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At a dinner party the other night, a very accomplished business person told a story about how he and his wife were certain that their devices were listening to their conversations. “I was talking to my wife about a pair of designer shoes that she wanted to purchase, and not 10 minutes later while she was doing some online research for work, she saw an ad for that exact pair of shoes. She hadn’t searched for the shoes; the ad just appeared. Clearly, our computers or our phones are listening.” Some people nodded in agreement, and others began to chime in. Continue Reading →

Apple MR Headset Coming Soon

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple’s next major product – a mixed-reality headset – is set to arrive next year. The headset itself is likely to be priced between $2,000 and $3,000, packing a Mac-level M2 chip, more than 10 cameras placed inside and outside of the device, and the highest-resolution displays ever featured in a mass-market headset. Continue Reading →

What Twitter Sells

Elon Musk
Elon Musk recently wrote, "Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences," he followed with, "Twitter aspires to be the most respected advertising platform in the world." Twitter cannot serve two masters. So, which will it be, "a free-for-all hellscape," or "the most respected advertising platform in the world." Continue Reading →
In an interview at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the company is working on a way to tailor experiences based on how you interact with its physical and digital offerings: “When you’re in a park, we should know what your viewing habits are on Disney Plus.” Continue Reading →

The Observable Metaverse

Metaverse Model
When someone says "the metaverse," what do they mean? At the moment, the observable metaverse is a continuum that spans experiences from virtual reality (VR) through mixed reality (MR) to augmented reality (AR). The experiences are different, but some of the most successful metaverse projects share many common creative and technological attributes. What are they? To help figure it out, we've been developing a framework we call the Standard Model of the Metaverse. Continue Reading →

How many avatars will I need?

Greetings from LGA Terminal C, Gate 63. I'm on my way to Syracuse University to teach my class IRL (as opposed to on Zoom). While walking the mile and a half to the gate, I imagined my avatar doing this same walk in a virtual world. Or, more succinctly, I imagined my physical self walking through a mixed reality airport experience. Continue Reading →

Common Sense vs. Censorship

Each of these stories raises questions we all think we know the answers to. Where is the line between common sense and censorship? What lengths should the government go to to protect human lives? When is it appropriate for a platform or telecom carrier to block access to its network? Continue Reading →
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and the Digital Media Association announced a settlement with streaming services for certain mechanical streaming rates in the U.S. for the years 2023-2027: 15.35%. Continue Reading →
Amazon is shutting down its telehealth service, Amazon Care. They are getting out of the business of telehealth. They're done with it. It's over. Amazon Care is no more. It has ceased to be… and the healthcare industry should be scared out of its wits. Continue Reading →
For people who are not on an annual new phone plan (the major carriers offer their own versions), this year's choice is more nuanced. If you have an iPhone 13, is there a compelling reason to upgrade to an iPhone 14? Continue Reading →

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