Recent reading (7 links for May 14)



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Joi Ito’s Trends to Watch in 2013 – Think Insights – Google
Joi’s analysis is always one to watch. The trends he bets on for the coming years: Hardware as software, gene printing, lifelong learning, and the survival of the quickest (adopters). Solid overview! – by Tetsuhiko Endo (link)  


The Everlasting Gobstopper: 3D Printing Models & Markets
3D printers are getting cheaper, but this may come at a cost. Just like razor blades “subsidize” cheap razors, we see the same model emerging for the 3D printer markets. It’s all about the filaments! (link)  


Germany Is Europe’s Biggest Android Market
Not sure if the numbers are 100% reliable, but it’s certainly interesting to see that Android’s share of the smart phone market is towering huge over iPhones in Germany. (Tablets are a different game altogether.) (link)  


This 17-Year-Old Coder Is Saving Twitter From TV Spoilers (Spoiler: She’s a Girl)
The fact that this article on Jennie Lamere’s coding prowess and achievement focuses almost completely on her being female is an important reminder that the developer scene is still hugely dominated by men. Also, that media still have a hard time looking objectively (by which I mean having a non-gendered look) at these topics. (Also, dear Motherjones, I’m wondering if being “the only developer to work alone” at a hackathon would be praise if written about a male developer?) – by DANA LIEBELSON (link)  


Russian billionaire reveals real-life ‘avatar’ plan – and says he will upload his brain to a hologram and become immortal by 2045
Bizarre and seemingly not a very useful idea, but another step in the struggle to understand the nature of “human v machine” identities. – by Mark Prigg (link)  


Agent of Change: The Industrial Internet Could Help Cure the Healthcare System
Mostly, this is quite funny as GE so horribly botches the metaphors of the Matrix movie they’re referring to. (link)  


The Makers of Ushahidi Hope to Kickstart a Backup Communications Server
The people behind Ushahidi, a software platform for communicating information during a crisis, have now developed what they are dubbing a “backup generator for the Internet”—a device that can connect with any network in the world, provide eight hours of wireless connectivity battery life. – by David Talbot (link)  

Recent reading (6 links for May 6)



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I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet
I’m not usually a fan of journalist self-test “I’ll disconnect for X days/weeks/months” articles. This one at least is quite brutally honest in that it states (spoiler alert!) that nothing really changes except that you drop out of your social obligations. – by Paul Miller (link)  


Can You Live Without Google?
What happens if your Google account gets locked down? Super relevant question, particularly since Google hasn’t managed (or cared?) to build the infrastructure to “appeal” wrongful lockdowns. If your account is locked, you’re screwed in oh so many ways. – by Tienlon Ho (link)  


The Rise of the Supertemp
A quite old article on those who work outside employment, but in the top income bracket. Elite temp workers, really. Interesting aspect of the job market and something I’m convinced we’ll see more and more. – by Jody Greenstone Miller, Matt Miller (link)  


The myth of the eight-hour sleep
Always interested in sleep hacking. Here’s a new-slash-historic look at sleep rhythms. – by Stephanie Hegarty (link)  


The $12 “Gongkai” mobile phone
“$12 is the price paid for a single quantity retail, contract-free, non-promotional, unlocked phone… In other words, the production cost of this phone is somewhere below the retail price of $12. Rumors place it below $10.” > A whole place dedicated to either crapjects or tools of empowerment – the lines are blurry. – by Bruce Sterling (link)  


Trying Google Glass
Another report of using Google Glass, this one by cyber anthropologist Amber Case. – by Amber Case (link)  


Recent reading (6 links for April 30)


Kozyndan: Rainbow Narwhal Spirit Animal

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Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen on What’s Next for the World
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen explain their new book. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m assuming it’s one of those book that will be a quite relevant point of reference for the next couple of years. So far, it looks solid. – by Steven Levy (link)  


Digital Diplomacy
Now that Jared Cohen’s new book is out, time to revisit this early article on his take on 21st century statecraft. – by JESSE LICHTENSTEIN (link)  


12 Beautiful Photos Of Ridiculous Cell Phone Towers Disguised As Trees
File under: The Things We Do To Hide Our Tech (fail) (link)  


Robert Scoble
Robert Scoble, who demo-ed his Google Glass at NEXT Berlin extensively (the first in Europe, I think), shares his experience after two weeks with Glass. (link)  


Die deutsche Tea Party
A new truly populist party (“Alternative für Deutschland”, or AfD) has popped up in Germany. Running on a platform against the Euro, their politics resemble the Tea Party more than anything. (link)  


