Ben Parr

The big reason why we don’t have space colonies and regular trips to the moon is that flying into outer space is just plain ‘hard.’ The business of safely transporting people off the Earth is a costly affair that requires a lot of technology.

“The big reason why we don’t have space colonies and regular trips to the moon is that flying into outer space is just plain ‘hard.’ … Read More

Point-to-point transit via low orbit could dramatically speed up international flights, connecting the world even further. And safe, consistent space travel opens up the possibility of commercial space stations, trips to the moon and exploration beyond.

“Point-to-point transit via low orbit could dramatically speed up international flights, connecting the world even further. And safe, consistent space travel opens up the possibility … Read More

Sharing with just your friends doesn’t protect your privacy. I know the people at Facebook will disagree and argue that users can control what is shared with whom. But this is simply an illusion that makes us feel better about all the sharing we have done and are about to do.

“Sharing with just your friends doesn’t protect your privacy. I know the people at Facebook will disagree and argue that users can control what is … Read More

Google has placed its faith in data, while Apple worships the power of design. This dichotomy made the two companies complementary. Apple would ship the phones and computers, while Google would provide Maps, Search, YouTube, and other web tools that made the devices more useful.

“Google has placed its faith in data, while Apple worships the power of design. This dichotomy made the two companies complementary. Apple would ship the … Read More

Building a successful company (or living a happy life, for that matter) is not about embracing someone else’s philosophy, but staying true to your own beliefs about the world and learning from the mistakes you make along the way.

“Building a successful company (or living a happy life, for that matter) is not about embracing someone else’s philosophy, but staying true to your own … Read More

More and more, the things we do in real life will end up as Facebook posts. And while we may be consoled by the fact that most of this stuff is being posted just to our friends, it only takes one friend to share that information with his or her friends to start a viral chain.

“More and more, the things we do in real life will end up as Facebook posts. And while we may be consoled by the fact … Read More

Trending topics helped make Twitter a more relevant metric of what the world was talking about at any given moment. Google has worked for years in the space, most notably with Google Trends and Hot Searches, but Google+ offers the search giant the ability to see what is truly trending in real time.

“Trending topics helped make Twitter a more relevant metric of what the world was talking about at any given moment. Google has worked for years … Read More