Today’s shortest-ever Monday Note was written under the hallucinatory effects of a lingering flu and various other abuses and delights: Traversing France on the magical TGV; wandering through the Left Bank’s mind-altering bookstores, restaurants, pastry shops, and other purveyors of Good Sin; and, to top it off, the summoning of an SOS Médecins at 10pm to staunch a stubborn nosebleed, for 60€. Read at your own risk.
To wrap up the year, here is a selection of notable shifts observed in 2015, and their expected impact in 2016 on digital advertising, mobile internet and trends in emerging countries.
Tim Cook just handed the keys to the Apple App Store to Senior VP Phill Schiller. Will Schiller bring order and intelligibility to Apple’s app jungle?
Medias invest heavily in branded content production. Leveraging their notoriety and brand power, the largest ones have set up full-fledged production studios and creative teams, to the point where they could put a dent in advertising agencies’ revenue streams.
A pigeon box, secure transmission circa WWII. Credit: Garrett Coakley, Flickr
In the name of protecting us against terrorists, law enforcement agencies want high tech companies to relinquish their Golden Keys, backdoors to their otherwise unbreakable encryption algorithms. It sounds like a reasonable request…until you look more closely.
First ignited by anti-advertising zealots, ad blocking is now a growing business involving an “interesting” set of players. These range from opportunistic startups intending to leverage the power of cell phone carriers, to large multinational groups wanting to control the ad supply aimed at the Internet’s Next Billion.
If you can’t be located, you’re nobody. What3Words, a London startup, tackles one of the developing world’s most critical challenges: providing a universal address for people who don’t have a physical one. (Part of a series on technology and global development.)
With more positive feelings this time, I look at five key questions that must be answered for an Apple Car to make sense: Money, Design, User interface, Distribution & service and Charger stations.
Here we go again, with the iPad Pro this time: Is it a laptop replacement? This seemingly simple question is, simply, the wrong one. What we need to ask is ‘what sorts of tasks does the new tablet and its well-executed Pencil make easier?’