Digital Detoxing on Vacation

When we went on our honeymoon, we didn’t have mobile reception in Italy. At first, it kind of felt like I was going through drug detox. After some time, it was amazing. 

These little boxes start to control your mind, like a drug. Sometimes it’s good to step away.
If you have the chance to go somewhere you don’t have internet access, do it. I’m thinking about my next chance to have a digital detox. 

(source: New York Times)

watchOS 3, Please make my Apple Watch faster. 

If the performance improvements live up to the promise, in watchOS 3, this could be a game changing moment for the Apple Watch. I’d certainly use more apps. Hopefully this will spur more developers to write apps. Will report back. I’m installing this now.
(Source: the Verge)

Why Apple Wireless headphones is exciting 

There’s a bigger story coming out of Apple’s announcement last week. It’s not the iPhone 7 or even that there’s wireless headphones. It’s that those technologies allow us to live in a world where we’re always wearing out headphones. If we’re always wearing headphones, it’ll be easy to summon Siri and have it come to our assistance. Voice is the new computing platform.
(Business Insider)

Where’s the Killer Bot?

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At the Facebook’s Developer conference F8, Mark Zuckerberg announced that chat bots would be coming to Facebook Messenger. This just increased the volume of chatter and excitement around innovation around bots.

For those of you not familiar, a chat bot is like texting or messaging with someone.  But, you’re not messaging with someone. You’re messaging with an app.

The problem is most of the applications that I’ve seen to date have been REALLY lame.  On Facebook, I can ask the WSJ for Apple’s stock price or get news alerts. I can ask for the weather from a cat. Meh.

Slack is another platform that’s super popular and has been a hub of bot innovation. The landscape of anything break through is pretty similar to Facebook. Meh.

So, will there be a breakthrough killer bot app? Will there be an app that will take bots mainstream? Or will bots live in and die in SF/SV?

 

Five Accounts You Should Follow on Snapchat

I’m fascinated by Snapchat as a platform for engaging an audience with authentic video and photos that give a behind the scenes look of your life.

I’ve been playing around with it a lot personally. Follow me. I’m thorpus.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for people and brands that do it well. If you’re looking for people to follow, I recommend these.

Alton Brown (thealtonbrown) – The Food Network star, entertainer, and food educator shows a behind the scenes look as he crosses the country on his national tour.

Dan Berger (danjberger) – Dan is the head of one of the fastest growing DC startups Social Tables. Get an inside look at his day to day and see what it’s like to work at his company. Dan’s Snapchat is hands down the best recruiting tool for Social Tables. It makes me wanna work there.

Dogfish Head Brewery (dogfishbeer) – Get a behind the scenes look into the craft brewery that’s taking the world by storm.

Gary Vaynerchuk (garyvee) – The entrepreneurial Yoda and head of a leading social agency Gary shows the ins and outs of the hustle. Seeing the day to day makes me not want to be that kind of entrepreneur. I’m not cut out for the 18-20 hour day grind that he is. But it’s fascinating to watch.

The White House (whitehouse) – Get an inside look at the beloved institution on 1600 Pennsylvania Blvd. See different events. See them take trips. It really makes the White House look more boring than what you see on TV or watched on the TV show West Wing. But yet, it’s also fascinating.

What’s your Snapchat handle?

My Big Aha Moment

I remember when i was in elementary school (mid-1990s) and my dad pulled me over to the computer. He’d just connected to the old Internet protocol Telnet through the Michigan State University (MSU) Library System. Within seconds, we could explore the card catalog and corresponding applications from not just MSU but most major libraries in the world.

I know what you’re thinking. “Big whoop you connected to card catalog from a library.” But that was the mid-1990s. No one was online at that point. I was maybe 12 and my computer was bouncing around the world.

In that experience, I had some kind of aha moment that affected the rest of my life. I realized that the Internet was going to connect people in ways that’ve never happened before. From that point on, it’s been a non-stop fascination… and possibly even an obsession.

And I’ve seen it work. I’ve seen people connect via technology to build communities that have since gone on to change the world in a way that they wouldn’t be able to do on their own. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of some of those movements. Excited to hopefully be a part of A LOT more.

But it all started with a moment. Do you have a moment that was an infection point in your life?