Memorable Album Covers: Elton John’s “Greatest Hits”

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Have you ever come across someone who captures a style that you can admire but never hope to emulate? Elton John made me awestruck when I found a copy of Greatest Hits in my sister Karen's room when I was a kid. The album came out at a time when ...

How Pokémon Go Took Over the World with Augmented Reality

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

They're in my house. They're in my car. They're following me to the store. Of course, I'm speaking of the Pokémon who inhabit the world of Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has invaded the lives of smartphone owners all over the world since its general release July 6. ...

Google Creates a Virtual Reality Future

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Google wants virtual reality to be everyone's reality. During the week of June 27, Google demonstrated its commitment to making VR a mainstream experience. To wit: On June 27, Google announced an expansion of its Expeditions program, through which teachers armed with tablets, phones, and a Google Cardboard viewer can take students ...

Awakening the Ghost of Jim Morrison

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

My life changed 35 years ago today. During the summer of 1981, I was living in Neumarkt, Germany, a little town nestled in the Bavarian hills. I was the guest of a couple of families kind enough to host a high school graduate whose idea of preparing for college was growing ...

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 ...

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 ...

Paul Wrote “Hey Jude” for Me

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

You don't listen to great songs. You experience them personally. They feel like they were written just for you. They take on different meaning each time you experience them because as your life changes and the context of the song changes. Sometimes even a song you've heard a million times can ...

Facebook’s Media/Entertainment Roadmap

Monday, May 16th, 2016

(Image source: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times) Facebook has hit a few speed bumps lately as the world's largest social network heads down the path of becoming a media/entertainment business. About a week ago, company was accused of suppressing content from conservative news outlets in its Trending Topics news feed. Then, on May ...