Links of the day | 在网上找到

Surveillance Costs: The NSA’s impact on the economy, internet freedom and cybersecurity | New America’s Open Technology Institute – US think tank’s analysis on the NSA revelations (PDF)

Samsung Earnings: What to Watch | WSJ – unsold stock in China and Europe?

What Our Culture of Overwork Is Doing to Mothers | TIMEOne reason for the stall in gender equity during the 1990s was a change in typical work weeks and remuneration patterns,” wrote Youngjoo Cha, assistant professor of Sociology at IUB in a companion presented at the CCF symposium. “This period saw a significant rise in ‘overwork,’ the practice of consistently working 50 hours or more a week, along with a dramatic increase in the financial incentives for working long hours.

Content personalization roundup | eMarketer – white paper from eMarketer with handy slideware charts on loyalty, data analytics, retail, real-time marketing and email

Meet Intel’s SoFIA, the super-cheap smartphone chip created in Singapore – CNET – will Intel be able to do it though?

China’s rich are less likely to keep business in the family – unlike Hong Kong’s wealthy | South China Morning Post – similar approach taken by Mr Ren at Huawei

Jing Daily: Yves Saint Laurent invitation to kiss campaign – interesting make-up marketing campaign

A reminder of how ultra-cheap Androids are taking over in emerging markets — fast | GigaOM – it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can hit the price points needed

Qualcomm top exec Peggy Johnson said to be on her way to Microsoft | GigaOM – potential loss for Qualcomm on top of the current China problems

North American Robotics Market Posts its Best Quarter Ever | PR NewswireThis performance shattered the previous record for a single quarter, exceeding the fourth quarter of 2012 by 31% in units and 17% in revenue – so margins on robots are declining?

Smells Like Millennial Spirit: The three key cultural factors molding Millennial consumers – the more I read this stuff the more they sound like gem-x. Turmoil, smurmoil – try living through the cold war with Reagan’s hand on the nuclear trigger, rampant inflation and globalisation burning your job prospects into the ground

Tea-flavored toothpaste is helping Chinese brands edge out the competition : Shanghaiist – interesting given the 70% lock Colgate had on the market

OkCupid experimented on users and proved everyone just looks at the pictures | Quartz – people trust machine advice and buy with their eyes, what are the implications in this research for e-railers and advertisers?

There’s no longer any doubt that Microsoft is in China’s crosshairs | Quartz – no real surprise here, there have been warning moves for a few years. They didn’t listen, they get the slap. It will be interesting to see if Frank X. Shaw tries to spin this (I suspect he’ll keep very very quiet indeed)

Jargon watch: Makimoto’s wave

Dr Tsugio Makimoto is a technologist who has worked at Sony and Hitachi. He co-authored Digital Nomad with David Manners which was published in 1997 and seems to have been influential to executives in the semiconductor industry. The wave named after Dr Makimoto is a twenty-year cycle between custom design components and general components.

Like Moore’s Law it is used as a heuristic to try and understand what is happening within the industry. Dr Makimoto discusses it in this video below.  At the moment we are in the custom part of the cycle with the kind of silicon being created for smartphones like Apple’s and Samsung’s respective chips and we are due to see a swing to general purpose components from 2017 or so.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

China’s Hony ready to make more overseas deals after Pizza Express buy | SCMP – huge gulf in casual dining, China tends to have fast food or high-end dining

PC sales estimates: How the sausage gets made | Fortune – why don’t they have a look at slaughtered goats intestines whilst they are at it?

Chinese Search Giant Baidu Buys Pre-fab Modular Data Center from Schneider – interesting that they went to a western supplier

Online payments and prostitution: How the internet is transforming the oldest profession – crypto-currency does away with the creepiness of cash, the big problem with credit cards and PayPal in the US is the payment providers closing accounts and traceability

Amazon rewards Prime Members who choose slower shipping | Marketing Pilgrim – I wonder what Amazon will do with the data beyond using differentiated delivery, would this be baked in for future offerings?

