Expected: Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its coffee cups totally backfired

I’m amazed that someone thought that applying DRM to a coffee machine was a good idea. Using single-use disposable coffee pods is not great for the environment — we use a refillable pod, which would be locked out under the Keurig 2.0 system.

Consumers hate DRM — in music, in movies, in anything — but applying it to coffee feels especially galling. It’s the most open caffeinated beverage there is; all you need is beans and hot water and, I guess, a vessel to brew it in. Locking it up in plastic cups was already a little silly, though something lots of people were happy to buy for the sake of convenience. Building a complicated infrared scanning system so that you can only use Keurig-approved cups was a step too far.

Read more at  Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its coffee cups totally backfired | The Verge.

Goodbye Apple. Hello Alberta School of Business!

I guess it’s about time I mention it broadly, rather than simply hint at it or just let a few folk know.

As of the end of the month, I’ll be leaving my very cool and amazing world-class family at Apple retail and joining the team at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta.

It wasn’t an easy decision, leaving the industry-leading unique culture of Apple retail. But it basically boiled down to lifestyle; I wanted my weekends and evenings back to spend time with my family.

I leave with very fond memories. Apple is an amazing organization. I consider it a personal privilege that I was able to learn and grow within, and perhaps help influence and contribute to the growth others.

Yes, I’ll miss the people and the unique Apple culture.

In my new role at the Alberta School of Business, I’ll be working with the marketing and communications teams to bring my social media, PR and communications knowledge to bear on the School’s strategic plans. Similar to what I’ve done with the AMA, Empire Avenue and BioWare.

So, yes, bittersweet, and full of promise and excitement!

I can’t wait!

A sidenote: it’s very cool when the Dean of the school follows you on LinkedIn and you’ve not even started yet! Reassuring, in fact.

Testing a newsletter. Want to help?

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 6.57.57 AMHey all, I’m testing out some newsletter software for Tess’s Steeped Tea consultancy and I’ve a favour to ask; I want to test it tonight but need warm bodies to receive it and offer feedback 🙂 If you want to help, sign up here (http://g1z.me/1fjAbBk). Feel free to unsubscribe after the test, or if you can’t (software fubar etc) then just let me know and I’ll remove you.

Questions? Comments? Let me know!

And thanks for letting me ping you about this!

— Brad

What is it about a Moleskine?

ms1.jpgIt’s a notebook, plain and simple. A very well-made notebook, to be sure. It is, perhaps, a premium notebook (which would justify the price). I know, I have one. And it’s quite nice.

Yet, Moleskine is also a brand that brings a lot of emotion and sentiment to the humble notebook. Notebooks are about remembering things, writing them down to have later — and the Moleskine brand is based around the concept of being the best notebook you can use to remember. Just check out this description from the Moleskine website’s about page:

Moleskine was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books.

 

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Today, the name Moleskine encompasses a family of nomadic objects: notebooks, diaries, journals, bags, writing instruments and reading accessories, dedicated to our mobile identity. Indispensable companions to the creative  professions and the imagination of our times: they are intimately tied to the digital world.

 

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A lot of famous people use(d) Moleskines, and a lot of people wax eloquently about the virtues of the notebook.

And now, they can do the same about the free official Moleskine app, for iPad and iPhone / iPod Touch:

The official Moleskine App for iPhone and iPad allows you to express your creativity through text, images and sketches. Pick a classic Moleskine notebook paper style, create a new thought and start to type or draw choosing amongst different colors and sizes. Once you are done with your thought, you can store it on your device and make edits whenever you want.

Features:

  • Pick a Moleskine notebook paper style: plain, ruled, squared
  • Write and edit a text note
  • Sketching tool
  • Insert and play with your personal images
  • Catalogue as many memories as you want with a full range of categories
  • Play with images provided by Moleskine
  • Geo-tag each note created and create a virtual map of your memories
  • Share your notes with friends through email or social networks

Of course, the Moleskine app is also a marketing tool to get the Moleskine name on your iOS device, get you comfortable and familiar with the Moleskine name, and presumably get you curious about the actual paper notebook.

Marketing aside, the app is a fairly good notebook app, with some interesting features. And it’s free, so what have you got to lose — maybe it’ll work for you, as the original notebook worked for Hemingway, back in the day.
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And we have a winner…

This weekend was a busy one with the regular life stuff, as well as drawing a winner for the Palm Pre 2 giveaway contest.

Through a rigirous and exacting process of filtering new followers reviewing tweets, and generating a random number a random number of times — the winner of the Palm Pre 2, Touchstone Charger and case is:

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Congratulations to Audemars02, and thanks for playing to all who entered and tweeted.

Oh, and I’ve got another contest and announcement in the works — stay tuned!

Woot! New Canon Rebel T3 cameras

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Last year around this time, Canon introduced the Rebel T2i (also known as the EOS 550D). An awesomely speced-out camera, as all the Rebel’s are, aimed squarely at the consumer Digital SLR and home video market – yes, the Rebel T2i was a true hybrid.

Well, today Canon reprised that tune with the announcement of the two new Rebels; the Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) and Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D).

The T3 (pictured above) looks like a great, modern entry-level DSLR with some powerful features. Here’s a few that caught my eye:

  • High Resolution 12.2MP CMOS Sensor
    A 12.2MP (APS-C sized) CMOS sensor and DiG!C 4 processor captures high resolution images boasting exceptional sharpness, clarity, tonal range and noise reduction.
  • EOS scene detection technology
    Enhance Photos Easily – When you want to go beyond Automatic Mode, Creative Auto allows you to change the photo finish to exactly how you want it.
  • Live View Function
    Live View allows you to compose your shots using the large LCD monitor. This function is now available in ALL shooting modes including Full Auto and Movie Mode.
  • 63 Zone Dual-Layer Metering System
    This Metering Sensor analyzes colour and luminosity information surrounding the chosen AF points to optimize exposure and image quality.

That’s just a few of the features on the inside. On the outside the T3 is a very stylish camera too — available in Black, Red, Brown and Metallic Grey — some colour’s you don’t find often on DSLRs.

For a full-up preview and more details, check out DPReview’s writeup.

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Movin’ on up
But if you’re a more advanced photographer looking to graduate into a camera that offers you more creative options with more serious tech, check out the Canon Rebel T3i.

T3i_screen.jpgMore closely aligned with it’s predecessor, the Rebel T2i, the T3i breaks tradition with the previous Rebel models by adding this one cool feature; a large Vari-Angle LCD display screen – A First to the Rebel Series.

The 3.0” Vari-Angle LCD screen makes it easy to shoot from very high or low-angles. Features a 3:2 wide aspect ratio, and an incredible 1,040,000 pixel resolution, allowing for precise focus checking.

Flash!
Another neat feature when you’re using multi-flash lighting layouts is the ability to remotely trigger and control the power of external flash guns — the feature is called ‘Integrated Wireless flash controller with multi-flash support’.

Full HD 1080
And one feature that reinforces the hybrid status of the Rebel line is the ability to record full HD resolution movies at 1920 x 1080p.

Consumer or Prosumer?
Both cameras are part of Canon’s consumer line. Yet the line between consumer and professional equipment is getting quite blurred — especially with the introduction of powerful equipment like this. I can’t wait to get my hands on them and give them a workout :smileyhappy:
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