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Robert Scoble has been at 14 events

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Ugo Cei75,426Hot on the heels of Olympus' announcement of the new version of one of the best-selling cameras in the mirrorless segment, the OM-D EM-5, we are hosting a special panel discussion about it. Among our guests there will be @117532820310402371002 of mirrorlessons.com, who just published his review, @101192074672321711384 of mirrorlessjourney.com, and others. Tune in at 4PM CET/3PM UK/9AM Eastern to hear all about this new exciting camera.The State of Mirrorless Special Event – The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II2015-02-06 16:00:0052  
Rackspace671,019*Get Ready For A Big Announcement About Our Cloud Servers* This week on our weekly Office Hours Hangout we get to announce something big. Join hosts @100903393398867345579 and @101507051046049574782, along with our Racker panel of experts, as we reveal our surprise, discuss the news, and answer your questions. This *live* event starts at 1pm CDT. See you there!Rackspace Cloud Servers Announcement2014-10-30 19:00:0022  
Web Summit2,614UPDATE: We're now live on air! Join us with Robert Scoble here: https://plus.google.com/events/clamgmumluo8fn1p774oobqeeg4 -- Robert Scoble has a sixth sense when it comes to technology conferences, but for most of us maximising ROI at a tech conference can be a perplexing challenge. Robert is going to share some of his insider knowledge from his vast experience on how to better plan in advance, execute on the day, and improve follow up from tech conferences. Join the community for this 30 minute hangout this Monday 6th October at 5pm Dublin time (GMT +1). We will be sharing the link to the hangout in this event 1 hour before it's due to go on air.How To Hack a Conference: Inside Secrets with Robert Scoble2014-10-06 17:00:00973  
Robert Scoble7,337,593@104987932455782713675 and I are talking about how the filters work on Facebook and why they aren't as nice to photographers as Google+ is.  Which got me a ton of questions about my feed, and what I'm seeing/learning about how the filters work and how to "game" them to get things through to more people's feeds on Facebook. I'm linking to here from Facebook, so there. This one is for the Facebook fans (or haters)2014-08-07 01:11:30138  
Robert Scoble7,337,593First look at NAVDY, a new heads up display coming next year for $299. Learn more at http://www.navdy.com but here is founder/CEO Doug Simpson.New heads up display for your car2014-08-05 18:36:3749  
Rackspace671,019Join Racker @101507051046049574782  on this week's @100698655987920162334 Office Hours Hangout as we discuss Mobile Strategy and the impact that the mobile movement is having on business and technology! We will be joined by a hand full of Rackers with experience in our Mobile approach as well as the broader mobile development world! We are looking forward to discussing the importance of developing a mobile strategy as well as some practical tips and lessons learned from our organization! So bring your questions to this interactive hangout.Why you should care about your business’ mobile strategy2014-05-22 20:00:0023  
Robert Scoble7,337,593I am hanging out with Jeff Stevens. Back in the 1980s he was the first CTO on Wall Street, when he worked for Merrill Lynch. Today he's keeping abreast of contextual technologies and Bluetooth Smart Beacons, and we have a discussion about where businesses could use such.Hanging out with first CTO on Wallstreet2014-04-11 21:12:2826  
Rackspace671,019Come join @100698655987920162334's Startup Liaison Officer @111091089527727420853 and Rackers @101507051046049574782 and @100903393398867345579 as they discuss the ways that Cloud Computing has changed the business and technology of Startup Culture.  This will be a live Hangout On Air, and will include a Question and Answer session. Bring your questions for Robert and the team.Robert Scoble on the Impact of Cloud Computing on Startup Culture2014-04-10 20:00:0024  
Robert Scoble7,337,593Join Robert Scoble and Shel Israel for the launch of their new book, Age of Context, which is about how sensors, wearable computers, machine learning, social, and location data are changing our world, our privacy, and bringing us highly assistive and personalized products and services. Everyone is invited. To RSVP, please visit EventBrite at http://ageofcontext.eventbrite.com/Age of Context Book Launch with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel2013-11-07 18:00:0083  
MediaShift650,409It’s a scary but exciting world for newspaper owners right now, especially if you’re in a selling mood. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, bought the Washington Post last week (while our podcast was on vacation — great timing!), and Red Sox owner John Henry bought the Boston Globe before that. As newspapers continue to struggle to raise advertising or subscription revenue, will the journalism industry be aided or hindered when it’s owned by billionaires? Special guests Nick Wingfield from the New York Times and Jack Shafer from Reuters join this week’s episode of the Mediatwits. MediaShift’s +Mark Glaser hosts, along with Mónica Guzmán from the Seattle Times and GeekWire, Ana Marie Cox from the Guardian and Andrew Lih from American University.Mediatwits #90: When Billionaires Buy Newspapers2013-08-16 19:30:0017  
MediaShift650,409Google Glass could have a transformative effect on journalism. But it’s important to examine the shortfalls as well as all the great new advancements, both real and prophesied. Special guests +Tim Pool of Vice, +Robert Scoble of Rackspace, +Sarah Hill of Veterans United, +Jeff Jarvis of CUNY and +Robert Hernandez of USC will join our roundtable. They are all early adopters of Google Glass as well as social media and journalism experts, and will talk about their experiences with the device and what they see as its strengths and weaknesses for the future of journalism. MediaShift’s +Mark Glaser hosts, along with +Ana Marie Cox  from the Guardian and +Andrew Lih of American University. Mediatwits #89: Google Glass: Revolutionizing News or Public Annoyance?2013-08-02 19:30:0021  
Google Developers2,263,092Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005058  
Trey Ratcliff8,675,049*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001372  
Google Science Fair3,058,759*The Science of Photography* Digital photography offers amazing flexibility to capture and modify images. But how does the science of photography actually work? What are the basic principles of light, and how do they affect how photographers shoot? How do different cameras and lenses capture images differently? And how do software tools change the way those images are ultimately viewed? Come to this Hangout On Air with +Trey Ratcliff, the world-class photographer whose work is displayed at StuckInCustoms.com. He will be interviewed by +Robert Scoble, well-known blogger, technology analyst, and amateur photographer, as well as our very own Google Student Ambassadors. Here's your chance to learn about the science behind those amazing images. Have questions for our guests? Post comments on Google+ with #GSF2013. Tuesday, May 7, 2:00PM PT / 4:00PM CT / 5:00PM ET / 2200 GMT / 2300 CE / 900 NZT (8 May) ---------- *Find out more about the #GSF2013 Hangout series:* goo.gl/H0pNq *Official Google Science Fair website:* http://goo.gl/FU1hyTrey Ratcliff - Google Science Fair 2013 Hangout On Air2013-05-07 23:00:00651  

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2015-08-07 23:07:07 (153 comments; 11 reshares; 182 +1s)Open 

Have you ever visited Google Contacts at https://contacts.google.com ?

It never worked for me since the redesign. Finally I just deleted all the circles on Google+ and it started working again. 13,000+ contacts. 

But now I don't have anyone to follow on Google+. 

So, since there are still some people here who say there's interesting people to follow and that not EVERYONE has followed me over to Facebook, who would you recommend I follow? 

Extra points if you are an executive at a company, or a journalist, or someone who writes a ton about technology. 

Yes, I already know about +Mike Elgan. :-)

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2015-07-05 18:36:36 (6 comments; 20 reshares; 214 +1s)Open 

Reprinted: Life and Tech #6: Dubai and emerging markets set to roar

This email newsletter was sent out May 14th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

Dubai is just like many other cities in the world: its government wants to make it a startup hub and is investing tons into making that happen (it is building several entrepreneurial cities, one aimed at Internet, another at healthcare). But there’s a bit of difference between Dubai and, say, Shanghai or Singapore: it has the tallest building in the world, the busiest airport, the nicest hotel, an indoor skiing resort, and an entrepreneurial set of leaders who have a “why not” attitude. Plus the 2020 World Fair will be here.

While there to speak at Terrapin’s Cards & Payments confab I met with many business leaders. Restauranteurs, aguy who ... more »

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2015-07-05 18:36:36 (6 comments; 20 reshares; 214 +1s)Open 

Reprinted: Life and Tech #6: Dubai and emerging markets set to roar

This email newsletter was sent out May 14th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

Dubai is just like many other cities in the world: its government wants to make it a startup hub and is investing tons into making that happen (it is building several entrepreneurial cities, one aimed at Internet, another at healthcare). But there’s a bit of difference between Dubai and, say, Shanghai or Singapore: it has the tallest building in the world, the busiest airport, the nicest hotel, an indoor skiing resort, and an entrepreneurial set of leaders who have a “why not” attitude. Plus the 2020 World Fair will be here.

While there to speak at Terrapin’s Cards & Payments confab I met with many business leaders. Restauranteurs, aguy who ... more »

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2016-02-08 17:55:54 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 


I sent this newsletter out last week. Every Thursday I send out a new one to people who subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

LIFE AND TECH #39: Internet of Things Comes to the Masses

Internet of Things, aka “IoT” is all the rage. You know, all these new connected things like Nest thermostats, Hue lights, digital door locks and other devices that have lights, sensors, motors or switches, along with a small computer and are connected to the Internet.

On Monday, building IoT-based devices is going to get a lot easier and cheaper thanks to Particle.io.

Take a look at its new Electron cellular development kit. This $39 kit lets you build advanced prototypes -- often without writing code -- that connect to the Internet via cell towers. Here's the video I shot at its headquarters earlier this week:htt... more »


I sent this newsletter out last week. Every Thursday I send out a new one to people who subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

LIFE AND TECH #39: Internet of Things Comes to the Masses

Internet of Things, aka “IoT” is all the rage. You know, all these new connected things like Nest thermostats, Hue lights, digital door locks and other devices that have lights, sensors, motors or switches, along with a small computer and are connected to the Internet.

On Monday, building IoT-based devices is going to get a lot easier and cheaper thanks to Particle.io.

Take a look at its new Electron cellular development kit. This $39 kit lets you build advanced prototypes -- often without writing code -- that connect to the Internet via cell towers. Here's the video I shot at its headquarters earlier this week: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153874806314655/

Just think of the things that are now easy to build. Farmers can try out new kinds of drone-based systems. Kids can build new kinds of weather stations. Businesses can do new things on factory lines. Very exciting.

Speaking of Internet of Things, Cisco just bought Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion. Jasper’s IoT cards are inside GM cars, many of the world’s vending machines and most of the electronic car charging stations you see in the San Francisco area. Details on that here: http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/03/cisco-buys-jasper-technologies-for-1-4-billion/

Other things I’ve been seeing this week:

I visited Menlo Ventures and had a very interesting conversation with Managing Director Venky Ganesan about meta economic trends, startups in his focus areas, marketplaces and cyber security:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153877028489655/

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Speaking of cyber security, Observable Networks CEO Bryan Doerr came to my house and explained endpoint modeling and why this technique will help secure networks that are increasingly seeing devices brought from home, as well as IoT devices that represent new attack surfaces. That video is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153878578209655/

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An in-depth look at one of the newer cameras that will be used at the Super Bowl. It’s a 36-sensor, 108-megapixel, 360-degree camera: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153873173934655/

Speaking of the Super Bowl, Microsoft showed off another sizzle video of Hololens, but this time how it might be used in the future to watch football: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153878751054655

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Hololens isn’t the only thing that made headlines this week. Magic Leap just collected another $800 million investment without shipping a product or having a customer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876201074655

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Last night I visited Avegant to get a look at its new Glyph product, which lets you watch video in private, say, while traveling on planes. This $699 device has small but sharp screens that let you watch videos, see drone camera output, play video games and work on computing tasks -- all in private. Demo and discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879264794655/

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I visited with Techcrunch Cofounder Keith Teare at his home. We covered some video toys he’s using in his studio, but also a variety of trends in the tech industry: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153866300824655/

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Peter Mullen showed me new conferencing service Speakeasy. This is much easier to use for conferencing than other conferencing services, particularly for mobile workers. Video demo here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879019339655/

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Here's a tour of the lab at University of Illinois where the first Tesla prototype is hanging on the wall: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153868511804655/

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An interactive mirror at 500 Startups (the iMirror): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153875177819655/

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Rackspace achieves AWS DevOps Competency: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153874478759655

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10 things to do if you're laid off -- a few friends have been laid off recently so I wrote up some tips that got a lot of praise over on LinkedIn: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876563164655

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Lily Drone update: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153877613404655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654 Separately, here's a drone that can swim: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153873306519655

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Check out this VR game: Budget Cuts. Who said VR is anti social?https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153879628029655

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Rackspace sponsored my talk "Beyond Mobile" in Blacksburg, Virginia, and now the video and slides are up here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153868798609655

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A look at the tech behind Star Wars: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153869337774655

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Card Aisle, great idea for Valentine's Day: a vending machine for greeting cards:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153873302724655/

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I'm honored that out of thousands of technology writers, I'm #4 on the most followed by other technology writers list: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876647949655

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If this isn’t enough new technology and trends for you, JD Meier shared with me the most complete list I’ve seen so far in 2016 of the stuff on the bleeding edge. His list is at:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153879658604655

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

And props to Hugh MacLeod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/. ___

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2016-02-08 17:04:06 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

I sent out this email newsletter two weeks ago after I got toured startups and innovation labs in Illinois and Virginia. I send out this newsletter every Thursday night, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #38: A TALE OF TWO UNIVERSITY TOWNS

In a typical week, I’m happy if I get to meet one really innovative team, company or person to tell you about.

This week, I visited two college towns where so much of the world’s innovation comes from: Champaign-Urbana Illinois, and Blacksburg, Virginia. I did more than a dozen videos and met more than 15 companies, many of whom are doing mind blowing things.

Instead of linking to all of them here, which seems to get my emails thrown into spam folders, I put up a lengthy article on Medium about my trip:h... more »

I sent out this email newsletter two weeks ago after I got toured startups and innovation labs in Illinois and Virginia. I send out this newsletter every Thursday night, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #38: A TALE OF TWO UNIVERSITY TOWNS

In a typical week, I’m happy if I get to meet one really innovative team, company or person to tell you about.

This week, I visited two college towns where so much of the world’s innovation comes from: Champaign-Urbana Illinois, and Blacksburg, Virginia. I did more than a dozen videos and met more than 15 companies, many of whom are doing mind blowing things.

Instead of linking to all of them here, which seems to get my emails thrown into spam folders, I put up a lengthy article on Medium about my trip:
https://medium.com/@scobleizer/here-s-how-small-town-america-is-primed-to-beat-silicon-valley-in-innovation-3923049865ed#.54zvq21hj

A separate article focuses on how real self-driving cars are: https://medium.com/@scobleizer/don-t-worry-uber-lyft-drivers-self-driving-cars-won-t-take-your-job-for-at-least-a-decade-3b8c58a7f102#.fflq4kyet

I visited the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg and got a ride on the “Smart Road,” where they’re developing and testing out self-driving technologies. My conclusion is that a real self-driving car (one without a steering wheel) is further away than many people are expecting, at least a decade out.

But, for this newsletter, I want to focus on the very real innovation I saw in Illinois and Virginia.

If you want to get a sense of the density of the innovation, just watch these two videos I made while getting a tour of Enterprise Works, a startup incubator that’s part of the research park in Champaign, Illinois:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852061749655/

Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852130939655/

There you’ll see more than 10 companies, including BioAnalytics, Quicket, PhotoniCare, IntelliWheels,OceanComm, Xerion and RINGR.

IntelliWheels makes devices that help wheelchair-bound people, OceanComm makes communication that works underwater, Quicket makes a system for police officers to do their jobs better and on and on. Both videos are well worth watching to get a taste of all the startups.

Why does it matter? Well, this is the community that brought us Tesla, YouTube, PayPal, Mozilla and much more.

On my trip report in Medium, you’ll see tours of John Deere’s R&D lab, Yahoo’s R&D lab, Agrible’s headquarters, Wolfram Alpha’s headquarters and a walk through the biggest computer in the world, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. All worth watching.

Agrible is worth focusing on, by the way. Its CEO, Chris Harbourt, grows virtual plants for farmers. Well, he does that to analyze what will happen to farms thanks to the weather and other things that are changing. My interview with him is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852241604655/

Out of all the amazing things I did over the past week, what he told me stuck in my head the most. When he was doing his thesis 20 years ago, it took him two years to analyze just 24 hours of data from farms (he pulls in data from satellites, Doppler radar and even drones). Today, his company does the same thing in seconds.

That demonstrates just how quickly data is changing even the act of farming.
I put up so much video in the past week it will be difficult to catch all of the amazing things I saw in such a short span. Thank you to the University of Illinois and VirginiaTech (and the surrounding entrepreneurial ecosystems) for giving me such amazing tours. Did you see the one with the flight simulators? The one with the new 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing)? The new airflow sensors?

What a week, I’ll be tearing into this material for some time to come and, it will lead to the publication of a new book later this year called “Beyond Mobile,” which Shel Israel and I are writing. Let me know if you have something important we should see for that.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/.___

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2016-02-08 16:43:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

I sent out this email newsletter three weeks ago after I got back from the Consumer Electronics Show. I send out this newsletter every Thursday night, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #36: CES WRAPUP

CES wrapped up last week and I can say it was the best one I’ve seen in a decade. Three big stories jumped out this year:

1. VR.
2. Self driving cars.
3. AR.

Inc Magazine (er Joel Comm) interviewed me after CES and I gave them the rundown:
http://www.inc.com/joel-comm/the-3-most-amazing-technologies-at-ces-according-to-robert-scoble.html

For the VR alone, like the HTC Vive (which won best of show) or Oculus Rift, which went on sale at the show, this would have been the most important CES in a decade. Just look at this 17-year-old, as he gets a demo:h... more »

I sent out this email newsletter three weeks ago after I got back from the Consumer Electronics Show. I send out this newsletter every Thursday night, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #36: CES WRAPUP

CES wrapped up last week and I can say it was the best one I’ve seen in a decade. Three big stories jumped out this year:

1. VR.
2. Self driving cars.
3. AR.

Inc Magazine (er Joel Comm) interviewed me after CES and I gave them the rundown:
http://www.inc.com/joel-comm/the-3-most-amazing-technologies-at-ces-according-to-robert-scoble.html

For the VR alone, like the HTC Vive (which won best of show) or Oculus Rift, which went on sale at the show, this would have been the most important CES in a decade. Just look at this 17-year-old, as he gets a demo: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153820064944655/
But then there were AR glasses and self driving cars. I covered the AR side of things last week, but didn’t go into the state of of self-driving cars.

I was one of only eight people to get to drive the new Mercedes E Class with AutoPilot features that ships in March (it costs about $50,000).
While I was driving it, they flipped a switch and the car was fully autonomous, driving itself. This was such a big deal I did four separate videos. If you care about self driving cars, you’ll want to watch all four.

They’re all linked here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153829767304655/

The big takeaway is that the technology is ready to do more, but the lawyers are holding it back. Tesla reported it’s throttling the self-driving features too:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153826224564655

Why? Everyone is scared of being the first to have an accident, so they’re keeping these features out of customers’ hands.

That said, Mercedes has pointed out that cars with some of these features (front facing radar, which they called “Dystronic”) have, for example, already reduced bumper sales by 30%.

The new AutoPilot features in the E Class and in the Teslas are even better, as you can see in the videos.

While we’re on cars, my friend Anton Wahlman, who is one of the top auto analysts, says that the big winner at CES was Chevy, who introduced us to the new Bolt:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153826306214655

He says that’s 18 months ahead of the rest of the industry because it’s a well-designed, $35,000, 200-mile range, all electric vehicle. Wait a second, you mean GM beat Elon Musk? Can’t be!

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In this hour-long conversation with Bain Capital Ventures partner Ajay Agarwal, I learned that slow-driving entrepreneurs aren’t as good as those who exceed the speed limit and demonstrate some need for urgency:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153830771134655

That wasn’t all he shared with me, as we walked through the stock market duldrums, got a bunch of advice for entrepreneurs who are just entering the game and took a look at quite a few businesses that are just gaining fire. Many people are commenting “Excellent interview.”

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I took my viewers on a tour of the closed-to-the-public Broadcom booth where we saw new wireless charging, new payment-enabling chips and more:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153821550594655/

They make many of the chips that are inside your phones and computers. Note the new low-power wifi that’s coming, which will make wearables last a lot longer.

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The big TV deal this year was Quantum Dots. It makes colors much richer and dynamic range higher. I interviewed the company that invented these way back in 2011: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153822016374655/

We visited Dolby to get a look at the state of the art systems that use Quantum Dot. They showed us that they’re pushing said technology even further. Here Dolby’s CTO explains how: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153829767304655/

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An amazing demo by VR pioneer Dan Thurber of Intel’s RealSense and Google’s Tango technologies:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153820426459655/

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Intel drones use RealSense to navigate around things: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816517564655

Parrott shows off my favorite new drone: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153833929569655

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Scott Jordan followed me around at CES and saw how many times I get pitched on one aisle. Here you see clothing with sensors built in: https://www.facebook.com/sevscottjordan/videos/10205197853012784/

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We visited a drone race at Zappos and broadcast it. During the broadcast I met the guy who invented the league and learned a lot about how it works: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153824346264655/

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I hope your company never suffers a cyber attack or breach, but if you do, you’ll want Rackspace Chief Security Officer Brian Kelly on your team. Here he offers some steps to take if you are being breached: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153832363184655

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a new standard, 802.11ah which gives longer range and uses less power. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/reesejones1/posts/10154538499469899

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I always come across something weird when I'm in Vegas. This year it’s the “Drunk Mode” app which, among other things, keeps you from drunk dialing your friends or bosses. Video with the guy who came up with that app at:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153831133459655/

Don’t laugh, he’s already got a million downloads.

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Next week I’ll be at the University of Illinois, which brings us so much of the world’s technology and technologists. Then I’ll be on to Virginia for this:https://www.facebook.com/ThomasW.Weeks/posts/10204225963249633

On Saturday, 200 of my friends are gathering in Napa to listen to a bunch of great music, have fun, see some new toys and put the focus onhttp://www.preventchildabuse.org. You might not know, but I was sexually abused when a child, so I feel strongly about this cause. I hope this brings the organization more funding, but even more so, attention from parents, as the website there gives you skills to head off abuse.

Anyway, it’s not just my close friends who are invited (this started as my 50th birthday party last year, then grew into something much deeper this year). You’re invited too, and we’ll be live streaming the event starting at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Details are here: http://scobleizer.com/8515-2/ Come and join us!
Finally, as I do my research for a new “Beyond Mobile” book that Shel Israel and I are going to announce on Saturday, I’m seeing very advanced tracking technologies available from a number of places.

Here is a good article in the Harvard Business Review about how businesses should make their customer tracking technology work without being creepy:
https://hbr.org/2016/01/customer-tracking-technology-can-work-without-being-creepy

Think businesses aren’t going there? Think again. Harley Davidson’s R&D and innovation teams told me they're using face detection technology in its dealerships. If Harley Davidson is using it, you know everyone is going to be using it soon.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #37: EVERYTHING WILL BE DIGITIZED

On Sunday I visited the Periscope Summit – a four-day gathering in San Francisco for fans of this live video streaming platform. There were a ton of people there who LOVE it, which tells me you can’t ignore it.

While I was there, I saw Nick Mattingly, the founder of Switcher Studio, which lets you use multiple iPhones or iPads together to build a TV studio.

He shows it to me here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846758869655/

This $25-a-month service lets you do a lot of advanced stuff, all from iPhones. If you’re a small business and you want to build your own videostudi... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #37: EVERYTHING WILL BE DIGITIZED

On Sunday I visited the Periscope Summit – a four-day gathering in San Francisco for fans of this live video streaming platform. There were a ton of people there who LOVE it, which tells me you can’t ignore it.

While I was there, I saw Nick Mattingly, the founder of Switcher Studio, which lets you use multiple iPhones or iPads together to build a TV studio.

He shows it to me here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846758869655/

This $25-a-month service lets you do a lot of advanced stuff, all from iPhones. If you’re a small business and you want to build your own video studio at a low cost, this is certainly something to consider. Heck, I’m looking at using it.

Cons? Today it doesn’t support Periscope or Facebook Live. Only YouTube Live, along with a few other live streaming platforms. Hopefully that gets fixed soon, as it seems Facebook would want more “pro style” video broadcast to its users.

Speaking of video, at CES I tried a new Giroptic 360-degree video camera. I used it in the self-driving Mercedes (so it’s probably the first 360-degree video shot in that car): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846877689655

This camera costs less than $500, it’s pretty darn capable and it’s nice and small. It compares to Ricoh Theta. I think the Giroptic gives a better image, but I need to get them side by side to really know for sure. Either way, the sub-$500 camera market is seeing a lot of competition, which is why GoPro is having trouble in the stock market.

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At the end of every talk I give, I ask my audience, “how many people are freaked out by what I just showed you?” Every time, at least one third of the hands go up. It doesn’t matter where the audiences are, either. I spoke to Draper University in Silicon Valley and got the same response as I did in Dubai or Australia or other places.

One thing our industry has to do is earn trust with “freaky” kinds of data (and the data is going to keep getting freakier and freakier as we’re asked to wear sensors, drive sensors, walk through fields of sensors, etc). How do we earn that trust? Step up our game when it comes to security.

Last week Rackspace announced we were the first to encrypt Mongo DB at rest:
http://blog.rackspace.com/encryption-at-rest-storage-engines-and-disaster-recovery-with-objectrocket-mongodb/

How do you earn trust? With advanced technology that’s designed to keep your customers’ data secure and safe. Why don’t you give us a call and see if it’s appropriate for you? Or, come to Rackspace::Solve in New York on February 11th and hear about it firsthand: http://solve.rackspace.com/nyc2016.html

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Regarding freaky data, a weird drone was flying over my birthday party last Saturday. Oh, it was piloted by George Krieger, who made this scan: https://sketchfab.com/models/145e4d49059f40b8a031aa1f3dc126aa

He didn’t know it at the time, but he firmed up a trend I’ve been seeing lately: that the entire world will be turned into a point cloud of data. Just look at this video from Occipital. It gives us a tiny taste of how that digital world will look and feel once we get there with augmented reality glasses and new software that’s being developed: https://youtu.be/cEnnbCSbijo

Think it’s not close? I saw these glasses from Carl Zeiss at CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153843067839655
They looked very much like regular glasses. It was hard to tell that there was a screen in one eye.

