Are we becoming numbly addicted to the technologies we love? Are Media Moguls manipulating our need for control to subtlely pursue profit motives while giving us more of what we want? Are we narrowing the content of the media we consume so much that we become intolerant of opportunities to reflect on contrary perspective? These are some of the interesting questions and insights raised in Christine Rosen’s article in The New Atlantis.

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This post has absolutely nothing to do with technology and is only tangentially related to entrepreneurship but I just visted a Ruehl 925 store (their fourth to date since beginning the line in September of 2004; even their webpage is still new) in Novi and I was very impressed. There is no signage on the front of the store and it is designed to appear like a brick house in Greenwich Villlage with details covering everything down to the wrought iron fence outside. It attracts attention because you don’t know what is beyond the dimly lit entrance which only offers peeks inside of what looks like expensive casual clothing and designer bags. Those brave enough to take a visit inside are treated to upscale adult fashion in a very artsy and elegantly contemporary interior compliments of the folks at Abercrombie & Fitch (huh?) but much, much better. I’m more of a J. Crew, Banana Republic, Marshall Fields, Nordstrom kind of guy and I don’t like Abercrombie or its teenie bopper cousin, Hollister at all so I was extremely surprised to discover (after a quick search on the internet to satisfy my burning curiousity for the inside scoop) once I got back home that Reuhl 925 is the brainchild of the grunge guys at A&F. Reuhl is an effort to satisfy sophisticated grown-ups, though still something of a younger set–late twenties, early thirties–who like the finer things in casual. Mission accomplished.

The “Hybrid Entertainment Matrix” has you according to Markus Giesler, assistant professor of marketing at York University in Canada. Gizmodo ran a link to a Wired article, “My iPod, My Self” which offers insight related to Giesler’s studies of high-tech consumer behavior as well as his current research on iPod users and their music-listening habits. It makes you think twice about our love for technology (technophilia?) and where we’re headed. Will you choose the blue pill or the red pill?

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iPod shuffle Versus Sandisk 1GB Player

Gizmodo and Dave’s iPaq have weighed in on the debate about whether the Shuffle is worth the hype. I’ve talked about the iPod more than enough lately and this post isn’t so much about the iPod as it is about innovation. I like the latest and greatest technologies with all the bells and whistles you can give me for my money, but the truth of the matter is that most people aren’t the early adopters or the early majority–the average Joe and Jane don’t need all the extras. Joe and Jane want proven technology that suits a well-defined purpose. If the technology works well and is popular (and mature) they’ll bite and bite hard–hence the popularity of the iPod, and the same will happen with the Shuffle. All the other players (inventions, not innovations) were too much too soon and they still lack a killer, integrated application like we have in iTunes. Perhaps when the iPod’s popularity wanes–if ever–and most people expect more from their devices, we’ll see the interest in radios and built-in transmitters. The iPod already does more than many current owners realize and you can be sure that their innovating will keep pace with consumer interests.

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The iPod Phone Shuffle

Engadget ran this bit by Ross Rubin on a pending Motorola phone that will come installed with iTunes software. Ross proposes that these iTunes-capable Motorola phones will allow Apple to enter the very lucrative cell phone market but warns that this new market opportunity might reduce existing iTunes music store sales. I think it’s a great move for Apple and iTunes, whatever form iTunes takes.

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iPod meets iDog

Cute, but come on–where does it end?

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An iPod Business Opportunity: iPod Loading

Want to make a little extra cash with your computer by ripping CDs for iPod owners? The Unofficial Apple Weblog (tuaw.com) provides an overview of iPod Loading. It may not make a lot of money (depending on how you approach it) but savvy entrepreneurs are turning a profit by providing a conversion service for those who are willing to pay to have their musical libraries tranferred to their iPods. Firewire, anyone?

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Thinking About Buying a Connected PDA?

iStart has published a nice piece on buying a PDA with specific focus on wireless capabilities and being productive while away from the office.

By the way, this is being posted from bed while watching television using my wireless DSL connection and Pocketblog. Simply amazing.

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Top 10 Things To Do with Your PDA

informIT provides this list. Now get busy!

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iPAQ Keyboard Speed Tips

Thanks to Dave’s iPAQ for these great tips on getting the most out of your keboarding taps.

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