TKC 404 James McQuivey

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Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research
 
Interview starts at 12:00 and ends at 44:01
I’ve got to write this down in a way that helps people understand how this cycle works, where technology comes in and allows us to render scarcity irrelevant. And then what’s the business strategy to do this? And that’s where I point to people like Uber, Airbnb, Amazon—who are in the habit of saying, “How could we give people more for less?” Which is not the way traditional business was operating.
News
Kindle Oasis at Amazon.com
Check out $20 off deals on Kindle, Kindle for Kids Bundle, and Kindle Paperwhite! (Not sure how long they will last.)
My 17-minute video review of Kindle Oasis, featuring Darlene’s comments in her quilting studio – April 27, 2016
Fintie Oasis cover story by Chris Meadows at TeleRead
“Amazon in Talks to Create Virtual Reality Content” by Joan E. Solsman at The Wrap – April 26, 2016
Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree camera
Samsung Gear VR headset (requires Samsung smartphone)
360 YouTube video of Susan Carlson’s quilting class – April 25, 2016
 “Susan Carlson: Quilting in the Key of Life” at lenedgerly.com – April 27, 2016
Samsung’s Gear 360 camera
 
Interview with James McQuivey
“Brief: Digital Winners Know That More is More” by James McQuivey with Oliwia Berdak, Michelle MOorehead, Anna Berman, and Diane Lynch (one-paragraph summary; full report costs $349)
Next Week’s Guest
Paul St John Mackintosh, associate editor of TeleRead
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TKC 403 Szymon Szott

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Assistant Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow Poland
Interview starts at 20:15 and ends at 43:40
On the Kindle Oasis: “I remember the first eBook readers that were available in Poland cost about that much as well, seven to eight years ago. It’s quite a steep price, and I’ve read comments on Polish web sites that indeed it’s very expensive. I also think that it’s something that you first need to probably experience when you’ve had it in your hands, and I think that’s when you can really say if it’s worth the price.”
News
Kindle Oasis: Unlike Any Kindle You’ve Ever Held (If you order with this link, it will support the podcast with Amazon Associates commissions—thank you!)
This Week in Tech 558 with Leo Laporte & Friends – April 17, 2016
“Estimating Kindle E-Book Sales for Amazon” by Trefis Team at Forbes – April 2, 2016
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“With Seattle Shelter Effort, Amazon Shows Glimmers of a ‘Good Neighbor’” by Kirk Johnson at The New York Times – April 21, 2016.  (Click here to donate items to Mary’s Place that will be shipped directly to the homeless shelter set up by Amazon near its new corporate offices in Seattle.)
“Amazon Wins $30 Million Deal to Sell E-Books in NYC Schools” by Hilary Brueck at Fortune – April 21, 2016
“Challenge to Google Books is Declined by Supreme Court” by Adam Liptak and Alexandra Alter at The New York Times – April 18, 2016
Interview with Szymon Szott
AGH University of Science and Technology website
Ivona – try all the voices!
VoicePIN voice recognition (biometrics) developed by a colleague of Szymon Szott at AGH
Szymon Szott at ResearchGate, a social network for researchers
“SDN@home: A Method for Controlling Future Wireless Home Networks” co-authored by Szymon Szott at IEEE Communications Magazine, the flagship magazine of the IEEE Communications Society – to be published in May, 2016
“Discouraging Traffic Remapping Attacks in Local Ad Hoc Networks” by Jerzy Konorski and Szymon Szott – July 2014
World of (e)Readers blog by Robert Drozd – “All readers of e-books, electronic books and the Kindle in Poland”
“Polish view of Kindle Oasis” at TeleRead – April 22, 2016
Content
Poland: A History by Adam Zamoyski
Poems New and Collected by Wislawa Szymborska
Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold
Next Week’s Guest
James McQuivey, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
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TKC 402 Meet Me at the Kindle Oasis

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Neil Lindsay, left, Amazon VP-Devices, and Chris Green, Amazon Lab 126 VP – Industrial Design

This special episode of The Kindle Chronicles is all about the new Kindle Oasis, based on an embargoed preview of the device that I attended in New York City on April 7, 2016. The episode is divided into these four parts:
  1. Meet the Oasis – product specs and first impressions. 2:14 to 8:45  (Note: In answer to Faith Eldridge’s question, it turns out the Oasis does not have an adaptive light sensor. If that is an important capability, you may want to stick with the Kindle Voyage, which does have one.)
  2. Live from New York: It’s the Kindle Oasis briefing! 8:47 to 28:37
  3. Will Oasis be a Success? My thoughts. 28:40 to 32:06
  4. What’s next for the Kindle? 32:10 to 36:20

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If you click here or on the ad at the upper right of this page to go to Amazon.com and purchase your Kindle Oasis, it will support my podcast by generating an Amazon Associates commission. Thank you! –Len

