@rwang0: moving from systems of record (he calls them transaction systems) to systems of engagement and also describes the characteristics of a system of engagement.
I have a few “dead” hard drives from old computers - I used to build computers. These have given up the ghost and I just kept them because they potentially have sensitive data on them. Because they don’t operate any more, I can’t use software to wipe them. What is the best way to make sure that data can’t be read off these drives by the casual hacker. I am not worried about the NSA (they probably know everything already). I suppose I could take a hammer to the drives, but that seems a bit harsh.
Download the #Bach Goldberg Variations. Kimiko Ishizaka has recorded the Bach Goldberg Variations and released them into the public domain via a Kickstarter project. This is just so cool. You can download all 32 tracks. I already have some of the Glen Gould recordings, but it’s nice to get all of them as I’m a huge Bach fan.
Interface and product design win again.
When selecting a partner to power mobile payments in its stores, Starbucks could have approached Google, one of the most profitable companies in the world. It could have worked with PayPal, which already has more than 106 million users in the payments space. Or Isis, a consortium formed by telecom giants Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile that is also producing a “mobile wallet.”
“I’m sure if you and I were to rattle off the names of everyone in the space, that at some level we’ve been in discussions with them,” Starbucks’ Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman tells Fast Company. Presumably that includes Mastercard, Visa, and Verifone, which handles $10 billion in global transactions per year. But Starbucks chose to partner with Square, a three-year-old startup. Why?
“They’re focused with a level of intensity on the customer experience,” Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz told a small group of reporters Wednesday morning.
In other words, Square treats payments a lot like Starbucks treats coffee: by focusing on the experience around a product that is more or less a commodity.
Internet users may be flocking to mobile devices, but profits have been scarce as many advertisers remain wary of the new medium.
Mobile internet use accounted for 10.1 per cent of media use in the US at the end of last year but attracted only 0.9 per cent of the total money spent on advertising, according to US research firm eMarketer.
This is really cool. This will fundamentally change voice communication. I wonder what it does to companies like Vibr. Aren’t they toast?
Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
NASA’s Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). … The parachute appears fully inflated and performing perfectly. Details in the parachute, such as the band gap at the edges and the central hole, are clearly seen.
Microsoft is giving its 16-year-old Web-email service a total overhaul and a new name. And the results are impressive.
Starting this week, it will be called Outlook.com. This is part of a new Microsoft strategy to use “Outlook” as the name for all its email offerings.
I’ve been using a pre-release version of this new email service for the past seven days and it includes dozens of smart features that simplify the otherwise-exasperating process of managing your email inbox. Examples include optional one-click scheduled cleanups of mail that delete all but the last message you got from someone; a safe, built-in way to unsubscribe from newsletters; and easy methods for creating email sorting rules for new and old messages. I cut the number of in my inbox in half after the first day of using Outlook.com.