I figure consumer AR is only three to five years away. Enterprises already have it. We’ve been covering that a lot in my newsletters from CES, but before we move on, all of this is why Shel Israel and I just announced that we’re working on a new book titled “Beyond Mobile.” I discussed it with Shel here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846437464655/

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As my son drove to my party last Friday they stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge to take some photos. When they got back to the car a bunch of their stuff was gone: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846994584655

Turns out thieves can now open your car doors if you use those new keyless entry systems. A few of my commenters posted links to how the thieves work: they extend the range of your keyless fobs through a power amplifier. Then, they pop the doors, and open and steal your stuff without having to break a window.

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At my party I spent a bit of time with singer/performer Peter Hollens. His songs on YouTube have millions of hits and backstage he was singing the praises of Petreon to me. That’s a crowdfunding site that helps creative types like him raise money from their fans. I took note and then the next day it was announced that they had raised $30 million to be able to grow faster in this role. Details on Techcrunch here:
http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/19/patreon-gains-30-million-series-b-funding-experiencing-major-growth/

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Chris Messina, who now works at Uber in customer experience, wrote a very important piece about how messengers are taking over and disrupting many businesses: https://medium.com/@chrismessina/2016-will-be-the-year-of-conversational-commerce-1586e85e3991 - .5ut8xcf33

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One significant product introduction this week was a printer that automatically orders ink from Amazon:
http://www.geekwire.com/2016/these-printers-will-order-their-own-ink-from-amazon/
I’m predicting that over the next few years, we’ll see many products order their own refills, from coffee makers to dishwashers to more.

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Here’s a dog toy that got my vote at the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider/posts/457617914436570

This robot plays a game with your pet all day long and rewards your pet with a treat for doing well. Impressive thought went into this. I think it’ll do very well, after all, who won’t spend some money on keeping their pets happy?

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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2016-01-30 01:37:08 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Here's the slides from my talk, the video of which is up at https://youtu.be/M9_J3ERWOIo

This is the beginnings of the book Shel Israel and I are working on, titled "Beyond Mobile" that's coming later this year. If you have something that fits, or want to sponsor the book/be part of it, please email me at scobleizer@gmail.com

Here's the slides from my talk, the video of which is up at https://youtu.be/M9_J3ERWOIo

This is the beginnings of the book Shel Israel and I are working on, titled "Beyond Mobile" that's coming later this year. If you have something that fits, or want to sponsor the book/be part of it, please email me at scobleizer@gmail.com___

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2016-01-28 01:21:26 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

We have overhyped self-driving cars. Here's why your Uber/Lyft driving job is safe for a decade.

We have overhyped self-driving cars. Here's why your Uber/Lyft driving job is safe for a decade.___

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2016-01-27 22:49:53 (7 comments; 8 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

Watch out Silicon Valley. Small town USA is coming for you!

Watch out Silicon Valley. Small town USA is coming for you!___

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2016-01-24 12:01:59 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

Join me for a tour of one of the biggest computers in the world: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852335334655/

Join me for a tour of one of the biggest computers in the world: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852335334655/___

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2016-01-14 00:17:39 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 66 +1s)Open 

This is a reprint of my email newsletter from last week (a new email newletter is sent out every Thursday night). You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

I’m kicking off my first newsletter of the year from CES 2016, where thousands of companies from around the world are showing off their latest and greatest products.

We’re only about halfway through the weeklong event, but here’s what you should take away from this massive show, which has more than 150,000 attendees in Las Vegas every year:

** Cars are now quickly moving to self driving technologies that have deep implications on a whole raft of things, from manufacturing to new kinds of cameras.
** Augmented Reality glasses made a HUGE leap in quality this past year. They’re still not ready for consumers, but it’s time to start using these in your business.
** Virtual Reality is here and it'snot going... more »

This is a reprint of my email newsletter from last week (a new email newletter is sent out every Thursday night). You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

I’m kicking off my first newsletter of the year from CES 2016, where thousands of companies from around the world are showing off their latest and greatest products.

We’re only about halfway through the weeklong event, but here’s what you should take away from this massive show, which has more than 150,000 attendees in Las Vegas every year:

** Cars are now quickly moving to self driving technologies that have deep implications on a whole raft of things, from manufacturing to new kinds of cameras.
** Augmented Reality glasses made a HUGE leap in quality this past year. They’re still not ready for consumers, but it’s time to start using these in your business.
** Virtual Reality is here and it's not going away. If you’re in the media business, it’s time to put big money into building content. There are a ton of new 360-degree cameras to enable just that.
** IoT and Bluetooth connectivity keeps spreading to everything, which enables not just new products, but new business models as well.
** Home automation is finally becoming easier, thanks to new products like Amazon’s Echo or startups like Seven Hugs, which has a new remote that changes depending on what device you’re aiming at.

What can you take away from CES for your business? Well, for me it’s more of an expectation that all products will be smart, connected and easier to use. Amazon Echo is a great example of that. You just talk to it and it talks back. “Alexa, play the Beatles.” “Alexa tell me the news.”

Further off, you see that augmented reality is going to be huge. Already companies like Caterpillar are using it to conduct training for its mechanics, but this year the screens got a lot smaller and sharper, so you’re seeing them being used in more projects.

This year, for consumers, though, is when they will discover VR. The line to get to the Oculus booth was more than an hour long yesterday and today we’ll be getting a private run through with the HTC/Valve Vive. Yesterday I ordered my Oculus headset, which cost me $599 (and then you’ll need a high-end gaming PC to run it too).

Here’s a look at the best I’ve seen come out of CES over the past week:

I talk with Gary Shapiro for 20 minutes, he runs CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153813159579655/

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Kopin shows off smart eyewear that has very small screens and the best audio capabilities I’ve seen:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153817407904655/

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ODG shows me its augmented reality glasses, which have a wider field of view than previous versions:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153812695049655/

Infinity AR showed me its AR glasses, which have two video cameras that do depth sensing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815469519655/

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I get a look at Amazon Echo, from a developer’s point of view: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153811243564655/

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16 sensors let Withings new thermometer make it easy to take readings: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813704444655

There were a ton of Bluetooth-connected smart devices like this. Here’s another, a smart pregnancy test:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816500399655

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Nvidia had a couple of important announcements, the first is its new Maxwell GPU: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814154184655

The second is a powerful box that will enable better self-driving features:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814155259655

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Here announced new maps that are optimized for self-driving cars: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815589979655

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Magic announced a new “super human” assistant that runs $100 an hour: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815790494655

This will be a trend this year, as a variety of messengers add new ways to get help.

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Parrott has a new fixed-wing drone that flies 50 mph: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813706109655

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Nikon hit at GoPro with a 360-degree sports action video camera: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815578719655

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Vuze showed me a new $700 3D 360-degree video camera coming in August. This is a breakthrough because the rig I used last year cost $5,500 and doesn’t do 3D: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815108339655/

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Avegant Glyph started shipping its new headset, which lets you work or watch a movie in privacy. I have one and the screens are very sharp. I’ll be using it while traveling so people next to me on a plane can’t see what I’m doing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816224824655

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Google’s Tango depth sensing technology started to be demonstrated and here’s a great primer on what that is:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812527579655

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Lots of car news came out of CES, here’s some:

GM and Lyft announce a partnership: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812496129655

GM invested half a billion in Lyft, and is working on self driving technologies.

Volkswagen announced a bunch of stuff including an electric van prototype: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816507339655

Chevy Bolt, the $30,000 200 mile range electric car: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816510114655

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Intel shows off a drone that can navigate itself: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816517564655

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Finally, something fun. The Mix Fader is a Bluetooth-connected tool for those of you who want to be a DJ:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815360724655/

But what’s it really like to see a ton of companies at CES? In this 40 minute video you meet dozens of companies at the Pepcom Digital Experience event (a press event where hundreds of companies are in a room, all showing their latest): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153816146624655/

This was the first CES I could broadcast live on Facebook. Others were doing Periscope. People around the world loved watching as I went from booth to booth to get pitched on everything from a smart plant pot to digital locks.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/___

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Life and Tech #34: The Convenience, er, Concierge Economy Gains Steam

As I travel for Rackspace and visit new companies looking for the future, I sometimes see new trends taking place. One that has been catching my eye lately is what I call "the Convenience Economy." Some are calling it the "Concierge Economy," but I think that technology is bringing convenience to our lives in a broader way than just a concierge.

Why is the convenience economy something you should pay attention to and start using? Because these services are already appealing to many.

Next year you'll see http://www.viv.ai/-- I got a preview a few weeks ago. What is it? This startup is run by two ofthe... more »

This is my email newsletter that was sent out last week (it’s the last one of 2015, the 34th I’ve published since starting it in May). Subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Life and Tech #34: The Convenience, er, Concierge Economy Gains Steam

As I travel for Rackspace and visit new companies looking for the future, I sometimes see new trends taking place. One that has been catching my eye lately is what I call "the Convenience Economy." Some are calling it the "Concierge Economy," but I think that technology is bringing convenience to our lives in a broader way than just a concierge.

Why is the convenience economy something you should pay attention to and start using? Because these services are already appealing to many.

Next year you'll see http://www.viv.ai/-- I got a preview a few weeks ago. What is it? This startup is run by two of the visionaries who made Siri. They quit working for Apple a few years ago and built a new Internet brain that will make your life more convenient.

You'll use it to order Uber rides, flowers for your wife, find tickets to movies and much more.

Why is it different? Well, Siri can't answer questions such as, "how many people are checked in on Foursquare at the Half Moon Bay Ritz?" Why not? Because Siri is hard coded. Foursquare has an answer. Foursquare has an API. And Siri understands the question. It just isn't "hooked up," so it fails and provides a stupid answer.

Viv is going to fix a bunch of those problems, but even better, it’s going to build a profile around you, which will assist in the future and save you clicks.

Ask it to bring you a "large pepperoni pizza from Dominos," and it will know you find Dominos to be an acceptable pizza restaurant and that you like pepperoni pizza. The next time you ask for pizza it might ask you, "would you like your usual large pepperoni pizza from Dominos?" Generally, it will be right.

But Viv won't be alone in making your life more convenient.

Facebook is readying "M" - a service you talk to and that does stuff for you. Built into Facebook Messenger, this service is probably the most interesting of all the Convenience Economy offerings because of the potential scale it will hit. Let's be honest, how soon will Viv have access to almost a billion people around the world? Even if it's hugely successful, Viv will take years to get there. Facebook already has the users; it just needs to figure out how to scale the technology up (right now it's only available to a small number of people).

Why will scale be a problem for "M," though? Because at first you are talking to a human. Here Verge shows how it works: http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/26/9605526/facebook-m-hands-on-personal-assistant-ai

As humans answer questions like "can you buy my wife a dozen long-stem red roses and have them delivered tomorrow?" they have artificial intelligence systems both assisting the humans who are answering the questions as well as learning from the answers themselves. So, eventually, a technology system will do most of the answering.

Yesterday Uber announced UberEats: http://www.wired.com/2015/12/ubereats-is-ubers-first-app-thats-not-about-rides/ This service delivers food to you, and makes life more convenient. It is certainly part of the convenient economy.

What else is part of the Convenience Economy?

Operator. This service is similar to M and was developed by Uber cofounder Garrett Camp. It was just named one of the top 25 apps of the year by Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-startups-that-launched-in-2015-2015-5

Apple named it one of its top apps too, and you can try it at: https://www.operator.com/

Here are some examples of what Operator can do: http://www.businessinsider.com/operator-launches-to-public-2015-11

Magic. This service will deliver you anything: https://getmagicnow.com/

Tapingo. A mobile ordering app (only available to college students at the moment): http://www.tapingo.com/

Amazon Echo. A device that you talk to and ask for a variety of tasks. "Alexa, buy me some more toilet paper." http://www.amazon.com/echo

Dispatch. http://dispatch.pm/ Request anything on demand. Also, send a photo of something, and they will find the item for you.

Lugg. It provides moving services: http://themacro.com/articles/2015/12/interview-with-lugg-founders/

Sprig. A delivery service for healthy, organic meals: https://www.sprig.com/#/

Reserve. This assists with reservations at restaurants: https://reserve.com/

Easy Post. Offers simple shipping API: https://www.easypost.com/

MyTime. Books appointments: https://www.mytime.com/

ZeusLiving. An apartment rental market (coming soon): http://www.zeusliving.com/

Saambaa. A live event data service: http://go.saambaa.com/

So, why does this trend matter? Well, as Augmented Reality glasses start to arrive in 2016 (things like Magic Leap, which Google has invested half a billion in, or Meta, or ODG, or Microsoft Hololens) we'll want to have services that we talk to and ask to get things for us.

These services are how we'll interact with the world - how we’ll buy things and have them delivered to us.

I've only touched on a small part of this trend, too. Your sports stadiums soon will bring food to your seat (at Levi's Stadium they have 2,000 beacons and a system to already do that for you). Your airline app will assist you in airports. American Airlines app just added indoor positioning in several US airports to do just that. And on and on. Data and new business models and artificial intelligence are bringing us a whole new breed of business and it's worth paying attention to before it disrupts your business.

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It’s been a big honor having thousands of you sign up for my email newsletter this year. This will be my last newsletter of 2015, and I’ll be back in early January from the Consumer Electronics Show.

It’s been quite a year for me and Rackspace.

One question I get a lot is, “why does Rackspace ask you to see the future and basically post it on Facebook?” Well, it’s part of how we’re becoming recognized as one of the world’s great service companies. By studying the world’s most innovative companies, we not only help them gain recognition, but we can bring what we learn back to our 300,000 customers.

This year Rackspace has seen huge change. We now support a variety of Internet-based business infrastructure from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, email on a variety of systems including Microsoft Exchange, ecommerce on Magento, Intranets on Sharepoint, to high-speed cloud on OpenStack Carina, among quite a few others. And there’s more on the way in 2016.

It was also a year of major change For me personally, and this newsletter is just one example. It’s amazing to look back at the 33 other newsletters from this year. They are all on my LinkedIn account at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

Next year I’m planning a bunch of travel to see new companies, since the future is often happening in places other than Silicon Valley. I’m looking forward to seeing you on the road, and let’s meet back here January 7th from the Consumer Electronics Show.

Talking about CES, I’ve been doing some previews of cool things you can expect to see at this year’s CES. Here’s a taste:

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153750235379655/A new camera for your iPhone which brings us much better quality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153751956579655/ Depth sensor from Stereo Labs. This adds the “eyes” onto robots, self driving cars and augmented reality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153752209874655/ The technology inside WowWee’s coolest toys.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153753734094655/ PlayDxtr is making intelligent building blocks.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153754056784655/ A $15 64-bit computer. Amazingly low price for a powerful computer.

Hope you have a happy holidays with your family and friends.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #33: Getting Pitched on Startups

This morning I spoke to business students at the University of California and one of them asked me, “what was your favorite pitch?”

Of course I remember my winners.

Things like seeing Instagram, Siri or Flipboard early on. I also remembered all the crappy ones. I told the student, “if you pitch something in a crowded market, you put me to sleep, so you better have a few reasons why I should wake up.”

In other words, if you pitch me yet another phone, you better explain why I should care. After all, I’ve already decided on my phone and so have most of my readers. If I’m going to tell my readers about a new phone, it better have something that makes it interesting (like if it hasa bunch of ... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #33: Getting Pitched on Startups

This morning I spoke to business students at the University of California and one of them asked me, “what was your favorite pitch?”

Of course I remember my winners.

Things like seeing Instagram, Siri or Flipboard early on. I also remembered all the crappy ones. I told the student, “if you pitch something in a crowded market, you put me to sleep, so you better have a few reasons why I should wake up.”

In other words, if you pitch me yet another phone, you better explain why I should care. After all, I’ve already decided on my phone and so have most of my readers. If I’m going to tell my readers about a new phone, it better have something that makes it interesting (like if it has a bunch of new sensors).

Earlier this week I asked you to pitch me your startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153733047854655

More than 400 pitches rolled in. Here’s my top ten:

1. Sara Sakowitz - Blue Moon Box: a monthly science kit subscription service for kids. This engages kids through fun science projects they can do on their kitchen tables. Every box contains all the materials you need to complete each experiment.

2. Aik Arutunian - On-Demand Engine: a modular platform for building on-demand Uber-like apps easy and fast, for businesses across the board.

3. Chhai Thach - Go Reception: an office automation management system that helps enterprises manage visitors registration, room booking, event ticketing and contractor management. It's being used at Rackspace Australia.

4. Kirill Zubovsky - Receipt Donkey: Save and track your business receipts with Dropbox.

5. David Burrows - GetLaundri.com: launched in Dallas, TX. App-based pick-up and delivery service for employees, households and hotel guests for dry cleaning, laundry and shoe service. All returned in 24 hours. Also, free pick-up of clothing for donation to one of three participating area charities. It's growing 250% each month.

6. Michal Wendrowski - Rublon: cloud-based security software that helps companies protect their data and control employee logins with two-factor authentication via email, SMS and mobile app (2,000+ deployments worldwide, SaaS).

7. Lane Campbell and Mark Graves - MyIRE.com: a platform that is changing the way medical and scientific research is conducted. Democratizing the process with a soon to be publicly released platform that's currently being used in phase three and phase four clinical trials.

8. Yol Sot - StartupBlink.com: an interactive global startup ecosystem map which has tens of thousands of registered startups and other related entities such as co-working spaces, accelerators, startup organizations, tech reporters and much more.

9. Randy Creighton - StoAmigo: cloud file management and storage that unifies users’ storage devices and makes the files accessible from one UI. From the UI you can access your PC, Mac, online storage, NAS device and Android-powered smartphone or tablet. All with nothing uploaded to the cloud.

10. Nitish Kannan - Circlepluspay.com: allows anyone in 23 countries to accept credit cards, bitcoin and invoice globally. Free app with no hardware. Think square without dongles and it works around the world.

Some lessons about pitches:

1. The best are short. Think about it, did you really need to know much more about Uber than, “way better than taxis?” No.

2. A great pitch hits real pain.

3. To win contests, like this one, you pretty much have to be for everyone. But I did find a new app for parents with autistic kids by doing this (https://www.facebook.com/birdhouseforautism/), so it’s worth trying, no matter how narrow your company is.

4. A great pitch has a URL or a call to action, or, preferably both. “Download Uber athttp://www.uber.com.”

5. A great pitch has some social proof: “used by Starbucks in all of its stores.”

6. It tells us what makes the company different.

7. It uses clear English with a minimum of jargon.

8. In a few words, it makes us CARE about the product or company.

9. It uses as few words as possible. If hyperbole is used, you can reduce the number of words. “Uber is better than taxis” is better than “Uber is the leading service that’s better than taxis.”

10. Startups done by kids win. Renata Kotscho Velloso ·http://www.healthymission.us is a startup created by my 11 year-old daughter that uses Instagram to help kids enjoy eating right.

Here are some other things I’ve done or collected over the past week:

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I visited a new kind of startup, which doesn’t even have a good market yet (they make games for VR headsets) to see how they might pitch me.

That pitch, by the founders of Temple Gate Games is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153738588954655/ (I filmed it live, so my readers could ask questions as they talked about their company).

You’ll learn a lot about the VR industry and also see their frustrations as they try to explain a new UI that people don’t have context for yet.

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First Round Capital released its report on startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740564459655 Interesting read about results from a study of 500 entrepreneurs.

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VTech got hacked and its customer data was shared on the Internet. In this case, it was data that belonged to children. Look at this analysis of how the hack went down, and you’ll see a bunch of really basic mistakes. Like not upgrading servers. This stuff makes me livid because if you use a cloud computing company that invests ANYTHING into security this wouldn’t happen. First rule of security is to do the basics: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153735461409655

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Apple open-sourced its Swift programming language: https://github.com/blog/2089-apple-open-sources-swift-on-github

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Symmetry Labs makes lights for stages behind musical performers (among other places you need digital art). I visit them and get a look at these very cool cubes: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153737003354655/

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I got a video of a fun robot that teaches kids to code at the Big Ideas Festival, an innovation conference for educators: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153742609259655/

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Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (which makes Wordpress) came on the Gillmor Gang to talk to me about the new version of Wordpress and how the publishing industry is evolving: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153732960449655

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Eclipse comes out with a browser-based IDE. Damn is that a controversial topic, evidenced by the comments here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153737260454655

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Ello changed things around, continues being for “artsy fartsy” types:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153738284494655

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New Django ships: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153739027534655

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Why Metabase picked Clojure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740489104655

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Amazon showed off new drones: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153734819024655

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Facebook is now adding live video for non celebrities: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153742071064655 (I’ve been using this feature for a while, but until now it was only for a small group of people).

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #32: The First Thanksgiving with a $5 Computer

This year has seen a lot of personal change for me and a lot of change for the tech industry. Whether it be the preparations of a ton of VR product announcements that will come at CES next year, to a bunch of real innovations in the real-time video space (Periscope and Facebook Live, being the most interesting of those). I wrote about some of my personal struggles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153728773849655

I’m thankful for so much this year, but instead of taking this newsletter into a personal bent (that’s what Facebook is for) I thought it would be good to look back on some of the technology we’ve seen this year.

First, it’s important to note that this week we lost a greattech jo... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #32: The First Thanksgiving with a $5 Computer

This year has seen a lot of personal change for me and a lot of change for the tech industry. Whether it be the preparations of a ton of VR product announcements that will come at CES next year, to a bunch of real innovations in the real-time video space (Periscope and Facebook Live, being the most interesting of those). I wrote about some of my personal struggles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153728773849655

I’m thankful for so much this year, but instead of taking this newsletter into a personal bent (that’s what Facebook is for) I thought it would be good to look back on some of the technology we’ve seen this year.

First, it’s important to note that this week we lost a great tech journalist, Steve Wildstrom: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153726831174655

He and I attended the big IFA together and if you look at his Facebook wall you’ll see so many wonderful things written about him. I started reading him when he wrote for Business Week. Sending love to his family and friends at this tough time. He set a high bar for those of us who report on the industry.

This weekend I visited a major art/design factory, Million Stone, in Xiamen, China: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153725551874655/ You’ve probably walked by some of the art done by this great entrepreneurial couple in a famous hotel or retail chain. They are set up well to play a key role in the world of Magic Leap, and I explain why in that post. I’m so thankful that I got to know them and got a tour of one of China’s great cities.

On the way home, I met the VP of ride design at Disney’s new resort, which is opening next year in Shanghai. We talked ride technology:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153724045474655

This is yet another reminder of why I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to travel to places that Rackspace doesn’t have a strong business interest in.

There is so much in just the past week to be thankful for.

Whether it’s a $5 computer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153727837669655

Or a new version of Wordpress: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153724129764655 (more on that on Saturday when we put up an interesting Gillmor Gang we did with Automattic’s founder, Matt Mullenweg)

Or amazing entrepreneurs like Kash Shaikh, founder of #besomebody:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153722439184655

Or new VR headsets: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153717242119655

We all have a lot to be thankful for. The truth is, after visiting China, I see that the rate of change is only going to speed up. Why? Because the markets have gotten so much bigger -- you really need to visit China or India to see how much bigger the world’s markets have gotten in just a few short years.

Our connectivity is so much better (I wrote several times in the past week of my experiences with WeChat and other apps in China). Our world is more competitive. Noisier. I met a product manager working on self driving cars at Alibaba. She says they are behind Google and others in Silicon Valley, but the streets in China are so much more chaotic than ours that I bet they pass by Silicon Valley-developed-and-tested automotive systems pretty quickly. Unless we too move to more chaotic places.

Anyway, who isn’t thankful for a world that now has drone racing?https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153727370959655

Thank you for subscribing to and sharing this newsletter with others and for all the kind notes you have sent me since starting it earlier this year. Hope you had a great day with your loved ones if you live in the United States, and if you don’t, hope the week was as good to you as it was to me.

A few other things:

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O’Reilly details its real-time tech running on Rackspace’s Carina (makes OpenStack simpler): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJTUkLTr74

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Wired plants -- these plants are grown with circuitry inside:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153718272189655

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Happy Birthday Microsoft Windows (now 30 years old): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153717243124655 How the world has changed since the 1980s when Windows was pretty ugly.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com/___

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LIFE AND TECH #31: Redefining Luxury, Self Driving Style

Whenever my mom would pass by a Mercedes Benz, she would say to me, “someday it would be fun to own one.”

This week I visited Mercedes Benz’s Silicon Valley R&D center. I recorded several videos there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153711577834655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654

Why was I at Mercedes?

To meet the teams working on Mercedes’ autonomous driving technologies. Self-driving cars.Why is Mercedes hosting journalists and influencers to see its self-driving technologies?The unmentioned name is Elon Musk. It must grate on car makers that Tesla gets so much free press about its self-driving features.https:/... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #31: Redefining Luxury, Self Driving Style

Whenever my mom would pass by a Mercedes Benz, she would say to me, “someday it would be fun to own one.”

This week I visited Mercedes Benz’s Silicon Valley R&D center. I recorded several videos there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153711577834655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654

Why was I at Mercedes?

To meet the teams working on Mercedes’ autonomous driving technologies. Self-driving cars.Why is Mercedes hosting journalists and influencers to see its self-driving technologies?The unmentioned name is Elon Musk. It must grate on car makers that Tesla gets so much free press about its self-driving features. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=tesla%20self%20driving

I think at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we’re going to see a wide range of auto makers that are more open about their self-driving roadmaps. This is in part because they don’t want Tesla to take over too much of our mindshare, but also because they’re fighting to hire the best machine learning experts in the world. If they aren’t “cool” to work for, they will have no chance when it comes to competing with Google and Apple.

In several of the presentations at Mercedes, they made the point that Tesla, and others in the market, are not true autonomous driving cars.

With these technologies, your hands must remain on the steering wheel, both for legal reasons and because the technology just isn’t good enough to plug in an address and let you go to sleep.They took me in an S500 that was outfitted with several cameras, several radar sensors and two LIDAR sensors in the front bumper (see the link above for links to videos of all that).

