Why Anna Wintour is the Steve Jobs of Fashion August 11, 2009

Twinsies!At first glance, it would appear that the worlds of fashion and technology rarely intersect. At the highest level of the craft, fashion focuses on form before function, while the reverse is true in tech companies. Yet determining both industries’ design choices is a very similar iconic, mercurial, innovative, and discerning force. In the case of technology, the decisions that make it past Steve Jobs’ discerning eye and into Apple’s product line define the industry. Meanwhile, it’s Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue, who brings the fashion industry to its knees. While it’s clear that both of them rule their industries with intimidating and iron fists, Jobs and Wintour have even more in common than what meets the eye. (more…)

Published by Lia N. @ 11:50 pm
Filed under: Apple,Computers,Culture,Fashion,Technology — Tags: , , ,

What are we going to do with(out) social media? August 7, 2009

Fail Whale!Yesterday’s large scale DDoS attacks were certainly annoying. Between Twitter, LiveJournal and Facebook being down, it was hard to go through my day with any real normalcy. Like everyone else, I was left incommunicado. After my initial annoyance, I got to thinking: What happens when we only have the internet to turn to for our news?

As more and more people turn to social media for instant news, it makes it easier for malicious people to not only infect the stream with falsehoods, as we saw/still see with the Iran Election, but to completely block people from getting to the information in the first place. I don’t have any good solutions to this problem, but it is obviously something we should all be talking about a lot more.

Published by Anna G. @ 2:07 pm
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What’s so menacing about Google Voice? August 4, 2009

Google VoiceI’ve been doing what everyone else has: reading opinions about Apple, about how AT&T is comparable to Jack Nicholson‘s character in A Few Good Men, and how Google is a delicate flower in all of this. It is true: Apple’s policy of rejecting applications that duplicate services hasn’t been applied uniformly. Apple has approved VoIP and roundabout text messaging apps in the past, and applications using Google Voice didn’t appear so different. Although the service’s feature set is quite basic right now (the usual VoIP, 3rd-party text messaging, visual voicemail), the scope of Apple’s move suggests they wants to avoid being vulnerable to potential service upgrades. So, what service features could the Google backbone be key to producing? (more…)

Published by Lia N. @ 12:28 pm
Filed under: Apple,Consumer Electronics,Economy,Technology

Later, E. Schmidt August 3, 2009

So, the news is out that Eric Schmidt has resigned from Apple’s board. As soon as they announced Chrome OS it seemed like only a matter of time, but coming on the heels of the Google Voice debacle and even looking at Android, no one can claim surprise. What amazes me, though, is the naïve perspective some seem to have on the respective companies and their roles in this scenario (more…)

Published by Lia N. @ 9:15 am
Filed under: Apple,Technology