ifoundareason: Why does engineering/math/science education in the US suck? I think this could be applied to almost all kinds of education worldwide.
“Rumors that The Walt Disney Company would acquire social-gaming conglomerate Playdom have turned out to be true: Disney issued a statement on Tuesday, after the market closed, announcing its intent to acquire Playdom for $563.2 million, plus potential earnouts of up to $200 million.” This is profoundly good for Disney. Creative destruction in industry is determined by difference between the companies who are willing to be bold so as to innovate, and those who aren’t. Disney has […]
Minority Report strikes again! mikehudack: viiv: Envisioning Your Future in 2020 | Blog | design mind
I am as excited about F8 this year as I’ve ever been. The rumor mill has hit fever pitch: Microsoft and Facebook have been brewing a very exciting project for about 5 months now, and the high highs and frequent lows of the process have been well-documented in a series of mood swings from Seattle, Mountain View, and from Palo Alto. A tight lid has been kept on it all, but now that we’re in […]
My cousin’s company, TelFree, has launched its iPhone app at the Apple Store. It deserves a lot of attention, from what they’ve been able to accomplish. I am concerned about their ability to make money, as I am with any technology that is subversive and suspiciously free. But that’s their problem to figure out, and in the meantime I am thrilled about what they’ve been able to produce. Here’s a video that explains what they […]
I was talking to a friend earlier today about how design thinking, and designers in general, are so incredibly critical to addressing the dynamic needs of consumers in a market where we’re getting increasingly inundated with products, not all of which solve new problems. As the iPad has proved – well, is proving – and as I’ve mentioned before, there isn’t necessarily a convergence where a panacea product emerges to solve all of our fire […]
John Doerr and some of the KCPB guys have some good thoughts in a Techcrunch guest post. If Bill Joy says lower power is the key to performance, then lower power is the key to performance. Before hearing what Steve Jobs actually thought the confluence was for his company, I would always have called it the intersection of Hardware and Software. The fact that they are revolutionizing design, software, and hardware all in one with […]
My two favorite comments about the much-anticipated launch are tied to each other, and I’d like to take tonight’s entry to briefly explain why. The first comment is from David Pogue, in his New York Times review of the iPad: “Those are some pretty confident critiques of the iPad — considering that their authors have never even tried it." And then Steve Jobs himself told the audience during his announcement of the iPad: "This is […]
Yesterday Farhad Manjoo from Slate wrote an article about the need for a “Cell Phone Bill Of Rights”. I think it’s great. Also comes on the heels of news about a Hedge Fund Manager’s Plan To Take on Verizon and AT&T. Here’s the question I have for everybody. Why is it that we can’t put together our collective wisdom to defeat these voice service providers? They’re just dumb pipes! How do they continue to have […]
I had two work-related calls today. One was to Boston: AT&T dropped the call twice, crappy quality, and far from free. The other was to Shanghai: VoIP. Perfect quality. Free. More on this tomorrow.