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2017/08/17 13:18:16 プライベート♪
Ground Control launches with CAA to bring entertainment’s biggest stars to Alexa, Siri, and Google
Ever since he first started listening to KISS on his 2XL robot tape player, former AOL executive Mike Macadaan, knew that voice commands would be the future for computer interactions.

That obsession stuck with Macadaan through his long years as a technology executive focused on user interfaces and then again as a co-founder of the Santa Monica-based venture studio, Science.

With the emergence of Alexa — and through the future envisioned in movies like Her — Macadaan saw his chance to bring that long-held childhood dream into reality.

The vehicle for this new venture is a company called Ground Control, which, in partnership with the talent agency CAA, will be building a new platform for voice-based applications using the biggest names from sports, entertainment, and media.

“Ground Control started because CAA developed an interest in the voice space,” Macadaan tells me.

Macadaan was introduced to Michael Yanover, the head of CAA Ventures, and Michael Blank, who heads the agency’s AR/VR and mobile business development arm, and the three men began hashing out their vision for how the agency’s talent could tap the emerging voice-based technology systems on the market.

“I’ve always hated the fact that we’ve had to rely on these graphical interfaces and computer screens… Voice is the first time where you can say, as a designer, ‘No. You don’t need any of that stuff,\'” Macadaan told me.

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While Alexa and Google’s Home may have liberated users from the tyranny of the mouse click, they remain, to Macadaan, “kind of terrible.”

In his mind, a better experience would to have the ability to listen to the voices that are already a part of a daily routine — the newscaster, the entertainer, the athlete, and the politician give you the information you need or guide you to the content you want.

“In this world of voice, the interface is voice over actors, it’s writers, it’s people who do foley work and sound effects,” says Macadaan. “LA is the perfect place for this.”

And CAA, he says, makes the perfect partner. “The CAA roster of talent, coupled with all the people who are storytellers in LA and my background in user experience design? We put that together and we can do interesting things,” says Macadaan.

Imagine, he says, a celebrity host emceeing game night in anyone’s living room. “We have the chance to give celebrities this digital and give them an opportunity to make some money there and further their brand,” he said.

Ground Control will be the home for those experiences, but it’ll also be working to develop software to make the process of integrating among different voice-controlled devices easier for developers.

Macadaan actually sees a three-tiered problem with the adoption and use of applications on current voice-controlled devices. The first is the usability itself, the second is discoverability, and the third is the integration of applications across platforms.

With Ground Control, he says, he hopes to solve all three problems.
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2017/08/11 17:31:41 プライベート♪
Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates
The Surface line has been a surprising hit for Microsoft in recent years. What many regarded as little more than proof of concept for Windows 10 has become a leader in the two-in-one tablet category in its own right. But according to a new survey conducting by Consumer Reports, the devices have proven far more unreliable than much of the competition. In fact, things are so bad, the publication has revoked its recommendations of the products Derma 21 hard sell.

In a survey of 90,000 tablet/PC owners, Consumer Reports found that around a quarter of Surface owners reported breakage problems with their devices within two years. That’s significantly higher than the number reported for Apple, Samsung and Acer at 10-, 16- and 18-percent. Though Toshiba and Dell followed close behind at 24- and 22, percent, respectively.

That means that Microsoft’s not alone at the top of the list, but the idea of a quarter of customers reporting significant problems with a product within the first two years is troubling — particularly in the case of a tablet or PC. The investment involved in purchasing such a product comes with the expectation that it’s going to last longer than a smartphone contract or a term in the House of Representatives Derma 21 hard sell.

In fact, it’s high enough that CR has pulled its stamp of approval from two Surface Laptop
and two Microsoft Surface Book SKUs. The publication does this from time to time, and it rarely bodes well for the company in question. Often times it’s followed by a public reaction mirroring the five stages of grief. In Microsoft’s case, we appear to be in “denial.”

The company offered us a statement that basically agrees to disagree with Consumer Reports about the whole kerfuffle.

