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A thoughtful piece by Marco Arment over the weekend, which spawned much discussion: Today, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are placing large bets on advanced AI, ubiquitous assistants, and voice interfaces, hoping hat these will becomeShow More Summary
Hamza Shaban, writing for BuzzFeed: Google’s “smart” replies and virtual assistant improve with use, “learning” by analyzing conversations and context. But this kind of fine-tuned processing requires a record or “memory” of chats hat take place in the normal settings. Show More Summary
For your weekend listening enjoyment, a new episode of America’s favorite 3-star podcast, with special guest Rene Ritchie. Topics include Apple’s new flagship retail store in San Francisco, recent improvements to App Store approval times,...Show More Summary
Nice photographs from The Verge. ?
Rehema Figueiredo, reporting for The Daily Mail: Insiders said Craig turned down a £68million offer from MGM studio o return as Bond for two more films following last year’s hit Spectre. The sum included endorsements, profit shares,Show More Summary
I watched most of the keynote, and came away very impressed. My short take: Under the new Alphabet organization and Sundar Pichai’s leadership, Google has focused itself on the things Google is actually good at, and which people will actually want to use. Show More Summary
I really liked this one. ?
Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge: The key improvement here is the removal of the drop-down menu on he righthand side of the screen, which previously held all of the options that are now exposed in the lefthand menu. That’s a real help, but the lefthand menu doesn’t take over everything. Show More Summary
Every day, a new deal launches, there’s a story, a video, a community and… Look, just go there, it’s easier than trying to explain. It’s just meh.com.
David Streitfeld, reporting for the NYT from San Francisco, on the eve of Google I/O: Google will introduce its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market on Wednesday, according to people who spoke on the condition...Show More Summary
Jean-Louis Gassée: But Intel had a justification, a story that it kept telling the world and, more perniciously, itself: ‘Just you wait. Yes, today’s x86 are too big, consume too much power, and cost more than our ARM competitors, but...Show More Summary
Alan Levin, reporting for Bloomberg: Reports filed over the time it took U.S. Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers grew more than 10-fold, to 513 his past March from 48 in March 2015. Concern about lack of courtesy by TSA screeners increased more than three-fold, to 1,012 in March from 294 a year ago. Show More Summary
Speaking of the iPhone SE and the complete dearth of similarly-sized Android phones: As I said earlier in the review, Android manufacturers have essentially given up on making small smartphones, and most of them haven’t actually made a top tier smartphone at the 4-inch size in about four years. Show More Summary
Jason Snell, writing at Six Colors: What’s less reasonable is transmuting last year’s fair criticism into outrage that Apple hasn’t given the MacBook an immediate rethink. Given the lead time it takes to redesign hardware, the cramped...Show More Summary
Vice has a nice interview with Emilio D’Alessandro, Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant for three decades: Why are people so fascinated by Kubrick? People who had never met him would always be terrified before meeting him. But he was so private, so he fed off this mystery. Show More Summary
Speaking of typography and settings blocks of text in all-caps, Lena Groeger wrote a good piece for ProPublica: Of course, if you’re trying to make something hard to read, then all caps is the perfect choice. Companies that set safety...Show More Summary
How to describe a failure that everyone saw coming as something other than a failure everyone saw coming.
Glenn Fleishman, writing at Meh: Previous articles on this subject — such as this previously definitive short at the New Republic — trace the explicit association of capitals with yelling (as opposed to mere emphasis) o 1984, with inferences...Show More Summary
Sarah Frier, reporting for Bloomberg: Twitter Inc. is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages. The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. Show More Summary
Impressive demo. I’m not sure what the path to ubiquity is for Viv, though, unless they get acquired by a company that makes ubiquitous hardware. Siri started as an app too, but in practice these AI assistants need to be system-level features. ?