CHART OF THE DAY: Most Of Amazon’s Income Goes Back Into The Company (AMZN) – the financial results almost reminded me of Intel’s ‘tick-tock’ planning and process change

Stream that bootlegged movie, go to jail | Silicon Beat – US government thinks that the new war on drugs is piracy basically

The traditional shopping experience can no longer survive in China | WantChinaTimes – department stores taking a kicking from e-tailing

Tencent reportedly downsizing microblogging platform | WantChinaTimes – interesting if Tencent Weibo is put in maintenance mode

Taiwan eager to tap into industrial robots market | WantChinaTimes – it would be interesting to see what Taiwan could do in industrial robotics

HTC’s brand awareness in China drops: report – HTC is an uncomfortable sandwich, it has Apple in the luxury brand position above it and Samsung et al as peers. The most danger comes from below with Lenovo, Oppo and Xiaomi turning out products that look increasingly impressive

How Ravers Became the New Flower Children | New Republic – how reimported house and techno brought about a rave like culture in the US

Throwback gadget: Apple iPod hi-fi

Now and again Apple makes some odd diversions in direction and focus. One of these was the Apple iPod Hi-Fi. The best way to describe it is imagine of Dieter Rams had made over one of Panasonic’s old RX DT75 with the motorised ‘cobra’ top.
iPod Hi-Fi
Hi-Fi as in high-fidelity is a bit of a misnomer, but it does a very good job on the electronica that I tend to listen to at home. As with most Apple products there were design details all over the box. It sits on a rubber pad that covers most of the box length with iPod written in the middle, despite the fact very few people will ever see it.

Many people decried its lack of features, but it was designed as an appendage to the iPod rather than a device in its own right. I use the line in on it to act as an occasional sound bar to the television which it does an adequate job of. Apple discontinued it just over a year after it was launched and now they can found occasionally on eBay.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Facebook Downplays Billion-Dollar App Ad Business | Re/code – the number of apps on there is quite scary

Is Moore’s Law Less Important to the Tech Industry? – NYTimes.com – the problem is that it’s hard to focus on performance per watt and define the difference. Way before this, the speed bumps were having less and less impact, partly due to poorly written software, you actually saw the lengthening of the product upgrade cycle on PCs years ago when people wouldn’t upgrade from XP and internet-enabled machines where perfectly adequate even when they were six years old (paywall)

Google has run away with the web search market and almost no one is chasing | Quartz – not terribly surprising, search is hard and it is difficult to move a customer away unless you have something radically better

The US’s western states are guzzling water so fast they don’t realize they’re running out | Quartz – Bectel et al would probably be a great stock buy around about now

Top Retail Websites’ Load Times Still Slowing | Marketing Charts – this beggars belief

China Manufacturing Gauge Rises to 18-Month High on Stimulus  – Bloomberg – interesting since this data is focused on private sector SMEs, rather than SOEs (state-owned enterprises) that have benefited from government stimulus

Monetising user information without the privacy outrage – canvas fingerprinting

Yves Béhar sells his design agency to Chinese PR firm BlueFocus | VentureBeat – BlueFocus is looking more and more like the kind of fully rounded business Martin Sorrell should be worried about

How the Hammer Falls as China Nails Corruption – Caixin – interesting that the investigating body site is seen as a source and the audience goes there directly disintermediating news outlets

China regulator determines Qualcomm has monopoly: state-run newspaper | Reuters – from Bill Bishop’s Sinocism newsletter – how do Qualcomm’s planned China royalty rates compare with those it charges in Japan and Korea? And is the possible fine assessed against China revenue or global revenue? I have heard it might be the latter, which could be significantly larger than what shareholders expect

Waggener Edstrom launches WE Infinity analytics platform | PR Week – how does this match against Vocus etc

Apple’s iPad Problem | Slate – and those that do have a third device don’t need to replace it that often, especially since the iPad seems robust and perfectly adequate doing what it does, so the replacement cycles will be slower

Daring Fireball: More Amazing Xiaomi/Apple Design Coincidences – John Gruber’s Jobs-esque dis ‘Xiaomi copies with some degree of taste; Samsung has no taste‘.

What Type of Sharer Are You? Improve Your Social Media With Our Quiz – the study is link bait but they do have some good links to interesting academic research

Razer Integrates WeChat into its Nabu Wearable, Says Should Hit U.S. for Under $100 | Re/code – really like the messenger link and cross platform nature, now if they could make it more reliable than Nike’s Fuelband (on my second one in four months)

Qualcomm delivers blowout Q3, but cuts outlook over China woes | ZDNet – The Chinese government regulatory issues were well known if not well understood, however it was interesting that some Chinese clients feel that they don’t need to pay Qualcomm….