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Another solid set of links this week. Some great submissions by Joe W and Tony. The ITP Winter Show is well worth a visit if you are in NYC on the 18th or 19th of December.

Happy Holidays


ITP 2016 Winter Show
If you will be in NYC this upcoming weekend, head over to 721 Broadway to the ITP 2016 Winter Show. See an exhibition of interactive and emerging tech projects by the graduate students of ITP. Always a source of inspiration. Show: Sunday December 18th & Monday December 19th.

As Gap Struggles, Its Analytical CEO Prizes Data Over Design (from Joe W)
Art Peck has seen seven straight quarters of lower sales as the company battles to stay on top of trends; creative directors as ‘false messiahs’

Why Google, Microsoft and Amazon Love the Sound of Your Voice
Speech recognition must get much better if we are to speak naturally to our gadgets. So the tech industry is vacuuming up all the conversations it can.

Amazon Echo Dot review: as good as the Echo for one-third of the price
“Small gadget brings voice control to almost any smart device in the home, while playing music, answering questions and telling you the weather”

How to Stay Productive During the Holidays (from Tony)
“When you’re distracted, it’s much harder to make decisions. It might seem counterintuitive, but one of the easiest ways to stay productive during the holidays is to take some time off. Make the most of these days by using them to get through errands that might be distracting you in the office. For example, if you’re feeling the urge to shop for gifts online during work hours, dedicate a day off to buying all your presents.”

Power Poser
“When big ideas go bad”

“The subject line read: “did you see this?” The message was from my editor Jen.
“Nir, I saw the headline on this story and thought it might be written by you—but no!” she wrote. “Very weird.”
I instantly clicked on the link she’d sent.
It was uncanny! An article written by Christopher Mele at the New York Times, freakishly similar to a post I’d written but hadn’t yet published.”

“Just over a year ago, Lightspeed made the shift within our product team to a broader global design approach. Our team now consists of designers from around the world who provide valuable input on our retail, restaurant, and ecommerce products. Our mission is to provide independent retailers and restaurants with cloud-based point of sale solutions that help them seamlessly run their business. With 8 offices in 4 time zones, we needed to figure out a solid way to work well together while listening to the changing needs of our customers.”

The colors you see behind your eyes could hold clues for scientists about treating depression
“As sophisticated as our brains are, they can be easily fooled. Take vision for example: Our eyes gather in information about the outside world and signal to the optic nerve, which turns this info into electrical signals in a part of the brain called the visual cortex. Our visual cortex tells us what we’re looking at: a loved one, a landscape, or a computer screen. (They also flip the image right-side-up for us; our retinas see everything upside down.)”