So, a couple of interesting insights from tracking the comments. One, this fast becomes a conversation about Republicans versus Democrats even among tech bloggers. Two, it also becomes iPhone versus Android. Three, it become old versus young. This is about analog thinkers versus digital thinkers as we watch the new SmartPower era further unfold. We see divisiveness rule even among those who think themselves open-source and open-minded. An insider today told us that Gringrich probably used this as a ploy simply to dominate today's conversation. If so, at what price does it come, for those who are the influencers use it to further divide and separate. And the action still reflects on the GOP brand in the public's mind overall whether the party sees it that way or not. Watch for greater debate about who's in, who's out, and the criteria used to measure it. Those who think they may be manipulating conversation just may find themselves a bit surprised when they see the cultural ripples as a result of value exchange within the digital arena. The days are fast-changing where there is a benefit in just being on the lips of people for the lipsake since so very many people are questioning more deeply, connecting more dots and exchanging sentiment faster and wider than ever before. You listening, Washington?
In what most be one of the more comical tech-related news pieces of the day, the Newt Gingrich call for re-naming the magical device known as the cell phone has the comment arena hopping. Earlier today the politico released a video via YouTube suggesting that viewers re-name the cell phone given the fact that the hand-held computing device enables us to do so much more than just talk. The media has had a field day poking fun at the 69 year old, but let's see what vote the court of public opinion gives him...
Could it be that Mr. Gingrich does not care for the term "Smart Phone", or is this just another Liberal attempt to embarass another Republican? (Response) Republicans are an embarrassment.They need no help from liberals
Not surprising that the guy that doesn’t know what a smartphone is would use an iPhone. They are after all more suitable for those seeking a “simple” smartphone than the more techy types that gravitate towards Android....
Look at what's happening here. Overwhelmingly, across the tech blogs, feathers are a bit ruffled and support still given to Google Glass. Close and protect the ranks! There is a bit of sensitivity because not only is the product being ridiculed but also the disconnect that tech journalists often demonstrate when it comes to reviewing something in terms of the average Joe. The comments under the articles posted by the more general consumer outlets show, for the most part, an identification with the absurdity demonstrated by the parody. As tech takes a greater and greater position in our society, how will we deal with divide in both expectations, values and more? Why does it exist? What does it say about us as a culture? Interesting how a little skit can make us face ourselves in such a bare manner. Looks like we can see even more as a result of Google Glass, huh?
Comments abound regarding the "Saturday Night Live" parody on the upcoming Google Glass product. The show's infamous "Weekend Update" segment features a would-be tech reporter who reviews Google Glass during their news segment only to find repeated bugs and awkward movements yet still reports that the product is amazing. For any of us who have ever been frustrated with a new tech gadget, the product errors are dead on. Let's look at what the technorati and others have to say about the piece!
...I cringed through this entire video; it’s one thing to make fun of flaws but it’s just sad when you make up things about a device just so you can make fun of it. Hopefully this doesn’t turn people off to Glass but I’m guessing it will.
What is maybe most interesting is that the comments really range from opinion and observation regarding the markets to speculation on Syria and Obama to some about the tech elements. Funny that as of this analysis, Twitter is now working on two-party authentication. But isn't it more than that. If it's not Twitter, then some other platform will pop up. Or some other means. This is a band-aid to the a larger challenge about handling news during a period of great social change where it's all about bottom-up, rather than top down. What does this mean for trust, transparency, needs? As tech collides with all this social turbulence, we're going to be in for more bumpy rides than any authentication could ever placate. Further, it's all reactionary rather than proactive, and that's never a good place to be, right? Anyway, we see the sentiment behind the variety of comments truly indicating the greater questions and concerns people have about the markets and more. Notice how analysis of why, alludes the financial press, only the occurence and the aftermath. But viewers are must more astute and curious. Is it any wonder that these take-overs are occuring when people want to, for better or worse, self-determine more and more. Whew. In the meantime, we'd hate to be developers at Twitter right now. Talk about all niters!
