TKC 455 Naomi S. Baron

Author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World

Interview starts at 10:33 and ends at 41:35

“Education increasingly wants to measure finite, little bites of stuff, and the digital technology that we are using in our education–and we have print versions of it, too–is tailored to these quick wins as opposed to a deeper level of learning.”

Intro

My new VR setup: Samsung Galaxy Edge S8 with new Samsung Gear VR + controller

News

“Amazon continues to grow lead over Google as starting point for online shoppers” by Taylor Soper at GeekWire – January 13, 2017

Scott Galloway bio

“How Amazon is Dismantling Retail” – Scott Galloway video – April 17, 2017

Tech Tip

How I improved performance on my Amazon Fire HD 8 6th Generation tablet

Interview with Naomi S. Baron

Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Content

Amazon Publishing’s summer-fall 2017 catalog (PDF)

Next Week’s Guest

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, author of The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre

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TKC 454 Kes Woodward

Kes, right, and I ride the MAX train from PDX to Portland OR

Painter, art critic and historian

Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 41:14

“I remember your talking on one of your programs about Jeff Bezos’s insisting on a one-second [Alexa] response when his staff said, “We can get this down to three seconds,” and he said, “That’s not good enough.” That makes a huge difference. It shouldn’t–we’re so impatient, I’m so impatient. But the fact that it is more more conversational and that I don’t have to wait and think about the fact that this is a machine processing it, makes it much more real to me.”

News

Jeff Bezos’s 2016 Letter to Shareholders – and the 1997 letter (PDF)

“Over 550 Amazon Employees Are Pressuring Leadership to Cut Advertising Ties With Breitbart” by Charlie Warzel at BuzzFeed – April 13, 2017

Tech Tips

How to connect Amazon Tap to a new wifi network (Amazon help page)

Ask My Buddy skill for Alexa

Interview with Kesler Woodward

Painting in the North, Kes’s web site

Western States Arts Federation

Kes Woodward on TKC 50 – July 1, 2009

iPad Mini 4

Brain Pickings

Bufo Calvin in VR on TKC 453 – April 7, 2017

Content

Audible Range “About” page with email signup

Next Week’s Guest

Naomi S. Baron, author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World

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TKC 453 Bufo Calvin in Virtual Reality

Creator of I Love My Kindle and The Measured Circle

Interview starts at 6:14 and ends at 43:10

“It would also be able to know what your preferences are–that’s one of the biggest things about what we’ll see eventually with Virtual Reality. So for myself as a vegetarian, I could walk down that virtual aisle and have things that were for vegetarians maybe have a green outline on them, so that I could tell what was what.”  

News

“Amazon exec steps in as CEO Jeff Bezos’s new ‘shadow’” by Rachel Lerman at The Seattle Times – March 14, 2017

Jeffrey Helbling on LinkedIn

“Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st” by Nick Statt at The Verge – March 24, 2017

“Amazon to hire 5,000 remote customer-service reps, part of drive to add 30,000 part-timers” by Angel Gonzales at The Seattle Times – April 6, 2017

Info on Nights & Weekends part-time Customer Service Associate jobs at Amazon

Amazon info page for AmazonCash

“Amazon allows customers to add cash to their accounts at brick-and-mortar retailers” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – April 3, 2017

Tech Tip

“Pogue’s Basics: Make Amazon Echo tell you when it’s transmitting” by David Pogue

Interview with Bufo Calvin

Bufo’s I Love My Kindle blog

Bufo’s The Measured Circle blog

“Videos in VR: Hulu vs. Netflix” By Bufo Calvin at The Measured Circle

Samsung Gear VR headset

vTime

Chimera Reader VR app

Oculus Rift VR headset

HTC Vive headset

The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

“Virtually Mike & Nora on Hulu” (YouTube)

Play Cardboard apps on Gear VR (Google Play store)

SideloadVR for GearVR (Google Play)

Content

Readly app at Amazon

Readly AT&T terms

“Readly Launches Exclusive Program with AT&T Thanks” at Crossroads Today – March 28, 2017

Outro

“Will Virtual Reality Replace Skype” – April 6, 2017. This is my Medium essay about the interview with Bufo Calvin in vTime.

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TKC 452 Timothy DeLizza

Author of “Jerry (from accounting)”

Interview starts at 14:56 and ends at 45:09

I love what Amazon is doing in terms of giving access to a platform in a kind of populist way. I think that is incredibly helpful. I think the distribution is amazing. It creates new readers. I love the $2 price point for a novella. I think that’s definitely expanding who can have access to the writing and quality writing. Historically speaking the Big Five were very focused on content and less on how the distribution was happening, and that was what they were pretty good at. Amazon’s strength was in more distribution and being ahead of the curve on the eBooks. I think Amazon now is catching up and really focusing on content across the board.

