Weekend reading list – week of November 10

November 14, 2014

Every week, TP1 shares our top 5 reads pulled from local and international sources. Here’s your can’t-miss content for the week of November 10.

Glorifying idiots
If you haven’t seen the naked photos of bimbo Kim Kardashian in Paper magazine this week, then you must have been in a coma. The buzz nearly killed the Internet. Appropriately, this article from last May deplores the fact that we are all responsible for the glorification of idiots, simply because we are enthralled by the lives of talentless reality TV stars.
→ Read it on Elite Daily

Will Watson save IBM?
In this article, journalist Will Knight questions whether the Watson supercomputer will offer the solution IBM needs to fix its eroding business model, which is too closely tied up with cheap cloud computing services.
→ Read it on MIT Technology Review

India appoints a Minister of Yoga
This week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who practises yoga every day, named a minister to oversee traditional medicines and yoga practices, including ayurveda, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.
→ Read it on ABC

The right path
At the grocery store, even if the tomato is a fruit, it’s still sold alongside the vegetables. This reinforces how consumers perceive this fruit-and-not-a-vegetable. Digital strategist Paul Boag uses this metaphor to explain why some information architectures are not always logical.
→ Read it on Boagworld

Beware of public wifi
To write this blog post, journalist Maurits Martijn visited a café in the heart of Amsterdam with a hacker to see what kind of information could be gathered from public Wifi in the span of 20 minutes.
→ Read it on Matter

Happy reading!
– The TP1 team

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