Welcome to the new world of news where hoaxes, inaccuracies and hi-jacks live alongside with the truth. This has not been missed on anyone in the public sphere, and they've had much to say about it. Latest incident is obviously The Associated Press’s Twitter feed being hacked earlier this week. A false message was tweeted to its 1.9 million followers, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured” - causing the financial markets to briefly noise drive briefly by over 140 points. Shortly after the tweet was sent out, the AP informed its wire subscribers that its Twitter account “has been hacked. The tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible.” The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility for hacking the AP’s account, tweeting on Tuesday, “Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama,” and writing on its website that “SEA published a false news about an explosion in the whitehouse and Obama got injured This small tweet created some chaos in the United States in addition to a decline in some U.S. stocks.” The group, which supports the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has also claimed responsibility for hacking CBS News and NPR Twitter accounts in the last week. What a week! To the comment-sphere to get more context on all!
... In this particular case, evidence is pointing to spear phishing of the organization. Phishing has a nearly 100% success rate in getting a foothold into a corporate network and it could, if well-executed, get around many forms of two-factor auth (think fake login pages asking for your RSA token's current value) - so I don't think it's fair to blame Twitter itself in any case...
Fuzzy area here, as is evidenced by our comment archaelogy. It seems to be safety vs. right, but is it that clear a divide. Watch for this issue to be discussed more and more now as we have more chaotic elements touch our daily lives. What is legal and what isn't is going to become a huge talking point in terms of carrier and government authority. In the meantime, CB radio, anyone? Our thoughts are with not only the victims, but the rescue teams and medical personnel involved!
While condolences, prayers and assistance abounds in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon; people are also pondering status of mobile phones and emergencies. This issue most recently came up during superstorm Sandy. Now it is being revisited. Disruptions in service have taken place due to what has been said to be over-usage and not at the request of authorities. Many have questioned if it is, in fact, legal to order cellular phone carriers to shut down their services under certain circumstances. Apparently it is, and it's really a matter of procedure in how it would take place. Naturally, this is very controversial. Commenters abound with thoughts on the current state of the law given in the wake Boston...
...it’s a scary feeling not being able to get in touch with loved ones, but not being able to get in touch with them because a phone can potentially set off another explosion is even worse. i rather go hours without and then being relieved afterwards finding out they’re okay and not allowing a phone or whatever the remote device was to set it off and possibly never hearing from them again. to me it’s common sense.
Well, while it's not a 100% approval rating, looks like this T-Mobile thing as least has people thinking and discussing. As companies tap more into the SmartPower understanding that people are wising up, wanting choices and not wanting to be treated like lemmings any longer (a la "The Tipping Point"), there just may be a larger shift coming down the pike. This phenomenon we're tracking is clearly showing how this mindset has a direct effect on the economy, so continue to pay close attention. Can you hear me, now?!
The media is still talking about it. CEO of T-Mobile John Legere is insistent upon putting his company back on the map. The young exec has promised the masses that there would be many changes to come from the technology giant. Not only has the company totally eliminated aits nnual device contracts, it has also simplified its unlimited rate plans. Legere had also promised to sell more T-Mobile accessories with better quality at a lower price point. These improvements come on the heels of a total revamping of the struggling tech giant in an effort to compete with Apple and Samsung. Think it's enough? Let's see what the mobile-savvy think!
Well, it first came up during the Sony game hack, then LinkedIn, now Twitter. What's next? Clearly, security is on the minds of all since it obviously ties into privacy. Explanations are being called for so that companies can be more closely scrutinized. But the most interesting element just might be why we see such outlets are targets. Are hackers like this really after person information of users or more about flexing power? It could be said that alleged disruptors are being more and more disrupted by the unseen. Leaderful collectives who seem to want to show just who has the power. This indicative of the new mindset where strength from "bottom-up" (rather than top down) is permeating into all areas of life. Keep your eyes out. In the meantime, hope yours wasn't one of the accounts that was hacked!
The micro-blogging site, Twitter, released a statement early that confirmed that nearly 250,000 accounts have been hacked. The statement said the cyber-attack was the work of extremely sophisticated hackers. The company said the hacking was halted shortly after the company discovered it; however, the hackers likely alredy have the users' contact information such as email addresses as well as usernames and passwords. Twitter said that it has sent notifications to the affected accounts asking the users to create new ones. Yikes. Let's see what the social media has to say about this one.