News

“Amazon’s Ambitions Unboxed: Stores for Furniture, Appliances and More” by Nick Wingfield at The New York Times – March 25, 2017

“Amazon, the world’s most remarkable firm, is just getting started” at The Economist – March 25, 2017

“Amazon could become our leading physical retailer before very long” by Mike Shatzkin – March 21, 2017

“Busy Week for Amazon Ends with Stock Surge to Record Close” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – March 31, 2017

Tech Tip

Is your Amazon Fire HD 8 sluggish? Try shutting off some apps.

Interview with Timothy DeLizza

Day One Magazine (send submissions to dayone-submissions@amazon.com)

Jerry (from accounting) by Timothy DeLizza

Goodreads page for Jerry (from accounting)

My Medium post which mentions Jerry (from accounting) – March 8, 2016

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

“Spiritual and Menial Housework” by Dorothy Roberts at Yale Journal of Law & Feminism – 1997

Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society by Paul Goodman

Latham & Watkins

Amazon Publishing’s Little a imprint for literary fiction and nonfiction

Books Timothy DeLizza is currently reading: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, Human Acts: A Novel by Han Kang

Outro

“Dr. Ruth Readies for Blast Off!” (video released by Amazon Publishing for April 1, 2017)

Next Week’s Guest

Bufo Calvin of the I Love My Kindle blog and I will rendezvous in Virtual Reality via an app named vTime to discuss how Amazon may get involved in VR this year.

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TKC 451 Patrick Coggins

Co-founder of Ask My Buddy

Interview starts at 18:45 and ends at 41:25

In terms of users or penetration, I would say that Google Home probably represents about less than 10 percent on our network. [Alexa has the rest.] That’s just time out there, the commercials. They’re just more widely known. Also, I would say the reduction in price, coming out with the Dot for 49 bucks–that was an end all. There were millions that went out. I would say that the price point developed a stronger user base for Amazon.

Audio and links from South By Southwest

PARCO shopping mall in Japan

“Facebook debuts its first dedicated virtual reality app, Facebook 360” by Lucas Matney at Techcrunch – March 8, 2016

Ana Benitez, President, Storyrocket

Khushi Baby health monitor in India

Felix & Paul Studios (interview with Robin Lippman, content coordinator)

“Is this the future of movies?’ by Len Edgerly at Medium – March 14, 2016

“At 40 minutes, Miyubi is the first VR movie to feel like a real film” by Adi Robertson at The Verge – January 24, 2017

Deen Wright, founder of BASE, Buy and Sell Everything

Tech Tip

My Medium post which explains how to set up and use Ask My Buddy on Alexa

Interview with Patrick Coggins

Ask My Buddy website

Alexa apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android

Alexa devices from Amazon: Echo, Tap, and Dot (2nd Generation)

Google Home

Mycroft open-source platform

4AFart Alexa skill

Google’s api.ai tool

Alexa web portal

“Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – March 3, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Timothy DeLizza, author of “Jerry (from accounting)”

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TKC 450 South by Southwest Interactive

David Measer of RPA Advertising and Lisa Pecot-Hebert of USC

Interview starts at 25:08 and ends at 49:15

I expected the smaller cities in the U.S. to be places where eventually trends made their way there and that they’d be listening to music that I listened to 10 years ago, or wearing fashion that was old. And it wasn’t like that at all. These places, cities that I couldn’t even identify on a map before I went–Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Moorehead, Minnesota; Omaha, Nebraska–were actually places that were thriving in their own way. They really had an identity of their own, and they felt like they were leading the charge. They weren’t drafting off of the big coastal cities. (David Measer)

Shorter Interviews at SXSW (with times at which they start)

Steph Hay, head of conversation design at Capital One. (5:32)

Scott Totman, head of mobile technology, payments and innovation at Capital One (10:40)

“The Urgency of Now: Launching the Biden Cancer Initiative” – Joe Biden’s talk at SXSW (13:03)

Omar Siddiqui, CEO of Kiwi Inc., creators of Sequel, a bot-creation platform. He was a presenter at “Best Bot Practices” session. (17:31)

Facebook Messenger

Romance Now, a bot available on Kik

Interview with David Measer and Lisa Pecot-Hebert

“One Hundred Million People You Don’t Know But Should” – event description at SXSW. Click here for my liveblog of the session. You will need to click again on the post headline to see the individual liveblog entries.

David Measer

Lisa Pecot-Hebert

Vice

Next Week’s Show:

More from South By Southwest

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Brain, Behavior, Story – SXSW17 liveblog

Christopher Graves, founder and president of the Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science, has drawn a full Salon E at the Marriott. This will be my last session at South By Southwest this year. I hope there are a few brain cells available to learn something. @cgraves

 

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100 Million People You Don’t Know, But Should – SXSW17 liveblog

David Measer, advertising, and Lisa Pecot-Hebert, USC journalism. Here we go:

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Facebook Messenger session at #SXSW17 – Liveblog

Speakers: Andrew Yaroshevsky, Esther Crawford, Mikhail Larionov, Thomas Smyth. Packed room, every seat taken, maybe 300 people. We all want to learn about bots!

 

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Dean Baquet at SXSW17 – liveblog

New York Times executive editor in conversation with Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg in Ballroom D at South By Southwest:

 

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