John C. Abell

Google+ — Don’t call it the Facebook killer (for now)

June 28, 2011

Is four the charm for Google?

The search giant has had little luck breaking into the social network game, and most of it has been bad. Buzz got as many yawns as boos, and Wave was inexplicable — so much so that the company killed it last summer.

The real Twitter tragedy about Weiner

June 14, 2011

Reaching out,
To touch a stranger
Electric eyes are everywhere

– ‘Human Nature,’ recorded by Michael Jackson

Tech envy: It’s a jungle out there

June 6, 2011
When the iPad 2 came out, thousands of original iPad owners sold their barely-year-old devices on the secondary market to finance their upgrade. We replace computers every couple of years or so, but seldom because they stop working. You’re probably locked in a two-year phone contract — and itching to upgrade before your exposure to an early termination fee expires.

This isn’t the sort of planned obsolescence perfected by Detroit so that your brand new sedan, perfectly fine under the hood, looks a tad tired in a couple of years.

The digital wallet soon to be in every pocket

June 1, 2011

Will the smartphone do for retailing what it did for photography?

Like a recession, we never quite see a tipping point when it happens. Tech seems to alter behavior in unpredictable ways. But, in fact, tech makes it possible to form the habits we unknowingly crave. We love TV, but we’re walking away from the TV set. We still make calls at home, but have abandoned land lines. You used to carry a point-and-shoot camera, and you still do — but now it’s in your smartphone.