A Japanese web app called CoinLocker blocks you from using your own social media accounts for a specified period, thus giving you a tool to force yourself into a digital detox. It’s probably a good price, too, because (as this site illustration shows) they’re not wasting money hiring an illustrator.
A new anti-drone device called the DroneGun MkIII is a lightweight drone-killing pistol, basically.
By aiming this pistol (with one hand) at a drone, the drone will either land straight down, or — say, if the drone contains a bomb — you can opt to have the drone return to its point of launching. Either way, video to the controller is immediately shut down.
Drone guns have existed for years. But this is smaller and lighter (4.3 pounds) and designed to be used like a pistol. It’s got a 500-meter range.
I want one. But I doubt it could get past airport security. (Especially if I’m wearing it in a holster!)
The SuperCase is being billed as a “Weightless Suitcase.” The reason is that, like a Segway, it self-balances using a gyroscopic system. When you nudge the handle in one direction, the suitcase rolls that way under electric power. It’s wheels are in the center of the bag, instead of one side or both sides like regular wheeled luggage.
The SuperCase is still in early development. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, here come the videos!
This is a bad picture taken in a poorly lit Cuban nightclub with my back is turned to the camera. (I’m wearing the green “Four Kitchens” t-shirt.) The back of my head is both grainy and blurry, yet Google Photos recognized me in the picture.
How many cameras is too many cameras for a smartphone? Xiaomi’s next flagship may sport 11 cameras, according to rumors published in a smattering of poorly written and disreputable blogs. (So take this news with a grain of salt.)
The phone, code-named “Dragon Eye,” won’t run Android, but instead Xiaomi’s own YingjiaOS (MiOS).
We talked about Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Google, Apple, Palantir (who?), emotion-reading cars, Area 51, MacBooks, robot privacy violations, Hong Kong protesters using Apple to defeat censorship, TV, scams, taxes and pickles!
In the coming world of AI-enhanced wearables, context-aware wristwatches, smart glasses and hearables will guide and inform and provide the help we want when we want it. Of all these categories, hearables will be the best and most popular, and for one important reason: Because they can control access to our ears, they can help us more than any other wearable to control our attention.
In the attention economy, attention is the most valuable resource we have. The new generation of hearables are giving us control, and automating the shifting of our attention to favor the sounds that benefit us in any given context. Read my column.
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The paint job continues inside the car. They literally painted the seats, dash, floor — everything. Saw this on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
Spotted this Canadian “Dray” driving a Aston Martin in West Hollywood near Beverly Hills.
The Coosno coffee table sports a built in refrigerator, Bluetooth speakers, glowing LED table top, wireless charging, Google Assistant and a drawer to hold all your junk.
The fridge part can hold 68 cans of beer. An LED light show pulses to the sound of your music. And it’s got built in outlets for both regular power and 2 USB devices.
The Knight First Amendment Institute sued President Trump, saying that blocking critics (like me) on Twitter violated the First Amendment. The suit argued that the @realDonaldTrump account is a “public forum” under the First Amendment, which means the government can’t exclude Americans from it because of their opinions. The suit also claimed that the White House is violating the seven plaintiffs’ First Amendment right to petition their government for redress of grievances and also that blocking people violates the right of the unblocked to hear the complaints of people like me.
Trump lost the lawsuit, but apparently it applies only to the plaintiffs and people named in the suit, so I’m still blocked.
The following Twitter accounts were un-blocked after the court ruling:
In other words, I have to sue a billionaire in order to exercise my Constitutional rights.
Is anyone keeping a list of the people Trump is still blocking?
Jaguar Land Rover announced a new artificial intelligence-based system that detects and monitors the mood of the driver, and making changes to reduce stress. The system uses a “driver-facing camera and biometric sensing” system to monitor the driver. If they’re stressed, the car will change heating and ventilation based on facial expression.
This particular implementation will fail, I predict. When someone is having a meltdown, taking control away by changing the environment in the car will just aggravate them further.
This sort of thing is just the beginning. A revolution is coming in mood and emotion and activity detection in cars, and I wrote about the revolution in Fast Company.
The marketing language for a new fake chicken nugget product called NUGGS is hilarious. They say to reticent customers: “Don’t be chicken” and to try their “nugget simulation.”
(NUGGS are made with “pea protein” instead of birds using “the world’s most advanced nugget technology.”
Their health claim is the pièce de résistance: Their product, they say, “Kills you slower.”
Dwell Magazine interviewed me and published one of the many AirBnB tips from my book, Gastronomad. This link takes you to a paywalled site, but you can read the article by paying or grabbing the print edition wherever fine magazines are sold.
The cybersecurity workforce is becoming more invisible. Trends in employment and talent seeking for specialized skills are increasingly shifting organizational workloads from employees to nonemployees — such as freelancers, independent contractors, service providers, consultancies and agencies. But just like the employee workforce, this “invisible workforce” still needs access to — and participation in — the organization’s data and IT infrastructure. And that needs to be factored in during security planning.
Read my column!
Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who blew open the Cambridge Analytica scandal, asks Silicon Valley tech workers (in an interview with Kara Swisher): “Are you really okay with this stuff? Are you really okay with your company’s leadership? Are you really sure that they are doing everything that they can? Because you should be troubled and you are part of it. You are part of this. You can’t pretend that you don’t know anymore.”
She describes the social-media enabled rise of populist authoritarians, a phenomenon she calls “techno-fascism.”