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Phillip Jackson

I Finally Cracked it

Silvrback blog image For more than a year now people have been speculating on an apple TV. Not the plug in box but an actual display. There's lots of reason for the speculation, the fact that they have been dabbling in this space with the apple TV set top box, they sell movies and shows on itunes and it's the last phase of the "digital hub" . . .

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December 09, 2011

Early adopters left behind

Becoming the uber expert is fun. Everyone at one time has been so good at something that it seems they can answer any question related to it. Over time though newer ways to do the same thing emerge, and the expert contends that they suck. The old system is better, they say. They move to discredit these improved methods claiming it's . . .

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November 16, 2011

I miss Android and can't leave iOS-

Tales of a flip flopper

I probably need a dual boot phone so I can choose the OS that I like at the moment. As a way of background I've had both major smartphone platform in the past 3 years and several blackberries prior to that. I used the EVO for 15 months and the 3G iphone for 2 years prior. With the introduction of the iPhone 4s last week a moved back to . . .

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October 16, 2011

Feed the Borg, start talking to your phone

Silvrback blog imageI remember being promised my computer would understand me since I was a kid. The first software I really remember testing for this "speech recognition" was called voice type dictation from IBM. It required a Pentium 90Mhz computer. What do I remember about it? My boss tried to show someone in the office and he said "This is an . . .

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October 11, 2011

I can't use all this free Software

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I'm working on a startup (servicevines.com) and recently the WSJ article by mark Andreessen and a post by Arrington reminded me how I've overlooked just how far things have progressed since the start of the internet becoming the biggest disruption in my lifetime. Creative destruction is easier and cheaper than ever. If I . . .

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August 26, 2011

Want to face hangout?

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Facebook, Google + and apple have all released video chat clients in the past year. Not to mention all the ways that existed before like skype, google chat, yahoo, AIM, QIK and probably 10,000 more I can't recall. Yet never once have I seen someone using this technology in the wild. I really don't even know people who use it . . .

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July 14, 2011

How the car will again revolutionize the world

I've long been a proponent and follower of the idea that cars should drive themselves. I've watched and read about the Darpa Challenge and even quietly thought the government should fund a whole parallel infrastructure where only self driving cars were allowed. Last October when I found out that google had been working on a project I . . .

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April 13, 2011

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