Music Has A Power Beyond Anticipation

I have been listening to a podcast with Alex Baldwin talking to Patti Smith. You can do the same … just follow the link. It’s a great podcast, recorded after she represented Bob Dylan to accept the Nobel Prize and even if you have read ‘Just Kids‘ you will find lots of insights into her life – and self.

Unusually for Baldwin’s podcasts, this was in front of a live audience and at the end of the podcast, the audience got to ask some questions. Continue reading

Platforms. Scamming. Privacy. Infinity. Windoze.

A great, if busy past week that saw me at UC Davis for two days, working with teams of very bright students as part of their Agricultural Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy [ File that under Passion and People ], down at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, attending VRM Day with Doc Searls and the team that makes up The VRM Project [ Put this one under People ], engaged with My Mentor, a new start up launching in the UK [ this one goes under People and Platforms ] and got invited (and I accepted) to be a featured contributor on BizCatlyst 360 [ In case you are wondering … Passion ]

I have just requested a 3.0 version upgrade on my time module, so once that is installed I will endeavor to write individual posts about some of these topics over the next week.

Meanwhile these are the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears last week.

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Free Stock Photos [UPDATED]

Adding here, because these are great resources.

First published on Beyond Bridges on December 5th, 2015.

Updated April 8th, 2016
Adding a new link - with a raft more links from my good friends at Canva : More Free Stock Photos. [ Canva BTW - is a pretty cool app - you should go check it out ]

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Top 5 Pranks Apple Have Played On Us

ce6r45cuaaahylssssIt’s April Fools Day AND Apple’s Birthday. In fact they are ’40 today’, so in celebration they have raised the Jolly Roger at Infinite Loop.[ Thanks to 9-5 Mac ].

For my part it seemed pertinent  to highlight to share some of the highlights of how Apple (the company that nobody understands)  have consistently made fools of us all. In no particular order … Continue reading

iConnect – Simplifying The ‘iDevice’ Choice [UPDATED]

First published on Beyond Bridges on March 20th, 2016.

Updated March 31st, 2016
Engadget agrees - and they are only talking about the iPad !

appleIf the rumors are anything close to true, we are about to have 3 different iPhone sizes to choose from when we buy our next iPhone.

Over in ‘iPad land we already have 3 iPad sizes – mini, standard and pro. The pro has stuff that the non pro doesn’t – size aside (at least from tomorrow – seems to be the prediction).

The iTouch is yet another device rarely talked about, but still there – in the iPod family – an iPhone without the ability to make phone calls.

Some of these choices are wifi only (iTouch), but most allow you to have a GSM connection.

And the inevitable question, as you try to work out which you need and/or should have to do what you need to do … which one ? The naming convention alone is tough enough to work out …

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[ the numbers down the left are current measures of the screen size in inches ]

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Here’s a new thought – as the industry tries to work out what Apple is going to call the new iPad with the ‘pro’ moniker.

Let’s call them all the ‘iConnect’ – available in 5 sizes.

4,6,8,10 and 12 – model numbers NOT screen sizes – but map to the dimensions.

  • All with wifi connectivity
  • All with or without cellular connectivity
  • Choice of pro – or not.

I am writing this on an iPad and will upload through my GSM link – so in some ways this iPad is already available as a ‘phone’. It even has a phone number, though I just can’t use it as a phone, because the ‘phone app’ isn’t on the iPad.

Only 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch available as Pro – they would be the devices with the smart connector on the side that allows you to connect the external keyboard. The pencil would be available to work on any of the devices.

So instead of the choice above, you now have a single iConnect product, with 5 sizes and two variations to that size (colors excepted).

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Every screen size comes with WiFi – your choice to add GSM – so you can make the device available to  – and of course only the 10 / 12 models are available as ‘Pro’ – that is the smart connector on the side to which you can connect your smart keyboard.

And no longer a decision as to what phone size you need to carry – or Apple needs to make.

What do you think ?

Turning The Tables

I recently posted this link to a group I belong to. It is about a robot that calls telemarketers and wastes their time. Until then, I had never heard of Jim Florentine, who is “human and wicked” … so much harder to scale – but well worth a couple of click throughs. Five of them in all. Thanks ‘Doc’.

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