Posted in Digital Puglishing, Donna Murdoch

Kindle Cash Registers Could Let Amazon Track You in the Real World

From Wired Business – “According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is developing checkout systems based on its Kindle tablet, and these devices could appear in brick-and-mortar stores as early as this summer. Apparently, the project is a result of Amazon’s recent acquisition of engineers and technology from GoPago, a point-of-sale startup that struggled to escape the shadow of rival Square.”

via Kindle Cash Registers Could Let Amazon Track You in the Real World | Wired Business | Wired.com.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, New visions, Tech Software

Around the world in 18 days? Inside.co unveils 3-day guides for traveling like a local

Inside.co is cutting “around the world in 80 days” down to 18.This travel startup introduced its portal for $10 travel guides today, which aim to provide a local experience of a new place in just three days.Inside was founded by Andrew Hyde and Brady Becker, two Boulder-based serial entrepreneurs who wanted to combine their love of startups with their love of travel. The result is Inside Travel Guides.

via Around the world in 18 days? Inside.co unveils 3-day guides for traveling like a local | VentureBeat | Lifestyle | by Rebecca Grant.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Tech Hardware

The Apple Mac at 30: See the Evolution of an Icon

Wired slideshow.  The Mac put Apple on the map. Thirty years ago today, the company announced the iconic computer with a truly revolutionary Superbowl commercial. Inspired by Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, the 60-second TV spot directed by Ridley Scott is still considered one of the landmark ads of the 20th century.

via The Apple Mac at 30: See the Evolution of an Icon | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

Posted in Future, Misc

Stephen Hawking declares: ‘There are no black holes’

“…now, in a new paper called “Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes,” Stephen Hawking has cast the cat among the black, holey pigeons and caused a scattering of incomprehension.

His precise words were: “The absence of event horizons mean that there are no black holes — in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity.”

Pretty amazing.

via Stephen Hawking declares: ‘There are no black holes’ | Technically Incorrect – CNET News.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Future

Have Wearables Gone Wild? Questioning the Quantified Life.

“….for all the chatter of the “quantified self,” few on stage, in the hallways in between panels comparing rubber bracelets and over dinner and cocktails could rationally explain  how all this  data could be used to improve our lives.”

Interesting article about a question many of us ask.   It’s easy to understand how some of the data we’re collecting is useful, especially to us personally.  But all of it, collectively?

via Have Wearables Gone Wild? Questioning the Quantified Life. | Re/code.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Tech Software

Amazon Knows What You Want Before You Buy It

“Anticipatory shipping may be closest that retail can come to a crystal ball. Amazon, which now has a patent for the algorithm-based system, could conceivably use the system to ship products before you even place an order.”

Mashable explains Amazon’s newest patent.  I’m not sure how this will work – for as long as I can remember I’ve filled up shopping carts and purposefully never bought them.  How will they know if I really want to buy?

via Amazon Knows What You Want Before You Buy It.

Posted in Donna Murdoch, Tech Software

How the Feed Changed the Way We Consume Content

From my feed (Mashable)  “The RSS feed — or as we now know it, “the feed” — organizes the world into a series of neat, clickable, constantly updating bits of information. But it\’s a relatively new concept — just 10 short years ago, there was no way to know what a public figure such as Justin Bieber was thinking in real time.

The feed now dominates online content consumption, from the news we read on our mobile devices to the social networks we check constantly throughout the day, as well as the ads that integrate onto those platforms.”

via How the Feed Changed the Way We Consume Content.