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  • SRI shows the state of the art of face detection

    18 May 2013

    As a part of our tour through SRI, the famous research lab in Silicon Valley that brought us the Internet, the Mouse, and SIRI, among other things, we wanted to see the latest in face detection and what it might be used for (better speaker training, for...

  • America's most important startup?

    25 March 2013

    *America's most important startup?* This is a really long video. More than an hour. Why is it so long? Because Techshop could be the most important startup to United States' manufacturing industry. Here we spend an hour with CEO Mark Hatch. What is Techshop?...

  • Umoove's CTO shows brilliant face/eye detection

    10 June 2013

    Will you control your device in the future by just looking at it? Umoove's CTO, Yitzi Kempinski, shows me around what this futuristic technology does. It tracks your face and eyes with just a standard webcam. Pretty cool. Learn more here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Scobleizer/posts/SKQEzTymKrk Will...

  • Dysonics has a way to make headphones a lot better

    04 May 2013

    How are low-cost sensors and compute changing our world? Listen to Dysonics which came up with a way to make headphones better. Keep the band in one place, for instance. The effect is stunning, I wish you all could hear what it sounds like. Take a look...

  • Inside the big brains behind Prismatic (best noise filtered news app)

    22 May 2013

    I love Prismatic. Why? Because I trained it to bring me tech news and that's exactly what it brings. Very filtered, fast, and awesome news. But Prismatic is just getting started so I sat down with two co-founders, Bradford Cross, CEO, Aria Haghighi, CTO,...

  • Marketo CEO gets ready for IPO by discussing contextual marketing

    03 April 2013

    Phil Fernandez, CEO, of Marketo (marketing automation company) yesterday announced the company was going to IPO to raise money to take it to the next level. But this interview isn't about that. It's about where marketing is going in the future. We talk...

  • Car hacking with the Tesla S and Google Glass

    03 July 2013

    This is Sahas Katta who wrote an app to control his dad's Tesla S via Google Glass. I hear Vic Gundotra (Google VP who runs Google+) already loves this app. Me? I love that he has to borrow his dad's car to debug the app (he usually drives an old Acura)....

  • The better Siri: Sherpa

    03 July 2013

    Here I get a look at the latest personal assistant, Sherpa, which is an app for Android. Take a look at it, from the founder's eye and comparison to Siri. I've been using it for a while now and it is, indeed, better than Siri for a whole range of tasks....

  • Numecent will change how you get applications from the cloud

    18 July 2013

    Business Insider wrote they were blown away by this startup. http://www.businessinsider.com/were-blown-away-this-startup-could-literally-change-the-entire-software-industry-2012-3 I can't disagree. This startup, Numecent, has some pretty mind-blowing...

  • PARC Innovation Tour, Part I: Circuit board printing out of an inkjet printer!

    03 August 2013

    PARC is the Palo Alto Research Center which is one of the world's most famous R&D labs (ethernet, object oriented printing, guis, and much more were invented here). In this five-part tour you'll see what these smart people are working on now. Steve Jobs,...

  • CubeSat's at SRI (small satellites are dramatically lowering the cost of experiments in space)

    11 May 2013

    We visited famous research lab, SRI International, which is where SIRI, Nuance, HDTV, the Mouse, and many other things started their lives. Here we see how SRI is launching Cube Sats. Learn more here: http://www.sri.com/research-development/earth-space#top...

  • ConnectGOP aims to disrupt Democrats (and NationBuilder) in 2016

    30 March 2013

    John Gotts, CEO of http://connectgop.com, has something interesting cooking with a social media system that hooks together Republicans. Generally I don't get involved with politics, especially Republican ones, but I've been tracking Gotts for years (the...

  • Business Insider wrote they were blown away by...

    18 July 2013

    Business Insider wrote they were blown away by this startup. http://www.businessinsider.com/were-blown-away-this-startup-could-literally-change-the-entire-software-industry-2012-3 I can't disagree. This startup, Numecent, has some pretty mind-blowing...

  • The real privacy problems with Google's Glass.

    15 July 2013

    The real privacy problems with Google's Glass. Great interview of me by Bryan Kramer. We cover a LOT of "Age of Context" ground (I'm working on a book with Shel Israel of that title), but this gets me to cover a bit that most other privacy advocates haven't...

  • The bad-ass Silicon Valley VC talks context and lack of innovation in Silicon Valley

    05 September 2013

    Chamath Palihapitiya impressed me last year with his straight-forward no bull approach. Plus he's invested in companies like box.net and AirBnB so he has a good eye for great entrepreneurs. But lately I've heard that his VC Fund, https://angel.co/the-social-capital-partnership,...

  • I still remember the first day I met Aaron Levie,...

    19 June 2013

    I still remember the first day I met Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.net. I thought "this guy is gonna get fired fast." Why? He was a goofball. Still is. Last year I interviewed him in front of UC Berkeley Cal business students (another school that wouldn't let...

  • Interesting. On his profile Mark Zuckerberg is...

    19 June 2013

    Interesting. On his profile Mark Zuckerberg is debating people about immigration, interesting to see this. Totally with Mark, too. It's amazing how bad our immigration policy is. Either for the really poor, like the Mexicans that work in the fields across...

  • Google Glass session at LeWeb. I was mobbed after...

    06 June 2013

    Google Glass session at LeWeb. I was mobbed after the session yesterday by people wanting to try it out. Thanks Loic Le Meur and Geraldine LeMeur and team for yet another awesome event. At Rackspace Hosting we can't wait to see what developers do next...

  • EXCLUSIVE FIRST: Augmented reality is coming back:...

    24 May 2013

    EXCLUSIVE FIRST: Augmented reality is coming back: Dekko shows you how: MIND BLOWING! Look at how Dekko does augmented reality and turned a simple table into a full-on virtual game. Coming this summer. Must watch to see the future! Learn more: http://www.dekko.co/...

  • Hello Doctor helps you keep track of your medical records on your iPad

    16 October 2013

    Why do you need Hello Doctor? Well, if you have a complex medical case, you'll need to keep track of tons of different test results, along with details from lots of specialists. Guess what? The medical system won't do that for you! Here you hear about...

  • I am at an offsite in Jackson Hole. What do we do?...

    19 July 2013

    I am at an offsite in Jackson Hole. What do we do? Yossi Vardi and John Maeda (head of RISD, famous design school) and I are showing each other fun stuff, like this lipdub that Grand Rapids did to promote the town. What's funny is neither is on Facebook....

  • Plantronics shows how sensors will change every product

    08 February 2013

    As I get around the world of business looking for stories about how we're headed into an age of context, where sensors, wearable computers, big data, social data, and location data will be combined to change our products and our companies I can think...

  • Tagwhat: a mobile app that shows you stuff near you

    08 February 2013

    Tagwhat delivers rich content about the places around you. Now it goes further, bringing you actionable messages from Facebook. See offers, etc, while you walk through the world. This could be very useful when we get Google Glass, those wearable computers...

  • Object Rocket: Hyper-fast MongoDB (Database for contextual age)

    01 February 2013

    http://www.objectrocket.com/ What does Object Rocket do? It makes a version of the MongoDB database that's very fast. It's a database-as-a-service (DBaaS). The only solution that is by default highly available, automatically sharded and unbelievably fast....

  • Sencha demonstrates HTML 5 can be faster than native iOS or Android apps (Facebook example)

    17 December 2012

    You've heard that Facebook switched from HTML 5 to "native" apps on iOS and Android recently to "speed them up." That pissed off the developers from Sencha http://www.sencha.com/ So they built a Facebook app completely in HTML 5 that's even faster than...

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