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Once upon a time, being a techie and launching a business meant adapting to the warmer climate in California after graduating from MIT or dropping out of Carnegie Mellon. Young developers and designers, hopeful inventors and ideological innovators descended upon Silicon Valley starting in the late ’60s. And up until the past few years, not much had changed.
Now tech startups are sparking in cities across the country, but none so much as New York. Brand new micro corporations are settling in the Financial District, illuminating Chelsea, running Lower Manhattan and invigorating all parts of Brooklyn. The same talent pools that once fled to the west coast are sticking closer to home and saving on rents by headquartering in the city.
However, it’s more than cost-savings drawing technological hopefuls to the five boroughs. Initiatives from the city, such as We Are Made in NY, are already in place to offer a support system to emerging businesses. Mayor Bloomberg, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Digital launched the Digital Roadmap, enhancing accessibility and education. Not to mention AT&T’s $1.6 million investment into the homegrown well of expertise.
New York City has made a point of highlighting and investing in the tech industry. So have its businesses.
Quirky, headquartered on 28th Street, helps innovators prototype, market and sell new products. Cooperatives across the city provide work space and tight communities for tech-minded makers to collaborate. Startups around the city start small and grow from the input and programming provided by others.
Exhibitions are a factor, too. The companies showing at the first Engadget Expand New York were given unprecedented access to interface with future consumers beyond Kickstarter campaigns. The show allowed inventors to gauge interest in their products, beta test, promote and chat with investors and peers in the industry. The fact that Engadget holds an annual competition that invests a total of $25,000 in startup enterprises is no small thing either.
But more than anything, what appeals to these new companies is its flagship market status. Technology is flocking to the city for the same reason fashion does: New York City gets it first. Innovators are using robotics, cloud computing and apps to make everyday life easier, save money and generally just do better. Today’s tech companies are lifestyle brands, and there’s no greater location to introduce them to the world. New York’s all-embracing environment is making it possible to get everything from energy conscious powerstrips to calorie counting scales. If this keeps up, the newfangled things we thought were just fantasies for The Jetsons and Back to the Future aren’t too far away.
They’re already making plans for the hoverboard.
Whether it is modifications on Facebook or phone updates, we all have become sick and tired of the changes technology puts us through. No really. Some of us have literally become ill.
According to the New York Daily News, users of the iOS 7 Apple software updates have experienced nausea and headaches. They have also stated that while looking at apps on their iPhone or iPad they have experienced symptoms of car sickness. The iOS7 zooming animation is the cause of the problem.
On an Apple support forum, a user wrote, “I had severe vertigo the minute I started using my iPad with iOS 7, Lost the rest of the day to it… And not happy at all.”
Unfortunately, there is no way to downgrade an iPhone or iPad operating system. Users who became sick decided to buy Apple products that had older versions of iOS installed.
Check out the report out of Cincinnati, OH below. Has this been happening to you? Separately but related, what do you think of the new operating system?
Black Enterprise asked a number of entrepreneurs about the must-have tech skills other up-and-coming business people should have.
Question: What is ONE baseline tech skill all entrepreneurs should have a good handle on before starting up?
Know How to Wireframe
“Being able to wireframe a page is an incredible important skill for technology development. It’s critical for being able to properly and ideally communicate with your technical and product teams. While not a coding skill per se, it requires understanding how sites or apps are designed, and the more advanced wireframing can involve complex software. Be sure to develop this skill before starting up.”
- Doreen Bloch | CEO / Founder, Poshly Inc.
Managing an Inbox
“It sounds basic, but most people drown in email without any skill for how to manage, delegate, and reign it in. If you aren’t careful, email can take your entire day. Use tools like filtering, auto-forwarding, labeling and auto-responders to clear out your inbox quickly so you can get on to the business of actually running your company.”
- Laura Roeder | Founder, LKR Social Media
How To Learn New Tech Skills!
“The most important tech skill that you could learn is the ability to learn new ones. That might seem like a hard skill to acquire, but it’s actually pretty simple if you practice learning and researching new things using search engines to find solutions to problems. Try it now: find a solution to one of your tech problems, and you’ll be on your way in no time!”
