Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.
This week we discussed:
- Apple did what we thought they might do. New iPhones, an updated iPad and Apple TV. It seems like the real talk is around Apple TV and this new Apple Pencil. Still, don’t kid yourself, the new iPhone 6S is a big deal. The gap between the iPhone and everyone else is getting wider, as these devices just keep on getting better and better. Even if you’re not an Apple fan, consider this: Apple’s iPhone revenue is greater than any other tech company’s total revenue. Crazy.
- Business Insider is one of the bigger online publications. It has over 80 million global monthly unique visitors, including about 45 million in the U.S. alone. It’s the “go to” for many (including me) for both general business and tech news. They recently launched a new title called, Insider. What makes it interesting is that the content of Insider is published solely in social media (on places like Facebook and Twitter). Insider Facebook publishing channel features video content posted directly to the social network, as well as whole articles (including images) that appear as status updates. On Twitter, Insider is mostly video content. They are also publishing on Instagram and Tumblr, and are exploring partnerships with other social platforms. Is this the future of publishing
- Speaking of publishing and smartphones: Researchers looked at factors like the time since you last had a call or text, the time of day, and how intensely you’re using the phone to try and figure out when individuals were bored. It worked. The researchers found that looking at this kind of data gave a reliable prediction of boredom as often as 83 percent of the time. The researchers also went a step further by sending bored smartphone users an alert to check out an article on BuzzFeed–which people who were judged to be bored clicked on more often than people who weren’t. Imagine that… smartphones so smart, that they can send you content when you’re bored.
- App of the week: World Time Buddy.