Many companies and start-ups were waiting to enter the new year with something extraordinary (as usual). Some news, on the other hand, left me no doubt jaw-dropping in a negative way, for certain. It is hard to opt for one story, because this month was full of surprises, so, these are the stories that caught my attention.
What did go wrong with statistical research this month? New social and anti-social niche networks are popping up almost everywhere, but the question remains the same: are teenagers leaving Facebook? According to Princeton, they are, that is, according to their lack of professionalism and researching skills. The researchers first concluded that Facebook is a disease (?), and then, that people are leaving the network just because they stopped searching for Facebook page (somewhere at the end of 2012). It is obvious that researchers forgot that most people are logging in on their smartphones, however, no data on mobile usage are provided. Facebook “fired back” , and I can only say this: Good luck Princeton’s graduates, because this is the first thing that will cross someone’s mind for quite some time after they hear you went to Princeton.
The last thing you would wish for at the beginning of a year is a negative review or bad investment. With a competitive market for fitness trackers, Fitbit has positioned itself as a company with great, and more or less, affordable products. Reports from users about skin irritation and rashes from Fitbit Force reached forums and social media, but the company reacted accordingly, apologizing, offering a refund or different product replacement, and getting to the core of the problem, which happened to be nickel. It is probably not big of a deal for some people, however, it is not a great way to start a year. As for the investments, those who invested in Bitcoin were probably taken by surprise (or not?) after Charlie Shrem was arrested for money laundering.
What’s Google’s favorite word now? Many of us have been wondering whether or not Google Glasses will succeed, and though we are still not sure (given the growing competition), it seems that Glasses are getting more negative points (even with prescription lenses), because if you wear it in cinema you will probably be dragged out with accusation of piracy. As for the Google, the word control dropped down to second place on their list of favorite words, now, first on the list is artificial intelligence.
We can now stop being smartphone addicts, with a new app, of course, and keep on living, with or without surveillance. With a new app called Menthal (what an interesting name?) we’ll be able to see how much time we are spending online, and how much time we are “hanging out” with our smartphone friends. The app will also tell us if we are depressed, or not. Another interesting app that received very good reviews is the one called #NotBuyingIt. You are perhaps already familiar with the hashtag of the same name used in social media for the movie Miss Representation, and the movement for that matter, to call out sexism in media and objectification of women. The app is available for iPhone and it’s free, so you can use it to create, win and join campaigns related to sexism, or to support those campaign that have positive impact.
3D printing is going through eruption of possibilities, that’s for sure, and while 3D printed food is awesome, and world’s first multi-color and multi-material 3D printer is awesome as well, I was really taken aback with the idea of building a 2,500 square-foot house with 3D printer in 24 hours.
So, what have we learned this month? Think twice before you consider using PayPal or GoDaddy. Read Naoki Hiroshima’s story.
And the top story this month is? Hard to tell, given that I haven’t said a word about the fight for transparency of information, or Apple’s sales report, or the android malware, or the one-wheeled motorcycle, or the man who risked his life to save Xbox from fire. Hard to tell, indeed.
It is great though that we can read Le Transperceneige in English.