Posted in Donna Murdoch, Future, Tech Hardware

Inside Google’s Driverless Car : The New Yorker

Burkhard Bilger via The New Yorker:  The Google car is an old-fashioned sort of science fiction: this year’s model of last century’s make. It belongs to the gleaming, chrome-plated age of jet packs and rocket ships, transporter beams and cities beneath the sea, of a predicted future still well beyond our technology.

via Burkhard Bilger: Inside Google’s Driverless Car : The New Yorker.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Future, Tech Hardware

The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up

From TechCrunch – With the emergence of connected devices, the entire home is being reinvented as a data product, opening great opportunities to entrepreneurs.  A whole new generation of startups is rushing in. Nest, with its beautifully-designed home products, has become the poster child for this phenomenon, but many others are producing exciting new connected devices and platforms, at an outstanding pace.

via The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up | TechCrunch.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Misc

15 Productive Things To Do Online When You Have 15 Minutes To Kill

From MakeUseOf – “We cannot capture time. I think we can snatch it for…a small amount of time. It’s human nature to focus on large blocks of time, and ignore the value of the minutes and seconds that pass by unnoticed. We put a value to the time spent on a large project. We store the fortnight of a great vacation in our memories. But we don’t remember the time spent stuck in a traffic jam or that spent on catching up on gossip at the water cooler. Can we use some of those “lost” minutes and seconds and put some value in them?”

via 15 Productive Things To Do Online When You Have 15 Minutes To Kill.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Future

Software Is Reorganizing the World

A bit chilling, from Wired:  With our bodies hemmed in, our minds have only the cloud — and it is the cloud that has become the destination for an extraordinary mental exodus. Hundreds of millions of people have now migrated to the cloud, spending hours per day working, playing, chatting, and laughing in real-time HD resolution with people thousands of miles away … without knowing their next-door neighbors.

via Software Is Reorganizing the World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com.

Posted in Digital Puglishing, Donna Murdoch

One Way or Another, Big TV Is Getting Bigger. Will You Care? – Peter Kafka – Media – AllThingsD

From All Things D – Weren’t we all just about to cut the cord?  “A Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal would mean that the combined company would have some 33 million pay-TV subscribers — or about a third of the nation’s market. There’s no law preventing that, but the deal would certainly get lots of regulatory scrutiny, since the company would have a lot more leverage when it came to negotiating deals with programmers.”

via One Way or Another, Big TV Is Getting Bigger. Will You Care? – Peter Kafka – Media – AllThingsD.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, New visions

The Disconnectionists (Unplugging and What it Really Means)

 

From The New Inquiry- “The conflict between the self as social performance and the self as authentic expression of one’s inner truth has roots much deeper than social media. It has been a concern of much theorizing about modernity and, if you agree with these theories, a mostly unspoken preoccupation throughout modern culture.”

via The Disconnectionists – The New Inquiry.

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New startup economics: Why Amazon (web services) and Dropbox need each other

From GigaOm – The role of Amazon’s web services in revolutionizing the startup ecosystem is well illustrated by the spectacular rise of Dropbox, an online storage service. Their symbiotic relationship shows why Amazon has such a massive lead over rivals in the ever evolving business of cloud computing.

via New startup economics: Why Amazon (web services) and Dropbox need each other — Tech News and Analysis.

Posted in Digital Puglishing, Donna Murdoch

The Complete Guide to Tumblr Subcultures

From Mashable – Most Tumblr users partake in one or several different subcultures, depending on their personal interests. Because Tumblr allows users to create multiple blogs, a single account can have various subculture-related blogs, as well as a personal one.  Personally, I’ve always been fascinated by the creativity and expression found on Tumblrs.  You just need to find them.

via The Complete Guide to Tumblr Subcultures.