Building brand and transcending walled gardens

Ok – so I’ve been posting about Popfly a lot lately.  Why am I so excited about Popfly?  It’s simple, actually.  Popfly is more than a mashup maker.  And it’s more than a Mashout tool (for sharing mashups) — though it is that, too.  What makes Popfly so exciting is the business scenarios.  I promised…

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Acropolis is Dead! Long live Acropolis!

The Acropolis team announced today that Acropolis will not advance from CTP to a supported release.  (For more on Acropolis, see this post.)  But, they also announced that they want to help customers who’d like to take Acropolis into production be successful until an alternative is available.  IMPORTANT UPDATE: I heard from the Acropolis team that…

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I’m so excited about Ford SYNC (aka Windows Automotive)!

I can’t wait to get my new Ford with SYNC!  See a review here.  Pricing is just $395.  Learn more about SYNC here here.  In one way or another, I’ve been involved in this domain for the last 7 years.  In fact, I moved from Seattle to join Ford back in 2000 mostly because I was…

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Listen to The Man

“The Man” is Denny Boynton, and he is an eminently sensible one.  Not only does he quote Shakespeare, he’s a good guy with whom to share some fine rum and single malt.  As if that’s not enough, he’s also got some very good, practical advice on the what, when, and how to leverage the best of Silverlight.  Mr. Boynton, you’ve earned a…

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Ordering by RFID at McDonalds… Do I have to?

Interesting stuff that McDonalds is doing in Seoul, Korea, to let customers order food with their cell phones.  See here, and if your Korean is rusty, see here.  The approach uses a flavor of RFID, which is sounds ok at first — but it requires a software download, install, and carrying a separate RFID reader (that has to be purchased…

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How to make Facebook app with Popfly

Tom Foremski has a post on ZDNet that talks about how easy it is to make a Facebook app with Popfly.  It’s a good post in it’s own right, but I especially like that he also includes two videos with Dan Fernandez (a Product Manager on the team building Popfly) that lets you see first…

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Popfly is growing up… Now everyone can mashup and mashout!

Technorati Tags: Popfly You might have heard that Popfly has graduated from Alpha to public Beta. Congratulations, Popfly! This means that anyone can now join the fun mashing up and mashing out (sharing your mashups). If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, see here and here.  And if you want details on the announcements…

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More on the rise of the Cyborg

Technorati Tags: Cyborg If you found this post on the "hive mind" intriguing, you may also find Clive’s Thompson’s article in Wired, Your Outboard Brain Knows All, to be worth a few minutes.  It’s a different angle on the same fundamental topic: the human experience in a world of exploding information growth.   Thanks to Bernardc…

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Academia 2.0? The reponse to A Vision of Students Today

Technorati Tags: Adaptive , User Experience , Computing is a liberal art , knowledge , academia 2.0 Walter Stier posted a link to an interesting video made by a Kansas State cultural anthropology class on what it’s like to be a college student today.  In case you missed the “response” video from the same creators,…

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Platform vs. Cool? My take on Apple’s business strategy…

Technorati Tags: Strategy , Apple , innovation , business , software + services , S+S Interesting article about the iPhone here.  Although entertaining to read, I disagree with the premise.  It did get me thinking about the Apple business strategy, though, so I thought I’d post.  A bit of speculation on my part below, but…

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