For more, click to BlackEnterprise.com.
‘Fibbing Is Finished:’ Aisha Tyler Talks Sex Scandals And Why Lying Doesn’t Work In The Age Of Technology
It seems like now more than ever, people are being exposed for their dishonest deeds, and not just celebrities and public figures either. We probably have advanced technology to thank for this, which has made it possible for anyone to find out almost anything. The Talk host Aisha Tyler recently shared her thoughts on new media and why lying no longer works, especially in relationships.
“I actually feel sorry for Anthony Weiner. Not because he lost his job in Congress after he tweeted photos of his boxer-clad erection to women who were not his wife, and not because he may lose his bid for mayor of New York City after tweeting photos of his boxer-freeerection to other women who were also not his wife. Not because he has an overinflated sense of his sex appeal, an even more overinflated sense of the appeal of his junk, and the world’s worst impulse control. I feel sorry for him because, through all that frantic sexting—all that career-incinerating, marriage-threatening, life-destroying correspondence—he seems to have thought that even in our high-tech, Wi-Fi world, he could actually get away with it. It’s so gullible it’s almost cute,” Aisha wrote in her Glamour.com blog post.
The 43-year-old beauty went on to say that deception is no longer an option.
“Here’s the cold, hard truth, ladies and gentlemen: Our days of deception have officially ended. From mendacious blood doper Lance Armstrong to greedy womanizer Tiger Woods, from street worker-patronizing Eliot Spitzer to private part-parading Anthony Weiner, prominent men—and women (witness the ham-fisted3 cover-up and tumble from grace of one Paula Deen)—are finding it hard to pull a fast one. Lying. Is. Over.”
“No more secret sexts; they live on the servers forever. And no more trysts in dark restaurants, where every diner with an iPhone is a potential filmmaker, ready to make you famous. We are triangulated, photographed, cookied, and pinged at every turn—computers know more about us now than we know about ourselves. It’s no longer a question of if you’ll get caught in a lie—it’s a question of when,” Aisha continued .”It’s time to accept that fibbing is finished. This is a bitter pill to swallow…”
While taking the spotlight off of men by adding that women are also deceitful, she encouraged readers to try being more transparent.
“Now, many of you may be smugly imagining a world free of two-timing boyfriends and dirty-dog spouses. (And yes, that would be awesome.) But while it may feel like guys are doing all the bad stuff, women stray almost as much as men: 19 percent of us cheat on our partners, compared with 23 percent of men. And when it comes to lying in general, the genders are actually tied.”
“Before you fling your Android into traffic, consider the idea that transparency could be good: Lying’s exhausting. Even a tiny fib requires energy—the fabrications avalanche in an attempt to cover the first one8. And often the lie is worse than the crime.”
“While we’re a judgmental culture, we’re also forgiving—America loves a comeback. Apologize and we’re right there with you, ready to move on. (We even forgive liars: Just ask notorious stomp-around Tiger, now dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.) But for those who do persist in cheating, stealing, and manipulating without compunction or regret, your day of reckoning is at hand. (Cue evil laughter.) So here’s my radical suggestion: Tell the truth. All the time. It may be painful at first, even foreign. But with all the evidence out there in the ether, honesty has never been a better policy.”
Read Aisha’s full blog post here. Would you agree? Is fibbing finished?
TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual tech conference that aims to introduce the latest startups, provide a platform for tech leaders in the making, and provide an opportunity to mingle with others in the tech space. Unfortuntely, two sexist presentations have caused widespread outrage for their outright tasteless content.
“Did you know that looking at breasts is directly linked to a good, healthy heart?” Boulton said to Batts. “So, what’s the problem, Dave?” Batts responded. “Well, women just aren’t that warm to it,” said Boulton. The pair went on to say that male life expectancy has decreased in the past few years because women have been covering up their cleavage. The presentation was supposed be a joke, but it left many offended.
And it didn’t stop there. There was also a presentation for something called the “Circle Shake” app. While the app’s concept isn’t offensive — it is a game that tests how fast you can shake your phone in a given amount of time — the presentation was. The clip above, via The Huffington Post, is what those in attendance saw.
