Disneyland lines: what an app can and cannot do

Anyone who has been to a Disneyland on a somewhat busy day knows that the recurring theme of the entire visit will be standing in lines. This is such a painful topic at Disneyland that comedian Jim Gaffigan has said: “Disneyland is like standing in line at the DMV. And that’s it.” Lines at Disneyland … Continue reading Disneyland lines: what an app can and cannot do

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Why it’s not just about being the product

Surely one of the most mentioned quotes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story is “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” While it’s been said about everything from TVs to automotive black boxes, in Facebook’s case it applies to the extensive personal data it … Continue reading Why it’s not just about being the product

Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Two weeks ago I attended an event at Yummly, a recipe app recently bought by Whirlpool that’s trying to make a smarter kitchen. There is a big push to make cooking easier while having appliances do more by tying their behaviour, whether it be finding ingredients in the fridge, identifying them on a supermarket shelf, … Continue reading Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Superbowl Ads 2018: social media has left the building

Every year I recruit our Super Bowl party viewers to help me tally the number of hashtags, URLs, and social media handles and pages mentioned in the ads. This year we tallied mentions from just before America the Beautiful and to right after the final Hail Mary attempt by the Patriots. All in all we … Continue reading Superbowl Ads 2018: social media has left the building

A few thoughts about the ongoing misunderstanding around the use of personal data

Over the weekend, an international security snafu erupted when it was “discovered” that anonymous Strava user data, actually released by the company last November, can be used to identify the location of up-till-now secret US Army bases, possibly putting soldiers in danger.  Strava has defended the release of this information saying that  its map “represents … Continue reading A few thoughts about the ongoing misunderstanding around the use of personal data

This week in Facebook: two steps forward, one step back

It’s been an interesting week (or was it a month?) of Facebook related news and as I’ve been critical about Facebook in the past year since the election, it's nice to see that change is coming. Even more so, it’s commendable to see Facebook move from its “the idea that fake news on Facebook influenced … Continue reading This week in Facebook: two steps forward, one step back

The Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To 2017 Awards

There are new apps coming out every day and though I try a few new ones each month, I keep coming back to a few, at most 20, that I use on a regular basis. While some are amazing, some seem to be coasting on their existing reputation and the knowledge that we’ve come to … Continue reading The Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To 2017 Awards