03 Jul

Cord cutters still impatient for *real* media deals

Yeah, but what I want is the ability to buy a channel, or a show, and none of the others. I’m not, ever, going to get cable just to get HBO so I can watch Game of Thrones as it comes out.

But I would consider getting a sub to HBO so I could, and nothing but HBO…

“Apple Inc. (AAPL) is nearing a deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) to give subscribers of the cable television service access to channels via Apple TV, people with knowledge of the negotiations said.”

(Via Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs – Bloomberg.)

07 Jun

Not all disintermediation is the same?

Maybe. The backlash against Tesla is interesting to me because it’s a clear win. I have a hard time not seeing Tesla’s success as a win.

“The Internet did not sweep the world because it was a hype job foisted upon us by a 20-something wunderkind from Harvard. It took over because as soon as we saw it we realized it was something we could not live without. We found it to be incredibly useful.”

(Via The bogus Tesla backlash: What if the Internet saves the middle class? – Salon.com.)

07 May

Old tech declines, and we’re much too focused on new gadgets

Interesting look at the length of time technology stays with us, and how it’s replaced:

“‘The replacement of the car is probably out there,’ Cohen adds. ‘We just don’t fully recognize it yet.’

In fact, he predicts, it will probably come from China, which would make for an ironic comeuppance by history. The car was largely developed in America to fit the American landscape, with our wide-open spaces and brand-new communities. And then the car was awkwardly grafted onto other places, like dense, old European cities and developing countries. If the car’s replacement comes out of China, it will be designed to fit the particular needs and conditions of China, and then it will spread from there. The result probably won’t work as well in the U.S., Cohen says, in the same way that the car never worked as well in Florence as it did in Detroit.

We’re not terribly well positioned right now to think about what this future will look like. Part of the challenge is that, culturally, we’re much more accustomed to celebrating new gadgets than thinking about how old technology decays.”

(Via What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car – Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities.)

24 Apr

Twitter needs more than retweet and delete…


“Let’s say you tweet something that turns out to be incorrect to your 100 followers. Let’s say 5 of those retweet it to their 100 followers. At this point, some 595 potential people have seen it. (Or at least spambots, but bear with me.) You realize your error, and issue a correction on your Twitter feed. Your 100 original followers may see the update, but it leaves 495 who do not unless those same five people again retweet you.

In short, while the automatic retweet button on Twitter lets people spread information far and wide beyond your followers, there’s no way to makes sure those same people see your attempts to correct it.”

(Via The One Function Twitter Desperately Needs | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.)

08 Apr

Pebble Smartwatch in, doesn’t fit wrist, and right up onto eBay

I adore the idea of the smart watch that pairs with my iPhone, so I was a backer of Pebble last year. I just wanted to see the idea come to fruition. And it was my reward last year for finishing one of my major projects.

I tend to avoid watches though, as most look way oversized on my wrists. So I had a suspicion that the Pebble would end up looking way over bulky. Today my very own Pebble arrived:

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Sure enough, it is too big for my wrists.


I put it up on eBay, that it might find a better, larger-wristed home than I.

I’m looking forward to where the technology goes, though. The Pebble seems to have given tech companies a glimmer of hope that there’s a whole new area of unused space they should be competing for. Pebble’s the first shot.

01 Apr

Well, this will have an impact on the used ebooks concept

One way to sniff the digital winds and see where ebook trends are going is to look at how digital music fares. In that case, the recent panic about the idea of used ebooks, and Amazon and others applying for patents to sell used ebooks, is challenged by this recent court ruling against the idea of selling used MP3s (hat tip to John Scalzi on twitter for the link):

“On Saturday, a federal court in New York ruled in summary judgment within the case of Capitol Records v. ReDigi. The court decided that no, users do not have the right to resell digital music files, as doing so violates existing copyright law.”

(Via “Can I resell my MP3s?” redux—federal judge says no | Ars Technica.)