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Going, Going…Gone by 2020

Thinking about burning a bunch of CDs and DVDs for the future? How about buying yourself an 8-megapixel point and shoot camera? Or an e-reader? Save your dollars, folks. Yahoo!Shopping’s Financially Fit column predicts seven gadgets that won’t make it into the next decade.

Of course, if you’re a collector of these types of things, you might want to hang on to them or stock up on eBay. You can display them next to your VCR, MP3 player and answering machine. (Read more)

Maslow’s Turning Over in His Grave

Good old Abe Maslow worked so hard trying to figure us humans out. He created his famous Hierarchy of Needs diagram in 1943 that has held up pretty well in those Intro to Psych classes over the decades.

But that was way before the Internet and its wily offspring Social Media begat the world of online culture in which we not only inhabit, according to the diagram on the right, we need in order to survive.

Before you say you don’t – think about how Googling an allergic reaction to a bee sting has saved lives and Facebook has put us back in touch with people we thought we’d never see again (and never realized we missed in the first place). Who hasn’t been safely led out of a jungle once or twice with their handy GPS on a SmartPhone?

Maslow died in 1970. He never saw this coming.

Image source: “Mary Meeker: Silicon Valley Innovation May Be Unprecedented” by Renee Blodgett, originally posted on WeBlogtheWorld; courtesy of Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.

Thank You, Steve Jobs

Apple founder, CEO and visionary Steve Jobs passed away yesterday after a long illness.

It’s a sad day for all of us who grew up in the digital age. I first used a Macintosh computer in 1986 to lay out a magazine for a small publishing company I worked for in Westport, Connecticut – a pioneer in what was just starting to be called “desktop publishing”.

As the years went on and I started my own business, Steve Jobs and his Apple products have never been far from reach. iPhones, iPods, iPads, iBooks. For the self-employed person, working out of a home office, Jobs’ vision to make computers personal resonates deeply. The devices keep you connected and help bring balance to work and personal life. My iPad doubles as a conference call and communications command center when I’m working and a movie, music and social platform during downtime. Yes, sometimes work and play overlap, collide or just plain go together. That’s life in the 21st century. That’s the digital lifestyle Steve Jobs has enabled many of us to lead.

He has famously said (and this quote is being Facebook’d hard):

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Thank you, Steve Jobs for also reminding us that Silicon Valley gave us “The Whole Earth Catalog” as well as the microchip. For naming your company after a piece of fruit. For applying “taste” to your technologies. And for the “digital lifestyle” in which so many of us thrive. It has made all the difference.

Source: The New York Times: Steven P. Jobs, 1955-2011: Apple Visionary Redefined Digital Age.

Love in the Time of Social Media: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore Tweet Away Divorce Rumors

When superstars Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore married six years ago, the social media machine was just a glint in a few sly entrepreneurs’ eyes. But a lot has changed since 2006. 

Kutcher and Moore were both early adopters of giving us a peak at both the very cool and very mundane aspects of their lives via Twitter. He as aplusk and she as mrskutcher.

Now, it appears their storybook tabloid-hyped May-December relationship may be crumbling.

While print and online press from the Daily News to Perez Hilton have been covering rumors that the couple were estranged as far back as July, the rumor mill exploded last week when an alleged model went public about a one-night stand with Kutcher in a San Diego hotel room.

Celeb watchers and social media types alike have turned to the couples’ Twitter accounts for signs of “truth in rumors”. This week Kutcher tweeted things like,

“When you ASSUME to know that which you know nothing of you make an ASS out of U and ME”

and that he was listening to Public Enemy’s “Don’t Believe the Hype” on Spotify.

Meanwhile, Demi followers were left to wonder if the cryptic “I see through you….” tweet that linked to photo of Moore with her eyes closed had anything to do her calling Kutcher out on cheating and lying. Or was she just goofing on the media — print, online and social?

One is left to wonder if Kutcher saw that particular tweet. Was it posted before or after he stopped following his wife on Twitter? Is there any truth to the blind item rumor that someone “just put in a formal request to (a social media) site to obtain her professional name as her handle and to copy all the data from her old account to her new account.”

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