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The Design Revolution in Consumer Tech - WSJ
By Steve Vassallo
Aug. 6, 2017

Walt Mossberg...began his first column for the Journal, in 1991, with the now-famous line, “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.” In his final column, Mr. Mossberg bookends the quarter-century of products, personalities and progress he’s chronicled with this assessment of where we are now: “Personal technology is usually pretty easy to use, and, if it’s not, it’s not your fault.” In a generation, consumer tech went from unreliable and confusing to so intuitive that children are creating immersive three-dimensional worlds on devices with barely any instruction. Mr. Mossberg doesn’t put a name to this remarkable shift, but as someone who witnessed it firsthand, I will: design. By design, I don’t mean a spiffy logo or a pretty website. Design now also refers to a methodology and a mind-set that place the experience of the end user above all. This form of design isn’t concerned chiefly with how good something looks, but, rather, how well it works for ordinary consumers. In the [early] ’90s....“engineers weren’t designing products for normal people.” ......Engineers tend to focus on sheer technical limits: what can be done. But designers are preoccupied with what should be done. In other words, whether they’re building things that solve actual problems or fulfill real wants....Over the past two decades, advances in computing power have met typical users’ speed and reliability needs, and the means to launch products have grown better and more affordable. As a result, design is now the differentiator—and the driving force behind billion-dollar companies....Apple's products (e.g. iPod, iPhone), weren’t technical breakthroughs.....They were design breakthroughs—instances of creative need-finding and human-attuned problem solving. And they raised consumer expectations for technology, ushering in a new era of innovation....Google has invested heavily to reinvent itself as a design-centric business. Incumbents like Samsung , General Electric and IBM have spent hundreds of millions to build in-house design studios with thousands of designers. ...Slack and Airbnb—like Pinterest, Instagram and Kickstarter—are recent successes founded by designers, people who are devoted to the practice of building impeccably considerate technology. Design is the key to building the next great wave of companies. To compete seriously on design, startups must make it central to their strategy from the beginning......we’re entering the age of “ambient computing,” when personal technology will become invisible and omnipresent. Augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, the Internet of Things, and other nascent tech will fade into the background of our lives. Technology will no longer come in the form of gadgets. Instead, as Mr. Mossberg predicts, “it’ll be about actual experiences, with much less emphasis on the way those experiences get made.”....The 21st century will be the century of the designer founder, when core value for businesses is created by entrepreneurs who have a deeper, more intuitive sense for the human condition.
Walter_Mossberg  retirement  design  design_thinking  technology  IDEO  '90s  UX  Apple  ambient_computing  customer_expectations  uncharted_problems  pervasive_computing  the_human_condition  augmented_reality  core_values  unarticulated_desires  farewells 
august 2017 by jerryking
Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer - Recode

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But just because you’re not seeing amazing new consumer tech products on Amazon, in the app stores, or at the Apple Store or Best Buy, that doesn’t mean the tech revolution is stuck or stopped. In fact, it’s just pausing to conquer some major new territory. And, if it succeeds, the results could be as big or bigger than the first consumer PCs were in the 1970s, or even the web in the 1990s and smartphones in the first decade of this century.

All of the major tech players, companies from other industries and startups whose names we don’t know yet are working away on some or all of the new major building blocks of the future. They are: Artificial intelligence / machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and drones, smart homes, self-driving cars, and digital health / wearables.

All of these things have dependencies in common. They include greater and more distributed computing power, new sensors, better networks, smarter voice and visual recognition, and software that’s simultaneously more intelligent and more secure.
Walter_Mossberg  farewells 
may 2017 by jerryking
2 Top Technology Writers Are Leaving Dow Jones -
Published: September 19, 2013

Fortune, which was the first to report the news, noted earlier that Ms. Swisher and Mr. Mossberg had hired the investment bank Code Advisors to find outside investors to support a move to become independent. A person with knowledge of the deal said the two had backing, but no partners had been named at this point..... Gerard Baker, editor in chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, said in a statement that The Journal was increasing its bet on technology coverage even without Ms. Swisher and Mr. Mossberg, its most prominent stars.

