Google, The Platform

Listening to Google CEO Eric Schmidt talk about the importance of a “new platform” while noting that “enterprise-focused” engineers are a small percentage of the company’s engineering team, I flashed back to 1984. When Apple introduced the Macintosh with that Ridley Scott commercial, the company was making a statement about the “cultural implications of personal […]

Links for Monday

Paging George Jetson! (Or Bladerunner fans.) The Mundus Group has a “Flying Car” that it will now sell as a kit vehicle “under the experimental kit aircraft protocol.” The website describes vehicles for police and emergency crews that use Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology. You know, the same sort of tech that powers […]

Can a Coupon Live Inside a Cellphone?

Well, yeah, it can. That’s a “doh.” The NYT’s headline writer asks this question to promo a short article in Sunday’s business section … as though this were something novel. Or hard to do. It’s neither and is common in Japan. In 2006 about 6-in-10 mobile customers in Japan used mobile coupons more than once […]