With Apple’s Novel Acquisition, A Chance To Reinvent The Book

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Apple’s acquisition of BookLamp, a Boise, Idaho-based startup billed as a “Pandora for Books,” is a key move in the battle over the future of our printed-and-bound friends. When we combine this information with the rumors swirling around a potential smartwatch product from Apple, we can start to gaze into the future of publishing.

Well, okay, maybe not.

But these sorts of analytical tools are indeed the first step in an attempt to rebuild the concept of the book. BookLamp’s goal through its Book Genome Project was to categorize every single line of text on a host of different dimensions, from level of sexual content to the types of themes and motifs an author used in his or her writing.

Once all of that data was compiled and analyzed, the company could use its algorithm to definitively recommend an enjoyable book to read. Apple’s acquisition of the…

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Apple’s Cash Machine Is Back

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Later today, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for Q3 2014. For the past couple of years, the April-to-June quarter has been the slowest quarter of the year for the company. Before that, Apple used to refresh its iPad lineup in the spring. Now, it seems like nothing is happening during the Q3 quarter. But gross margin is on the rise and should make this quarter more impressive than expected.

This year is no exception from the slow quarter news. Besides WWDC’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite announcements, Apple didn’t share much. The company has repeated multiple times that there should be interesting product updates in the fall. Does it mean that Apple’s quarterly results are going to suffer?

When it comes to both revenue and profit, Apple is growing. Analysts and Apple’s own estimates say that revenue should be on the rise from $35.3 billion in Q3…

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My online life vs my real life

 

Weirdly enough I haven’t spent much time on my blog. I’m sorry for that. But I’ve been very active on a website called twitter, you might heard of it. It’s an amazing place for free thinkers like me and you only get 140 characters to get to the point. Which is an advantage when it comes to me, ’cause I can ramble like hella. I’ve been in the hospital for quite much of my inactive time, and haven’t felt like it.

 

But my ride on twitter goes from virtually muting Piers Morgan, retweets from Donald Trump, some form of friendship or kinship with @mettaworldpeace the New York Knick to the greatest Honor when I got a digigraphed (it’s a thing) photo from Jurgen Klinsmann him self after USA vs Belgium in the World Cup. I’ve got some friends that tweet me, and some very good connections I’ll make use when I get back to USA. But promised my sister I wouldn’t move this year.

 

Which brings me to my turmoil. Little to no understanding, from counselors, doctors, family or friends of my need to leave my country. Norway is not in the lead of any industry. If hypocrisy was an industry we’d be number one. I’m an A-lister in Solutions Book made by Jefrey Guterman PhD. So I can safely claim or even exclaim my grievances. When I move depends on a lot of variables, but there is no changing the fact that I won’t live my life here. And with so many countries checking me out and German, Spanish and English at a decent level, there’s a lot of borders to cross. USA über alles, but I will always use the Internet as my main tool, so it doesn’t matter

 

But go on @JustinShark and follow me there as well, and I’ll use this blog more actively. 

USMENTHANKS

AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

Mark the Shark, sharing his wisdom, once more!

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AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com

The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to determine if we could set  up antennas and a server for individual users and see if that was legal

Below it you will find a doc from 1999 where we tried to do the same thing in a…

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Dropbox Buys E-Commerce A/B Testing Service Predictive Edge, Shuts It Down

Drop it like its hot

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Dropbox has made another acquisition: Predictive Edge, a startup that had built a way to personalise e-commerce offerings, along with dynamic pricing, for marketers to send out to users and run A/B tests around them.

The service will be shut down, and the founders will be working on something different, as they note in an announcement on the site:

Predictive Edge is joining forces with Dropbox!,” the company writes. “Going forward we’ll be focused on solving problems outside the world of A/B testing. As of today, you can no longer sign-up for our service, and we’ve informed current customers that our product will no longer be supported. Many thanks to you all for your feedback & support, and here’s to a new chapter!

A new — and intriguing — chapter. The founders note that they’re not continuing to develop this product, and it’s tempting to wonder how and if any of that technology…

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