Year: 2016

  • Kagura, making music with your body

    Brian Eno once said, “The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them.” The interfaces we use to interact with computers are too digital, not fuzzy enough to sense analog inputs. We’re stuck with mouse and keyboard. Kagura is a game that runs on a laptop and uses the camera to […]

  • SmartNews TV commercials featuring Tamori

    SmartNews TV commercials featuring Tamori

    SmartNews (where I work) is running a series of TV commercials in Japan featuring Japanese celebrity, Tamori. The tagline for the campaign is “禁断のニュースアプリ” which roughly translates as “The forbidden news application” as in it’s so addicting that you binge use it when you’ve got time alone. News Junkie are you? Check out the US […]

  • SmartNews shoutout on Google Play

    The crew running @googleplay account gave SmartNews a nice shoutout this morning. Thanks Google! [email protected]: Because some mornings you just don’t have time to read 13 million articles. — Google Play (@GooglePlay) July 18, 2016 The cool animated GIF and tagline was all them. Love it! Posting here for posterity.

  • Euro2016 in a single tweet

    There were highs and there were lows in this year’s European Championship but, in the end, it was about people all across Europe coming together to celebrate the sport. This is the reason Portugal deserved to win #Euro2016 — Duncan Hooper (@DuncanHooper) July 11, 2016

  • Stay Informed with SmartNews

    Facebook We are not in the business of picking which issues the world should read about. SmartNews Our mission is to discover and deliver quality stories to the world. It helps to be aligned with your partners.

  • AI is only human

    AI is only human

    I’m so glad that The New York Times ran this op-ed (Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem) about the inherent biases in Artificial Intelligence algorithms. Popular culture and much media coverage of AI tends to mysticize how it works, neglecting to point out that any machine learning algorithm is only going to be as good as the […]

  • Bounce Rates on News Sites

    Bounce Rates on News Sites

    I was asked by someone about typical bounce rates on news sites. Keeping with my rule that an email response sent to more than a few people is better served if it lives out on the web where it can be discovered and referred to with a link rather than locked away in an email […]

  • I am a thought leader

    Sometimes the message is just the medium. This talk by Pat Kelly of This is That of CBC in Canada pokes fun at the TED talk conference series which takes place in Vancouver every year. Everything you need to know about how to look smart without really saying anything.

  • Kanye being Kanye

    Kanye being Kanye

    Kanye West is a master at manipulating mass media to his advantage. Say what you will about his stunts such as renting out Madison Square Garden, his legendary twitter rants, or his jab at Taylor Swift at the VMAs, Kanye knows how to get attention. He was in top form today, using the daytime television […]

  • Social Media and the Spratly Islands

    Social Media and the Spratly Islands

    The tension around the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea continues to ratchet up and forces nations in the region to take sides. One of my favorite books about an earlier crisis, the Cuban Missile crisis, is Thirteen Days, which chronicled how JFK navigated his way to a peaceful resolution of the situation. My […]