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Things That Make You Say "Wow!"

As a market researcher, I am thrilled when trends and dynamics emerge after interviewing people. You know you’re beginning to uncover objective findings when the same feedback – good, bad or indifferent – is cited repeatedly by unrelated…

Reflecting on Opportunity and Ambiguity

As I am nearing the end of my second co-op (or internship) here at Ideba, I have been reflecting on my time with the company: my successes, areas for improvement, and my progress since my last co-op term. Something that came up recently was…

I Like my Machines the way Mae West Liked her Men: Dumb.

https://youtu.be/wXxrmussq4E The referenced video holds the benign title “Robots Opening Doors.” Sounds simple. However, the reaction to it, including mine, can be best described as bemused horror. In the video, an arm-less, 4-legged…

The Value of Services

I’ve taken a good college try at the smart home, from August locks to WeMo smart switches to the Nest thermostat.  Everything is a bit clunky.  This is after a good two decades of the technology industry learning how to make printer setup…
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Staying Productive While on The Road

At first, it seems easy to complete 40 hours of work in a week while simultaneously traveling for meetings or sales. It would appear from a superficial level that hours of airplane travel, blocks of time waiting for transit, shuttle, taxi time…

Not All Video is Created Equal

For yet another year, video is all the rage in marketing. IDG raved about the effectiveness of video content with the following stats: 65% of video viewers watch more than ¾ of a video 75% of execs watch work-related videos at least…

Pre-Highlights from CES2018 to Avoid Going There in Person

The (sometimes) energetic craziness of the yearly Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is mostly overshadowed by the too-many-people-to-enjoy-myself syndrome.  Having attended over the past 20 years now, it has gone from the friend that…
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Maybe tech won’t save us after all

Of late, tech giants have been getting an unaccustomed amount of media scrutiny. In a timely coincidence, Franklin Foer, former editor of The Atlantic has written a book entitled, “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.”…

iPhone X and Face ID

Apple recently announced the upcoming release of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as well as the iPhone X. I did not watch Apple’s event, but I have picked up on some of the highlights over the past few days. Mainly, the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. Unlocking…

Could VR be what 3D TV had hoped to be?

The consumer audio-visual technology sector is a competitive place. It seems that new products are consistently rolled out before their predecessors have reached the homes of most consumers. While high definition flat screen TVs are the…