We drove around town with the car doing the driving for about 10 minutes. It works. Roughly. Twice the driver had to take control because it didn’t quite get things right. To be expected, this is an early stage for this kind of thing. It is clearly still in development mode and Mercedes is training the system to recognize more and more things. Earlier this year, Google gave a talk at TED and showed off the state of their self-driving technology. It looks like they do have a lead, but not a major one.

Since most people keep their cars for seven years or longer, and since it takes six years to plan out new cars, particularly ones that need new sensors built into grills and windshields, having even a two-year lead might not be all that significant.

As we drove along you could see the car recognize trees, signs, stop lights, pedestrians and obviously, other vehicles on the road, along with lane markings.

The technology seems like it’s three to six years away from being “Mercedes Quality.” Which gets me to where customer expectations are going. At one point the design team said that they, along with other auto makers, are going to redefine luxury.

They let me drive around a $140,000 car to experience the current state of the art in luxury automobiles. It had a heads up display and a screen that let passengers watch TV (but it didn’t let the driver see the video content). As I turned, the seat automatically “hugged” the opposite side of my body so that I wouldn’t slide as I took a turn too fast.Really great stuff, but in the future we won’t judge luxury by whether or not our car has features like that. We’ll judge it based on how easy it is to use self-driving features.

Will we be able to just get in and say, “take me to church?”David Pakman says no, the auto industry won’t create the future: https://medium.com/backchannel/the-auto-industry-won-t-create-the-future-ba1867c9f0d7

I sense he’s both right and wrong.

The teams at Mercedes pointed out that they are going to call upon their history as an auto maker to make people feel comfortable with this new technology. But they have a lot of work to do, even to make me feel comfortable. At several points during the drive it went too slow, wasn’t properly centered in the lane (something Tesla owners complain about) or didn’t feel “human” in its driving.

Mercedes also says that they have an advantage: there are dozens of sensors on the car that they already use to keep drivers safe. At one point we talked about how brakes change their behavior automatically if you move quickly off of full power to full braking. It knows that reaction only happens in a panic stop, so it assists you by making braking easier. It also does several other things before you even get to that point, to warn you if traffic is building up in front of you.

To rub in David’s point, Google Maps has recently gotten better at traffic: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153715330009655 Can Mercedes get there? To do so it’ll have to get over its German fear of collecting too much private information, or else it’ll just have to partner with Google or others. The problem is that Google keeps asking Mercedes for its sensor data, which demonstrates just how deep the car wars in Silicon Valley already are.Redefining luxury? Soon luxury will be “which product knows the most about me?”

Who is in the power spot? Viv.ai, started by the former Siri team from Apple. That thing could be plugged into Mercedes for voice support, and it could handle the tricky private contextual data (Mercedes is working on a contextual car too, which will know your favorite places to go, but it won’t even be close to the depth of knowledge that Viv.ai will collect about you).

By 2020 we are going to have true self-driving cars that are pretty good. By 2025 they will be mass market, and will be improved to handle more conditions (the first self-driving cars probably will only work in good weather conditions). Luxury? Which car will serve us best? For that they will need to collect a LOT more data about us than they currently are. Which makes Apple’s stance on privacy pretty interesting indeed!

How will auto makers collect that data without freaking us out? The design team at Mercedes says that’s what they are putting a ton of research and development into.Anyway, what an interesting visit to the R&D center of one of the most important companies in the world.

Here are some other things I saw this week:

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How do you get young people into programming? Let you control Docker containers from Minecraft, of course: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153712554749655

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Google released an interesting virtualization technology this week. If you hit a link that points to a mobile app you don’t already have installed on your smartphone, it will offer you the option to “stream” the app instead: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153713781544655 Rackspace’s Carina system lets O’Reilly Media do something similar, too. Virtualization tech is getting so fast now that it lets us bring new capabilities to users and these are two great examples.

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Microsoft announced a ton of news for Visual Studio: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714076949655 That includes open sourcing Visual Studio Code. You might not remember, but I got my start in the industry working at Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal, which covered early versions of Visual Studio, so I still have lots of friends at Microsoft improving this great developer tool.

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Earlier this year I visited Lily, which makes a drone that will follow you, with my 360-degree camera. It’s a real Silicon Valley garage-started startup! https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153709677719655/ Since I recorded this video they have hired 30 people and moved out of the garage.

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I also visited Light.co and did a live Facebook broadcast. This is the startup that’s building a camera that will compete with DSLRs with 16 lenses. It does computational photography and was created by the guy who built LTE. You meet him, and get really in depth about this new camera: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153714303224655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654&type=3

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Now even your dog will have an IoT-based food dish: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153710879599655

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I sit down with social pioneer Ross Mayfield to get a look at his PingPad, a consumer collaboration service, and talk about the collaboration space (you know, where Yammer and Slack are): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153711549184655/ Interesting conversation.

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Parrot invited me to their press conference to see their $550 drone. This is the best one on the market for everyday people: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153711770964655/ I recorded the press conference.While at that press conference, I got a look at the Headplay headset that lets you see your drone in first person view. The headset looks dorky, but it was light and the screen was huge. It’s not very expensive, either, at $250, which shows how much mobile R&D on screens affects all sorts of products: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153711875249655

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Analysts IvyWorldwide named me top among 25 influencers in tech to watch in 2016: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714346004655

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As jobs get disrupted by technology, often the best paying jobs are in technology itself. Here’s one awesome article about a group of coal miners who learned to code: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714556729655

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Soon you will eat technology. This article shows a tiny pill that monitors vital signs from deep inside your body: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714745809655

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If you thought Google Glass was gone forever, Everysight is yet another example that you’re wrong. Wearable computers are coming back, and in the next five years they’ll be huge. My coworkers keep telling me I got Google Glass wrong. Nope, I didn’t. Just wait: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153715315889655 I was just too early.

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Finally, the banking system is hard to disrupt, due to significant barriers to entry, but these folks at Australian Tyro Payments are doing their best to disrupt payments. They talk to me about how hard it is to get a banking license and where they’re making banking easier: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153708666419655/

Even better? They’re a Rackspace customer.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com___

2015-12-01 17:50:37 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

My new profile cover photo is of the custom electronics inside Symmetry Labs' LEDs used for music events. Here's a video I recorded yesterday in their headquarters: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153737003354655/

My new profile cover photo is of the custom electronics inside Symmetry Labs' LEDs used for music events. Here's a video I recorded yesterday in their headquarters: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153737003354655/___

2015-11-28 21:10:19 (27 comments; 6 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

Pitch me your startup here:

Pitch me your startup here:___

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2015-11-15 23:27:51 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

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LIFE AND TECH #30: Music and Tech are Ready to Rumble!

The music and tech industries haven't been the deepest of friends over the past two decades, but I'm seeing signs that is about to change.
 
Why?
 
1. Virtual Reality is coming and that will open major new opportunities.

2. Beats showed how mixing music into brands can create billions in value.

3. Innovators like Claire Parr have shown that sponsorship is a viable business model (she works with brands like Southwest Airlines, Aloft Hotels and Stella, to bring music to new audiences). Check out an earlier interview I did with Claire, here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/

Listen to Jason Flom.He’... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #30: Music and Tech are Ready to Rumble!

The music and tech industries haven't been the deepest of friends over the past two decades, but I'm seeing signs that is about to change.
 
Why?
 
1. Virtual Reality is coming and that will open major new opportunities.

2. Beats showed how mixing music into brands can create billions in value.

3. Innovators like Claire Parr have shown that sponsorship is a viable business model (she works with brands like Southwest Airlines, Aloft Hotels and Stella, to bring music to new audiences). Check out an earlier interview I did with Claire, here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/

Listen to Jason Flom. He’s a longtime music executive who used to run Atlantic and Virgin Records and discovered many of today’s top artists, including Rob Thomas:  
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153693931329655/

He thinks subscription services like Spotify will make the industry bigger than it’s ever been. Just today, the new YouTube music service was termed a game changer: https://www.facebook.com/verge/posts/991304400905903
 
But Flom’s mind is exploding at the very thought of VR.
 
Why? Well let's visit Absolut Vodka: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153685816799655/
 
In that video, you hear the results behind their first VR campaign, where they sent thousands of headsets out to contest winners who were able to watch a live Bob Moses concert.

The average time the winners spent listening was 19 minutes. Afdhel Aziz, an Absolut marketing exec, told me they had never seen engagement numbers like that.
 
Finally, let's talk to a guy who has sold 80 million records. Rob Thomas himself: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153694353724655/
He says he’s looking forward to having thousands of people watching him in VR.
 
The real reason I’m spending so much time building relationships with musicians is because I saw firsthand how GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, used music from the Glitch Mob to help get people excited about his cameras. He isn't alone. Who doesn't want to listen to great music? And many are influenced by the products and experiences musician bring to life.
 
I hope the tech and music industries will take advantage of these new opportunities and find new ways to make businesses together.
 
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Facebook shipped 360 video capabilities on mobile today: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/videos/10102472128331801/
 
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Ethereum with its next generation Blockchain technology, comes to Microsoft Azure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153701402769655
 
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A new personal air sensor that will warn you of unhealthy situations:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153697848954655/
This startup, Atmotube, is yet another example of how new, low-cost sensors are coming along and enabling new products and companies.
 
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Facebook ships a news notification app. I’ve been using it since it came out and it’s good for those of us who are news freaks:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9714340/facebook-notify-news-app
 
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Cola makes new things possible in messaging, like comparing calendars quickly: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153703343169655/
 
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Yesterday, we celebrated Veterans Day at Rackspace Headquarters in San Antonio and heard from Major MJ Hegar.

Her helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan and she detailed how hard it was to get a job when she came home as a veteran: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153701240549655
It’s an eye opening talk from this American hero.
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/___

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2015-11-09 19:45:23 (11 comments; 11 reshares; 89 +1s)Open 

LIFE AND TECH #29: You will be tracked and you will like it.

This is a reprint of my email newsletter that I sent out last week. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Airports are doing it.
Shopping malls are doing it.
Nightclubs are doing it.
Stadiums are doing it.
It’s happening to you on freeways.
In your homes.
In your grocery stores.
Even your clothes will do it.

What is it?

Location tracking. Context tracking. Tracking of nearly everything.

Do you like it?

Most of you tell me no. I see the fear. During one speech a guy stood up and said, “I’m turning that s**t off.”

My answer: no you won’t turn it off. You will like it.

A controversial position to be sure, and one that many people are still struggling to wrap their privacy policies around.

But hearme out.... more »

LIFE AND TECH #29: You will be tracked and you will like it.

This is a reprint of my email newsletter that I sent out last week. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Airports are doing it.
Shopping malls are doing it.
Nightclubs are doing it.
Stadiums are doing it.
It’s happening to you on freeways.
In your homes.
In your grocery stores.
Even your clothes will do it.

What is it?

Location tracking. Context tracking. Tracking of nearly everything.

Do you like it?

Most of you tell me no. I see the fear. During one speech a guy stood up and said, “I’m turning that s**t off.”

My answer: no you won’t turn it off. You will like it.

A controversial position to be sure, and one that many people are still struggling to wrap their privacy policies around.

But hear me out.

This stuff will eventually save your life. Literally. Wait until your watch recognizes that you're having a heart attack, uses your shopping mall’s indoor positioning technology to direct paramedics to you and saves your life. Don’t believe me? Other technologies from Lively have already saved several lives (that track your senior parents and whether or not they’ve gotten out of bed).

In the meantime, it saved me a night in Chicago. How? I was on a plane headed towards the runway. Tripit told me my flight was being cancelled. It was tracking me because I gave it access to my Gmail account, where it found a United Airlines ticket. It also had access to my GPS and my credit card. Think about THAT if you are a privacy advocate or someone who is scared of all this stuff.
 
Why was the flight cancelled? Well, two minutes later the pilot came on and explained why. An engine wouldn’t start and the pilot was heading back to the gate. Every one of the more than 150 passengers stayed in Chicago that night. Except for me and two others, who had already purchased a ticket on another airline before the pilot told us about the engine.

How did it beat the pilot? Back when the founders showed me Tripit, they explained how it’s hooked up to the air traffic control system. So the data it gets is the most accurate, and it uses tracking tech (crude as it may be, compared to some of these other examples) to serve its users. And we like it.
 
How about Waze? I witnessed an accident one day on the highway near my house. Two lane road. The map turned red within 30 seconds of the accident. How did that happen? Well, it turns out cell phone companies (Verizon, in particular, in the United States) gather real time data from cell phones. Your phone knows how fast it’s going. In fact, today, Waze shows you that it knows. Verizon sells that data (anonymized) to Google, which then uses that data to put the red line on your map.

Or, visit Levi’s stadium, where these technologies will eventually let you into the stadium. Today they already bring hotdogs right to your seat, and will navigate you to the closest bathroom, with the shortest line. Here you can see just what can be tracked there: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153515274754655/

Or visit American Airlines in Chicago, among other cities, with many more on the way. Their app tracks you indoors (thanks to Locus Labs technology) and shows you how to get to bathrooms, restaurants, bars and even places to charge your phone. That’s detailed here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153688433989655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654
 
Want to know where your friends are in a night club? You’ll turn on tracking thanks to this app: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153690300804655
 
Or you’ll use Area 360, which lets you track workers through an Amazon Echo: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153687051229655/
 
Now let’s get real. These tracking technologies are scary. “Over the freaky line,” I say. But they’re coming big time to you and your businesses.

They will let you deliver very real features that your customers will love.

Yesterday, I got a first look at just how deeply this “track everything about everything” system will serve you. I met with the folks who started Siri and sold that to Apple. Three years ago Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer left Apple and started working on a new system/company called http://www.viv.ai

They call it the “Internet brain." They aren’t over selling it. This system will let you as things like, “can you buy tickets for Star Wars, deliver flowers to me and find a pizza place with a high Yelp rating near the theater?” It keeps context so you can follow up with “and get me an Uber there?”

These systems will all track you, follow you and know you. The new Viv system shows you everything it’s learning about you as you use it. It’s extensive. And you will love it. More on what I saw here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153688881809655
(I call it a Siri killer).

This stuff will change a TON.

Here I go more in-depth about this new world and what it will look like in the 45-minute talk I gave at the Pivot Summit in Geelong, Australia: https://youtu.be/2nw5VAIMgoE?list=PLBX6O2E-l4Eb-NHRIzXs6Q3FEWW0kVtbY
I explain how technologies that track you, and service providers, like Tapingo, HouseCall, Magic Leap and others will make your world nicer, easier and faster.
 
Anyway, you might be afraid, but you will use this stuff and you will like it. Trust me on this. It’s gonna happen anyway and it already is.
 
More from my week:
 
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How can you track people inside your business? Here Cisco shows me the Hyper Location Module, which tracks people down to 1 meter accuracy: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153687285529655/

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Look at this dress I saw the other night, which tracks your heartbeat and displays that on the front, thanks to built in LEDs: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153687759664655/.
 
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Congrats to Docker for shipping Swarm, it helps DevOps folks (people who run large scale systems) do clustering easier: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153687681094655

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Wireless charging for jewelry, smartwatches and other wearables: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153689331144655/
 
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Cool LED sculpture by artist Daniel Siden: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153685854524655/

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New lightfield camera coming for virtual reality applications: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153689871279655

Google is bringing YouTube to Cardboard. VR is now getting more real every week. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153690330734655?comment_id=10153690339999655

Vodka company Absolut is using Google Cardboard’s plans to make their own branded VR experience:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153685816799655/

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21 apps picked out of the thousands at Web Summit by Techcrunch: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153690336619655
I didn’t get to go this year, as I decided to keynote the Location and Context World conference instead. I’m glad Mike Butcher visited for us and picked out some apps for us to consider.
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
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2015-11-01 20:48:28 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

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LIFE AND TECH #28: The Switzerland of Cloud

I don’t usually talk much about Rackspace online. Some might wonder why that is. I often focus on innovations taking place outside the company, to show you where they’re taking the future. After all, how can you be great if you don’t keep up on what other great things companies and people are doing?

Lately you might have noticed a shift in Rackspace’s strategy. We’ve invested in providing support for all sorts of different clouds, from Microsoft Azure to Amazon Web Services to OpenStack (which we developed, together with NASA, and offered as an open source platform to the world).
 
This is why I love working for Rackspace. We are now helping customers where they are on thetechnologie... more »

This is a reshare of my weekly email newsletter. You can get that every Thursday night by subscribing here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

LIFE AND TECH #28: The Switzerland of Cloud

I don’t usually talk much about Rackspace online. Some might wonder why that is. I often focus on innovations taking place outside the company, to show you where they’re taking the future. After all, how can you be great if you don’t keep up on what other great things companies and people are doing?

Lately you might have noticed a shift in Rackspace’s strategy. We’ve invested in providing support for all sorts of different clouds, from Microsoft Azure to Amazon Web Services to OpenStack (which we developed, together with NASA, and offered as an open source platform to the world).
 
This is why I love working for Rackspace. We are now helping customers where they are on the technologies they want to use (not the ones we want to push them onto). I tell friends, "we're the Switzerland of the cloud,” and we can now take a real customer-centric approach to businesses trying to figure this technology out.
 
That all said, we’re still investing a TON in tooling on top of these clouds. Like ScaleFT for security, that you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153663982584655/
 
We’re also continuing to invest in OpenStack itself, and two days ago we announced a major OpenStack simplification initiative, Carina.
 
Let's dig into Carina for a second. https://getcarina.com/ It simplifies OpenStack for the enterprise by bringing the container magic that Docker brought to the world, but here it’s deeply built into OpenStack. Read Scott Crenshaw's blog where he explains how and why Carina makes OpenStack simpler for enterprises to use: http://blog.rackspace.com/rackspace-simplifies-openstack-for-the-enterprise/
 
For the technical look, check out Adrian Otto's post at https://blog.rackspace.com/tech-deep-dive-with-carina-magnum-containers/
(Adrian’s one of the smartest people I’ve met either inside or outside of Rackspace, by the way).
 
Companies from Comcast to Nike rely on OpenStack, so this will be welcomed by many of you.
 
OpenStack is KEY to our ability to help customers innovate, even as we support other clouds and the innovation they bring. Another example of this investment is the Intel partnership we announced in July: http://blog.rackspace.com/newsarticles/rackspace-collaborates-with-intel-to-accelerate-openstack-enterprise-feature-development-and-adoption/
 
As cloud becomes more complex, thanks to companies like Microsoft, IBM, Google, Amazon and others bringing new capabilities to the market, you'll want a partner who can help you not only navigate those, but someone who will answer the phone when you need help (you'd be shocked at how hard that is at some of these companies).
 
You’ll want a partner who hasn’t only invested in tooling, opinions, education or services, but someone who can and will be an accountable partner in building the future of your business. Someone who can fill in the gaps in the other clouds with innovation both on top of them, in tooling, as well as investment in a competitive cloud itself, OpenStack.
 
Here is Techcrunch's writeup of the news: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/27/rackspace-launches-carina-a-hosted-container-environment-for-running-docker-containers/
 
Other things I saw this week, which was a busy one, included traveling to Australia to meet Rackers and our customers, along with speaking at the Telstra Digital Summit and the Pivot Summit in Geelong.

The latter was aimed at helping think through how to build an innovation zone in a place that has been rocked by some major manufacturing plant closures (they flew me over a Ford plant that’s closing early next year to show the problems this community is facing, but also the opportunities it has in turning this into a place supportive of technology startups). More on that next week.

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A new kind of smart travel lock: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153678376779655/

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What’s the future of IoT? A week ago I asked my readers what the future of IoT is and today Cédric Bollag put together the 230 answers here: https://www.facebook.com/bollag/posts/10156071456920161
 
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When I was in Australia, Atlassian’s developer advocate Chris Mountford told me about how Atlassian develops software. It should know, its tools are used by developers all over the world. We talked about everything from methodology to Blockchain in this two-part conversation:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153674573339655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153674658934655/

I visited a few other startups and will get those up on Facebook over the weekend and will include them in next week’s newsletter.

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We are entering a post mobile era. I told 1,100 business executives and founders at the Telstra Digital Summit this week in Sydney, Australia. Watch my speech here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153672637234655

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As just a little evidence of this post-mobile era, here is a new kind of bot. It’s a conversational messaging platform and uses a bunch of text based platforms. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153666853419655/
 
I’m seeing more and more evidence that we’ll soon have a radically new user interface thanks to not just glasses like Magic Leap, but things like Amazon Echo.

Business is going to be forced to build new conversational “bot” systems and Rackspace will be first there to help businesses build the future. That’s when our “Switzerland” strategy will make sense to everyone. Until then, keep building and hope you have a great weekend!
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com___

2015-10-25 22:29:22 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 83 +1s)Open 

About to speak to 1,100 business executives in Sydney, Australia.

New talk. "The post-mobile era."

We are going to see the smartphone be devalued more and more over the next decade. I will show why.

Watch live. I am the fourth speaker. Recordings will be up soon.

Shel Israel and Brian Solis are speaking too with a raft of impressive tech and business leaders.

Watch live at http://telstra.com/summit

About to speak to 1,100 business executives in Sydney, Australia.

New talk. "The post-mobile era."

We are going to see the smartphone be devalued more and more over the next decade. I will show why.

Watch live. I am the fourth speaker. Recordings will be up soon.

Shel Israel and Brian Solis are speaking too with a raft of impressive tech and business leaders.

Watch live at http://telstra.com/summit___

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2015-10-24 03:49:02 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

(This is my newsletter, sent out every Thursday evening to subscribers at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 ).

We live in a push world that Apple and Google control. More on that a little later.

It’s been 22 days since the Notification Summit at Betaworks’ offices in New York.

I wanted to make sure you knew about this event, which was hosted by Steve Gillmor and John Borthwick, and included participants such as Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (the folks who do WordPress) and Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare.

Put it on your watching schedule. I’ve posted links to videos from the event below, which will get you thinking about the future of mobile in a whole new way.

I’ve watched several of the sessions multiple times, and find that I change my thinking about where mobile is going every time I watch.
Before I get into what I learned, JohnBorthwic... more »

(This is my newsletter, sent out every Thursday evening to subscribers at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 ).

We live in a push world that Apple and Google control. More on that a little later.

It’s been 22 days since the Notification Summit at Betaworks’ offices in New York.

I wanted to make sure you knew about this event, which was hosted by Steve Gillmor and John Borthwick, and included participants such as Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (the folks who do WordPress) and Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare.

Put it on your watching schedule. I’ve posted links to videos from the event below, which will get you thinking about the future of mobile in a whole new way.

I’ve watched several of the sessions multiple times, and find that I change my thinking about where mobile is going every time I watch.
Before I get into what I learned, John Borthwick wrote up his thoughts here: https://medium.com/@Borthwick/notification-the-push-and-the-pull-87af21ee69fa#.1u1h9wps0

Steve Gillmor posted his here:
https://medium.com/liner-notes/notification-day-8d34efc3c33f#.rgg72s1ps

Their lengthy notes are way more in depth than I’ll be able to go in my newsletter.

What I learned at the summit is that we’re witnessing the move away from apps and towards streams of interactive user interface elements that stream down our screens.

When you hear developers speak the way they did at the summit, you can hear their excitement about seeing a new world delivered (and one with many more users than previous human/computer interface revolutions, like when the Macintosh arrived with its drag-and-drop user interface).

You also hear fear and exasperation with Google and Apple, due to the lack of context around their interfaces. Take the Apple Watch for example, where all notifications are treated the same whether you’re in a meeting, driving, exercising at the gym or sitting on your couch watching a movie.

All of this will seem quite stupid in a decade I’m sure, but we have to wait for the big platform owners to innovate before we can get to the promised land.

I also noticed that we’re all struggling with noise. At the beginning of the day, Adam Bosworth noted that he’s still trying to convince people to make business connections on LinkedIn rather than Facebook.
Why does he have to convince people? Our notification streams aren’t filterable or granular enough, and we’re afraid we’ll miss out on the wedding announcement of a good friend, all while being deluged with a ton of business requests.

As we get more “bots” (or apps that interact with you almost wholly through notifications) this problem is going to get worse. Making sure you don’t miss important things from your channels is going to be an increasing problem and everyone will solve it in different ways.
Some will go as far as leaving all social channels except for email, to try and escape the demands of engagement. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, for instance, recently closed down his Facebook account because he was overloaded after his Dreamforce event.

The onus is on Google and Apple to give us new tools to handle our incoming notification streams in better ways, all while giving developers even more capabilities to let us move more application functionality into the notification stream itself.

Soon I’ll be visiting with Adam Cheyer, one of the cofounders of Siri. He’s set to reveal the audio operating system his new company is building. One of the things I’ll be asking him is where he needs this world to go to make it possible to interact with these new bots and streams via audio on mobile.

So much is covered in the videos about what the bleeding edge of mobile app developers are thinking, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it:

#1: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/16/notifications-summit-session-1/  A conversation with Adam Bosworth, Salesforce’s CTO.

#2: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/17/notifications-summit-session-2/  Matthew Panzarino (Techcrunch), Or Arbel (Yo!), and Peter Rojas (Betaworks).

#3: The missing conversation with Foursquare’s CEO Dennis Crowley

#4: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/18/notifications-summit-session-4/  Slash Keyboard founders Nick Barr and Cem Kozinoglu. Media using notifications: Jon Steinberg (Daily Mail), Andrew Mclaughlin (Digg), and Alex Danco (Share the Bus).

#5: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/19/notifications-summit-session-5/ News and Notifications with Stacy-Marie Ishmael (Buzzfeed) and a data perspective from Gilad Lotan (Betaworks)
#6: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/20/notifications-summit-session-6/ Demos XoXco with Ben Brown, Poncho with James Cooper. Then How Web Services are using contextual data to drive relevant notifications: Robert Scoble (Futurist Rackspace), Steve Cheney (Estimote), Joe Stump (SimpleGeo).

#7: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/21/notifications-summit-session-7/ A conversation with Linden Tibbets (IFTTT), John Milinovich (URX), and Josh Elman (Investor in Facebook, Twitter, at Greylock).

