Ubiquitous computing is roughly the opposite of virtual reality. Where virtual reality puts people inside a computer-generated world, ubiquitous computing forces the computer to live out here in the world with people.
- The Next Web: Facebook introduces private messages between business pages and fans
Facebook introduces the possibility of having a one-to-one conversation between companies and clients through Business pages. This is another step into allowing companies to establish proper service culture on the social network.
- Washington Post: Google tablet could be released within six months
“In the next six months, we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality”, says Google chairman Eric Schmidt. So far, real alternatives to the iPad have been rare, or rather non-existent. Let’s see if Google can pull it off.
- Presentation: Social, Digital and Mobile in Japan
UK-based agency We Are Social compiled a solid overview of Japan’s social & mobile usage statistics.
- Tim O’Reilly: Publishers Finally Starting to Wake Up to the Consequences
“With great power comes great responsibility”, reminds us Tim O’Reilly. Amazon has transformed the publishing industry. Now it needs to change its behavior, and show it knows how to handle the near-monopoly they have on digital publishing. Else, it’s going to be a case for anti-trust regulation.
- TechCrunch: Mobile Health Apps Projected To Quadruple To $400 Million By 2016
We’ve been confident that the market for Quantified Self and health apps would go through the roof over the next few years. Now there are some numbers to back us up.
- FastCompany: The Future Of The Internet’s Here. And It’s Creepy
A new study about the development and use of data surveillance systems world-wide.
- NY Times: The Internet Gets Physical
A nice overview of current developments in the ‘internet of things’ and networked cities space, including the eerie feeling of big coorporations trying to get too much influence on it.
- Technology Review: Hidden Industry Dupes Social Media Users
Crowdturfing – using crowdsourcing websites to do astroturfing. A big trend in China and the US right now.
- Fortune: Meet the future of consulting
An insightful profile of NYC trend agency PSFK