“Many were particularly upset because 9-year-old Alexandra Jordan was in attendance, since she was presenting an app she created,” reports HuffPo.
“Normally our hackathons are a showcase for developers of all stripes to create and share something cool,” TechCrunch co-editors Alexia Tsotsis and Eric Eldon wrote on Sunday. “But earlier today, the spirit of our event was marred by two misogynistic presentations.”
Tsotsis and Eldon promised that every presentation will be getting a thorough screening going forward. “You expect more from us, and we expect more from ourselves. We are sorry,” they wrote.
This is not the first time sexism has been an issue for the tech industry. In March, developer evangelist Adria Richards, attending the Pycon programming convention tweeted a photo of men who were sitting near her, calling them out for what she felt were sexist comments. “One of those men ended up getting fired from his job. Richards was threatened repeatedly by people online, and was eventually fired from her job at SendGrid as well,” reports HuffPo.
She has been largely quiet for the past six months, but tweeted about the need to combat sexism in the industry after the Disrupt event. Women are avid tech users, so companies may find their wallets affected if behavior like this continues.
Do you find you are often distracted at work? These days, what with social media lures and bantering around the office, there are many ways to get off track during the business day. Well, according to The Los Angeles Times, there are some productivity apps that claim to come to the rescue. If you’ve used any of them, please let us know if it worked.
Pocket: If you are like me, you love to read a few articles or watch a few videos when you sit down to the computer. But this can lead to a lot of wasted time. Pocket Android and iOS Pocket apps lets you save directly from your browser. Then you can return to it later–once you’ve done all your work for the day.
“The free app was made to help you stay organized, save ideas and improve your productivity,” notes The Times. Pocket syncs across all platforms, including your phone, tablet and computer and you can view it anytime on any device–without an internet connection.
Dunno: Don’t you love the name of this app? Dunno is a free iOS cloud-based app that does research for you while you wait. Sort of like a Google search, every time something grabs your attention, you jot it down and the free app gets related research and notifies you when it’s done, reports the article.
Pomodoro Timer Lite: If you literally need a timer to keep you on schedule, this is an app for you. “The Pomodoro Android app is a productivity timer and method of working, in which you work for 25 minutes, then take a three-to-five minute break, and then continue working for another 25 minutes,” reports the newspaper.
The work intervals are referred to as “pomodoros,” which is Italian for tomato, and is based on the popular tomato-shaped timer.
Bump: This is kinda cool. Bump is a free cross-platform sharing iOS and Android app that lets user to share information like contacts, photos or files just by bumping two phones together. And it doesn’t matter if one phone is Android and the other is iPhone.
Make me: An app for procrastinators. It actually pushes you to get things done. “The whole experience is gamified, so there’s an element of fun peer pressure to make sure you don’t get off track,” reports The Times.
Would any of these work for you?
Seems like every week there is an announcement about new smartphone. Smartphone maker ZTE announced it will soon sell Mozilla’s first Firefox OS smartphone on eBay–they just haven’t said when.
The ZTE Open went on sale last month in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia. It will now be sold in the U.S. for $79.99, reports The Los Angeles Times. The phone will be sold unlocked and will be able to work with all cellular networks, according to the Chinese manufacturer. It has a 3.5-inch-screen smartphone with a single-core 1GHz processor.
“Firefox OS is a new operating system developed by Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox Web browser. Mozilla says it is releasing the new platform as a way to give consumers more choices besides Apple and Google,” reports the newspaper.
The smartphone market is a saturated one, with new iPhone devices coming in a few weeks, Samsung taking top spots in sales, and brands like HTC and BlackBerry, which is now up for sale, struggling to get a share.
“The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost-conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time,” Dai Wenhong, ZTE vice president, said in a statement. So that sounds like it’s proposed niche. Will it work?
“Technology changes the pace, pattern and scope of human interaction, communication and behavior,” my professor proudly recited over the podium during the first day of my Media, Culture & Society class. Although at the moment, I rolled my eyes and released an exasperated sigh, mentally tossing the quote into my pile of hot air sayings that professors dish out on the first day of class that have little or no relation to the information that we will be covering for the duration of the semester, I didn’t realize that this exact quote would haunt me for weeks to come.
