From ReadWrite – As the Internet seeps into the mundane we don’t just find our thermostats becoming smarter, we find our way of living more to our liking. That’s because the Internet can make life customizable. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the realm of shopping.
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.
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.
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?”
From MIT Technology Review – A refreshed version of the Up smartphone software continues to support third-party apps including IFTTT (If This, Then That), which lets you use the Web to automate responses to certain triggers.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.