This week featured my first trans-Pacific business trip–I spoke on a panel at the IFA Global Press Conference in Shenzhen, China–and my first travel to Asia since 2007. It seems that I don’t cope with that level of jet lag as well as I did in my 30s.
4/18/2016: For your ears only: Uvero offers earbuds with truly personalized fit, Yahoo Tech
I had a lot of time to try out these custom-fitted earphones on a 16-hour leg from Chicago to Hong Kong. They did not make the flight seem any shorter, but my personal soundtrack did sound better.
4/19/2016: What’s next in Virtual Reality?, IFA Global Press Conference
I talked about trends in this technology with my former Yahoo editor Dan Tynan, HTC’s Raymond Pao and AMD’s Chu Hanjin. The photo below may suggest that i was about to do a mic drop; in reality, I was talking with my hands as usual.
Onstage at #IFA16GPC earlier this week talking VR with @robpegoraro @paoyc and Hanjin Chu. Photo by @steveleon https://t.co/Fz4QRIqlOr—
Dan Tynan (@tynanwrites) April 21, 2016
4/20/2016: Facebook launches technology experience to help the blind, Al Jazeera
I did the interview for this piece about Facebook’s efforts in automatically generating descriptions of images two and a half weeks ago. I didn’t know I’d be sitting in front of a TV camera when I got dressed that morning, which is why I’m wearing a green checked shirt instead of TV-friendly solid-color attire. Fortunately, the producers were willing to work with that, and the results looked alright.
4/22/2016: On Deadline: How to Best Connect with Reporters?, Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit
The morning after I got back from Hong Kong (professionalism!), I talked about how PR types can be less obnoxious when advising the press about upcoming news. My fellow panelists: the Washington Business Journal’s Jim Bach, ABC7’s George Jackson, and Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson, plus W2 Communications’ Tom Resau as our moderator.
4/22/2016: FBI hacking Apple’s iPhone encryption, Al Jazeera
I couldn’t get to AJ’s newsroom on New Hampshire Avenue for this, so they sent a camera crew to me instead. We did the interview in the lobby of the my conference venue, the Gannett/USA Today buildings in Tysons. Afterwards, somebody in Doha sent a screengrab to the producer who then texted that to me.