O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures’ Bryce Roberts : we need a
I was happy to invite Bryce Roberts of OATV to NEXT Berlin to talk about his Declaration of Independents, a third way of founding, financing and growing businesses. Good stuff! – by Nina Fowler (link)  

Recent reading (4 links for April 19)


Skate The Web (tobias leingruber) at betahaus

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What cannot be 3D printed? Time to debunk some myths!
Is 3D printing on the peak of the hype cycle or in a quick race to the bottom of the trough of disillusionment? Either way, here are a few pointers on what’s actually possible and what isn’t. – by Jeremie Francois (link)  


You Lookin’ at Me? Reflections on Google Glass.
Good take on Google Glass: It’s not about the wearer, but about what Glass does to the wearer’s environment. – by Jan Chipchase, Executive Creative Director of Global Insights, Frog (link)  


What if a book could read you? (link)


Paris and the Data Mind
A classic on how collecting data changes our behavior and our perception of cities. Worth revisiting every now and then. – by Craig Mod (link)  

Recent reading (6 links for April 9)


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No to NoUI
Timo Arnall makes the case for a not hiding interfaces, but making them evident – to empower users. (link)  


I’m Cory Doctorow, and This Is How I Work
I’m a sucker for other people’s work, tech and life setup. This is a good one. – by Tessa Miller (link)  


Apps für Verlage – drei aktuelle Beispiele der zweiten Generation
A nice, brief overview (in DE) of noteworthy, second gen publishing apps. (link)  


Tiny Celebrity Game Designers
Ace list of game designers, collected by Hide & Seek, makers of the Tiny Games project. (link)  


Stop working (so hard)
What’s the right amount of work? What’s the best way to work? This author says: less is more. – by Kyle Bragger (link)  


Ouya review: can an indie console take on Sony and Microsoft?
A scathing review of the Ouya game console. I haven’t received mine yet, but I certainly hope it’ll top this review. – by David Pierce (link)  

Recent reading (7 links for April 3)



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The startup founder’s bible: 12 golden commandments to get VC funding
Sascha with a very decent set of hints for those seeking VC funding. – by Sascha Kellert (link)  


Need a Job? Invent It
Preaching to the choir. – by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN (link)  


The Negative Impact Of iOS On Android
Is it wrong to look to iOS and take it as the gold standard for mobile apps? This author thinks so and makes a strong case. – by Ian G. Clifton (link)  


FBI Pursuing Real-Time Gmail Spying Powers as “Top Priority” for 2013
Call me paranoid – or chalk it up to having grown up in Germany with its troubled past of surveillance – but something rubs me very much the wrong way if a government (any government) tries to get blanket permission for real-time surveillance. – by Ryan Gallagher (link)  


Rise of the Independents
Bryce’s thought on the kind of business that’s neither traditional startup nor what might be called a lifestyle business. Good thoughts. (link)  


The Problem with Kindle and EReaders
I don’t at all agree with this take on ebooks. In fact, I love my Kindle dearly, if only as my 3rd reading device (after laptop and tablet) and exclusively for books. That said, interesting points. – by Stephen Marche (link)  


Moving Around Without Losing Your Roots
Something I’ve always wondered about, or at least ever since I started spending time abroad. Good read on how it feels to be a global / tech nomad by choice. – by Gianpiero Petriglieri (link)  

Recent reading (7 links for March 21)


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Nike, TechStars Unveil Startup Accelerator Winners
A quick overview over the first round of winners of the TechStars accelerator program focused on Nike+. – by Austin Carr (link)  


Why Wait For Google Fiber? UK Farmers Want Faster Internet, Build Their Own
A group of farmers self-organizing a 1GB fiber connection? Hell yeah. – by David J. Hill (link)  


Why I left Google
The quiet, calm tone of voice of this “why I left Google” story makes it almost touching. The core point, though, is an important one: “The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.” – by James Whittaker (link)  


Everything you need to know about Moleskine ahead of its IPO
Moleskine has a profit margin of some 41%. That’s somewhere in the region of what Apple makes on hardware. Insane. – by Zachary M. Seward (link)  


Things publishers can’t do (yet)
Charlie Stross shares his – well informed – thoughts on how ebooks could and should be treated very differently from hard and soft cover paper editions. – by Charlie Stross (link)  


3 Ways To Make Wearable Tech Actually Wearable
Some solid ground rules on how to make better wearable tech. – by Jennifer Darmour (link)  


The Future of Product Design is Localized and Democratized
Hardware innovation & startups as the byproduct of an itch that needs scratching in your immediate area/peer group. – by Theodore Ullrich (link)