You can draw a direct line from the printing press to the Kindle. Now, centuries after that original invention popularized and democratized the reading experience, Amazon.com Inc. and its CEO Jeff Bezos are using the web to get books, both digital and physical, into the hands of as many people as possible, no matter what the cost. In its quest to be The Everything Store, Amazon has become something of an enigma, a company that's frustrating, feared and admired.
Leaked by Buzzfeed earlier this month, the New York Times' "Innovation Report" offers a frank overview of the paper's ability to compete for readership in the digital age. It outlines the storied institution's shortcomings, and takes aim at several digital start-ups who see themselves as agile rebels. To keep its crown, and escape from the digital hole in which it now sits, the Times is going to have to build its way out.
Beats Electronics has done it. Founded by hip-hop producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine, the company known for making slick, colourful headphones endorsed by countless celebrities, athletes and artists has carved out an impressive niche in an ailing industry. Now, it's rumoured the company is about to be acquired for billions. Is this a turning point? Music is more than just sound. It's an energy. A lifestyle. It's fashion and technology, wrapped in a band and fitted snugly on your head. The story of Beats is the future of music.
The battle for the television is heating up. Apps, gestures, voice control – these are the new areas of innovation for the home's largest screen, and big players are rushing to stake their claim. The living room is now ripe for disruption, and the television is the window through which we'll watch it all unfold.