June, 2016 Archive

The “Stairway to Heaven” Lawsuit: How Permanent a Victory?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Led Zeppelin's successful defense of "Stairway to Heaven" against an accusation of copyright infringement over the song "Taurus" is a victory for creativity -- but how permanent a victory? The opening notes of "Stairway to Heaven" share, at best, a passing similarity to a brief chord progression in "Taurus," written by ...

Augmented Reality at Cedar Point: First Impressions

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Virtual reality is grabbing the headlines right now, but augmented reality has a bigger near-term future. My recent experience with a new AR-based game at Cedar Point Amusement Park illustrates how AR can make an already excellent customer experience better. The Augmented Reality Boom By 2020, augmented reality is expected to be ...

Why Voice Search Is the Future of the On-Demand Economy

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Mobile gave rise to the on-demand economy. But voice search will fuel its future. Google demonstrated how voice will form the foundation of an on-demand search ecosystem when Google announced the Google Assistant intelligent search tool at the company's I/O event in May. ThenĀ Apple, at its Worldwide Developers Conference June 13, ...

How Facebook and Google Are Bringing Virtual Reality to the Masses

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

When a hot startup launches a virtual reality product, influencers and investors notice. When Facebook and Google bet on virtual reality, the whole world notices. Recently these two market makers unveiled their VR visions and plans at their own bellwether events, Facebook F8 and Google I/O. Both their plans are ...

This Is the World Uber Has Made

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Uber has become so pervasive that the company is changing our vocabulary. In everyday settings, we use Uber as a verb (as in "I'll Uber to the ball game tonight"). In business settings, we use the term "uberization" or "uberfication" to refer to companies creating on-demand services such as home delivery ...