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Death of the gadget

5 Aug

Smartphones aren’t just useful, they’re murderously so.

Smartphone penetration (1 out of every 5 Canadians owns one) has been deadly for inventors and mad scientists.

Consider all the devices and gadgets that find themselves unnecessary and unloved on the store shelves these days:

  • Watches
  • BriefcasesWidescreen video watch
  • Maps
  • Video Cameras
  • GPS
  • iPods
  • Cameras
  • Voice Recorders
  • Phones
  • Radios
  • Portable video consoles
  • Calendars

Electric nose-hair trimmers are doing great business still however (good tip for all you husbands looking for that perfect gift!).

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More evidence that we are about to be left further behind by technology

27 Jun

Artificial intelligence is coming to a shopping mall near you soon.

Before long, this article in The Globe and Mail claims, the rich data that has been mined about you online – through your Internet habits, your Likes, your social media postings, your numerous online profiles and all that volunteered information – will be shaped into marketing technologies that can promote the things you like and even predict what you are in the mood for when you shop.

You won’t ever have to think about what you want. The technology will be doing that. You won’t have to carry the item. It will be delivered. You won’t actually ever have to go the mall. There will be virtual malls online.

Humans as portrayed in the film Wall-eYou will be able to just sit back in your comfy chair and watch your bones gradually liquify until you resemble the humans portayed in the kids’ film Wall-e.

Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning but if I see one more bright-eyed comment about all the amazing things coming our way in technology I am going to throw my mobile device at ….some pillows!

How do you keep up with the trends in social media?

10 Jun

The earth spinning madly out of controlThere’s probably no more daunting question to be asked than “So what’s the lastest trend in social media?” I mean, how do you define “latest”?

This morning? Last night? Given the relentless pace with which new platforms and services are arriving on the scene, it’s a full-time job to keep track.

Here are 5 places I go every day to keep myself reasonably current:

Twitter  As Tom noted in his refreshing shot across the bows last week, Twitter is increasingly about content pushing and less about social engagement. That’s brilliant though if you’re looking for content. When you follow wired-in people like Mark Schaefer, Simon Salt or Pete Cashmore, you get a steady stream of hot tips and pithy critiques.

Mashable  Speaking of steady streams, holy crap. If I could only follow one tweeter, this would be the one. But I miss a lot, so it’s easier for me to check in to mashable.com and cherry pick the stuff that jumps out at me.

Blogs  I read a lot of blogs, and not all of them are social media blogs. But the ones I value, such as Jay Baer’s convinceandconvert, I subscribe to. So I don’t have to go hunting around for that review of the newest shiny bauble.

Google Reader  This is my fave newsreader. It helps me to wade through stuff and keeps me somewhat organized, never my strong point. I visit everyday and always end up tucking into something interesting. Here’s a pretty good post from Stan Schroeder on making the most of this reader.

Smart people  No this is not the latest social platform. I really feel that most of the trends I become aware of are brought to my attention by the people I work with and interact with online.

How do you keep up? Can you add something to the list?

Win a free copy of The Now Revolution

28 Apr

This dynamic book, co-authored by social media’s big one-two punch Jay Baer and Amber Naslund, is not about the technology of social media.

Ok, you will find some pretty cool nuggets in here. But there is a bigger story being told.

It’s a book about how businesses need to face up to the way consumers embrace social media.

(Hang on for your chance to win a FREE copy. It’s coming.)

It doesn’t matter if you’re a monolithic multinational or a puny sole-proprietor, your customers’ use of social media, to evaluate your business offering and share their opinion of it to whomever they are socially connected with, carries the same risk and reward. The consumer – not the businesses – have levelled the playing field.

The Now Revolution is a step-by-step guide to help your business adapt to this reality,

The book is broken down into 7 major sections, but you could further reduce those to 3 key areas of change: Get faster, be smarter and become more social.

This requirement for change will permeate every aspect of your organization and what The Now Revolution does so well is to direct you where to look internally in order to make those shifts. All in less than 200 pages! That’s killer.

(Still waiting to find out how to win a FREE copy? Stay with me.)

Copeland brought Jay Baer to Victoria last November to help with growth in our social offering. I have to admit I was expecting the book to be something of a rehash of his advice over the day and a half he was with us. But that’s not The Now Revolution. It has its own agenda.

Looking for some guidance about how to make money through Social Media? Look somewhere else.

Ready to become a change manager within your organization and steer your company to take advantage of the New Consumer?

The Now Revolution is your book.

WANT TO WIN A FREE COPY? 

Of course you do! Simply go to the Copeland website and hunt around for Jay Baer’s head in our work. It’s hidden in there somewhere but you are going to have to look for it. Clicking on it will automatically generate a tweet to us. We’ll toss your entry into a cyber hat and announce the winner at 5pm today.

UPDATE: The book was won by Louisa @AlgomaFallFest in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Thanks to everyone who entered and hunted for Jay’s head!

Texting creates emotional art

24 Apr

I discovered this ingenious art installation created for Museo Nacional de Antropologica in Mexico City.

It’s like a giant lite-brite; a 45-foot cylindrical steel tower with small, resin-based Tlaloc figurines attached to it. (Tlaloc is the ancient Aztec god of rain). Inside each figurine is a multi-coloured LED.

Here’s where mobile technology takes over.

Passers-by are encouraged to text to a certain number and indicate their current emotion, either:  Love, happy, mad, sad etc. Each emotion is represented by a colour. Love = red, happy = green, mad = blue and so on.

As the texts are received, a program groups the emotions in the order they are received and lights a figurine.

In essence, the installation becomes a barometer of the mood of the public at any given time.

(Images from Behance Network)

Google delivers an email game-changer

1 Apr

This may be your introduction to Gmail Motion, the latest technological breakthrough from Google that will change forever the way we compose and send email.

Using advanced motion tracking techniques common to the film industry, and capitalizing on the popularity of game systems like Wii, Google has been able to develop a comprehensive language of signals and motions read by your computer’s camera that replace outdated keyboard and mouse functions.

Gmail Motion evens utilizes an algorithm that can determine such things as exclamation and question marks by the look on your face.

I was skeptical at first but when I saw this intro video I was blown away.

Copeland is working to switch our internal email system over to Gmail Motion, which will allow us to compose more efficiently and keep fit at the same time.