new blogpost: siri, bumpers and the city upon a hill in tech
just canceled my first try to back-up on icloud (via public wlan). no progress observable after 30 mins, no forecast for total duration. and the free 5gb seem very scant. playing around w/ #siri now for compensation, feeling good.
in other news to my own surprise I happened to like the #antennagate bumpers - which I am afraid only fit 99% to the iPhone 4S. should I go back to the classic #sena ultra slim leather? should I go w/o any cover? I don’t know and siri doesn’t either. and are there any other serious i4S gadgets not to miss?
I guess that’s the most exciting question for the rest of 2011 in tech. which is a telling disaster for all platforms competing w/ iOS.
see you all in early 2012 then at www.mobileworldcongress.com in barcelona and let’s jointly lick some ice cream sandwiches or two and touch and talk to our iDevices to feel #Steve and glimpse the future. our hearts are broken but thanks to him the city on a hill in tech is shining quite a bit already.
Every time I come to a Web 2.0 conference, Mary Meeker’s presentation is what I most look forward to! She’s been doing them for eight years now and they’re always big on data, long on vision. You can view the presentation below, along with real-time notes taken while Meeker spoke.
Mobile has been a big theme of her presentations over the past couple of years. Sure enough, mobile is a big part of this year’s presentation. Although she says that mobile growth is still in “early innings” - perhaps continuing the Moneyball metaphor that her Kleiner Perkins colleague presented earlier today.
“It’s my sense that these maps exist in the wild, whether or not they are being curated or simply observed and harvested. Similarly, the work we are beginning to do with Siri is creating the outlines of a similar layer of context based on how we alter our behavior in order to optimize the current state of Siri’s capabilities. Over time, Siri will extend itself to built in and third party apps, and over time those services will talk not just to us but on our behalf to each other. While it may not be immediately discoverable, I believe these two layers, the @mention cloud and Siri routing, are already connected and operating in tandem.”—http://t.co/IaaDrJoW
“So what is Newsstand’s secret weapon, its viral ingredient? It is, I think, the shelves.
Newsstand’s empty shelves.
Empty shelves beg to be filled. Look around your home. Look for all the shelves, in bookcases or perhaps wall-mounted. Are any of them empty? Probably not.
If I went to your house and put up a new shelf today, you would probably find something to put on it by tomorrow. When given a shelf, a human will fill it.”—http://t.co/mzqZS8iZ
“As designers we have a great responsibility. I believe designers should eliminate the unnecessary. That means eliminating everything that is modish because this kind of thing is only short-lived.”—Dieter Rams – interview with Icon Magazine http://t.co/KsSuQwGE
“The advantage of using speech over other interaction paradigms is that we have honed its use over thousands of years. It is entirely natural for us to talk to one another. Talking is one of the first things we learn how to do as children. It’s second nature for us to ask a colleague or a friend a question and for them to answer the same way. Being able to talk to a phone like it’s a personal assistant is something that people are going to get very used to, very quickly. It’s a much more natural approach than using a mouse on a desktop.”—http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/10/apples_siri_is_as_revolutionar.html
“But remember also that we are just at the beginning of the post-PC era. The iPhone launched 4 years ago, the iPad only a year and a half ago. It is becoming practical to put a computer into anything. Of course, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. And if anything, Apple is very disciplined about choosing what not to do (another Steve Jobs trait). But if you believe that post-PC devices will include more than just phones and tablets, it is not such a crazy idea that one day Apple will be churning them out as well.”—http://t.co/DivICIup