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 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.
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.
An analysis of download times highlights how poorly designed news sites are. That’s more evidence of poor implementation of ads… and a strong case for ad blockers.
A new generation of photographers reinvents the way stories are told. For their images, the weapons of choice are social networks and applications, video and mobile phones.
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.