#8: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/21/notifications-summit-session-8/ A conversation with April Underwood (Slack)_, Naveen Selvadurai (Expa), and Ben Brown (XoXco).

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24 hours in Dubai: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153660709649655

One thing I took away from my visit to Dubai is how having a few highly connected folks can totally transform what you think of a region. First, Prashant K Gulati, known as “PK” to everyone, gave me a whirlwind tour of the huge GITEX event (the CES of the Middle East). Here he is in front of the Google booth: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153660696959655&set=pcb.10153660709649655

He’s been playing key roles here for more than a decade and is running an innovation accelerator in Dubai called “The Assembly,” which is teaching people to code and build new things from drones to a foosball table with Arduino boards and sensors inside: https://www.facebook.com/makesmartthings

Another one of the connectors that really impressed me is Tina Yd. She runs accelerators in Dubai and Iran, and is one of the rising stars of business in the region. I predict you’ll hear a lot more about her: https://www.facebook.com/tinadot

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Here you meet ScaleFT, which is helping Rackspace provide better security to our AWS customers:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153663982584655/

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New user interface device you put on your finger. Ten sensors inside: “Bird.”https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153652775364655/

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Tesla had an up and down week. First it shipped a major update to its latest car, which brought automatic driving capabilities. Here Oculus Rift’s cofounder Palmer Freeman Luckey says “it’s incredible:”
https://www.facebook.com/palmer.luckey/posts/10206691877429941

Then, however, Consumer Reports pulled its best rating for Tesla’s Model S, saying it has a ton of quality problems. Here re/code writes about the Consumer Reports decision:
http://recode.net/2015/10/20/tesla-stock-is-falling-fast-after-consumer-reports-rescinds-recommendation/

That, of course, got Elon Musk to respond about the problems:http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-reliability-consumer-reports-20151021-story.html

Me? The future of Tesla is safe. I’m jealous of the owners who now get these new features (far better than the ones my Toyotas have) and the market - not Consumer Reports - will judge Tesla by its ability to get a $45,000 or less car on the road.

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Startup June has a new oven. One that recognizes food you put into it and cooks it accordingly. Here’s first look: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153664327994655

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Is there no such thing as bad PR? Well, here The Information studied data on Uber and found that bad PR caused a few days of downward pressure, but overall it didn’t stop them from growing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153662557224655

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Magic Leap has the hot video of the week and I explain why this company matters :https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153662516479655

Google invested half a billion, for one. Can’t wait to try it.

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I’ve seen an Intel prototype that has seven sensors on the back of it. What is that for? 3D depth mapping. Here’s a report that talks about Google’s Project Tango (which is what that prototype is designed for): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153658623819655

Is this the next mobile innovation set?

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Thinking of going for venture funding? Here Ethan Kurzweil takes a look at the internal memos behind funding in Periscope and Twitch: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153658612129655

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On the other hand, if you’re looking to join a startup that’s already venture backed, here’s how stock options work and things you need to consider as you negotiate your next job:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153660864219655

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This list of futurists has me in the #1 spot: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153655163769655

Think it’s good time to ask for a raise? ;-)

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A post about why Virtual Reality won’t come to mainstream anytime soon: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153653418499655

I don’t care. Back in 1977 I’m sure some were saying that personal computers wouldn’t become mainstream. Truth is I want an Oculus or a Valve or both and I want them bad. I really don’t care if the mass market doesn’t get one for a while.

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My talk at the TAP summit: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153652504219655 

“Who here has an Amazon Echo?”

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I’m off to speak at Michael Gelphman’s Compute Midwest in Kansas and then to Australia where I’m speaking at Telstra’s Digital Summit with Shel Israel and Brian Solis. Details on that here: https://www.facebook.com/BrianSolis/posts/10153246614232887

Then onto the Pivot Summit on the 28th in Geelong. Details on that here: https://www.facebook.com/montyhamilton/posts/10153594942266223

I’ll also be meeting with several Rackspace customers and employees in Sydney. Looking forward to a whirlwind week, hope your week goes well too!

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

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2015-10-17 19:27:44 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 100 +1s)Open 

This is the newsletter I sent out via email this week to people who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

I had lunch today with entrepreneur and investor Jason McCabe Calacanis. We compared notes on some cool things. He had just seen DeepStream VR, which lets hospital patients escape pain by using virtual reality instead of hitting the drug button:http://wp.deepstreamvr.com/
 
We started comparing different things we had seen and social networks we’re into. He’s a Twitter guy, I’m a Facebook guy. I’ve noticed that people who are either rich or running companies tend to like Twitter more (Marc Benioff, who runs Salesforce, recently closed his Facebook account). I asked him why that was, and Jason answered, “there are more business over on Twitter.”
 
Funny, that’s the reason I’m on Facebook. But it shows that we’re both always hustling, looking forcustomers and people... more »

This is the newsletter I sent out via email this week to people who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

I had lunch today with entrepreneur and investor Jason McCabe Calacanis. We compared notes on some cool things. He had just seen DeepStream VR, which lets hospital patients escape pain by using virtual reality instead of hitting the drug button:http://wp.deepstreamvr.com/
 
We started comparing different things we had seen and social networks we’re into. He’s a Twitter guy, I’m a Facebook guy. I’ve noticed that people who are either rich or running companies tend to like Twitter more (Marc Benioff, who runs Salesforce, recently closed his Facebook account). I asked him why that was, and Jason answered, “there are more business over on Twitter.”
 
Funny, that’s the reason I’m on Facebook. But it shows that we’re both always hustling, looking for customers and people building businesses.
One reason, I told him, that Facebook works better for me, is because most of the journalists agree with him, which has left me with more “space” to take over on Facebook. In journalism school I learned that the real story isn’t where the herd is going, but where the herd is not. Often that’s where a new answer is.
Which brings me to the Light.co camera. Where Nikon and Canon and other manufacturers have set out to perfect the SLR (Single Lens Reflex), and are making row after row of cameras with single lenses, Light.co has innovated by using 13 different low-cost sensors and joining those with software.
When Light.co cofounder and CTO Rajiv Laroia wanted a new camera, he thought, “Why am I carrying all these lenses?”
He didn’t start out with old assumptions. Of course, he knows technology deeply, he was one of the key players behind LTE, which our mobile phones now use to communicate.
He knew that a new approach to cameras was possible, so he studied optics, but he also looked away from traditional approaches that used a single lens. Instead, he used the R&D of the smartphone world to his advantage.
Every time you shoot an image with his new camera, it joins 10 sensors together thanks to algorithms and lenses that will capture everything from wide angles to telephoto images, in one photo.
I got one of the first looks last week at the Code/Mobile conference that Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher run. Why did I get a first look? I had videoed CEO Dave Grannan on his previous startup and he called me over.
 
The video I shot has been viewed 3.8 million times:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637361384655/ 
It's my most popular video by far, and it shows that putting yourself in play, even in weird places, often brings opportunities all on its own.
Now, some questions still remain. Grannan showed me the images it shot on his laptop. They looked great, but will they stand up against a modern DSLR? I doubt it, at least at first. That point of view though, is missing the point.
This is arguably the future of photography. Will Nikon and Canon have the economic power to improve big sensors more than Google and Apple and the rest of the smartphone industry have? No.
So long term, this “computational photography” camera is the way forward. It won’t be the last one we see, either. Now that we’re headed into a virtual reality world we’ll see many new camera designs.
For instance, watch the video of me interviewing the CEO of Jaunt, which just got $67 million in funding for its VR camera and service, and the former chief engineer of Oculus:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153648067164655
You can see two pioneers who aren’t looking at the world through the lens of “the way things once were.”
 
I hope you’re watching these things, because they are inspiring people and inspiring products/companies.
More of what I’ve been seeing over the past week:
 
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Here’s the amazing Oculus demo I got that turned me ultra bullish on VR:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153649326009655
 
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Daqri shows off how it is enabling AR in enterprises: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153648865314655
 
You look at a knob, and it “augments” and shows you what to do. Think this isn’t happening? Yesterday I visited a manufacturing line of the future at Jabil. My photos are at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153651160534655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654 
 
They showed me a workstation where the work surface itself directed me on how to build a new product (and a camera overhead validated that I did it properly). This stuff is becoming real very quickly.
 
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Hive brings us a new, simpler collaboration service, which lets you use a bunch of different collaboration or messaging apps from Slack to email:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153648381149655/
 
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HomeCare apps get noticed by people who need to care for elderly parents:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153646884814655
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EMC sold to Dell in the largest tech deal ever: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153646172869655
 
All I have to say is “wow.” This means we’ll see a lot more Dell logos as we walk through our datacenters.
 
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Mobile developers:
Fuse Tools make building mobile apps and syncing changes easy:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153635304899655/
 
HelpShift lets mobile developers add support systems to their apps:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153622599434655/
 
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Great look at IFTTT’s data-handling back end: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153651685554655
 
I love that companies share this kind of data. It helps everyone figure out how to build complex back ends. It also helps our support teams figure out new patterns to build tooling and opinions for our customers at Rackspace, now that we’re supporting a number of different clouds, including AWS and Azure.
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Addappt shows me a contact manager. One that actually works and doesn’t spam your friends: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637705629655/
 
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PARC shows me exploding chips: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153638953649655/
 
This is good for making sure data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, or, maybe to help make chips more recyclable in future.
 
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Hello Alfred’s CEO shows me its butler app, which is doing well in New York and Boston: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153624992109655/
 
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Alphonso’s CEO shows me how he tracks TV: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637692129655/
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Sync your smartphones’ speakers for louder music: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153646377069655/
 
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My SocialChat on Monday where we talk about Facebook on Blab.IM:https://www.facebook.com/alanknecht/posts/10153683800727152
 
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New luggage coming for you heavy travelers: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153650028569655/
 
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Reactions App shows a new way to engage smartphone users:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637331184655/
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Personal trainer for everyone, Fitnet: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153636086709655/
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Google Hangout: Meeting with Rackspace’s Fanatical Support for AWS teams:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153651704269655
 
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AWS for IoT: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153639422024655
This is a big deal; both Amazon and IBM announced new IoT-focused clouds. Add in Salesforce. Which one are you going to use?
 
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A new hybrid 3D printer (It extrudes, it cuts, it burns): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153651950379655/
 
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Ask this service any question — great for questions that Google can’t answer:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153651982359655/
 
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One app I keep using on my Apple Watch is Facebook’s Messenger. Great, now you all will send me more messages knowing you can get my attention even if I’m not looking at my phone:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153638984084655
 
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Google has released a VR version of Street View for its Cardboard users:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153639469329655
I’m hearing that soon the New York Times will send millions of Cardboards to its subscribers.
 
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My talk to marketers at Hubspot’s Inbound conference: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153640264799655
It’s all about the latest innovations I’ve been seeing.
 
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Ubeam has an interesting way to send power through the air to your devices via ultrasound and here they reveal how it works: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153640782969655
 
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CalledIt — Social Network for predicting things:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153652193229655/
 
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A look at how music has been devalued both by technology and culture:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153644680359655
 
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How is San Francisco different? This startup shows where you can borrow a mobile battery: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153652254169655&set=a.458123019654.251938.501319654
 
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John Borthwick, who runs the Betaworks startup accelerator in New York, held a “Notification Summit” for developers a couple of weeks ago that I attended (it was quite awesome). Here’s what he had to share: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153640845894655
 
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It’s neat that Rackspace has partnered up with the Airforce:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153646471559655
Ahead? I’ll be in Dubai on Monday to meet Rackspace customers and speak at the large GITEX conference there. The week after that I’ll be in Kansas and then head to Australia. I’m always looking to find out where the future of business is headed. Do you know? Drop me a line at scoble@rackspace.com
May your week see lots of great partnerships!
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
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2015-10-06 13:20:55 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

Big news for us at Rackspace today.

You can read the press release for the particulars about what Rackspace and Amazon are doing together and I’ll link to the best news reports I’ve seen below. In short we made a deal to provide Fanatical Support for AWS plus three additional beta offerings, Managed Security for AWS, Compliance Assistance for AWS, and Managed Cloud for Adobe Experience Manager (which runs on AWS).

What I’m here for is to explain the why.

For that you have to go back to when I first saw Flipboard. That was way back in 2010. I saw it months before it was released and knew it would be a really amazing company. I turned to founder/CEO Mike McCue and asked him “what cloud are you using?” (Even by then in Silicon Valley nearly every startup had decided to use cloud, rather than hosting their own infrastructure in a cage somewhere).. He gave an answer Iheard man... more »

Big news for us at Rackspace today.

You can read the press release for the particulars about what Rackspace and Amazon are doing together and I’ll link to the best news reports I’ve seen below. In short we made a deal to provide Fanatical Support for AWS plus three additional beta offerings, Managed Security for AWS, Compliance Assistance for AWS, and Managed Cloud for Adobe Experience Manager (which runs on AWS).

What I’m here for is to explain the why.

For that you have to go back to when I first saw Flipboard. That was way back in 2010. I saw it months before it was released and knew it would be a really amazing company. I turned to founder/CEO Mike McCue and asked him “what cloud are you using?” (Even by then in Silicon Valley nearly every startup had decided to use cloud, rather than hosting their own infrastructure in a cage somewhere).. He gave an answer I heard many times before and since: AWS.

Since then, though, the cloud space has gotten a lot more competitive. Microsoft Azure and Google’s App Engine both came along from companies with deep pockets. They are pouring billions into their cloud offerings. At Rackspace we gifted OpenStack to the open source world and it’s taken off, with companies from Comcast to Nike using that to run their businesses. The world of cloud has gotten flatter and more complex, even if you just stay on AWS you’ll see that it has hundreds of APIs, many of which have been added in just the past few years.

Because of that the press has noted that there’s a full on war over cloud. Innovative businesses from Uber to Instagram have bet on it and bet big. Plus, most enterprises are now hosting on cloud, or, at minimum, cloud technology hosted in their own datacenters. Yeah, it’s easy for the highly-technical folks that start new companies. But, let’s be honest, if you know how to build and scale a new service like Uber why would you want to work for, say, a pizza chain when your skills can be used at a pre-IPO startup? Isn’t your local mom and pop pizza chain being asked to build the same kind of apps and systems that Uber has built?

Not to mention there are lots of businesses who don’t know how to deal with being on, say, Shark Tank, or, for the bigger businesses, staying up during a Super Bowl commercial. Getting on that show can bring a 5,000% increase in traffic and if you haven’t built your system properly it can be tough slugging on the busiest and most important day of your company’s life. Heck, I was hanging out with the guy who runs Coachella’s music festival (200,000 attendees) and after I interviewed him he told me he couldn’t get through to his cloud provider on its busiest day of the year — they weren’t answering their phones and forcing him to deal with a slow ticketing system. The day when all of his customers were registering their armbands and loading its app up with the latest schedule — his business was down.

When you say Fanatical SupportⓇ most people don’t recognize just what it means. Unless you’ve either experienced what it means, or the lack thereof, like the chief geek at Coachella.

For companies it means they can focus on their core value proposition — and possibly even save money because they need fewer highly technical staff on their payrolls. It also means that they have an accountable partner (one neck to wring!) that can help them prepare for, and execute, systems that will deal with the business demands they are seeing, whether it be sensor workloads from IoT devices or new millions of new customers that will pop up on a concert tour in one of the new “smart stadiums” like Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara that will host the Super Bowl (it runs on AWS by the way).

Why go with Rackspace support over AWS support? Simply: support and managed services are different. This is why Amazon has a Managed Service Partner program. While we do support the AWS platform as part of our offers, we go beyond that with managed services that speak to how customers should design for, and operate applications on AWS. These opinions are reflected in our tooling, automation, and templates for Navigator (one of our service levels). In our Aviator service level, we operate and manage customer application environments, which go beyond AWS infrastructure support and into in-guest/instance support here. For example, we provide SysAdmin/DevOps expertise to do GuestOS support — logging into servers, configuring, making changes, patching, etc. (i.e., day-to-day operational management with an army of technologists that operate on a 24/7 basis).

We are a managed service provider at our core, it’s who we are. Rackspace has a 16-year heritage of working with businesses to help them make applications more effective and efficient to operate, and we’re the trusted service partner for more than 300,000 customers across 120 countries.

This is why I’m so excited to be part of the 6,000+ employees who are working with Amazon and its CTO Werner Vogels to provide better support to the world that wants to use AWS as its business infrastructure. Now, can we talk?

That’s all sweet and stuff, but this is just part of Rackspace’s new strategy: to provide Fanatical Support for a variety of clouds your business might need. For instance, Microsoft Sharepoint, Exchange, or Azure. Or Magento. Or OpenStack. What this means is we’re the Switzerland of clouds. We’ll support you in the best place for your business. And, in some cases, we’ll recommend different clouds for different parts of your business and support them all.

This is why I’m such a good fit for Rackspace and why I haven’t left to join some startup or head to Alphabet or some other company. Rackspace is uniquely positioned to provide this support. It maps perfectly to my interests in where the future is. IoT? Rackspace supports it. Contextual apps? Rackspace supports those. Enterprise workflows? Rackspace supports those. Robot operating systems? Rackspace will be there. :-) Why? Rackspace has hired for years employees with strengths in people skills. Rackers, as we choose to call ourselves, are curious, listen, and are highly technical. Walk through one of our buildings in London, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Austin, Sydney, or our 1.2-million-square-foot home in San Antonio and you’ll find thousands of geeks who keep the Internet running for 300,000 customers. Many of whom have gone “back to school” over the past couple of years to learn AWS deeply.

To wrap it up, we’d love to be your business partner. Let’s talk! You can find me at scoble@rackspace.com For more, see http://www.rackspace.com/managed-aws (our official site on AWS Support), http://blog.rackspace.com/newsarticles/rackspace-announces-aws-managed-service-offerings-at-reinvent/ (Press release) and http://blog.rackspace.com/why-is-rackspace-supporting-amazon-web-services/ (Our official “why” from our CEO, Taylor Rhodes). I’ll post more links here as they come available.

Oh, and what does this mean for me?

Well, for the time being I’m doing the same thing I’ve always done: visit the world’s best entrepreneurs and innovators and keep bringing what I learn as Rackspace’s Futurist to Facebook and other places. It is that learning and relationships that is a key part of Fanatical Support and I’m happy to keep looking for the future, no matter what cloud it is running on. I will be doing a wrap up of the news in my weekly newsletter tonight. Please subscribe to that at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 to get everything I do.___

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2015-10-02 10:37:50 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

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I’m currently sitting at the feet of Dennis Crowley, the founder and CEO of Foursquare, as I type this newsletter. Literally. You can see photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153626287954655

Over on that thread, Dave Wilson asked why Foursquare needed to split into two apps, and Crowley explained why: to let him get more granular notifications so people won’t turn them off.

I sort of disliked that move. It meant giving up some features that I cared about. At least at first. Crowley admitted that he wanted to get rid of check-ins to save people time and keep them from having to “work” to use the app. When they complained, he added those features back in.

If you really listen to Crowley, it’s clear that the two apps aresplit funct... more »

This is my newsletter, sent out via email each week. Subscribe at  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

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I’m currently sitting at the feet of Dennis Crowley, the founder and CEO of Foursquare, as I type this newsletter. Literally. You can see photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153626287954655

Over on that thread, Dave Wilson asked why Foursquare needed to split into two apps, and Crowley explained why: to let him get more granular notifications so people won’t turn them off.

I sort of disliked that move. It meant giving up some features that I cared about. At least at first. Crowley admitted that he wanted to get rid of check-ins to save people time and keep them from having to “work” to use the app. When they complained, he added those features back in.

If you really listen to Crowley, it’s clear that the two apps are split functionally into these two pieces:

Swarm, which is a contextualizer and data generator, and Foursquare, which is a data viewer.

As you walk around the world, Swarm knows where you are and what space you just walked into, thanks to the pattern it has recognized at millions of places. This is why Foursquare was able to accurately predict how many iPhones would sell based on Swarm users.

It watches how many people enter Apple stores around the world each day and figured out that it can accurately predict how many products Apple will sell. Vic Gundotra, formerly at Google, told me the same thing. He knew that if you walked into a store, that was a form of intent.
 
So Swarm is the app that can let you know things as you walk around the world, and Foursquare is the app you open up if you want to figure out where to walk in said world. Subtly different.
 
Crowley gave hints about other apps that might be coming to show you different things as you move around the world.

All of this leads me to Frictionless.

I’ve noticed the most interesting new mobile businesses remove friction, or pain, from life.

Think about Uber. It removed friction at nearly every step thanks to mobile. Now the system knows where you're standing and where the driver is. It can charge you automatically at the end of the ride, and it lets you properly rate the driver. By the way, the driver rates you as well, and we talk about that here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153625769604655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654 ).
 
One story I talk about is Tapingo. Most people I speak to have no clue about Tapingo, yet it currently processes 70 percent of the transactions at Santa Clara University. What is Tapingo? It's a mobile app that students use.

Let’s say you're a student at Santa Clara University. You wake up at 7 a.m. and order your iced latte. Using your mobile phone, the order is made on the app, and tells you it will be ready roughly 30 minutes later. In the meantime, it sent the order to a box in the Starbucks that lights up, beeps and spits out a receipt that goes into the workflow of the coffee shop.

So there’s one piece of friction removed. You don’t even need to get out of bed to order. No waiting in line. When you get there, you don’t need to wait in line, you just pick up your drink and leave.

This year Tapingo added delivery. Another student can now offer to pick up your drink and bring it to your class. They get paid in a virtual currency (Tapingo has its own crypto currency). The system removes friction at every level and is very disruptive.
 
All year long I’ve been bringing you mobile app news from developers who are building frictionless systems. From Levi’s Stadium, which has 2,000 beacons and an app that lets you order food from your seat (among many other things), to NUBank in Brazil, which makes your expense reports easier by sending you notifications and emails sourced from its credit card every time you make a purchase (and it also includes a ton of data about where you spent the money).
 
It all comes back to notifications. If the notifications get spammy or uninformative, people will turn those features off and/or delete apps altogether. It’s why we were at Betaworks in New York today at the Notification Summit, which John Borthwick and Steve Gillmor put together. It was small, intimate and awesome, and they recorded it and will put some of it up on Techcrunch in the near future.
 
We're quickly heading into a frictionless world — are you building a piece of it?

By the way, if you are, check out the Button Marketplace that was announced this morning: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/10/01/button-marketplace-lets-developers-link-to-services-like-airbnb-and-uber-in-any-app/

This lets you incorporate various mobile-focused services into your own app, or it lets you offer your services to other app developers.
 
Another item worth pointing out here. This week Rackspace announced a new security service:
http://blog.rackspace.com/an-army-of-security-experts-and-weapons-now-at-your-command/

As more mobile services are created, we'll also need more help figuring out how to secure our systems and not just keep private data secure, but protect the financial instruments these apps are increasingly relying on.

Tapingo, for instance, uses its own virtual currency. No bank or government is backing that. So there’s a LOT at stake in the future of security and we’re investing in the best people and the best infrastructure to help your business in this critical space.
 
Other things I did this past week:

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A quick chat with Siri cofounder Adam Cheyer:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153622945604655/
 
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How Medium and Twitter could beat Facebook: https://medium.com/startup-study-group/how-could-medium-and-twitter-withstand-facebook-s-moves-to-get-the-journalists-and-celebrities-to-54da443ab7e2

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Nest releases Weave communication protocol to connect other devices to its products:
http://venturebeat.com/2015/10/01/nest-is-releasing-its-weave-communication-protocol-for-other-connected-devices-to-use/

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The CEO of Hello Alfred tells me about the numbers behind this butler app/service:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153624992109655/

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Facebook adds new video profiles and I’m one of the first to get them:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153624756809655
 
This is another small and seemingly unimportant update, but it’s clear Facebook is heading toward a pretty different user experience over time. This is particularly nice for mobile users.

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Smart toy cars teach programming: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153623471379655

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New wedding registry Zola:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153623466059655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654

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A social network for doctors: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153623362859655

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New Tesla released to rave reviews: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153623312264655
 
I hope you have a five star weekend, see you next week!
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
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Oh, VW. What a mess.

The other day I wrote about the chances its CEO would last the week and avoid going to jail. If you've been living under a rock for the past few days, it was recently revealed that VW has been programming its diesel-powered vehicles -- and those under at least one other nameplate, Audi -- to cheat when measured for emissions requirements. That cheat has shipped on millions of vehicles over six years, so the numbers of people who have been involved must be pretty stunning.
 
The axe fell hard and fast. CEO Martin Winterkorn was gone within hours of me asking that question, along with a ton of other executives.

And the bleeding still hasn’t stopped. Investigations as to who knew and participated are ongoing. I won’t beshoc... more »

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Oh, VW. What a mess.

The other day I wrote about the chances its CEO would last the week and avoid going to jail. If you've been living under a rock for the past few days, it was recently revealed that VW has been programming its diesel-powered vehicles -- and those under at least one other nameplate, Audi -- to cheat when measured for emissions requirements. That cheat has shipped on millions of vehicles over six years, so the numbers of people who have been involved must be pretty stunning.
 
The axe fell hard and fast. CEO Martin Winterkorn was gone within hours of me asking that question, along with a ton of other executives.

And the bleeding still hasn’t stopped. Investigations as to who knew and participated are ongoing. I won’t be shocked if someone goes to jail. But that will all play out in due time.

On Thursday, Wired Magazine had an interesting point -- we should open up the Internet of Things to avoid such problems and also to make them more secure:
http://www.wired.com/2015/09/volkswagen-open-iot/

I agree. Over and over again we learn the positives behind open source and how it enables people to fix bugs, add features and better understand systems.

It’s going to be interesting to see how far this goes. Now it’s being reported that government officials knew:http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/24/german-ministers-reportedly-were-warned-vw-test-beating-software/.

I imagine the ones that will really get harmed here are the engineers. They don’t have golden parachutes and expensive lawyers to protect them. Even if they only lose their jobs, they will find it hard to get rehired, since they're tainted with this scandal/syndrome, and many may have to spend months in court as this plays out.

