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56 Posts

November, 2011 Posts

Ear canal design blamed for fingernail blackboard excrutiation
November 01, 2011
The human ear canal's shape causes the reaction to fingernails on a chalkboard, with a powerful psychological component identified in research.
Apps on TVs
November 02, 2011
The complexities of the television industry and the challenges of internet distribution.
Steam Engine Time
November 02, 2011
The concept of 'steam engine time' and its implications for innovation.
PlugBug Charger
November 02, 2011
The PlugBug Charger: A hardware addition to Apple's design.
On Lytro's Design
November 02, 2011
Rethinking camera design with the Lytro's long tube shape.
What If An Agency Had An API?
November 02, 2011
Considering the possibility of agency APIs and the challenge of structuring agency data.
Strategy over Product
November 03, 2011
Twitter Lists are valuable to power users, while Google+ strategy clashes with user behavior.
November 03, 2011
Square's Card Case uses geofencing technology to allow for easy payments at stores.
When "Innovation" Runs Amok
November 03, 2011
The overwhelming choices in the pharmacy and the impact of innovation.
Apple Operations
November 05, 2011
Insight into Apple's operational prowess and attention to detail.
Frozen Coffee
November 06, 2011
Freezing coffee may not be as bad as you think, according to an experiment.
The Problem with Minimum Viable Product
November 06, 2011
The problem with minimum viable product and the importance of focusing on building a company, not just a product.
What Makes a Good (Sports) Manager?
November 06, 2011
The unique challenges and longevity of Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure as manager of Manchester United.
Steve Jobs as an Innovator, not Inventor
November 07, 2011
Steve Jobs as an innovator, not inventor, and the distinction between invention and innovation.
A Look Back at Fukishima
November 08, 2011
A look back at the coverage of the Fukushima disaster and media's short attention span.
The King of Human Error
November 08, 2011
Michael Lewis profiles Daniel Kahneman, one of the fathers of behavioral economics, and his new book.
The Other Side of the Cloud
November 08, 2011
Insight into Amazon's cloud computing service and its security vulnerabilities.
The Mystery of McRib
November 09, 2011
The curious case of the McRib and its mysterious market appearance.
A Floating Future
November 09, 2011
Questioning the lack of big imaginative visions in the present day.
What Separates Psychology and Economics
November 09, 2011
The distinction between psychology and economics as related to Daniel Kahneman's discoveries.
World War II and Imagination
November 10, 2011
The impact of World War II on imagination and the lost art of big thinking.
Saving Corkboards
November 11, 2011
An article discussing the challenge of saving data over long periods, with a notable quote from science fiction writer Bruce Sterling about the instability of digital preservation.
What is Google+?
November 11, 2011
Google+ is more than just a standalone product, but rather a central focus for Google as a company.
Who Owns Your Persona?
November 11, 2011
The legal dispute over a Twitter account and professional persona.
The Marriage of TV and the Web
November 11, 2011
The potential future relationship between TV and the web, as well as the impact of 'viral' marketing.
Luddite Falacy or New Age?
November 13, 2011
Examining the impact of technology on job creation and destruction, and questioning the long-term effects of a move to a software world.
Reflecting on Penn State
November 13, 2011
Reflections on the abuse and cover-up at Penn State.
24 Hours of Flickr Photos
November 13, 2011
A gallery exhibition of 24 hours worth of Flickr photos that visualizes the overload of images in today's digital age.
AMEX & GE are Percolating
November 14, 2011
Announcement of GE and AMEX using Percolate for content production.
Online Advertising, Content & Percolate
November 14, 2011
The future of online advertising and the role of sustained communication and content strategy.
Too Fast
November 14, 2011
The story of how Google's search technology was ahead of its time.
Working by Failing
November 15, 2011
The failure of Obama's stimulus distribution and its implications for behavioral economics.
Extending the Grid
November 15, 2011
Extending the NYC street grid to the rest of the planet.
Serendipity: Business Model Edition
November 15, 2011
Exploring Twitter's potential as a business model and advertising platform based on exposing users to new and unexpected content.
Bezos on Customer Service
November 15, 2011
Amazon's focus on customer service and how it differs from Zappos' approach.
No More Healthy Lunches!
November 17, 2011
Congress pushes back on school lunch nutrition guidelines, proposing to count tomato paste on pizzas as a vegetable.
Congress vs. Fidel Castro
November 17, 2011
Congress is more popular than Fidel Castro in 2008, but less popular than Paris Hilton and the IRS.
OWS, Amazon and the Value of an API
November 18, 2011
Using OWS and Amazon as metaphors for the value of an API.
Being a Market Leader
November 19, 2011
The role of market leaders in building categories and the influence of brands as publishers.
Dropping the Vowel
November 20, 2011
The phenomenon of Italian words losing the last vowel in New York and beyond.
Eating at Airports
November 21, 2011
A list of popular airport eateries and the author's personal favorites.
Brands without Branding
November 21, 2011
Australia is banning all branding on cigarette packaging, replacing it with graphic imagery.
Pepper Spray from Every Angle
November 21, 2011
A look at the UC Davis pepper spraying incident from multiple angles and the role of social media and cameras in protests.
Turkey Country
November 24, 2011
The reasoning behind Benjamin Franklin's fight for the turkey as the national bird.
The Complications of Influence
November 25, 2011
The complexities of predicting social influence and the impact on the spread of news.
November 27, 2011
Excitement over the potential of Twine, a simple physical computing device with a web interface.
Short Words, Short Data
November 27, 2011
Research from MIT suggests that word length is more associated with the amount of information it contains than its frequency.
The Consulting Business
November 28, 2011
Insights into the consulting business and its impact on industries.
November 28, 2011
Exploring the tools successful people use to get the job done.
The Other Globalization
November 28, 2011
The changing dynamics of globalization and its impact on the American economy and job market.
Teaching Interface
November 28, 2011
Chevy Volt's interface provides real-time feedback for driving efficiency.
Going Native
November 28, 2011
The future of internet marketing and the role of big platforms in shaping native advertising models.
Digital versus Electronic
November 28, 2011
Russell Davies discusses the idea that being digital should be more interesting than just being electronic.
Little Printer
November 29, 2011
The announcement of Little Printer and the move of social media to the physical world.
The Seven Fundamentals of Great Muppet Cinema
November 29, 2011
The New Yorker's breakdown of the Seven Fundamentals of Great Muppet Cinema.
Bad Business
November 30, 2011
The harsh reality of the airline industry's negative earnings.
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