Just looking at this claim, the answer is, “all of them”, these days. There are free versions of both of those, not to mention WP7. But the thing that Gruber (and others) point out is that Apple designs tend to have fewer continuous irritations and annoyances, leading to an experience that does not consume time that could have been spent on something else.
You may now shop two malls again without fear of individualized tracking—at least by your cell phone signal. Privacy concerns raised by US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) have ended plans by malls in southern California and Virginia to “survey” customers’ shopping habits by tracking their cell phone signals.
“We now have to deal with the fallout from personal science. We’ve so blurred the lines between stories we tell ourselves and our perception of the outside world that it’s easy to be confused and easier still to confuse others if it advances your cause.”—Issues with the Placebo effect and the effect on policy and science. Things have consequences.
Seth’s Blog: Marketing of the placebo: Everyone gets their own belief
Before I had any right to dismiss Twihards or criticize the psychologically unhealthy relationship model that Bella Swan and Edward Cullen present, I felt obliged to read the books. So I did. All four novels, one novella, and an incomplete document in portable format. The content lived down to my expectations, but I was unprepared for how poorly crafted the saga is.
“Americans who deem South Korea’s education system a model (President Obama, among others) might be surprised at one message leaders here are delivering to their youth: Drop out, please. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration. But South Korea’s government has decided that too many people are going to college. It is working to restore the luster of a high school diploma as a stopping point for some and to establish a vocational track for others. And that has to be sobering for anyone who has assumed that education will be the antidote to the downward-mobility pressures of globalization.”—Again from October, but still relevant.
In South Korea, too many college grads, too few jobs - The Washington Post
A bit older, but still something to think on as we go about the ‘social web’.
Imagine the U.S. Census as conducted by direct marketers - that’s the social graph.
Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.
Brenden Powell Smith has been building Biblical scenes out of Legos and posting them on his website for the past 10 years, and now his illustrations are being collected in a new book titled The Brick Bible.
When I first started it I really didn’t think, okay, I’m embarking on this……
“On a windy Sunday morning in October I found myself biking through sparse, hungover NY traffic toward Midtown. Big, impersonal, tourist-trap Midtown, lined with fratty sports bars, generic comedy clubs, and seemingly the highest Olive Garden concentration on the planet. Tourists are just inconvenient, they get in the way, but sports fans really and truly scare me. I don’t understand them, and while I’m walking past the roaring and the booing emanating from a bar on my own block, on my way to something totally relevant and obscure, my greatest fear is that one of these bro-fans will make eye contact and then maybe approach me for a chest bump. But this one particular Sunday morning, I was one of them. I was a sports fan, a mega bro. I was on my way to watch some StarCraft.”—An interesting view of the Starcraft II esports scene in the US.
StarCraft changed my life | The Verge
In recent weeks, Facebook has been wrangling with the Federal Trade Commission over whether the social media website is violating users’ privacy by making public too much of their personal information.
Far more quietly, another debate is brewing over a different side of online privacy: what Facebook is learning about those who visit its website.
Facebook officials are now acknowledging that the social media giant has been able to create a running log of the web pages that each of its 800 million or so members has visited during the previous 90 days. Facebook also keeps close track of where millions more non-members of the social network go on the Web, after they visit a Facebook web page for any reason.
“Congress is considering two well-intentioned but deeply flawed bills, the PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). As written, they would betray more than a decade of US policy and advocacy of Internet freedom by establishing a censorship system using the same domain blacklisting technologies pioneered by China and Iran.”—Simple and blunt.
Protect The Internet
No. Just… No. If kids are not focusing, due to their unrealistic expectations of internet access, then they should not be pandered to. Technology use is not a right. It hasn’t been, nor should it. If you’re in school, and care, then whatever is going on on Facebook or twitter can wait. Why do people even consider giving in to self-centered student’s desires here?
It may sound counterintuitive to use technology—the very thing that’s so distracting—to help students focus, but Rosen says his tech break concept “works amazingly.” For every half-hour of focused work, he recommends allowing a 15-minute tech break. Once a students sees that nothing is happening on Facebook or send a friend that critical text message—they’re able to refocus, he says.
The problem is that schools and colleges aren’t set up to accommodate tech breaks, no matter how effective they are. A professor teaching an hour-long economics class isn’t going to tack on two 15-minute breaks for students to play Angry Birds or tweet. Middle and high school schedules are equally inflexible, and they’re further constricted by state-mandated curricula.
But technological distractions aren’t going away any time soon, so it might not be a bad idea for teachers and professors to give students a mini-break—just a minute or two—to text or check their email every once in awhile. It might not be the ideal solution, but if it helps tech-addicted students refocus on what’s going on, it’s worth a shot.
Wait, so twitter for blackberry is more popular (photo-wise) than android? We are talking about the same RIM developed, shrinking market share platform being compared to the largest mobile platform, right?
In a Monday court filing, Warner Brothers admitted that it has issued takedown notices for files without looking at them first. The studio also acknowledged that it issued takedown notices for a number of URLs that its adversary, the locker site Hotfile, says were obviously not Warner Brothers’ content.
No, that’s not a misplaced quotation mark. A scraper apparently misidentified part of a web comment as an infringing URL, and no one at the studio noticed the mistake.
Yeah, and these guys want more non-judicial powers? Ha, ha, ha. But they’re close to getting it too.
“Young people who move to an apartment or get a house for the first time don’t subscribe to any MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) and they just… get their network programming from Hulu and they get Netflix… As an industry where people pay between $70 and $92 a month, that’s a lot of money to a young person today who is getting their first job when they can go out and watch Hulu for free and Netflix for $7.99. So it’s a threat”—
I know that since I moved off to college, I’ve not paid for cable TV once. I’ve paid for cable internet, but that’s not the same thing.
How is this news? I mean, having the data helps, but children that age already experience this sort of thing all the time. What would have been more interesting to me would have been a comparison to how the same teenagers felt about social interactions at school to see if there’s notable differences.
Adobe is stopping development on Flash Player for browsers on mobile.
I’m sure every reviewer who’s ever claimed that iOS’s lack of support for Flash is a disadvantage — the result of nothing more than spite on Apple’s part — will apologize and admit their error. Anyway: good riddance to bad rubbish.
“Ars discussed the proposal with Ryan Radia of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank. He’s been actively engaged in this year’s copyright debates on Capitol Hill, and he argued that the sweeping language of SOPA was specifically designed to undermine the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”—
From a libertarian, but they tend to be the few that pay attention to this sort of thing. Worth trying to stop if you have the time.
But what we did find weird was the number of people willing to add complete strangers as friends. The initial batch of friend requests had about a 20 percent success rate. These were unsolicited friend requests between people who couldn’t possibly have relationships, and yet one in five people were willing to make the connection. If that complete stranger had a mutual friend in common, the success rate went up to about 60 percent.
Just wow. Watch who you friend online.
This is pretty cool. This guy could run, and did for a while, his whole business off of an iPad and keyboard. Now, I’m not there yet, but I’m getting s bit closer now with a real case for my own iPad. Writing papers is still a bit of work, but quite doable.