I can’t defend them. If the company I worked for asked me to break the law, I’d refuse and make a big stink. Shame on engineers who coded these kinds of law breaks into products.

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One of my favorite memories was attending the original Maker Faire a decade ago. I’ve been several times since and each time I am inspired by people who make things from small jewelry, to wondrous robots, to amazing pieces of art. This weekend, Maker Faire visits New York, and that’s brought a slew of new product announcements along with it.

3D printers are having their “laser printer moment.”
 
Remember back in 1985, when Apple showed the world the Laser Writer? A $7,000 printer that changed desktop publishing?
 
Before today, the sub-$5,000 3D printers produced items that had a crude feel to them, or were hard to use.
 
Well, this week Formlabs brought us its new Form 2 printer. This printer makes much higher resolution objects than other extrusion-based printers can do. Here, you can see how it’s easier to use, and can make objects with soft and tough materials too: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153608656544655/ This is the printer I want to own. It gets rid of the negatives of previous printers.

It isn’t alone this week either. Glowforge showed me a laser cutter that can cut through ¼-inch-thick organic material (wood, plastic, leather, etc.) and can etch metal. Here you can see their new printer:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153613547769655/

Why are these important? Because so many entrepreneurs rely on them to make prototypes and other products. Watch for them to pop up at future Maker Faires like flies on honey.
 
Here’s some other things I saw and did this week:

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This week I traveled to Brazil to meet executives and startups. I was quickly pointed to NuBank by a customer who told me that people are waiting six months to get one of its credit cards.

Why? The credit cards from Nubank are awesomely integrated into the mobile lifestyle that so many of us are getting used to with our smartphones. This Sequoia-backed company (makes my heart warm, since Rackspace was Sequoia backed too) is the hottest startup in Brazil and is growing so fast they don’t know where to put new hires:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153609764644655

The three founders showed me around and gave me a unique look inside its customer-centric culture (another thing Rackspace shares a love for) and explained why there was such demand. Their credit cards are free, for one thing, and they work to keep expenses very low. But everything is designed for the mobile-centric user, from their welcome kit to the notifications that show up in real time after you make a transaction. I posted some screen shots here:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153607833564655 
You can see the care it takes and why customers are very evangelistic about this company and its credit card.
 
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Oculus shows off its latest: http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/24/ready-to-rift/

This is the most important product introduction since the first iPhone. Now, most of you won’t agree with me there. At least not until about 2017. Then we’ll look back on today’s announcements as far more important than we can currently recognize. This isn’t an upgrade of an already loved product, like the iPhone really was (a lot of us had Palm Treos or Blackberries or Nokia Phones back then, and the iPhone just was a more usable version).

No, this is a new category of products. It's a category no one has in their homes yet, so its real usefulness won’t be recognized until later. That doesn’t make it any less important. Imagine being around on the day the Apple II was announced. Barely anyone in society cared. But we can all look back on that day and know it was a very important one for the industry and all of us. Same will be true here.

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Shel Israel’s new book, “Lethal Generosity” is getting great reviews:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153606756449655 (I wrote the foreward, it’s a great follow-up to our earlier book, “Age of Context” which is still relevant two years later).

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Web Summit moves to Lisbon. This move shocked a lot of people because Ireland is the home of Web Summit (my favorite startup conference, which will have 30,000 attendees this year in Dublin). I’m skipping this year’s because I was asked to keynote another conference back in San Francisco, but I will be at Web Summit’s “Collision” event in New Orleans next year as well as the first Lisbon event:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153611553639655

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Pebble ships a new watch:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153611546874655

There are rumors on the street that Pebble will get bought by a big company soon. I think that makes sense. Pebble has a great brand, demonstrated in that it can ship great products, but to really get to the next level, it needs the integration with a bigger partner. It’s hard to take Pebble too seriously when the big companies like Samsung, Microsoft and Apple are shipping great products in this space too. But there are companies, like Facebook and Amazon, that don’t yet have a play in wearables. I wonder if they're ready to make the move?

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Facebook’s new 360 video showed off in Star Wars video:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153613733914655

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A basketball with sensors:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153605388719655

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Apple Watch saves someone’s life:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153605798254655

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Big data nerds: Rackspace now is offering managed Cassandra:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153609199534655

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Curiyo, content discovery system and app:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153613733914655

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I’m off to speak in New York next week at http://www.tapconference.com/ and also will be seen at BetaWorks on Thursday where we’ll be broadcasting Gillmor Gang.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.  
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Marc Benioff is the master.
 
170,000 people showed up this week to watch Salesforce CEO and Co-founder Marc Benioff perform in front of the ever larger audiences at its Dreamforce event.

Since I was able to sit in the front row and study Steve Jobs when he was still around, I wondered what I’d learn by sitting a few feet from Benioff. Disclaimer, Rackspace is a Salesforce customer, and Benioff wrote the forward for my book, “Age of Context.”
 
Here’s some things:

He leaves nothing to chance. They released the real news last week, long before the press would even show up at the event.

Why? Well, that way attendees would already know what sessions they needed to attend to learn about the latest. Also, journalists often get caught intraffic, ge... more »

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Marc Benioff is the master.
 
170,000 people showed up this week to watch Salesforce CEO and Co-founder Marc Benioff perform in front of the ever larger audiences at its Dreamforce event.

Since I was able to sit in the front row and study Steve Jobs when he was still around, I wondered what I’d learn by sitting a few feet from Benioff. Disclaimer, Rackspace is a Salesforce customer, and Benioff wrote the forward for my book, “Age of Context.”
 
Here’s some things:

He leaves nothing to chance. They released the real news last week, long before the press would even show up at the event.

Why? Well, that way attendees would already know what sessions they needed to attend to learn about the latest. Also, journalists often get caught in traffic, get tired or just don’t have the ability to understand what speakers said on stage.

By meeting with them a week earlier, Salesforce can control the message a lot better than by trying to rendezvous with the hundreds of journalists that show up at Dreamforce.

It also means journalists have an outline of articles, like this one in Venture Beat, that they fill in with photos and quotes from the event itself: http://venturebeat.com/2015/09/16/everything-announced-at-dreamforce-2015/

Brand tying is religion. If you walk around San Francisco this week, you’ll see sign after sign for the brands that Salesforce is trying to align itself with, from Uber to Aetna.

On stage, Benioff is a master of walking around the huge pavilion and either saying hi to representatives from different brands, to having them on stage. Many times brands like Cisco, get many minutes all to themselves on the Dreamforce stage.

Dreamforce is where he pushes his teams. I’ve been to a half dozen of them now.
 
Benioff regularly announces new technology (yesterday he announced IoT support). But when you push the teams for real software, or even pricing, they answer, “we’ll have those details soon.”

Sure enough, over the next year, those details trickle out of Salesforce at various events. I even used this to write a book. I knew that to get my book featured at Dreamforce, we needed to ship it before Salesforce announced a feature on it.

Here’s a hint: I bet that next year Salesforce will be all over Virtual and Augmented Reality. It was too early this year, but next year look for sexy demos with Microsoft Hololens, which is rumored to ship next summer, at least in beta form.

Benioff's team does a masterful job at trying to make the show entertaining and not just dry. Stevie Wonder opened up the keynote yesterday. One of the co-founders, Parker Harris, showed up on stage in a funny “Lightening Man” suit.

They’ve pushed themselves to get closer to customers, with a round stage that Benioff visits infrequently as he walks through the audience. When I walked up to get a better photo, I found each section is watched by executives and others, and they make sure nobody blocks camera angles, or gets out of line.

It makes sense, since the theme for the last few years has been that Salesforce helps you build a customer-centric company.

Benioff is an amazing listener, even as he obviously has to keep track of many things while he walks around and presents. During his interviews with other execs, it’s clear that he’s not scripted, and he adds value on the fly.

Very few execs can pull off this “scripted non scriptedness.” Watching him you can tell he’s rehearsed most of it though, the same way a jazz musician knows just how many bars he/she can improvise before getting back on script.

After the talk I walked through the expo hall looking for other hints of where the industry is going. If you walk through the expo hall, like I did athttps://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153596186599655 , you’ll see some industry trends too. I was looking for technology that could help us improve the lives of Rackspace customers. 

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Look at the 360 Fly video camera. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153593410979655/ Unfortunately for most of us, there are so many innovations coming soon. Kodak and Ricoh just announced new cameras that have better quality (360 Fly themselves admitted off camera that they have a newer model coming at CES). Translation: buy only what you need and expect it to be obsolete nearly instantly.

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My first try at Blab.IM, including an interview with the investor behind it, Michael Birch, and the founders:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153592874469655 Many of my friends have been pushing me to try this for weeks now. Why? It lets you do video conferences with four participants easily and without software (on the Web). The viral features (it’s very easy to push a discussion you like to Twitter) and chat features are awesome, and you can see just how good a community Blab has here.

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Facebook open sourced React Native, the framework that lets it easily change the UI on its mobile apps. It also lets developers make cross-platform mobile apps. Are you using it? What’s your experience? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153590967259655:0

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Gillmor Gang. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153581815894655Every weekend a group of us gets together to talk about the nerdy news of the week. Here we tear into Apple’s announcements.

Since then I’ve gotten iOS 9 and love it. My battery on my iPhone 6+ seems to last a lot longer, and my phone is snappier. It fixed a few nagging bugs too (like scrolling through photos in Facebook Messenger is a lot faster), and I love the updates to notifications and other places. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. Here’s some hidden features in Mashable: http://mashable.com/2015/09/17/ios-9-hidden-features/We’ll do another Gillmor Gang on Saturday morning, probably at 10 a.m., so watch my Facebook for news of that. We’ll wrap up all the Salesforce news (and take a fresh look at iOS 9 on Apple devices too).

Next week? Watch out for a bunch of 3D printing news as Maker Faire arrives in New York next weekend. Have a great week, stay geeky.
 
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It isn’t every Facebook post that gets Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, along with Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Apple CEO John Sculley all to leave comments.

But that's what happened here: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153568918249655

The comments were in response to a post I made about yet another Steve Jobs movie, er, documentary, titled “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”

You can read more about that documentary, which was released in theaters and on Apple TV last Friday, here: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/04/steve-jobs-documentary-debuts/ .
 
Why did they all comment? Well, Benioff says that the latest documentary is heavy on the “Steve Jobsdark side,... more »

You don't see everything I do on Facebook UNLESS you subscribe to my newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 Here's the newsletter I sent out last night:

It isn’t every Facebook post that gets Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, along with Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Apple CEO John Sculley all to leave comments.

But that's what happened here: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153568918249655

The comments were in response to a post I made about yet another Steve Jobs movie, er, documentary, titled “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”

You can read more about that documentary, which was released in theaters and on Apple TV last Friday, here: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/04/steve-jobs-documentary-debuts/ .
 
Why did they all comment? Well, Benioff says that the latest documentary is heavy on the “Steve Jobs dark side,” but light on the magic that made Steve Jobs.

Woz hasn’t seen the latest documentary, but is praising a yet to come movie, which he says gives insights into Steve Jobs, the man. He gave faint praise to an earlier movie, in which Ashton Kutcher plays Jobs.

So, to figure out what Benioff was saying, last weekend I sat down with Andy Grignon, who is in “The Man in the Machine,” and watched it. He’s one of the dozen people who built the original iPhone for Steve Jobs.

I agree with Benioff. “The Man in the Machine” just doesn’t give any insights into why Jobs was able to come back, save Apple from death and make it the most profitable company around.

For instance, do we learn how Jobs got AT&T to do visual voicemail? Grignon told me that when he pitched AT&T on the idea, they treated him like a child and refused to do the feature. He went home, “cried” to Steve, and somehow, months later, the iPhone had the feature. AT&T had capitulated.

I asked Ed Whitacre, former AT&T CEO about his side of the story, and he said he walked away with a five year exclusive from Jobs because Jobs wanted the feature so bad.

"The Man in the Machine” was lacking just that type of detail, although it was heavy on a bunch of the items that made him out to be a jerk of the first order. I’m not saying those things aren’t true, I’ve heard many stories about Jobs’ lack of empathy towards other human beings too, but it’s just that the story is incomplete.
 
It also didn’t demonstrate why Jobs had such a “reality distortion field,” and could convince you the sky was purple. His charisma, along with his social proof, and pedigree as founder of Apple all fit into it, and those things are just hard to communicate through a screen.

Some key quotes from the Facebook post:

Woz: “Some personalities are nice and some aren't, and they rarely change much after they form around 18-23 years old. For Jobs this was when Apple started, with money coming to sponsor the Apple ][. He switched from an average fun loving joking person to a serious businessman, since that was now his destiny and goal. Nothing would get in the way of him being #1.”

Woz: “One thing nobody likes to point out is that John Sculley himself, as well as almost all of us at Apple, believed that the Macintosh was Apple's future. We all sacrificed the growing personal computer market (10x over a decade and MS got all the growth) in this belief. We (Sculley leading) had to work very hard for 3 years to make the Macintosh as successful (in dollars) as the Apple ][ had ever been, following Jobs' vision. The choices can be argued because you can never go back and say what decisions would have what results, but it was a business decision to SAVE Apple as a company, after the stock dropped by a third in about a day when the Macintosh failed to sell due to not much software. Steve Jobs wasn't pushed out of the company. He left. I supported him in his belief that he was made to create computers. But up until then he'd only had failures at creation. He was great at productizing and marketing the Apple ][ and the revenues financed the failures Apple ///, LISA, Macintosh and NeXT. This is not shown in the movie. After the Macintosh failure it's fair to assume that Jobs' left out of his feeling of greatness, and embarrassment about not having achieved it. That is not shown either. This movie is more about Steve Jobs inside, his non-feeling about a lot of things including how others thought of him, and some pushes to reform that in the end.”

John Sculley: "Woz you are amazing. I am one of the few who remember how you personally inspired and trained some of our best Macintosh engineers to look for clever ingenious ways to make really expensive technology affordable. Your genius was appreciated by so many of us. Now the rest of the world should know too.”

There’s a lot more too, you should read all the comments at:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153568918249655
 
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Which brings me to yesterday. If you haven’t been living under a rock you know that Apple announced lots of new stuff yesterday, from a new Apple TV, a new iPad, to new iPhones. Ben Thompson does an awesome job about asking why Apple didn’t bring us a better iPad: https://stratechery.com/2015/from-products-to-platforms/

I’ll reserve more discussion until Gillmor Gang on Friday, which will be on Techcrunch on Saturday.

Some other fun things from my week:
 
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Holy fighting Megabots! I sit in the robot that will take on Japan. This was the crowd pleaser at Maker Faire earlier this year: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153571276449655/
 
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Visit to Eko digital stethoscope startup. I told you about this startup in last weekend’s newsletter, but here I visit the company and meet with the founders:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153571087274655/

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Vanity Fair backs up what I’ve been telling you for weeks, that Oculus Rift is cool (among other insights about why Zuckerberg bought it): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153570868139655

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An oldie from last year, but it's still good to watch - a look at my Stir Desk:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153564941304655 I love this desk, which reminds me to switch it up and stand instead of sitting all day long. Unfortunately it’s very pricey, cost me $4,100, but I feel like Elon Musk when standing at this desk.
 
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Life and Tech #20: Burn it up

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It’s a slow week here in San Francisco. Why? It seems like much of the tech industry is at Burning Man. Over the weekend, I asked why you weren’t going to Burning Man: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153547389974655
 
There were a lot of fun answers, like Lou Covey’s: “To go to the California desert for a week, live in a tent, crap in a bucket and hang out with a bunch of pretentious rich people? Yeah sounds great.”
 
Then I asked a bunch of other people. Hey, I’ve been thinking about going to Burning Man for years, and have been trying to get my wife to go with me too. She refuses, even after at least 30 of our friends have told her it’s the most amazing thing they’ve ever done.

The answersto such evangelism... more »

Life and Tech #20: Burn it up

(My weekly newsletter, which is sent via email to anyone who subscribes at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 ).

It’s a slow week here in San Francisco. Why? It seems like much of the tech industry is at Burning Man. Over the weekend, I asked why you weren’t going to Burning Man: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153547389974655
 
There were a lot of fun answers, like Lou Covey’s: “To go to the California desert for a week, live in a tent, crap in a bucket and hang out with a bunch of pretentious rich people? Yeah sounds great.”
 
Then I asked a bunch of other people. Hey, I’ve been thinking about going to Burning Man for years, and have been trying to get my wife to go with me too. She refuses, even after at least 30 of our friends have told her it’s the most amazing thing they’ve ever done.

The answers to such evangelism are very similar to answers I hear about new technology:

“Hell no, no way.”
“I see no need to do that.”
“It’s a religion with those people.”
“I can’t stand that idea.”

Those are from people who never have been. Compare them to answers from people who have been:

“It’s the best thing you’ll ever do.”
“Life changing.”
“You must go.”
“Amazing experience.”

I realized those are the same answers I hear when I talk to people about Virtual Reality or self driving cars. They even remind me of things I've heard in the past, like when I was pushing Twitter on my blog back in 2006.

What do I learn? That the answers from people who have tried the technology or experience differ radically from other people’s experiences or answers.

Here’s the problem: some technologies are so expensive, very few people will be able to try them. How many people will really be able to afford an Oculus Rift, or a self driving car anytime soon? Very few. Same as being able to afford going to Burning Man. Many of my friends can’t afford to go. Taking a week off of work and off of life is a luxury.

Instead of saving up the money and figuring out how to go, it’s easier to deride the experience. Plus, having fun takes some effort. I get it. Back in 2014 I asked “how much are you willing to suffer to have fun?” https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10152349750524655

I noticed that going to the Coachella music festival meant putting up with a high level of discomfort. It was hot and dusty there too, and you needed to walk about a mile just to get into the venue.

I don’t know where I’m going with this, but since I’m talking to mostly people who have never been to Burning Man (since most of those who told me they went in the past said they were going again this week) I figure I’d take your side.

By resisting change, by resisting the costs, you're making life easier for yourself. I know it’s easier for me, I didn’t have to rent an RV, figure out how to get tickets, wait in line, deal with bugs, get a costume, pack a bunch of water and food or get things to give away on the Playa. It’s easier to just say, “no way in hell,” or “what a bunch of nuts.”

All while harboring just a bit of jealousy.

What does this mean for technology? Think about your reactions to VR or self driving cars. I can’t stand how people talk about them, because the opinions are often so uninformed. See the reactions around the web to this article, which shows that humans are to blame in accidents with self driving cars because the cars are too “perfect” at following the laws:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153555474609655 
 
I hear almost the exact same words from people who don’t want to save a few hundred bucks to get a VR headset. It’s easier to just say, “it’s not for me,” or, “that thing is hideous/dorky/geeky/etc.”
 
I’ll be honest, I’m disappointed in myself for not finding a way to go to Burning Man this year. I’ll make up for it by being first to get an Oculus Rift. But get ready for an onslaught of articles praising VR, the same way that Burning Man attendees evangelize that event.
 
Here’s a couple:

Tad goes raving mad about VR: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153555172254655

He’s not alone. Here’s a report from a tech journalist at GeekWire: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153550441514655
 
Anyway, enjoy the quiet week and try to tell yourself that you’re really having much more fun than all those weirdos wearing costumes in the desert listening to crappy electronic music.

Here are some other things I collected over the past week:
 
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Blab.IM is getting praise for its multiparty videoconferencing features: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153547380959655

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VMWorld was this week, here’s a writeup of the news: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153553689479655

Rackspace announced a deal with VMware to deliver an interoperable OpenStack Cloud Architecture: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153552800164655

A tool to enable you to move from your on-premise datacenter to cloud: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153560073659655/

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Petersen’s Automobile Museum is going to have some awesome Indy footage featured in a “wrap around VR-like screen.” I learned about it by running into a Motor Trend camera crew shooting with this camera that has seven GoPros: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153549883814655/

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I visit Clustrix to learn about its scalable database in a talk with its CEO:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153558184234655/
 
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There's a new Nest thermostat coming: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153554925799655

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Samsung’s SmartThings launches a powerful, privacy-friendly home automation hub: http://mashable.com/2015/09/03/samsung-smartthings/

Amazon’s Dash buttons: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153557657964655
 
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Kym McNicholas' interview of me where we talk about the Extreme Tech Challenge, great contest for startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153559684579655

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Denmark’s ad guys come by and talk about how startups should think about storytelling: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153557820414655/

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Digital stethoscope from Eko shows how sensors continue to change our lives: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153557670459655
 
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Here’s our best chance for patent reform, says Van Lindberg, who is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Rackspace: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153555619239655

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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2015-08-28 17:21:23 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

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What an honor.

You’ve gotta understand, when you visit SRI http://www.sri.com/ it’s like going to church for anyone technology-minded. In just a few buildings, so much has been invented. Let’s start with the Internet itself. The first node on the Internet was installed there (the other first node was at UCLA).

The mouse was invented there, along with hypertext linking and much more by Doug Engelbart (who gave the “Mother of All Demos” way back in 1968. Info about that is here: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos).

But the invention list goes on and on. Surgical robotics. SIRI. HDTV.

So when they invite you over, it’s a big thrill.

What did I learn?
First, a f... more »

This is a reprint of my newsletter sent out last night. I send out a new one every Thursday night. Please subscribe at: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

What an honor.

You’ve gotta understand, when you visit SRI http://www.sri.com/ it’s like going to church for anyone technology-minded. In just a few buildings, so much has been invented. Let’s start with the Internet itself. The first node on the Internet was installed there (the other first node was at UCLA).

The mouse was invented there, along with hypertext linking and much more by Doug Engelbart (who gave the “Mother of All Demos” way back in 1968. Info about that is here: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos).

But the invention list goes on and on. Surgical robotics. SIRI. HDTV.

So when they invite you over, it’s a big thrill.

What did I learn?

First, a few lessons about why Silicon Valley continues to be an innovation leader, mostly thanks to military spending, but more on that later in the newsletter.

What else did I learn? Let’s start with the revelation that our phones can still get much smarter. Look at this set of demos, which show that your phone will soon be able to recognize you simply by your voice:

Voice Recognition: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153535018584655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153535022454655/

Using that technology, your phone can figure out who is talking, and even unlock at the sound of your voice. I can think of dozens of places where that will improve our lives. Think about Amazon’s Echo, which is a device that sits in your home, listening to you. Imagine if it could tell that it’s you speaking, and not your wife or your kids.

But let’s see something else they showed me at SRI: contextual video search. Watch it in action here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153534062499655/ 

You could search “man eating a hamburger,” and it would take you to videos of people doing exactly that. It can also take you right to the part of the video where that activity is happening.

How does this work? Artificial intelligence and machine vision learning systems. I want this so bad for my Facebook videos. Imagine being able to search for specific people talking and doing different things.

As we walked through the halls, our guides (both the current and former president of ventures there) said, “the next guy is probably our smartest employee.” Who were they talking about? Patrick Lincoln, director of the computer science lab at SRI (his info can be found at: https://www.sri.com/about/people/patrick-lincoln).
 
Here, he gives me a first look at how SRI does computer and network security:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153533744664655/ 
It's an amazing look inside how this lab protects itself against hackers.
 
Then it got more fun, they put a robot on me!

What was that for? Well, it was developed for the military. For soldiers. Why? They need to carry 100 pound backpacks and walk long distances. The task of the robot is to assist you when walking. Now the researchers are working on making it commercially available to all of us. I can imagine a version you buy at mountaineering stores that will help you backpack.

They outfitted me with the robot, and had me walk around. It has a little motor on both sides that pulls on a cord headed down to my shin. It puts up to 100 pounds of force to assist me in walking. Very cool. In the two-part video you see the robot, the sensors that were designed to figure out where my legs and feet were and how fast I’m walking, and the computer and motor pack on my back.

Robots you wear:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153533842699655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153533957779655/

Finally, we visited a part of the campus I hadn’t visited before (2,200 people work at SRI, mostly in Menlo Park, California and Princeton, New Jersey, but here I was visiting its headquarters in Menlo Park). It's David Cooper’s lab, where he does sensor systems. Here they use new kinds of sensors to figure out what kinds of illnesses people have:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153534253909655/

Which brings me to the point. Why do Silicon Valley and Israel still stand out in the world of innovation? Largely due to labs like these, which are doing government-focused work. Siri, for instance, was built for the government to enable workers to do new kinds of searches.

That’s why I keep going back. These labs continue doing long-term research that takes four to 10 years, maybe longer, before it bears fruit commercially. In fact, as we walked away from the interview, Norman Winarsky, former president of SRI Ventures, agreed when someone else said, “we’re going to be commercializing some of the stuff Pat’s working on now for the next 15 years.”

It shows just how important even a single extremely smart person is to a lab, a region and to a country.

I walked away thinking how just a small number of people have really changed my life in very deep ways. Many of whom have walked through the doors of this lab.

Here are some other things I’ve done, or that caught my eye, just in the past week.

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I got a tour of smart clothing manufacturer Athos:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153536233849655/ These clothes help athletes have better workouts.

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My friend Ken Yeung looks into the top startup helper, Y Combinator:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153531358724655

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Startups. Here Andreessen Horowitz schools you about your phony metrics:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153529206464655

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Lots of data about the collaborative economy from Jeremiah Owyang:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153529114734655

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State of Artificial Intelligence in one post: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153529106419655

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This startup told me to fly a kite. PhotoKite lets you fly a drone with a camera in a new way. Useful for journalists and others who want to fly a camera in places where drones won’t be allowed:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153538548794655/

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Facebook announced it's developing “M” which is a personal assistant built into Messenger. Here I sit down with Bob Rosenschein and talk about it. He started Answers.com. He's a great one to talk to about this:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153538834484655/

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Steve Rubel podcast: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153526922189655 We talk about my role at Rackspace, marketing trends and the innovation I’m seeing around the world.

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On September 2nd, I’m speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco:https://www.facebook.com/Kevin.M.OMalley/posts/10153495363143605

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My wife and I are enjoying Blue Apron, which ships food to you that you make at home. We're eating healthier and learning how to cook more things, too:
 https://www.facebook.com/maryamie/posts/10207608289949481

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I sat in the front row at Obi Worldphone launch last night. Here John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and Pepsi, launched a new set of very nicely designed smartphones for less than $200. Here is the video I shot and why it matters:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153541066019655

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The hot development trend: React lets you reuse code for Web, iOS, and Android:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153540199749655 My developer friends are talking a lot about React lately.

