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Apple Claims the High Ground on Privacy

Apple Claims the High Ground on Privacy

September 18, 2014 at 9:14 am / commercial, privacy / 0 comments

Yesterday, I blogged about an interview with Tim Cook where he made some great claims about Apple’s stance on privacy.  More keeps coming.  They are pushing everyone to two-factor authentication on iCloud, for example. Now, Apple posted a web page talking about how privacy is built into iOS and their services, which is […]

 
You are not an iProduct

You are not an iProduct

September 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm / commercial, privacy / 1 comment

I’ve been thinking lately about privacy and the relationship to the business strategies of various companies, and have become fond of saying that there are two companies:  ones that sell products and ones for whom you are the product.  Google and Facebook are the canonical examples of the later half (Google does sell […]

 

We Need New Business Models in IoD

September 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm / commercial, IoD / 3 comments

Today, I gave a talk at the Ubiquitous Computing conference’s Workshop on Usable Privacy & Security for wearable and domestic ubIquitous DEvices (UPSIDE), modestly titled “Augmented Reality + Internet of Devices + Big Data: The End of Privacy?” I’ll post something else about this talk soon, but one of the goals […]

 
HomeKit, Google, Facebook, Privacy and the Internet of Things

HomeKit, Google, Facebook, Privacy and the Internet of Things

June 20, 2014 at 10:43 am / musings, privacy / 0 comments

While there is much that can be said about privacy, security, policy and the Internet of Things (in fact, I’m going to be co-teaching a graduate class at Georgia Tech on this very topic next spring), here I want to focus on one thing:  the invasion of your home and my hope […]

 

Interesting Video: Free is a Lie

May 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm / privacy / 0 comments

Lance Weatherby posted a link to this video on his blog, and I agree with him that it’s interesting and worth watching. While the presenter (Aral Balkan) is a bit over the top in his analysis of Google (e.g., I really don’t think Project Tango is a grand conspiracy by […]

 

Aside: Reforming Money in Politics

May 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm / personal / 0 comments

[For those who don't agree with campaign, please forgive me posting this in my blog;  I prefer to focus here on technology and design issues.  However, I believe strongly in this issue and want to help spread the word!] May 1, 2014:  Today, Lawrence Lessig has launched his Mayday.us campaign against corruption […]

 
Talk at AWE-NY on “AR Development using Web Technologies”

Talk at AWE-NY on “AR Development using Web Technologies”

April 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm / argon, conferences, education / 0 comments

On March 25th, I gave a short talk at AWE-NY covering some thoughts on developing AR applications using web technologies.  I am particularly interested in developing AR for web browsers, not using web technologies as the development environment for building custom applications.  Of course, I focused on our work on the […]

 
Oculus + Facebook = social virtual, or a stepping stone?

Oculus + Facebook = social virtual, or a stepping stone?

April 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm / AEL, commercial, musings / 0 comments

I’ve made no secret that I’m not optimistic about the prospect for VR’s success as a consumer product, this time ’round, any more than I thought it was going to work for consumers last time ’round (i.e., the 80’s and 90’s, when I first played with it).  So, while I […]

 
Cute idea, but getting ‘See-Through’ hood to ‘work’ is the hard part

Cute idea, but getting ‘See-Through’ hood to ‘work’ is the hard part

April 10, 2014 at 7:17 am / commercial, demos / 0 comments

I saw a nice concept over on Mashable in this article, Land Rover’s ‘See-Through’ Hood Shows the Road Under Your Wheels.  Here’s the video (which is the key part): As with most of these concept mock-ups (yes, this is a mockup), the slickness of the video hides some serious technical challenges. […]

 
Would love to see a Random AR interface

Would love to see a Random AR interface

April 4, 2014 at 9:18 am / argon, musings / 0 comments

David Meyer wrote an interesting piece on GigaOM about the browsing UI Random has created for content exploration on iOS. Near the bottom, he comments In fact, I would say the new user experience lends itself to futuristic forms of interaction, particularly non-touch gestures. It gives a much more literal […]