theodp writes “Remember New Coke? Twenty-eight years ago, Coca-Cola replaced the secret formula of its flagship brand, only to announce the return of the “classic” formula just 79 days later. Had it launched in 2013, Coke’s Jay Moye suspects a social media backlash would have prompted it to reverse itself even sooner. In a timely follow-up, ZDNet’s Steven Vaughan-Nichols points out that Microsoft is facing its own New Coke moment with Windows 8. ‘Does Ballmer have the guts to admit he made a mistake and give users what they clearly want?’ Vaughan-Nichols asks. ‘While it’s too late for Windows 8, Blue might give us back our Start button and an Aero-like interface. We don’t know.’”
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Google cofounder calls smartphones “emasculating” while wearing goofy Google Glass.
We’ve heard plenty of speculation about Google’s “Glass” computer headset. But at the TED conference today, Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google, finally revealed its true purpose: restoring manhood in an age of communications castration.
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At the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, two tech titans sat down to have a conversation. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman interviewed Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer at an event with “tech influencers and innovators,” and a bunch of of us press folk. Ballmer is riding on the release of Windows 8, Surface and the Windows 8 Phone, so there is plenty to talk about.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can’t afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If Ballmer is right, Windows 8 will prove that Microsoft still has the technology chops to shape the future. If he’s wrong …
Felix Baumgartner stood poised in the open hatch of a capsule suspended above Earth, wondering if he would make it back alive. Twenty four miles below him, millions of people were right there with him, watching on the Internet and marveling at the wonder of the moment.
On Wednesday, Nokia and Microsoft are once again taking the stage together to launch Nokia's second-generation Windows Phones.
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It’s a phrase well known in popular culture, but little can truly capture the spirit of adventure and scientific exploration like Neil Armstrong’s first steps onto the lunar surface. The NASA astronaut passed this weekend at the age of 82, described as “one of America’s
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CNET surveys how Samsung can recover from the verdict. Hint: Radical new designs are in order.
It looked like the X Games, but it was the most significant product launch of the decade so far. For the first time, Google did what Apple has done thrice, with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Granted, Apple announces products that ship immediately, while Google merely allowed a few thousand I/O attendees to pre-order a beta version that wouldn’t ship until next year; but don’t let the mechanics distract you from the heart of the matter. Google Glass isn’t just a new product, it’s a whole new product category, and it has every chance of being every bit as revolutionary as Apple’s Big Three.
Of course, like every revolution, it brought the nattering nabobs of negativity out in force. “We struggle to imagine Google Glasses reconciled with normal life,” carps Gizmodo. That line’s going to sound as embarrassingly tone-deaf in five years as these hilarious quotes from iPhone naysayers do today. Wearable computing, in one form or another, is the future. How extraordinary is it going to be? Some people suggest it could actually save Research In Motion. Now that’s amazing.
But a company that took most of a year to build an email app for the PlayBook isn’t going to lead the way. This category is so new that Google’s fail-fast, permanent-beta, make-it-up-as-you-go ethos is really the only viable direction. And we’re only in its infancy; has anyone else noticed that those big thick glasses look a lot like Neurosky’s brainwave sensors? Thought-controlled heads-up displays, anyone?
Do I sound excited? Well, sure, yeah, I am–but I’m also kind of terrified.
The recent Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman got me thinking about the differences between the pitches I hear from entrepreneurs, and why some succeed and others don’t.
Willy Loman’s character did much to lower our society’s already low opinion of sales and selling, but the fact remains that the concept, if not the actual act, of selling is a vital process in our economic system. For example, if you’re an entrepreneur looking for financing, you are selling an idea to a buyer – usually a venture capitalist like me.
So, you’ve changed your phone number to escape that stalker (look, we’re sorry, we just wanted to sell you a pyramid scheme), but how do you let all 104 of your remaining friends know without manually texting ‘em? The answer lies in Apple’s newly granted patent, which aims to end the tedium by having your device recognize when your number switches and automatically send an updated contact entry to everyone in your address book. Of course, there’s nothing in the claims to say it’s discriminatory, so now we’ve got your number again — have you changed your mind about that pyramid scheme?
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A Kodak Moment: a rare, one-time moment that is captured by a picture, or should have been captured by a picture
We all had them: times you reached for a camera to stop life for a second, to grab a memory. For decades, Kodak was the rock solid standard in photography and as the 131-year old company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, “Kodak moments” may be all that’s left of what was once one of the most powerful companies in the world. Kodak can’t compete let alone survive in this new world. The only thing keeping them alive is a trove of 11,000 patents, and even those don’t seem to be piquing anyone’s interest.
From household name to also-ran in a few years. This isn’t a story of a stubborn buggy-whip manufacturer going out of business for refusing to change. This is a carriage maker making a seemingly successful transition to the automobile and then, just as quickly, failing catastrophically.
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Amid the whirlwind of insanity, we bring you one brief moment of awesome.
Tough to smile in times like these, folks. Barely three years after yet another staple in the photography business filed for Chapter 11, Kodak is reportedly getting its paperwork in order to do the same. The Wall Street Journal has it that bankruptcy protection is looking all the more likely in the coming weeks, as its efforts to hawk a “trove” of digital patents proved to be in vain. As it stands, the employer of around 19,000 is currently working with lenders to secure around $ 1 billion in debtor-in possession financing to keep it alive during the actual bankruptcy process. Should this all pan out, its portfolio of 1,100 patents would then be re-listed via a court-supervised bankruptcy auction. Oh, and to make matters worse, it warned earlier in the week that it could be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange after Kodak shares closed at under $ 1 for thirty straight trading days.
The Kodak Moment it never wanted: company reportedly prepping for Chapter 11 filing originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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When the Apple iPhone 4S was introduced to the world, with it came a re-introduction of Siri, an until-then third-party app that used an above-average voice recognition system to do commands and actions – now the Android Market has “Siri for Android,” but it’s not quite what you might think. Instead of an “Official App” [...]
Moment Systems, China-based digital marketing measurement company, has raised $ 20 million in funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with China Broadband Capital, Redpoint Ventures and WPP Digital participating in the round. Kleiner partner Wei Zhou will join Moment Systems’ board.
Founded in 2006, Moment Systems specializes in the measurement and optimization of digital advertising through reach/frequency, demographics and more. Advertisers, agencies and online media companies use Moment Systems to track reach, frequency and demographics of a target audience, evaluate return on investment, optimize investment and improve advertisement impact.