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My first live video on Facebook was on a boat cruise with a few computer science professors:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153524425424655/ All at the Think Big Festival (a conference about robotics and artificial intelligence). Fun times, and I had a robot chasing my orange shoes!

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I visited the drought-resistant shower company, Nebia, which is getting a lot of attention since the shower head it developed uses 70% less water:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153539510724655/

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Something fun to end the week. I was behind the scenes as country music performer Pete Stringfellow filmed his latest music video: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153532253254655/

Cool look into one of the summer’s musical hits: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153536149809655

Sneak peek at music technology soon to come from Retronyms:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153539423549655/ this was a fun visit to a startup that many musicians are using to create their music.

Thanks, what an incredible week, and thank you to so many at SRI who gave me an amazing tour!

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2015-08-26 01:20:46 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 89 +1s)Open 

(Every week I send out a new email newsletter. This is last week's edition. Subscribe to the newsletter here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and you'll get the next one emailed to you every Thursday evening).

Today, Facebook gave me access to its new live video feature.

Here I broadcast a bunch of computer scientists as we cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, where I'm helping moderate the sessions tomorrow at Nick Smoot’s robotics conference: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153524425424655/
 
This is an incredible event with about 1,000 attendees. Nick has pulled together all sorts of interesting people, including Burt Rutan, who built the first plane that traveled around the world without refueling, among others.

The conference, titled “The Think Big Festival,” starts tonight. Watch my Facebook page for moreinfo, or ... more »

(Every week I send out a new email newsletter. This is last week's edition. Subscribe to the newsletter here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and you'll get the next one emailed to you every Thursday evening).

Today, Facebook gave me access to its new live video feature.

Here I broadcast a bunch of computer scientists as we cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, where I'm helping moderate the sessions tomorrow at Nick Smoot’s robotics conference: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153524425424655/
 
This is an incredible event with about 1,000 attendees. Nick has pulled together all sorts of interesting people, including Burt Rutan, who built the first plane that traveled around the world without refueling, among others.

The conference, titled “The Think Big Festival,” starts tonight. Watch my Facebook page for more info, or the event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/610178355751456/

But that’s not what I was most excited by this week.
 
Over the weekend I attended the Taylor Swift concert at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Before the concert, I was lucky enough to get a tour of all the technology in the stadium. The tour was led by John Paul, CEO of http://www.venuenext.com/ who is the geek running the tech at the most technologically advanced stadium in the world.

I split the tour into two parts here:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153515223549655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153515274754655/
 
This is where the Super Bowl will be played in February 2016.
 
TL;DR: Get the app BEFORE you come to this stadium and you can do a ton of things - from logging into your parking space and walking into the stadium, to getting directions to your seats and ordering food that will be delivered right to your seat.
 
OK, I've been in a lot of stadiums. The wifi never works. The app doesn't do all that much. But this isn't true at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Located a few blocks from Intel's headquarters, right in the heart of Silicon Valley, you might imagine the stadium would be a heavy technology user.
 
You'd be right.
 
The stadium holds 2,000 beacons. I've never seen a deployment elsewhere that had more than 100 (and Shel Israel and I wrote a book, "Age of Context," about how this kind of technology might be used). 
 
There are 1,200 wifi hotspots. Last night Rackspace CTO, John Engates, was watching Taylor Swift with his daughters. He wrote me, "the wifi is amazing."

Yes, it is. It's the only stadium I've been at where the wifi actually works. It's backed up with a 45 gigabit pipe, too.
 
Two 4K screens, the best in the world at the moment, are on both sides of the stadium.
 
But it goes on. John's team of 50 custom built ticket scanners for each entry and there are also these "Kezars" at the entries to each suite area and club area.
 
They monitor how many people have checked into each parking lot (passes are sold by people checking in cars, or you can buy them ahead of time like I did. My mobile phone showed a bar code and I was checked in that way through a hand-held scanner).
 
In this video you also meet the guy, Aaron Kennedy, who runs the scoreboards’ control team and room and see all the tech that controls all the video screens in the stadium and the scoreboards.
 
Hope you enjoy this look behind the scenes.

Here’s some other things from my week:

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52 Startups born at Y Combinator: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153522330039655
 
I interview the cofounder of Ticket Fairy, one of the top new YC companies: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153518046679655/ (makes a new ticket system for performances).

Product Hunt has a great system where you can see most of the YC companies, ranked by popularity: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153517782329655

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I chat with Techcrunch cofounder and Chat Center founder, Keith Teare, who shows me how companies can use chat to increase customer service: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153517675009655/  

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Tagatoo shows me its new email client, helps with tracking tasks: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153521755144655/

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Rackspace announces Fanatical Support for Adobe Experience Manager: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153522297534655 While I’m pitching Rackspace, here’s how Rip Curl (the surfing equipment manufacturer) is growing its business as a Rackspace customer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153522098184655

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Slick has a new gimbal for steadying GoPros: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153519952434655/ First one that is waterproof, ships in March, you can preorder now. This will help you do professional-quality video on your GoPro camera.

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Ngrok has a new way to setup a server that is getting raves:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153518742044655
 
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Google has a new, easy to setup, wifi router. I don’t have one yet, but seems they made it simpler and more useful. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153519434719655
 
Hope you have a great week, see you next Thursday night!
 
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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
 
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2015-08-16 17:58:59 (19 comments; 8 reshares; 76 +1s)Open 

Eat your heart out. I got a tour of the technology behind the scenes at the Taylor Swift concert last night at Levi's Stadium. The videos are up on my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

This is the most technologically advanced stadium in the world, with 1,200 wifi hotspots. 2,000 beacons. 45 gigabits of bandwidth. Two of the best 4K video screens. And more. You see it all with the guy who built it.

This is a sneak peek at the tech that will run the Super Bowl, too. 

Hint: if you ever visit Levi's Stadium make sure you download the app before you get to the stadium. It does a TON of stuff while you are the stadium.

Eat your heart out. I got a tour of the technology behind the scenes at the Taylor Swift concert last night at Levi's Stadium. The videos are up on my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

This is the most technologically advanced stadium in the world, with 1,200 wifi hotspots. 2,000 beacons. 45 gigabits of bandwidth. Two of the best 4K video screens. And more. You see it all with the guy who built it.

This is a sneak peek at the tech that will run the Super Bowl, too. 

Hint: if you ever visit Levi's Stadium make sure you download the app before you get to the stadium. It does a TON of stuff while you are the stadium.___

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2015-08-14 18:16:41 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 83 +1s)Open 

Thanks for letting me take a few weeks off of the newsletter. This is what I sent out last night to my email subscribers. Subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 (It includes both my best work, as well as the best things of the week I see around the Internet).

Yesterday, I spent some time on the phone with someone from Facebook. They are planning on expanding their live video features to people who aren’t just celebrities, but they're also rolling it out slowly. Here’s the Techcrunch article about that: http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/12/facebook-live-livestreaming/
 
At Rackspace we're very interested in using Facebook’s Live Video to bring you into places, provide training and do other things to let our customers and partners know what’s up. You might be interested too.

Today, I was on MSNBC discussing live video:http://w... more »

Thanks for letting me take a few weeks off of the newsletter. This is what I sent out last night to my email subscribers. Subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 (It includes both my best work, as well as the best things of the week I see around the Internet).

Yesterday, I spent some time on the phone with someone from Facebook. They are planning on expanding their live video features to people who aren’t just celebrities, but they're also rolling it out slowly. Here’s the Techcrunch article about that: http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/12/facebook-live-livestreaming/
 
At Rackspace we're very interested in using Facebook’s Live Video to bring you into places, provide training and do other things to let our customers and partners know what’s up. You might be interested too.

Today, I was on MSNBC discussing live video: http://www.msnbc.com/code-forward/watch/is-facebook-live-killing-internet-equality--504263235765

Marketers who think it’s another way to push through messages are salivating, but Facebook is holding them back. So far, only verified celebrities have access to the feature (I’m expected to get an early look “within hours,” according to Facebook).

What will I do with it? The same thing I’d recommend you do with it: be careful and use it sparingly. Yes, you can get your content pushed out right now, but if you overuse it and don’t provide value, people will remove you from their notifications and/or unfollow or unfriend you. At Rackspace we just say, “be helpful.”

So, even if I broadcast myself eating dinner, there will be some sort of payoff for the folks who watch my live videos. An interview with someone interesting, how-to content or a look at a new technology or product.
 
Another way to look at the video market is how to make a video go viral. Here I talk with Samir Arora, CEO of Mode Media (seventh largest media company on the Internet). He walks me through the stats behind a video they had that went viral (58 million views in 21 days). He also shares how dominant Facebook and YouTube are:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153488066244655&set=pb.501319654.-2207520000.1439467138.

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This week’s big news was Google’s major reorg under the brand “Alphabet.” I was over at Shel Israel’s house (longtime journalist and strategist, who wrote two books with me) and we talked about what it all means: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153500929474655/

Basically, it will help Google unlock a lot of value as it allows its member “companies” like YouTube or Nest, to thrive separately from the Google brand and business model.
 
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I also spoke at the PR Summit this week. Here Rich Reader captured me talking about why I’m so passionate about Virtual Reality:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153507886774655?pnref=story

This afternoon, the founders of Upload VR (who are doing the VR pavilion at Techcrunch Disrupt, among many other things) came over and we also talked about VR: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153509592729655/

Can you tell I’m a bit excited by VR?

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Even security cameras are coming to the cloud. Here, founder and CEO Dean Drakko shows me Eagle Eye Networks: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153505887959655/
It isn’t his first time starting a company. Years ago he started Barracuda Networks, which got very big. He is a passionate evangelist for cloud technology and shows off many features that make a video security system better than when it was hosted on-premise.
 
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Do you want to do your own PR, but need help figuring out which journalists to hit? Then Press Friendly will be great for you. Take a look here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153503165074655/

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Do you watch Product Hunt? I do. This is where you can find tons of new products before anyone else on your block learns about them. Here they've put together a collection of Drone-oriented software: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153501531879655

Here’s another Product Hunt compilation of things that will automatically do stuff for you: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153503185589655

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. 
 
Please share this newsletter on social networks and email. If you have gotten it from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And a big thank you to Hugh MacLeod, who does the fabulous art each week for my newsletter. You can find his work at http://www.gapingvoid.com___

2015-08-10 21:31:03 (72 comments; 11 reshares; 108 +1s)Open 

Big news about Google splitting up into smaller companies under one called "Alphabet" is ALL OVER MY FEED. I am feeling like this is a rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. But wow. Microsoft should have done that in 2000.

Big news about Google splitting up into smaller companies under one called "Alphabet" is ALL OVER MY FEED. I am feeling like this is a rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. But wow. Microsoft should have done that in 2000.___

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2015-08-09 03:58:09 (4 comments; 11 reshares; 144 +1s)Open 

Great sunset in Half Moon Bay.

Who is this demonstrating how to shoot on an iPhone while holding wine?

+Andy Grignon, who was one of the dozen or so people who built the first iPhone at Apple.

Great sunset in Half Moon Bay.

Who is this demonstrating how to shoot on an iPhone while holding wine?

+Andy Grignon, who was one of the dozen or so people who built the first iPhone at Apple.___

2015-08-07 23:07:07 (153 comments; 11 reshares; 182 +1s)Open 

Have you ever visited Google Contacts at https://contacts.google.com ?

It never worked for me since the redesign. Finally I just deleted all the circles on Google+ and it started working again. 13,000+ contacts. 

But now I don't have anyone to follow on Google+. 

So, since there are still some people here who say there's interesting people to follow and that not EVERYONE has followed me over to Facebook, who would you recommend I follow? 

Extra points if you are an executive at a company, or a journalist, or someone who writes a ton about technology. 

Yes, I already know about +Mike Elgan. :-)

Have you ever visited Google Contacts at https://contacts.google.com ?

It never worked for me since the redesign. Finally I just deleted all the circles on Google+ and it started working again. 13,000+ contacts. 

But now I don't have anyone to follow on Google+. 

So, since there are still some people here who say there's interesting people to follow and that not EVERYONE has followed me over to Facebook, who would you recommend I follow? 

Extra points if you are an executive at a company, or a journalist, or someone who writes a ton about technology. 

Yes, I already know about +Mike Elgan. :-)___

2015-08-03 06:33:53 (75 comments; 11 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

The last word on Google+ from its most passionate fan? Wow. Sad to see this coming but I have seen the writing on the wall for two years now.

My take on the Mashable Google+ story.

https://www.facebook.com/thomashawk/posts/10153491617114886___The last word on Google+ from its most passionate fan? Wow. Sad to see this coming but I have seen the writing on the wall for two years now.

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2015-07-30 07:19:59 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

Talking India and Android on stage with Punit, who runs product for Flipkart, India's largest eCommerce company.

The numbers blew me away.

Fun time chatting with +Robert Scoble at MobileBeat 2015.

https://youtu.be/JaxS2NYj1og?list=PLMQoSwszBxm6Ct9x5JAYaqyOxS-eD8ZtR___Talking India and Android on stage with Punit, who runs product for Flipkart, India's largest eCommerce company.

The numbers blew me away.

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2015-07-24 06:15:03 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

My 16th newsletter. Life and Tech: The disruption Continues.

Subscribe to this email newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And with that I really am on vacation until August 5th.

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This morning Rackspace announced a deal with Intel to work on OpenStack. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rackspace-collaborates-with-intel-to-accelerate-openstack-enterprise-feature-development-and-adoption-2015-07-23-12173032 This is significant, because both Intel and Rackspace are pouring new resources into OpenStack, which will mean good things for our customers.

Yesterday I visited Facebook to get a look at how Oculus Rift is going in an off-the-record meeting. But, what I saw yesterday showed me there is an infinite need for new software to be written by many companies around the world. Soon we’ll be playing and working together in virtual worlds andt... more »

My 16th newsletter. Life and Tech: The disruption Continues.

Subscribe to this email newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And with that I really am on vacation until August 5th.

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This morning Rackspace announced a deal with Intel to work on OpenStack. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rackspace-collaborates-with-intel-to-accelerate-openstack-enterprise-feature-development-and-adoption-2015-07-23-12173032 This is significant, because both Intel and Rackspace are pouring new resources into OpenStack, which will mean good things for our customers.

Yesterday I visited Facebook to get a look at how Oculus Rift is going in an off-the-record meeting. But, what I saw yesterday showed me there is an infinite need for new software to be written by many companies around the world. Soon we’ll be playing and working together in virtual worlds and those worlds will need new things built for them. They won’t all run on Facebook’s datacenters (not to mention Valve, Sony, and Samsung, among others, who are working on competitors, as you know if you've been reading my recent newsletters).

Earlier this week I ran the closing session at AppNation’s IoT Influencers Summit, where a panel of VIPs wrapped up an interesting day talking about innovations from farming to jewelry. http://iotinfluencers.com/siliconvalley/agenda/

Over the weekend I was at a camp hosted by the founder of Coral Group, http://www.coralgrp.com/ Yuval Almog and Israel’s famous VC, Yossi Vardi (he funded ICQ).

What did we talk about? The innovation that is still to come and how scary it is. How we will deal with the jobs displaced by companies like Uber, who is changing work and could dramatically change it when self-driving cars arrive.

At the camp I talked with the team from Tapingo. http://www.tapingo.com/ Don’t know who they are? Of course not, unless you're a college student or an investor. At Santa Clara University, 70% of students’ food transactions are already going through its app. It lets you order, say, a latte while still in bed. It’ll tell you “your latte will be ready at 8:09 a.m., come pick it up.” You walk in, don’t wait in line, don’t touch anything or give anyone a credit card or cash. It works great and students love it because it saves them tons of time. But Daniel Almog, CEO/founder, told me he’s moving into new areas. He’s having students deliver to other students and they are paid in a virtual currency (done so they can avoid paying bank transaction fees).

Think about just how much cloud computing and technology is changing the world at this bleeding edge. It’s changing what we think of as a job, or as a reward. Is your company studying companies like Tapingo?

How are you pushing your company to stay up with the disruptions? Let me know, I’d love to feature the best examples in future videos with me and in future newsletters.

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Robotics Conference coming up. I’ll be speaking at this very cool robotics and AI conference in Idaho on August 20th. https://www.facebook.com/events/610178355751456/ You should be there, this is probably going to be the most bleeding edge of all the events I’ll visit this year and I’ll bring you tons of video, of course.

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Drones face new PR challenges. Will drones be even more regulated due to people flying them over fires, which keeps emergency crews from flying their helicopters and saving property and potentially lives? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153444642744655 I keep hoping that people will refrain from behaving badly, but it looks like new laws are needed to keep drone operators from interfering with emergency crews.

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What do most Americans miss about China’s tech companies? Gary Rieschel, one of the top investors in China, tells me “don’t miss the speed.” https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153444748904655/

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Mashable says Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset has the best chance at winning the fight for your living room. http://mashable.com/2015/07/19/sony-project-morpheus-hands-on-2/?utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial I say it’s too early to decide on winners. Based on what I saw at Facebook yesterday this fight hasn’t even begun. But damn, is 2016 gonna be huge in consumer electronics.

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Why I never brag about Rackspace’s security. Last year the PR team for Ashley Madison, a site that lets people cheat on their spouses, bragged to me that their security was best of breed. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153447889029655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654 Turns out it wasn’t. This week it was disclosed that the site was hacked and the hacker is threatening to turn over customer info to the public on its 37 million users. For me? It’s yet another reason why I’m so public about what’s going on in my life (both good and bad). Turns out privacy is just not going to be easy to come by for human beings anymore. But it reminds me not to brag about security. Why? It invites bad karma. That said, security is everyone’s job, and we’d love to work with you to make your security better.

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PayPal splits off of eBay. This is a big deal for eBay, but, watch PayPal run away with the show. It’s growing a lot faster than eBay is, and there’s a lot of future in it. eBay needs to be rethought and it’ll be interesting to see if it can shake the perception that it is an old company that the cool kids don’t use anymore. I'm wishing them luck in competing with Amazon, which has been out innovating eBay for some time now. I know how that feels, and it’s not fun, but Rackspace found a way to remain relevant, so I bet eBay can too. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153449023394655

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Thank you. Inc Magazine named me #5 on a list of 30 Power Players in Tech You Need to Know. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153451152324655 Very honored by that, but I have some unfair advantages thanks to working at Rackspace. We have 300,000 customers from tractor companies to TED. That lets me see the future in a way very few do, more fun to come.

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Are you a member of the App Developer’s Alliance? Rackspace is. Here we meet up with Jon Potter, CEO of such. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153451965684655/ That helps 60,000 developers with education, advocacy, and more.

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The smart home is here. Got a look at iControl’s use of Jasper. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153454739754655/ What is Jasper? It makes connectivity solutions for Internet of Things companies (it's used in things from vending machines, to GM’s connected cars, to iControl’s home security system, which you’ll learn about here).

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Are you a photographer? Photographer and Rackspace customer Trey Ratcliff shows me the new bag he designed with Peak Design. Very useful. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153456232194655/

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Hackers have their way with a connected car. http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/hackers-take-control-of-a-moving-jeep This stuff needs to be far more secure before consumers will trust a self-driving car. I’m seeing a new kind of fear of new technology. We aren’t good at figuring out real risk. Non-hacked cars kill 1.2 million people around the world every year, while I still haven’t seen a death from a car hacking, but it doesn’t matter. New technology scares us, the media takes advantage of that fear, and so the future will be slower to arrive than it otherwise should be. That said, we’re up to the challenge, I believe. I'm a technology optimist for a reason: it improves our lives more than it brings bad things into them.

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Be back August 13th.

Today I’m leaving on vacation with my family on a road trip through Oregon’s coast. So, we’re going to take a few weeks off, I'll be back publishing August 13th. I really appreciate the many nice notes I’ve gotten from the first 15 weeks of my newsletter.

So, what were my favorite few interviews of the past 15 weeks since I started this newsletter?

1. Music promoter Claire Parr: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/

2. Second Life founder Philip Rosedale giving a talk about the future of VR: Philip Rosedale, Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153434334909655/

3. Talking tech and disruption with the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics Show, Gary Shapiro: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153422227344655

4. Talking about leadership with Mary Ann Davidson. She runs security at a huge Silicon Valley company: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426342009655

5. Talking about the sharing economy disruption with friend Jeremiah Owyang. This is coming up in so many conversations, I know it touched a nerve:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153425671509655

6. Talking with the investor in Starbucks, Dan Levithan:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153393544334655/ He is one of the best investors in consumer tech companies and his insights are deep.

7. Scaling companies/databases with the guy who helps do just that at ScaleArc: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153408879729655/

8. Inside the 7th most visited media company, Mode: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153402001204655/

9. Visiting Microsoft Research and talking about Quantum Computing:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391118514655/ Wow.

10. Talking about indoor mapping with the founder of Aisle 411:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375322959655/

11. A look at Augmented Reality glasses of future from ODG:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153345275139655/

12. A look at Augmented Reality that’s here today from Blippar’s CEO: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350520704655/

13. How surgery is changing due to AR tech with cofounder of Vital Medicals: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153330329514655

14. A look at professional VR cameras for sports stadiums: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153290637224655/

15. Augmented Reality in Children’s Coloring Books: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153277316249655/

16. A look at how a famous music festival is using beacons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ8Hu-KELs&feature=youtu.be

17. Tim Draper (famous investor, he’s the “D” in DFJ) tells me how blockchain is changing how he does the legal “paperwork”: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153263857234655/?type=2&theater

18. Inside the world of casual gaming with President of SGN, Josh Yguado (they just announced a big funding round this morning): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153219641849655

19. My talk with drone lawyer, Brendan Schulman, about regulations that are hitting that industry: https://youtu.be/E-N6wL1Kn2Y

20. Mark Allen showing me the flight simulator of the future: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153391970529655/

Whew, what a year it’s been so far, much more to come!

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!

Please share this newsletter on social networks and email. If you have gotten it from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Thank you to Hugh MacLeod, who does the fabulous art each week for my newsletter. You can find his work at http://www.gapingvoid.com
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2015-07-21 16:48:27 (2 comments; 14 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

So honored to be #5 on this Inc. Magazine list put together by John Rampton. As +Rackspace's Futurist I have a lot of advantages others don't (we have 300,000 customers in all sorts of businesses from tractors to sunglasses to TED videos so I get to see lots of stuff before others do).

I try to use my powers to help those building new things. Anyone building the future? Leave a comment!

Anyway today am headed over to Drew Ianni's conference about Internet of Things where I am on stage this afternoon.

Then Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble is taking us on a family vacation to Oregon for 10 days. When we get back I am speaking to the cable industry at CableLabs thanks to Phil McKinney, who runs that.

What a year! Oh, and while we were driving around Yellowstone a couple days ago Shelly Palmer, who has a tech newsletter with millions of subscribers that... more »

So honored to be #5 on this Inc. Magazine list put together by John Rampton. As +Rackspace's Futurist I have a lot of advantages others don't (we have 300,000 customers in all sorts of businesses from tractors to sunglasses to TED videos so I get to see lots of stuff before others do).

I try to use my powers to help those building new things. Anyone building the future? Leave a comment!

Anyway today am headed over to Drew Ianni's conference about Internet of Things where I am on stage this afternoon.

Then Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble is taking us on a family vacation to Oregon for 10 days. When we get back I am speaking to the cable industry at CableLabs thanks to Phil McKinney, who runs that.

What a year! Oh, and while we were driving around Yellowstone a couple days ago Shelly Palmer, who has a tech newsletter with millions of subscribers that he's written since the early 1990s, was giving me tips about mine, that I'll put in play. First tip? Make it easier to find how to subscribe. Shelly, that's at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 But he gave me a ton of other tips, as well, that I'll work on when I get back from vacation.

See ya on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble___

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2015-07-17 16:39:26 (1 comments; 10 reshares; 73 +1s)Open 

This is my newsletter from last night, but think it's worth reprinting here today. Please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 so you always have it. Sorry, today there won't be a Gillmor Gang because I'm in Jackson Hole (I might get a few videos up this weekend, though, and based on the people who are here, they will be worth watching).

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DON'T DEVALUE YOUR MUSIC

Yesterday I sat down with friend and music promoter Claire Parr. But that’s way underselling her.

Claire helps build brands, music brands, and she’s studied under the best (her grandfather did this for MGM back in the early 1900s, and her father was an accomplished musician so this work runs in her blood).

If you've seen Southwest Airlines' “Live at 35” music on YouTube or other social media outlets, you’ve seen her work. She also does branding andmusic for... more »

This is my newsletter from last night, but think it's worth reprinting here today. Please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 so you always have it. Sorry, today there won't be a Gillmor Gang because I'm in Jackson Hole (I might get a few videos up this weekend, though, and based on the people who are here, they will be worth watching).

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DON'T DEVALUE YOUR MUSIC

Yesterday I sat down with friend and music promoter Claire Parr. But that’s way underselling her.

Claire helps build brands, music brands, and she’s studied under the best (her grandfather did this for MGM back in the early 1900s, and her father was an accomplished musician so this work runs in her blood).

If you've seen Southwest Airlines' “Live at 35” music on YouTube or other social media outlets, you’ve seen her work. She also does branding and music for all sorts of companies, from Aloft Hotels to CocaCola. And her concert series, http://www.liveinthevineyard.com , is amazing (I’ve been lucky enough to have attended several times).
 
We sat down in Napa where she and her team are preparing for another series of concerts. Funny that she doesn’t sell tickets to her main event, Live in the Vineyard. You have to win them, and every year, millions of people apply to win tickets to this exclusive concert series in Napa.

She talks to me in this 50 minute interview about talent and how to use music for brand building. 

What I took away from this fascinating interview is that businesses can use music to build remarkable brands (look at how GoPro used Glitch Mob’s music to build a brand in their Hero 2 videos, or how Beats sold headphones, largely based on getting popular musicians to wear their headphones on shows like American Idol). But, they should also proceed carefully, and they better have a real passion about music if they want to go down that route.

