Weekly output: custom-fitted headphones, virtual reality, Facebook auto alt text, connecting with journalists, FBI vs. Apple

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.

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.

Al Jazeera FBI Apple interview screen grab4/22/2016: 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.

 

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Weekly output: e-commerce #fail, Lunar XPrize, Tech Night Owl

If you’ve been wondering what my workspace looks like, have a look at the Pinterest board the Wirecutter and Sweethome posted this week to accompany a guide to home-office setups. The photo I took of my desk and its surroundings is at the right; as you can see, it’s a lot less slovenly than my cubicle at the Post.

Washington Gas fail post2/29/2016: E-commerce fails: Why big-time websites can be completely screwed up, Yahoo Tech

I was originally going to write a rant here about Washington Gas’s new and horrifically-bad customer-service site, but then I remembered that I should try to be a good capitalist and get somebody to pay me for the post. I also realized I could put my utility’s fiasco in the context of large organizations botching IT deployments.

3/3/2016: J.J. Abrams makes movies about Google’s robots-on-the-moon XPrize: what’s not to like?, Yahoo Tech

Any time I can write about DIY robots on the moon, I will. This column also allowed me to make some overdue use of the notes I took at the White House’s Demo Day last August.

3/5/2016: March 5, 2016 — Bill Carey, Daniel Eran Dilger and Rob Pegoraro, Tech Night Owl

My latest appearance on this podcast involved a lot of discussion of the Apple-encryption case, plus a little banter about what the next iPhone might look like.