This comes on the heels of Google's latest Transparency Report. Can racism really be lessened via tech? What's it mean for you? See what we have to say about this in today's podcast at ldcoleman.com/radio Episode 313. Don't miss it!
The French side of Twitter must now cooperate with police and allow access to data which would be helpful in identifying authors of racist or anti-Semitic comments. The case has been ongoing since October until a French court ruled on Thursday. It all started when France's Union of Jewish Students said certain tweets were against French law and violated France's strict rules regarding racist speech. The suit was filed after it was reported that there was a 45 percent increase of anti-Semitic acts in 2012. Will the comment-arena agree with the ruling?
... I'm not exactly a fan of prejudice, racism, or homophobia. ... I'm surprised that people, let alone a government, think it's Twitter's responsibility to deal with this. I find it ridiculous they're on the hook for this sort of stuff.
Anything that is racist ... on Twitter, Facebook or any social media website should be removed and the person responsible held accountable for such actions. ... It's a disgrace that companies such as these allow the behavior to continue when they can help put a stop to it.
Maybe someday Europe will realize that suppressing speech ... doesn’t actually solve problems. It just gives the hateful something to point at ... Better to let the fools reveal themselves and be mocked and criticized in public.
This is about shift in power, what we call SmartPower. Catch our podcast on this issue now at www.ldcoleman.com/radio Episode 312!!
One of President Obama’s advantages during the 2012 presidential election is said to be his campaign’s technology. The Romney camp did not employ technology in the same manner as that of the president's. However developers on the Obama team now want to release the code they created in order to create wide benefit it is reported that the DNC wants to keep a lid on what could be considered a secret weapon. The DNC is concerned with the Republicans using the technology for the next election, while the developers seems to be leaning more toward licensing the software. Let's see if others are interested in having access to the program.
The moral issue is that they used open-source, community code as a foundation for the software, and feel obligated to contribute back to the community. Even developing it in private for the next four years wouldn’t really fix that issue as the code still would be hidden from the public eye...
... essentially the argument is over data mining and voter tracking software ... The key elements of the OFA software is the database of voters compiled over the years and the data from a variety of sources that they mined in order to profile voters. I don’t see any big risk for the DNC or big value for anyone else...
Throughout the comment arena, the beliefs around competition keep coming up in user posts. This speaks to a larger issue in society now regarding fairness, consumer rights. Interestingly enough, sociologist and author Joel Polodny talks about how it is actually status that influences who a product producer does and does not accept as a partner and how the producer's inventions are perceived. And here's the good part: "to achieve desired status, firms must offer more than strong past performance and product quality--they must also send out and manage social and cultural signals." See any relation to this situation???
Google Maps has a special Christmas present for their fans using iPhones: their mapping system app is back. Nearly three months ago, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own app, which was a disaster, according to users. Apple's maps made huge errors including the fact that they misplaced landmarks and overlooked towns. Daniel Graf, mobile director of Google Maps, said that they started the app from scratch. A new feature, according to reports, is the turn-by-turn directions and street-level photography of local neighborhoods. There still isn't a Google Maps app for the iPad, however. Tech savvy lost people think what?
So what are we seeing here? The comment-sphere certainly wants larger discounts but some seem to agree with good ol' supply-and-demand. Let's watch this closely. What if demand were to begin to change even more. Is there, as some financial journalists put it, a worm in Apple's brand? Will the brand be further affected by the new bottom up culture we see growing daily? The device wars are far from over, and with flux being the new norm, anything can happen. Instagram those Black Friday prices, they just may become collector's items in the near future if certain corp execs remain too comfy......
Apple kept its traditional price cuts on Black Friday. People can save around 20 percent on the company's most popular products like the IPad, IPod ot laptops. However, according to reports, it will be cheaper to actually go to a store that sells Apple products, in order to get discounts up to 60 percent off. Let's see what shoppers think!