“We plan to embark on a major global expansion of our technology coverage, which will include adding 20 reviewers, bloggers, visual journalists, editors and reporters covering digital. As part of this global push, we will also be expanding our conference franchise to include an international technology conference and building a new digital home for our first-class technology news and product reviews on The Wall Street Journal Digital Network," he said.
Walter_Mossberg  WSJ  Second_Acts  digital_storage  digital_first 
september 2013 by jerryking
Making Sense of All the New Choices in Laptops -
November 20, 2012, 8:59 p.m. ET

Making Sense of All the New Laptop Flavors

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Walter_Mossberg  laptops 
november 2012 by jerryking
Your Next Laptop Is Worth Waiting For -
April 18, 2012

Permission to Procrastinate: Wait to Get a New Laptop

laptops  Walter_Mossberg 
april 2012 by jerryking
A Guide for PC Buyers Not Looking for a Tablet -
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
A Guide for PC Buyers Not Looking for a Tablet
Walter_Mossberg  laptops  recommendations 
november 2011 by jerryking
Jobs's Legacy: Changing How We Live -
AUGUST 25, 2011 | WSJ | By WALT MOSSBERG. Jobs changed the
way people live by being willing to take big risks on new ideas, and not
be satisfied with small innovations fed by market research. He insisted
on high quality and had the guts to leave out features others found
essential and to kill technologies, e.g. the floppy drive & the
removable battery. [JCK: An example of "culling"?] And he has been a brilliant marketer, personally
passionate about his products.. he introduced the dominant digital music
player, the iPod, & created the most successful digital media
service, iTunes. He introduced the first super-smartphone, the iPhone,
the only truly successful tablet computer, the iPad, which is in the
process of replacing the laptop, at least in part. He built the world's
largest app store and he built a phenomenally successful chain of retail
stores, too.

Jobs has dramatically changed the mobile phone industry, the music
industry, the film and TV industries, the publishing industry and
Apple  breakthroughs  CEOs  culling  dissatisfaction  gut_feelings  high-quality  imagination  legacies  marginal_improvements  moonshots  resignations  risk-taking  Steve_Jobs  Walter_Mossberg 
august 2011 by jerryking
A Review of the Apple Lion Operating System -
JULY 20, 2011

Apple's Lion Brings PCs Into Tablet Era

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MacBook_Air  Lion  Walter_Mossberg 
july 2011 by jerryking
Walt Mossberg's Guide to Apps That Let You Watch TV on an iPad -
MAY 5, 2011

Couch Potato on the Go: Watching TV on an iPad

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Walter_Mossberg  Apple  iPad  tv  television 
may 2011 by jerryking
Choosing a Laptop in a Tablet World -
APRIL 21, 2011 | WSJ | By WALTER S. MOSSBERG. Picking Out a Laptop in the Brave, New World of Tablets
Walter_Mossberg  buyers  guidelines  howto  tablets  laptops 
april 2011 by jerryking
The iPad 2: Better Design, Speed and Power, but Cameras Are Mediocre -
* MARCH 16, 2011

iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect

iPad  Walter_Mossberg 
march 2011 by jerryking
A Simple Guide to Shopping for a Computer -
NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By WALTER S. MOSSBERG
Walter_Mossberg  howto  guide  laptops 
november 2010 by jerryking
Personal Technology: An iPad in Paris -
* SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

An American in Paris Says Au Revoir to His Laptop

iPad  Walter_Mossberg 
september 2010 by jerryking
Gathering Vitals Of Your So-Called Scattered Life -
* MAY 13, 2010

Gathering Vitals of Your So-Called Scattered Life

may 2010 by jerryking
iPad Opens a New Frontier -
MARCH 30, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By WALTER S.
MOSSBERG. Laptop Killer? Pretty Close. iPad Is a 'Game Changer' That
Makes Browsing and Video a Pleasure; Challenge to the Mouse

iPad  Apple  Walter_Mossberg 
april 2010 by jerryking
D Transcript: Gates, Jobs Reminisce -
MAY 31, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | Following is a transcript
of the interview Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg conducted with
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the D5
conference on May 30, 2007. How often is Apple on your radar screen at
Microsoft in a business sense?

Bill: Well, they're on the radar screen as an opportunity. In a few
cases like the Zune, if you go over to that group, they think of Apple
as a competitor. They love the fact that Apple's created a gigantic
market and they're going to try and come in and contribute something to

Steve: And we love them because they're all customers.
transcripts  Kara_Swisher  Walter_Mossberg  billgates  Steve_Jobs  Apple  Microsoft  iPhone 
february 2010 by jerryking
Review of the Apple iMac and MacBook -
* OCTOBER 21, 2009

Apple's New iMac, MacBook Grow Better, Brighter

Apple  iMacs  Walter_Mossberg  laptops 
october 2009 by jerryking

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