The other thing I got out of it is that she believes streaming has devalued music. She says it has radically changed the business and that the smart people change along with disruption like that.

That resonates with me as a public face at Rackspace. This week we announced that we’re providing Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure and that’s an example of how we did the same thing.

“Find ways to marry music to new technologies coming down the pike,” she recommends. In Part III of the interview, she talks more about that philosophy while she talks to me about musicians that make millions from advertising on their YouTube channels.

Enjoy, this is a special one, and I know it’s long at about 50 minutes. I split it up into three pieces:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/  Covers cool things that have happened in her career, changes in selling music. “Selling music is brutal.” She defends Taylor Swift.

Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438515044655/ Talks about her work for Southwest Airlines. Breaks down streaming services. Why the freedom to create is so important. “I had freedom to fail.”

Part III: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438578389655/ Whether she thinks musicians should work for a label. How technology affects music. Why people should know what they are good at AND what they aren’t good at. How she’s measured by brands. And finally, how she thinks VR and 360-degree cameras will change the business. She finishes up with branding tips for companies.

Musician Roem Baur gives his opinion about streaming and the music industry at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426356139655 We had him on our videoconference system at Tech on Deck and he took a few minutes away from recording his latest album.

Neil Young yanks music from streaming (reflects Taylor Swift’s earlier choice, and what Claire says above): http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/neil-young-pulls-music-from-streaming-for-pono-player-high-resolution/

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http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/14/flipkart-wants-to-predict-fashion-trends-with-your-photos/ On stage with Flipkart at MobileBeat. The numbers that are hitting India’s #1 ecommerce company are obscene.
 
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Convo, a collaboration tool that Techcrunch uses, just got some new features and the CEO shows them to me at: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153436039614655/

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Tech on Deck wrapup from SCOTTeVEST’s CEO/founder Scott Jordan. What a great week, he wraps it up well: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153437859259655

While we’re talking about Tech on Deck, here the founder of NorthFace, Hap Klopp, is on with Scott and I. It's a fun discussion about the future of wearable technology: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153436198389655

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Rackspace and Google invest in security company: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153436325019655

Rackspace provides support for Microsoft Azure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153434110864655 We’re looking to help you build your company, service or product, even if you use someone else’s cloud.
 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153440080669655 Google joins OpenStack. Wow.

http://stories.rackspace.com/customers/atilus/ Are you a Rackspace customer? Here are some of our customers talking about their technology stories. We’d love to have you on.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426363959655 Rackspace’s CTO, John Engates, joins us on Tech on Deck and talks about our new plans to help customers build their businesses - whether they chose Rackspace’s own datacenters, or Microsoft Azure.

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Google announces Eddystone beacons: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153437188344655 Beacons are bringing cool new features to iPhones, but now Google jumps in for the other 80+% of people who use Android.

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Philip Rosedale, Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153434334909655/

Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153434334909655/

She was in the room when Oculus Rift was first built: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153436954274655/

VR Controller of the future: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153435392604655/

This VR headset won’t make you sick: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153427810454655/

VR Content Company Steven Spielberg joined: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153432312939655/
 
Nvidia lays out why you need a high end graphics card and PC to power the best Virtual Reality systems like Oculus Rift: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153435396384655/
 
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I just started a new Facebook list of the best PR people in Tech, let me know if I’m missing your favorite, but I do expect these people to be public and active on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153435206449655

Gillmor Gang, every Friday afternoon we get together to talk about the geeky stuff of the week. Here we discuss music, VR, and wearable technology: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153430294164655

Be careful with Facebook’s new “See First” feature: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153427831179655
 
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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
 
Please share this newsletter on social networks and email. If you have gotten it from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
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2015-07-10 14:47:29 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

My newsletter for this week. This was sent out last week to everyone who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and includes all the links to everything I've done over the past week. All my newsletters are up on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

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What I learned in Sun Valley.

This week I’m in Sun Valley, Idaho. Why? Because Allen and Company has an annual event here where nearly every HUGE name in tech is attending. I’ve been hanging out with the press taking photos and I’ve seen Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Tim Cook and about 300 other huge names in tech and publishing.

For years Scott Jordan, founder and CEO of SCOTTeVEST www.scottevest.com (I wear his clothes almost every day) has been begging me to come up, hang out and network with the billionaires and the elite. That didn’t really interest me, after all, I’d rather hangout with ... more »

My newsletter for this week. This was sent out last week to everyone who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and includes all the links to everything I've done over the past week. All my newsletters are up on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

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What I learned in Sun Valley.

This week I’m in Sun Valley, Idaho. Why? Because Allen and Company has an annual event here where nearly every HUGE name in tech is attending. I’ve been hanging out with the press taking photos and I’ve seen Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Tim Cook and about 300 other huge names in tech and publishing.

For years Scott Jordan, founder and CEO of SCOTTeVEST www.scottevest.com (I wear his clothes almost every day) has been begging me to come up, hang out and network with the billionaires and the elite. That didn’t really interest me, after all, I’d rather hang out with startups since they usually show me something new. The big folks are far less likely to show me something really new that the rest of the world hasn’t seen yet.

So, instead of hanging out on the lawn with the rest of the press hoping for some scraps (I did some of that too, for instance, here’s Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, as he takes questions: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153422418099655/ ) we decided to hold our own event, called “Tech on Deck” where we are doing interviews on the deck of Scott’s home, as seen on http://www.techondeck2015.com (he and his wife have built a stunning home that looks right into the famous ski resort here).

What did I learn? Nearly every person talked about how hard it is to get attention, or get people to buy things, or get people to care. We’re being flooded in a sea of content, with social media quantity going up exponentially every year. Facebook is really changing the market here. Just listen to the media industry VIPs we had on Tuesday morning at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153421743254655 (Samir Arora, who runs seventh-most-visited media company, Mode, along with Jim Louderback, founder of Revision 3 and Moshe Hogeg, founder of Yo, Mobli, and EyeIn). You can see how they all are having to pivot around Facebook, not to mention the move to mobile.

Look in on the interviews we held this week:
 
Leadership with Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Security Officer at Oracle: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426342009655
 
The State of the Sharing Economy with Jeremiah Owyang: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153425671509655

Geek out your car with Automatic’s cofounder: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426402069655
 
Look at Cisco’s videoconference quality with a senior vice president: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153422716574655/

Talking gadgets with the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics’ Show, Gary Shapiro: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153422227344655

The musician’s point of view on music streaming services with musician Roem Baur: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426356139655

Startups from around the world: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426391224655

A look at the video switcher, Newtek Tricaster, that we use at Rackspace and for Tech on Deck: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426375254655
 
We’re not done, either. Tomorrow I’ll post video from an amazing startup that’s going to change the face of Virtual Reality. Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble tomorrow, and I’ll be on Gillmor Gang at 1 p.m. Pacific Time to talk more about what I’ve learned this week.

Here’s some other stuff that caught my eye this week:

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What’s the first day at Rackspace like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YG0jogquRw
 
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Your email is being spied on. I love this new tool that blocks all email tracking: TrackBuster: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153425682574655/

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The vending machine of the future demonstrates how Internet of Things is changing tons of businesses: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153411073994655/

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Facebook doing sneaky stuff to app developers? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153425697029655

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Leap Motion’s cool new augmented reality: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/leap-motion-glimpse-at-the-augmented-reality-desktop-of-the-future/

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I give you social media tips in Mashable: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153421257074655

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Google shows off its self-driving technology in a TED speech. If you haven’t seen this, you should watch: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153413702124655

Next week I’ll be in Jackson Hole at another exclusive event, meeting with some of the best entrepreneurs who didn’t get an invite to the Allen and Company event. Follow me on Facebook if you want to see it in real time, or see you next Thursday night with my email.
 
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2015-07-07 21:29:31 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 60 +1s)Open 

It's not every day you talk about electronic toilets with Gary Shapiro who runs the Consumer Electronics Show.

It wasn't the only thing we talked about, though. Covered virtual reality, self-driving cars, cloud-connected devices, and more.

What a day on http://www.techondeck2015.com

The show continues tonight at 5:30 p.m. with musician Roem A Baur and then music promoter Claire Parr. Later we'll have a Cisco senior vice president on to wrap up the evening.

Tomorrow the fun starts with Jeremiah Owyang at 8:45 a.m. Pacific Time, talking about the disruption, opportunity, and troubles in the Sharing Economy.

Thank you Rackspace Hosting for encouraging me to make media about the future. NewTek for providing the video switching technology and Philip Nelson to run the NewTek TriCaster™ behind the scenes. Cisco for providing a ton of stuffi... more »

It's not every day you talk about electronic toilets with Gary Shapiro who runs the Consumer Electronics Show.

It wasn't the only thing we talked about, though. Covered virtual reality, self-driving cars, cloud-connected devices, and more.

What a day on http://www.techondeck2015.com

The show continues tonight at 5:30 p.m. with musician Roem A Baur and then music promoter Claire Parr. Later we'll have a Cisco senior vice president on to wrap up the evening.

Tomorrow the fun starts with Jeremiah Owyang at 8:45 a.m. Pacific Time, talking about the disruption, opportunity, and troubles in the Sharing Economy.

Thank you Rackspace Hosting for encouraging me to make media about the future. NewTek for providing the video switching technology and Philip Nelson to run the NewTek TriCaster™ behind the scenes. Cisco for providing a ton of stuff including the amazing videoconference gear we were using to call Gary in. SCOTTEVEST from TEC for providing this stunning set (actually Scott's deck). Ustream for providing the live video streams.___

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2015-07-07 17:55:09 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Our first "Tech on Deck."

Hey, Robert D. La Gesse thanks for funding me to do this on behalf of Rackspace Hosting -- we have hosted so many great media companies over the years, from YouTube to TED and many others. Really is an honor to do this on your birthday!

Thanks Samir Arora (CEO of seventh-most-visited media company, Mode), Jim Louderback (former CEO of Revision 3), and Moshe Hogeg (founder of The Official Yo App, Mobli, and EyeIn).

Wonderful conversation about the state of media.

Next up? Gary Shapiro (the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics Show). He'll be on at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. at http://www.techondeck2015.com ).

Thanks Scott Jordan for hosting us in your stunning home and to photographer Thomas Hawk for adding so much great media and conversations.

Our first "Tech on Deck."

Hey, Robert D. La Gesse thanks for funding me to do this on behalf of Rackspace Hosting -- we have hosted so many great media companies over the years, from YouTube to TED and many others. Really is an honor to do this on your birthday!

Thanks Samir Arora (CEO of seventh-most-visited media company, Mode), Jim Louderback (former CEO of Revision 3), and Moshe Hogeg (founder of The Official Yo App, Mobli, and EyeIn).

Wonderful conversation about the state of media.

Next up? Gary Shapiro (the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics Show). He'll be on at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. at http://www.techondeck2015.com ).

Thanks Scott Jordan for hosting us in your stunning home and to photographer Thomas Hawk for adding so much great media and conversations.___

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2015-07-07 13:52:00 (1 comments; 11 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

Come join us at http://www.techondeck2015.com -- starts at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time.

Thanks +Thomas Hawk  for this awesome new photo made in +Scott Jordan's home, which is where we're doing Tech on Deck from.

Come join us at http://www.techondeck2015.com -- starts at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time.

Thanks +Thomas Hawk  for this awesome new photo made in +Scott Jordan's home, which is where we're doing Tech on Deck from.___

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2015-07-07 01:52:58 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 60 +1s)Open 

Join us! Here's the schedule for tomorrow at "Tech on Deck" and the intro video.

Join our event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/ and the main page at http://techondeck2015.com/

All times Pacific Time.

Starts tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time (we'll put up a recording too). Scott Jordan, Thomas Hawk, and me will kick things off.
8 a.m. The changing world of media. Samir Arora, CEO of Mode. Jim Louderback, founder of Revision3. Moshe Hogeg, founder of The Official Yo App, Mobli, and EyeIn.

1 p.m. Gary Shapiro, CEO of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Disruption and VR.

5:30 p.m. Roem A Baur, Independent Recording and Touring Artist (AKA "a musician"). He will be joined by Claire Parr at 6 p.m. Her firm produces the music for Southwest Airlines, Aloft Hotels, and quite a few concerts and brands.... more »

Join us! Here's the schedule for tomorrow at "Tech on Deck" and the intro video.

Join our event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/ and the main page at http://techondeck2015.com/

All times Pacific Time.

Starts tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time (we'll put up a recording too). Scott Jordan, Thomas Hawk, and me will kick things off.
8 a.m. The changing world of media. Samir Arora, CEO of Mode. Jim Louderback, founder of Revision3. Moshe Hogeg, founder of The Official Yo App, Mobli, and EyeIn.

1 p.m. Gary Shapiro, CEO of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Disruption and VR.

5:30 p.m. Roem A Baur, Independent Recording and Touring Artist (AKA "a musician"). He will be joined by Claire Parr at 6 p.m. Her firm produces the music for Southwest Airlines, Aloft Hotels, and quite a few concerts and brands. Music Disruption.

7 p.m. Rowan Trollope. Senior Vice President, Collaboration, Cisco. Then fun with Philip Nelson and all of us.

We will be doing a variety of unscheduled things during the day, too. There are a ton of tech industry leaders in town, so drop by early and often.

This is brought to you by Rackspace Hosting, SCOTTEVEST from TEC, NewTek, and Cisco. Live from Sun Valley, Idaho, where the Allen and Company event is going on.___

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2015-07-05 22:14:09 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 124 +1s)Open 

Reprinted: Life and Tech #5: Augmenting our Reality.

This email newsletter was sent out May 7th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here:http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

(I'm now caught up, all in preparation for this week's "Tech on Deck" -- more info on that virtual event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/ ).

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Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Oculus Rift is coming in early 2016 thanks to its announcement this week (https://www.oculus.com/…/first-look-at-the-rift-shipping-q…/ ) along with fact Google has thrown a half billion into an augmented reality company, Magic Leap, and Microsoft, last week, got a ton of press for its HoloLens augmented reality demos. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are about to spring into the world ina b... more »

Reprinted: Life and Tech #5: Augmenting our Reality.

This email newsletter was sent out May 7th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here:http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

(I'm now caught up, all in preparation for this week's "Tech on Deck" -- more info on that virtual event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1678325252396131/ ).

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Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Oculus Rift is coming in early 2016 thanks to its announcement this week (https://www.oculus.com/…/first-look-at-the-rift-shipping-q…/ ) along with fact Google has thrown a half billion into an augmented reality company, Magic Leap, and Microsoft, last week, got a ton of press for its HoloLens augmented reality demos. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are about to spring into the world in a big way and the hype knob is turning way up.

At the Collision Conference in Las Vegas this week there was one guy who is already benefitting from augmented reality technology: Blippar’s CEO Ambarish Mitra. https://blippar.com/en/

His technology is featured on the covers of cereal boxes from General Mills (they make a variety of breakfast cereals from Wheaties to Lucky Charms).

Today Blippar turned on a new visual search engine. It got quite a stir out of the audience at Collision when he brought two puppies onto stage. Pointed his mobile phone at one, and it properly identified the breed as a pomeranian. Whoa.

As he pointed his phone at a variety of other things, Coke cans, cereal boxes, and even fresh fruits, it properly identified them and then a circular menu popped out with details about the object you were aiming at. All even color matched with the object you were aiming at (carrots brought an orange background, for instance).

Backstage Mitra explained more about his technology. He has millions of images in his databases, thanks to his mobile app’s 50 million users. His team has built a deep learning system that learns new objects at a fast clip. He says the secret isn’t in the deep learning part of the technology but in gathering enough properly curated images of objects so that the system can learn the difference between, say, a box of cereal, a dog, or a can of Coca Cola.

Why are brands excited by this? For the first time they can have a real relationship with the buyer at the point of consumption. For instance, I was drinking a can of Diet Coke in the speaker room. Coke, before this, had no idea that can was even being distributed there. After all, we were standing in a temporary structure built just for the conference. But now Coke can build new experiences that spring out of the Blippar’s app. They get a ton of data they never could before about who their customers are, where they are, and what context they were interacting with the brand in the first place (which is another way they are ahead of Google and Microsoft’s Bing, amongst others: Blippar is a mobile first company and isn’t encumbered by having to keep old web users happy).

Mitra demoed a few of the augmented reality experiences brands have built for me. Some were simple, others were full 3D virtual experiences. You can put full games on top of a soda can, for instance, or make 3D models pop out of a magazine ad. Just by aiming your mobile phone’s camera at things.

Which gets me to the whole point of this newsletter. Our lives are about to be augmented. Someday we’ll be wearing glasses that tell us more about things in our world (which is why Hololens and Magic Leap have gotten such big investments, more on those in a second). Mitra’s Blippar is positioned to be the underlying technology and he’s already winning (he bought competitor Layar last year which lost to Blippar because Blippar’s focus on brands and not just on technology gave it a deeper war chest).

Let’s back up though and break down the virtual reality and augmented reality space. Blippar shows that there are already startups who are building software and positioning themselves to provide pieces of a new ecosystem of apps and technologies that will enable new consumer electronics gadgets.

I see them as two separate spaces that probably will combine in the future.

2016 will see a variety of virtual reality gadgets. Oculus Rift will be the best selling, but will be joined by Valve’s headset, HTC’s Vive, which will ship earlier, but is coming from a video game company, not Facebook, with its 1.44 billion users. Insiders are telling me that Oculus has some mind blowing stuff it hasn’t shown off yet, which shows how the hype is building. Also joining are a variety of mobile phone-based headsets, from Google’s Cardboard, to Merge VR’s foam-based set that takes an iPhone 6, to Samsung’s Gear VR, which costs about $200 and takes a Samsung phone to power it. I expect to see a number of big booths at next year’s CES show to be demonstrating these to lots of willing buyers (at this year’s show Oculus had a long line waiting to try its prototypes and most I talked to said something like “holy cow.” Well, it was Vegas so a few expletives might have been used. Heh. Point is that there’s a LOT of interest in Oculus).

In 2017 we’ll see the augmented reality glasses, like Microsoft’s Hololens, Meta’s SmartGlasses, and Magic Leap jump into the fray, amongst others. What are these and how are they different? Their screens let you look through them to the real world. Where Valve and Oculus only let you see virtual images painted on your screens (along with possibly images from a camera so you can see where in the room you are).

Augmented Reality will let you have glasses you can wear while walking around. Sort of like how Google Glass worked, but with much nicer screens. This is the world where Blippar will really take off. Why? Because our expectations are that you’ll look at something and be able to learn more about it.

Today Blippar showed off just how cool that world will be.

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A few notes on the Collision Conference.

You might not have heard of it yet. But it’s part of the fastest growing series of conferences I’ve seen in my career. Four years ago founder Paddy Cosgrave was sitting in his bedroom begging people to come to Ireland to speak at his new conference, called “Web Summit.” He told me most turned him down until he got a huge break: he met rock star Bono in a Dublin restaurant. Got the courage to introduce himself and ask if he could come along to a pub crawl for geeks he was arranging. Then he called back all those who had turned him down “hey, I know you told me to get lost, but now Bono is joining us, want to go on a pub crawl through Dublin with Bono?”

That first conference had a few hundred people. That got me to join the next year. Why? Techcrunch’s Mike Butcher, and others, told me it was the best conference they had ever been to. The year I joined there were a few thousand attendees. Last November, that conference had 22,000 attendees.

So what does Collision have to do with Web Summit? It’s the same conference and expo run by the same team, but Paddy and his team believe that every country should have their own brand. They are also holding a Web Summit in Hong Kong, called “Rise.”

This is the most impressive startup and technology conference. And that’s saying something. I’ll see you at Web Summit in Dublin in November.

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The Blockchain is going to change, well, nearly everything about business.

Here is legendary investor Tim Draper (he’s the “D” in DFJ, which invested in Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, SpaceX, amongst many other things) talking about how he’s getting rid of legal documents when funding startups by incorporating those agreements directly into Blockchain technology. What’s that? It’s a new kind of ledger, decentralized, built into the software underneath Bitcoin. Keeps track of all the owners and agreements that go into owning a piece of a company. Listen to Tim talk about it here:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153263857234655/?type=2&theater

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A new cloud is coming, says CRV investor.

Devdutt Yellurkar is a venture capitalist at CRV and explained to me that he’s seeing a new “Cloud 2.0” taking shape.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153263910299655/?type=2&theater What’s that? A set of new companies like Qubole that are set to disrupt existing cloud vendors by taking away the most lucrative of their business assets: databases. I found this to be very interesting for us at Rackspace, since we provide service on top of so much of the cloud (just this week we announced support for Microsoft Office 360).

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My first week with Apple Watch.

Lots of people have been asking me what I think of Apple’s new watch. So far it does what it needed to do: be better than the competition (by just doing that it will sell 90% of the smart watches sold this year since most of the people who can afford a $400 watch are already Apple customers). That said, it’s not a category redefinition like the first iPhone was to the mobile phone industry. It doesn’t bring much new beyond its “crown” which lets you scroll up and down through emails and notifications.

I find its real value is that it saves me time. How? Everytime someone calls I look at my watch. I get a lot of spam calls and calls from people who block their caller ID. I never accept those, and it saves me seven seconds every time I get one of those because I can decline the call right from the watch.

Sometimes my phone is in the next room on the charger while I’m watching TV, too. Maybe my boss is calling just to check on something. I can answer him right from the watch without getting off the couch. That’s happened a few times in the first week already and everytime it happens it makes me happy I have the watch.

That said I’ve already removed most of the apps and most of the notifications from my watch. Why? They aren’t contextual enough. When I am watching a movie I don’t want to get bothered by, say, Facebook or Twitter. That stuff can always wait. Messenger, on the other hand, I kept on because if a customer is trying to get an answer that’s worth walking out of a movie for. Same with texts and phone calls. They are worth keeping on the watch. The other stuff, not so much. App developers need to rethink the value they are delivering to the watch. I’ll try apps as they update and see if they get smarter about delivering only really key notifications to the watch.

I do like the map integration on the watch and when Apple Pay gets more ubiquitous I can see that paying from the watch will be nicer too. The health monitoring is nice, although people who are really serious about health, like marathon runners, find it isn’t rugged enough, nor is it water proof, so they find they prefer devices from Garmin and others that are made more for them.

So, do I recommend you buy it? Only if you can get enough value out of it by saving a few seconds here and there by not being asked to pull your phone out of your purse or pocket. Translation: rich people will probably get enough value. Busy sales people and execs probably will too. It isn’t the kind of thing that I am going to be highly evangelistic about, but I’m happy I have mine.

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2015-07-05 18:36:36 (6 comments; 20 reshares; 214 +1s)Open 

Reprinted: Life and Tech #6: Dubai and emerging markets set to roar

This email newsletter was sent out May 14th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

Dubai is just like many other cities in the world: its government wants to make it a startup hub and is investing tons into making that happen (it is building several entrepreneurial cities, one aimed at Internet, another at healthcare). But there’s a bit of difference between Dubai and, say, Shanghai or Singapore: it has the tallest building in the world, the busiest airport, the nicest hotel, an indoor skiing resort, and an entrepreneurial set of leaders who have a “why not” attitude. Plus the 2020 World Fair will be here.

While there to speak at Terrapin’s Cards & Payments confab I met with many business leaders. Restauranteurs, aguy who ... more »

Reprinted: Life and Tech #6: Dubai and emerging markets set to roar

This email newsletter was sent out May 14th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

Dubai is just like many other cities in the world: its government wants to make it a startup hub and is investing tons into making that happen (it is building several entrepreneurial cities, one aimed at Internet, another at healthcare). But there’s a bit of difference between Dubai and, say, Shanghai or Singapore: it has the tallest building in the world, the busiest airport, the nicest hotel, an indoor skiing resort, and an entrepreneurial set of leaders who have a “why not” attitude. Plus the 2020 World Fair will be here.

While there to speak at Terrapin’s Cards & Payments confab I met with many business leaders. Restauranteurs, a guy who is building skateparks and designing events for RedBull, another who builds very expensive Swiss watches, some tech geeks, startup leaders, people who are running another huge conference. and even visited one MIT fellow’s home where he showed me his extensive art collection. 

Immediately you pick up on how new this ecosystem is. Dubai residents point to pride the fact that almost the entire city has been built in the past 15 years. Yes, we talked about the fact that much of it was built with slave, at worst, or indentured servants, at best, labor. But those that focus on the negatives will miss that this city is the Las Vegas of the Middle East now. Do we care that the mob built Las Vegas? No. And neither will the world concern itself too much with human rights, although one woman executive I met who works in an ad agency told me it’s much tougher to be a female executive there than in other places in the world. “Why do you stay?” I asked. She said she loved the entrepreneurial attitude, the easier way of life, and the place Dubai is going to take on the world’s stage. All as she looked lovingly at the stunning skyline (she took me to an opening of a new posh restaurant on the 49th floor of one of the newer buildings). This is a place that is undergoing stunning change and she told me she is “leaning in” and actively working to change the culture and she sees a huge opportunity here (she sees Sheryl Sandberg as a huge role model for her and other new business executives in the Middle East). Leaders aren’t made in easy conditions and Dubai is forging new leaders in not just tough cultural conditions but explosive growth and markets.

One thing I picked up on is how few really innovative startups there are. But everyone wants them. I met with a venture capitalist and he listed the kinds of things he’s looking to invest in. Most will be great businesses but I didn’t hear anything really forward thinking like, say, a media company for Oculus Rift, or robots, or 3D printers, or any number of bleeding-edge IoT startups that you will see at Web Summit in Dublin. The “coolest” startup is one that does augmented reality from children’s books, and in the comments under the video I did of him https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153277316249655/ you’ll see that the concept is similar to others who came before him. Which is what I hear from many here: the ecosystem isn’t ready to take real innovation risk. That will be built over the next decade. Investors here want to see entrepreneurs copy tried-and-true concepts from the West and maybe China and bring them to the Middle East. 

