Category Archives: Design

Solving online events — Benedict Evans

Events are a bundle of content, networking and meetings, and aggregate
people in one place at one time. When you try to take this online, half of
it breaks and most of it makes no sense bundled together. We need new tools
and new ways to think about networks, not ‘virtual conferences’.
— Read on www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2020/6/4/solving-online-events

Science behind sanitizing airplane cabin air has advanced but was too late for coronavirus – The Washington Post

Industry assurances have blurred the science of cabin air. Biology, physics and pure proximity are all at play.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/scientists-think-they-know-ways-to-combat-viruses-on-airplanes-theyre-too-late-for-this-pandemic/2020/04/20/83279318-76ab-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html

Amazon made a bigger camera-spying store—so we tried to steal its fruit | Ars Technica

It’s like other Amazon Go stores, only bigger. But it’s a meaningful difference.
— Read on arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/02/amazon-made-a-bigger-camera-spying-store-so-we-tried-to-steal-its-fruit/

The Results from Valentines Day

Personal service and great rose plants from Cool Roses in West Palm Beach, Florida made our Valentines Day a big hit! My wife loves them and nurtures them everyday.

The information the owner supplied the day I purchased them was perfect to help us start our first rose garden with 4 plants.

Why buy a dozen roses at a flower shop that will wilt and die within days when you can get a dozen live ones that will bloom dozens every 30-40 days.

https://www.facebook.com/Cool-Roses-118630454961799/

The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech – The Verge

The 2010s were the decade of Google filling up its product graveyard, Apple stubbornly denying obvious missteps, and Microsoft writing off billions of dollars. It was the decade of crowdfunding fails on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and elsewhere. And many, many more.
— Read on www.theverge.com/2019/12/20/21029499/decade-fails-flops-tech-science-culture-apple-google-data-kickstarter-2010-2019

Apple Caught Listening to Your iPhone and iPad

Earlier this month, Facebook gave its 1.3 billion users the perfect reason to delete their accounts. Now Apple appears has done the same for its 1.4 billion iPhone and iPad users worldwide. 

Last month The Guardian revealed Apple was employing contractors to listen to and “grade” Siri recordings and they “regularly” heard confidential information from iPhone and iPad users, including medical information, drug deals and recordings of couples having sex. And now a new report from the Irish Examiner has given a sense of scale to what was happening.  

“Contractors in Cork [Ireland] were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift, before Apple suspended the practice last month,” explains the Examiner, who got its information from “an employee who had their contract abruptly terminated this week.” 

More:

www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/08/24/apple-iphone-ipad-privacy-siri-recordings-ios-upgrade-iphone-xs-max-xr-update/

The coolest iOS 13 features hitting your phone this fall | Popular Science

Whether you wait until the fall or install the beta this summer, here are some of the best changes coming to your iPhone with iOS 13.
— Read on www.popsci.com/ios13-new-features/

The Best:

A stab at stopping robo-calls

Robo and telemarketing calls are a plague on the smartphone-carrying masses. With a feature called “silence unknown callers,” iOS 13 will only permit calls to come through if it recognizes the number from someone in your contacts, or if that number appears in your emails or text messages. Your voicemail will greet calls that don’t meet that criteria, meaning that if your dentist office calls to confirm an appointment, you won’t miss out on the note entirely.

Google offers a related service on its Pixel phones, in which the Google Assistant answers the phone and holds a conversation with the caller.

Apple Readies Camera-Focused Pro iPhones, New iPads, Larger MacBook Pro

Apple Readies Camera-Focused Pro iPhones, New iPads, Larger MacBook Pro
— Read on www-bloomberg-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2019-08-22/iphone-11-new-ipad-pro-16-inch-macbook-pro-airpods-3-features

Amazon can now sense your fear (when not selling you calming scented candles) | TechRadar

The company says its facial recognition tech can accurately read eight emotions, including terror of the concept.
— Read on www.techradar.com/news/amazon-can-now-sense-your-fear-when-not-selling-you-calming-scented-candles