by Jean-Louis Gassée An Apple cellular network is a nice but unrealistic fantasy. Today we explore better ways of achieving the carrier-independence we dream of. Like a bug that lies dormant and waiting in a remote corner of the body,...Show More Summary
Postcapitalism or simple exploitation?Having recently read some fairy tale nonsense from the usu...
Featured image by Scott Beale/Laughing Squid I recently conducted an online seminar with my favorite online community, dedicated to discussions around documentary filmmaking, The D-Word on my Twitter workflow. After hacking at Twitter...Show More Summary
A few years ago video was very hot in the local segment. It was a high-margin advertising product being sold by directory publishers and others — remember SpotRunner? That all died down as video producers went out of business or evolved (e.g., TurnHere) and local media sellers saw demand decline amid uncertain ROI. At that time video was […]
by Jean-Louis Gassée iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 (“El Capitan”) carry ad-blocking technology that delivers an experience that stands in stark contrast to current advertising and tracking practices. Users are beginning to notice…and advertisers aren’t happy about it. Show More Summary
From Tim Hwang and Madeleine Clare Elish’s “The Mirage of the Marketplace,” in Slate: When you open the Uber app as a rider, you see a map of your local pickup area, with little sedans around that appear to be drivers available for a request. While you might assume these reflect an accurate picture of […]
HUFFPOST MEDIA, New York. 29 July 2015.The staff of the Guardian US voted unanimously Wednesday...
We live mythically, even the most rational among us. In the middle of a bromidic Q&A session on Facebook last month, Mark Zuckerberg fielded a question from the cosmologist Stephen Hawking: I would like to know a unified theory of gravity and the other forces. Which of the big questions in science would you like to know […]
In the political climate of today that might most neutrally be described as… difficult… it can be helpful to refer back to a practical definition of democracy supplied by Merriam-Webster: “an organization or situation in which everyone...Show More Summary
Last week, in its quarterly earnings report, Amazon.com revealed for the first time how much money its cloud computing operation, Amazon Web Services, takes in. The numbers were impressive. AWS has become an $8 billion business, and its revenues continue to grow swiftly, nearly doubling in the most recent quarter from the same period last year. The unit’s profit […]
The Financial Times is a rare media property: a global, long-established brand combined with a successful -- although unfinished -- digital transformation. Such uniqueness explains why Nikkei paid £844m ($1.3bn, €1.18m) for it. No related columns.
As the critics’ reviews start rolling in for Adam Sandler’s latest film “Pixels,” it should come as no surprise — at least to anyone who’s been paying attention to his career and his leading roles over the last 10 years — that the consensus is overwhelming: it’s absolute crap. Show More Summary
Barack Obama and Marc Maron podcasting in LA, 19 June 2015. Official White House photograph by P...