Uber is available here, but so is a local copy, https://www.careem.com , which is finding a nice market in conservative Saudi Arabia, where women aren’t allowed to drive. They outfitted cars with baby seats and are winning business from Uber because they more quickly adopt to local tastes and needs. That said, Uber isn’t your normal startup. While I was in Dubai it announced it was starting to take cash in India, which shows it, too, can change to serve local needs (many both in India and in the Middle East don’t use credit cards, I’ve learned, which makes using services like Uber difficult). Uber’s announcement: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153274787549655:0 

How does Dubai get to the place where it can really innovate? It has a lack of programming talent. Some of that could be lured here with the wonderful lifestyle and the economic riches of the nearby oil riches. Dubai, itself, doesn’t have much of an oil wealth, but does benefit from having major wealth nearby in Saudi Arabia and other cities. That is one reason why Dubai is more liberal (ex pats here say they get away with much of the same behavior that you would in Western cities, while that wouldn’t be true in nearby Saudi Arabia. Women here are often dressed like they do in San Francisco or San Antonio. Yes, you do see the more conservative ones, but Dubai has built an oasis that’s open for business to the rest of the world.

Which brings me to Obi’s founder, Neeraj Chauhan, https://www.facebook.com/Neerajchauhan01 . I met with him in Dubai as he traveled back from Africa. Obi is one of a bunch of new mobile companies (the most famous of which is Xaomi, run by former Google exec Hugo Barra) that are going after the developing market. 

This is where the new mobile wars are being fought. Let’s be honest. Apple already has the market share in the United States it’s going to get and the profits, too. But in places where Nokia once ruled the markets are wide open for disruption. He told me that in India alone a million smart phones are sold every day. Get one percent of that market and you have a nice business. 

He told me the role of Dubai, with its airport that is reachable from the rest of the world. You can take a non-stop here from San Francisco, thanks to Emirates airlines. He says that Dubai is the place you go to do business and that things like its 100,000 attendee GITEX tech show, in October, are the reasons why (he was here for a health tech conference last week). 

He says the markets are getting richer, which means they are looking for more upscale mobile phones. He’s about to introduce a $200 phone that is being designed in San Francisco. He’s making a big deal about that “designed in San Francisco, priced for the rest of the world.” Most people in the emerging markets he serves can’t yet afford the $1,000 iPhone 6+ I am holding. 

Anyway, where I’m going is the smart money in Silicon Valley travels to emerging markets. Look at the moves Zuckerberg has made at Facebook. Nearly everyone in this region uses WhatsApp. Look for more, many more, to follow his lead. Can’t think of a better place to start than Dubai. It’s ready to roar.

Oh, and when will we see a global brand come not from Silicon Valley or China, but from the emerging markets themselves. Payments provider Mpeso https://mpeso.net/ is dominant in places like Africa. It is the one I keep hearing about, so wonder if it will escape to the richer countries? Probably thanks to immigrants who are sending money back home.

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While we are talking about mobile phones, did you miss how Samsung and other vendors are getting squeezed? http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0bd63166-971d-11e4-9636-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3a5h5yRkn

Apple is moving in on their turf on high end (which is where most of the profits are) and companies like Xiomi, Meizu, Obi are commoditizing nice phones on low end. Meizu is announcing a new phone in India here: http://techpp.com/2015/05/14/chinese-smartphone-manufacturer-meizu-to-debut-in-india-on-may-18-likely-to-launch-meizu-m1-note/ Android is dominant in these emerging markets. But Samsung’s profits will likely continued to get squeezed. Why? On high end iPhones still have the best developer support and rich people around the world tell me that is why they are on iPhones (90% of the 200,000 customers of Coachella, world’s most influential music festival, are on iPhones). Even in Dubai, a market where most people have Android-based devices, the few developers I met were carrying iPhones. Why? They are hoping to get to the rich markets first. 

I sure am glad I don’t work at Samsung. I don’t see how it escapes this squeeze anytime soon. Better hardware isn’t going to change the market dynamic in a big way. 

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In Dubai I had quite a few fun experiences in between meeting tons of entrepreneurs and speaking at two conferences. Some of the people I met (I list them here so you can build relationships with some of the leaders in Dubai and the Middle East).

Microsoft evangelist Mohamed El Shaekh, who took me around the world’s most luxurious hotel: https://www.facebook.com/sheakh/posts/10152764805756555?pnref=story 

Ritesh Tilani, who is a startup founder, working on a system to make airports more efficient with Bluetooth Smart Low Energy Beacons. He joined us on a trip around the waterfront in a yacht: https://www.facebook.com/ritesh.tilani/posts/10101792545176897?pnref=story

Met with journalist Farrukh Naeem Qadri and we talked about the startup ecosystem. Thanks for his help with this newsletter’s content. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155550474435500&set=a.10150330017380500.566621.612240499&type=1&theater 

Rintu Mathew who is helping plan the 100,000 attendee tech conference GITEX. https://www.facebook.com/rin2.matt/posts/10155554745805191?pnref=story The details on the conference are at http://www.gitex.com/ 

Dany D-fine showed me the coolest app I saw come out of the region: Colorbug, which augments reality and helps kids do something other than just stare at their iPad’s screen: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153277316249655/

Akos Balogh traveled to Dubai to show me his new iPhone frame, Moscase, (looks like a case, but is packed with sensors and with a replaceable plate). Proves innovation isn’t done yet in the case market. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204088331192788&set=a.1493778468664.227679.1360131908&type=1 

Futurist David Passiak introduced me to tons of people and took me “dune bashing.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152871602903807&set=a.10150206961913807.313673.636253806&type=1 (Think rollercoaster on sand dunes, tons of fun).

Tina Yd came along. She runs a startup incubator in Dubai. https://www.facebook.com/tinadot 

Brad Kr came to promote skateboard events years ago and never left. Now he designs skateparks for the royalty here and does marketing work for RedBull and others. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153272180264655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654&type=1 He was joined with Raj Kotecha, who has started several businesses, is a DJ in town, and took me to the exclusive 360 club that’s hard to get into. (Get it, I do 360 video, so had to go to the 360 club? Thought not. Heh. ). 

Former NextWeb CEO Zee Kane was one of the group that joined us on Sunday for a spectacular lunch. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153271282214655 This shows why Dubai is attracting tourists from all over the world. The food is stunning and continued to be stunning during my entire trip. Others that joined? Obi’s Managing Director Amit Rupchandani, https://www.facebook.com/amit.rupchandani.1 and Ahmed Sabti, who is trying to build a new social network. I gave him some ideas about how he could possibly have some success in that crowded space. https://www.facebook.com/ahmed.alsabti 

Visited Sultan Al Qassemi. He’s a fellow at MIT Media Lab and has a spectacular modern art collection. I wish I had more time with him, definitely the most interesting person I met and quite outspoken, too. I hear he was first person to be verified by Twitter in the Middle East, too. https://twitter.com/SultanAlQassemi 

Dominik Mazur, CEO of Camfind, showed me his visual search engine. https://www.facebook.com/Mazur.Dominik I used it on Maximilian Buser’s wrist. He makes art watches in Switzerland that cost $95,000 and up. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153274438549655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654&type=1&theater We talked about Apple Watch and he says it’s having zero effect on his business, but that he expects that Swiss manufacturers in the $300 to $1,500 price range will be hit hard by Apple. 

Whew, what a lot of meetings and fun to fit into four days. Thanks everyone who came out and taught me about the region.

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I love traveling with my ScottEVest pants. It’s funny, but I note here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153274339734655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654&type=1 that I like the pants better than the vest that gave ScottEVest its name. The pockets, which are extra long, keep my passport, wallet, and iPhone 6+ safe. I can’t imagine traveling without them anymore.


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A new thing the Apple Watch does? Keeps you from being embarrassed on stage. I was being interviewed by Plamen Russev when my phone rang. Yeah, I know, I should have had it in airplane mode but I forgot. The watch let me reject the call in less than a second which means the phone didn’t even have a chance to ring. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153274337539655 Plamen does the quite successful WEBIT series of conferences. Based on the quality of the audience he had here in Dubai I will try to visit his bigger events around the world.

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2015-07-05 18:33:34 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 96 +1s)Open 

Reprinted: Life and Tech #7: Learnings from the Age of Context

This email newsletter was sent out May 21st. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here:http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

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Two years ago Shel Israel and I were putting the final touches on our book, “Age of Context.” We tried to predict where the mobile world would go (and since mobile is how many humans connect to the Internet, has a big impact on the future of business).

What are contextual systems? They are ones that change depending on the users’ context. You know, your mobile phone and watch should behave differently depending on whether you are in a business meeting, watching a movie, exercising, dancing at a night club, or eating a meal. Doing that would require gathering data from email, from calendar, from searches,from s... more »

Reprinted: Life and Tech #7: Learnings from the Age of Context

This email newsletter was sent out May 21st. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here:http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

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Two years ago Shel Israel and I were putting the final touches on our book, “Age of Context.” We tried to predict where the mobile world would go (and since mobile is how many humans connect to the Internet, has a big impact on the future of business).

What are contextual systems? They are ones that change depending on the users’ context. You know, your mobile phone and watch should behave differently depending on whether you are in a business meeting, watching a movie, exercising, dancing at a night club, or eating a meal. Doing that would require gathering data from email, from calendar, from searches, from sensors you are wearing and holding or walking near. When we wrote the book, Google Now had already been out for a few months. I thought it was the beginning of a new wave of computing.

Right after the book went to press Bluetooth Smart Low Energy Beacons went live (most of the press called them iBeacons, after Apple’s marketing and software layer on top of these little radios, but that wasn’t correct). These little radios spit three numbers into the air. Your phone can tell how close it is to them. They cost less than $10 each in quantities. Run on small batteries for longer than a year. 

I thought we had totally nailed a new trend and that we’d look like brilliant futurists, predicting a crazy always-surveilled big data future. 

That fantastic future largely hasn’t shown up, though. 

Perfect example - Google Glass. Our cover has a guy wearing a pair. They certainly haven’t proven to be popular on the street. Another great example -- beacon technology. The beacon/contextual world largely hasn’t shown up, despite Coachella having 160 of them on the field during its music festival. 

Why not?

Well, after every speech I’ve given since then, where I detail all the fantabulous things that are happening, where even baby bottles have sensors in them, I ask the audience “how many of you are freaked out by this new world?” It’s consistent that 1/3rd of the hands go up. That attitude toward privacy is borne out by this Pew Report: http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/05/20/americans-attitudes-about-privacy-security-and-surveillance/ 

When working on the book I thought that utility would solve this problem and would convince people to jump on board. That hasn’t proven true in a major way and it’s leading to a new divide between people who are “all in” and people who are resisting this new “always watching” technology. 

It also is leading tech companies like Apple, to ignore contextual technology. The Apple Watch, for instance, doesn’t behave differently depending on where you are, which is a real shame because it keeps lighting up even when I’m in a movie. 

My opinion matches Sam Song Liang’s. He writes, on my Facebook post where I ask about lessons learned from the Age of Context, “On privacy, a simple question I ask people is this: compared to 30 years ago, before Google, Facebook, mobile phones, do people have more or less privacy now? Do most people prefer the life now or 30 years ago?” https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153290494034655 

Privacy attitudes aren’t the only retardant that’s holding back big-data innovation. 

This report on retail beacons gives some others: http://readwrite.com/2015/05/21/retail-beacons-long-way-to-go Turns out it’s hard to provide real utility in an app-siloed world. Why? Well, can, say, your Starbucks app really interoperate with the databases inside Facebook? No. 

...and why not? Because while Facebook does gather a TON of data about where you are reading it, and who you are, it has actually moved to close down APIs instead of opening them up thanks to those privacy fears. 

Also, the operating system itself just isn’t opening up like I had hoped it would on both Android and Apple’s mobile OS’s. On Apple, developers still can’t talk to the dialer, nor the wifi radios, in a real way that would allow better contextual apps to be built. Yes, there are companies like NewAer who are trying to provide radio-based context.

Go back to the learnings from Coachella about beacons, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ8Hu-KELs&feature=youtu.be 

First you have to get someone to load your app. Then you need to get them to turn on Bluetooth (which means they need to think about battery life and privacy). Then you need them to turn on notifications, which, in the best of cases, will mostly be informative and have utility. But as my Apple Watch is teaching me, most notifications are spammy intrusions into what you are trying to do. 

That’s a lot that’s holding back our age of context. 

Why do I say that there’s a new divide? Well, I was at a “Live in the Vineyard” concert in Napa last year. Sitting next to me was an insurance salesman from Chicago who didn’t know who I was. I started talking to him about his new Samsung phone and he said “I love Google Now. The more I tell it about myself, the more it helps me.” 

Just look at the sentiment around Facebook Messenger here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153289914964655 Some, like me, really love the app. Others are very afraid of it and refuse to use it. I don’t know how this divide gets settled, but it is something to note for those of us who are building technologies for our companies.

In talking with my friends and people in the tech industry, there are fans of this new “give a bunch of data over to companies so they can do stuff with it for us” world. But there aren’t enough cases to get most people over into this world and our fears hold us back. 

Other lessons? In the Internet of Things world there are still multiple standards that are being discussed/decided on, and hooking up to them is taking unique technology that costs. I visited Golgi.io to see its new system that makes building apps for mobile/IoT connections much easier: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153288810404655/ 

Also, this week I visited Wearable World, to get a good feel for the state of that market in the post-Apple watch era. I agree with Francine Hardaway’s wrap up, here:https://medium.com/@hardaway/wearables-still-waiting-for-their-day-in-the-consumer-sun-5d1a774f1f54 It seems a lot of the excitement has left the building, but there are still a bunch of companies slogging it out, building new sensors and trying to find new, as yet unserved, markets. That said, our short attention spans have moved onto sexier things like virtual reality, drones, and robots. Last weekend I took my family to the very crowded 10th Annual Maker Faire. The most crowded booth? It was the “Game of Drones” booth where they were fighting drones.

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Industry prepares for Oculus.

Consumer cam. $499. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153292310039655/ Giroptic.

Pro cam system. Up to $1 million for a sports stadium. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153290637224655/ 3D-4U. 

Why do I care so much about 360-degree cameras and virtual reality headsets? Because they blow me away. I think the rest of you will see what I’m talking about next year.

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OpenStack had its big summit this week and here’s Rackspace’s architect Adrian Otto and others talking about new container support. The future of the cloud is containers and this video shows off what’s changing. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153290664189655 

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Will Uber bans lead to a new political movement?

In San Antonio the city banned Lyft and Uber. This week 700 people showed up to see if they could get support for technology and entrepreneurial-support initiatives. http://therivardreport.com/satechbloc-draws-huge-launch-crowd-to-pearl/ I think this is very positive. Everytime I see a city ban Uber I think “there’s corruption.” Certainly not taking a point of view that’s very consumer focused. I hope this effort bears some fruit.

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2015-07-05 18:20:45 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 122 +1s)Open 

Reprinted: Life and Tech #8: another look at Google Glass.

This email newsletter was sent out May 28th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here:http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 Since this newsletter was sent out, rumors have started swirling that Google Glass will be reintroduced soon as an "Enterprise Edition." This makes sense, since there is demand for these things from people like doctors, trainers, or other enterprise workers that don't care about how they mess with people's social contract. Anyway, read on...

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Another look at Google Glass

When watching something like this morning’s Google IO keynote I think “what do people who are trying to build companies need to know?” Then “what do I care about?”

First, let’s get the “what do I care about”out of the way ... more »

Reprinted: Life and Tech #8: another look at Google Glass.

This email newsletter was sent out May 28th. Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here:http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 Since this newsletter was sent out, rumors have started swirling that Google Glass will be reintroduced soon as an "Enterprise Edition." This makes sense, since there is demand for these things from people like doctors, trainers, or other enterprise workers that don't care about how they mess with people's social contract. Anyway, read on...

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Another look at Google Glass

When watching something like this morning’s Google IO keynote I think “what do people who are trying to build companies need to know?” Then “what do I care about?”

First, let’s get the “what do I care about” out of the way first?

Earlier this week, for CNET, I did an editorial about where Google Glass went wrong.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153307142234655 CNET also covered what went wrong in a separate article:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153304345879655 Hint, we didn’t see anything about the future of Google Glass today at Google IO (which I think is a real bummer, but understandable since Google Glass has a black eye right now). Makes me sad when thinking about the startups and enterprises that bet on Glass (Boeing and a few hospitals are still using them). Instead Google took us into a world of VR, showing off Expeditions and a new VR camera that most of us can neither afford, nor use. The editorial got a lot of praise, though, so you might enjoy reading my wrapup of my experience wearing Google Glass for more than a year.

The two things that I have seen that interest me the most are Google Now on Tap, which is even more contextual than before. They showed listening to a song by Skrillex and asking it “what is his real name?” and it understood and gave the right answer. Very cool.http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/28/google-now-on-tap/

The other thing that was most important to me, was the development of an Internet of Things API named Brillo. I have to get a closer look at this but it looks like it could really help open up new kinds of devices to integrate with Google’s other efforts. Will Apple have its own answer in a few weeks at its developer conference? Will both work together? These are things we’ll have to work out: http://www.theverge.com/…/google-project-brillo-iot-google-…

For businesses, the new Inbox probably is something you should check out. It now works with Gmail and Google’s Apps. http://venturebeat.com/…/google-opens-inbox-to-everyone-ad…/ I’ve moved my Gmail into there and have been using it since it came out. It takes some time to get used to, but overall saves me a lot of time because of Gmail’s filters. It filters out stuff like social email, or promotional email, into tabs, titled such, which keeps my inbox cleaner. I can’t use email clients that don’t support this.

Other stuff that’s worthy to consider:

Google announces Expeditions, VR field trips for schools. Not sure this translates to businesses, but I can see something like this becoming a big deal for travel industry: http://www.fastcompany.com/…/hey-kids-google-wants-you-to-g…

Google announces Google Photos. More and more I’m using automatic uploads on Flickr, Google+, Facebook, and Dropbox. Google has better algorithms to make your photos look better and obviously has better search features. I need a week with this before I really can say it’s good or not, but if you are a photographer you should try it out when available (as of this afternoon I still couldn’t get it on my iPhone): http://venturebeat.com/…/google-photos-launches-with-unlim…/

Google launches Polymer. Those of you with development teams building both web and mobile versions probably should look into this. Makes it easier to build apps for both with common look and feel:http://venturebeat.com/…/google-launches-polymer-1-0-lets-…/

Google announces new Android M. The latest Android, lots of little fixes.:http://www.fastcompany.com/…/with-android-m-google-makes-yo…

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Last night I met with Yallo’s CEO, Yosi Taguri, who is building a new phone dialer app from his Tel Aviv offices. It’s gotten note on Android because it adds a bunch of features to the phone. Coming in a month to iOS.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153308227484655/?type=2&theater

Off camera we talked about development. He carries five mobile phones, and pointed out what was wrong with all of his Android devices. Matches what I hear from other CEOs. They might be forced to use Android because of the market size, but like using iOS better. In his case it’s worse because Android is more open, so lets him do more things.

He decided to develop on Android first, though, for a few reasons:

1. The market is much bigger, especially in developing world, where he thinks there’s more demand for better phone features.

2. His development team ships updates every few hours. On Apple that’s impossible to do because Apple wants to check out each update, a process that can take longer than two weeks. On Android that’s just how it works and updates get pushed right to end users immediately. This let him work with customers to fix bugs, and add features, quicker. Now that he has a great product that people love, he’s making an iOS version.

We also talked about Facebook’s new UI that it was testing. I saw it only for a few hours on May 24th here:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153300262889655?pnref=story Turns out that it’s using a new A/B testing methodology, described here “React Native: Facebook takes another stab at fixing app development.” http://arc.applause.com/…/facebook-app-developers-react-na…/ Yosi raved about this, saying it gives developers, like him, build one UI, test it, and deliver it to both Android and iOS. He says the engineering work Facebook is doing here shouldn’t be missed.

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Speaking of Facebook, on Monday I wrote up 21 tips and it got shared 3,723 times as of this afternoon:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153302327124655 I still think Facebook is the most important social network, even though I post my newsletter to LinkedIn and still interact a lot on Twitter. If you want Facebook to work well for you, try using these tips. Particularly send these to your social media team. They will help you get more reach and quality engagement, not to mention your inbound feed will be better so you’ll see news and information that actually might matter to you faster. Translation: fewer cat photos and memes. smile emoticon

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Speaking of development, this week I met with TestFairy’s CEO (that video will be up next week). What is that? It’s a new way to test apps. Instead of using Apple’s TestFlight to give apps out to early beta users, you use TestFairy. This then records everything users are doing. Keep in mind this is only for beta testing, not for production users. But this lets developers see how testers are actually using their apps, and when there’s a problem, you can see exactly what’s going on. Another company, Lookback, got hot on Product Hunt this week, because it lets developers share a stream off of an app, which lets them demo apps to new users.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153307473584655 Good stuff for developers to consider.

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Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Report shipped this week. She’s a venture capitalist at KPCB and her report is always well read by most insiders. Here I tear through the 200 slides and analyze them.https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153307276529655

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Media shakeup. I’m sad that GigaOm has been sold off, in pieces. Doubt that will ever be a big player again. The shocker, this week, though, is that the Verge bought Recode, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher’s new company. The other shocker is how hard it is to build audiences these days. Underscores the effort that Rackspace pays me and Rocky to float around the world looking for the future and recording it for you. I’m off to meet with Plug and Play’s founder, Saeed Amidi, right now. More on that on Facebook later. Why is he important? His incubator has funded hundreds of startups. Then, next week, I’m hanging out with Innovation Endeavors, Eric Schmidt’s VC firm.

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!

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2015-07-04 18:44:14 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

A NEW WAY OF SEEING (Life and Tech #9)

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 This one was sent out on June 4th.

I just got back from spending two days with Innovation Endeavors at its “Curiosity Camp” in the middle of the redwoods near Santa Cruz. 

Rackspace sends me to stuff like this so that I can find new ways of doing business and bring those insights back to the company. This is Eric Schmidt’s VC firm. They are investing in innovations that are changing our world in a range of things from bio medicine, to agriculture, to machine learning.

One commonality behind everyone I met is that they don’t accept that we have to look at the world the same way that we used to. Thanks to technology, many are rethinking, well, everything about their industries. Farmers are planning on aworld wh... more »

A NEW WAY OF SEEING (Life and Tech #9)

Every week I email out a newsletter named "Life and Tech." You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 This one was sent out on June 4th.

I just got back from spending two days with Innovation Endeavors at its “Curiosity Camp” in the middle of the redwoods near Santa Cruz. 

Rackspace sends me to stuff like this so that I can find new ways of doing business and bring those insights back to the company. This is Eric Schmidt’s VC firm. They are investing in innovations that are changing our world in a range of things from bio medicine, to agriculture, to machine learning.

One commonality behind everyone I met is that they don’t accept that we have to look at the world the same way that we used to. Thanks to technology, many are rethinking, well, everything about their industries. Farmers are planning on a world where they will have 50 sensors per acre of land. I heard at camp that today most farms don’t have any sensors at all. DuPont is planning on radically changing that over the next decade. Cloud computing, synthetic biology, machine learning and other technologies are shifting how we can look at the world in a big way, in industries that you might not think of.

Just look at the people I’ve met in the past week and how they are looking at their industries differently thanks to a variety of technologies:

Alexander Green of Sugar Cubes: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153324143764655/ He wanted to make a new kind of light display for nightclubs and music festivals. Built his own cubes, added LEDs, and a ton of programming and the result is beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it.

…or there is Des Power of Harman: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153317073444655 He runs a billion-dollar business selling speakers and home entertainment products with names like JBL on them. Brought 50 designers to Shenzhen, China, and started winning design awards, not to mention seeing increased sales. Why? Because innovation is about rapid iteration, and locating designers near the factories of Shenzhen shortened the time to get a new product out the door. They now do it in 22 weeks from start to finish.

Asher Levine is one of the top fashion designers in the world. You’ve seen his work on Beyonce, Wil.i.am and many other celebrities. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153324112029655&set=a.458123019654.251938.501319654&type=1 How does he look at the world differently? His mom taught him how to sew when he was six and now he stitches LEDs, sensors, and other technology into clothing for performers.

Anthony Sabbadini, founder of SCTracker, thought there was a new way to “see” supply chains. So, he built this, which shows where products are being built in real time thanks to GPS: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311873299655/
 
Janna Bastow, cofounder/CEO of Product Pad, knew there was a better way to track ideas. Her tool lets you prioritize ideas and track them from start to finish.
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Ash Eldritch, cofounder and CTO at Vital Medicals knew that wearable computers would change how surgery is done. His system lets doctors and surgeons see information right on top of their real-life patients – just picture that for a second –which gives them fewer distractions and helps them perform surgery in huge new ways. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153330329514655 Next Tuesday ODG (the glasses they use) will announce new versions that will help architects and others see the world in new ways too.

Yair Bar-on, founder of TestFairy, knew that developers needed to “see” the feedback from their beta testers in a new way. https://www.facebook.com/yairbaron/posts/10153402041011514 How? Apps delivered to beta testers (not for production) record their users so that developers can do things like go back and learn what part of the app they were using when a crash happened, or look at how a user got stuck, or examine why something didn’t display properly.

SpaceKnow lets you see satellite imagery in a new way. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153330473834655 This impacts governments and companies that want to watch specific places on the earth for, say, economic data.

Richard Titus knew there was a new way to do scheduling and payments for small small time-based businesses, so invented Prompt.ly: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153326438509655/

Yosi Taguri hated how his phone worked, so invented Yallo, which changes the dialer on Android and adds a ton of useful features, including new ways to see people calling you. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153308227484655/

Ben Larralde wanted to have a different community for Internet of Things, so he developed Hackster. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311567299655/

Pat White, CEO of Sonata, thinks Enterprise Search needed a fresh approach. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153311545314655/ Cloud technology and machine learning let him look at the problem in a new way.

Can everything be reimaged thanks to technology? I believe so. Even Johnnie Walker whisky is now using IoT technology: http://www.cio.com/article/2926218/innovation/why-johnnie-walker-joined-the-internet-of-things.html

This is just the beginning. Based on what I saw at Curiosity Camp, there’s no sign of this rapid innovation slowing any time soon!  

How are you using technology to reimagine your world? Let me know!
 
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