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TKC 401 Author Douglas Rushkoff

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Interview starts at 28:24 and ends at 42:21
The people who are throwing rocks at the Google bus, they’re on to something. They understand something. We should listen. And we can reconfigure, we can optimize, reprogram our economy to help everybody—That’s extremely optimistic. I put myself on the hopeful side of the equation right now. (Photo Credit: John Nowak/CNN)
Intro
Elon Musk unveils Tesla Model 3 (YouTube) – March 31, 2016
 
News
“Was Horace and Pete” even Television?” by Ian Crouch at The New Yorker – April 6, 2016
“The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets” by Elizabeth Dwoskin at The Washington Post – April 7, 2016
 Jeff Bezos’s 2015 Letter to Shareholders (PDF)
“Kids Are Practicing Their Reading Skills to Soothe Shy Shelter Dogs” by Anna Gragert at My Modern Met – February 24, 2016
 
Interview with Douglas Rushkoff at South By Southwest
 
Content
Horace and Pete 10 episodes by Louis C.K., available for purchase
“Alexa, Good Morning!” (Try it yourself.)

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TKC 400 Anniversary Show with Darlene

Darlene Claire
The Kindle Chronicles’ first listeners
Interview starts at 14:54 and ends at 43:13
I should have known that we’d be building our life around it like we have other things that you’ve done. I’ve gotten used to it. I should have known.
Intro
Whill wheelchair site
News
“Amazon is the ‘most reputable’ company in the US” by Julie Bort at Business Insider – March 29, 2016
Echo Dot and Amazon Tap arrive!
Tech Tip
An ethical question about borrowing eBooks from your library with OverDrive
Interview with Darlene
TKC 1 with Baratunde Thurston
TKC 208 with Jeff Bezos
Darlene’s art quilts page
Next Week’s Guest
Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity – recorded at South by Southwest Interactive

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TKC 399 Technically Literate’s Janis Cooke Newman

 Janis Cooke Newman
Editor-at-Large, CNET’s Technically Literate
Interview starts at 19:40 and ends at 43:30
We have a very different generation coming up who may relate to literature in a different way, because we have completely digital generations coming up. So I think those of us who present stories to the world have to be open to different ways to present them. And when we have a way to do it like we do in Technically Literate, that is an on-line way to do it, I think we always have to be thinking about pushing the boundary.
News
“2016 Digital Book World Keynote Presentation” by Data Guy at Author Earnings – March 11, 2016
Interview with Data Guy by Susan Lulgjuraj for TeleRead – will be live March 27, 2016 here.
“Data Guy’s Web of Analysis: DBW Turns Hostility Into a Handshake” by Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives – March 10, 2016
“City re-introduces $30M Amazon contract for e-book marketplace” by Eliza Shapiro at Politico New York – March 22, 2016
“Banned by Amazon for returning faulty goods” by Miles Brignall at The Guardian March 18, 2016
“Why is Amazon So Weird?” by Daniel Berkowitz at Digital Book World – March 23, 2016
Tech Tip
Amazon’s Help page for Critical Software Update for Kindle eReaders
Interview with Janis Cooke Newman
CNET’s Technically Literate home page
Technically Literate’s first short story, “The Last Taco Truck in Silicon Valley” by Michelle Richmond. (Video interview of Richmond by CNET’s editor-in-chief Connie Gugleilmo is at the end of the story.)
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TKC 398 Best South by Southwest Ever!

SXSW panel photo

Getting ready for VR: Rob Holzer and fellow panelists make last-minute adjustments.

Start and End Times of Interviews at South by Southwest Interactive
Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post (8:20 to 18:34)
Scott Totman, head of digital product engineering at Capital One 22:16 to 31:30)
Rob Holzer, founder and CEO of Matter Unlimited and executive producer of Inside Impact: East Africa (32:11 to 40:40)
Adrian Bell, co-founder and Executive Director of Action Impact in Dubai (41:31 to 44:31)
 
Links to topics mentioned
President Obama’s Keynote address at SXSW (Video) – March 11, 2016
MEANS database to fight hunger in America
Inside Impact: East Africa, 360 Video film by Matter Unlimited for the Clinton Global Initiative
Two TED talks by Brené Brown
Next Week’s Guests

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Virtual Reality: From Empathy to Action – Liveblog at SXSW

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Is Virtual Reality “the empathy machine?” That’s one of the ways people try to describe the immersive quality of VR headsets, which look really dumb from the outside but present compelling views in all directions when you are wearing them. Panelists for this session at the JW Marriott are Allison Arden, VP and Publisher of Advertising Age, Bryan Mochizuki, marketing director at the Clinton Global Initiative, Robert Holzer, founder & CEO of Matter Unlimited; Yelena Rachitsky, producer & head of education at Occulus Story Studio. In other words, an all-star cast. If you can’t see the liveblog entries, try clicking on the headline of this post.

