Daniel W. Rasmusis the Founder and Principal Analyst at Serious Insights. Rasmus is the author of Listening to the Future and Management by Design. Rasmus is a member of the Pinchot University faculty academy in Seattle, Washington, where he teaches influence and strategy.
There is nothing like the post-Consumer Electronics Show fulfillment of promise, as things that were just demos in January start to ship. I spent the last month reviewing a wide variety of headphones, earbuds, and other audio devices. Here are my thoughts on a dozen ways to bring audio into your life, categorized by type: mono earbuds, stereo earbuds, on-the-ear headphones and over-the-ear headphones.
In a world of digital content, publishers—now a wider range of publishers than ever— while continuing to create bound books, increasingly create digital-only publications. Combine all those books with economics reports from think tanks and talks on the TED stage, and business people looking for the latest insight could spend more time trolling, curating, and reading than they do working and living. So in a world of outsourced assistance and quick returns comes the app getAbstract(free), from getAbstract, the company that condenses the essential lessons from business books and makes them available in a quick-to-read format.
The Bluetooth speaker market continues to evolve. But rather than delivering consumers a bunch of also-ran mid-sized speakers designed for adequacy, the speaker market is taking a cue from evolution. Bluetooth speakers are evolving to fill consumer niches. Like the beetle, a creature that has evolved from near microscopic forms to gargantuan entities, Bluetooth speakers range from tiny, pocket-sized offerings to huge, credenza-filling sizes.
I conducted an extensive review of three headphones. This review includes aesthetics, features, and sound. Like many areas of modern electronics, hundreds of headphones exist in a seemingly infinite variety of shapes and sizes. The most important element though, is good fit and good sound. Beyond that, nothing else really matters.
This case round-up looks at the first big wave of iPhone 6 cases that I received after the Consumer Electronics Show. Keep in mind that price doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality or protection attributes of the cases. It is very difficult to compare cases to each other because you need to include your own personal use case in the equation. As you read these reviews, think about the following questions:
If all of your data is in the cloud, and you can easily download it to your iOS device, off-line storage probably isn’t an issue. But that is not how most people roll, especially when on the road. Which is why you probably need a PC or Mac and some local storage to complement your cloud services and to load content onto your iPad or iPhone.
I’m about to provide a basic evaluation of three new keyboards. Before I do, though, I have to raise an issue about keyboard portability. Notebook computers, or tablet convertibles, typically fold over the keyboard, protecting them from the harsh jiggling they are likely to encounter during travel.
I made a New Year’s resolution to, as much as possible, eliminate paper from my life. I can’t control all of what comes it, but I can control some of it. And I have complete control over what I keep, within the guidelines of U.S. tax law, of course.
Here is the list of steps I took in January to get My Year of Living Paperlessly off to the right start.