The Price For A Videophone in 1955 Was $44,000 Adjusted for Inflation

“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.

ThinkUp Helps the Social Network User See the Online Self

ThinkUp analyzes your social media profile – not only how many tweets, but behavioral information.  How often you thank people, what posts you tend to retweet – really useful in terms of navigating social networks.

“Every morning the service delivers an email packed with information, and in its weighty thoroughness, it reminds you that what you do on Twitter and Facebook can change your life, and other people’s lives, in important, sometimes unforeseen ways.”

via ThinkUp Helps the Social Network User See the Online Self – NYTimes.com.

Technology conundrum: How to help seniors age in place without creeping them out

Fantastic article about applications for IoT with the aging population.  GigaOm really gets it right.

“Aging in place is a killer application area for the internet of things. If you or your grandmother can control her lights and coffee maker from a smartphone or easy to use tablet, that’s great. It’s even better if you can be discreetly apprised of her level of activity and alerted if she doesn’t take her pills on time.”

via Technology conundrum: How to help seniors age in place without creeping them out — Tech News and Analysis.

11 Reasons Email Is the Worst

Most people who use social media of some sort have figured out that the best way to reach someone is via the place they spend the most time.  Send a tweet, FB message, or text and you are much more likely of getting a response than in email.  But email is unavoidable.  This article from Gizmodo is funny and all-too-accurate.  “Email is one of those things that’s just a part of your life, period. Most of us know someone who has closed their Facebook account or refused to join in the first place in a little foot-stomping stand by their ego, and you might even know someone who is thrilled with themselves for not owning a smartphone.”

via 11 Reasons Email Is the Worst.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat

Twitter chats, or using the hashtags for Twitter chats, is an invaluable resource for finding what you’re looking for in what can seem to be a disorienting environment.  New Twitter users often don’t know where to start, and the stream of comments seems overwhelming.  Finding a chat that suits interests is one way to find direction.  This is from TNW.  “Whether you’re a Twitter pro or newer to the network, whether you plan to host your own chat or if you look forward to participating in others, a bit of advance preparation could help. Here’s what we’ve discovered so far to help you make the most of Twitter chats.”

via A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat.

Small Talk Is Now a Relic of the Past

It’s so true.  Small talk, serendipity, chance encounters.  All gone, because we have our smartphones instead.  Is that a good thing?  This Mashable cartoon and article hints that it is – but many opportunities to meet people next to you are lost this way….   “Small talk is tough. No one really cares to discuss how hot/cold it is outside, but partygoers have got to do what’s necessary to break that awkward ice.But something is changing at parties ’round the world. Boring, but absolutely necessary, small talk is going extinct thanks to smartphones.”

via Small Talk Is Now a Relic of the Past [COMIC].

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