1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading

American tablet usage

Tablets

1 hour 35 minutes

According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism entitled “The Tablet Revolution and the Future of News” over 77% of tablet owners use their devices daily and spend an average of 1 hour 35 minutes doing a variety of activities (i.e., email, reading news, games, etc.).   Continue reading

Step UP

Jawbone UP

When Jawbone (by Aliph) hit the mobile device accessories scene in December 2006, the bluetooth headsets took the market by storm and garnered high marks from nearly every reviewer and consumer alike.   Continue reading

Making HVAC sexy

The folks over at Nest Labs are doing something truly innovative and even sexy in the field of HVAC.  Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (or HVAC as it is called by insiders) is responsible for keeping most of the U.S. civilized in the dead of winter or during the sweltering heat of summer.  It is also responsible for roughly half of the average household’s energy expenditure in a given year – roughly $1,100.  If you’re like most people, the thermostat is your interface point for more than 99% of your interactions with your HVAC system. Those interactions range from putting the system on permanent “hold” (a recent Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study found that as many as 50% of households are set this way) or trying to program it using a kludgy interface that conjures painful memories of trying to set the clock on the VCR in 1983. Continue reading

Google unwraps Ice Cream Sandwich

Android Ice Cream SandwichThere are some titles you simply cannot resist when they present themselves to you, regardless of how corny or overdone.  After some months of feverish anticipation, Google released their Android 4.0 operating system dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich. Continue reading

Apple’s age of entanglement

“Entanglement” is one of the proverbial holy grails to which businesses aspire in their customer interactions.  Essentially it is simply a snappy way of describing a deeply integrated relationship that makes it difficult for customers of a given business to leave for a competitor.  In the business-to-consumer world tens of billions of dollars are spent annually to attract customers and the trick then becomes retaining them. Continue reading

Watch the Apple iPhone event – live!

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In a two-hour event this morning at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters many people had expected the tech giant to unveil a completely new version of its adored iPhone.  The company spent the first 55 minutes recapping their overwhelming success over the past several months and years, as well as unveiling several new features that will be in the new version of their mobile operating system (iOS).  Critics and fans alike halfheartedly clapped their way through these announcements as most of them had been unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.  When the moment had finally arrived to unveil the new iPhone it was not the iPhone 5 but rather a 4S that was revealed. Continue reading