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  • Oculus Rift Is Not A Game Changer For Facebook... Yet [View article]
    The head of Oculus clearly believes that the future of social networking and on-line activity is along the lines of the cult classic Snowcrash http://goo.gl/0cD469 . I find this both hard to believe and troubling, but the side of the road is littered with people who tried to predict how users will use on-line social media.....
    Jan 22, 2015. 07:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oculus Rift Is Not A Game Changer For Facebook... Yet [View article]
    It's interesting to compare FB's acquisitions to Google's "developing new technology completely unrelated to search." Most people say that regarding Google's work on Google Docs, a divergence that's fast becoming profitable, or Android. But Google is also plowing money into self-driving cars and private spacecraft, both of which are years away from any profitability or any convergence with Google's current interests. At the very least, there is logic behind FB hedging their bets with some far-out stuff.
    Jan 22, 2015. 03:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Might Facebook's Oculus Be Going After Google Glass? [View article]
    Yes, you're right, and I made it clear in the article that I'm speculating regarding Oculus's moving towards non-VR use. The founder of Oculus has said very clearly that he believes in a SnowCrash-like future of VR-based on-line experiences, and that he believes that this would be a much more "social" on-line experience than currently. But again, I'm speculating that they may be planning to shift some of their work in the AR or HUD direction.
    Dec 30, 2014. 08:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Might Facebook's Oculus Be Going After Google Glass? [View article]
    You write "Already we can locate ourselves in space via GPS and display images of our environment." But that's just the point. GPS doesn't work indoors, and you can't locate using display images of the environment until AFTER you've collected a huge set of display images of the environment. But what if you want to move around an indoor site which has not been prepared by collecting display images (or radio signal fingerprints)? Enter SLAM. SLAM gives a camera-based device (eyeglasses, drone, phone, ...) the ability to move through a NEW site, tracking location while moving, and learn along the way enough new information to track location better the next time.

    Get it now?
    Dec 29, 2014. 01:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Might Facebook's Oculus Be Going After Google Glass? [View article]
    Great points. Regarding SLAM:

    1. The "L" in SLAM relates to SLAM's tracking the location of the device/user while moving around, even in places where GPS is not available. Indoor location is a huge challenge in mobile these days, and while there are a lot of solutions (I've seen over 170 start-ups in the area, and all the major co's are working on it http://goo.gl/IAuCho) there's no solution out there for the mass market. Visual SLAM is often more accurate than the radio approaches running on today's mobile devices (although next-gen radio like UWB shows a lot of promise http://goo.gl/i0CmCv)

    2. Visual SLAM often includes more interpretation of the objects in the image than is typically done by HUD eyeglasses like Google Glass. This is what they mean by "building a 3D model of the environment." If the system knows not only what the image of the front of a building looks like, but that it's a building of certain dimensions and certain characteristics, apps should be able to use that information to do new things. Hopefully.
    Dec 26, 2014. 02:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Might Facebook's Oculus Be Going After Google Glass? [View article]
    This is a great point - Google has a lot of visual technology in a lot of different projects. I mentioned Tango, but their car has a lot, and they also have projects analyzing Street View images, and image search, and more. Most of all, they seem to have a way of migrating technologies from one use to another.
    Dec 25, 2014. 07:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • WhatsApp's Quiet Move Into Social Networking, And Why Facebook Should Worry [View article]
    @Piptief and @OlBlueEyes proof yet again that ideas are a very small component of success.....
    Mar 9, 2014. 03:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WhatsApp And $19 Billion [View article]
    The price of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp seems like desperation, but the logic of the acquisition is clear. Here's a SeekingAlpha article about the effect of WhatsApp on social networking from about 6 months ago: http://seekingalpha.co...
    Feb 20, 2014. 07:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Referral Traffic: Facebook And Twitter Lead As Google Lags Behind. [View article]
    I don't think that this is much of a surprise, given how all the social media sites operate and their audiences.

    A much more interesting comparison would be Google vs Facebook, meaning Google search not Google+. Or Google vs all social media sites combined. Are people getting recommendations off-line (or in email or chat) and Google'ing them, or are people getting recommendations by social network?
    Nov 14, 2013. 04:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Facebook Survive Changing Demographics? [View article]
    One other point not yet mentioned: Facebook is about using the Facebook UI (mobile or web) which is an opportunity for ads and promotions. Twitter does not control the UI, especially on mobile, so their limited to in-line sponsored tweets, but cannot do other ad formats for the large number of their users that use 3rd-party mobile apps or feed readers to read their twitter feeds.
    Oct 28, 2013. 09:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Facebook Survive Changing Demographics? [View article]
    Teen usage is very fluid, and can change quickly. First, expect to see them moving to WhatsApp as it moves from abroad to the States. http://seekingalpha.co...

    Second, the obvious open question is what Facebook may do to get back these users. Better support or dedicated mobile apps for common activities, like events, or groups, or product recommendations? They released a dedicated Messenger app, but it needs to be more usable.

    Especially with teens, every trend can change or be changed.
    Oct 27, 2013. 06:57 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook: Artificial Intelligence Project Is A Game Changer [View article]
    Google and others use AI considerably in its ad targeting. That's why if you exchange some e-mail about a friend's vacation you can expect to be browsing a site with Google ads and see an ad for vacation travel, or if you browse a number of sites about Brazil you can expect in your GMAIL to see ads for South American vacations. What FB is doing here is an expansion of a lot of related research programs.
    Oct 1, 2013. 06:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • WhatsApp's Quiet Move Into Social Networking, And Why Facebook Should Worry [View article]
    For those who haven't heard of WhatsApp, see their usage stats from a few months ago here: http://goo.gl/6Cy4WM - Whatever it may be, I don't think that "silly" quite covers it. Again, I am positive on FB, both in terms of their future dominating social networking and in their future business-wise. But as many other companies prove, the only way to hold a lead is to watch what's going on around you.
    Sep 30, 2013. 05:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WhatsApp's Quiet Move Into Social Networking, And Why Facebook Should Worry [View article]
    WeChat clearly has China, but in other Asian countries WhatsApp seems to be penetrating. Some good stats I've seen on this are here: http://bit.ly/169Suqz
    Sep 30, 2013. 11:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • WhatsApp's Quiet Move Into Social Networking, And Why Facebook Should Worry [View article]
    Yes, Blackberry's BBM is clearly strong in group messaging, but currently it's used predominantly by Blackberry device users.

    I've thought for years that Blackberry should split its messaging & services business from its devices business: http://bit.ly/17iY3TD

    That said, their target is clearly classic group messaging between working groups, primarily in business settings, and less the closed-group social networking side of the story. For all their success in business messaging, they have not yet beaten others at mass-market usability and media-oriented features. If they can pull that off, great!
    Sep 30, 2013. 10:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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