Why Snapchat Spectacles failed

 How come only 0.08% of Snapchat’s users bought its camera sunglasses? Hundreds of thousands of pairs of Spectacles sit rotting in warehouses after the company bungled the launch. Initial hype and lines for its roving, limited time only Snapbot vending machines led Snap to overestimate demand but underdeliver on quality and content. Massive piles of assembled Read More …

Gillmor Gang: Hype Cycle

 The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Sunday, October 15, 2017. G3: It’s Time — Francine Hardaway, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor welcome Tina Hui. Recorded live Friday, October 20, 2017. @stevegillmor, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read Read More …

Averon closes $8.3M funding to make your smartphone the key to ID online

 Because of the threat of cyber attacks, sign in and identity verification procedures are becoming utterly cumbersome. There’s no “identity” layer to the internet (until there is a mainstream Blockhain solution perhaps?). However, using signalling and data packets, and the SIM/eSIM chips already found in smartphones, you could make this much easier. It would also Read More …

WTF is sexual harassment

 There are many cases that could be useful as a launching point; let’s start with the recent and lengthy rebuttal of so-called tech evangelist Robert Scoble, following multiple allegations that he has sexually harassed and assaulted a number of women in the industry where Scoble has made his name. As Scoble wrote in his own defense, Read More …