Why some children struggle to hold pencils

According to doctors, you can blame tech for children’s inability to hold pencils. Apparently all that screen time is doing nothing to strengthen their thumb, index, and middle fingers which work together to form one’s basic writing technique. Generation thumbs Having grown up with perpetual swiping and speaking in images and emoji, the next generation is […]


Free Marketing at the Apple Store

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann used to “surreptitiously put Pinterest on every computer in his local Apple store.” I still do this. There’s a rush of excitement in loading up your website on the store’s machines. You could be discovered! With nearly 100 million visitors a quarter, using Apple store computers to display your work is […]

Apple’s New iPhone 5C and 5S: the Results of Creativity or Innovation?

Creativity and innovation are two separate processes — both important, but not identical. The new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5Cs are a result of innovation, not necessasrily creativity. You don’t have to release “a whole new box” every time. I suspect that Apple will continue Jobs’s legacy of disrupting its own business model.

We need separate devices

It used to be that we kept our devices separate, our MP3 player from our phone along with our books, cameras, and notepads. Today, the phone has officially swallowed these things into one. And the quality is just as good if not better than the separate products by themselves. For example, the camera on the […]

My Kids Are Obsessed With Technology, and It’s All My Fault – NYTimes.com

A father wrestles with technology in the age of distraction: Midway through my 20s I underwent a reformation. I began reading, then writing, literary fiction. It quickly became apparent that the quality of my work rose in direct proportion to my ability filter out distractions. I’ve spent the past two decades struggling to resist the […]

Alternative Thinking

Consensus begets decision. We all want to agree and keep on moving on. But consensus is the not the end to alternative thinking. “The role of thinkers is primarily to keep options open.” – Milton Friedman Work needs to be reevaluated, rejudged, and twisted into something new. No product nor marketing campaign should be repeated […]

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

Turning the pages of a paper book is like leaving one footprint after another on the trail—there’s a rhythm to it and a visible record of how far one has traveled. I actually read faster and comprehend more on screen.  I also feel like I have more control with a digital device, even if I’m […]

“PCs are going to be like trucks”

Steve Jobs in 2010:  “When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms. Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular. PCs are going to be like trucks. They are still going to be around…they are going […]

The Tablet Market Grows Cluttered

If Coke is synonymous with soda, the iPad is synonymous with tablet. It doesn’t matter how many different types of sodas or tablet are released, Coke and Apple still own those platforms in branding and take a majority of the profit. In buying a tablet, you also want the best content. Neither Google nor Microsoft […]