Recap: CES 2013

CES 2013 ended on Friday, and I just arrived back in Seattle this morning. This year’s CES was the first I’ve attended, and there are a few products and companies that surprised or impressed me.

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I Hope Your Kickstarter Project Stays Off CNN

Kickstarter has seen its fair share of successful projects in 2012. From the Ouya game console, to the FORM 1 3D printer, to the Pebble smart watch (which I backed myself), millions of dollars have been invested into projects from startups and individuals. To show what a great year 2012 was, out of the 39 projects listed on Kickstarter’s “Most Funded” page, all but four were funded in this last year.

The rising popularity of Kickstarter and sheer volume of money being invested is fantastic– it allows for a small startup or individual to have an idea, and make it reality.

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Where Does the iPad Mini Fit In?

In case you didn’t hear, Apple announced the iPhone 5, new iPod Touch, and new iPod Nano. While I personally didn’t expect the appearance of an iPad Mini at this event, it does leave me wondering exactly where the iPad Mini will fit in.

The new iPod/iPad pricing lineup consists of the following:

  1. iPod Shuffle at $49
  2. iPod Nano at $149
  3. iPod Touch (4th Gen) at $199
  4. iPod Touch (5th Gen) at $299
  5. iPad 16 GB at $499

So, where exactly does the iPad Mini fit in? At $399? That’s not exactly competitive compared to Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD, which starts at $199. It’d be pretty easy for someone to say, “the iPad Mini is double the price of the Fire and is the same size.” And the larger Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, which is closer to the original iPad’s size, is only $300.

But Apple wouldn’t price the iPad Mini at $299– the same price as the iPod Touch–which leaves one price point left: $350. This is still cheap enough in the consumer’s mind (it isn’t “$400”), and yet it doesn’t occupy the price point of the iPod Touch. It also distances it from the regular sized iPad.

In any event, you certainly won’t be seeing an iPad Mini for $299 or less.

Underpants and Non Existent Touch Screens: The Decline of Gizmodo

Every morning, I wake up, open my laptop, and open a specific set of sites. I eat my breakfast while reading, save some pages for the bus ride, and then head to work. Every morning, it’s the same set of sites.

Hacker News is a new favorite of mine. It’s a great resource for some good articles to read. Engadget, despite having a poor reputation for the quality of its comments, is still a great tech blog. The Verge is relatively new, but like Engadget, it’s a great place for news on computers and electronics.

And there’s Lifehacker, which has some interesting tips and tricks, while Macrumors has all of the Mac news I could possibly need.

There’s also my Twitter feed. I follow a couple of Node.JS news bots, as well as some designers, developers, and products such as the Pebble. It makes for a great source of quick news snippets.

And then there’s Gizmodo.

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Moore’s Law of the Mind: How Technology is Changing the Way We Think for the Better

Around a year and a half ago my Pre-AP English class was assigned a culminating project. This graduation requirement consisted of a 2500 word paper as well as a short presentation. We were prompted to choose a point of contention in the modern world, pose it as a question, gather arguments from debates and other sources, and format it as an essay to convince the reader of a certain position.

I chose, “is technology making us stupider?”

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