Friday, July 25, 2014

Grammar Supposition: Presume the Following Assumption

Assume’ or ‘presume’?

Presume: to take for granted, assume, or suppose

Suppose to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory

Assume: to take for granted or without proof: to assume that everyone wants peace. Synonyms: suppose, presuppose; postulate, posit.

In common usage both assume and presume can mean ‘suppose’ and are often interchangeable in this meaning.  However, technically there is a subtle difference between the two where presume is to ‘suppose to be the case on the basis of probability’:

two of the soldiers are missing and presumed dead

Assume on the other hand is to ‘suppose to be the case without proof’:

I simply assumed it to be true

Both words also share other meanings that can be summarized as ‘to take on oneself’. In this sense assume is generally used to describe taking on a role:

I assumed the role of the captain of the team

Whereas presume is generally used when taking on an attitude:

he had presumed too great a level of familiarity


Friday, July 18, 2014

Don’t Create a Product, Create a Whole New Way of Thinking

We all know the story.  A team creates a groundbreaking new innovation only to see it mired in internal debates. When it is eventually launched in the market, there is an initial flurry of sales to early adopters, but then sales cycles become sluggish. Pilot customers are enthusiastic, but broader adoption is slow even with customer support and training. All the pieces are in place to create “disruptive innovation” and “cross the chasm,” but the results are disappointing. What’s missing?

    Nike’s Secret Vending Machine

    Nike’s Secret New York Vending Machine Trades Free Swag For FuelBand Points

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    How to Persuade Anyone of Anything in Ten Seconds

    You’re on the most important elevator ride of your life. You have ten seconds to pitch- the classic “elevator pitch”.
    Love or Hate. Money or Despair. And you may never get this chance again. As PM Dawn says, “I feel for you. I really do.”
    There are books about this. But don’t waste your time. They are all garbage.
    I’ve been on both sides of this equation. I’ve had people pitching me.
    But mostly, I’ve been scared and desperate and afraid to ask someone to give me, want me, love me, all in the space of an elevator ride or in the time it takes one to ride an elevator.
    Perhaps the hardest thing for me was when I was doing my “3am” web series for HBO.
    I had to walk up to random strangers at 3 in the morning on the streets of New York and convince them within 5 seconds to spill their most intimate secrets to me rather than kill me.
    Not quite an elevator pitch but the same basic idea. I had a lot of practice. I probably approached over 3000 people cold.
    In some cases people tried to kill me. In one case I was chased. In other cases people opened up their hearts and I am infinitely grateful to them.
    The ideas below have worked for me in the hundreds of times I’ve had to be persuasive. Either in writing, or in person. In business and in friendships and in love. I hope variations on it can work for you. You decide.

    Robotype - A Font Farewell to Old Type

    Google’s New Font Tries to Anticipate the Future

    In the photo, you can see the notations made by the design team on an earlier iteration.

    In the beginning, there was Apple. When Steve & Co. were obsessing about how to make computers feel as beautiful as possible, typography was singled out for special attention. They wanted type on the screen to look just as perfect as it could in print—a grand plan to make computer interfaces into crafted objects every bit as beautifully considered as a hand-cut letter or a perfectly proportioned chair. And they won. Today we see more care being piled onto pixels than ever.

    Field of Jeans - Levi's Outfits 49ers

    49ers fan Olivia Zapalac sports a modified Trucker jacket.
    Photo By Courtesy Photo

    Having put its name on the team’s new building, Levi’s is now looking to dress fans of the San Francisco 49ers.

    And it might be the start of a broader program to co-brand Levi’s with other professional franchises in football and other sports.

    Rent The Runway's Next Phase

     “We really wanted to attack Zara and H&M head on,” 

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    A New Material That's So Black... You Can't See It

    A team of British researchers has created a record-breaking material, but you might struggle to tell—because it's so black that you can barely see it.

    Wearable Technology - Coming to a Sensor Near You - Sooner Than You Think

    The soldiers in the wearable revolution are amassing.

    And they’re a formidable force, from tech giants Intel Corp., Google Inc. and Apple Inc., to online retailers Net-a-porter and Amazon to brands such as Under Armour and Fossil. 

    Photo By Courtesy Photo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    3-D Nose Job

    Sometime in 2005, Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face by a poacher, which damaged her beak badly enough that she couldn’t eat on her own. Animal rescue workers found her before she starved to death, and volunteers at the nonprofit group Birds of Prey Northwest nursed her back to health via tube-feeding and, later, hand-feeding with forceps. But it became increasingly clear that her beak was never going to grow back — meaning that Beauty would never be able to feed herself. She was on track to be euthanized.

    Slow Customer Traffic Worries Retailers

    American retailers may have more than a weather problem.

    Silicon Valley Sharknado

    In “Terminator,” Musk said, the humans who created the replicants did not expect the machines to turn evil. “It is sort of like that Monty Python thing: ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,’ ” the 43-year-old inventor and mogul said, warning: “But you’ve got to be careful.”

    Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

    PHILADELPHIA — The man in the hospital bed was playing video games on a laptop, absorbed and relaxed despite the bustle of scientists on all sides and the electrodes threaded through his skull and deep into his brain.