ANTI AMAZON ~ 4.16.19

I may just be the last person on the face of this earth that does not shop on Amazon, store passwords on computers, or credit cards for that matter on personal devices. I also do not own an Alexa or Google Home. You might be wondering, “So how is that even possible? Why not? But you’re in tech, that doesn’t make sense.” I know, it doesn’t make sense. I ask myself these questions on the reg actually, but I do have an answer.

Over the past few years, there’s been an extensive amount of information put out there by editors, publications, and even people like yourself that all of the aforementioned is being tracked, followed, stored somewhere so that hackers can easily access or track. Sure, I’m no cybersecurity expert and I’m also not here to lecture you on what you can and should not do, I’m here to just give an opinion.

For now, I like feeling like my identity isn’t necessarily being exposed to the world by limiting how much information I give out, but what’s to stop anyone from trying? Eventually I will buy something on Amazon, I will own an at-home device to tell me what to wear according to the weather, or even get rid of my wallet completely because everything will be digitized and encrypted so that only you can access. Only time will tell where our future with technology is going. But in the meantime, I’ll enjoy the feeling of being ancient. I’ll adopt, but at my own pace.

How much information are you willing to give? - CR

@dasani_decoded 💻 Dasani is a computer science and Philosophy student at Case Western Reserve University. She’s finishing up her last semester and headed to Microsoft as a Product Manager. Her goal is to decode things that seem complicated such as getting internships, navigating the tech world, and anything in between through blog posts and doodles. 👋 Say hello to Dasani!


The Apple II and Commodore PET 2001 personal computers are introduced. 

Ironically, Commodore had previously rejected purchasing the Apple II from Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, deciding to build their own computers. Both computers used the same processor, the MOS 6502, but the companies had two different design strategies and it showed on this day.

Apple wanted to build computers with more features at a higher price point. Commodore wanted to sell less feature-filled computers at a lower price point. The Apple II had color, graphics, and sound selling for $1298. The Commodore PET only had a monochrome display and was priced at $795. (1977)


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The Glitch: A Novel

A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut--The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life.



TUES APR 16 - 2019

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a meteoric rise in mobile e-commerce. Not only was mobile shopping up 55 percent in 2018, but Forrester predicts that by 2022, mobile will account for $175.4 billion in retail sales. So how do innovative, digital-forward fashion brands engage with mobile customers at scale, while still maintaining intimacy and emotional resonance with each customer? The answer, strategic mobile messaging. (GLOSSY)

The consumer group Which? has released the findings of an investigation into reviews of certain Amazon products and found that many of the e-retailer’s best-rated tech products are deluged by fake product reviews. The worst offending category was headphones. Yikes.(FAST COMPANY)

Most people pass through some type of public space in their daily routine. But we generally think that a detailed log of our location, and a list of the people we’re with, is private. Facial recognition, applied to the web of cameras that already exists in most cities, is a threat to that privacy. To demonstrate how easy it is to track people a team gathered publicly available data and footage. Their system detected 2,750 faces from a nine-hour period. WTF. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

The proprietor of EssayBot, has been trying to sell AI text generation for years with limited success. His first attempt came in 2017 with a service that automatically constructed résumés, and the tech infrastructure of EssayBot was initially intended to help small businesses generate branding copy. But that angle never took off. Instead, Yin needed to find a hungrier demographic, and the millions of young men and women on a humanities deadline were a match made in heaven. (VOX)

Walmart is getting into subscription-based fashion with today’s announcement of a partnership with Kidbox — a sort of “StitchFix for kids” where parents receive a personalized, curated box of children’s clothing on a seasonal basis. The deal will see Kidbox offered to’s online shoppers, where they can fill out a short style quiz, then receive their box of four to five fashion items for around $48 — or 50 percent the retail prices of the bundled items. (TECH CRUNCH)