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Last Updated: 10/25/2018 07:56:41 AM EST

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Are Phones Ruining Our Lives?

Dr. Adam Alter, is an associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University who researches psychology and marketing. He became fascinated with the "dogfooding" strategy and has written a book called Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked when he discovered one industry that avoids "dogfooding".

John Thomson Published: 10/25/2018 07:56:41 AM EST


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Time to Sell The Bike

Time to Sell The Bike

With cannabis becoming legal today, my thoughts were not on the excitement of scoring a joint, but what does this mean for our roads? I drive a motorcycle (my wife and kids hate it and think I am an idiot and that may be true), and now that we have both alcohol and marijuana to contend with, I am closer than ever to selling the bike.

John Thomson Published: 10/18/2018 08:24:47 AM EST

Why Songs No Longer Have Intros

When we were teenagers, we could get into the car in Port Credit, Ontario and play the song "Who Are You" by the Who (on cassette) with our goal always to see how close to Toronto we could get by the time the song was over. The track was six minutes and 21 seconds long and we'd regularly pass the ‘Welcome To Toronto' sign just as Roger Daltry was about to swear.

John Thomson Published: 05/25/2018 03:17:30 PM EST

What's Happening In Asia?

One habit from living in North America is that you tend to assume that everything happening of relevance, at least from a technology position, originates on this side of the planet. When you reflect that companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel and so on all originated in America, you can see why it's easy to conclude that The United States has provided more than their fair share of meaningful inventions.

John Thomson Published: 05/25/2018 03:15:12 PM EST

Women in Tech

"Are there enough women in the industry to actually make up a feature story?" That was the question that was asked most often when we initially floated the idea of running a story to celebrate the women of CE. Well, it turns out that there are more women in high places than we actually thought and as an industry we can be proud to say that we are much more inclusive than others.

John Thomson Published: 05/25/2018 03:12:54 PM EST

We sent out 2.7 million newsletters last year

I just received a report from our newsletter mailing service informing me that we sent out 2.7 million newsletters by email in 2017. That breaks down to about 53,000 subscribers emailed each week for 52 weeks, give or take. If I mention anything to do with gun laws and my frustration toward the NRA, I will lose subscribers. The same goes for religion and politics, (sometimes I can't help myself).

John Thomson Published: 05/25/2018 03:10:19 PM EST

There Centuries of Tech

Many thanks to the reader that brought to my attention the Barclays Equity Gilt Study, an annual report published by the British bank that addresses topics on finance and economics with a look at how technology changes the way we live.

John Thomson Published: 05/25/2018 03:08:53 PM EST

The Joy Of Unplugging

Last week I did something that I have not done in well over fifteen years - I completely shut off all digital connections, no email, text, no social media, no online reading, no laptop, no phone for five days overlapping Easter.

John Thomson Published: 05/25/2018 03:07:53 PM EST

Going To Live Forever

There's an old saying that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. I can't see the plight of taxes ever changing, but a company run by Google known as Calico, has brought together a team of scientists with a single mission to try to solve death. Most of us would be quite happy to live longer, especially if we maintain our health and mobility. The question then becomes: for how much longer? Would living to 150 sound about right? How about to 500?

John Thomson Published: 03/16/2018 01:09:46 PM EST

Is It Time To Bust Up The Big Four?

Scott Galloway teaches brand strategy and digital marketing at NYU Stern School of Business. Galloway has been an Internet pioneer since 1992 and has owned and sold several e-commerce companies over the past couple of decades. He is either a visionary champion of our capitalist economy or if you follow Scott Varney from Fox News, Galloway is a raging socialist.

John Thomson Published: 02/15/2018 02:19:18 PM EST

Boomer Consumer's ROCK!

"Son, I'm 74 years old and to my old ears they all sound fine, in fact I can't tell the difference. What I need" he added "was something to look nice in our new place and something that will be easy for my wife and I to operate. We don't want any clutter."

John Thgomson Published: 11/25/2017 05:29:12 PM EST


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