Here are some of my favorite Photos from my October 2014 trip to Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru, in November 2014. I was flown in to speak to a conference of Latin American journalists and decided to spend two days at the end of the trip to Cusco — only a 70-minute flight from Lima. [Read more…] about Photos of Machu Picchu & Cusco
Today is the kickoff of the 20th annual South by Southwest Interactive, the seminal glimpse-of-the-future gathering held each March in Austin. I’ve attended four times, spoken there three times, was admitted as press last year but couldn’t attend, and can’t make it this year because I have to fly to Miami to attend the year’s biggest cruise conference.
But I’m still jazzed that SXSW has decided this year to publish “The Official SXSW 2014 Interactive Cookbook.” Inside the cookbook, you’ll find recipes from over 100 former South by Southwest speakers. The recipes, which span from Eggs Benedict Pasta to Vegetable Jell-O, speak to the creativity and diversity of the SXSW community. [Read more…] about SXSW publishes my gazpacho recipe
Here are some of the photos I shot this week at Startup Grind, the startup conference that drew 1,000 attendees and speakers — including tech investor MC Hammer, above — to the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. For a complete look, see my Flickr set.
Here’s the my photo gallery, displayed with the Envira plug-in: [Read more…] about Photos from Startup Grind 2014
More companies are hiring scribes to ramp up ‘content plays’
Afunny thing is happening to a lot of journalists I know: They’re bailing on Big-J journalism.
But while many are leaving the profession of journalism, they’re taking their craft with them. Faced with the Incredible Shrinking Business Models of the old media economy, journalists have begun taking their storytelling skills to the business world, particularly tech.
A portable charger for your digital lifestyle
Over the years, I’ve done product reviews for companies like Nokia, small camcorder companies and gadget startups in my role as a columnist for Engadget, all the while offering this disclosure statement that spelled out my affiliations.
Well, let’s toss another one into the mix, because the good folks at Powerocks recently sent me the Powerocks Extended Battery Pak Super Magicstick (2800mAh) to test out, and within a week I began adding it to my road warrior arsenal.
Powerocks is a lightweight portable charger that takes the worry out of heading out of the house with a less than fully charged array of mobile gadgets, including the iPad, iPhone, Android phones, digital cameras, handheld game devices, GPS gizmos, MP3 players and more. [Read more…] about Powerocks: How to get charged up
Randi Zuckerberg’s new book offers wise advice on how to balance our personal & professional lives online
Target audience: Small and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, social media managers, college students, job seekers, Facebook users and anyone navigating the social media landscape.
Cool your online jets, kids. You too, mom and pop. Step away from the habit of 24/7 smartphone gratification. Friend only real friends. Treat others with respect. And don’t try to carve out an Internet persona different from your real-world self.
Those are a few of the common-sense prescriptions Randi Zuckerberg offers for the legions of always-on overindulgers bingeing on a social media sugar high in her new book Dot Complicated (249 pages, HarperCollins), coming out tomorrow. [Read more…] about ‘Dot Complicated’ book review: A guidepost for our social era
New book, out today, identifies ‘five forces’ animating modern culture
Title: “The Age of Context”
Release date: Sept. 25, 2013
Every few years someone comes along and pulls the camera back to reveal a wider view of the technological changes coursing through the business world and larger culture. Robert Scoble and Shel Israel have done just that with their new book, “The Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy” (paperback, self-published).
The authors nicely contextualize what they call the “five forces” in what amounts to a technology megatrend: mobile, sensor devices, social media, big data and location-based technologies. These forces add up to a formidable package, one that deserves scrutiny far beyond the boundaries of greater Silicon Valley, where much of the action takes place.
The book goes on sale today on Amazon (though Amazon lists its release date as Sept. 5). [Read more…] about Book review: ‘Age of Context’ captures pulse of new tech
Title: “Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age”
Author: Porter Gale
Release date: June 4, 2013
While other books in recent years have jumped on the trendy anti-social media bandwagon, Porter Gale’s “Your Network Is Your Net Worth” goes in a different direction. The book makes an optimistic, hard-headed, clear-eyed case for the simple reality that social networking is not just about people and our connections to them – it’s also, at bottom, about how we shape our own identities and, ultimately, our destinies.
In the book’s 13 chapters, the author mixes personal anecdotes and frank revelations with a series of exercises that propel readers toward more effective business networking for the digital age. Her tone is conversational, helpful, honest and, above all, relentlessly positive. [Read more…] about ‘Your Network Is Your Net Worth’ book review