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Is VR the Ultimate Empathy Machine for 360 Storytelling? SXSW Liveblog

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Another big crowd gathers for a Virtual Reality tour. This one is titled “Ultimate Empathy Machine: 360 Storytelling in VR and it features as one of the panelists a big gun from Google. Andrey Doronichev is Google’s product manager for VR apps. Other panelists are Austin Mace of SubVRsive, Jim Geduldick of GoPro and Sarah Hill of Story Up Studios VR.

If you can’t see the liveblog posts, click on the headline of this blog post. Enjoy the ride!

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Warm Pretzels and Ice Cream in the Comcast Lounge at SXSW

Len at Comcast Lounge

Good morning, South By!

The photo above was taken during my earlier work session today in the official South by Southwest “Press Suite.” It’s a zendo compared with where I’m typing now–in the thick-carpeted Comcast social media lounge, where jumbo soft pretzels and ice cream sandwiches are on offer, plus decent coffee and recorded music by John Legend & The Roots. I am sitting at a work bench that might have been inspired by Amazon’s Spartan corporate aesthetic, because it looks like it was a door in a former life. My iPhone and MacBook Air are happily plugged into the power strip built into the bench, shared by five of us typing away on various devices.

As a veteran of about eight South Byes, I can offer this advice to newbies: Make a plan and don’t be afraid to depart from it. Which explains why I am soaking up the social media lounge vibe instead of listening to a co-founder of YouTube talk about his new startup.  I don’t have much time to finish my pretzel and write, though, because a former Kindle exec is speaking in 20 minutes down the street at the JW Marriott. With the terrific SXSW Go app, I can find sessions and people easily. It turns out there are lots of Amazonians here but no Amazon booth in the Expo or flashy speaker sessions. They are flying mainly under the radar, learning stuff.

Virtual Reality is The Thing this year. I’ve worn the dumb-looking headsets about five times now, starting with a delightful paint-fantasy at the McDonald’s Loft. At the Expo, I took a virtual tour of a condo for sale and played a terrifying shoot-the-dinosaurs game at a Chinese videogame maker’s booth. At the SXSW Accelerator finalist presentations yesterday, I saw how VR will be able to transport us to live concerts, generate 360-degree video from our smartphones, and play White Rabbit, a game so immersive it makes you cry with joy. “It creates an illusion of happiness,” the presenter said. On some days, that might be enough!

I have also seen the future of Alexa. Capital One, which I wish was my bank, is the first anywhere in the world to create a way for its customers to access their credit card and bank accounts via Alexa. The genius part of it is how the designers worked on humor and a friendly virtual personality for the bank interface. For example, if you ask “What did I do last night?” Capital One’s Alexa replies, “I don’t know that, but I can tell you what you spent.” So there is convenience on offer here, of particular importance to customers with disabilities, but also an entirely new and more compelling way for a bank–or a doctor’s office, a restaurant, university, movie theatre or anything else–to interact with its customers. I can imagine whole new job categories, staffed by one-time stand-up comedians or unemployed MFA graduates. Their job will be to create the virtual personality of an institution query by query, following all the possible interactions and crafting them for warmth and humor as well as effectiveness. Of course there are security issues for a bank in Alexa. The Capital One exec said one command he knows we don’t want to give across the room is, “Alexa, please tell my entire household all of my financial information.”

Random connections, as always here, delight and inform. A guy I was standing in line with the first day turned out to be a British expat living in Dubai, where he started an experience company. They organize events with real people giving speeches, having meetings, etc. His firm now employs 80 people, and they live in a kind of Disneyland: No crime, fabulous villas, interesting work. They are also visitors, and that creates a culture with soft edges, made up of people who act appropriately in someone else’s home. I am going to connect with him at the end of today, to find out what he learned during his first visit to South By.

Douglas Rushkoff was in rare form two days ago when I interviewed him about his new book. He did a stage interview here in the Comcast Lounge. We then recorded a chat in the speaker’s lounge, where the cast of the TV series “Silicon Valley” was hanging out. I haven’t seen that show yet. Doug said it’s the best thing on TV, so I will have to check it out. I don’t share his view of Amazon, but I like his willingness to think about an entirely new economic system that might work better than the current model.

My pretzel is finished, and it’s time to head out to the Marriott.

I am having the time of my life here at South By. The energy, the ideas, the passion, the creativity that flows by me on the streets and in the high hallways of the Austin Convention Center–they all confirm my belief that it’s not ridiculous or naive to hope for a better future on every dimension imaginable. Not to mention a pretty good show for you next week on TKC 398!

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