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September 18, 2017 8:42 AM

$1700 iPhone X? Yes, Please! Your Tesla Is An App And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • Apple has spoken. Most of the "rumours" and "leaks" that we discussed last week on CHOM FM came true. In fact there was nothing "new" in the announcements that shocked anyone (there was no Steve Jobsian "one more thing..."). So, let's talk about whether or not you should buy the iPhone 8 or the iPhone X. I will be getting the iPhone X. With Apple care, it will cost about $1700 in Canada. So... am I crazy? I don't think so... allow me to explain.
  • Your car will soon have the same technology as your iPhone. During the terrible hurricane weather in Florida, Tesla pushed an update to owners of their vehicles in that area. The software update increased the range of the cars, so that owners had an extra 30 miles (give or take) of range to get to safety. Your car is now an app. Welcome to the future. 
  • App of the week: Waze... let's solve traffic together!

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September 17, 2017 8:55 AM

Building Passion Brands With Jeff Rosenblum - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #584 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

Jeff Rosenblum is a marketing agency co-founder, author, documentary filmmaker and a person who likes to shake things up. Have you seen the documentary, The Naked Brand? If you have not: stop everything and watch it (it is awesome). Jeff was the co-writer and director of that film. More recently, he published his first book, Friction - Passion Brands In The Age of Disruption. It's not only a great read, but it is beautifully designed. If that were not enough, Jeff is also the founding partner of a marketing agency called, Questus. In the end, great brands tell great stories... and that's what helps to beat the competition. Enjoy the conversation... 

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #584.

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September 16, 2017 5:28 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #377

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • I Tried Shoplifting in a Store without Cashiers and Here's What Happened - MIT Technology Review. "Everyone talks about how the self-driving car will steal jobs. But automation is everywhere, and its consequences far-reaching. If you've used self-checkout, you know it can be annoying and error-prone. But what about NO checkout? Not only is it easier, but it can detect theft. I'm fascinated by the unintended consequences and side effects of innovation, because that's usually where the moral dilemmas live." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • In Conversation: John Cleese - Vulture"John Cleese seems more thoughtful and reflective in his later years, and as an Elder Statesman of comedy he has some smart -- but also heretical -- insights into political correctness." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Voynich manuscript: the solution - The Times Literary Supplement. "Has the Voynich manuscript finally been cracked?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Here's a moving video montage of the total eclipse - BoingBoing. "I missed that total eclipse that happened a few weeks ago - or at least, I didn't notice anything from the office, and didn't have any special goggles to avoid burning my eyeballs with. If you missed it too, and haven't seen any great images yet... here are some movies and pics. Yay science." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Steve Jobs' legacy & The iPhone X - OM. "If there was one piece of tech news that dominated the landscape this week, it would have to be Apple and the launch of the iPhone X. I'm buying it. I skip over a generation when it comes to iPhones, so I am due. The price is pretty crazy (in Canada, it will cost me over $1500). Does anyone else remember the days of a free mobile device with the purchase of a mobile carrier subscription? With that, I don't (really) blink. The cost per use on these devices for me are minimal. Still, it's not just about the price of the device. It's about legacy. Nobody has written about Apple this week with as much brilliance as Om Malik. Read, think and enjoy..." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Why Books and Reading Are More Important Than Ever - Signature. "Here's that theme again... Are you feeling it? We are skimming everything. There is value, experience, wisdom and deep learning that comes from spending a long period of time working through a single text on a single topic. Don't discount it. Don't cheapen your ability to grow through reading books. I wish I could say that I am reading books as much as I ever did, but I get just as easily distracted as the next person. Time to reboot that!" (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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September 15, 2017 7:08 AM

The Funkmaster Doug Johns On This Month's Groove - The No Treble Podcast

Doug Johns is this month's conversation on Groove - The No Treble Podcast.

You can listen the new episode right here: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #33 - Doug Johns.

Who is Doug Johns?

Doug Johns is a beast of a bass player. In fact, it's hard not to mention his name and have the words "funk master" and "groove beast" follow suit. He is a master musician who composes some of the richest bass lines that you will ever hear. His albums have all become bass classics. From his self-titled debut to Pocket Fulla Nasty, Stank, BLOMP! and Vodka In The Woodpile. A true bass virtuoso, who also happens to be a race car chassis designer and fabricator for world championship drag cars, NASCAR and beyond. The bassist has performed alongside artists like Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Buddy Miles, and the LA Mass Choir. His passion for the bass can also be experienced in his world-renowned bass clinics and an instructional video series, Opening the Slap Style Bass Vocabulary. If you're still no convinced before checking out this latest episode of Groove - The No Treble Podcast, watch Doug Johns - The Dougumentary.
Enjoy the conversation...

Listen in: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #33 - Doug Johns.

What is Groove - The No Treble Podcast?

This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.

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September 11, 2017 8:39 AM

New iPhone This Week, AI Knows Your Sexual Orientation And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • With all eyes and ears are on Hurricane Irma this morning, tomorrow we are going to see what the next generation of smartphones will look like. Apple is officially scheduled to unveil the iPhone 8 on Tuesday. Of course everything is rumour and heresy, until Tim Cook hits the stage, but what we are hearing is that it will be called the iPhone X (celebrating ten years), it will have a facial unlock system (Face ID), 3D emojis, No home/physical button, and - what I'm personally hoping for - depth for mixed reality (augmented and virtual reality capabilites). With that, we may hear about a new Apple Watch, AirPods and much more!
  • Speaking of Face ID, a study from Stanford University found that a computer algorithm could correctly distinguish between gay and straight with up to 90%+ accuracy. Of course, this has raised a million question about the biological origins of sexual orientation, the ethics of facial-detection technology, and the potential for this kind of software to violate people's privacy or be abused. So, it's not just about this technology being able to help you unlock your phone. All of this information could be telling companies, governments (and whoever else buys/gets access to this data), much more than any of us previously imagined. Amazing technology or terrifying technology? 
  • You would think that this makes us more reticent to take pictures? You would be wrong. While we tend to focus on how much video consumers are taking in, check this out: People will take 1.2 trillion photos this year, thanks to smartphones. According to estimates from InfoTrends, people will take a hundred billion more photos in 2017 than they did in 2016. With that, sales of digital cameras have drastically declined over the years (from 121.5 million in 2010 to an estimated 13 million in the first half of 2016) according to the Camera and Imaging Products Association. Still, because of ease and the quality of cameras in these smartphones, we're snapping more than ever before! 
  • App of the week: Zello.  

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September 10, 2017 8:46 AM

Artificial Intelligence For Marketing With Jim Sterne - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #583 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. He considers himself a "professional explainer." I've known Jim Sterne for over a decade. He sold business computers to first-time owners... Read more

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September 9, 2017 5:34 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #376

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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September 7, 2017 9:58 PM

Open Letter To The Advertising Industry: Let's Not Mess Up Ads For Voice - Strategy Column

Hey, Siri... let's not mess up these voice assistant ads, ok? One of the short-term technology innovations that will cause a lots of disruption in advertising is the move from fingers, mice, keypads, clicking and more to voice commands. We've... Read more

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September 3, 2017 5:01 PM

Commanding Excellence With Gary Morton - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #582 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. He has accomplished what many thought was impossible. Gary Morton was part of the only US Army unit ever... Read more

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September 2, 2017 5:04 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #375

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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