with Conan O’Brien, Oprah Winfrey, and the like—all while writing 50-some books. Now Chopra has taken a turn into the spiritual realm of tech entrepreneurship with the Dream Weaver, a device designed to bring your brain into a relaxed state—and now a recently released iPhone app. We talked to him about the nature of wealth, the necessity of rest, and the intersection of technology and spirituality.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? On one hand, it allows for ease of communication, and could potentially take on the world of email. On the other hand… spam.
The story behind the minerals in your gadgets: you’re not going to feel great about your phone, but photographer Marcus Bleasdale’s Price of Precious also captures the positive change happening to the industry.
An artist in Nairobi can use Soko’s platform to create a vendor profile using only her feature phone. She can use basic SMS text entry forms to upload personalized images of herself and her work, as well as product details. This information is then turned into metadata that is automatically uploaded to the Soko website, creating a virtual storefront with the entire world as her potential clientele.
Makey Makey is a little circuit board that comes with a set of alligator clips. You can attach them to anything even mildly conductive (a body part, a glass of water, alphabet noodles, paper clips, Play Dough, or fruit for example) and use that thing to control your computer as though you were hitting the keyboard or moving the mouse.
Turn a bunch of bananas into a piano. Turn your friends into a synthesizer. Turn a trampoline into a slideshow controller. Turn your hand into a game glove. The possibilities are endless.
“You don’t have to know the answers. Don’t waste all your time making it perfect … don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask questions.”
Katie Finnegan, co-founder of Hukkster. We asked Katie and her co-founder, Erica Bell, what advice they’d give to other startups.
"One of the most important things to remember is that these companies don’t happen over night. They’re not an over-night success story, as I think a lot of people view certain companies. It’s really about finding what works and iterating your product."
—Danielle Abes, director of Qwiki, a video-sharing app that turns pictures and videos from events you’ve captured on your iPhone into brief, sharable movies.
Qwiki was named one of Time.com’s top 10 startups to watch in 2013, and was just bought by Yahoo.
“At the bar, my recently rediscovered heads-up
display—aka my eyes—revealed a person next to me, and for several hours I found myself in a fascinating conversation with one of the dancers from the Broadway musical Spider-Man.”
As part of our #Unplug series we asked, “What do you miss (if anything) about life before the digital age?” Here are some of our favorite responses:
- "The art of conversation, mystique and actually getting to know a person at a natural rate than via online presence… and of course privacy…” —Bree Williams
- "Peacefulness and serenity." —Henry Johns
- "The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are.” —Todd Wilson
- "People actually having to work to stalk you." —Daisuke Iwamura
- "Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up." —Matthew Green
Here, a few more things we miss about life before the digital age