Apple (NASDAQ: $APPL) will make a splash this week with a number of new product and innovation releases. In fact if you want to track the announcement you can subscribe to a meeting request and a countdown clock on the Apple website. For those of us scanning the analyst reviews for trends and earnings directions, the event should reveal the largest one-day announcement of new Apple product in the company’s history. The new phone, a new watch (these days the proper term is “wearable” since a wristwatch is so passe), and a new “phablet” – a large screen phone not quite the same size and use portfolio as the iPad – will all emerge.
According to Forbes writer Ewan Spence there is a lot of spectacle over this product release:
For fans and followers, journalists and analysts, to pop culture experts, celebrities, and late night chat show hosts, this Tuesday is going to be just like Christmas Day.
For me I am more interested in the location-based service and commercial wallet components that will begin to make their way into the full Apple line of products. Most users have been accustomed to using apps to provide 2-D and 3-D barcodes to check in to airline flights, buy coffee, or secure reward points in loyalty programs. This next step is akin to making your phone an actual commercial wallet where the funds are loaded into the wallet via smart chip and app to enable users to make purchases with appropriately enabled point of sale (POS) systems.
I have written about this topic as part of my coverage on #ConvergenceForces last year. In my opinion, this is the most significant step of a tech vendor to date to really push that vision into a device-ready reality.
Comment or post below your thoughts on the Apple announcement.
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Hannah Brencher carried a USPS mail crate with her when she spoke at TED@NYC. Photo: Ryan Lash
Hannah Brencher strolled onstage to give her TED Talk, “Love letters to strangers,” with a US Postal Service mail crate propped on her hip. And that mail crate full of letters turned out to be a metaphor for what happened next — a box of surprises and possibilities.
Onstage at Joe’s Pub in June 2012, Brencher told her story of writing love letters to strangers — yes, in her own handwriting — and leaving them on café tables, tucking them in books at the library, and sending them to anyone on the internet who asked. The project, which she began as a way to fight her post-college depression, took on its own life, so Brencher set up the website More Love Letters to help the letter-writing project expand to anyone who…
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If I Were 22 – Three Things I would Tell My Younger Self (Who Might not Listen)
As a LinkedIn influencer I was asked to write on the topic of If I Were 22, some words I might share with my younger self and things I was doing at that time. This was a great exercise to bridge multi-generations of readers. Follow all blogs on LinkedIn and Twitter at #IfIWere22. Thanks for reading.
A lot has happened since I was 22 but I remember those and the immediate years afterwards with fondness. Graduating college. The first job. Living on my own out of school and moving to my own apartment. Water skiing the summers on Lake Havasu. Those crazy super bowl parties (it’s on during the afternoon usually on the Pacific coast). Volleyball each weekend in Hermosa Beach. Think the B-52s song “Deadbeat Club” – I lived that song each weekend replete with the 25c beers at the Poopdeck. Looking back on it now I lived a great dream.
If I did know what I knew now back then I would probably offer some kind advice to the young man I once was (knowing full well my younger self may opt not to listen to my advice). Here are the top three. Since my advice would have been good enough for my younger self I do try to offer it to my own grown children (and do my best to lead by example, albeit not always successfully).
To read my top three list, visit my LinkedIn post. Photo courtesy of Zeta Psi North America.
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