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The post-PC era never looked brighter

In 2010, just a few months after the announcement of the original iPad, Steve Jobs sat down with Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal to talk about the future of computing in light of the arrival of the iPad. At the time Jobs talked about the iPad ushering in the post-PC era. Here’s what he said at the time: I’m trying to think of a good...

China is facing the same kind of protectionism that has shielded it from competition

Over the past few years, TikTok creator ByteDance has reportedly invested over $1 billion in the Indian market. Last week, India blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms -- and TikTok was one of them. The ban could cause losses up to $6 billion, and scupper TikTok’s target of ₹100 crore revenue -- the equivalent of 1 billion Indian rupees, or 13.4...

The great firewall of...Europe?

Slowly but surely, the digital walls of the world are rising. Earlier this week, India banned dozens of Chinese apps, and is now mounting on the government to ban Huawei -- the company recently deemed by the Federal Communications Commission as a threat to US national security.  When European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen emphasized finding...

When you come at the king

Everyone loves an underdog story. When Mixer, a new video game streaming platform was launched in 2016 (initially under the name Beam), the gaming community was excited to see a new competitor enter the streaming arena.  The market, for anyone that isn’t familiar with the space, is far and away dominated by the streaming giant Twitch.  Platform Market...

Microsoft is closing all of its retail stores

Last Friday, Microsoft announced in a blog post titled, “Microsoft Store announces new approach to retail” that it is closing its 83 retail stores. As I was composing the headline to my own blog post, my wife looked at me and said, “I didn’t even know Microsoft had retail stores.” And that’s probably the same thought a lot of people had when they saw...

Engineers are told ethics isn't 'career-advancing' and we're all living with the consequences

Universities tell students that they have the power to change the world. But they don’t teach them to stop and think about whether they should change it. The most vulnerable are left to live with the consequences. Last month I wrote about why Big Tech should end harmful contracts. Since then, many companies have taken steps towards this. But I can't...

The surplus of livestreaming

Live content isn’t new, but it was mostly designated to the Twitch viewers and the super fans. Now since everyone is stuck in their homes is livestreaming able to fulfill our social needs? With a 70% increase in IG live usage in the last month, it seems like digital live events have become integral to the new normal. While we don’t know when to expect...

The trouble with platforms

The Artist formerly known as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple didn’t get to the top of the market cap charts overnight. These 4 companies together are worth nearly as much as the remainder of the companies that make up the top 20 by market cap. Although we think of them as technology companies this increasingly seems like a legacy definition. To...

Viral marketing is what it is

Clubhouse has started a new wave of exclusive voice chat-based social apps that has people scrambling for invites. We all want to use these apps precisely because we can’t all use them.  If you’ve been on Twitter at all in the past 24 hours, you might have noticed the 👁👄👁 symbol that has suddenly started to appear in usernames. I think 👁👄👁 is meant...

Co-working is dead. Who cares.

I honestly believe that the co-working model is over. I know why we started it. I know why we loved it. I worked inside it, running comms at Fishburners, at the time Australia’s largest homegrown co-working org. The appeal was the sense of community, the shared mission and the shared values, and it felt as though we were creating clubhouses where...

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