Author Archive for: Ben Parr

December 3, 2014
03 Dec 2014

Captivology Pre Order

Pre Order Your Copy of Captivology Today!

read more

November 27, 2014
27 Nov 2014

Watch Bill Gates Try to Explain the Internet to David Letterman in 1995

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

read more

August 16, 2014
16 Aug 2014

My thoughts on TMZ’s iPhone “Scoop” on CNBC [VIDEO]

Yesterday, I hopped on CNBC to talk about TMZ’s new iPhone on Closing Bell. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t buying it.

Check out the video:

 

read more

May 24, 2014
24 May 2014

Why Are Google Glass Users Such Assholes?

Childish. Petty. Disrespectful. These were the only words I could muster after reading about how a group of Glass users destroyed the Yelp rating of a local NYC restaurant, all because they asked one person to take off her Google Glass in their restaurant. I've been asked to take off Glass before, and I've obliged without issue. After all, it's their restaurant and their rules. If a restaurant asks me to put my cell phone away, I will. If somebody asks me to take off my shoes in their home, I respect their wishes. But Katy Kasmai didn't take being asked to remove Glass so well. She refused to eat there because she couldn't put the computer off her face. Instead she posted to Google+ and, for some reason, her Google+ followers and other Glass users decided to vote down the restaurant on Yelp, OpenTable and Google/Zagat. (Correction: From what I could find, Katy never rallied or asked her followers to downvote the restaurant. Google Glass users did that all on her own.)

read more

May 6, 2014
06 May 2014

On Twitter and Short-Term Stock Fluctuations

Twitter has had a rough few weeks, but does that mean it’s destined to spiral downward?

Hell no.

18% stock price drops are great for headlines, but they certainly don’t tell the story

read more

May 2, 2014
02 May 2014

When Two Apps Are Simpler Than One

If there’s one entrepreneurial mantra that Steve Jobs taught us, it’s this: Simplify!

Complex products fail. The complex MySpace lost to the simple Facebook. The simplicity of Snapchat

read more

March 25, 2014
25 Mar 2014

Oculus Rift: Facebook’s $2 Billion Attempt to Seize Its Destiny From Apple and Google

Can’t say I saw this one coming.

Facebook, on the heels of its $19 billion blockbuster acquisition of WhatsApp, has dropped another $2 billion (plus a potential $300 million in earn-outs

read more

February 27, 2014
27 Feb 2014

Minecraft the Movie: Suggestions for Casting

So Warner Brothers, thrilled with the performance of The Lego Movie, is turning another blocky adventure into a movie — <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/127593-minecraft-movie-in-the-works-as-it-crosses-100-million-registered-users

read more

February 20, 2014
20 Feb 2014

The Floodgates Have Opened

temp..yaidgitb The floodgates have just burst open, not just in the world of technology, but in the entire free market. In the very way we view capitalism.

I am, of course, talking about <a href="http://newsroom.fb.com/News/805/Facebook-to-Acquire-WhatsApp

read more

February 12, 2014
12 Feb 2014

Announcing “Captivology”, My Book on the Science of Attention (HarperCollins/2015)

Dear friends, family, colleagues, and supporters, I'm thrilled to announce my first non-fiction book, working title "Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention", due in early 2015 from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins. I hope you will sign up for updates on Captivology through my book's website. You can follow @Captivology on Twitter or like Captivology on Facebook. You can also follow @BenParr for regular updates. And finally, here's a link for sharing this announcement.

read more