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  • Formspring: changing social conversations on the web

    07 June 2011

    The phrase 'rapid growth' doesn't quite do justice to the explosion in usage that a new social site called Formspring has enjoyed since it launched just 18 months ago. With over 24 million user accounts and 3.5 million unique visitors every day, it is...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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/...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 955Dreams releases cool new local event app

    05 March 2013

    Looking for a fun event soon, check out Applauze, a new iPhone app that shipped today. It has one of the best UI's I've seen and lets you find and buy interesting events near you. Here I visit the development team and talk with them about what went into...

  • Siri's contextual sister, Tempo, blows away Apple's iPhone calendar

    13 February 2013

    SRI has another winner. This is the lab that brought the world the mouse, HDTV, and Siri. Now they've come up with a contextual calendar called Tempo. This calendar blows away Apple's own calendar (and Google's, for that matter). Here you'll hear how...

  • Is Lightt an Instagram killer? It sure is fun!

    17 October 2012

    Lightt looks a bit like Instagram. When I first was shown it I asked "why do we need yet another photo app for our smartphones?" But then I saw what it can do. Capture frames that look like videos. Scrub through them instantly. And have them mixed with...

  • Five big trends and Windows 8: what Menlo Ventures is seeing in tech world

    26 October 2012

    Menlo Ventures is one of the most important venture capital firms in the world. They are behind many of the world's best companies and services. Shawn Carolan and Mark Siegel, managing directors, have an hour-long talk with me about trends, how they...

  • Audi Sportscar Experience with SCOTTEVEST CEO Scott Jordan

    06 November 2012

    Check this out. Part I: http://youtu.be/NtGlTXOxxjI shows you Scott Jordan, CEO of SCOTTEVEST talking about his clothes and company that he started to serve geeks. But here we spent a day racing Audi's as part of the Audi Sportscar Experience. It was...

  • 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....

  • Portfolios from Pathbrite help you demonstrate lifelong learning

    13 October 2012

    You've learned something, but how do you demonstrate that to other people? Pathbrite's portfolios are a way. Lets you collect, track, and share your learning achievements. https://pathbrite.com Here Pathbrite's CEO, Heather Hiles, explains why you need...

  • Small brushless motors make electronic skateboards possible

    26 October 2012

    Boosted Boards are a lot of fun. What is that? It's a company that makes electronic skateboards using new brushless electric motors. These motors weren't possible a few years ago, they require large amounts of computing power that now has arrived thanks...

  • Leapster GS: a better video game system for kids

    11 October 2012

    http://leapfrog.com makes electronic toys for kids. Part I of this interview, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2P-CryTxwI shows its LeapPad tablet. Here you see its video game console, the Leapster GS. These games aren't like what are on iPhones or...

  • 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...

  • Seagate's new "Wireless Plus" hard drive brings storage to mobile

    16 January 2013

    If you have an iPad and you need a way to store, say, movies, you might find yourself running out of space. Particularly if you have kids who love watching tons of videos and movies. What's the way out of this instead of buying a very expensive iPad with...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dabkick lets you share media live with your friends

    03 March 2013

    Sometimes I just shoot entrepreneurs to hear what they are trying to do and am not all that excited by the use case. This is one of those times. +DabKick lets you use your mobile phone with your friends and share photos and video at the same time. I think...

  • A look at Brewster's latest -- new contact manager for mobile

    09 October 2012

    Brewster https://www.brewster.com/ calls itself a personalized address book and the first version didn't capture my interest, but I saw some good concepts there, so I wanted to get together with Steve Greenberg to see the latest, which has many improvements....

  • Best of breed TV guide launches on iPad

    07 September 2012

    There are lots of TV guides on iPads, including a pretty good one from TV Guide itself. But the TV Guide one isn't personalized like Next Guide is. It's also not as beautiful. Here I meet with Jeremy Toeman, CEO of Dijit, which today is launching this...

  • Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part I) -- Mind blowing computer/human interface

    26 September 2012

    This is cool stuff. John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film "Minority Report" and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here he shows me his latest work which is, indeed, mind...

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