Apple and Adidas

If you spend any time (as I do) on the number 51 bus, you may note the popularity of Adidas among a particular segment of consumers. They aren’t coming back from the gym – it’s just default clothing. They bought Adidas rather than the unbranded variety not because it’s cheaper or better quality. When consumers… Continue reading Apple and Adidas

Mobile apps vs native apps

There’s a lot of guff around on the battle between mobile apps versus web apps. There is guff because companies have made investments one way or the other, and want to believe that they made the right choice. So let’s be succinct. There are only two things to be concerned with: Can a user find… Continue reading Mobile apps vs native apps

Microsoft Word replacements

Microsoft Word is on the way out. I’ll explain. Every new tool for circulating information used a mental model similar to the previous one. Check it out: The typewriter was a replacement for writing. Both output to paper, but typing was neater. Memos were created and paper was pushed from desk to desk. The original… Continue reading Microsoft Word replacements

Non-Web Monetisation

This week, I gave a short talk on tech business model basics to the Kellogg High Tech Club. I was following an excellent talk by a colleague on web monetisation, so I focused on non-web monetisation. We weren’t able to snag a video camera, but I did punch up some audio and sync it to… Continue reading Non-Web Monetisation

Philadelphia Airport Runs OS X

… but it misbehaves, just like every other operating system. I’ve seen Windows crash in environments like this quite a few times. Not seen a Linux / Unix crash yet, but I’m sure it’s out there.

Best Buy Vending Machines

You may have caught a previous post here on iPod vending machines. During a trip through LAX, I noticed that these machines are being used by Best Buy to sell a variety of electronics to bored travellers – headphones, flip style camcorders, and of course, iPods. Personally, I was just curious when I was snapping… Continue reading Best Buy Vending Machines

Please Sign Here

Snapped in Ikea You may not be able to quite see it, but some poor person actually signed on top of the display on this PIN machine. A reminder that even user interfaces we take for granted can be hard to use.