This week’s collection of things I’ve found interesting… including (unsurprisingly) lots and lots of Apple stuff…
Marc Newson to Join Jony Ive on Apple’s Design Team. The most important news of the week in Apple-land, and I’m including whatever the company launches on Tuesday. Newson is a rock-star designer. Make no mistake, he’s not going to Apple just to work on a watch. It means Apple has a lot more consumer products up their sleeves for the coming years.
iCloud Flaw Not Source of Celebrity Photo Leak. Rich Mogull is the go-to guy for all things related to Mac security, and his report on the celebrity picture leak is the definitive articles.
The iPhone 6: From Louis Vuitton to Chanel: Excellent thinking from Ben Thompson on what Apple might be announcing this week.
Inside Apple: A who’s who of the iWatch: Apple really had been plundering the world of high- end fashion for talent. More great information which indicates that Ben Thompson is right.
We can’t let tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, control our news values: Algorithms are becoming more and more important in determining what we read, but they are not value-free. Its time we started making Silicon Valley take responsibility for its algorithms.
Google says Android Wear about to get even smarter. I’ve actually enjoyed using a Google Wear watch, although it’s obviously a product which has been released a little before it’s ready. However, one thing Google is good at is iterating, and hopefully Wear will get much better quickly.
Samsung releases Note Edge. For no reason that I can work out, this has a screen with a curved edge. Why? Probably just because they could.
14,000 Chesterfield Students to Receive Chromebook Laptops. I keep reading articles like this, which indicates to me that the Chromebook is getting some traction in schools. And I can understand why.
If the world was a village. “There are 14 global trillion dollar industries and mobile has the potential to invade, change, and impact them all.”
Meet the $79 ‘Chromecast Killer’ From Microsoft. I thought we were done with the whole “X killer” line in tech journalism? This doesn’t feel like it will dent Chromecast sales, either.
Samsung announces world’s first Android-based printer. Because you’ve always wanted a printer which was full of crapware AND susceptible to malware.
Because of all the crap things it did when it had under a billion users (all those years ago), there’s probably no company on the planet which is more aware of privacy than Facebook.
Algorithms Are Invading Your Twitter Stream, And Resistance Is Futile. And just as when Facebook made the change from a reverse chronological list of posts to an algorithmically determined one, most users will actually either not notice the change, or like it. Like it or not, Twitter has a growth problem and a retention problem. Will this solve it? Maybe. But they have to do something.
What #Twitter could do. Twitter has a growth problem, and Azeem has some smart advice on what itcould do to get over it.
Why is “libertarian” Uber sponsoring San Francisco’s giant police militarization conference? Answer: Because most people who call themselves “Libertarian” really mean “liberty for me to get rich, and a government which will stop the plebs getting part of the pie.”
Writers, Coders and the Markdown landgrab. I absolutely agree with Adam’s point here: If Markdown had looked anything like the description of “Standard Markdown”. I’d never have started using it. Simplicity is not a bug.
Three months with the Surface Pro 3: Using it more and less than expected. “I think the lack of keyboard usage might be the biggest ‘discovery’ for me as I have been a proponent of buying one from the on-set of the Surface family. Even the majority of Microsoft’s commercials feature the tablet with the additional keyboard; their marketing makes it seem like it is a required peripheral.” Did I mention I bought one?
What was fake on the Internet this week: Betty White, Twitter ‘filtering,’ and that photo of Darren Wilson. Yes, this is worth reading every week – because every week the same old false memes go round… and round… and round…