The Need to Customize

The urge to customize mass market devices is powerful. The latest iOS jailbreak has been applied over 7 million times, and the urge to personalize one’s devices is a big reason why.

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A seminar for Protecting yourself Online

I’m running a session soon to help you protect yourself online. Take action to improve your digital security.

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The Fine Line between Good and Great (and Legend)

As I embark on a new venture, I’m reminded of a childhood hero of mine that provides a great illustration of the thin line that can sometimes separate good, great, and legendary: Dave Steib. Who?

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Patrons in the Digital Speakeasy

If Hollywood addressed the demand for digital distribution in a legal easy way, a good chunk of piracy would be eliminated. Piracy is not right. But it’s going to exist, and the best way to address the otherwise non-jerky people engaged in it is to give them what they want.

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OSX Messages – A step towards Apple Voice?

Think about it. This is better than Skype. It’s better than Google Voice. IMessage and Facetime already identify you by your existing primary cell number, so you wouldn’t have to sign up for a new service, or tell contacts to reach you in a different place. And it would be integrated with the existing dialer, not a separate app.

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Utterly Delusional Samsung Manager: Apple Can’t Beat Us In TV, Because We Have Great Picture Quality

Smartphones used to be about sending email. Apple made them about so much more. Tablets were niche business machines before the iPad. Now they are a multibillion dollar consumer category that didn’t exist until 2010. TVs according to this guy, are about picture quality. Apple will make them about so much more (apps, content on demand, voice control, gesture control, games, apps).

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Business Insider and the Dream of Apple’s iTV

Apple could bake an ATSC tuner in the iTV to pull in free HD signals over the air to cover off the broadcast networks. Apple could then cut deals with the networks that people actually care about (ESPN, HBO, etc…) to be broadcast directly to the device over the Internet.

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The Discipline of Oversharing

Never before has it been so easy for so many people to share so much information. The result is a torrent of comments, photos, videos, links, articles and messages from an expanding network of people and sources.

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iMessage, Privacy and Identity

With iMessage, I can actually confirm whether an email address is associated with an Apple ID, and a particular iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. I can just type an email address into the “To:” field. If the text in the input changes to “iMessage” and the “Send” button turns blue, I can send that person a message.

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You Can’t Stop What People Ultimately Want To Have Happen

If I said this, you might tell me to shut up, or maybe thank me for sharing such a blinding glimpse of the obvious. But when Fred Wilson says it, I’m inclined to listen. This is a guy who arguably has done as much to shape and influence the social web as anyone

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