Daily Archives: April 15, 2014

The Music Video That Needed To Be Made

A treat for Gerry Anderson fans of Thunderbirds and Terrahawks!

Someone has finally done the music video that needed to be made.

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The Corporate Abyss

New Yorkers, Take Back Your City

This is not normal. It is state-sponsored, corporate-driven and turbo-charged.

Manhattan has become a Corporate Abyss.

There’s no place in midtown where you can place your eyes that doesn’t hit a corporate logo.

The Blade Runner-like ads are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Bloomberg push to “clean up” things have led to a city-corporate one-two punch driving out small businesses for the sake of national brands.

I’m newly disgusted every time I venture into Manhattan. I’m totally disoriented, not finding familiar landmark stores that were once present for ages. Now replaced by shiny national corporate brands and national brand wannabes.

And it’s encroaching on Chinatown too, perhaps the last part of Manhattan that has any actual human life remaining in it.

I don’t know how it can be changed. But it has to be stopped.

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Amazon Smartphone Sneak Peek

After years of rumors: This is Amazon’s smartphone

I’d be surprised if it was branded as a Kindle. This would be much more: “All of Amazon in Your Pocket.”

This is probably the biggest move ever made by Amazon and should really scare the living shit out of everyone who’s wide awake. It has repercussions that I’m not even going to try to list because that list would be huge.

The 3D is, of course, differentiation — but that could have vast implications for all UIs as well. People talk about kids and tablets encountering paper, trying to pinch-zoom photos. What happens when kids experience the 3D Amazon UI and have to go back to flat?

From a technical standpoint. it’ll be interesting to see if the infrared cameras work in bright sunlight. There’s more to those IR cameras than a 3D effect. Imagine your eyes being tracked to call up a contact and dial a number — hands free. Or to scroll through Twitter — hands-free.

The eye-tracking will probably send data to Amazon to tweak things — and to measure the effectiveness of ads. There’s a big privacy issue that will blow up.

It’ll probably sell out the first day it’s offered for sale.

Previously here:

This Is Why Amazon Will Do A Phone
The Amazon Phone Rumor Again
How Amazon Could Make Its Phone Free

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