This week, we were shocked by the revelation that Volkswagen has been cooking their diesel emissions scores. Is it time to get serious about electric cars?
by Jean-Louis Gassée
After a week of hopping on airplanes and driving around the Real France (read: far from the Left Bank), I’m happily back at the Monday Note writing bench. I’ll sidestep a recapitulation of the Ad Blocker topic, too hot for now, and will focus instead on Apple’s recent announcements, starting with the iPad Pro.
Ad blocking started as an initiative by independent developers who wanted to improve our browsing experience. Now that at least one company, Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble.
Parkinson’s Law tells us that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Applied to software, this means that applications tend to bloatware, obese programs whose complexity makes them nearly impossible to debug and maintain. Today, we look at happier counterexamples, past and current, of ambitious products created by “hermit programmers”.
Self-driving cars make an immensely attractive fantasy. But how far are we from seeing these hoped for vehicles become real products?
An Apple cellular network is a nice but unrealistic fantasy. Today we explore better ways of achieving the carrier-independence we dream of.
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.
The Smart Home has been just around the corner for more than three decades. Now, an uneasy, not entirely frank move from one of the industry’s grandees signals a shift towards credible consumer-grade solutions.
The limitations of algorithmic curation of news and culture has prompted a return to the use of actual humans to select, edit, and explain. Who knows, this might spread to another less traditional media: apps.