If I left my smartwatch at home one day, I wouldn’t drive back to get it, says Walt Mossberg in his weekly column in Re/code. It's a statement that I'm sure would be reflected by many smartwatch owners, me included. Why? Because all the things that current smartwatches can do - messages from Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, for instance; or monitoring your heart rate and how many steps you've done today; perhaps streaming music from your phone; taking and making phone calls; and … [Read more...] about Still waiting for the smartwatch tipping point
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Who can predict what will happen in today's fast-moving world, asks CNN's Fareed Zakaria. [...] I don't know where all this goes but in periods like it, open systems like America's will do better than closed ones. The US often looks like a dysfunctional country because all its problems are on display and debated daily. Everthing - economic strategy, monetary policy, homeland security, police practices, infrastructure - is out there, open for constant criticism. But this transparency means … [Read more...] about Open is better than closed
Recently, I wrote about email as one of the elements in transforming an organization into a social, collaborative enterprise. A classic example is the role Atos' zero-email program plays in such an exercise. While I cited Atos in my post as part of the concluding point I wanted to make that email is (or can be) an enabler for social business - and which must have the "it depends..." filter added - the conclusion isn't the key point here. What I think is more significant, and which requires … [Read more...] about The journey of Convergence
In the mobile internet age, checking email is simultaneously a nervous tic and, for many workers, a tether to the office, says The Atlantic in a very readable feature about email that discusses a most interesting question: Why does one of the world’s most reviled technologies keep winning? According to The Atlantic, this might be one reason: A person’s email inbox is where forgotten passwords are revived; where mass-mailings are collected; and where pumpkin-pie recipes, toddler photos, and … [Read more...] about Email: a social business enabler
2015 was a stepping-stone year in the evolution of technology and people's behaviours, with events that gave us greater insight into actions and consquences. A big one is the thorny matter of balancing the long-held expectation of individual privacy - regarded as a fundamental right in many countries - and freedoms of expression with the requirement of government to safeguard its citizens in today's world where acts of freely expressing opinion can have dire consequences. Enter plans to … [Read more...] about Actions and consequences: what will 2016 present?