Wired, as always, has a good article about many reasons why the Apple Watch isn’t selling like the iPhone or iPad did when introduced. It’s pretty easy to see – it has been out for some time yet I’ve yet to see a person wearing one. Unsurprising – it’s the first Apple product I haven’t wanted to use in as long as I can remember. It will be interesting to see. Will they continue to make new versions, or will they discontinue it?
“It wasn’t a good sign when Apple announced shortly before the Watch release that they weren’t going to be breaking out sales numbers. Now, a new report from third-party analysts Slice Intelligence not only show that Apple Watch sales are down 90% since launch—a big deal, since it implies early adopters aren’t regaling more cautious buyers with glowing word-of-mouth—but also that Fitbit is outselling Apple in the wearables space. Apple may have already crushed small time smartwatch companies like Pebble, but the Watch has failed to disrupt the larger wearable marketplace.”
via Why the Apple Watch is flopping.
When I initially saw this article, I thought it would discuss using an outsourced assistant via a freelancing site or other application. But it’s not – it’s about artificial intelligence. This led me to wonder how much of the work we now outsource will be done using AI in the near future….particularly the “busy work” many of us have done on Mechanical Turk and others….
“I recently got my own personal assistant, called Amy. My new helper is amazingly attentive and diligent, but also a bit strange. For one thing, she seems completely obsessed with organizing meetings and pretty much refuses to talk about anything else.”
via Meet Amy, a Virtual Meeting Aide | MIT Technology Review.
There are many of these “2020 Work Skills” lists, but I liked this one. It is a blend of intelligences and skills – hard and soft.
The 10 Most Valued Work Skills in 2020.
“We’ve been imagining a future of ubiquitous videophones for over a century. And today it’s considered no big deal that we’re able to make video calls with devices that we carry around in our pockets. But it took a while to get to that point. One reason? It was incredibly expensive.”
Interesting article, but I think there were many more reasons. Video did not have bandwidth, and it was more frustrating than it was useful. But cost was certainly a challenge as well!
via The Price For A Videophone in 1955 Was $44,000 Adjusted for Inflation.
There are so many people who have done this already, without even thinking about it. They simply watch what they want to watch on their laptops or tablets. A sign of things to come….from Wired.
“INTERNET TELEVISION’S TURNING point—the time when we can finally cut the cable cord—is almost here.”
via Internet TV’s Big Chance to Oust Cable Is Almost Here | WIRED.
Good social media advice from Brian Honigman on The Next Web about the long tail of social media posts.
“While there are many benefits to consistently strong content, one less obvious benefit is the continuing compounding success of old posts. Most people think that once a post is a day old it is pretty much dead, and that after a week it might as well never have happened. However, things online last forever and none of these posts actually disappear.”
via Using Google+ and Pinterest Search for Long-Term Impact.