“Sponsored data” is a step towards free cellphones

Was just checking my bill on the AT&T Wireless site and was rather surprised to find that I now have a feature called “sponsored data” enabled, without any notification or promotion from AT&T. In fact, I bet you do too. It’s described by the company thusly: This is actually really cool because it means that […]

Posted by on 31 August 2014 | 4:16 pm

Buy Now buttons in the Twitter stream

Jason Del Ray over at Re/Code is reporting that “Buy Now” buttons showed up for a short period of time in the mobile Twitter app, likely as a test. Apparently it’s related to a partnership that Twitter.com has been building with a shopping site called Fancy. Here’s how it looked when it was being displayed […]

Posted by on 1 July 2014 | 11:54 am

Don’t Request Endorsements from Strangers

There’s a temptation in social media to push every button, flip every switch, and share everything with everybody. Privacy? Bah. That’s for old schoolers. Nowadays all the cool kids are oversharing, right? To some extent, that’s true, but there are still certain things that people need to be more thoughtful about, and an email I […]

Posted by on 13 March 2014 | 3:28 pm

What’s a Blog Brand Ambassador?

I’ve been talking with a couple of different tech firms about the possibility of serving as a brand ambassador. “What’s that?” I can hear you ask. It’s where you serve as a band spokesperson in return for product and, quite often, financial compensation. To find out what kind of deals are the norm, I asked […]

Posted by on 21 February 2014 | 1:39 pm

Interview with Sergio Troiani, inventor of the KLOQE

I received an email pitch from Sergio Troiani about his Kickstarter campaign for a new iPhone case. A new case? After I’d seen thousands of different cases at CES less than a month ago? I was intrigued, and our subsequent discussion about what he was doing turned into this Q&A. Keep in mind when you’re reading […]

Posted by on 9 February 2014 | 9:05 am

Worried about hackers, China implements national smartphone OS

A fascinating story showed up a few days ago about the Chinese Academy of Sciences building its own smartphone operating system that looks a lot like it’s based on Android but has some of its own features and, likely, tightened security options. In fact, China Operating System (or “COS”) is designed to run on a […]

Posted by on 23 January 2014 | 11:11 am

Returns, the bane of online retail?

Really interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal entitled Rampant Returns Plague E-Retailers, in which the author states that “as much as a third of all Internet sales gets returned”. That’s huge and a massive hit for the profitability of these stores, but as the article highlights, with free shipping and free return shipping, there […]

Posted by on 26 December 2013 | 1:58 pm

Dillard’s Eminent Domain Update: Arguing Over $3 Million

I’ve written a number of times now about the ongoing eminent domain case in Longmont, Colorado, just up the street from my house in Boulder. The quick summary: Dillard’s department store is the “last man standing” in the almost completely abandoned Twin Peaks Mall in a prime location south of town. The City of Longmont […]

Posted by on 12 December 2013 | 10:56 am

Hostile Takeover? Why not Acquire Them Instead?

Fascinating story developing with Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank clothing stores. According to the NY Times, Jos. A. Banks approached Men’s Wearhouse in October, 2013 with an acquisition offer of $2.3 billion. The Board of Directors at Men’s Wearhouse rejected it as having too many conditions and said that they believed they had a […]

Posted by on 26 November 2013 | 8:31 am

Majority Still Believe in JFK Assassination Conspiracy

We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, Nov 22, 1963, so it’s no surprise that there are lots of books, movies, TV shows, and even commemorative magazines appearing. I was quite young so I have no memories of that day but I’ve heard many others talk about […]

Posted by on 17 November 2013 | 2:44 pm