The real problem is not that we're an addiction-addled culture of oversharers, though that may indeed be true. Instead, it's that we're a culture of complainers. We complain because it's in our nature, and we're more apt to complain than to do something about it.
When it comes to music, the mood prompted by digital technology has shifted in recent years, from carnivalesque to callous. Pop star Taylor Swift is only the latest to bring attention to the trouble musicians are in, recently withdrawing her recordings from Spotify.
If the thought of being the unwitting star of your own prime time reality show gives you the willies, consider the recent revelation that more than 73,000 unsecured webcams and surveillance cameras are, as I write this column, viewable on a Russian-based website.
Industrialists who built the railroads and core infrastructure in the 19th century exploited labor, corrupted governments, and built monopolies. Uber is also exploiting labor to some extent, but its disrepute is largely because of its arrogance and frat-boy behavior -- not only its business practices. And this behavior is only slowing the company down.
The hope is that Detekt will not only provide human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists with some sense of security but also open a debate on the broader need for regulation of the development, sale and use of surveillance technology.
There's a reason Gmail sent that email to your Spam folder. Leave it there. If you didn't ask for it, don't click on it!
When you apply pressure to a capacitive screen, it will only recognize the action if it has an electrical current. The naked hand delivers these electrical impulses directly to touchscreens. This is why the wool mittens your Aunt Vi made won't work on most touchscreen devices.
Much has been made of the fact that social media often keeps us from getting out into the world and forming real relationships, but what if you can't get out into the world? What if your health keeps you homebound and Facebook doesn't work because your 'friends' are more interested in what their grandchildren are doing than conversing with you? Don't discount social media!
Scientists and technologists are driven primarily by the thrill of discovery, invention, and nowadays, the enormous profits to be made. But that's precisely why they are not necessarily well suited to the management of their inventions.
Serial entrepreneur and mobile consultant Hannah Bree Hanson and I were in attendance at the Streaming Media West Conference last week in Huntington Beach, CA. The event featured a veritable who's-who of industry leaders including Verizon, Limelight Networks, Wowza, Skype, and NFL Now, Tivi, and Ramp.
Nearly 9 out of 10 restaurants are embracing social conversation across multiple communities and platforms. Industry's marketing teams are some of the most creative in terms of both social content and real-time engagement.
If you're looking for an elegant, light-weight, very small speaker and decide that the Esquire Mini isn't for you, the only other choice I know of with premium materials and build quality is the Soundmatters foxL DASH7.
For the first time, I embraced my entrepreneurial failure and spoke candidly about my mistakes--the big mistakes that caused our business to fail. And you know what? It felt pretty great.
Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report released its STEM Index of the United States. It revealed that student aptitude for and interest in science, technology, engineering and math has been essentially flat for more than a decade, at the same time that the need for STEM skills continues to grow.
While it may not have been the original intent, this is an app which could have global relevance in parts of the world where people rely heavily on finding forest plants and biodiversity for their daily sustenance.
The constant change which defines our industry today also requires constant creativity to deal with its ever evolving set of challenges. For the mind to contend with the unknown, it can benefit from the removal of parameters
Apps like Secret, Whisper, Ask.FM and Yik Yak are wonderful ways to discuss things like substance abuse, illnesses, obsessions, religious doubts, sexual orientation and other issues you might not want to disclose.
In a world where government surveillance regimes like the NSA are not shy about asking companies for users' personal information, companies have a heightened responsibility to only collect what they absolutely need--and to keep it safe.