Allow me to start by saying that I love modern technology and new media just as much as the next girl. I swear by my MacBook Pro. My Samsung Galaxy may as well be permanently attached to my hand. I thank God for my tablet on the regular. I love the way that Facebook allows me to connect with friends and family members that I don’t get to see often. I enjoy sharing dialogue with new and interesting people on Twitter. I cherish my ability to offer pals a glimpse of the world through my eyes via my Instagram page. However, I’ve got to admit that when it comes to dating, the very inventions that I praised just seconds ago, I loathe with a passion. As an early 20-something-year-old woman, I can’t say that I’ve been in the grown-up dating arena for long, but I can say that in my opinion, these inventions have put a huge damper on the whole process and is slowly taking the the thrill out of getting to know someone new.
For one, I believe that the overexposure to a person that new media provides seems to make many of us lazy. We don’t really have to put forth the effort to get to know a person because their Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram pages make snapshots of their lives readily available to us. His zodiac sign, birthday, alma mater, place of employment and so on can all be learned with the simple swipe of a finger. Remember the days when you had to actually call and ask your love interest how his day went? These days all you have to do is pull up his Facebook page or Twitter timeline, which will more than likely provide you with an instant play-by-play regarding all of the highlights of his day. If you’re lucky, while scrolling through your Instagram feed you may even be privileged enough to feast your eyes on a beautiful brightly filtered image of what he had for lunch.
Then, there’s the immediate access to a person that new media provides. Owning a cellular phone means that you’re never alone, never apart. When was the last time you missed your love interest? I mean sincerely missed him? Text messaging makes that nearly impossible! I don’t know who said texting a person all day was romantic, but I’d like to meet that person and give them a piece of my mind. If we’re constantly shooting back and forth SMS messages about the menial details of our days, what’s left to talk about on the phone? Or better yet, in person? Where did mystery and excitement go? Text messaging also greatly diminishes the emotional connection that usually comes with communicating with a person. Call me crazy, but I sort of miss the days of not being able to speak with someone all day and anticipating getting home so that I could call them. I even miss calling a person’s house and hearing that they’re not home. The immediate access the new media provides has left me feeling rather smothered to be quite honest. Too much, too fast, too soon.
I met someone recently and I can honestly say that he was one of the most interesting people that I have met in a very long time. I looked forward to getting to know him. Following our initial colorful and mentally stimulating conversation, I eagerly anticipated that more would follow, but after just one date we fell into the never-ending text conversation. You know, the one where you fall asleep, wake up and pick up wherever the conversation left off? After a few weeks I was totally over it and had to ask myself how something that showed promise of being so exciting got dry so quickly? As I scanned through our text history, I instantly felt cheated. Information that would’ve taken weeks worth of phone calls and a handful of dates to learn about looked back at me from my cell phone’s illuminated LCD screen. I fell into new media’s sticky web… again!
Technological advancements, especially when it comes to communicating, have made life so much easier in various different ways. But when it comes to human interaction, just maybe they’ve made life too easy.
What do you think? Has new media helped or hurt us when it comes to dating and relationships?
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Rules were made to be broken. At least that’s Jay Z’s logic. Under the prophetic hashtag #newrules, the rapper and businessman announced that his latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” would be given away 72 hours before its officially release date via a free app for Samsung Galaxy customers. Rather than continuing the fight the music industry has waged against free music since the days of Napster, Jay Z embraced technology, to the tune of $5 million.
Everything didn’t go according to plan. But anyone gleefully pointing to the app crashing the night of “Magna Carta”’s early release as a sign of failure misses the point entirely. Samsung spent a few million dollars – a small amount for the telecommunications juggernaut – to bill themselves as the official leakers of Jay-Z’s album. The buzz generated by the deal coupled with Jay Z’s payout makes both parties winners.
The RIAA quickly jumped on the #newrules bandwagon, tweaking its gold and platinum awards program to cover any digital album sales that previously had to wait a month to be qualified in order to allow for “returns” (unsold, but shipped, stock); making Jay Z’s latest album an instant platinum success.
