February 12, 2014 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Secret, Whisper, Snapchat : Anonymity IS Free Speech
If you think about it, apps like Secret, Whisper and Snapchat and even Twitter (assuming that you didn’t share your personal details in your profile or with Twitter – or even create a fake persona), are not only perfect for our new age of outrage, they are the true embodiment of real free speech. Free […]
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February 5, 2014 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Artists Should Not Work For Free
Spotify’s latest move to make all of its services free (since they raised a quarter billion dollars) is just the latest strike against paying for content. For a while now the perceived price of content has been under fire. The source of this probably came about during the late 60′s with Stewart Brand‘s infamous comment: […]
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January 31, 2014 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Curation: Necessary Yet Broken
Curation is necessary. But it’s also broken, very broken. Please let me know if you don’t see this post on Facebook -oh wait – you couldn’t possibly tell me if you saw this because you didn’t see it. Facebook does its own curating of content from your friends and family – I could tell that […]
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January 7, 2014 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Latest Weekend Project: The Ultivator : No Pain, No Gain
Happy 2014 all! Both my wife and I love our Fitbit trackers, but both of us find them a bit wanting in the motivational department. A few weeks ago we were talking about the reasons most people don’t stick with an exercise program is usually due to the lack of real and proper, serious motivation. […]
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October 30, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Applied vs Theoretical Innovation
Recently, I got to thinking that there are really are two kinds of innovation, and these two types of innovation were very apparent in the kind of programs I would run for companies. Borrowing a term from physics, I like to call these two types of innovation “theoretical” and “applied” just like theoretical and applied physics. Theoretical […]
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October 29, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Why So Flat?
Been doing some research on wearable devices (see Next Hot Space: Wearables) and I’ve come to the conclusion that we will have to see a radical shift in the way interfaces operate in this new world. When I look at wearables like the Meta space glasses, which project a 3D, nearly holographic image into your […]
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October 28, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Your Own Personal Think Tank
When was the last time that you just took a moment to simply sit and think? I tell you, its tough. The urge to whip out your smartphone when not even a moments boredom begins, its hard. Personally, I think it has something to do with our brains – we are wired to be ultra […]
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October 18, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Video Games Teach Problem Solving Skills
One of the things I personally believe in incredibly important, a skill that everyone should have and cultivate, above all others, is the skill to problem solve. Sure, public speaking is important. So is Language Arts, Math, Science etc. But if you ask me, once you have problem solving skills, then everything else falls out […]
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October 16, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Planning Vs. Resilience
If life is change, then how does planning work? I firmly believe that there are two core ways in which to run your life. You can either: Plan everything out to the Nth degree, and hope nothing upsets your plan Expect that something will happen to ruin what you are doing, and be able to […]
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October 15, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Kill The Loading GIF
Seen this lately? I’ll bet you have – and the hundreds of other variations of the ubiquitous, LOADING, PLEASE WAIT gif or whatever – you know that thing designers throw in when they realize that their page is taking too long to load? The thing that I don’t get is that if you ask […]
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October 14, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
A Super Secret Of Life: Revealed!
I’m going to reveal a super-secret secret of life. I know, I know, once you read it you’ll go, of course duh. But let me tell you first and then explain why people don’t believe it after. Here is the fact: LIFE IS CHANGE There, I said it. You are saying, duh. Everyone knows that. […]
October 9, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Where Do You Want To Go Today?
Where Do You Want To Go Today? Remember this as one of one of Microsoft’s many slogans? – I think this was when Bill was launching Windows 95, with a whole host of new, cool stuff. Radical, dude. Yes, it was a whole new interface – with the menu bar at the bottom. Yes, it […]
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October 4, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Retail Innovation Trends Compilation [Video]
“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson I put this compilation video together about 2 years ago for a presentation on the future of retail – It’a amazing how far along some of these are now in the last 2 years, and some of these are completely […]
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October 2, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Thanks, Google For Bungeeing Us Into The Future
Back in Canada, there is this yearly fair called the Canadian National Exhibition or CNE (we just used to call it “the Ex”). I think its the longest running yearly fair, its been going since 1879. They have rides and exhibits and stuff: everything from food to international products, to hobbies, flowers, you name it. One year, they decided to… Read more →
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October 1, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Advice To Small Business : Take It Like A Man
I was in a small shop the other day buying lunch and as I was waiting in line to place my order I check online via Yelp to see if they had any check-in offers and lo and behold there was one – not a huge discount, but a pretty good offer for a slightly smaller version of a specific… Read more →
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September 27, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Amazon’s Mayday Sets A New Customer Service Standard
One of the coolest things to come out of Amazon in a long time is not a new set of Kindle Fire tablets, although those are cool, its just upping the hardware specs and lowering the price, which if you ask me is not very innovative. Kind of how I feel about the iPhone 5S & C. What’s really cool… Read more →
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September 25, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Reader Comments Rock?!
I don’t know about you but a lot of times I find that I get more insight from the comments people leave on a blog post than I do from the original article itself. Case in point: I was looking at a blog post a coder did on setting up an S3 instance as a drive on an Ubuntu box… Read more →
September 23, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Facebook: The Good, Bad & Ugly
As one of the 5 sites most people use to experience the internet, Facebook has really strayed from its original purpose. Now, I’m all for a company making money, as a miniscule shareholder I applaud that, but on the flip side, it’s made using Facebook, at least for me, pretty excruciating. The Bad : The News Feed I have 402… Read more →
September 20, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Google Vs. Death
This is great – I’ve always been very interested in life extension – I heard Aubrey deGrey speak once on how we actually get to immortality and I thought that it was a fantastic concept and totally doable, as long as we can get push the envelope on medicine in all ways. His thesis is that is we can extend… Read more →
September 19, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Too Rapid Gadget Cycles Can Be A Bit…Annoying
I broke down and bought a Kindle Paperwhite for just reading about 6 months ago and I found out today that a new Paperwhite is on the horizon, of course had I known that there would be a upgrade within a few months then I may have waited, opting to read stuff on my iPad or Galaxy S4 in the… Read more →
September 5, 2013 | by Chris Kalaboukis
Thoughts On The New Yahoo! Logo
Back when I used to work at Yahoo!, we used to have all hands meetings on a regular basis – we’d all pile into the huge cafeteria on campus and there’d usually be all sorts of goodies – one time when Krispy Kreme first came to the Bay Area, we had boxes and boxes of sweet deliciousness delivered, other times… Read more →