Barnes and Noble: Not Losing (quickly) is Everything

Aug 19, 2009 | Tech News

Barnes and Noble: Not Losing (quickly) is Everything

photographs courtesy Philip Greenspun Barnes and Noble, the physical book store chain, is the master of the Just-Enough competitive response.  Back in the dotcom years, when Amazon exploded into the scene and threatened to take over the book retail business, B&N put together its first online web site to stem… Read More 

chrome os

Jul 9, 2009 | Mobile & Web | Tech News

chrome os

  image courtesy from windows7.cc Okay, so Google just dropped the biggest industry news in quite some time, that they are going to enter the netbook OS market in 2010. No doubt a tit-for-Bing. As a long time observer of Microsoft from the inside, here’s my quick reaction on the… Read More 

free

Jul 9, 2009 | Tech News

free

Chris Anderson, of the Long Tail, Wired Magazine, and TED fame, has been in a bit of hot seat lately. Anderson has a new book out, called Free, The Future of a Radical Price. First, Anderson was accused of plagiarism, lifting large sections of wikipedia entries, which he acknowledges but… Read More 

Cold War Kids – 256 tracks for the price of one?

Jul 8, 2009 | Tech News

Cold War Kids – 256 tracks for the price of one?

An innovative and highly enjoyable online only video for their new release ‘I’ve Seen Enough!’ from the Cold War Kids. Each band member has recorded 4 separate color coded tracks for the song in 4 unique styles. With one click you can switch between the tracks to create a version… Read More 

Coca-Cola and the Galactic Arms Race

Jul 8, 2009 | Tech News

Coca-Cola and the Galactic Arms Race

Galactic Arms Race (GAR) is an example of a game thats built around procedurally generated content, an emerging area of gaming popularized by titles such as Spore that have the potential to shape not only gaming but computing in general in years to come. Developed at the Evolutionary Complexity Research… Read More 

bits into atoms

Jun 24, 2009 | Tech News

bits into atoms

Here at 8ninths we are seeing a trend towards increased commercialization of rapid prototyping (aka 3D printing) technology and think it warrants a deeper look into the phenomenon, as well as the consumer services being offered. Eroded Landscape #2, by Mark J Stock, available on Shapeways.com   Rapid Prototyping is… Read More 

Sure I backed it up…

Jun 24, 2009 | Tech News

Sure I backed it up…

Crashplan is a great execution of an idea that has been knocking around for years and has surprised me that no one has executed on it as a business proposition until now. Here’s the deal. Unfortunately hard disks are not made of magic. They’re made of spinning magnetic disks, electrical… Read More 

mom was right: you gotta earn your media

Jun 11, 2009 | Tech News

mom was right: you gotta earn your media

Okay, I might have the saying confused with “You gotta eat your veggies” or “You gotta wash your hands”. But like a lot of Mom’s sayings, they are all great advice. “Earned Media” is fast becoming The Meme of the marketing world. And I think it is spreading fast because… Read More 

nature knows best

Jun 10, 2009 | Tech News

nature knows best

  WHAT IS IT? AskNature is an open source project dedicated to sharing information on how nature elegantly solves problems. Imagine 3.8 billion years of design brilliance available for free, at the moment of creation, to any sustainability innovator in the world. Imagine nature’s most elegant ideas organized by design… Read More 

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