“Microsoft Surface Pro is designed and built with performance and reliability in mind,” a spokesperson writes. “Microsoft’s real-world return and support rates for past models differ significantly from Consumer Reports’ breakage predictability. While we respect Consumer Reports, we don’t believe these findings accurately reflect Surface owners’ true experiences or captures the performance and reliability improvements made with every Surface generation. We’re proud of the high performance and versatility marks Surface Pro received in Consumer Reports’ laptop lab uations.”

If this plays out the way these things usually do, the acceptance stage should involve the company promising to work more closely with Consumer Reports.

My own experiences with the Surface line of products have been mostly positive, though my testing hasn’t included the sort of day to day rigors these devices are subject to by the people who own them. As Microsoft notes in its statement, the devices, including the new Pro and Laptop, have performed well in CR’s lab testing, but that also fails to take into account long term, real life usage Derma 21 hard sell.
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2017/05/19 12:23:13 プライベート♪
7 Signs You Are Having Unhealthy Fights With Your Significant Other
It’s very difficult to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy fights in any relationship. There are two types of arguments. The first one heals and helps you clarify a lot of things; the second one destroys and damages your relationship. Frequent and trivial arguments are usually the result of not knowing how to communicate in a proper way. When the partners allow emotions to enter the discussion, they have the risk to intensify the argument reenex.
Nowadays many couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. You should do your best to present your opposing views in a respectful way. Here are 7 signs that prove you are having unhealthy fights with your significant other.

1. You don’t really want to listen
If you refuse to listen to what your partner says, you are not fighting fair, because communication is the core element of all healthy relationships. Furthermore, communication can be the tool to solve the argument. That’s why you should listen and treat your partner’s point of view with respect. If you ignore what your partner is saying and focus only on your truth, you will spoil the relationship.

2. A desire to win
A constant desire to win in a fight is one of the most obvious signs of unhealthy arguments with your beloved. Your need to win all the time makes you aggressively prove your truth. Consequently, the other one feels attacked and the argument escalates. Moreover, if you always show how clever you are and refuse to discuss the issue, the partner will feel unvalued and unheard.

3. Using anger while arguing
By all means, it is necessary to control anger while arguing with your partner. Otherwise you might say something that you will regret later. Anger is a destructive emotion that does more harm than good. The main point to avoid anger is to keep in mind that when in an argument it is best to focus on the subject of the argument, but not the other person. This anger can easily transform an innocent argument to a verbal fight. If you cannot control your flashes of anger, you’d better excuse yourself from the conversation and take a breath of fresh air. Don’t use tones and words that can hurt your partner, instead, try to settle the argument in a friendly and civilized way.

4. Arguing about the same things
If you are always arguing about the same things, you should try to find a different approach, because this one is very risky for your relationship. It often happens that old unresolved issues from the past arise in your day-to-day arguments. Your partner can be already sick and tired of hearing the same things every time you argue. You cannot change the past that’s why try to focus on the present moment and try to avoid the same problems in future reenex.

5. You forget to take turns
I’m sure you know that when one speaks, the other should be listening, especially during the argument. It is extremely important to take turns speaking and listening. It will give both of you an opportunity to explain and say what you need. If you are very emotional and hot-tempered person, you should sometimes give in if you really love your significant other.

6. You cannot stop the argument
If your conflict is caused by serious and complicated problems, you should try to accept the fact that you are different and cannot agree with certain things. If you are not able to handle the situation, you need to find support and help from friends, family or other people. They may help you put a different complexion on the problem and find the solution of the argument.

7. Raising the voice
When you want to discuss a difficult topic with your partner, you should try to keep yourself in hand and avoid raising the voice. Just take responsibility for your emotions and talk over all disputable questions. I’m sure that it’s possible to win almost all arguments without such useless and irritating habit as raising the voice. Realize that you can make your partner feel guilty, ashamed or stupid if you raise your voice during the arguments.

If you really love and respect your partner, you should try to treat various life misunderstandings knowingly and reasonably. You cannot change the partner but you can make changes in your own life in order to keep your relationship safe and healthy. What other signs of unhealthy arguments do you know? Feel free to share your tips on how to deal with unhealthy arguments reenex.
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