Archive for May 2018

HomePod as a background computer

However, the fact that HomePod packs a speedy processor and is unconstrained by battery limits means that HomePod could eventually serve as a smart home computer in the background. Both HomePods and Apple TVs could be orchestrated to handle background tasks distributed across your home network.

Source: Will HomePod make a second splash at WWDC 2018?

an interesting thought to offload battery sucking tasks to other devices in your home connected to the same id.

I Tried to Watch a Video of a Puppy and Accidentally Sent Every Photo I’ve Ever Taken to Google

I texted him asking to see a picture. He responded with a video that he uploaded to Google Photos. Because I had Google Photos installed on my phone, it tried to open in the app. You cannot use Google Photos on iOS—even to view photos that have been shared with you—without granting the app access to all the photos on your phone. Because I was drunk, and because I wanted to see the puppy, I changed my app permissions. I watched the video (very cute, embedded below), the band started, I put the phone in my pocket.

Source: I Tried to Watch a Video of a Puppy and Accidentally Sent Every Photo I’ve Ever Taken to Google – Motherboard

Apple becomes the fourth largest smart speaker brand worldwide

Apple announced the Siri-powered HomePod in June 2017. However, it didn’t begin shipping units until this February. Through the end of the March, Cupertino shipped 600,000 HomePod units. What’s remarkable about this number is that the speaker is only available in three countries: the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Plus, HomePod is $349, much more than what competitor charge for their smart speakers.

Source: Apple becomes the fourth largest smart speaker brand worldwide – Redsn0w Jailbreak 8.3 – 8.4 Evasi0n iOS Jailbreak 8.2

What if JavaScript wins?

In each of these cases, if we look past the flaws of the communities that enable them, we see a deeper pattern: software being evaluated based on its social success and social merits, rather than just some ostensibly “objective” technical merit.

It’s impossible to say if this idea of evaluating a programming language as a social network is a valid way to judge the technology. But every indication is that the feedback loop around the JavaScript ecosystem is increasing in strength. Though most “serious” developer tools are insistently polyglot (and indeed, every indication is that most working coders do make use of more than one language in their work), it may make sense for forward-looking platforms to disproportionately invest in JavaScript for their futures.

Source: What if JavaScript wins? – Anil Dash – Medium

She’s not real, right?

The subject was Miquela Sousa, better known as Lil Miquela, a 19-year-old Brazilian-American model, musical artist, and influencer with over a million Instagram followers, who is computer-generated. “She’s not real, right?” Nikola asked me shyly. She knew the answer, but something about Miquela made her question what her eyes were telling her.

At first glance, or swipe, Miquela could understandably be mistaken for a living, breathing person. She wears real-life clothes by streetwear brands like Supreme and luxury labels like Chanel. She hangs out with real-life musicians, artists, and influencers in real-life trendy restaurants in New York and Los Angeles, where she “lives.”

Source: Lil Miquela: The Digital Avatar Instagram Influencer

another example to expand on my earlier tweet

What Google isn’t telling us about its AI demo

Google may well have created a lifelike voice assistant that we’ll all eventually use to complete mundane tasks like appointment scheduling. It also might be close to creating such a thing, but not quite there yet. Or it was partially staged. Or something else entirely. We just don’t know, because Google won’t answer the questions.

Source: What Google isn’t telling us about its AI demo – Axios

Mass personalization is a trap

I know that I’m asking you to spend hours on the favor I’m asking, but no, I couldn’t be bothered to spend three minutes to ask you.

There’s an uncanny valley here, that uncomfortable feeling we get when we know we’re being played, when someone mass customizes and tries to steal the value of actual person-to-person connection.

It’s a trap because the more you do it, the more you need to do it. Once you start burning trust, the only way to keep up is to burn more trust… it’s a bit like throwing the walls of your house in the fireplace to stay warm.

Don’t waste your time and money on this. You’re wasting the most valuable thing you own–trust.

Source: Seth’s Blog: Mass personalization is a trap

The Internet is going the wrong way


  • Click a link in a web browser, it should open a web page, not try to open an app which you may not have installed. This is what Apple does with podcasts and now news.
  • Facebook is taking the place of blogs, but doesn’t permit linking, styles. Posts can’t have titles or include podcasts. As a result these essential features are falling into disuse. We’re returning to AOL. Linking, especially is essential.
  • Google is forcing websites to change to support HTTPS. Sounds innocuous until your realize how many millions of historic domains won’t make the switch. It’s as if a library decided to burn all books written before 2000, say. The web has been used as an archival medium, it isn’t up to a company to decide to change that, after the fact.
  • Medium, a blogging site, is gradually closing itself off to the world. People used it for years as the place-of-record. I objected when I saw them do this, because it was easy to foresee Medium pivoting, and they will pivot again. The final pivot will be when they go off the air entirely, as blogging systems eventually.

Source: Scripting News: The Internet is going the wrong way

 Microsoft Store revenue share changing from 30% to 5% (games not included) 

Starting later this year, consumer applications (not including games) sold in Microsoft Store will deliver to developers 95% of the revenue earned from the purchase of your application or any in-app products in your application, when a customer uses a deep link to get to and purchase your application. When Microsoft delivers you a customer through any other method, such as in a collection on Microsoft Store or any other owned Microsoft properties, and purchases your application, you will receive 85% of the revenue earned from the purchase of your application or any in-app products in your application

The new fee structure only applies to consumer apps on PC, Windows Mixed Reality, Windows Phone or Surface Hub. Apps categorized as Games in the Store will not be eligible for the new fee structure, even if they are available on those device types.

Source: A new Microsoft Store revenue share is coming – Windows Developer BlogWindows Developer Blog

Interesting move, almost altruistic, but then they showed they couldn’t let go of that sweet game money.

This is big stuff. This is not inching up. This is revolutionary, and everybody else is sitting there twiddling their thumbs.

“If you look at this thing, this is cellphone technology. This is the technology we would see in really high-end computers, normally for the government. When you look at this, you’re looking at the same kind of technology you’d see on a flight controller for an F-35, and we kind of know a little bit about that too. We do work for the military. Everything here smacks of cellphone technology and defense technology,”

Munro was particularly impressed with the differential between each one of the Model 3’s battery blocks. “We went through there, and the difference was .2 milliamps. Holy, nobody can balance batteries that close. Nobody. Nobody’s ever done that,” Munro said.

Munro also noted that the suspension for the Model 3 was excellent. The teardown specialist went so far as to state that the person who designed the car’s suspension could easily be an “F1 prince.”

“Anybody that doesn’t look at the electronics on the Tesla (Model) 3 is out of his mind. They’re in peril. This is not some Mickey Mouse outfit that you can just dismiss. Anybody that’s in the car industry that ignores this car is doing it at their own peril,” Munro said.

“This is big stuff. This is not inching up. This is revolutionary, and everybody else is sitting there twiddling their thumbs.”

Source: Tesla Model 3 modules are comparable to F-35 flight controller, says expert