Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need

This article is floating around everywhere, but I couldn’t help but post myself as well.  From Wired Magazine.

“…the internet has fallen in love with Feminist Hacker Barbie. She’s the brainchild of Kathleen Tuite, an independent computer programmer based near Santa Cruz, California, who spent a half-day this week putting together a website where people could re-caption the original book, hacking it to fix all of its pastel-hued problems.”

via Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need | WIRED.

New Moleskine sketchbooks beam your scribbles to Adobe’s Creative Cloud

As part of its big mobile push, Adobe opened up its SDK to allow third-party apps to tap into Creative Cloud, and Moleskine’s latest effort takes full advantage. Similar to its collaborative offering with Evernote, the Moleskine Smart Notebook uses your iPhone’s camera to capture sketches.

via New Moleskine sketchbooks beam your scribbles to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

Rejoice: Tomorrow’s Tech Will Probably Stop Nagging Us | WIRED

Conceptually, the goal has always been to make technology invisible.  To many of us it is, though when we use the phrase “invisible” it means we just don’t notice it.  If we are speaking with somebody on a cell phone, we don’t notice the phone.  We think about the content, what we are saying, and the person we are speaking to.  The phone is still in our hand, unnoticed, but visible (unless the phone isn’t working properly!)

In the new IoT era, the technology will be more embedded, more functional – yet truly invisible.  This story from Wired is very accurate.

“How does one create an environment of “invisible technology”? Start by gaining a more complete understanding of all the facets that enable a product or service to operate. Break down any complexity by mapping each conversation that needs to take place between people and machines for the service to work well.”

via Rejoice: Tomorrow’s Tech Will Probably Stop Nagging Us | WIRED.

Don’t Answer Emails That Lack Questions

Who knows how many emails are in our email boxes each day.  I love this suggestion from 99U.  “Your inbox is cluttered with emails of no consequence, including one of the worst offenders: the email that lacks a question. Kristin Muhlner, CEO of NewBrand Analytics, shares her rule for emails that don’t move projects forward: ignore them.”

via Don’t Answer Emails That Lack Questions – 99U.

Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook

An incredible story about Pinterest and its huge user base, where 80% of the users are women.  It’s huge, and the potential for revenue dwarfs that of many other popular social networks.  This is from Forbes.  “A visual social network where people create and share image collections of recipes, hairstyles, baby furniture and just about anything else on their phones or computers, Pinterest isn’t yet five years old, but among women, who make up over 80% of its users, it’s already more popular than Twitter, which has a market capitalization of more than $30 billion.”

via Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook.

Why Inventors Misjudge How We’ll Abuse Their Creations

Often entrepreneurs do brilliant things, but suffer from myopia.  They see applications for their products or inventions that are applicable to them, but in fact others may see them entirely differently.  Interesting article from Wired about some of the greatest inventors, and the original purpose of their inventions.  “For understandable reasons, when we tell stories of technological innovation, we tend to focus on insight and even seeming clairvoyance—the people who can see the future before the rest of us. But there’s a flip side to such farsightedness that shows up again and again in the history of innovation: the blind spots, the possibilities that somehow escaped our field of vision but that, in retrospect, seem glaringly obvious.”

via Why Inventors Misjudge How We’ll Abuse Their Creations | WIRED.

Adobe Debuts A Slew Of New Mobile Apps

Adobe has really turned around – super impressive line up of apps that support creativity.  Apple shut them out of iPads with Flash, but their presence will be even greater with even more new tools that synch with Creative Suite.   “Adobe’s new lineup includes apps in the Photoshop and Lightroom family, a new collection of Illustrator mobile software, a brand new Premiere app for using on the iPhone or iPad, and a new family of three apps that work across many of its CC apps to “capture” images, colors and design elements from the real world.”

via Adobe Debuts A Slew Of New Mobile Apps, Including Brush, Shape And Draw | TechCrunch.