But everyone isn’t excited about the new world order Jay is ushering in. LL Cool J tells Revolt TV:
“Numbers are Numbers. In the numbers is truth, but in terms of touching the people it’s a little different…For me as an artist I still want to be able to touch the people individually…It still matters to me that people individually went out and bought my record. Although I still think a million sold is a million sold, but for me I like to know that a million PEOPLE bought my record, not a company bought a million copies of my record.”
Billboard took a similar old-school stance when they declined Jay-Z’s team request for the million albums sold to be counted on the charts saying, “ever-visionary Jay-Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy…But in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale.”
If 1 million copies of an album are paid for, but no one is there to buy them, is the album really platinum? …Does it really matter? Outside of being a handy statistic for stans to bring up during “who’s the best artist” debates, have fans ever really cared about platinum plaques?
The RIAA had a point when it announced the rewriting of its rules: “The reality is that how fans consume music is changing, the music business is changing as labels and artists partner with a breathtaking array of new technology services.”
Individual album sales are a remnant of music industry past. Magna Carta gives us a peek at the future of music where the industry dances to the tech industry’s tune.
Jay isn’t the first to hand out albums for free (Prince slid his “Planet Earth” album into copies of the Mail, and Radiohead lets fans pay what they wanted for “In Rainbows”), or sell an album as an app (Björk’s released “Biophilia” for the iPad in 2011).
If the fervor generated by Magna Carta’s early release is any indication, the album would have been a success without it. When the app crashed, the leaked album quickly took over radio airwaves and was gobbled up by non-Samsung users. We all may have trouble swallowing the fact that a company paid for Jay to go platinum but at the end of the day, this whole ordeal was nothing more than a well-executed promotional campaign.
Rather than squabble over Jay Z’s well-coordinated success, energy would be better spent figuring out how to leverage these type of business deals to benefit smaller acts rather than the artists who need the money the least.
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).
Millions of people around the world are trying to find love online as we speak. For years I was one of them. In the wake of my divorce in 2007, over a period of five years, I went on hundreds of dates — most of which went on to involve a sexual liaison of some kind — because I was searching for someone to replace my wife, and because it was easy and I was trying to outrun my pain. Click and you’re on.
I expected to be able to find something perfect out there in the ether, beyond my laptop. I went halfway around the world looking for the perfect woman: from Sydney to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles. A burlesque dancer. An escort. An actress. All incredible women with so much to give but who couldn’t deliver the instant bolt of love I had convinced myself was a prerequisite for any long-term relationship to blossom.
When I did get that “glimpse of eternity”, to borrow a great line from Stephen Vizinczey’s In Praise of Older Women, with an eccentric but beautiful artist who lived just around the corner from where I live in Sydney, our love affair ended after six months.
It was only when my daughter said something startling to me while driving in the car one day that my life changed. I was stuck in traffic. I was bemoaning my life. Getting frustrated and pissed off. Clenching the wheel. Then my little girl piped up from the back seat. “You know, Dad, you could try a little patience. Then you might find life gets easier.”
Out of the mouths of babes. She was absolutely right.
Last year, I wrote a book that was published in Australia called Laid Bare: One Man’s Story of Sex, Love and Other Disorders. It was the story of my comprehensive marriage breakdown, my even more comprehensive mental breakdown, my sexual escapades in Australia and the United States as an accidental but hardcore “player”, my quixotic search for love in the age of the internet and, most of all, how I came to repair the fractured relationship I had with my daughter, who was four when I divorced.
During the writing of my book — and later, in the car with my daughter — I became acutely aware of something that was not only missing from my own life, but also seems to be in danger of disappearing from all our lives. And yes, it’s patience.
We seem to have lost patience with everything. We don’t read books like we used to. We channel surf. We move on if a web page takes more than five seconds to download. We throw away perfectly good things. It’s quicker to replace something than repair it. We take our smartphones to dinner. We no longer listen and absorb. We like. We poke. We tweet. We put up selfies on Instagram when we just can’t bear to be in our own company for more than a few minutes. When something comes along that’s newer than what we already have, our instinctive reaction is to throw away and upgrade, as quickly as possible. Just look at the ridiculous cult of Apple and its products. People sleep outside a store overnight to get their hands on a phone? The world’s gone crazy.
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