“Current events education should be a requirement for all students, all ages, everywhere. Sure, kindergarteners are generally more apt to discuss something like a natural disaster than guns, but this kind of early immersion puts worldliness at the forefront of what it means to educate a child.”—Guns in the Classroom - Lisa Rau Cannon - The Atlantic
Apple’s role as gatekeeper has drawn ardent praise and provoked sharp criticism. Though iOS had become an incredibly successful platform, where hundred of millions of users gobble up app after app at a pace unmatched by the OS’s rivals, problems have arisen along the way.
And as iOS continues to mature, Apple’s tight grip onto its mobile ecosystem is beginning to make evolution and growth hard for developers who have contributed significantly to the platform’s success.
“We experimented early on with doing advertising, but we really backed off all of that. We decided we only wanted to make money directly for products that people pay us to use. We don’t want to build in any inherent conflicts of interest. We don’t want to do any data-mining or affiliate stuff. We’re not a big-data company. We just want to make products that people pay for.”—Phil Libin, Evernote CEO
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it…
Best of all, there’s a buried setting that allows you to disable “Collection of watching info,” but the TV still sends channel viewing information back to LG. Oh, and it’s unencrypted.
That’s sloppy programming on LG’s part, but more importantly, this practice is wrong. At the very least, opting out of info collection should actually work and disable the entire mechanism, dashboard ads and all. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a class-action over this.
A massive study of some 11,000 youngsters in Britain has found that playing video games, even as early as five years old, does not lead to later behavior problems.
The University of Glasgow study used surveys of mothers in a massive millennial survey to track behavior over time. The idea was to study whether researchers could draw a connection between screen time and behavioral or emotional troubles later.
“This bubbling discontent is reassuring. It might even help bury some of the myths spun by Silicon Valley. Wouldn’t it be nice if one day, told that Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” we would finally read between the lines and discover its true meaning: “to monetize all of the world’s information and make it universally inaccessible and profitable”? With this act of subversive interpretation, we might eventually hit upon the greatest emancipatory insight of all: Letting Google organize all of the world’s information makes as much sense as letting Halliburton organize all of the world’s oil.”—The Internet Ideology: Why We Are Allowed to Hate Silicon Valley - Debatten - FAZ
“As you may have heard, Twitter went public last week, which means a lot of people are trying to figure out just what its IPO means for social media. Over at n+1, Benjamin Kunkel proposes that social media, by its very nature, cannot be profitable, and thus should be administered by the state as a public good.”—
I think there’s hope in services like Path and App.net, both of which I am a fan and use daily. Path is a beautiful, simple service built by an ex-Facebooker who doesn’t want to sell ads or users. App.net has a lot of potential and is from an entrepreneur who’s done some great stuff. They are both supported directly by users.
App.net is free to use for the first 40 people you follow. If you want to follow more, you can pay very reasonable monthly or yearly memberships that include file storage for all the apps and services you can use on it. Path is free to use and sells premium memberships and digital goods like photo filters and stickers.
Yes, they both have stumbled in their own ways, but they’re doing it. They’re social media without the ads, creepiness, or constant need to go here and click that and stand on your head and do this other thing in order to opt out of some terrible new idea.
Give Path and App.net a look. They’re great, private, always getting better, and supported directly by users.
“But the powers that be have found turning adults into debt slaves as early as possible to be a brilliant bit of social engineering, forcing the young to stay in line lest they mar their employment prospects. And as long as the powers that be continued to be successful in pitting the young against the old rather than against their common enemies, a predatory and extractive financial services industry and a super-wealthly class that prefers to mine rather than develop the countries in which they hold investments, it’s unlikely that either group will escape the grim future that the neofeudalists are in the process of creating.”—
Yet another reason why I’ve been deleting Google as much as possible from my life. I’m relying on Yahoo, Bing, and social more often, and once I move two websites back to DreamHost (for unrelated reasons), I can switch my business email away from Google Apps and be just about done.
One day last month, the seven employees of Everpix gathered at their co-working space in San Francisco to discuss the company’s impending shutdown. Wayne Fan, one of the co-founders, opened a mock-up of the screen that the photo storage service’s customers would see once the company announced the news. The screen described the refunds that would be offered to the company’s 6,800 paid subscribers, assuming Everpix could come up with the money. No one knew if they would.