I’m on the same page in regards to the new iPads being unveiled in October. I don’t suspect their will be any time to reveal new iPads at an already crowded September event.
Best (worst) headline of the week.
My favorite app is: “Flightradar24. It tracks every plane in the world, moving in real time. It tells you where the plane is going, at what speed, what altitude, the type of plane. It’s an incredible bit of technology.”
New York Times with an expose about working at Amazon:
At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others.
An interesting perspective from Ben Thompson on all the changes Google (or should I say Alphabet) announced yesterday. Worth the read.
I completely agree with what Marco’s thoughts:
Web publishers and advertisers cannot be trusted with the amount of access that today’s browsers give them by default, and people are not obligated to permit their web browsers to load all resources or execute all code that they’re given.
I recently started using Ghostery on my computers, and a simple homemade iOS content blocker that I may release for iOS 9’s launch. The web performance improvements with these are staggering, and the reports of quite how much Ghostery is blocking on most pages is shocking and disgusting.
I just installed Ghostery today and it’s disturbing how many unauthorized scripts are running on my favourite websites.
Lauren Goode from Re/code:
There are a couple different ways to look at Amazon’s Dash Buttons. The first, and most obvious, is that they are a gimmick. But these buy buttons also support a shopping experience that involves almost zero interaction, whether that means browsing store shelves (IRL!) or tapping a touchscreen to browse and buy virtually.
Like many others, I thought it was a joke at first, but I can honestly see the appeal (especially when it comes to consumable products).
Huge update to one of my favourite apps.
Out of the four attacking methods outlined by the researchers from FireEye, one in particular – fingerprint sensor spying attack – could remotely steal fingerprints on a large scale. This attack was confirmed on the Galaxy S5 as well as the HTC One Max.
Microsoft has redesigned the app with a fresh interface and added what it’s calling Next Gen Stats, which leverage the data fed from the trackers in every NFL player’s uniform. Next Gen Stats replays look like they were pulled right out of Madden or another football video game, and they display information such as velocity, top speed, and distance traveled for each player on the field. Viewers can see the exact routes that each player took during a play and analyze just like a coach on the field. Microsoft says that the new app supports fantasy football programs from NFL.com, CBS, and Yahoo, and it will let fantasy players track their teams and stats in real time every game day.
This is great and all, but last year the app was so slow that it was irrelevant.