Being a fan of all things mechanical and analog, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I immensely appreciate watches. I particularly appreciate the work of Grand Seiko watchmakers. I have struggled to embrace the Apple Watch fully, as I like wearing my beloved Grand Seiko. None of my friends have such problems — they are all in on Apple’s wrist computer. And like everyone else, I thought Apple Watch would impact the watch industry, but I didn’t see this twist in the tale.Continue reading “Did Apple Watch save the Swiss Watch Industry?”
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Marc Weidenbaum chronicles The Rise and Rise of Voice AI.
Talking about AI, fans are trying to keep slain rapper Moosewala’s voice alive. This is a creative conundrum for the future, and we will see more of this.
Before there was iPhone, there was Blackberry & before Crackberry, there were beepers. What the hell are beepers?
There is a mobile phone museum. What a nostalgia trip. I have used so many of these.
Where do weather apps get their data? (via)
A look at how vacuum cleaning giant Dyson researches and develops its products.
I can see why Dave Winer has little trust in the establishment media. I would be too.Continue reading “7 Good Links”
I have been in Silicon Valley long enough to see it transform from a group of outlier revolutionaries to play-safe career chasers. Recently, I have watched arrivistes who, if not in technology, would be running a penny stock brokerage based somewhere in Long Island or producing B-movies, living on the edge of Hollywood. In recent times, the near-zero interest rate fueled a boom in technology, making everyone look like a genius, forgetting that the rising tide lifts all wrecks. Of course, some have become self-proclaimed faces of Silicon Valley.Continue reading “Of Media & Monsters”
Hot or Not: Our Dystopian Vision
There is a common thread in the torrent of words that have followed the announcement of Apple’s Vision Pro headset — it portends a dystopian future and social isolationism. Most, if not all, picked up on the idea that we might retreat into a social cocoon and become more detached from human-to-human interactions.Continue reading “Hot or Not: Our Dystopian Vision”