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

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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

YouTube Kids and the corruption of recommendation algorithms

Recommendation engines have been around for years, at least since Amazon started correlating shared purchases and suggesting products (or was it only books back then?) with “since you bought this, you might like this.” It was a good-enough recommendation algorithm that helped shoppers sift through endless options to find what was relevant for them. The … Continue reading YouTube Kids and the corruption of recommendation algorithms

Intentional nostalgia: a guide

A few years ago, a coworker brought in a box of cookies his grandmother had sent him that were exactly like ones my grandmother used to bake. The moment I opened the bag, saw and smelled them, I was transported back into my grandmother’s kitchen, to when I was a child and she baked them … Continue reading Intentional nostalgia: a guide