Tech beyond the law; virtual reality TV for Banana republics

It is funny to watch regulators try to catch up with Facebook and Google.  These days it is about how they filter news results.  Which sort of shows how little anyone understands the tech involved.  Of course Facebook and Google’s algorithms are biased!  By definition any system which regulates a flow cannot be objective and fair.  There is no 50-50 […]

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From brain to IPO. Map out your communications

Let’s take a typical day of little Miss X, CEO of an exciting new startup.
Little Miss X wakes up from a nightmare.  She jots down what she remembers of it in a diary next to her bed to take to her shrink.  This is information just for the two of them.  Clear cut case.  She doesn’t put it anywhere else […]

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Cautionary tales from the past for virtual reality
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I loved and sold graphic tablets for many years.  Essentially a high tech slab of plastic, it offers “the natural way” to interact with technology.  I always started my presentations by saying that “nobody was born with a computer mouse in their hand” and audiences nodded.  Half of them suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome or thought they did.  Everyone was […]

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FBI vs Apple = 6-1
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If there was someone on the planet that didn’t know that the usual way FBI and Apple solve these things is in secret, we all know it now.  Both parties involved admitted that usually when the FBI wants the contents of a phone, Apple has always played along and told nobody about it.
We all found out about Apple’s sneaky secret […]

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Google is evil. But not like you imagine it is.
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“Ah, yes, you’re the guy that has a thing against Google.”
It wasn’t the best of introductions but I knew what he was on about. I do have “a thing” with Google.  I am jealous as hell!  Because a select few people in Google are literally the closest a homo sapiens has ever come to being an all knowing God.
This is […]

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What your girlfriend can teach you about online communication
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“Chat?  That is for my teenage daughter!”  Yeah, right.  Only while you are busy pretending to be serious, she and her entire generation are learning communication skills you need to work on.  Some best practices to think about:

It is easier!  From a scientific point of view it is well established that we use much less energy processing computer related situations […]

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The Asian Toad and Google research for business
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My friend James is probably the smartest person I know.  Whether he is teaching himself music in order to do the soundtrack to an amazing documentary of his, building innovative mammal free zones in New Zealand, riding a motorbike or in Madagascar fighting the Asian toad.
The what?  When a modern human comes across something unknown, we Google it.  Just like […]

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What the Oscars and your business can learn from the NBA
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Yannis Antetokounpbo is not your average Greek.  Born in a poor neighborhood of Athens.  Nigerian parents.  2.11m tall and with amazing physique, he is a wonder to watch whether it is in the Greek all star game, Team Africa or the NBA.  A young man with a great smile he can get Nigerians, Greek and people from Milwaukee excited.  At the same time!
When Dirk […]

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Trump is right about something! Made in USA counts for a lot
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You probably rushed to dismiss it.  After all, in this globalized world it seems counterintuitive that Apple should produce iPhones entirely in the US.  Some would say impossible.  And it is Donald Trump saying it, the man is ridiculous almost 24/7.
Now think about it again.  Cost?  Yeah, sure it would be more expensive to produce in America but Apple has the […]

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Greek retail woes part 2 – chains and balls
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Let’s say you want to plan an in store activity for a tech product.  “We have thirty stores all over Greece!” beams the person you are talking with.  Here are a few questions to ask before setting out your promotional strategy.

What is the percentage of traffic of your top 2 stores relative to the rest?  Case in point, a well […]

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