Kids and the Future of Creativity
Another Gentle Nudge at Teachers and Schools A few years back I wrote a post called “On Kids, Parenting and the Real Time Web” encouraging schools to take advantage of online tools to complement classroom teaching and facilitate homework assignments. It’s great to finally see them adopting tools like Google Earth to teach geography and visualize historic sites, and Mathletics - an excellent way...
My answer on Quora to: What will be the leading...
Connected TVs done right - Apps instead of browser interface experience. Slick integration with companion devices that take on a role as the new learning remotes with program previewing, recommendations, content mashing and social interaction. DECE’s Ultraviolet standard prevails, making purchased content available on any device. In Vehicle Cloud Services - your photos, your music and...
Google Music - The Music Label Killer?
Speculation was raging in the hours leading up to Google’s Music announcement yesterday. Will Google Music kill Spotify? iTunes? Pandora? Amazon? The more likely and arguably more important scenario seems to be the death of the Music Labels. But let’s rewind for a moment. Google essentially announced what Ubuntu One has been doing for 18 months and later replicated by Amazon - a cloud powered...
The Behaviour Changing Cloud
Cloud services are hot. Google Docs making document creation and collaboration a cloud job, Dropbox raking in users and getting the cover of Forbes magazine, Apple getting the headlines even for a half baked iCloud, Spotify and Groovshark giving us access to any music for (almost) free and Turntable.fm getting mighty close to a truly social music experience. Most cloud services offer a...
On Kids, Parenting and the Real Time Web
As a single dad with personal and professional interests in the Real Time Web – I inevitably pay lots of attention to the online world when educating, entertaining and communicating with my kids. There are two aspects that deserve consideration: a) choosing those applications that can complement their schooling, provide entertainment and facilitate communication and interaction with family and...
The Rise and Growth of Social Location...
The impressive proliferation of Social Location Applications has been hard to ignore with the recent tech media and blogosphere’s enamourment of the space. Facilitated by the ground-braking usability of the iPhone and Android platforms, a number of start-ups have been able to combine geo-location with social and gaming features to launch several new applications which range from clever to...
What's Being Ignored in the Crowdsourcing Debate
The debate around crowdsourcing – the outsourcing of a job or problem to a large and open group of people – is heating up again as an increasing number of brands are gaining headlines by launching design and ad creation contests. On one side of the debate are those who argue that crowdsourcing is nothing more than outsourcing cheap labor and a temporary fad, while on the other are those who...
Dissecting the Success of Social Gaming
So what’s so fascinating about the Social Gaming space beyond the entertainment factor for those of us who enjoy the occasional game? Simple: just about every company in the space is astoundingly profitable. In dissecting the success of companies like Playfish, Zynga, Playdom, MindJolt, etc - a few things become clear very quickly: Their expertise is more about viral marketing than it...