eBay Launches Interactive Digital Storefronts

Rollout of Interactive digital storefronts created by eBay for retailers Rebecca Minkoff,  TOMS shoes, and Sony. eBay considers this a logical next step in their product strategy.

From a popup standpoint, this removes the need for an actual venue to show products, while still having a real-life presence..

Photos here are from the Westfield Shopping Centre in downtown San Francisco

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The NextGEN Science Fair – June 19th

TasteTV is pleased to announce the NextGen Science Fair 2011, the first and only event for Next-Generation Products, Technology, and Ideas, welcoming hundreds of consumers, thought-leaders, media outlets, buyers, speakers, partners, and more to San Francisco.

For professionals and family alike, the The NextGen Science Fair (tm) brings together under one roof 15-20 of the most exciting new and futuristic products, services, ideas, discoveries and content available now or very soon

Visit The NextGen Science Fair 2011 and discover the latest green, organic, biotech, artisan, design, app, gaming and technology consumer products that can improve your quality of life, your company’s success, or your future. Meet the movers, innovators, advocates, and creators of tomorrow’s products and sevices. Network, promote and partner with “Next-Gen Generators.” Don’t miss this unique opportunity. The future is coming today.


Ellen Degeneres custom iPhone Commercial takes heat

As much as she loves the iPod, TV star, comedian, and talk show host Ellen Degeneres learned one thing about Apple: Don’t make fun of the iPhone, even if you’re just kidding.

See the video:

Applie-Gizmodo-iPhone “Scandal” a la Jon Steward

John Steward comments on the Applie-Gizmodo-iPhone “Scandal. ” He accuses Apple of being the Big Brother in the Apple 1984 ad

Regardless, we all know that in the future, it will be all Apple on every channel…. at least until HP finishes incorporating Palm

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

The iPad, and the Staggering Work of Obviousness

A fantastic historical review of what lead up to the iPad, and why it will succeed BIG by Cheerful Software Manifesto. We’ll just give you the big points:

On Thursday, I set my iPad up for the first time with the fold-out case and Bluetooth keyboard. And I got walloped but good by Nostalgia. Nostalgia that was chunky and green.

The heartbreaking fate of the lovable Newton is exemplar of everything that is wrong at an Apple without Steve Jobs, and why a customer reaction of “Is that it?” can be a product designer’s best friend.

We can’t pretend to understand the present without first understanding the past. In this case, Apple’s past:

1998: A revolutionary, lovable Apple PDA with little squareish icons, on-screen keyboard, common icons across the bottom, single-tasking, and the best compact keyboard of the decade, complete with an ungainly but functional fold-out case. The Newton.

2010: A revolutionary, lovable Apple PDA with little squareish icons, on-screen keyboard, common icons across the bottom, single-tasking, and the best compact keyboard of the decade, complete with an ungainly but functional fold-out case. The iPad.

One an unmitigated, iconic flop, the other destined to be a success of Biblical proportions.

What a difference a decade makes.

What a difference a Steve makes.
The problem with the Newton wasn’t any physical or technical problem. Those are easy to surmount. The problem that broke the Newton was that nobody was prepared for it.

There was no mental slot in people’s heads that the Newton could glide into.

Nothing like it had ever existed before. It was revolutionary. It was a total surprise.

Today, of course, it’s an entirely different story: we’re all intimately familiar with the concept of the little computer in our pocket. We fell repeatedly for watered-down Palm handhelds which, in reality, we used rarely; we replaced them with iPhones, which we use too much.

Now the same critics who shit-canned the Newton for the wrong reasons are shit-canning the iPad for the wrong reasons.

The iPad, though, unlike the Newton, is going to win, and win on an epic scale.

Nevertheless, the shortsightedness of punditry is evergreen. Instead of praising the iPad, critics express their disappointment, because they expected more. They expected a genre buster. They expected something they’d never seen before, something beyond their imagination. Something revolutionary.

They’re disappointed that the iPad is so… well… unsurprising.

Therein, of course, lies the genius.

The design, delivery, and timing of the iPad couldn’t be more different than the Newton. The iPad wasn’t a surprise at all. It’s the capstone in a family of devices.

There’s a cozy, pre-existing slot in people’s brains that the iPad fills quite nicely.

“Oh,” they say. “It’s a big iPhone.”

It doesn’t matter if they utter that phrase in distaste. That little sand grain of dismissal becomes the core around which will form a pearl of understanding.

“Trying to deal with email on the iPhone is tough. The screen’s too small.”

“I wish we could both work on this at the same time.”

“I’d like to sketch concepts with touch, but I keep running off the borders.”

Ding ding ding.

Steve knows, better maybe than anyone else, that you don’t just slap a product out there and hope it will succeed. You have to prepare people for it, first.

And it’s better that people misunderstand a product, at first, than not understand it at all.

People won’t buy a product if they can’t understand it immediately. They can’t understand it immediately if their worldview doesn’t already have a readymade place for it. And their worldview won’t have a readymade place for it, if they’ve never seen anything like it before….

Read the rest on Cheerful

How Good Is Your Startup Idea?

How Good Is Your Startup Idea?

Three tips to figure it out in this short video by Ross Kimbarovsky at CrowdSpring

How Good Is Your Startup Idea? from Ross Kimbarovsky on Vimeo.