David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for The New York Times. Each week, he writes a print column, an online column, and a popular blog, “Pogue’s Posts,” which won a 2010 Loeb Award for excellence in business journalism.
He is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning.” His trademark comic tech videos air each Thursday on CNBC, and then go on to a busy afterlife on YouTube, iTunes, TiVo, and JetBlue seatbacks. He writes a monthly column for Scientific American, and is the host of “Making Stuff: Smaller, Smarter, Stronger, Cleaner” a PBS NOVA science miniseries . He’s currently shooting a continuation of that series, "Making Stuff: The Elements", which will air in 2012.
With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called The Missing Manual series, which now includes over 100 titles. He’s also the author of a novel for middle-schoolers; a technothriller (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and a book of humor coauthored by his 1.3 million followers on Twitter.
He graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the Shenandoah Conservatory.
What’s New, What’s Coming, and How It Will Change Everything
As the New York Times’s tech reviewer, David Pogue has a front-row seat for observing the blazing-fast torrent of new inventions. Hundreds of gadgets and technologies come down the pike every year, and plenty get lots of press--but most of it’s junk.
But in this fast, funny presentation, he will stick his neck out to predict which will actually cause major, disruptive changes. He’ll display, discuss, and even demonstrate the technological advances--in personal entertainment, cellular tech, Web 2.0, and more--that will have the most impact on society in the coming years.
Web 2.0, Social Media, and Other Buzzwords
What do YouTube, MySpace, eBay, and Craigslist have in common? They're all part of "Web 2.0," in which a Web site's material is supplied by its visitors.
What do blogs, vlogs, and podcasts have in common? They're all new ways for individuals--and even corporations--to express themselves online.
In this head-spinning talk, David Pogue, the New York Times's most popular blogger (and first video blogger), helps to make sense of the explosively expanding realm of Web 2.0 and all kinds of 'casting. He'll advise both individuals and companies on how to exploit these live-wire technologies, supply some horrifying and hilarious real-world stories, and hint at the future, the pitfalls, and the rewards of these revolutionary new channels.
Dave’s Mobile Show-and-Tell
David Pogue reviews over 200 products a year for the New York Times. If anyone can identify the breakthroughs, he can.
In this lively presentation--half talk, half magic show--he will present and actually demonstrate the latest and most amazing mobile gadgets, and offer his mini-critiques of each. The assortment changes monthly, of course, but past presentations have included the cellphone that offers unlimited free calls via Wi-Fi; the pocket camera that beams photos instantly onto Flickr (the photo-sharing Web site); the music player that downloads wirelessly from a catalog of 2 million songs; a folding memory card for cameras that eliminates the need for wires or card readers; the secret of getting Directory Assistance for free on your cellphone (rather than $2 per call from your carrier); the latest breakthroughs in speech recognition; and, of course, the iPhone.
Prepare to have your mind blown--and your credit card stressed.
The Power of Simplicity
Why are consumers so fed up with their computers? “Software rage” has become an epidemic, help lines are flooded, and people are flinging their machines out the window in frustration.
More often than not, the problem is the software design itself--the interface. The design of programs and Web sites grows in importance every day. Getting it right--packing a lot of features, the right way, into a small screen area--is extremely difficult, and the masters of the art are few and far between. But David Pogue, who analyzes software design each week in his New York Times column, has found some fascinating real-world examples that illustrate both clever solutions and horrifying failures. He’ll also look forward to interface design of the future--speech, animation, and other innovations--as we move into an era of both much bigger and much smaller screens.
The Digital Generation Comes Of Age
For the last 20 years, computers and technology have been part of the everyday curriculum for a generation or two of digitally privileged kids--and, as they become the majority, it's showtime.
As computer-literate children become America's new leaders, visionaries, and designers, how will their digital upbringing affect society and culture? New York Times technology columnist David Pogue takes a thoughtful, funny look at how the tidal wave will hit as the digital generation enters prime time--what we'll gain, what we'll lose, and what beliefs and approaches will shift into something we've never seen before.
The Megapixel Challenge
If you believe the marketing, the quality of a digital camera is determined by the number of megapixels it has. 10 megapixels must be better than 5, right?
In this hilarious talk, David Pogue relives his four-month quest to determine, once and for all, just how important megapixels are in a digital camera. His adventure wound up involving the Discovery Channel, the New York Times, the technical director of Professional Photography magazine, 100 passersby in Times Square, the way, and over 500 angry bloggers. You’ll walk away with a new understanding of how cameras work--and the unpublicized measurement that REALLY determines the photo quality you’ll get.
Blogs vs. Journalism
It’s been said, over and over again, that blogs unleash the power of the citizen journalist. A new day has dawned, when news can hit the Web instantly, long before the mainstream media gets around to it. That, after all, is how so many of the great scandal stories have broken in the last few years.
But is blogger journalism actually journalism? David Pogue, who writes a column for the New York Times, obviously has an opinion--but it might not be the one you expect. In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he tries to pin down the pros and the cons of the blogger as journalist, as well as the journalist as blogger--and offers a few suggestions that might give the public the best of both worlds.
Digital Photography: No "Negatives"?
Anyone who already knows photography has a huge advantage when it comes to digital cameras--a familiarity with principles of light and composition, for example. At the same time, the “digital” part is a whole new world, entailing a new set of skills. In this entertaining presentation, New York Times columnist (and digital-camera reviewer) David Pogue offers a concise, meaty, funny crash course for the photographer who wants to exploit the digital possibilities without going quietly mad. Includes an updated glimpse at what’s new and what’s coming in digicams, plus workarounds for the ever-shorter list of digital drawbacks.
PR and Web 2.0
David is the press. He's one of the guys public-relations people work with. He gets about 50 pitch emails a day.
This talk, geared for PR professionals, also offers a few of the most hilariously bad, and impressively good, pitches he's seen in his days at the Times.
David is also happy to teach master classes, seminars, or “breakout sessions” on topics he knows and loves:
* Mac OS X Leopard
* Google Secrets
* Windows Vista
* Digital Photography
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